We have been busy this past week porting the Top Page Design blog from CuteNews to Jekyll, the details of which we will post about in the near future. In the meantime, here is an overview of what we changed.

Platform

Jekyll is unique in that, unlike a dynamic blogging platform like Wordpress or CuteNews, it is static. The blog posts themselves are written in HTML, Markdown, or Textile and the templates are written in Liquid-flavored HTML. These files are then compiled into a complete site on the local machine (in this case, my laptop).

What really makes Jekyll superior to dynamic blogging platforms is that page load times are extremely fast since the site is completely static HTML. This means it can be hosted virtually anywhere, even on Dropbox. This also means that because the site is static, comments have to be taken care of by a third-party like Disqus which requires a Javascript snippet to be inserted into the blog post template and then takes care of the server-side stuff themselves.

Name

We have decided to change the name of the blog from Top Page Design Blog to Lightbulb!. Our reasoning here is that we do not want it to be a generic corporate blog that shoves advertisements, teasers, and testimonials at you. Instead we hope it will be a publication that makes the web a better place.

Categories

We will be posting articles on design philosophy, coding, programming, and interesting facts and tips. You may also notice that we have a new category of share-link posts which we use to share interesting web or design related articles we find in the far corners of the internet.

You can find a complete list of categories on the about page.

Layout

We have built an entirely new layout for the blog from the ground up. Each post has a feature graphic which is displayed in the html background. It can either be a unique graphic relating to the post itself, or it will be the default graphic shown on the homepage.

For the most part, these images will be in SVG format. Since this blog’s target audience is web developers, we have not added the libraries to provide PNG backups which would increase page load time. For this reason the site will only fully support the last two versions of each major browser (same policy as Google).

About Mark Fischer, Jr.

Mark is a web developer and programmer. He likes reading classic novels, listening to classical music, skiing, and eating donuts.

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