The more than 10 year challenge: The blog has a new (responsive) face!

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It's done! Finally! My blog finally has a new face. Since I created the blog in 2008 I changed a lot in the background; different scripts, dynamic content, blog tags, etc. But for the eye not much has happened. Until today. 11 years have passed.

Now that the new design is online, let's go into some details.

Responsive design

The design uses the Bootstrap standards and is now responsive and reacts automatically to different screen sizes. Something the old design was not capable to do because it was based on fixed table sizes. The following screenshots clearly show the difference.

Old blog in classic browser
New blog in classic browser

Using the responsive design now also allows to read the blog much better on mobile devices:

Old blog on mobile
New blog on mobile

Focus on content

By removing the header banner and scripts left and right from the content gives the eye more focus to the middle of the website: The content. This blog's goal was from the beginning to write howto's and similar articles, mainly to keep a "log book" of technical challenges. It makes senses to "zoom" right into the content. This works quite nicely now with the new responsive design, especially on the mobile view.

The side bar

The old navigation on the right hand side is now gone. Most of today's websites using responsive designs don't have any side navigation anymore. But I'm old school. Hey I created websites when frames were new! So I couldn't just simply get rid of the side navigation. But instead of using it as site navigation, it is now uses as blog tag (article tag) overview. On certain sub pages (mainly the monitoring plugins) a special sub navigation to show jump links inside the same page appears. This is handled by special include checks which look for special navigation files.

Updated documentation

I took this situation to update and unify the documentation of all monitoring plugins. On the overview of all plugins I also noted which plugins are considered EOL.

The old howto section

The articles which were created in the howto archive were written before I programmed the blog/article script. These are static files which somehow still live - 11 years later. Because most of them can still be applied today, I kept them as they are. But this means of course, that there won't be updates in that section. At least not with static content ...

All what's left to say now is: Enjoy the new blog!

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