Friday, July 4, 2008

New Look at eCube

eCube now has a new look and feel. I wanted something bright and refreshing. I used the WP-Polaroid for Blogger template that I downloaded from eblog templates. It took more time than I expected but in the process I created a blog template upgrade checklist. I realized that there is too much code (analytics, tracking, label customization etc.) that is embedded that needs to be ported to the new template code. And the widgets got all messed up in the new template so I had to create many widgets all over again. Getting the author name was a challenge and I still don’t have the post date (only post time is visible).

There is still some fine tuning to be done over the next few days. I still don’t know how to automatically archive the Blogger poll widgets (so bear with them on the side bars). And the Outbrain rating stars still don’t appear on the posts. And post contributors will need to log on to their Blogger Dashboard to be able to create a new post on the blog till I figure out how to get back the top Blogger navigation bar.

Like it, hate it, have suggestions for improvement? Do post your comments on the new interface. There is also a new poll about the interface. Do drop by and provide your feedback.


Gaurav said...

Cool New Look. I'm also using WP-Polaraid Blogger Theme for my upcoming New blog in blogger.

The Theme you're using is full of many errors, even if it is not a serious issue still must be fixed.

Me too downloaded this same theme from 'eblog templates' but was not satisfied the way I expected it to be.

I do carry a laptop with me every day while travelling from my residence to my college. I utilised 1 to 2 hours daily train travelling time to develope WP-Polaraid theme further.

If you're interested I would definitely give you full developed theme soon after it is fully improved, also if your are interested.

Your site has rich informative contents but the platform on which it is presentated ( ie. your theme) can be still improved.

Have a new look of wp-polaoid Theme Here :-
Following Features were added:-
(Here BG = Background)

1. Search blog error was fixed.
2. Search Engine Optimised. SEO
3. Google Adsense Optimization.
4. As you said ( on eblog site)
Read More ... Feature added.
5. Name of Author and Date of Post
added below post tile.
6. Comment Form BOX Added with BG
7. A RED ARROW added in Sidebar.
8 Bottom Flickr BG Changed.
9. Footer Improved 4 Copyright.
10 Social bookmarking Buttons.
11.A Favicon Added.
12.Meta-tags (SEO) added.
13.All Page Elements Unlocked and now add unlimited of them.

Now working On Following Features:-

1. H1 Tag for SEO POst Title
2. Add Google Search Result in blog
3. Code & image Optimization.
4. Easy Adsense & Adbrite Code Placement.
5. Validation of CSS and HTML.

What More Features can I add to This Theme ? Do suggest!

Rds... Gaurav

Manish Mohan on July 7, 2008 at 6:56 AM said...

Hi Gaurav

Great. Would love to connect with you for the new template. Email me at manishmo2007 at gmail dot com.

It will be great to have the author name also hyperlinked. Clicking on it would show all posts by the author. This is useful for team blogs like mine.

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