April 5, 2010

Blog re-design – almost !

First of all, my apologies to those of you subscribed to the blog feed, for the Test post. I realized that after I had put the test post and taken it off.

I have been wanting to re-design this blog for sometime and ofcourse do it on the cheap or even for free. I had asked for some help and quite a few of the readers offered to help, however for some reason or other the re-design did not work out.

Recently blogger introduced some new enhancement and so I decided to go for some changes. I have a preference for the minimalist design approach, which involves stripping down a website to its most fundamental features. I personally hate cluttered websites.

I spent hours tweaking and changing and revising and you see the final version which ….is the same as the old one :). I am just joking. I have kept the original design intact and tried to simplify it and will continue doing it further. I know most of you visit my blog for its great design :)

So please leave feedback in the comments section on what further changes you would like.

14 comments:

Lucky said...

Hi Rohit,

The title and the looong subtitle are more "noticeable" now. It will be good if you decrease the font size of the latter by at least 2 levels.

Otherwise, I have been a regular visitor for the great design indeed :P

Rohit Chauhan said...

Hi rathin
thanks for the comment. which font are you referring to ? header or the post ?

on amrutanjan, i checked the price and did it hurt !!!

the price is now 1200+ ..missed a double here :) ..anyway win some lose some

rgds
rohit

Rohit Chauhan said...

Hi lucky
yes, the subtitle is quite glaring now. i have actually removed and will will reworking the title soon.
thanks for the comment though

rgds
rohit

Sachin Purohit said...

Hey Rohit. When I checked your website with the new layout, from my office network, I observed it was hanging a lot before the entire page showed up. The other websites were working very fast on the same network. Don't know if it is something on your website that is causing the slowness. The same happened even when I clicked the link for your Comments pop-up, to write this comment.

I actually killed the instance of browser a couple of times, thinking it may have completely hung. But this time I waited patiently to know that it comes up but after quite some time.

Let me get back home to see if from my home network too, it is coming slow. Otherwise it is pretty decent. I am the last person to review colour, font, etc because I am aesthetically challenged!

Rohit Chauhan said...

Hi sachin
thanks for the feedback. i added a search button from google and that slowed down the whole website load.
i have taken it off and a bunch of other widgets. my aim is to simplify the blog further even it means losing some non critical pieces of it.

can you check and let me know if the website is loading better ?

regards
rohit

Sachin Purohit said...

Yes, Rohit. It seems good now. Thanks!

Vic said...

Hi Rohit,

I personally liked the older version as it was very elegant. I liked the readability of previous one...even though doesn't seem to be much of change.

I think the new design is slightly crispier and fancier..any compelling reason for this change?

It works for me if it does for you..:-)

Thanks,

Vikas

Rohit Chauhan said...

Hi vic
the new design is very close to the old one in terms of layout. just different font size and some cleanup
main reason for the change was to clean up the blog and there is additional flexibility to add pages, which will allow me to highlight specific content in the future.
but overall i have kept the layout same ..and would simplify it further in future

Vic said...

Thanks Rohit. Overall looks good.

Only thing I can think of is..the section on the right side where "Investment ideas" start with larger fontsize and then reduces it to smallest: "Quick Thoughts" in the end.

I understand ur reason for doing this but I think same can be achieved with something more elegant. May be something for future..u want to work on.

Thanks,

Vikas

Nandy said...

Hi Rohit, I like this. Looks chic and scores higher on redability too...

zenhabits.net is a blog I like on simplicity of layout and presentation. Just telling you in case you are not aware of - coz I have a liking for simple designs.

rayhaan said...

hey rohit,
i think i may have found a really really gr8 buissness
VST INDUSTRIES
manufactures tobacco,cigarettes etc
no debt at all
eps-40
ceps-50
cmp-rs560
promoters stake-30%
dividend yield-5%
i mean this is a gr8 biz if i ever saw one!
sure looks hot ,what do u think? by the way the company just had a record year in terms of sales and i guess earnings as well
please have a look at this, i think i may have found my first true value investment,
by the way the new blog sure looks cool !but the q is y r u shifting?i mean if it ain't broke y fix it?
p.s i know this comment is a bit obnoxious but this is wot happens wen theres no net at home and u r forced to use the pc behind the teachers back lol
and yeah i know this is a bit l8 but compact disc s promoters recently increased their stake in the company(some reader had commented that promoters have various cases lodged against them and stuff,q why r they increasing their stake now?)
asking 4giveness for total lack of blog etiquette and eagerly awaiting a reply
Rayhaan

Rohit Chauhan said...

Hi vikas
elegant design requires some professional to work on it and as it stands today, i am not planning to invest further in the design. later maybe

rgds
rohit

Rohit Chauhan said...

Hi nandy
i am a subscriber and fan of zenhabits for quite sometime. i am a big fan of minimalism myself ..which is a paradox considering i am chasing higher returns :)

Rohit Chauhan said...

Hi rayhan
i have written about VST several times on the blog - check this link - http://valueinvestorindia.blogspot.com/2009/10/getting-it-perfectly-wrong.html

i am more or less exited the stock now