… unless I get tired of this layout (which is probably not soon), I introduce you to version 3 of ADRICULOUS. Finally! Finally!
Although there are still some decisions I have yet to make in terms of the sidebar layouts on single posts and pages or remove the sidebar, this theme for 2016 is simply ready to go. And if you can recall my first version of this blog when I first purchased this domain, you’ll remember that it was all blue with some cute white blossoms as the background image. The previous one was completely focused on text and, let’s just say, I’ve run into some major problems with the Scrawl theme and it was pretty difficult to customize the child theme thoroughly.
The new parent theme that I’m using, Slack, is originally going to be the parent theme for my dear friend’s blog, but she got annoyed with the left sidebar and wanted her logo and navigation menu on top and went with another theme instead. This was a chance for me to use Slack for my parent theme, although I would’ve made mine a whole lot more different than hers should we both end up using the same parent theme.
There are a few things that I made some changes on from the previous theme:
- I am using a text logo instead of an image logo this time. I am currently using the Use Any Font plugin to upload this particular handwriting font. The font is a free download from Kimberly Geswein. The rest of the custom fonts you see (including the one for the body text) are all from Google Fonts. The only text that is actually an image is my new signature per post. I still have yet to update some of the pages of this blog.
- Removed the Home link. If you think about it, the logo itself is already linked to the main page and that putting a “home” link on the main menu would only make it redundant, so to speak. I wouldn’t even need a Home link should I start building one-page websites in the near future.
- Both the main content section and the left sidebar are scrollable. Therefore, if you happen to be a clique owner or a site directory owner, please do take the time to scroll down both sides to check that my link codes are up.
- Slack’s default setting with this entire layout is that the blog page actually has infinite scrolling. I decided that this would not work on my blog, seeing that I have posts that are over seven years old and that I made it displayed to only nine posts at a time.
- I added more social media icons and removed one (Dribbble). Let’s just say, after some 3 years of waiting for an invite to be part of Dribbble, I’ve decided to just give up. That place is just too elitist and I’m really am sick of the long wait. I’ll just stick with Behance, which is a lot more open and welcoming to all designers/developers of all levels.
- I’m still working on the widget layout. I may even trim it eventually to have that much cleaner look and make it not too cluttered. Let’s just see what happens in the later future.
- I also changed the anime/manga-style profile image to one of my slightly older profile pics. Maybe it’s just a whole lot more personal that way and of course, itll show people that I’m actually a real person, not an android robot hiding behind an anime girl’s face.1
- The grid posts are all highly customizable, but I won’t be able to take advantage of all the theme’s extra features through the Calypso app, therefore if I do feel like giving this particular post a different background color (and image even), I will have to log in the actual dashboard.
- The footer really does look horrible to me. I wanted to have a slightly different color that covers the entire screen, but sadly, the color change of the background only shows in “box” format. I don’t know how to fix this, what the heck.
That’s about it for now. And now, coming soon:
- The revamping of Little Dancer.
- The opening of The NinpoJINEOUS.2
- The opening of my portfolio.
- The revamping of Adri Mars.
Hopefully, once I get through my classes, I can finally apply what I learned to the projects I’ve always wanted to make.