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July 17, 2011, 07:22:12 AM
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http://bitcoinweekly.com/

Been working my butt off all night to make bitcoin weekly even more minimalist.  Cool

Love it or hate it, let me know.

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July 17, 2011, 07:25:23 AM
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Not bad. I think if I were doing it I would make one of the articles show on the main page or at least a larger portion of it. 

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July 17, 2011, 07:57:36 AM
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"We're sorry, but something went wrong.

We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly."



that's as minimalist as I have seen

EDIT it works now!  it's better than before although personally i'm not a fan of bare naked type of minimal style
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July 17, 2011, 07:59:00 AM
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"We're sorry, but something went wrong.

We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly."



that's as minimalist as I have seen

Gone like the wind.

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July 17, 2011, 08:03:41 AM
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Got the error message too, buy ok now. Site works for me, although I also am not a minimalist fan. I like color. Thanks for your contribution.
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July 17, 2011, 08:03:59 AM
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"We're sorry, but something went wrong.

We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly."



that's as minimalist as I have seen

Gone like the wind.
And back like magic  Cool

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July 17, 2011, 08:13:40 AM
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Functionally, none of the links on the top of the page are working for me, it's like it's an image instead of links.
How about some padding between the columns, and some between the horizontal lines and the headings.

Honestly if I were you I would run it as a wordpress blog.

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July 17, 2011, 08:16:52 AM
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Functionally, none of the links on the top of the page are working for me, it's like it's an image instead of links.
How about some padding between the columns, and some between the horizontal lines and the headings.

Honestly if I were you I would run it as a wordpress blog.

Very strange. I started getting it too.

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July 17, 2011, 08:47:47 AM
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Functionally, none of the links on the top of the page are working for me, it's like it's an image instead of links.
How about some padding between the columns, and some between the horizontal lines and the headings.
Should be fixed. Let me know if it ain't?

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Honestly if I were you I would run it as a wordpress blog.

Why would I want to do that? I would need to learn php and learn how to write my own plugins.

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July 17, 2011, 08:53:39 AM
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Functionally, none of the links on the top of the page are working for me, it's like it's an image instead of links.
How about some padding between the columns, and some between the horizontal lines and the headings.
Should be fixed. Let me know if it ain't?

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Honestly if I were you I would run it as a wordpress blog.

Why would I want to do that? I would need to learn php and learn how to write my own plugins.

Nah the links don't work yet.
And umm, that is not a requisite for wordpress. I can't write for shit - I don't write at all on either of my sites. Most everything you want is there for you, it's popular because idiots like me can use it.

Seriously, go make a wordpress site asap to prove to yourself how you don't need to learn php or write your own plugins. If you don't have a spare domain I will lend you one as a testing facility.

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July 17, 2011, 08:58:11 AM
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I tend to like clean site designs but in this case I'd say it's gone beyond minimalistic to looking like the webmaster didn't care to put time into making it look good.

Why would I want to do that? I would need to learn php and learn how to write my own plugins.

Unless you want to do something fanciful, the default Wordpress installation, existing themes and plugins should cover all the typical webzine needs. No programming needed and you get something that can look very professional without looking cluttered if you pick a right theme and get rid of unnecessary links.

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July 17, 2011, 09:06:39 AM
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I tend to like clean site designs but in this case I'd say it's gone beyond minimalistic to looking like the webmaster didn't care to put time into making it look good.

It looks better to me than what I got yesterday.
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Unless you want to do something fanciful, the default Wordpress installation, existing themes and plugins should cover all the typical webzine needs. No programming needed and you get something that can look very professional without looking cluttered if you pick a right theme and get rid of unnecessary links.

I don't need all the bell and whistles of wordpress.

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July 17, 2011, 09:11:08 AM
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I'm only going to try once more : it should be more about what your readers want than what you want to do. first impression really does matter.

once you install wordpress, you can make it as simple as you want it to be, and it takes no time to add new posts.

e:your link buttons work now.

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July 17, 2011, 09:29:07 AM
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I'm only going to try once more : it should be more about what your readers want than what you want to do. first impression really does matter.
Dunno. I am going to wait for feedback from more people. I like it better than the old ones, plus they told me to get rid of the borders.

If people told me in significant number(say, 30%), I will revamp it until it works.

Though, I should buy hire a CSS designer because I don't actually have design sense or perhaps just buy a template. I like doing it too much.
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once you install wordpress, you can make it as simple as you want it to be, and it takes no time to add new posts.
It's true that I could just have used wordpress and be done with it.

But I took bitcoin weekly as an opportunity to learn web development. Plus, I do ruby on rails development at my day job anyway. In doing the revamp, I learn a lot about sass, which make it really easy for me to do CSS customization!

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July 17, 2011, 10:49:58 AM
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Add padding to front page. Linkify Bitcoin Weekly logo. Center navigational bar. Change font to verdana and improve layout of articles.

Probably more work to do, but I been at this like six hours stright. Good morning. See ya in the afternoon.

Also, don't forget to leave feedback.

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July 17, 2011, 05:34:11 PM
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I love bitcoinweekely Smiley
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July 17, 2011, 05:49:02 PM
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I love bitcoinweekely Smiley

Nice to know that someone appreciate my magazine, but that doesn't tell me anything about the site's new look.

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July 17, 2011, 06:17:05 PM
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I tend to like clean site designs but in this case I'd say it's gone beyond minimalistic to looking like the webmaster didn't care to put time into making it look good.

It looks better to me than what I got yesterday.
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Unless you want to do something fanciful, the default Wordpress installation, existing themes and plugins should cover all the typical webzine needs. No programming needed and you get something that can look very professional without looking cluttered if you pick a right theme and get rid of unnecessary links.

I don't need all the bell and whistles of wordpress.

Kiba, you sound like me when I first started doing web stuff Cheesy
Like I said, I like clean designs, probably a lot to do with the fact I am lousy with aesthetics and design. So in the early days, I pissed off quite a few people when I told them I thought MY design look clean and good and refused to entertain "fanciful" requests. I quickly learnt, and unfortunately so did those clients who accepted my bullish stand then, that it does NOT work that way. Sites that generally look half-baked and poorly designed just don't become successful, because first impressions make a huge difference.

Same reason why most people recommend that you don't try to promote a site when things aren't working right yet Wink

If the only reason you're doing Bitcoin Weekly just for your own satisfaction and don't care if nobody else bothers to read it, then feel free to ignore us.

Otherwise, seriously consider using a platform (doesn't have to be Wordpress, I'm sure there gotta to be some CMS done on Ruby if you really insist) that was built for webzine/blogging in mind. While you might not need the bells & whistles now, it would be far easier to add those bells & whistles when you do need it if the platform is already designed to have them.

If you want to learn more about programing and CSS, working on an existing CMS would help you too if you need to start messing with plugins or customizing themes. What people have done can also serve as a basis for learning, either because it's really bad or it's really good.

Finally, it's always useful to know another language/platform or two, especially if you ever need to find a new job. Depending on who's stats you're looking at, PHP has 5x to 120x the market share compared to Ruby so don't get stuck on Ruby alone Cheesy



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July 17, 2011, 07:04:04 PM
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+1 to post above

my honest feedback: when i sow your site it wasn't worth spending any time on it , it straight up told me - there's nothing to see
that bare naked no style approach only good for developing some functionality you test in private/local environment.   for the readers, aesthetically it is not acceptable and will do more harm by driving them off
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July 17, 2011, 07:06:42 PM
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+1 to post above

my honest feedback: when i sow your site it wasn't worth spending any time on it , it straight up told me - there's nothing to see

You don't like the look now? I thought I improved it quite a bit.

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