New Site Design

New Site Design

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve had a few days to check out the new website design. For anyone who misses the old site layout, I share your feelings. It was my favorite look that I’ve used for this site since I first launched MusicScribe back the 1990s. I would have kept it a good while longer, but sadly, that particular code had some odd and sometimes annoying quirks with regard to videos and loading pages. I also discovered it sometimes broke links for no good reason. Function always trumps design, so it had to go.

I’d like to point out a few functions of the new design. Check out the “Pick A Theme” link at the top of the site. It gives you three options for how you’d like to view the main page. After checking all three out, just view whichever one happens to be your favorite and bookmark it so you can come back to it every time!

The “Standard” (default) view has a slider at the top for articles we’re featuring with sections for Latest Articles, News, Views, Reviews, and History beneath. “Gospel News, Views, and Reviews” has been our focus for the past few years, so it just makes sense to organize the front page the same way with the addition of a History section to complement our sister-site, SGHistory.com.

Image1The “Animated Grid” view is for those who enjoy a few bells and whistles. It’s more of a novelty, but if you like it best, by all means, use it!

(UPDATE: I removed the animated option in order to reduce stress on MusicScribe’s server. –DBM)

The “Weblog” view is for those who prefer the minimalist style of early blogs that featured the most recent article at the top of the page.

One feature I personally like is the 1-5 Star overlay for review articles. This gives readers a chance to see the rating before you open the review. It doesn’t work in the “Featured” slider at the top, but it works on all other sections of the Standard view on the main page.

Some resources like Tags, Category, Archives, Recent Posts, and Recent Comments links have been moved to the very bottom of every page to keep sidebar clutter to a minimum.

Image2Finally, I want to point out the “static” search box at the bottom of the sidebar. If you scroll down the page beyond the standard sidebar items and keep scrolling down, a handy search box will “stick” in the sidebar. If you’re reading an article and it reminds you of an older MusicScribe article, now you can look it up immediately without having to scroll to the top of bottom of the page to find a search box field first.

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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