This is the first in a series of articles documenting the redesign process that resulted in “Revision”, the name designated for the design of this site.
WordPress is an incredibly powerful content management tool. The amount of features seamlessly included in the software is impressive, but the users ability to manipulate those features at will is what makes the package appealing to me.
The previous design used for Back and Forth was the Say It theme. As I have mentioned before, that particular design was built to be distributed to the average blogger for use on their site and, as such, a lot of things needed to be taken into account. Every feature must be available to be included in the presentation and styled accordingly in order to satisfy the requirements of a wide range of customers.
When I decided it was time (or, more accurately, when proper time and motivation presented itself) to create a new design for this blog, I was able to focus on creating a layout that very specifically suited my needs and more importantly the needs of my readers. The objective for users of this site is simple: read the articles. So, and this may be over-simplifying, anything that adds complexity to that task should be removed.
So, what didn’t make the cut?