…and maybe even more!
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been making some minor changes to my site. Cleaning up code and getting rid of visual elements I decided to stop using after the redesign. I’m sure most of it went unnoticed, but as of today I’ve made a few bigger changes I’d like to draw your attention to.
1. This actually went live on my site a few days ago, but it’s worth a mention. Since adding my Random Beauty section during the redesign, I’ve always wanted to enable the ability for you to see the full-size version of those pictures. I couldn’t get it to work well before the launch of the new design, so I’ve been trying to get at it ever since. It’s finally working, as is the ability to hover your mouse over the picture to see the gal’s name, so check it out.
In the backlog of things I’m working on is the ability to hide Random Beauty with a simple button-click, namely for the sometimes-distracting GIF’s. I’ll let you know…
2. On a whim, late last night (technically, very early this morning), I started using Intense Debate for my comment system on here – and I rather like it. All of your comments/replies are still there, and it looks like everything imported nicely. Hopefully, by this evening, you should be able to sign in and comment with your Facebook account, as well, but you don’t have to. In fact, you don’t have to use any of the new features, and still comment as you always have… but I’m glad to have them, just in case. There are some technical reasons for the change, but I won’t get into that… just wanted you to know why it looks all funny and there are frightening new options in the comment area ;).
And speaking of “comment area”, one my favorite new features is the ability to leave and read comments on a post from the front page. There’s also a pop-out feature, like I had on an old version of my site, but I think this is a pretty slick presentation. Go ahead and give it a whirl by clicking on the Comments link while on the main page to see what I mean.
3. This change isn’t quite the same as the others, but it’s a fun new feature. In the Contact Me section under the shelf that I stand on, you’ll see a little white box to “Chat with Mark Mushakian”. That connects directly to my Google Talk account, so whenever I’m online that’ll pop up a little window for me to chat with a guest. It’s mainly for strangers I don’t already chat directly with, but a fun feature to have regardless.
As always, if anything isn’t working… please let me know. I have other things I’m working on, and I’ll be designing the new comments, but if something definitely doesn’t work for you – I may not know unless you tell me :).