I should, I know, have given some advance warning about this development but such is the speed at which things can sometimes move in the tech world it kinda got overtaken by events. Anyway, as you can see for yourselves, the site has just had an overdue makeover, with the new look-and-feel going live a short while ago this afternoon.
It was a bit of a surprise for me when I went checking to see how long it had been since the last refresh was done and discovering that this happened way back in June 2012. That’s a long time in the real world – Barack Obama, for example, hadn’t fully completed his first term as US President then – but in the online environment it’s positively aeons ago so it was definitely time for a new look. And so, a week ahead of the site’s tenth birthday, here it is.
As those who know me will readily confirm, IT expertise is not one of my claims to fame. If it were left to me, the site would still be stuck in the Web 1.0 era, with bits of formatting falling off the wagon with every twist and turn along the road. You’ll be relieved to know, then, that I’m unable to take credit for any of the work on the upgrade.
The two people who can, and to whom I’m enormously grateful, are Michael Maye (AKA Mayo Mick) and Michael Carolan, a Crossmolina native based in Boston. Both are well versed in the inner workings of WordPress (and much more besides, I’d wager) and in a matter of days they’ve taken the work on the upgrade to an astonishingly rapid conclusion. That’s the power of the transatlantic Mayo meitheal for you. My huge thanks to both of them for their sterling efforts.
Although the site’s appearance has been transformed, all the usual features are still there – and the site banner is back too (the photo used is one Mick took as well) – so feel free to have a wander round and get used to the new look. Sure, in a few weeks you’ll have forgotten that it ever looked different. That’s how it goes in the online world.