Design

Drupal Themes: SEO Position Theme Updated

I was recently hired by SEOposition to update their contributed theme for Drupal 5. Essentially, I rewrote the entire theme from scratch: The CSS and XHTML are all brand new, there's a new navigation bar, improved typography, and the theme itself is about 200px wider.

Overall, the code is much tighter, and quicker to download. If you're upgrading from the 4.x version, you'll see a significant decrease in bandwidth usage. Here's an overview of the bandwidth-saving improvements I was able to make:

  • Rewritten CSS is 60% lighter. Old version used over 15k of code, I did it in 6k.
  • New XHTML layout is 25% lighter, easier to read, with better SEO.
  • Optimized images now have 40% smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality.

Here's a screenshot of the new 5.x version:

Updated SEO Position Drupal Theme

The updated theme is now available for download from the official Drupal site. Please note that the information on that page still referrers to the old 4.7 release, all admin screen issues have been resolved in the new Drupal 5 version.

If you have an old theme you'd like updated to Drupal 5, be sure to check out my Drupal theme services.

Posted by John on 2007-06-24

Experiments with AdSense

As an experiment, I've added some Google AdSense to the site. I'm not expecting much in terms of revenue, but you never know... Actually, this is more of an educational experience; I want to better understand the methods behind Google's madness. Maybe you do, too?

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Posted by John on 2007-01-30

Music Section Updated

I've redone the music section to use the audio playlist module. This allows you to access all my music from one page. Additionally, you can now stream the entire collection through WinAMP, iTunes, or any other media player that supports .pls files. Check it out!

PS: I've also created a new favicon! :)

Posted by John on 2007-01-18

Photography Section Complete

The photography section of Blamcast is now complete! It's powered by an embedded version of Gallery2 with a customized version of the Siriux theme. I've also created a mini-version of my Drupal theme specifically for the photo section, in order to minimize scrolling.

The small thumbnails you see on the right of this site are generated by a PHP script I put together. It automatically resizes and caches thumbnails from the gallery. It looks much nicer than just having the web browser scale them down, and it saves bandwidth, too!

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Posted by John on 2007-01-15
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