We got jealous of the new helmets, I guess.
Read on if you want details, or just skip this, and go read the metric ton of new content the guys decided to produce in one day.
Update: I started the push of this new layout late last night. That was a mistake. I pushed what’s called a “child theme” rather than the parent theme, which, despite “best practices” is what I really fully customized for our needs. So there’s a bit more goofed up than I realized. Patience, please. Everything should “work.” It’s just a bit rough in spots. I’ll clean it up tonight. Thanks. Mostly fixed! (I think.)
Yeah, so we got jealous of the new helmets. Somehow, suddenly, our logo didn’t look as gold as it’s supposed to look.
But really, the main reason for the change was to hopefully improve browser support across desktop, mobile, and tablet browsing environments, and to improve the usability of our Sideline Forums. We’re pretty happy with how things are chugging along over there, but we’ve heard a lot of complaints that the old layout was too narrow for a forum, and we couldn’t improve upon that situation without a major overhaul, so here we are.
Also making headlines around here, we’ve added a “News” page. It’ll run off the same curated stream of links we, the HLS team, put together practically ever day, but if you want to bookmark a page to get all the best ND football-related links, that’s the one you want.
We’ve also moved some things around. We placed the Shoutbox, popular among some of our long-time readers, into it’s own separate page, which you can reach via the “Chat” menu item at the top of the page. Why? Because I found a chatbox in the sidebar started to feel really small. I want to use that thing if we’re going to have it, so I wanted to let it breathe. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a revival of gameday chatting then.
There are also some neat little UI tricks we can do with this new layout, like give posts or pages their very own layout entirely, or add some interesting widgets within posts that might help when we want to embed the google spreadsheet we used to derive our analysis, but don’t want to make everything terribly ugly. You’ll probably see that soon.
There are kinks. I see some that you may not see because you aren’t aware of my glorious coding that, for some reason, now that it’s on the servers, our blogging engine has decided to ignore. And there are some of which I’m not even aware. Please feel free to contact us.