A new look

I decided it was high time to refresh the look on this website as I thought the previous theme looks dated (also, I was having great difficulty figuring out how to integrate my Instagram feed elegantly on the previous theme).

The current theme is WordPress’s Twenty Fifteen theme (the default theme for new WordPress installations now). I like how the theme places emphasis on my content and its fluidity across different screen sizes. However, I was not perfectly happy with the default font choices – I opted for Open Sans for text and Bree Serif for headings instead.

I also cleaned up the formatting of some of my older posts so that they would look nice on the new theme. It was interesting to look back at some of the stuff that I wrote (and the photos that I posted) and realize how much I have grown over the past few years.

Beneath the hood, I have also made adjustments to (hopefully) speed up the loading times.

I hope you like the new site!

Blog Update

I finally took some time to refresh the blog design – I decided to settle for a simpler theme that does not involve a background image that is almost ½ a megabyte in size (plus the fact that my previous theme was having some display issues with the latest version of WordPress).

Anyway, the awesome new theme I am using is called Fifty fifth Street. I didn’t really like their font colors (a little too light for reading, in my opinion) and the heading font choice (Georgia? Really?), so I modified the theme a little – I think Helvetica Neue Light (Arial for you Windows users who don’t have that gorgeous font) is a much better choice.

Besides the cosmetic changes, I also adjusted some settings. For one, when you point your browser to http://wuxiaotian.com, you will now land on my “About Me” page rather than the index of my posts. I think this is better as it provides some context to my blog posts. Also, sometimes my posts are image-heavy and can bog down the loading time quite a bit, so having a static landing page would be better.

I do hope these changes enhance the user experience.

UPDATE
My Integrated Contact Form script is now available for download. However, please know that it is not the version I had planned but rather an older version. I released it because with the new project I’m working on now, there would be no time to update the ICF script (not that I have updated it since last year.) Also, this version might not be stable – I did not test it extensively. However, I am releasing the source code so you guys can fix modify the script. If you find any bugs, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me.

A few tweaks to Search

I am making a few tweaks to WordPress’ search feature, which I think is way too underpowered. I am thinking of integrating Google’s Custom Search Engine though their user policy clearly state that I cannot hardcode a link to the results page, which would have made my job a lot easier. If there is really no workaround, I would probably have to hardcode a link to the Google site itself, though that means a loss in advertising revenue for me.

I will keep you guys posted on updates.

UPDATE: This is not related to search, but I have got the contact form online now. You can contact me here.