DailyPost Gets New Duds

Click the handy dandy arrows to navigate among the recent photo posts.

You may have noticed that we’ve recently given the blog a new look. Just in case you missed it, or in case you haven’t given it much in the way of a test drive, I thought I’d point out a couple of the more useful changes.

Our weekly photo challenge is generally the most popular post in a given week, so we wanted to really highlight those posts by adding a slider at the top displaying recent photo challenges. Click the arrows out to the side of the photo to slide to the next or previous photo post.

If you participated in the daily post challenge last year, you’ve probably noticed that we haven’t been dishing up new prompts here at the blog each day this year. That doesn’t mean that daily prompts can’t be found, though. If you still need a little daily inspiration, you can keep your eye on our new footer widget listing posts from the Plinky service. You can also just follow @plinkyprompts on Twitter.

If you like the site’s new look, you might be interested in checking out Linen, which we’re using in conjunction with the Custom Design upgrade to tweak a few things here and there. Of course, we have many other themes available, both premium and free.

We hope you like the new look!

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  1. Whilst I like your new theme I hate the fact that you cannot see links you have already visited in the Weekly Photo Challenge Thread. URL’s don’t change colour after you have clicked on them to visit someone’s blog. As I drop in at different times of the day and week to visit blogs I find that I am visiting the same blogs again because of this.


  2. Looks good but I really miss the picture of the old-fashioned typewriter. I think using Plinky’s for folks who want a topic inspiration is a good idea – why duplicate if you don’t need to. Thanks Daryl.


  3. 1) I don’t see a slider (old Safari on old Mac if that’s of any help)

    2) I liked the typewriter too – really fitted with the simple title

    3) I didn’t miss it until I read one of the comments above :o although I did notice something was different

    4) I do find it difficult to visit other blogs for the weekly photo thing so don’t bother. I also find it dictatorial telling me I MUST title my post WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE etc etc. So I don’t :D

    5) Yes, it’s a clean layout. Hence the linen presumably. Not sure how user friendly it appears. Clean v warm and friendly perhaps?


  4. The thing about the typewriter was that – apart from being attractive – it was instantly recognisable.

    When moving from blog to blog, the typewriter told me I was on Automattic’s own blog about daily posts.


  5. I don’t think my comment was harsh. You’ve already admitted, when replying to my earlier response, that you were ‘…trying to fix the wrong problem’. And as for what you’ve said here I’m unable to comment as I haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about, other than I’m not forced to look at the new paint job on my neighbour’s house. But if I want to continue contributing to and looking at other bloggers contributions to the Weekly Photo Challenge I have to use The Daily Post blog. So why not give us all a break and put it back as it was?


  6. I keep seeing instructions on “Post a day” that say “simply grab a badge.” How do we do that? Have I missed something? I thought I had tried to go through all the tutorials, but evidently I slept through one step. Could you fill me in? Thanks.


  7. The only complaint I have, which is not really a complaint, is that the front page doesn’t display the author’s name for each post.

    But I have to echo everyone else’s “miss the old theme” sentiments. This current theme isn’t just sterile, it’s dry. It feels like one of those starter themes that’s meant to be customized.


  8. i don’t mind the overall look but do find it a bit sterile compared to the previous look and agree with the previous comment about looking a bit like it still needs to be customized. But I just checked and the links for the photo challenge comments still do NOT change colour. That is my main gripe really – with so many people posting for the photo challenges, being able to work your way through the COMMENTS and return later with it being CLEAR where you had been and where not was a huge plus for this site. I do miss that and find it very confusing to navigate the weekly photo challenges now.


  9. I can report back that at least one of the common gripes is now fixed! Links you’ve visited in the comments or pingbacks section now show up in orange, so that it’s much easier now to scan and see what you’ve already visited. We’ll continue to mull over the rest of the feedback and see what other changes we’d like to implement.