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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Posts You Don't Want to Miss

I've added thumbnail icons on the top of the site, right under the Sequential banner. Clicking on them will take you to the corresponding posts. They will feature what I consider to be the biggest news featured on the site. Remember to regularly check the New Gear and Popular Posts links on the top right of the site as well.

Update: It turns out the thumbnail icons were good in idea but not so good in practice. I've opted to bring back the Featured posts label and go with a new menu bar up top.

Here's why the thumbnails were a bad idea:

1. Once they drop off the front page they get lost. I created a "roll off" page to host the thumbnails, but over time that page would likely get too large to load. It makes more sense to just give them the FEATURED label.

2. The thumbnails were all set for the same height (100 pixels). As the width of images vary so does the overall width of the section. One too many and the last thumbnail wraps to a new line. One short and it just throws the formatting off.

3. Upkeep of the thumbnails and the "roll off" page was clearly going to be too much maintenance.

4. And finally, I am prone to error. I found a couple of the thumbnail links had typos in them or were incorrect. Not good. Going back to the FEATURED label should eliminate that problem entirely.

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