Hello everybody. Merry Christmas to all of you! In fact, I have a Christmas present for you here on LiP!
As anybody who has followed the site over the years knows, I only update the looks of the site once per year. LiP has been in existence since 2006, and the current version of the LiP design is LiP 7.0. Well, this year I decided to do it twice! First time ever, but I have my reasons for that. So, as of the time you read this article, you are now looking at LiP Version 8.0. It is my early Christmas present to the LiP family of readers and site participants. I hope you like it.
Why am I changing again so soon?
Well, there are a few reasons, let’s have a look:
- The main reason for the change is that after I upgraded to LiP 7 some months back, only about a week later, WordPress (the software which this site operates on) came out with a major upgrade that supported some new technology. With the release of WordPress 3.7, the software began supporting HTML5. HTML is the language that the Web is built on, and it is always moving forward with new versions, and each version has new capabilities. HTML5 was a pretty major upgrade, and I wanted to take advantage of some of the new technology that was now available. With the old design of LiP, that was not something I could do, so I have been itching to make another upgrade, which is the major reason that I decided to do it early this time around.
- Truth is, after setting up the new look 6 or 7 months ago, it didn’t take long, and I grew tired of the old design. My main complaint was that I didn’t really like the typography after a while. I felt that the headline text was not really bold enough, and other things about it kind of turned me off, or rubbed me the wrong way after only a month or so. I have been holding my tongue, and just putting up with it for at least 5 months now.
- I saw some new designs over the past few weeks, using the new HTML5 technology, and I fell in love with them. I was able to work those things into the new site design, and I am very happy with the way that the new iteration of LiP has turned out. Really, of all of the designs I have used on LiP over the years (8 different designs now), this is by far my favorite. I really love the looks of this new design, and feel that it will serve readers well for a year (who knows.. maybe even more!).
Usually, when I roll out a new version of LiP, I change the looks, but I also add some new features, new functionality to the site as well. This time, I am not doing that. I have to admit, I am pretty happy with the way the site is working, but I did want to update the looks. Using the HTML5 design, I have been able to do some of the same things as I was doing before on the site, but through much simpler method. In the past, some of this functionality required additional software that was built on top of the site. Now, it can be done without the additional software using the HTML5 design to do it natively, so that is much better and should lead to smoother functionality and also less demand on the web server to keep the site going, which is a good thing!
One bit of functionality that you may have noticed in recent weeks is that the site is running much faster. A few weeks back I started a new project to make my sites faster, and was fairly successful in my endeavor. In fact, when I started the project, LiP was quite slow. When I tested it, the test reported that LiP was slower than about 70% of the sites that had been tested! Now, after making some improvements in the functionality of the site, when I retest for speed results, I usually get scores that LiP is now faster than 95 to 98% of tested websites! I can’t complain about that, and I hope you have noticed the faster site!
Does something in this new look feel familiar to you? If you have been following LiP for a while, there might be something here that gives you a flashback. In fact, something in this new design ties in with LiP 2.0, which was launched in October 2007. Can you see what it is? Give me a guess and I’ll see how many get it correct!
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas
So, I hope you like the new look and feel of the site. I know that I do, but it means a lot to me if our site participants also like it. That is the most important after all. Merry Christmas to all of you, and I hope you enjoy this small Christmas Present that I have prepared for you!