It’s been over 6 years since I started this blog, and today I felt like it was time for a styling update. It’s not that anything is broken, rather, the internet is constantly evolving, so that a even a good website will inevitably become obsolete in 6 years.
To illustrate, here’s the old style, using the Contempt theme:
The problem is over half of the screen space is taken up by the gray bars at the side. The content has a fixed width of 800px or so, which is great for the 1280×1024 displays that were common in 2010, but looks pretty terrible on the larger displays today.
At first, I tried to tweak the CSS for the theme, but you need to get a premium subscription on WordPress to change the CSS (and it didn’t look that good anyway). So instead, I browsed through a bunch of themes and switched everything to the Hew theme:
This is more in line with the trend for blogs nowadays, with minimal clutter and text in large font in the center of the page. The widgets, which once occupied a third of the vertical space, are now hidden behind an options menu.
It’s a cosmetic change, but hopefully it will motivate me to blog more.