Over the Christmas break I spent a couple of days giving my blog a makeover. Previously I’d been using a pretty generic theme hosted on WordPress.com but had been getting frustrated by its lack of flexibility. So I signed up for my own hosting account with DreamHost who offer a 1-click install of WordPress’s self-hosted software. This now gives me far more flexibility as I can use whatever themes, plugins and widgets I like, as well as customise any of these. Below you can see the old vs new blog layout:
Here is a summary of the key changes I made:
I wanted something clean and simple, so decided to customise Clean Home by Missouri Web Design.
Other than the usual widgets for feed subscriptions, Twitter, LinkedIn, categories, search, archive etc. I incorporated:
- A widget of my 5 most popular blog posts of all-time to give new and existing readers quick access to what is probably my best content.
- A Facebook Fan Box and Skyscraper for GroupSpaces to promote what I’m working on.
I implemented Disqus because, well, what else is there that comes close and can be done in 2 minutes?
I’d love to hear what you think of the new setup and also what you’d like to see me write about in 2010. Please let me know in the comments below or via Twitter.
This year I’m aiming to blog much more frequently, my target is 2 posts/month — a significant increase from my 2 posts in the second half of 2009!
Wishing you a successful Twenty Ten!