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As you can see, I’ve made some presentational changes to the blog over the weekend. Votes were overwhelmingly in favour of de-orangification! I’m looking for a cleaner and more professional presentation, but to retain the functionality of the old version.

I’ve decided to use the Grid Focus theme by Derek Punsalan, with some light adjustments to the header (but not much else) in order to include an image. The migrating geese (or possibly ducks) seem like an appropriate image for the blog.

The columns have moved, obviously, and I quite like the new arrangement. You will see if you click on a post that the column closest to the main post varies depending on whether the screen is on a specific post or the general home page, which has allowed me to tailor the contents slightly according to what you are looking at. There are quite a few things I cannot change, though, such as the links on header bar under the image and the slightly clumsy navigation solution it automatically offers.

There is also a new ratings system that WordPress have introduced and is enabled on this theme. I’ve allowed ratings of posts but may drop this again if (a) no-one uses it or (b) people use it to diss my blog too much!

I’m quite happy with the re-design so far, and would be very interested to hear feedback.

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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.


6 Responses

  1. The comments will need to stay at the top of each post… but I have added colour, in the form of the orange-ish masthead. It is a test image of some migrating birds, and I’ll see if I can find (and legitimately buy) a sharper, slightly better one from somewhere.

    I tell you, the hours I have spent tweaking this pesky theme this weekend, I hope you lot like it once you get over the initial shock of the new!

    1. It’s quite good actually. The only other comment I would make is about some of the lighter greys, an example being the Reply button. Is this your first foray into the dark arts of CSS? :)

    2. It is my second foray. But the CSS on this theme was a lot harder to manipulate usefully than on the last theme. Dark arts indeed.

  2. I like the new layout, and the fact that you have separated the UKBA ‘news’ from the real immigration news!