A New Look for SMUG

The SMUG campus has recently gotten a facelift, going from the dark, reversed-out-of-black look in the header:

…to the lighter, cleaner look you see today.

That all started when I upgraded to WordPress 3.0 and saw this message (click to enlarge):

But since I didn’t use the Child Themes option for the new version of Thematic, at first I had a really clean look:

…Like no sidebar widgets at all.

I thought for a while that they were gone, and that I was going to need to painstakingly recreate my sidebar. But it didn’t cause much pain at all, because all of my widgets had been moved to the “Inactive Widgets” section:

…and I was able to just add some of them back. So in a sense it was good, because it’s causing me to clear out some of the sidebar underbrush.

I also like how the new menu bar in this theme allows drop-down navigation, such as on the Curriculum pages:

I’m going to be refining some more elements of the SMUG navigation to clean up the look of the site further. All of this is coming (indirectly) due to a malware incident I had a couple of months ago, and that I think is now safely behind us.

More on that later…

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Author: Lee Aase

Married father of six and grandfather of seven, and the Chancellor of SMUG - Social Media University, Global. By day I'm the Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Whatever I say here is my personal opinion, and doesn't reflect the positions of my employer.

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