Blog Redesign 2007
Yep, this blog looks old. It's time for a redesign. I kind of miss the 2003 look and feel, but my current site
I didn't want to ask publicly but Jeff Atwood insisted that I should, so here is my quiet call for help. If you're a Web 2.0 designer and you can sex up my blog to be all Web 2.1 like Alex's or Phil's, then holler at me and if it works out, I'll link to you with a "Designed by YOUR NAME HERE" on every page."
Things that are important to me:
- Work in IE7 and FireFox
- Have a Printer-specific CSS so stuff prints easily
- You have to use the CSS classes that DasBlog creates
- Little touches like making my comments look different than everyone else's
- Nice touches like XFN, little graphics next to external hrefs, etc...
- Pleasant, with room for some of the advertisements without making the site look like Las Vegas (it's heading in that direction)
Thanks...now back to your regular scheduled programming.
UPDATE: To be clear, in the weeks leading up to this post I've interviewed six paid designers. This post isn't an attempt to be mingy or miserly - I'm happy to pay if the designer would prefer. I just thought that many designers are looking for work and that some search engine optimization (SEO) in the form of 4500 links to their design site might be more valuable.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
I'm amazed by how many even very professional web sites still insist on printing to a fixed width - usually the US Letter format - which means all the lines get cut off on the right by a few millimeters.....
Thanks for thinking about us international users, too!
i'm using DasBlog too since 2003 and recently updated my design. But DasBlog is a dirty ASP.NET 1.1 beast, which makes it nearly impossible to get an up-to-date Web2.0 XHTML/CSS valid page...
Rightstuff looks very promising, and i'm interested which design you get
To be clear, in the weeks leading up to this post I've interviewed six paid designers. This post isn't an attempt to be mingy or miserly - I'm happy to pay if the designer would prefer. I just thought that many designers are looking for work and that some search engine optimization (SEO) in the form of 4500 links to their design site might be more valuable.
We used to work together at STEP ages ago... :)
Have you considered just using an open source CMS like Drupal or even a blog framework like Wordpress, and customizing one of the existing templates to your liking?
I'm using Drupal for about a dozen sites right now (can send links if you'd like), and have been pretty impressed.
I don't find it immoral to find designers willing to do work for free in return for name recognition. What's the difference between creating a free design for a well known site or for free template repository site like oswd.org or openwebdesign.org if the designer is willing to do it for free? If you can't find such a designer then you can step up and offer payment.
Scott: why is this website still using .NET 1.1? Does this mean dasBlog doesn't use any of the new features in .NET 2.0?
(Note: I don't know if dasBlog supports themes & skins)
Looking forward to your new design. Have you considered putting a request on rentacoder.com?
I don't care what your blog looks like. If it was in Courier New I would still make it the first thing I read at lunch time here at work. All I do here at work is make information from data and vice versa all day long. So maybe I'm biased and I am using you but you return a lot of information in a small space and that suits my constraints just fine. I am really anti-peacock feathers in blogs and websites and on computers.
I don't have any peacock feather skills but I would RUN, not walk, to get a couple links on your website. That is money in the bank for a small startup with no million dollar backers. So anyone that is saying you are trying to get something for free (a re-design), has no need for "inbound links" (read: SEO) nor understanding of how popular you blog is.
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