The beginnings of my second installation are finally being unveiled!
I have made a number of changes to the theme already although the basic elements are quite similar. I will be customizing this theme (ThreatToCreativity) to fit my interests and my taste, but I chose this theme because I love a lot of its structure and design.
What has changed thus far:
- Deleted the “navigating” text that explained to my users the different widgets I’d placed in the sidebar in order to ensure the navigability of the site.
- Deleted the Frontpage Slideshow widget because especially after my professor pointed this out, I didn’t know what it was really contributing to my site or how it served a purpose as being one of the first things visitors would see.
- Added a background image, changed the universal font of the website, and altered the link decorations when you hover your mouse of it.
- Changed the title of my page to “She is Legend: the official website of Alexa Christine Mantell” because I figured it was a little more professional while still retaining some flair. This may or may not change by the final draft of this installation.
- Uploaded a new picture for my bio page.
- Restructured the navigation menu at the top of the page; the order was initially random (or so it seemed), but I found a way to restore the sequence from my first installation because it’s a logical flow for the site’s content.
- I don’t think I’ve finished this just yet, but I’m redesigning my static homepage. I have two imagines that are the primary placeholders, and they’ll likely stay, but I want to get rid of the date and “title” on this page because they’re unnecessary.
Also, when I started out, the subtitle of the site was beneath the title. Somehow, through my designing, it got moved up underneath the navigation bar.
I reinstated the original header.php file, but that didn’t seem to do the trick. Since I didn’t mess with too many of the files within the theme, my options are narrow, so I’m hoping I can figure out how to get this element back to where it belongs.
I have yet to figure out how to change the randomization of the color scheme of the site. I would prefer a standard set of colors that I can choose and have coordinate to my liking, but at the same time, I rather like having a “surprising” blend of colors with each click of the mouse. Depending on how involved and complicated the process is to change this element, I may or may not alter this component to the theme.
That’s all for now! Feel free to leave comments on how you think this new installation looks and if you have any questions, concerns, or even suggestions for the coming week’s progression!