New theme, new logo, new PHP!

Fresh coat of paint for my blog: new theme, new logo, new version of PHP, and HTTP/2!

Fresh coat of paint for my blog: new theme, new logo, new version of PHP, and HTTP/2!

A new theme

I finally moved away from the default Twenty Fifteen theme on that site, and picked a brand new theme, Scrawl. It’s designed by my colleague Caroline Moore. Whenever I look for a new theme, I look at her themes first!

I personalized the theme a bit:

Custom Post Titles

I liked my colleague Joen Asmussen’s take on post titles on his own site: a different font for each post. I did something similar here, by applying a random class to each post.
It was then easy to apply a different font to each post class in my CSS.

Custom Colors

I like my little Color Posts plugin, and wanted to use it a bit more. In my previous theme, only the sidebar’s background color matched the post image. Starting today, the whole background changes. It took a bit of customization to change all text colors to match the background tone, but I’m happy with the result.

Custom Logo

The logo itself is from the talented Tim Wilsie. I love it! ?



Thanks to my wonderful hosting provider Webfaction and CloudFlare, I’m able to speed things up a bit. Hopefully everyone will see the difference. ?

9 replies on “New theme, new logo, new PHP!”

Looks awesome, indeed. But why not twenty sixteen? Just curious…

Jeremy says:


I gave it a try, but didn’t like the way Twenty Sixteen handled Post Formats. I guess that default theme is not for me this year ?

Totally understandable. The only thing I dislike, but probably gonna start liking is the excerpt right beneath the post title. Gonna try to see if I can come up with something better to have there instead, like a subtitle or perhaps some custom post meta. Post formats seem to look exactly the same no matter what theme, so custom colors and fonts will certainly help!

Ryan says:

You really need to enable Likes… New logo is awesome, and I really dig the custom fonts on post titles!

Titanas says:

Faaaaaast! Not sure if it’s Cloudflare’s HTTP/2 (i noticed a speed increase in my blog too) or the combination with PHP7but the site loads fast! Good job on the logo too.

Chrissie says:

Looks really great. I love the random post font idea, too!

I like that new logo. I think it resonates with many of the geeks around!