9.1, Yay!

I’ve finally finished DZine-Studios 9.1. As you may have noticed, it’s not that huge of a change. This release is more of an aesthetic tweak rather than a full-on redesign/restructuring. Read on to see some boring release notes on what’s changed.

The major changes include:

* Moving the search bar to the header, because it’s more of a navigation element.
* Making the header bigger, as it makes everything feel more spread out and gives some breathing room to the logo.
* The colorful stripes are gone, replaced by gray monochrome ones. Like Mac OS X’s graphite appearance, this shifts the visual interest from the trimmings to the actual content.
* The catchphrase has been shortened and moved next to the logo, where it makes more sense.
* The nav’s been removed, as I only had one real page. I’ll merge the about and contact pages shortly, as they don’t need separate pages.
* Ads have been added to the footer area. Yes, I know I said I’d never put them on, but these are rough financial times, and domains are expensive to pay for. At least these unobtrusive ads will help keep this site running. Plus I styled them to make them look as nice as possible.
* The scrolling nav has been fixed so that it doesn’t make the page jump when it “detaches” upon scrolling down. I’ve also made the scrolling nav more visible.
* I finally fixed the archives bug. Now you can click on any of the archive options in the footer and be presented with a page that isn’t messed up. Turns out it was a CSS conflict with the body class and the class of the archive list. Can’t believe it took nearly a year to pinpoint it, haha.

I made some other changes, but those are minor and I don’t feel I have to list them. I do know that I still have to add an RSS button somewhere and style trackbacks, as well as adding social/facebook/twitter buttons to the single post page. I’ll do that some other day. Now I’m gonna go and sleep, my birthday is tomorrow (technically today, but whatever). I’ll post about it later.

Posted in Design, General, Web
  • http://bennny.com Benny

    I’m in love. Beautiful work, Dan!

  • http://slantedmindz.com Alec

    Didn’t even see the ads. Nice job hiding them. How much do those pay and who/how/what service are you using for them? Do you get the money through PayPal? Possible post? Nice Job though!

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    @Benny: Thanks :D

    @Alec: I didn’t hide them, I just made them look nice so they wouldn’t stick out :P I’m using tnx.net, they pay based on pagerank and you need a PR of a least 1 to join. This blog has a PR of 2 or 3 (can’t remember which), and I get paid about 50 points a day, and after 1000 points I get a dollar in real money, probably to my paypal. Plus if the readership and linkage of the site goes up, I’ll get paid even more.

  • http://slantedmindz.com Alec

    You have PR 3. So at 50 points a day its 1$ but 20 days, so 18$ bucks for a year? If you put more links do you get more points?

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    Yeah, that’s about right. Domains are like $10 a piece, so with these ads, the site is essentially self-sustaining, as one of my clients pays for my hosting/his hosting. If I had other pages with a PR of 1 or above, I could put ads on them too, and you’re only allowed a maximum of four ads per page. But you get to choose which ads appear, so you can make them related and make sure they’re legitimate. That’s why after Z-Up and TechBase get a higher PR, I’m gonna put ads on them too.

  • http://net-cake.com Paul D’Amora

    Dan, you can get a lot more if you use TNX the right way. It’s not a matter of adding more links per page (the max is 4 anyway) but having more pages included. For example, I get roughly 400 points per day, and my blog has a PR of only 2.

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    I know that I can include more pages, it’s just that the front page is the only page with a PR high enough to have ads. Every single other page on the site has a PR of 0.

  • http://slantedmindz.com Alec

    Is TNX better then other services for any reason? Are there always links looking to be put up or do you have to wait and hope someone wants to advertise on your site?

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    You get to choose the links yourself and put them on whatever pages you want, as long as those pages have a decent PR, so it’s not like TLA where you have to wait for somebody to buy. I signed up and started earning points the very same day, it’s really straightforward.

  • http://benj3.com Benje

    Hey man, haven’t talked or been to your blog in a while!

    Looks amazing man, this makes me want to get back into web designing.