First off, don’t be afraid, this is the same website you’ve come to know and love. Change can be good! Besides, this latest change is almost 100% cosmetic.
I have been meaning to change the entire look of PDRater.com for a while now. Thus far I’ve been focusing on improving the workers’ compensation calculators and the website content.
Previously I showed the evolution of PDRater.com from a ridiculously ugly but useful website into a less ugly and more useful website. Since these latest changes have been mostly cosmetic rather than functional, this should really be something like Version 4.647. I figure with adding six new calculators in September and updating the look, I’ve earned the right to call this Version 5.0.
Besides, its my blog, right?
The last theme I used was based upon the fantastic WordPress Themer Kit, which is an incredible tool for people who either have little graphic design skill or who don’t want to build a new theme from scratch. Ultimately, I just don’t have the skill, time, or inclination to build an aesthetically pleasing theme. (But, let’s be real, its mostly the lack of skill thing).
That said, I am good at adjusting and incorporating. The original Aeros theme looked significantly different than the one you see. I’ve changed the background color, removed the slight transparency, highlighted the different sidebar sections, and moved the top menu to the left side. Since the theme was open source, this mostly involved tinkering with the CSS and underlying PHP.