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TutsValley Redesigned

Well it was about time for a new design, wasn’t it? Let’s take a look at the differences and all those major improvements.

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Introduction

First of all, sorry for being short on new articles for a while, but i was really busy with the design and freelancing and preparing the new blog i’m launching on February 1st. WpCanyon will be my second webdev blog with only WordPress related articles/tutorials.

Also TutsValley and I joined Enavu network (not ENVATO :) ) about a month ago and i couldn’t have made a better decision.

From this moment on, TutsValley is going to be only better, I promise.

The design

I know nobody liked the previous design, neither did I and that’s why i am happy to finally see this new one up and running. The design part is done by Angel Grablev, the founder of Enavu and I did the coding part. Let’s take a look at the improvements.

The posts list

old post

Well not much differences except that the title isn’t on top of the thumbnail and description anymore, which hopefully makes the whole page cleaner.

new post style

I had some problems making that change because the thumbnail was hard coded inside the post itself, so jQuery came to the rescue :)

Comments, Trackbacks and Pingbacks

Comments, trackbacks and pingbacks all mixed up together in a messy list. Simply said, it was annoying and confusing. In this new design they are separated. The comments go first, then the comment form and then the trackbacks and pingbacks. Much more cleaner…

trackbacks

My comments

There was no difference between my comments and reader’s comments, so if you asked a question you couldn’t know if i answered to your question or someone else. It’s different now.

author comments

But… I’m not sure about the background color. I am open for suggestions :)

Page pagination

<< Newer posts and Older posts >>. That’s how it was before, it was completely ineffective and confusing, but now it’s a completely different story thanks to WpNavi plugin.

The RSS feed

Well until now the RSS Feed was with post summaries, and from now you can read the tutorials without even coming to the website because it’s full content now. But it’s better for me if you keep visiting anyway :) So don’t forget to subscribe.

Final words

Well those are only few of the many improvements, but don’t want to bother you any more, you can see it by yourself. I am open for suggestions for new improvements and comments about the new design. So please take a min and let me know what you think about it. See you later.

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Comments

  • Love it :P

  • Of course you do :)

  • it looks really good… well done… :)

  • Thanks Kevin :)

  • It looks like a cheap tuts+ rip-off. :-/

  • @Dominik – I did expect someone to say that.

    So let’s see what connect this design to nettuts.

    1) Brownish header color ( well, i know that only nettuts is allowed to use brown color but i used it anyway)
    2) The categories are listed on the same place (i shouldn’t have put categories, you should guess the urls)
    3) Breadcrumbs ( i knew i should have put them in the footer )
    4) Has header on top, posts on left, sidebar on right, ohh wait i have a blog, forget about this one.

    If i used blue or any other color for the header i bet you wouldn’t make that comment. :)

  • Nice clean theme, keep up ur good work :D

  • @lawrence77 – That’s what i was aiming for, nice and clean. I’m not a big fan of those designs that are full with graphics and fancy background, i feel like i’m reading a brochure for some event and not a blog. Thanks :)

  • @boba: This design screams Nettuts all-over. When I first came here I thought, khm, looks like a Nettuts rip-off.

    And now, the truth:
    1) Brownish header color – Brown isn’t restricted just to Nettuts. There are many sites that use brown in header and they doesn’t like Nettuts.

    2) Categories – Nobody said that categories shouldn’t be there. It’s natural that they go to header, but again, because of the header, navigation seems to resemble the original.

    3) Breadcrumbs – Same thing as categories.

    4) There are a lot of sites using that scheme (header on top, content left, sidebar left…) – and they doesn’t look like Nettuts.

    Conclusion:
    – You made (ripped-of) a design of great web-development site. You are using same colors, same layout and there are just too many design elements that looks the same. The only difference I see is that Nettuts is using sans-serif font while you are using serif font.

    Even the site’s name sounds like it’s one of the Envato’s sites (Tuts as Envato’s tutorial sites brand, and valley like a variation of forest/hive/ocean or some other Envato’s market).

    The network’s name (Enavu) is of-course very similiar to Envato (you said that :) , and that green leaf… well, I can see from where inspiration came.

    Of course, I hope that you will someday get to the Nettuts quality, but first, consider redesigning and rebranding because even if you haven’t copied Envato and Nettuts, it looks so similiar (name/logo/design).

    Best regards.

  • 4) Yes, they’re called BLOGS and there are millions of those.

    “Even the site’s name sounds like it’s one of the Envato’s sites (Tuts as Envato’s tutorial sites brand, and valley like a variation of forest/hive/ocean or some other Envato’s market).”

    http://www.tutsking.com, http://www.ourtuts.com, webdesigntuts.com, http://www.game-tuts.com, http://www.gfxtuts.com... you see all the “tuts”? Saying that “tuts” is envato brand is like saying “tricks” is brand of css-tricks.com just because it’s a popular blog. You’re watching too much conspiracy theories documentaries and movies… :)

    “The network’s name (Enavu) is of-course very similiar to Envato (you said that :) , and that green leaf… well, I can see from where inspiration came.”

    Yes they both start with “En”. I did find that interesting when i joined that network, didn’t find it to be a copy of “Envato” but just a similarity. And “Enavu” sounds cooler… :) I’m not the creator or the designer of Enavu, i’m just a part of that network for a bit over a month (TutsValley is old 5 months).

    “Of course, I hope that you will someday get to the Nettuts quality, but first, consider redesigning and rebranding because even if you haven’t copied Envato and Nettuts, it looks so similiar (name/logo/design)”

    I hope so too. New Logos and a new designs are already in preparations for all the “Enavu” sites just because some of you think this whole enavu and tutsvalley thing is planned to be a copy of envato, but neither did i know about enavu when i created tutsvalley neither did the creator of enavu know about tutsvalley when he created it.

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