My blog theme is based on Cutline, and I've been using it for over year now. It's a simple, clean WordPress theme, but it's never looked quite the way I wanted it to. So this past Friday I took the basic design and made a number of changes. The layout is now wider than before (1000px vs 770px), and I also made some subtle changes to the menu bar across the top of the page as well as tweaks to how the widget titles and menu items are displayed.
I also made my own banners, hand coded a couple widgets in the sidebar, and added several new custom pages. All in all, I like the design (mostly).
Here's the complaint I got this morning:
Your new site design is painful, talk about awful contrast, color palette and the lack of margins.
I've already removed the accent color; it was a little too strong for me. But I do not understand the complaint about the contrast; can someone explain?
And as for the width, well, lots of blogs are about as wide as this one. I checked before I chose this width.
The thing is, I wanted a wider column for the posts as well as a wider column for the sidebar. You don't have to scroll as far to read a post now, and I like that. And I'll be honest with you; I wanted the wider sidebar so I could use wider ads. I wanted to get rid of those god-awful skyscraper ads. They were the only ones that fit before (of the recommended sizes). I hated how they looked.
So what do you think of the new theme? I'm open to suggestions.