I’ve received a number of complaints who expressed their unhappiness with the current “magazine-style” theme the site is currently clothed in. The complaints ranged from “I don’t like it” to “I don’t understand it” and “It’s too complicated”.
Fair enough. Respecting your wishes, would you mind telling me what your objection is to this theme and indeed if you do like it and want to leave it as is.
I personally like it. It gives the site a more professional “non-bloggy” look and when you invest a few minutes investigating it, you will see that it is well categorised and easy enough to find the information you are seeking.
Some of you might have noticed that the “Featured Section” has changed into this sexy gliding thingy. What this houses are the last 7 “featured” articles, articles which I choose to feature at the top of the page. What follows at the bottom is the latest posts presented in a chronological format. I changed that from the original implementation which was one category on the left and another on the right. I couldn’t have the time to invest in finding out how to not display duplicate posts so that if a story is featured, it should not appear at the bottom section. I bought another theme which does show how to enable that functionality, but I didn’t have time to disassemble it yet. I might in the future.
At the very bottom of the page under the latest posts you will find links to other stories. These blocks of links (one on either side) are pulled from certain categories. At the moment, the left is showing stories which have been posted in the “Society & Culture” while the right shows “Politics & Government”.
So to sum up the construction of the page:
from the top,
- the gliding panel shows the last 7 featured stories, you can click on any number below the pane and you will be taken directly to that story;
- then we have the latest 6 posts chronologically (not by category)
- and the bottom section shows links to stories belonging to certain categories.
- a featured video,
- Google Adsense generated ads,
- a list of recent comments, and
- the latest M.Reports (which need to be desperately updated, I haven’t done one in a while!).
The “sidebar” of course shows (from the top)
Maybe I should have entered this explanatory post immediately I changed the theme to let you know how the page is organised! Sorry about that. Anyway, your comments are most welcome.