Aqua theme on this site

The version of my Aqua theme currently installed here replaces the site title and (optionally) description with a graphic.

In the NQCC version of it the logo sits above a header image but here a larger “logo” is used instead of a header image (technically, the logo replaces the site title via a call in the header.php file, the site description is suppressed in the same place, and the header image has been removed via the “customise” dialogue).

This version of Aqua is also using Century Gothic for headings and body text, without any tweaking of sizes and spacings, although the theme is optimised for Futura headings and Arial body text.

Testing “Press This”

Alleged captain of Mediterranean migrant boat that sank with more than 700 lives lost denies he was in charge.

Source: Migrant boat disaster: Alleged captain of capsized ship with loss of more than 700 lives appears in court – ABC News

This was posted here via Press This using default settings, and then edited in WP (1) to add this explanation and (2) to change post title from the headline to “testing Press This” and shorten the slug which was, yet again, the headline. Press This is not very smart!

Mailchimp newsletter design

Many website owners like to use Mailchimp newsletters to keep in touch with members or customers. Here are some samples – good, bad, slick and basic – to spark designers’ imaginations. Clicking on any of them will open bigger versions in a lightbox and allow you to scroll through as you wish.

Site maintenance

Most people seem to think of their websites as books – publish and forget – but they are much more like magazines, requiring a flow of new content and regular review of older content. If you prefer a different metaphor, they are more like gardens than buildings.

On the technical, behind-the-scenes level they require software updates. Some of these can be neglected without causing any problems but you never know which ones were security updates and which ones will solve – or cause – crashes due to conflicts between plug-ins and theme updates.

On the public level, page content goes out of date for all sorts of reasons and needs to be updated, while designs which looked fresh and new – even cutting-edge – in, say, 2004 look very dated ten years later.