New Look

The old blog has a new look, which I think you can see.

Time for a New Look

After finishing up the fourth year on the road, I started to become more critical of the design of these pages. In particular I felt like I wanted it to be:

  • Less technical looking
  • Have an easier reading layout
  • Faster to load
  • Faster to navigate from page to page
  • Use less bandwidth
  • Have an overall better experience with modern browsers

TBT, I was also bored with it and needed an incentive to write more.

Now there’s at least 100,000 premade WordPress templates out there, but I decided to write my own. Why? Because I can. It also allowed me to incorporate some of the open source stuff I’ve written and structure the whole thing so I could easily move off the WordPress platform entirely should I decide to. I was also able to make some long needed improvements to some of the functions like the maps, lists, states visited (click on a state) and add a new masonry styled gallery/slide show.

So, if you’re using a current mainstream modern browser – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera, Samsung Internet – this is it. If not, then a limited version is what you’re seeing and it’s long past the time to upgrade.

I hope you, my massive audience numbering well over 1,000,000 (binary!) will find this change an improvement. I invite your feedback on the changes or the blog in general.

Technical

For web developers out there, the site is a Polymer 2.0 progressive web app. Offline capability is currently disabled, but may be turned on soon. The backend is just the WordPress REST API plus a couple of custom endpoints. Some of the images are served by Cloudinary. I’m aware I need a favicon.

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

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