Category Archives: Web

No More Break

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It’s long been a blogging tradition to have a little excerpt of the blog post on the front page, with a “read more” link to continue reading the full post. I had this system going on here for a little bit as well, but as of this year I’ve stopped doing it completely. Why? It’s an archaic remnant from the for-profit blog era, where making visitors click through would allow them to see more ads, and thus would generate more revenue for the blog owner.

Online advertising has changed greatly since then, and unless you have targeted ads like Fusion/The Deck, there’s little point to having ads on your blog unless you’re some viral/meme blog. I haven’t had ads on this blog in a very long time, so it just seemed a little stupid to have “read more” links for no real reason. Sure, the home page looks tidier with only excerpts, but this site is primarily a blog, with no other purpose, so why hide the content?

That being said, I’ll be going through the older posts and removing all the “read more” links. Unfortunately I did not have the foresight to make automatic excerpts, so I have a whole bunch of posts to manually edit. Oh well. It’ll make writing easier from now on, because I won’t have to think about where to split a post. No more unnecessary interruptions.

WordPress 3.8, Looking Good!

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The WordPress team has really knocked it out of the park with version 3.8. While nothing on the front-end changed, the backend has been radically redesigned. Finally, WordPress feels like a cohesive web app instead of a mess. Everything is now neatly organized, and the interface elements are all consistent now. The new icon font makes for a fantastic looking interface. The new backend layout is now fully responsive, meaning I no longer need to use an app to update my sites on the go. I spend most of my time at my web design job staring at WordPress, so this is a pleasant update indeed.

And speaking of updates, I’ve been really thinking of a new design for this blog. I know I don’t write a ton on here, but it’s really fun designing for myself, with no deadlines or guidelines to follow. So yeah, keep an eye out for that.

Five Years.

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I can’t believe this blog has been around for five years already, the years just flew by. Countless redesigns, two hosting changes, and 300+ posts later, this blog is still around. I’m surprised at myself for keeping it up for this long. Granted, there have been months-long lapses in posting, but in the end I always come back to this place and post some more. I guess it’s just nice to have my own private little space on the internet, a place that’s not owned by anybody. Fully managed, designed, and maintained by me. A bit like a private garden. I can write as much as I want, or as little as I want. No limitations, just pure writing. I attribute this blog to keeping my spelling and grammar skills sharp even after all my primary schooling has passed; I definitely don’t want to fall into using text-speak all the time like most of my peers.

So here’s to many more years of tl;dr-style blogging!

DZine-Studios, keeping proper American English alive and well (I should make that my tagline haha).

Small But Great Update

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Updating software can often be a chore, and sometimes brings less-than-desired results. But often an update will bring small UI tweaks, and those are the kind of updates I enjoy seeing the most. Today, I updated Chrome (my browser of choice) and initially it appeared to be the same thing, so I assumed it had under-the-hood updates. But then I went to go close a tab and saw this wonderful little gem:

Chrome Close Tab Button

I don’t design as much as I used to, but I can still appreciate little UI tweaks like these. Before this update, the close button would just have a gray circle upon hovering. I feel like changing the hover color to red definitely reinforces the fact that it’s a close button. I can’t say I’ve tested this scientifically, but I feel like I’ve closed less tabs accidentally because the red color is a bit more noticeable than the existing gray color. And they even included a little drop shadow on the X, lovely. Almost makes me want to design again…

The New Myspace

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Ladies and gentlemen, we might just have the next new thing here. The Myspace of old is completely gone, fully redesigned and repurposed. Imagine the best bits of Facebook, Last.fm, Grooveshark, and Pinterest combined into one slick entity. Gone is the ugly web 1.0 design, replaced by clean sans-serifs, large images, and a super clever side-scrolling design. Preview it after the jump. Continue reading

How To Make A Successful Tumblr Theme

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So you’ve finally made yourself a Tumblr blog; now that you’ve passed the super-challenging signup process you want to maybe stick out from the other billion Tumblrs, right? It’s pretty easy, actually. First look for the most popular theme out there, and install it. After you’ve installed it, you can customize it, and that’s where the fun begins. Continue reading

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