We think we are just about there but wanted to give readers a final opportunity to weigh in. We hope we to go live later this week once we incorporate any final revisions.
See the latest version of the redesign here.
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Major Changes Made
We’ve continued to change the settings so the new site’s text is at least as readable as the current one. A few found the font a bit smaller than now. We could have Kristin code the site to allow you to adjust the size of ONLY the text font, but I’m not sure many readers would think to look for that feature (I adjust the size in the browser instead). Reader Bill the Psychologist recommended the addon NoSqint Site Settings to customize text from the reader end.
Some readers who use smartphones and opt out of Onswipe (you can choose “desktop version” when you are redirected in the upper left and that choice persists for a month) said they got the right column before they got the posts. We’ve hopefully fixed that.
Some readers found the grey font for the titles and dividers to be too light. We darkened that. That required adjusting the orange, and Kristen moved it into the coral direction. Let us know it that’s OK.
Header bar is now grey rather than black and a smidge narrower.
Spacing tightened up in comments section.
Text FINALLY added for the elements in the header bar. You can read it and tell us if you can live with it.
I’m still not wild about the tagline. It is supposed to be 6-9 words, descriptive, and highlight what is distinctive about the site. Here are two suggestions:
World’s best blog on popular political economy
Exposing the truth about money, politics and power
Any reactions to/improvements on these would be appreciated. The tagline is apparently important to Google. I think the first is more the sort the Googlebots prefer, but “world’s best” are a bit more braggadocio than I as a WASP am sure I like. We were found in a 2010 network analysis to be the most influential finance and economics blog (and Krugman was included in that analysis) but that was long enough ago that I’m not sure we can rely on that any more.
Thanks again for all your patience and help!