After a year of thinking, planning and hand-wringing, I am ready to unveil a major overhaul of AnotherThink, including a very important upgrade to the engine under the hood, Movable Type. In addition to the changes in appearance, Movable Type 4.24 has finally let me axe the dreaded old pop-up comment window.
Computer displays have gotten wider since I began blogging in 2003. This new design takes advantage of that fact by putting more content on the first page. I’ve retained the basic AnotherThink look and feel while simplifying and updating wherever I could.
MT 4 is greatly improved, especially from the perspective of the blogger/author, making it much easier to create and manage entries than ever before with their built-in HTML editor.
For site designers, MT 4 has made excellent use of an object-like templating system, in which pages are created by assembling building block pieces into a complete page. This modular approach, once learned, makes it much easier to tweak the look and feel of the site, or quickly add new pages or features.
MT 4 has also been designed for speed, with a number of options for dynamic publishing and page caching to speed up page display and site rebuilding.
Comment registration now gives you the option of using one of several online verification services, including the popular OpenID. This is entirely optional, but by signing in your comment will not be held up for moderation. This is one of the new tools MT 4 uses to reduce comment spam.
Thank you all for your good comments and continuing support for what I do here at AnotherThink. Keep reading and commenting, and while I continue tweaking the new site, let me know if you have any suggestions or problems.
May God’s grace continue to lift us all in the love of his son, Jesus.
Hey, I like it, Charlie. Good work. Generally, I like change – it makes life more interesting! And by the way, the picture looks like you’re tying your shoes. 🙂 But back to the design: I’m SO glad you still have the ongoing conversation and commentary of the American Gothic couple – I look forward to seeing what they have to say!