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Planned Tweaks & Changes to The Big Picture

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On January 4, 2009 @ 7:28 pm In Web/Tech,Weblogs | Comments Disabled

OK, it’s a new year, and I have some tweaks I want to make to the site. (If any Word Press programmers want to contact me about this job, send an email to thebigpicture -at- optonline -dot- net, with your contact info, some site examples or work, estimated time to completion, and rates).

Overall, I like this basic design since moving from Typepad in November 2008. However, a few flaws I want to fix/tweak/upgrade:

1. Layout: I have five items for this:

a. Move the Flash header to the Café (lose the Café header); Develop new graphic for TBP main page.

b. Yes, the Header is too large (The crowd has spoken!) – it needs to be 20-30% smaller across all blog sections.

c.  Either kill the dead space above the header image, or structure it so it could hold a 728 X 160 leaderboard. (Perhaps make the top a “Frame” – content below scrolls, top horizontal stays stationary).

d. Cut the 6 Tabs down to 4 – what I would prefer to see is the Tabs being less “busy” looking. Make them transparent except for the front one, all flush right. (See Mint [1] as an example). Lose TBP tab (redundant, as the far left logo serves the same purpose); Lose the Jobs tab (it’s a ghost town), combine digital media with video. Rename the 4 tabs as follows:

. . . Think Tank . . . Book Club . . . Video & Media . . . TBA

e. Add Category and Calendar Archives to lower right column

2. Modifying Design & Structure: Right now, the sidebar is identical across all sections. I want to be able to customize each one differently.

3. Special Content: I am totally jazzed about a new person coming on board – they will be a regular in the Café/Think Tank. He cranks out 5 -10 very short comments a day. I want to add a box on the front page, and pull the first 100-200 words of these comments into that box. Clicking on the text takes you to the full post. There needs to be a way to automate the entire process, preferably via email, to post and excerpt.

4. Advertising: In the sidebar (right hand column) I need to add another 250 X 300 ad unit into the “above the fold.” The main column shows the 10 most recent posts. I’d like to add a 728 x 160 after the 3rd and 6th post. A prime leaderboard ad slot goes up top.

5. Video: There is a ratings plug in for posts (5 stars); that would be useful for the video section.
Then on the front page, I’d like to list a box with Favorite Videos of the week and month

6. TBP RSS Feed: I need an RSS feed for just the main page content.

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If any Word Press programmers want to contact me about this job, send an email to thebigpicture -at- optonline -dot- net, with your contact info, some site examples or work, estimated time to completion, and rates.


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