New Site Template

The Anglo-Catholic has a new look.  Not only are there merely aesthetic changes in the Novus Ordo Loci but the possibility of presenting content in new and exciting ways.  There are a number of features available that users have long requested.

We'll begin to tweak the layout and add new features over the coming few days.

What do you think of the new site template?

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Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

16 thoughts on “New Site Template”

  1. By all means, everyone voting "I liked the old one better." should leave constructive comments in the combox. Unless serious flaws are discovered, we will not be reverting to the old template, so it's best that we address usability details specifically in the context of the New Order.

  2. Does not display in a easy manner to read on mobile devices. The old version gave blog entry headings and one could see many a once. Now we have to scroll down past the whole blog entry to see the next entry. I prefer the old version.

  3. I voted that I liked the old layout better, but mostly for the ability on a mobile reader (iPhone, Android, etc.) to collapse or expand posts. It made navigation of the site much easier. That said, the new order is certainly very nicely arranged and provided a more accesible mobile interface, I think I'd willingly (and quickly) change my vote.

  4. I only read this site via the mobile/iPhone version. The font sizes, spacing, layout, etc. of the new template combine to make it effectively illegible from the iPhone. Please consider restoring the old template at least for mobile users.

  5. The new layout is merely OK on my iPad, but is absolutely awful on my iPhone. The old layout was much better and easier read.

  6. The new look is very nice… now if one could take care of the link to the SSPX everything will be great (Anglo-Papalists are learning more than lip service to the Pope is needed nowdays, unlike the SSPX).

  7. Please have thought for those whose broadband is slow. I imagine most of us are more concerned about text than about images.

    1. Unfortunately, so much of the Anglican Patrimony is visual splendor! We try not to load the front page with too many images, and to optimize them reasonably for speed, but most of the time this is a losing cause. I think that the images seen on The Anglo-Catholic generally more than make up for the slower load times on some connections.

      1. And "Anglican visual splendor" it is! Anglicans simply have better aesthetic judgement that most folks in the Anglophone world, and the better judgement is visual here. I like the new!

  8. Thank you, Christian, for your constant efforts to maintain and improve The Anglo-Catholic. I work at a design firm and offer the following comments from a design and usability perspective.

    The new typeface is easier to read.

    The nesting of comments is much clearer and, hopefully, easier for folks to follow so comments to comments are placed in the proper sequence.

    The Recent Comments section does not appear on the individual blog entry pages. To quickly find and read through the most recent comments, you must constant go back to the home page. Even if you do this, however, the visited links are not displayed as having been visited (typically a color change) as they did in the older template. This becomes a tedious process.

    In both the Recent Comments section and in the display of the comments themselves, the blog entry titles (in Recent Comments) or posting dates (in the comments) are the most visually prominent. This presents two difficulties: the Recent Comments section is a jumble of authors (in bold and blue, if they have a URL linked to their name) and titles (bold and blue), and in the comments themselves, it’s much more difficult to spot the author of a comment. (I think the real issue here is the formatting used to indicate hyperlinks. Bold and blue may be just too marked of a distinction from normal text, and there is no distinction between visited and unvisited links.)

    All the extra white space makes for lots of scrolling.

    There is no longer a preview button in the Leave a Reply box. As someone who uses the occasional html tag in a post (including this one), this was a great feature for verifying your tagging before hitting Post.

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