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  1. Looks really nice! The logo is sooooo coooool! I’m excited and looking forward to next changes :D


  2. Love the new design Jeff, way better than the old one! :D Good work!


    1. Thank you for the compliment. It sure has lightened up around here.


  3. I’m happy to see WP Tavern staying on Hybrid Core. Post Status is on a custom Hybrid Core theme as well. :) Nice job on the refresh.


    1. Was worried you were going to call us out for ripping off the design of Post Status :) In some ways, the sites are similar but I think we’ve done enough so that people don’t think of PostStatus right off the bat when they view the site. Although you wouldn’t mind that, I’m sure.

      We originally used Hybrid Core with a child theme that Justin helped created for me and we’ve been using it for more than 3 years. It’s nice to be able to stick with it.


  4. Looks good Jeffro.

    Nice big fonts, easy to pick out links… welcome to the world of responsive design.


    1. Yeah, nice big everything although sometimes I feel like it’s a little too big. But Control+Mousewheel solves the problem for me. I switch between making things just a tad smaller and normal size.

      The site really does look good on a mobile device, logo and all.


  5. Very very nice! Easy to read, clear typography and still recognisable as WPTavern. I like :-)


    1. The typography definitely received a face lift. Bigger and easier to read. Between the logo and the wooden floor, we still have that Tavern vibe.


  6. Loving the new fresh design, love the new logo too! Very clean and modern. Great job WPT


    1. The logo is pretty much what I had in mind when I was thinking of the redesign. Angie showed me a concept and I loved the use of the Beer mug. Between that and locating a font that matched the icon (Crimson) it was a matter of spacing and trying out different layouts. This one looks great centered on this white background. Sort of like a newspaper!


  7. I noticed a few hours ago and I was surprised you didn´t write a post about it. Now here it is.

    The funny thing is that this very same morning, right before I saw the new design, I was thinking that the old Tavern needed some renovation (boy, did that wooden floor smell like stale beer!).

    So it looks like I anticipated it this morning! :)

    Good job, Jeffro (and Sarah). Please keep surprising us.


    1. Thanks for being one of the first to notice the redesign. We called in a flooring company and they sanded down the floors and put a lighter coat of stain on them. We like their work :)


  8. Everything looks great! My only constructive criticism would be that maybe the beer mug could have looked a bit more like a W. Right now it has 4 “fingers” but how cool would it be to have 3 “fingers” for a subtle WordPress reference. :-)


    1. That’s an interesting idea and observation. I’ll have to play around in Photoshop to see what I can come up with.


  9. Site looks amazing, great job! Don’t forget to update the favicon too :)


  10. Well, you already know I like it. :) I’m just happy to see you dropping that old, old, old version of one of my original Theme Hybrid themes and seeing you use a new one. Sarah did an awesome job. Don’t hesitate to contact me if in need of any help with the theme and working out any kinks.


    1. Awesome job indeed. Merry Christmas Justin and congrats on the new home!


  11. Ha looks good. Cool thing, I discovered you guys three days ago (and thought that it could need a redesign) or so and now I can say that I’ve seen the old design. Looks good, will come back to the site now instead of waiting for the newsletter. :)


  12. I had no complains with old design, but WPTavern looks really cool now. I really like Stargazer theme. Yes please bring back the forums. I think that even though comments are good for discussions too, but with forums users would be able to start their own discussions and it would be fun.


    1. The next big thing on our todo list is to migrate the forums from Vbulletin into bbPress. We may not start working on this until bbPress 2.6 is released since it will contain a feature that will replace WordPress comments with bbPress topics, a feature critical to the Tavern.

      Once the forum comes back, this place will be a bustling Tavern, just like it was a few years ago.


      1. Replying to my comment to see what three levels of nested comments look like.


      2. Four levels? :-) Congrats on the new look! I really enjoy the big fonts! Btw, one small item: It seems the right border of the author box is missing. Sorry, I just notice these kinds of things. ;-) Since I like my cold beer like the next person, I would have probably made the logo a bit bigger, the mug in particular. :-)


      3. Thanks. I’ve noticed it as well. Has to do with the box taking up 100% of the width. I hate noticing details like that because it drives me crazy. It will be fixed in due time.


      4. Looks awesome and as I was reading the comments I was keeping this in mind. ;)

  13. enej

    Commenting works well on my phone as well and is much easier to read. Thanks!


  14. This looks super-cool and super-readable. Nice job! I love the new icon. (Frosticon? Foamicon? Brewvicon?)


    1. That means a lot coming from you Ian. It’s not TwentyFourteen but we have our reasons as to why that is :P Taverncon


  15. Checking it on my phone now – looks great!


    1. Now you can take WPTavern everywhere you go and access it from any mobile device.


      1. Cool!!! I really like the new design.


  16. This is a much nicer layout. Kudos to everyone who worked on the design.


  17. Hey, someone turned on the lights in the Tavern… and y’all look pretty good! Loving the new look, Jeff.


    1. Thanks Andrea, we installed some new LED track lighting to make the floor look nicer and overall, brighten the space up.

  18. Peter Knight

    Great new theme, especially love the top title and logo. Looks great on mobile too.

    Am I the only one that prefers .avatar { border-radius: 1px; } over the circle format?


    1. I’m more of a blocky kind of guy but since the images were circles to begin with, we’re going to let them be for awhile to see what happens.


  19. Love the new Logo and the big fonts. What I am most pleased about is the continuity of the old design. Fresh yet familiar, well done :)


    1. If we would have axed the wooden floor background, it just wouldn’t be the same. Thankfully the new floor is lighter than the old which makes the Tavern a little cozier place.


    1. Thanks. Hope we did the beer mug icon justice! Also hope the shoutout to you gets you a client or two!


  20. Nice! Easy to read with the big font. And nice for the Europeans who follow your blog and receive your newsletter at night –> now we can read your blogposts on mobile phones while travveling to work ;)!

  21. David

    Site looking good on my iPad, great job!

  22. Evan Herman

    Nice design/layout. Love the new look and feel, it was the first thing I noticed when coming to wptavern. Very nice job.


  23. Awesome,crisp and bold design. We’re working on a new design for our site as well, hope to get it done by new year.

  24. Bob Schecter

    Yeah, looks cleaner, but there was something more “Tavern-y” about the old standard. Sometimes newer isn’t better, even if it’s cleaner.


  25. Love it! Feels like both a realign and a redesign: easier to read—especially on small devices. Nice work!

  26. Mercime

    Bravo! Cleaned up everything including the wooden floors :)

    Kudos to all involved with the redesign, very nice!


  27. Great modification of the Stargazer theme. Like the new site design!

    Always a fan of Hybrid!


  28. I can only say – looks fantastic and refreshing without losing the tavern feel. Good job!



  29. Simple and great, I even suspect that I open the wrong site at the first time seeing this new WPTavern design.


  30. LOVE it Jeff! You guys did a great job, it looks beautiful. I really like that you kept the wood background, helps keep the tavern feel.

  31. Lisa

    Awesome, I love it!

    May I suggest a

    -webkit-appearance: none;

    on the email subscribe button to maintain the nice flat look on mobile, too.



  32. Sorry, Jeff, I’m a bit late with the comment, but I was wondering, what is the purpose of having breadcrumbs on WP Tavern? ;)

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