Between 2011 – 2012 I noted those visiting my blog using mobiles and tablets were on the rise. I also noted the affects the mobile explosion was having on blog design and learned either selecting a mobile friendly theme or responsive width theme was a choice I could make. That’s when I began experimenting with all of the free WordPress.com responsive width themes.
Although I will continue to try new free themes as they are added to the Themes Showcase in my test blogs, I stopped searching for the perfect theme. I have made the decision to stick with the Twenty Eleven theme for the time being.
It’s an attractive responsive width theme with many useful features. Most of all I like how it displays. Click to view how one cool site displays in 9 different mobile and tablet devices. While visiting The Responinator site why not check out how your blog displays in those mobile and tablet devices too?
On Twenty Eleven your front page can be a complex page that includes both static and dynamic content. – The workings of Twenty Eleven/Duster
It was my aim to make new visitors aware of the fact that this blog has over 860 posts. I disabled infinite scroll, set up the Twenty Eleven Showcase template and added featured posts. Truth be told I didn’t like the Showcase page template lay out. After I made the change to setting a static front page by setting up the Showcase template which disabled infinite scroll I noticed my traffic stats were low. I don’t know why my blog traffic dropped or if there was a connection with the theme layout change or not.
Infinite scrolling is a new interface technique you’ll find popping up on various websites. It allows users to browse through content without clicking on pagination links. Instead, all users have to do is scroll to the bottom of the page and new content will automatically load on the current page. – Infinite Scrolling Best Practices
Reader Feedback Invited
I have now disabled the showcase template and re-enabled infinite scroll on this blog while I consider what to do next. Any feedback you would like to share on the theme change, layout, background, header and navigation will be valued.
- How quickly does it load for you?
- How is the quality of design compared to other blogs with similar content?
- Does the theme and layout showcase the content well?
- Do you consider the layout to be organized and inviting?
- Are pages being used effectively?
- How useful is the sidebar?
- Is it easy to locate content that’s not on the front page?
- Is the color scheme eye pleasing? Does it make you feel like lingering to read or does it make you want to leave very soon?
- Is there anything lacking or anything that annoys you?
Please don’t hesitate to speak up and let me know what you like or dislike and what works for you as well as what doesn’t.