Last week Monday I was faced with some downtime after setting Baby Hobbit down for her afternoon nap and I got the bug to change up the site. The primary lesson here is probably: “Don’t give Goldenstar a day off” but hopefully my inspiration will end up better serving our blog readers.
There have been two big updates to the blog which I will go through.
New Blog Theme
We have purchased a new theme for the blog! The basic structure of the site has not been altered much. My goal was to have some familiarity with the site while adding some additional niceties.
New Features added include:
- A rotating carousel of top stories at the top of the site
- a new subscription widget listing more than just our RSS.
- The popular posts area has a new “latest” tab for recent postings
- search bar moved to the top (latest tweet still available in the right nav)
- new author tags to better share who’s written that article
- related posts to help you find similar posts you may be interested in
- Podcast player in the right navigation.
Like I said, my goal wasn’t to completely start over with our site’s design but simply add more functionality to what we already have. The front page still displays a listing of the latest posts, the poll is still in the same location, etc. Hopefully you see the changes as a benefit to your CSTM site experience!
New Mobile Theme
We’ve purchased a new plugin to deliver our blog post to mobile sites. This is just a theme to display the blog posts for those who surf to our web site via a mobile browser and is separate from our iPhone/iPod touch app.
Mobile devices supported by this new theme are:
|Device Classes||User Agents|
|iOS / Webkit||iphone, ipod, aspen, incognito, webmate, ipad|
|Android||android, dream, cupcake, froyo|
|Blackberry Storm/Torch||blackberry9500, blackberry9520, blackberry9530, blackberry9550, blackberry 9800|
Now I only have one cellphone and it’s a iPhone so all you other folks will have to test and give me feedback on how well it works on your device.
There is no special web address to use, your device is automatically detected and the mobile version is displayed. If you prefer not to use the mobile version you can use the link at the bottom of the page to see the full site.
The iPad has a special theme built just for it. Again it is simple as clicking the “Switch to Regular Theme” link at the bottom if you prefer to see the full site.