RobMalon.Com Redesigned – Hopefully I’ll Post More Now


25 hours of work later (not all at once), RobMalon.Com is finished with its redesign! Not that you were expecting it. I sure hope that means I’ll post more! I certainly have enough content lined up. Unfortunately I’m also working on 2 other site redesigns right now and 1 new site which takes time away from daily blogging, but I’m shooting to improve the time spent on content here.

Before & After
Not too much has changed color wise, this was more of a design and usability change.

Pre-Launched Errors

If you didn’t see it last night, I actually had a very bugged out version of this site up for about 3 hours before I gave up and switched the DNS back to the old server. Note, never underestimate the usefulness of owning a dummy throwaway dev domain which points to the same server. I reverted back, tested on that, fixed things on the “real” server and re-launched for good this time! I’m sure I’ll find a few bugs at some point and I already know I have some tweaking to do and a few pages like Advertising and Links which have yet to be fully completed. You got to stand up before you can run though, right?

WordPress 2.0.9 to 2.6 + New Server
I finally upgraded wordpress and all the plugins, including some customized ones. Primarily because I bought another new server which had PHP and mySQL upgraded. The old server had outdated versions of PHP. I know, I’m lazy – when I want to upgrade software on my server I buy new ones.

Your Thoughts?
How do you like it? Anything that could be improved upon to make your browsing experience easier? Anything you see that you’d like to be able to do on your blog? If there’s something specific, leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to include within the future content I’ll be covering about the move. Here’s some topics I plan to post about:

  • Adding a widget from RSS content or API services anywhere on your site.
  • Moving Servers – Having a dev environment and taking that to your live box. Ways to avoid errors early on to minimize downtime.
  • Troubleshooting with WordPress 2.6. There are some buggy bits it that I ran into.
  • Lots of Resources – I didn’t reinvent the wheel in most cases. Just tweaked it to roll the way I wanted it too. Explanations behind those tweaks and what you can do to modify them to your tastes on your site.
  • Tools – Software, plugins and scripts outside of wordpress I’m making use of on this site or during the production of it.

I also have a couple new video blogs I’ve already recorded. Stay tuned!

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One Response to RobMalon.Com Redesigned – Hopefully I’ll Post More Now

  1. The three boxes under the header image make me think of the John Chow layout. Aside from that, I think this is an improvement over your old design. Provides more flexibility.

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