New Website Updates: New Portfolios Added, and Design Decisions
Happy Monday folks! My big accomplishment for today was pressing "Go" on my website redesign, which has basically just been to install and tweak a new Squarespace template (Tudor), and create a new projects page to showcase some things I've been working on.
The big reason I wanted to switch templates was to enable Infinite Scroll, which, despite my best efforts, I wasn't able to mimic without using one of the templates where it's pre-installed. [I tried to create an Ajax request on the Developer Platform to load additional content after testing to see if you've scrolled to the end of the page, but I couldn't get the older content to load in reverse chronological order].
I decided it wasn't worthwhile to keep experimenting that, so went ahead and started working with a new Template, Tudor. There I a few things I don't like about this Template (I'll save those for another blog...) but I think this was definitely a better decision, and the infinite scroll, at least, works really well.
I have a lot of issues with Squarespace, but they make it relatively easy for you to play around with a new template, so you can make style and navigation changes before pushing them live. Some things to note that came up for me you might want to pay attention to:
- Not all templates have index pages. If you have an Index page that you use to display and link to other pages, this might be converted into a Folder instead, which doesn't have it's own landing page, but becomes a dropdown option in your Navigation.
- Not all templates have custom header/ footer options for each page. Tudor, my new template, has a universal footer, and no header area. In contrast, my previous template had customizable header and footers for each different page. Double check to see if you have any information here on your pages before making the switch, because this information won't carry over.
New Projects Page
The other big thing I wanted to update was a new Portfolio page to better showcase some of the work I've done, from personal pursuits and artwork to academic research and writing samples. If you have some time, please take a look! Let me know what you think.
You can also now check out some of the photos I've been taking on my travels this year, in any of the galleries on the Projects page.
Which projects do you find most interesting?
hich projects should I try to better highlight?
Have a question about anything I've worked on? Ask me anything:
Some of the things I thought about when playing with the new template design:
- Fonts: I really don't like the Tudor fonts that come installed. That was definitely the first thing to go. For the ones I chose, I wanted to keep the look simple and readable.
- Menu sidebar: Tudor comes with a 2-panel navigation window that opens from a hamburger icon. You can disable the right panel, which I didn't need, and is more geared toward publications, IMO.
- Blog display style: This part was tricky, and I would love anyone's feedback! There are 3 different options for how your blogs can load: 1) Top, meaning the top of each photo in a row are aligned, 2) Baseline, meaning the bottom of each photo in a row are aligned, or 3) Masonry, meaning the posts load in optimal position for vertical space.
Masonry was ideal for me, as I think it produces the most pleasing overall look. But, when I select this option, it messes a lot with my dates, and it really threw me off, looking at the dates out of order. I'm not sure if other people are bothered by this though - does anyone have a strong opinion? For now I've switched it to Baseline, to keep my own sanity. I've gone back and forth here, though.
Please have a look around!
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