Something has changed! Are you with us? Something has definitely changed here. As our reader strength grows day by day, we have also needed to make certain changes for both our needs and those of our readers. So starting today, we’re rolling out a brand new version of instantShift (iShift) design that makes it easier than ever to enjoy new and interesting developments from across the design community.
It’s been months since we started working on our new site design, and today it’s finally here. InstantShift has had the same theme for three years, so now is a good time to give it a little shift. There was nothing wrong with our old design, but after receiving many requests from our readers and looking to meet the need of a more user-friendly environment while boosting our visibility, we sought to create a more accessible and more minimal version of iShift.
We’ve kept the site layout the same, but we have made some major changes in site functionality and user experience, including a revamped site design, a new logo, a shaped up sidebar, and many more future possibilities.
This write-up shares with you the insights about our new theme features as well as info related to the new design.
The aim is to achieve more accessibility and a more user-friendly environment. To that end, we’ve reduced the number of ads and unwanted scripts to give more priority to site content.
The total width of the site has been reduced, and sidebar size has also been reduced to make the articles more accessible. A few minor changes in the sidebar include the layout and size of banner ads and submitting a new section design.
Header links have been moved to the top, along with a categories dropdown, which is included to give you quick access to popular categories and tags.
The popular posts section has been moved from the sidebar to the article list section. Now it has a more highlighted appearance than ever.
To improve communication with our readers, we’ve removed the captcha from our comment forms. The comments format was also updated to include multi-threaded comments. You can now leave threaded replies to comments.
Our website is faster than ever before. We have been testing and optimizing the website on a number of platforms to provide you with a better user experience.
We also had our logo redesigned by one of our talented readers from Brazil. The new logo is a mixed combination of illustration art and typography.
For the first time in iShift’s history, we have included a new footer in our family. Our footer contains useful links related to the site and options to contact us. There is small “back to top” link included as well to give you quick scroll up to the header.
iShift is now compatible with a range of devices, including iPhone/mobile devices, iPad/tablets, and full-screen desktops. Media queries are used to make our site optimized for different devices.
We’ve shifted around from many hosts in the last three years. Since iShift began, the blog has been visited by more than 25 million people, and that number is growing every month. As the number of readers has increased, we have put more and more pressure on our host. This time, we’ve migrated into Media Temple (mt), a web hosting and cloud services provider that serves businesses and consumers around the world with professional-class service to host websites, applications, virtual servers, email, and other rich Internet content.
We’ve been on Media Temple (mt) for the last four months, and so far we haven’t experienced a single noticeable downtime. As many of you may know, a few weeks ago we were hacked—along with many well-known websites. No leak occurred from the Media Temple (mt) side.
We’re more than happy with our decision to choose Media Temple (mt) as our new home.
We’ve been on MaxCDN’s cloud for the last year, and we’d like to thank the staff from MaxCDN and NetDNA for making sure iShift is always running at the fastest possible speed. In their own words, “MaxCDN strives for one ultimate cause: giving you the most powerful and one of the fastest CDN products, at a price that will not make you heart skip a beat.”
This redesign is a work in progress. Although we’ve done extensive testing on the current site’s design and functionality, if you find any bug, error, or problem related to the new design, help us fix it by reporting it to us. To report a bug, ypu can post your comment here or use the link “Report a bug” from the footer and write us about the bug in detail.
Every opinion matters to us. We are open to all types of design-related suggestions, and we are ready to make those changes via your help. Feel free to send us your comments, suggestions, or criticisms about our new design.