Welcome to the new andreasviklund.com!

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Today, on September 1st 2010, andreasviklund.com got a major update. Several things have been changed from the previous version of the site in order to make the site easier to navigate and make it more useful for as many visitors as possible. Here are the most important updates:

The front page

The basic layout has been preserved from the previous version of the site. The main menu is still at the top of the page, the content is to the left and there is a sidebar to the right. But where the previous version of the site had five blog posts on the frontpage, this version of the site has moved the blog to its own page. From now on, you can find the blog on http://andreasviklund.com/blog/ or through the “Blog” link in the navigation menu.

Instead of showing the blog, the front page now shows a slideshow with screenshot of the latest free website template releases. If you click on one of the images, you will be redirected to a page where you can read more about (and of course, download) the release. Below that is a short presentation of the site and the idea behind it, with links to the most important sections of the site. And below that text is one of the most important changes: the “Learn”, “Build” and “Share” columns with links to articles related to each topic.

Learn, Build, Share (the blog)

The three columns on the front page represent blog categories, and they have space for five links each (currently for the five latest articles in each category).

Learn contains posts that are related to learning and understanding HTML, CSS and web design in general. Here you will find tutorials, how-to’s and material and resources that will help you expand your knowledge about everything related to web design. Want to learn how to edit the colorscheme of a specific template? Request an article about it through the new discussion forum and it may appear as a blog post in the “Learn” category!

Build is for articles and resources related to designing and coding, for example posts about what content management systems are suitable for different tasks or about new templates or add-on material. Reviews of web design software and/or services is one example of what you will find in this category in the future, articles about why web standards and accessibility are too important to ignore is another.

Share will cover a topic related to web design which I have previously not written very much about but which a lot of template users have asked me about: the various forms that your online precence can have, and how to move on from simply existing to really getting your message out. It is one thing to learn how to build and run a website, and another thing to use it in a way that moves you forward towards whatever target you may have. You will probably find a few case studies here in the future. Want to share your own experience about this topic? Send me an e-mail or start a thread in the discussion forum.

Beside these three primary categories, there is a “General” category for posts that do not fit into any of the three primary categories. For example, site news and personal entries. Blog posts are also tagged to make it easy to find posts about specific topic. For example, all blog posts about the Variant Mini template can be found by browsing the Variant Mini tag archive. A tag cloud and a complete archive of all posts can be found on the blog archive page.

Comments are now handled through the Disqus commenting platform, which provides a lot of new features for discussing each blog post. I have not used Disqus before so it is so far only a test, but I think that it will be a good solution.

The community-powered forum

The single most popular request that I have got throughout the years that andreasviklund.com has been online, is a way of getting easy support for the free website templates. A common suggestion has been that I should have a forum for support threads and for an open discussion between template users and template designers. Since I have fantastic experiences from the website template community sites where I got inspired to learn XHTML/CSS design and where I got answers to the questions I had as a beginner, I know that there are lots of people who want help – but also lots of people who are more than happy to share their knowledge and experiences so that others can learn from it. Through the new andreasviklund.com forum, I hope that I can provide a good meeting place for this purpose.

To join the community and get full access to the forum, you need to create a user account. You can do this through the registration page. Membership is completely free. You can still read all threads without registering any user account, but only registered members can start new threads and post replies. As an added bonus, each user gets an own profile page, an own activity stream and access to an internal messaging system where you can connect with other users. As a user you can also send friend requests to other users, and if a friend request is accepted you can post messages to the other users profile, similar to the “wall” on Facebook.

Please be aware that the forum is a new feature, and that the forum is in a wild beta mode. At launch is completely untested, and the visual appearence is not yet in sync with the rest of the site design. The forum will start off as a test, and it will be developed further once I see how it is used. Feel free to suggest new sub-forums if you want to see something specific.

The sidebar

The sidebar is simplified. It shows a small screenshot of the latest template release, a login box for registered members – and once logged in it shows shortcuts to the community features and the forum. Below the login box, there is a form where template users can search for available domains and get hosting space for their websites – another common request.

Final words…

To sum it all up, this is a long-awaited update which I hope (and believe) will move andreasviklund.com from being a sporadically updated personal blog into a living, inspirational and resource and community for people interested in web design, and especially in website templates, web standards, accessibility and usefulness. Since I now run this website on a professional level, the target is to provide a high-quality resource – for as many people as possible. Beginner or professional web designer, you should be able to find useful resources here no matter what.

Welcome to the new andreasviklund.com, enjoy your stay and feel free to join the community to be a part of the adventure!

This article was written by Andreas Viklund

Web designer, writer and the creative engine behind this website. Author of most of the free website templates, along with some of the WordPress themes.

33 comments:

AlbertoSeptember 2, 2010 at 09:52Reply

The new andreasviklund aspect is very beautiful. Many congratulations.
It’s a pity you completely removed most of the old posts and each and every past comment; they represented an interesting picture of the past I used to re-visit.
Please keep also note that many internal links in the Blog > Blog archives section, related to past years, don’t work (they give a 404 error).
Finally, one question: which software did you choose for the forum? Is it Mingle Forum? Why not a most popular (and most supported) software? You could choose some which is easier to make work together with WordPress with just one login and admin area…

AlbertoSeptember 2, 2010 at 09:52Reply

The new andreasviklund aspect is very beautiful. Many congratulations.
It’s a pity you completely removed most of the old posts and each and every past comment; they represented an interesting picture of the past I used to re-visit.
Please keep also note that many internal links in the Blog > Blog archives section, related to past years, don’t work (they give a 404 error).
Finally, one question: which software did you choose for the forum? Is it Mingle Forum? Why not a most popular (and most supported) software? You could choose some which is easier to make work together with WordPress with just one login and admin area…

DavidSeptember 2, 2010 at 14:14Reply

Nice and fresh, welcome into 2010:s ;)

Andreas ViklundSeptember 2, 2010 at 14:22Reply

Thanks! Most of the old posts were terribly outdated with lots of broken links and incorrect information so I really needed to do something about it. For example, I was getting offers from logo designers several years after posting an old entry with the title “Logotype designer wanted”, and there were plenty of mentions of sites that are no longer online. I will restore some of the top posts at a later point, and rewrite other posts to make them up to date. But the primary focus will be on creating new content.

As for comments that were posted on the previous version of the site: Those comments are currently queued for syncing with the Disqus system, so all comments that were visible on the site before the upgrade should appear here soon. I don’t know how long it will take since I am still new to Disqus, but they will re-appear for sure.

AlbertoSeptember 2, 2010 at 15:45Reply

Thank you for your kind reply, Andreas.
I see you also changed the blog archives page with those 404 errors replacing it with the tags cloud. It’s a good choie, but the archives per month and per year could be useful in future.
Best wishes!

Andreas ViklundSeptember 2, 2010 at 16:00Reply

I have removed the post listing for now, while I find out why the list contains pages that do not exist. The archives page will have both the tag cloud and a post list sorted by month and date once I get the list to work as intended!

FacundoSeptember 2, 2010 at 16:25Reply

Andreas:
The new design is awesome!
It remains for me to say: CONGRATULATIONS!

CJSeptember 3, 2010 at 11:29Reply

I love the new look, Andreas though I do agree with Alberto that it’s a shame that everything had to go rather than just those really old posts with outdated links. But I look forward to see how the Disqus synching goes.

DdblinksSeptember 11, 2010 at 20:37Reply

Agree with CJ . Wait and see

DdblinksSeptember 11, 2010 at 20:37Reply

Agree with CJ . Wait and see

EkorrenSeptember 3, 2010 at 22:20Reply

Looks great! Keep up the good work!

Roshan RaviSeptember 4, 2010 at 16:40Reply

Loved the new design.

Ainslie JohnsonSeptember 4, 2010 at 22:44Reply

Hi Andreas, great to see you active and updating your blog. Interesting new design.

I’ll hope to see you posting regularly and releasing a few more designs my old friend :-)

Lig-tv-izleSeptember 8, 2010 at 16:10Reply

Hi Andreas, great to see you active and updating your blog. Interesting new design.

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You could choose some which is easier to make work together with WordPress with just one login and admin area. I now run this website on a professional level, the target is to provide a high-quality resource – for as many people as possible.

OyunSeptember 12, 2010 at 03:06Reply

very nice project. Good luck andreas.

Mens SuitsSeptember 12, 2010 at 10:22Reply

its fabulous..

LuxiaoxiaocitySeptember 15, 2010 at 04:01Reply

Thanks! Most of the old posts were terribly outdated with lots of broken links and incorrect information so I really needed to do something about it. For example, I was getting offers from logo designers several years after posting an old entry with the title “Logotype designer wanted”, and there were plenty of mentions of sites that are no longer online. I will restore some of the top posts at a later point, and rewrite other posts to make them up to date. But the primary focus will be on creating new content. http://www.uk-power-battery.com

SusanSeptember 16, 2010 at 03:17Reply

Looks good and best of all, clean!

Ayhan DemirSeptember 23, 2010 at 08:19Reply

andreasviklund.com Perfect WebPage

KitchensPriceSeptember 30, 2010 at 18:38Reply

Hi, Andreas:
The new design is awesome!
Great design, great themes.
Thanks for your kindly.

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Khurram AshfaqOctober 22, 2010 at 19:09Reply

new theme is awesome. i like it soooo much. its really cool

Jan BunOctober 25, 2010 at 06:13Reply

Hi Andreas, I haven’t been on your blog for some time now. The new design looks awesone. I only have one problem with it and that is that I received a couple of 404s :(

perth web designNovember 30, 2010 at 14:24Reply

Thanks a lot for the warm welcome! We hope to get more knowledge from your site and please keep up the good.

TordFebruary 12, 2011 at 23:04Reply

Hi, andreasviklund.com is far better than before. A well done job. Keep up the good work.

PeterJuly 1, 2011 at 23:17Reply

I like the new design a lot more, good commercial for your templates!

AssistansersättningAugust 31, 2011 at 15:53Reply

I could not have done it better myself. Very “clean”.

Patagonia saleNovember 1, 2011 at 06:42Reply

Hi, I have used your Andreas04 template on some of my sites – thank you! Congratulation to your new look but I need to tell you that the very pink ad for winning the chromebook is very distracting …

Patrik LarssonDecember 17, 2011 at 21:41Reply

Hi Andreas, honestly I have nothing to complain about. Its well constructed and “easy” navigate. A work well done! Best Patrik

KristianJanuary 6, 2012 at 22:13Reply

Hi Andreas
What a good site. Thanks for all the adwise.

Jenny KarlssonFebruary 8, 2012 at 19:59Reply

Hej Andreas, är evigt tacksam för din “Design av Andreas Viklund” använder den på flera mina hemsidor. Internet hade sett snyggare ut om det fanns fler av dig. Som tack ska du få en länk hit av mig. Ha det bra Jenny

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