Regular visitors may or may not have noticed it, but today marks the release of a slightly re-jigged website. The aim has been to make the site work on a wide range of screen sizes, from mobile phones upwards. Depending on the device you are using, the format will be adjusted to try and make it easier to read the kind of content we all know and love.
On the subject of which, I know you’ve all noticed it. It’s been quiet round here, right?
Yeah, about that in a mo…
Partly, I’ve been burning the midnight (and 1am, and 2am) oil trying to overhaul the site. It’s always irked me that the site was fixed at a specific width and while tablets manage just fine at squeezing the website onto their screens it was far from ideal, with the text feeling pretty cramped at times – lots of small links to hit with fat fingers. Mobile phones were another thing entirely.
Now, you’ll find text a touch bigger and main links nice and easy to hit, be it a mobile phone, a tablet or a ‘normal’ PC that you’re using. It might not be 100% on every phone just yet, but it should make logical sense wherever.
If you have any issues you can email me (ma at muddymoles dot org dot uk) but I can’t promise to solve them – there’s a lot of phones out there, all with their own funky jive! Any other thoughts on making the website experience better are also welcome but again, contact me directly; there might be a good reason why things are the way they are!
One obvious issue is the way the main categories are organised – some need attention quite badly, and there’s a need to make sure everyone can find stuff under the sub categories. It’ll be a case of small victories I think.
Now the real trick will be building new forum templates, to work across devices and match the main site’s styling. Now that will be a challenge, something most forum templates just give up on. We’ll eventually see if it’s possible but it’s on the ‘projects’ shelf for the time being as those midnight oil supplies are pretty low.
Anyway back to the subject of content. Anyone who’s run a website knows the creative juices ebb and flow over time, and I’m no exception. I see tons of stuff I want to write about on a daily basis but finding the time to marshall my thoughts is another thing entirely. It’s not easy spouting this nonsense you know!
There will be something to read soon though, because on the subject of stuff that actually relates to riding bikes, I’ve received a pair of Intrepid Apparel Mission shorts for review. They have certainly met my expectations so far and an article will be appearing very soon. I’ve also invested in an Exposure Diablo Mk 5 helmet light now that we’re heading for locked down winter mode. I’m expecting it to be my staple helmet light for road, off-road and commuting duties – tiny, USB chargeable and lightweight. Also heading my way is a set of 3Peakslite lights, so it looks like it might be time to wander round the woods at night getting beam shots again.
Elsewhere, Dave has coralled another bunch of cats admirably well into placing orders for our distinctive team shirts. No changes to the design at this stage, but the current vibrant green seems reasonably popular with people, and at least you can be seen both on and off-road! I’d like to create a more mainstream shirt for general release but the trick is to find a supplier that can produce decent quality shirts at a margin that allows a small return. It’s a bit of a square circle at this stage.
See you on the trails soon…