You might have in all probability examine it already: we’re planing to launch a brand new theme for Ghacks quickly.

Since it is a fairly delicate factor to do, not solely to keep away from angering or irritating customers of the location, but in addition ensuring that performance is retained, that all the pieces masses high quality, that there usually are not any breaking points, and that the location will do high quality Search engine optimisation-wise similar to earlier than, it is very important check the brand new theme completely earlier than launch.

I might wish to ask you to provide it a strive, and let me know what you consider it. Additionally, please let me know of any bugs or points that you simply encounter, in addition to enhancements that you simply wish to see.

To check the location utilizing the brand new theme, use the next URL: http://www.ghacks.web/?theme=ghacks

Please be aware that you must append ?theme=ghacks manually to URLs as it isn’t carried over to pages that you simply open.

Listed here are 4 hyperlinks, one to the homepage, one to an article web page, one to a web page, and one to a class web page to your comfort:

What I am significantly taken with:

  1. If the fonts used, new article width, and different article associated modifications give you the results you want.
  2. If a web page doesn’t load or seems problematic in come what may (e.g. sidebar not on the fitting, however under the article).
  3. Should you encounter any points whereas looking the facet, e.g. stuttering, photographs not displaying, feedback not working correctly.
  4. The loading time in your finish (sooner, slower) If slower, assist us out by urgent F12, and checking the community tab of the Developer Instruments to seek out the weather that took the longest to load.
  5. Your general opinion on the theme and the change.
  6. In case you are proficient on the subject of Search engine optimisation, if you happen to discover any points associated to that (e.g. nofollow hyperlinks, robots textual content incorrectly configured, redirects, lacking tags, unhealthy use of headlines, aso).
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Why a brand new theme?

You might be in all probability questioning why I’ve determined to launch a brand new theme. We have now used the outdated one for a few years now, and whereas it really works high quality, it isn’t appropriate anymore for quite a lot of causes on the subject of the tech it makes use of.

First, it’s fairly heavyweight, with a number of scripts and CSS code that prolongs load occasions and is heavier on the useful resource facet of issues than it ought to be.

The brand new theme has been designed from the bottom up, by Daniel Pataki, a former Ghacks writer, to be fashionable with reference to know-how, and tremendous environment friendly on the subject of using photographs, JavaScript and CSS.

It’s a lot leaner than the outdated one utilizing fewer requests, fewer JavaScript libraries, fewer photographs, and the loading time ought to be quite a bit higher due to this.

I needed a theme that retains the general really feel of the location nonetheless. I do know, as a person, that new designs that change all the pieces round usually are not preferred quite a bit. We tried to retain a lot of the feel and appear of the outdated web site.

Some issues are totally different in fact, however the modifications are, in my view, not overly drastic or problematic.

I additionally needed to maneuver the principle advert displayed beneath the title. That is an experiment proper now. I do not actually like the placement of that advert in any respect. It relies upon nonetheless on whether or not the brand new placement for the advert — within the rightmost header space — works earnings smart. I am ready to just accept a dip in earnings, but when the dip is just too massive, I must transfer it again to the unique location.

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I might wish to thank every and everybody of you who will assist me check the location.

Points that we’re conscious of:

  1. The remark kind doesn’t present up if there is no such thing as a remark but.

About Martin Brinkmann

Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who based Ghacks Know-how Information Again in 2005. He’s obsessed with all issues tech and is aware of the Web and computer systems just like the again of his hand.You possibly can comply with Martin on Fb, Twitter or Google+