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Say hello to the new Seattle Bike Blog v2.0.0beta

Hello there! Regular readers may notice that things look a little different around here.

The previous site design was a customized version of the 2010 WordPress default theme and, well, it has been out of date since about 2012. I’ve been mulling over this redesign for a while, but then a recent update completely broke the mobile version of the site beyond repair. So here it is, in all its beta glory.

The biggest benefits of the new design are that it is responsive, changing sizes dynamically to fit whatever screen you are using. This technology was a big deal a decade ago, and I’m very excited that it has finally arrived here. The new theme should also meet the latest accessibility standards (I will need to audit this once I’m done making changes). The theme is also based on the brand new Twenty Twenty-Three WordPress theme, which includes a major change in the may WordPress will function going forward. So if I can get the same longevity out of it as I did with the last one, I won’t need to change themes again until 2035.


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But the biggest advantage of the new theme is that it is so much easier to change and adjust things on the fly. This is why I feel comfortably launching it in a beta state. I already have a to-do list of things to fix and adjust, but I would love your feedback as well. But even in this mid-construction state, it should already be more functional than the old site, especially on mobile devices.

So stay tuned for more changes and updates going forward. Thank you to everyone for reading.

Screenshot of the front page of the old site.
RIP, out of date 2010 theme. You served us well.

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8 responses to “Say hello to the new Seattle Bike Blog v2.0.0beta”

  1. Janet Heineck

    Looks great.

  2. Spencer

    Very nice. Let’s see Paul Allen’s blog.

    Haha but seriously it’s really nice!

  3. Apu

    I love it! Thanks for caring about accessibility.

  4. John O.

    Hello!

  5. Dave R

    Miss seeing how many people have commented on the front page.

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      Me too! The new theme, which uses the brand new WordPress site editor, does not have a way to do this out of the box. It’s on my list of things to figure out. Thanks for confirming my suspicion that others like that feature, too.

      1. Tom Fucoloro

        I also just stumbled on a bug while trying to post these replies. The cloud flare human detector thing sometimes doesn’t work when posting a nested comment reply. Hmm…

    2. Tom Fucoloro

      Great news! The comments count is back on the homepage.

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