Original acting on blog critique post unexpectedly for me got ton of positive and helpful comments. Got me even more convinced that showing appreciation for feedback is most important step to promote it.
Some time ago Lyndi of Nice2All reviewed my blog and among other things noted few that could be improved fixed.
Missing 404 page
I was aware (for months) that theme I am using had no template for 404 page (shown to visitors on invalid URLs). That wasn’t a priority (I check all links from time to time) but something that still needed fix sooner or later.
And so I opened
- Creating an Error 404 page (I am not writing that much code on Saturday)
- 404 Error Pages : Reloaded (I don’t have fraction of design skills to do something that cool)
Armed with (too much) knowledge I made simple template with few links. It felt empty so I found, cleaned up and added a picture to fill white space.
Check out final result http://www.rarst.net/404
CSS not validating
By the time I got to it – it was already validating. Classical fix by postponing. It still shows plenty of “same foreground/background color” warnings but from my experience that can easily require rewriting entire CSS from scratch and doesn’t influence anything.
Usage of inline CSS
In perfect world all CSS resides in separate files and doesn’t invade upon beautiful semantic markup. My blog is far from perfect and I have two big reasons for not fixing this:
- I tweak things a lot. Creating CSS classes and ids for every little thing means forgetting to clean them up and making situation much worse than it is.
- Plenty of plugins produce code with inline styling. Very hard to get rid of – editing code for each plugin is no fun and must be repeated each time it gets updated by developer.
Missing title attribute on some links
I disagree on this one. I had seen no recommendations claiming title attribute is mandatory. It is beneficial on short links but I don’t think that providing every single link with that is something worth spending time on.
Yet again I am torn on this one. It sure doesn’t look like something awesome. Still it’s one of the very few elements that allow to quickly grasp what blog is about – something that I consider very important. More than willing to hear ideas for this and until I get custom design update tag cloud stays.
Have something to say about my blog design or content? I will be very happy to hear that – no matter positive or negative things.