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…