As some of you might have noticed, our Devils’ workshop got a new logo & design. 🙂
Last time we redesigned DW was almost 2 years back. In 2 years, WordPress has evolved so much that we couldn’t keep updating DW theme at faster pace. We have too many sites in our network and separately updating each for latest WordPress features was a tough job.
But with this new theme, we are moving all our sites to our new open-source theme framework – rtPanel. This and all future themes will be developed as a rtPanel’s child theme. This means if we add a new feature into rtPanel framework, it will be available into all rtPanel’s child themes (unless somebody abused child-theme development guidelines!)
New Design, New Goals!
With this new design, we have some new goals. A lot is changing about the way we operate DW. Some of changes might be shocking!
LESS Social (networking):
We have decided to show social icons on single-posts only. No more cluttering archive pages with literally 10’s of social-icons!
For small-social stuff we decided to keep here, we will use our own rtSocial plugin. rtSocial is very low on resources and while developing this theme, we found few more ways to optimize it in future release!
Going anti-social will personally help me focus more on content-part and also community of guest-bloggers & readers here.
MORE (Quality) Content:
The moment we removed ad-networks which were bloating this site, I realized that we no longer run DW to make money only!
Once slow-loading ads were thrown out, next target is poor content! We are working on streamlining work-flow for guest-bloggers to make it easy for them to contribute to DW. This will raise quality-bar of posts here IMHO.
MORE Community Oriented:
We will be bringing back long-abandoned DW support forum back. Support forum will help us answer reader questions as well as questions from guest-bloggers. We will continue to answer questions on twitter and our facebook page but support forum will have highest priority.
We are also experimenting with some WordPress comments enhancement plugins. Integrating with third-party system like Disqus/IntenseDebate is also into consideration. The goal is to make it easy to comment here!
I already received few emails praising new DW logo. The credit for same goes to our design team lead Sneha Mutha. Sneha created a nice new design also, which is slightly different than what you are seeing here.
We coded many things on live DW server so that we can have first-hand experience of issues that other developers might be facing while working on rtPanel theme framework. Our senior developer Joshua with Prakash and Nitun will keep optimizing this new design till we don’t get it right!
As always, we love to hear your feedback & criticism via comment form below. 🙂