We’ve talked about this change for a VERY long time on SpeakOut, and now it’s time for it to roll out. As our third change from the original ‘old Kotaku’ inspired theme, to our previous one, this new theme sets out to achieve some goals.
- To cater to a future of high resolution monitors, big screen TVs, and consoles that will definitely have web browsers and more. The larger page width, text size, and content width are intended to make viewing on a large screen or high-res monitor easier.
- To make content on mobile devices every bit as engaging as on larger screens. We’ve cleaned up the content that appears on mobile devices, adding our own menus and such to make browsing easier, even when logged in. The ‘admin bar’ will no longer appear for most logged-in users, and instead we’ve built our own menu to replace it. Please give us time to add more functionality here though. This is just the first step.
- To permit more content on each page. Having a larger content width in both the side-bar and the main-content will make it easier include more in posts and pages. This is a central part of future site ideas like the homepage, and other soon-to-come pages.
- To permit user input and development. This post will also contain details on how you can get involved in site development. Want to make a page, improve the site theme, or simply would like a means to test your article ideas on a local install? We’ve made a guide to help you do just that. Currently we have a very, very small team to work on the site, so we can’t do everything, and getting others involved might be our best bet to help with that.
These ideas are the baseline of the new page design. But we want to inspire more site activity overall, and we want to do that by further supporting your work through the site itself. Original articles are a big part of what makes this place special, and simply posting them to N4G isn’t enough. We believe the site itself needs to promote your work properly too. And we’ll soon see changes to do just that.
The old theme, and other themes, will still be available in the sidebar but we ask that you do not use them. Using the current new theme will support the site better. The ‘Morning’ and ‘Day’ themes will be converted in due time.
Anyone willing to help here would be appreciated.
We’ve put time into making our theme more accessible, and there’s now a guide to help people make a local WordPress install on their PC so they can work on site ideas without affecting the actual site. Once you’re done, just send an email with a picture and any necessary details and we’ll review implementing them. You’ll find the aforementioned guide in our FAQ area.
Speaking of FAQs
We really need your help with this; it’s a lot for just a few of us to do. But essentially the FAQ area needs to be filled. We’ve put the most important stuff in there but, for general users, there needs to be more.
Things like proper capitalization for articles, ways to improve spelling, how to submit to the calendar, etc. should all have guides. We know our users can be very opinionated on various matters of the site but, as has been stated, these things cannot be pushed. Not yet, anyway. For now, making a guide in the FAQ area is the next best thing. Something everyone can read and reference.
PLEASE HELP US HERE. Every registered user has access to making and submitting FAQs.
Recently, WordPress Jetpack has updated to support Google+ authorship. In other words, you can now let Google know that YOU wrote that post. As you may have noticed, my name is now on my posts instead of my username (DigitalWolf). This feature will cause this, and I’m fine with it. I don’t know of anyway to connect to Google and still display your username. If you want to enable this feature you will find it in the dashboard under ‘Settings > Sharing‘. Any user can do this.
For the people that want to get their names out there this could be a big deal for you.
This is the first of many changes to come to improve the site, and further support our projects and articles. There are still MANY fixes that need to be made over time, so please bear with current inconsistencies. Thank you for being with us.
All questions should go to the comments!