Archon Digital, the 5th version finally launches after months of having shelved the project this grand scheme of World Domination due to busy schedules and a some other minor complications.
After months of thinking about how a new look for version 5.0 would stand out and be an actual improvement from the previous, this is what I have come up with. A fixed/fluid width layout with special blogazine-like articles apart from the regular blog articles and a better and speedier loading design. After testing extensively for this past few days, I can say this has got to be the most complicated yet fastest version of the site since version 2.0 and all of this of was really for me to get motivated and update Archon Digital’s content regularly.
WordPress Loops, Category Switches and Custom Fields
Major changes have been made with regards to how Archon Digital organizes featured posts, studio articles and portfolio entries. Category switches are out, the WordPress loop handling special posts now filters queries using custom fields. I would prefer to discuss this in detail and with code samples on another post I am working on.
Fluid and Fixed width
While some elements of this site are styled to perform better on wide screens by having a more fluid layout, majority of the structure is still on a fixed-width structure making use of a 12-column, 960px grid. Also taking advantage of the extra screen real estate to get all the social media clutter out of the way by having them tucked nicely in a jQuery slide pane in the footer.
Thematic, Child Themes and WordPress Theme Frameworks
Previous versions of Archon Digital have been coded as WordPress themes from scratch or by using blank WordPress themes like Vorlage in version 3.0 and Starkers in version 4.0. For the fifth version, a lot of time was spent deciding which framework to use. Working on theme frameworks has been a lot easier from a development point of view. I’ve come across a lot of frameworks and for the past months have been ended up using Thematic for most projects. Archon Digital Version 5.0 is a child theme of Thematic.
Despite being an on-and-off blogger this past year, it hasn’t stopped Archon Digital from further evolving each time a new version comes out. This time around I have to be better organized with real work and with blogging and enough of being busy, stressed and tired…
And now it can be said, World domination is now at hand.