Changes, Changes, Changes …

elsua.net Going through a Major Design ChangeIf you are reading this blog post from the syndicated feed, or from my other external blog over at ITtoolbox, or even from my IBM internal blog, you may want to stop right there and head over to my main blog site http://www.elsua.net, as I am really excited to announce the first of a good bunch of changes that I will be going through in my fourth year blogging out there on the Internet. Yes, that’s right, back in October 2008 I made already my third bloggiversary and although I couldn’t blog about it at the time with all of the travelling I was involved with, for a good number of weeks I have been thinking about going through a major change of my main Web site, elsua.net, and it is with great pleasure that I am now ready to share with you a new massive change taking place right as we speak!

Yes, that is right, if you head over to my main blog you will be able to see a massive change in the design of the site, still using WordPress.org though (Currently upgraded to v2.7), but with plenty of major updates all over the place. A lot cleaner, a lot easier in the eye, a lot less cluttered with widgets, gizmos, scripts and whatever else, and, hopefully, much easier to read and digest its content. Finally, friendly to those folks still on Internet Explorer or using whatever the mobile device (On the iPhone / iPod it looks fantastic! - must confess).

Overall, not as busy as what it used to be, which means that it would probably help folks navigate through the content much easier. The interesting thing is that if you stop over the site and browse through the changes you will also get to notice a good number of updates that will be happening to the overall content itself. Yes, indeed, this update of the template will provoke as well a good number of changes of my own blogging style on all of the three blogs and I am hoping that over the next couple of blog posts I would be able to share some further insights on where I will be taking next my own blogging style.

For now, just wanted to give folks out there reading elsua.net the heads up that the change has now been completed! You are more than welcome to click and check every single aspect of the site and if you find that something is broken or is giving you unexpected results please do get in touch and let me know, through a comment on this blog post itself, or through Twitter itself. I will be collecting all of that feedback and amend bugs, issues, etc. accordingly.

Finally, I would want to let everyone know that this whole facelift of my main blogging site wouldn’t have taken place if it weren’t for the superb piece of work put together by Laura Whitehead (@LittleLaura in Twitter) who over the course of time has managed to put together a wonderful job and has been incredibly patient listening to my needs and wants and what you see right in front of you is all her work! Well done, Laura! Thanks ever so much for that fresh change! … Very much needed :-)

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  • It looks great! White space and margins!

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  • Mola el diseño, menudo cambio…

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  • Anol says:

    Like the new design – clean breathing spaces.

    Cheers!

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  • Luis Benitez says:

    Luis, I love the new design.. simple, clean, easy to follow!!! Great job!!

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  • Luis Suarez says:

    Hi folks! Many thanks for the feedback comments and for dropping by! It is greatly appreciated! Indeed, Laura (@LittleLaura) has done a faboulous job at it and I am really glad I have been working with her on this new design. I am liking it more and more by the minute and it looks like everything seems to be working all right so far!

    If you find anything broken, or any issue / bug, please do let us know. There are a couple of plugins we need to tweak some more, but it should be all right for the rest.

    Again, appreciated the feedback and speak to you soon! :-D

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  • Mary Abraham says:

    Congratulations, Luis. This is fantastic! And I’m green with envy. I took your advice and installed WP, but I haven’t been able to do what you and Laura did.

    – Mary

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  • And elsua.net now has an iPhone Ui! Cool!

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  • Gorgeous!!

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  • Luis Suarez says:

    Hello folks! Thanks again for the lovely comments! They are greatly appreciated, indeed!

    Mary, woohooo! Glad to see you have joined the light side of things and on to a new wave of blogging with WP! Well done! I can certainly recommend you have a look with Laura and see how you can spice it up a bit. She has done a wonderful job and really happy I have contacted her to help out! Really nice!

    Per RE: iPhone, yes, indeed! It was a really nice add-on with the upgrade of the template Laura has been working on! When I saw it working I just couldn’t think about anything else than implementing it! And it works *really* well! heh

    Susan, appreciated the kind comments! Yes, indeed, that is how I feel myself about it when I saw it going live last night!

    What a better present from The Three Kings than such a lovely upgrade, eh? ;-) heh

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  • Larry Hawes says:

    Luis (and Laura),

    Great job on the site redesign! It’s so much better! I used to read the IT Toolbox site because it didn’t make me dizzy like the old elsua.net did. :) I’ll be coming here now though!

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  • Hi Luis, this definitely looks better than the previous theme. I like it.

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  • Luis Suarez says:

    Hi Larry & César! Many thanks for the kind comments and funny enough you folks haven’t been the only ones making similar comments! I surely am glad that we have now been upgraded successfully and time to rock ON for 2009! hehe

    Appreciated the feedback and the dropping by! Have fun! :-))

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  • Andy Piper says:

    One minor annoyance is that your social bookmark / links get listed out one icon per line after the main post in the mobile Safari UI – looks untidy. Otherwise, liking it a lot and will be, ahem, borrowing some ideas ;-)

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