Well I’ve made a number of updates to the site recently and I thought I’d list/explain some of them. Some of them are a little more apparent than others while some(one) of them is almost certainly utterly pointless but if it helps even the slightest then it’ll be worth it.
First and foremost I changed the system that handles switching style sheets. If you’d used the old system you’ll now notice that you’re reset to the default style. Just click on your style on the right there and you’ll be set. Two things are different:
The second change I’ve made to the site is that the search page now uses my MT modules and should follow the style change you’ve made. Now the whole site follows style changes properly. This makes Clint very happy.
The third change was removing a lot of cruft from the main page. A lot of it had to do with RDF meta data used in Trackback (who knows). That’ll speed up page loads. I’ve also moved my archive (by Category and by Month) from the main page to the archives page where they belong!
Along those same lines I’ve remove most sidebar stuff from all subpages. This has these positive effects:
The fourth change is the most useless (in a functional way but not in the ideological way). I’ve installed an Atom feed. It basically operates in the same manner that an RSS feed does, but an Atom feed is specially tailored to the weblogging arena. It is designed from the ground-up to provide an awesome syndication format for weblogs where RSS fails.
Update: The format is now officially named atom
-If you’d like to keep up with echo or pie…or formally known as echo…(the name isn’t formalized yet). You can read the Echo project news weblog. I’ll hopefully keep my feed up to date as the specification evolves.-
Why use echo Atom over RSS? Here are a few exampled I’ve compiled via my own research:
I’ll make a post detailing some good gossip about the stuff going down between Winer and Pilgrim soon ;)
The final bits I’ll clump together. I’ve removed the codebeautifier plugin (for now). I’ve added the SmartyPants plugin for lots of cool punctuation transforms. And I’ve upgraded my MT-Textile plugin to the newest version 2 beta.