I may not have bathed in a week, neuropathist and I’m beginning to dream in CSS and PHP, here but it’s finally arrived: Turdhead.com has a new look… and I think I’m actually happy with it. For two years now, information pills I’ve been listening to questions like, “If you make your living in Flash and Web technologies, why does your site look like a 2-year-old crapped it out?” and “Do you really think your site looks any better than this?”
I’ve been well aware of the shortcomings of the old template for a while, but to be honest, I couldn’t figure out whether I cared enough to do anything about it. I like that Turdhead.com has always had a basic, no-nonsense look to it, but I appreciate that there is a difference between “old school” and “preschool.” Thus, I hope you enjoy the new old school: a template I’m calling Turdhead Extra.
The new look is based on a traditional newspaper layout (Big surprise â€” I spent a few years in the newsroom before giving into the glamour and fame of life on the street), which allows me to devote dedicated space to both editorial (content) and advertising (sigh…) without having to worry about one encroaching on the other’s territory or disturbing the reader any more than necessary. Turdhead Extra makes use of both Flash (in the form of sIFR typographic controls) and DHTML (in the form of just about everything else) to push the impressive WordPress engine a little further than I have in the past. This may make the site run a little slow at first, so let me know if the wait time seems intolerable — I’m still tweaking, and I’m glad to hear any and all suggestions.
In fact. if you have the time, feel free to wander around on Turdhead.com today and see if you find any obvious omissions, errors or oversights in the template as a whole (and if you do, please let us know!). If the template holds up to scrutiny, I plan to release it (and a couple of plug-ins I wrote to support it) under the GPL license so others might use or modify it on their blogs, too.
So let me know what you think of the new digs, and as always, thanks for looking!