After three and half years, I finally redesigned Web Designer Wall. I launched Web Designer Wall in August 2007 and haven’t made any changes since then. Today, I think it is about time to put the previous design in retirement. It is sad to let it go, but I think a redesign is a must because technology is different now (ie. HTML5, CSS3, media queries). So I’m going to highlight some of the features about this new design. I hope you will like this new design as you did in the previous version.
Before I started on the wireframe/design, I took a look at the visitor stats on my site. Below are top 10 display sizes:
1280 x 800
1440 x 900
1680 x 1050
1280 x 1024
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1200
1366 x 768
1024 x 768
2560 x 1440
1600 x 900
… and of course iPhone 320 x 480 (#15)
It ranges from 320px to 2560px (width-wise). To target all different displays, the typical fixed width layout won’t work. I use media queries to make a liquid and responsive column layout. The layout flows automatically based on your viewport width. I made it work from 320px to 1280px and higher. Viewers now never need to scroll horizontally. To see this in action, resize your browser window on this site and watch as the layout toggles through various layouts.
3 Column (large display)
If the viewport is wider than 1000px, it will show a 3-column layout: fixed left navigation column, fixed width sidebar and liquid content column.
2 Column (medium display)
If the viewport is narrow than 1000px, the fixed left navigation will flow to the top and turns into a 2-column layout. The content column remains liquid.
1 Column (small display)
Once the viewport gets smaller than 760px, it switches from 2 columns to a single column layout. Note the sidebar drops below the content column.
The layout doesn’t breaks even viewing on mobile devices such as iPhone and Blackberry.
HTML5 & CSS3
This theme is coded with HTML5 and CSS3. I also upgraded the site to the latest version of WordPress. Finally now you can reply to threaded comments.
I added a new Featured section which is indiciated by a star graphic (beside the post title). You can also find all the Featured Posts under the Archives page.
Some Fancy Effects
Scroll to Top
When the page scrolls down more than 100px, the back to top will slowly fade in.
Have fun with the collapsible comments. You can toggle the visibility of each comment. The circle avatars are done with this jQuery trick.
Some CSS transition effects are implemented on the navigation buttons (fading background color) and the search form field (animate width). It is currently only supported on Webkit browsers such as Safari and Chrome.
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Comments & Bug Reports
What do you think of the new design? Share your comments in this post. If you find any bugs, please take a minute and report them. Thank you!