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December 12th, 2006 · 9 Comments

OK well I’ve made some changes to the site. The basic template is the marvellous Cutline theme by Chris Pearson with more than a head nod towards Technorati.

I’m going to need to adjust the settings on a couple of the pages but I’m quite pleased with the results.

What do you think?

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9 responses so far ↓

  • Miha // Dec 12, 2006 at 9:50 am

    I liked the old look more.

  • Mike // Dec 12, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Miha,

    What was it you preferred about the old design?

    Mike

  • Blog Bloke // Dec 15, 2006 at 10:18 am

    I see nothing wrong with the design except for the post area being more wide than necessary. There is so much room here that you could easily put in a second sidebar.

    But just remember that design is objective. What is one person’s junk is another’s treasure. So stick with whatever you like.

    Just my two bits worth.

  • Mike // Dec 15, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, BB.

    I thought about a second sidebar and a larger font but I kinda like the space created with the new style. I know some designers/marketers will say that I’m wasting valuable screen real estate but I feel that this style makes for an easier reading experience.

    I may introduce a second sidebar next year if I feel it adds benefit. On the old site, for example, the second sidebar didn’t add anything to the viewing experience. Hence the reason most of that content has now gone.

  • Blog Bloke // Dec 16, 2006 at 1:09 am

    I’ve noticed that most who use a second sidebar reserve it primarily for advertising. Especially since an AdSense hot spot is near the top right-hand corner. I’ve considered it myself. Since you are running a business-type blog that might be a suitable application for it.

    That’s my free advice and it’s worth every penny. And if it makes you any money just remember me in your will. 😉

  • Mike // Dec 16, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    One of the reasons I’ve not run AdSense or similar on the front page is because I don’t want to encourage people to click off the site as soon as they arrive. Now I know that some marketers will say I’m crazy but, unlike some of them, I’m not writing this blog just to get AdSense revenue. I’m writing it because I want to share my experiences so I’d rather they read at least one of my posts before clicking off somewhere else!

  • Blog Bloke // Dec 17, 2006 at 12:43 am

    That’s a good point. That’s why I put my ads on the post page as well. But still, you could have two sidebars on you post page could you not?

  • Mike // Dec 17, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    True but I often feel that pages with two sidebars just feel cluttered and if you’re using a second sidebar purely for ads, I feel it contributes heavily to ad blindness. The reader knows that column A is purely advertising so they don’t bother looking at it.

    I experimented on one of my sites the other month. I started with two sidebars and central content. The left hand sidebar was purely ads, the right hand one navigation. The CTR was rubbish so I swapped them over and CTR dropped so I then took the ad column out and put ads into the content and the CTR has now increased.

  • Sucharith // Jan 5, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Nice site… i use cutline as well :)

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