Feed Back is Appreciated: New Site Design

I recently acquired a new domain with a simple, catchy and apt name. The idea is to create a more SFW version of this website, however this one will keep on going in its current form.

The new website will have articles derived from my older posts on this website. But they will undergo more editing and polishing. Old comments shall be integrated into the articles. Obviously the rate of article publishing will be closer to one a day instead of the 2-4/ per day on this website.

So here are my questions..

1. I am leaning towards using wordpress, however other suggestions are welcome.

2. I am considering creating some sort of forum, but one that is much easier to navigate than your standard bulletin boards. Any suggestions?

3. The new site will be designed and optimized for internal search, unlike this one. Any suggestions on what you like- examples?

4. Readers using mobile devices , for obvious reasons, will be considered in any design scheme. Any suggestions on sites that work well for mobiles?

5. Any other suggestions? Two column vs three column vs four column? Layout? Templates? Themes?

I do not foresee any immediate need for donations, but I might monetize it later. However, the readability of the new site shall not be hindered by unsightly ads.

As you know, my motivations are not monetary.

Comments?

  1. January 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    WordPress is good. Re: Columns: one column would probably be best if you want to make the site mobile-friendly… Re: Search: A flaw in the current site is that articles in series don’t link to each other, e.g. “HBDers are Idiots: Reason 5” doesn’t link to Reason 4 (and I assume the same goes the other way but it’s difficult to pull up Reason 4 for exactly the reason listed).

    Try it now- https://dissention.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/hbders-are-idiots-reason-5/

    It doesn’t help that the URL structure contains essentially useless post-date garbage so I can’t just change “5” to “4” in the url, and that brings me to my next suggestion: get rid of excess crap from the url! Your writings are timeless and there’s no reason they need junk like “/2011/01/03/” in their URLs. (Nor do they need “/blog/” or “/wordpress/”, though it takes some wizardry to remove those if you install wordpress in a subfolder)

  2. Matt
    January 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    This blog is fantastic. Not gonna lie, I actually like the way it is now. Although, an internal search option would be nifty.

    Only recommendations:

    1. Keep the text black.
    2. Keep the background white.

    Other color-combos bring on unnecessary eye strain.

  3. Deus
    January 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I like the way the site is set up now. All other blogs use wordpress. This setup is original, and the simple interface is clean and doesn’t strain the eye. If you must make changes don’t change too much.

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