EOL: 10 Years of Crap
It has been a long while since I completely re-designed elroyonline, mostly because the issues with my eyes have meant that sort of thing takes a back seat. That’s not to say that the site hasn’t changed over time, it has! The background, fonts and colours have slowly morphed, but the layout has remained pretty much the same.
I recently designed a new, Back to the Future theme for MorgsDebate (the guy is obsessed with the BTTF…. and Goonies) and during the development of that we decided to go with something very clean as far as content layout was concerned. Specifically, The Morgan wasn’t keen on his site having a sidebar, AT ALL.
While putting together MorgsDebate I sat back and looked at the EOL layout for the first time in ages and decided that, while I didn’t want to go to the extreme that Morgan had, I did want to clean things up here. The result is what you see now, not a new design by any means, but certainly the layout is much tidier.
If you take a look at the bottom of the page you’ll find some extras that I coded for the new layout. Namely Recent Comments and Popular Posts (based on page views). Another ‘treat’ is that the Powers Cosmic comics now show up in the search, archive and category results, which makes for easier browsing.
Something else that dawned on me while I was putting the new layout together was that I was yet to acknowledge — on the site anyway — that 2008 is the tenth year that elroyonline has graced the net in some form or other. The archives on this version of the site only go back as far as 2002, and that’s only because I managed to port the database over from the old engine to wordpress, other wise it would only reach back about 12 months.
Over the last 10 years EOL has had various hosts and various forms — I’ve counted 49 themes in all, although not all have made it online, and not all have ended up gracing elroyonline (the kororaa.org theme started life as a potential eol theme) — however, despite all the changes the site has remained a repository for me to post about the crap that I’m interested in.
Something you may notice about the new layout is that the ads are gone. They may stay gone. but then they may return at some point too. EOL has never been about making money (which is great, because it hasn’t) but I do really enjoy the fact that I get enough visitors here to keep me interested in posting and to keep allowing me to review new movie and dvd releases when they become available.
To those of you who comment regularly, thanks for keeping things interesting for me. To everyone who visits regularly, whether you comment or not, I appreciate your support for this site and hope that I can continue to post things that keep you interested too.
Here’s to the next 10 years.