Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why my blog looks like it's from the Early 2000's



Currently I have been hearing "GEE YOUR WEBSITE LOOKS LIKE ITS FROM THE 90s/ Early 2000's. YOU NEED TO UPDATE THE LOOK." Keep in mind I do from time to time streamline the appearances, taking out useless data blocks that no longer work, fix broken links, downsize the banner and make certain graphics more slim so I can fit more data on the page.

But what they are more or less referring to is the fact that my blogs format is setup like a 2000's and 90's website. With a 3 post limit per page. This is important because I have posts like "Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player: Complete Compatibility list" there is literally hundreds and hundreds of lines of text, meaning longer page load times. I also have both uncompressed images and index color mode brute compressed images.

You see back when I first started this blog it was right after I made a website designed to run on dailup with lightening speed. Meaning everything used web safe color mode at the very least for compression. Some images I was able to get away with far less colors. But the goal was to make it a imaged based site with very little data being used up.

It was a ghetto rigged javascript blogsite that was taken down by the free host for reasons of demanding they remove a security script they added on to the page after the closing tags. Meaning it would break W3C validation syntax which I was trying to go for, and the host service was attacked several times, and they blamed my site for it thus shutting it down, pulling the plug and refusing to let me back up my own website.

Then when moving over to blogspot I noticed that it isn't uncommon for a webpage to take up 3000+ lines of code due to how poorly their templates are coded. Most of the code is entirely unnecessary but made for their visual drag drop system for people who wouldn't other wise know how to make a website.

But realizing that the site looks old, doesn't make me want to use one of these new predesigned concepts. I would increase image quality on things such as the background but in the past I have done that and load times were heavily reduced. This site looks like a 90's website because of how I have to optimize it.  Even with these attempts it still runs slow as crap, so switching over to something like facebook, or tumblr with endless scrolling through my content will definitily bog down the sites load time for users and eat up more data at once with the users.

Granted more than 1/10th my views are quick views from stumbles on the next blog button. It doesn't really help. The majority are for specific posts. Such as "Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player: Complete Compatibility list"

But the issue isn't a matter of just optimization it is entirely navigation based and based off how people react to scrolling. Scrolling is a bad design but entirely necessary but if someone has to scroll more the more data needs to be loaded, causing slow down. Which I have basically irritated into a new point here, human interaction.  When someone sees a massive scroll bar they may feel intimidated rather than interested, the opposite can be said too where if someone sees a small scroll bar it could be doing the opposite and have a lack of confidence in the bloggers ability to produce content.

Granted I am saying that scrolling is bad while my most popular mosts commonly have long text fields, I understand the irony and flaw with that logic that it doesn't always apply.

I am trying to be informational how ever, it really all depends on who you are targeting with your posts and  how much information you have. A cluster site, meaning multiple roles of information may not work out with my posts, all while a video sharing blogsite it may work very well with because it is videos that take up small areas thus works better out for them.

The other reasons than these benefits is the fact that the 90's / early 2000's web design actually had more functional use rather than just simply looking pretty with a limited 2 color pallet and no soul. Navigation is king, navigation allows you to have more to your blogs than simple blog posts, it allows it to function as a blog with a website on the back burner. Allowing for webstores, simple navigation to certain key things. For instance if I started guide building site for specific games I could put walkthroughs on here just aswell as blogs. Not saying I am going to but it allows for it to navigate to another site easily and allows for simplified navigation that would actually cause my viewers not to get lost, all while having a lot of information, a lot of content rather than just bits and pieces here and there as filler blocks like so many sites do for SEO.





TLDR version/ Conclusion: My site looks old because it needs to run smooth, I think scrolling is bad so I limit the posts to 3(will bump it up to 5 now), and because it works well with posts like this.

I will how ever keep doing things to improve it. Such as creating these pixel art graphics for a majority of my posts using piskel

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