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Launching G@P v4.0 | Wednesday, July 04, 2007

OK. So, here's my all new look G @ P. Been working on it for whole of last week. And now that it's done (for the time being), I'm pretty much excited with the new look. First of all - it's awesomely colored and clutter free. Some nice ajax scripts makes it snazzy.

This is how G @ P looked before the update.

There was this 'sidebar' with all the navigation options, album and communication tools like - chat, msg board, votes etc. Lots of stuff. And frankly, though those were overloading the page, I couldn't drop them from that page. I ignored the urge to change the UI for a long time due to this reason.

But it was high time to listen to what my readers had to say. Same ol' look is quite boring. So, I finally decided to give it a overhaul make-up. And the result is here. The all new G@P.
Lemme show U around.
The first thing U'll notice here is undoubtedly - the 'Pull' string. Give it a click and see the 'Curtain' rolling down from above. Click it again and it'll roll back into its hive. :) That's the best part I like 'bout it. It has all the introductory part 'bout me and the site. It has -
  • My contact info
  • My Wishlist
  • Feed Subscription Options
  • Site Hit Stats
  • Link to my other Blogs etc.

And there's this bar at the bottom. It's got
  • A Chat window
  • Post Categories / Tags
  • Previous Items
  • Archive List
  • Post Search Box
  • Link to my Flickr, YouTube, Delicious a/c

In addition, there's a 'NavBar' link in 'Curtain' and 'Top' link in 'BottomBar'. Click on these and see another magic. The page automatically scrolls to the bottom and top of the screen, respectively.

Additionally, I've made changes on the Item Page. Layout of Item Page is slightly different than the Main (home) Page and the Archive Page. There's a sidebar here which holds the Post options like
  • Comment
  • Bookmark
  • Create a Link
  • Email the Post
  • Subscribe to post comment feed
  • Top Viewed Articles

At the end of post, there are links for
  • Leave a reply
  • Random Article
  • Link to exact previous article
  • Homepage

I guess that is all we need for a effortless site navigation. Now it's your turn to take part in it. I've taken all effort to make this site Easy to load and error free. But still there might be some problems and bugs. Therefor, I'm asking you to give it a try. Keep visiting this blog, subscribe to its feed, do all you wanna do and write to me whenever U encounter any problem with this site. (U can write to me even without any reasons. I like getting mails. ;) ) And also drop in any improvement ideas U'd like to share, anything else U'd like to see here. Just anything will do. Keep visiting and writing. Have a great day.

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  • Blogger Dhivya says:
    Wed Jul 04, 01:57:00 PM  

    Hey this is the first time I am visiting your blog. It looks neat and definitely suave! top

  • Blogger RIA SHAH says:
    Wed Jul 04, 06:28:00 PM  

    awesome blog...the makeover is outstanding..I am impressed and surprised...simply loved your work..keep up the good work.. top

  • Blogger Vicky says:
    Wed Jul 04, 06:41:00 PM  

    Got a detailed mail from Brett of Circle 6 Design shedding light on some of the issues in this new UI.That was really helpful. Thanks to Brett. :) top

  • Blogger InExile says:
    Wed Jul 04, 06:48:00 PM  

    to be honest your old blog is way way better !
    this seems like photoshop gone wrong !
    also theres no way to comment right from the main page .. i have to go read the full post... from where another page opens up ..

    theres no streamlining of links... u shldve kept the options for both a fly by visitor and someone who actually will take the pains to view the top rated articles etc... assuming u wanted to go into such depths...

    but i commend ur hard work nonetheless !! cheerz top

  • Blogger Rahul Bee says:
    Thu Jul 05, 03:47:00 PM  

    Cool colur combination.
    Tells alot about you. top

  • Blogger Efendi says:
    Mon Jul 09, 12:12:00 PM  

    hi vicky,

    thanks for dropping a line at zlythern ;)

    this look is good ^^

    but then again i have to agree with inexile point ;)

    first time i wanted to comment, i was kinda lost, i thought the comment on the right, is somekind of widget showing the latest comment.

    i guess it was because of to much distraction.

    and the 'pull' button aren't much to notice :P

    but overall your color theme is nice ;) top

  • Anonymous Maddy says:
    Mon Jul 09, 02:15:00 PM  

    Good Work.....color theme is awesome....
    Luks coool.....keep it up!!!!

    cheeerz :) top



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