I learned a lot of CSS in putting this blog together. [Aside: The theme is based on the WordPress Classic 1.5 theme, since that's the most stripped down theme I could find. I then built it up with the extra columns and header functionality I wanted. I could have used a publically-released theme and gotten something that looked very like this, but after looking at the source code for the public themes I decided to write my own. I'm a coder -- I'm not happy unless I can re-invent the (cleaner, more elegant, more optimized) wheel.]
Now that I am familiar with the benefits of CSS, I want to start converting Petopia to use it as well. That will make Petopia a lot easier to maintain, especially the articles. (The vast bulk of Petopia — the creature and skin pages — are auto-generated by a Perl script, but the various articles as well as the family and skill-related pages are all hand-maintained at this point.) A lot of this work will be behind-the-scenes, but I’d like to start with a snazzy visible project so it looks like I am doing something. *grin* So I decided to update the menu bar (the strip that runs down the left-hand side of every page).
The first time my husband saw Petopia, he sat looking at it for several minutes and then asked me, “What am I supposed to click on?” And I admit, when you first come in from the front, it can be unclear where you are supposed to go to get the information you are looking for. So I think there’s some room for improvement in the menu bar. But I am not exactly sure what needs to be done, so I’d like to get your opinion as well: Do you find Petopia hard to navigate? If so, what changes do you think would make it better?