The Bassic Sax Blog 2.0

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Well it’s done. Last night at around 10pm Pacific DST, I put this weblog into maintenance mode for just over an hour, and transformed this site into The Bassic Sax Blog 2.0.

As of March 17, 2017, The Bassic Sax Blog has the look and feel of an online magazine. Yeah!! It really was time for a wardrobe update. 😉

Just as important as the wardrobe however, everything seems to be here, and all seems to be working as I intended it to.

I just spent 30 or so minutes clicking through various pages of my site, navigating around to see how it feels, and made a couple of tweaks here and there. If you notice anything that is missing—eg: I just noticed that there was no search button on the home page, so I quickly added one in the header—please let me know.

I have checked this site on my lap top, on a larger 21″ monitor, my iPhone, as well as my Android tablet. It looks good on all of them, and the navigation and orientation changes accordingly. BTW, for those of you who don’t like dark backgrounds, my iPhone does let me choose between the default black and a white background.

I hope you like the fresh new look and feel of The Bassic Sax Blog 2.0. For all intents and purposes, my weblog has had a very similar look and feel since its inception in 2008. It really was time to radically change things up a bit, while at the same time keeping some of the most import elements that people have become used to.

If you do notice anything that is broken or missing, please leave a comment below. Or if you prefer, you can email me. email links are conveniently located at the top, side, and bottom of all of the pages.

Now that this is done, I will begin the process of developing a variation of this look for my Bassic Sax website. With any luck at all, I will have that site done by Easter.

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

© 2017, Helen. All rights reserved.

Helen

Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

10 Comments:

  1. Hi Helen,

    Looking good!

    There is just one small inconsistency I noticed when viewed on a phone screen. The section beginning with “…this is just my blog.” appears to be hard-coded rather than justified which puts half of it out of view unless I rotate the phone 90? .

    Otherwise, the template makes great use of CSS, making it translate well to different screen sizes.

    Best,

    paul

    • Hi there Paul. Thanks for taking a look for me. What type of operating system is it on the phone? Windows maybe? The android tablet and iPhone of mine are fine.

      BTW, to my knowledge don’t have anything anymore that says “….this is just my blog.” That was quite some time—years as a matter of fact—since my blog said that.

      I’ve attached the top part of my blog’s homepage as it appears in all my devices. Would you be so kind as to tell me where you see this text. Also, if you could let me know if it appears on more than just the home page, and what, if anything unusual appears on my website. Thank you.

      That will give me a much better area to focus on when I try to figure out where those errors might be located.

      • Hi Helen,

        This happens under iOS 10 with both Safari and Google Chrome.

        The text in full is:

        …this is just my blog. My “real” website is http://www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

        and it appears on every page of your blog immediately above the copyright notice.

        © 2017, Helen. All rights reserved.

        HTH,

        paul

    • This is the top of an article page for this blog. It looks the same as the home page.

    • And lastly, this is what my website looks like. I’m wondering if some kind of error appears on it as well?

    • Got it! Of course I understand… Duh… Somedays I can be a real idiot… 😳

      Of course that text is hard coded in… I have the signature line at the end of each of my 2,000 posts…. Nothing big to change there. 😛

      I know I saw something about a signature line in the theme… I’ll have to explore it for future posts. As for the past… Those will remain as the were I’m afraid. Too much current stuff to do. Hey, just tonight I finally got around to getting my URL’s changed over to something sensical from the numerical nonsense that had been the default back in ’08.

      Doing that was actually quite scary, b/c I wasn’t 100% sure that it wouldn’t screw up the links coming into my sites, my internal links, and how the search engines have indexed my site. Despite all the research and prep work I had done, I still had a moment of hesitation and trepidation before I hit the “change permalinks” button.

      All seems to be well however. Now I’m just cleaning up the cache, and finally generating a XML site map.

  2. Easter huh… Well I guess I seriously overestimated the time it would take. 😉

    I was afraid I would forget all the minor details that go into all the work, so I started on a fresh test site late in the day yesterday, and by 11:30 pm the Bassic Sax website was also updated to its new look.

    Yeah! Who would have thunk it? Not me, that’s for sure. In any event. I still have some tweaking to do here and there to increase performance, and to clean things up, but all in all, I’m very happy with how things turned out.

    If you run into any issues, or notice any problems on either site, please drop me an email or leave a comment here. Thanks!

  3. Robert Allan Fox

    There is really no use for you to waste space with
    (New Post) every posting. ( I would have used brackets like you do, but my phone doesn’t have brackets.)

    • I’m not sure what you mean Robert about the wasting of space. Sorry, but if you could explain in more detail—or in a different way—I would appreciate it. Thanks!

      • I’m mystified as well. I don’t see anything in the page source that looks like that. There must be a feature in his browser that notes any unread messages.

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