Over the last 24 hours, I’ve been slowly redesigning the template that LE has been using. It’s been a tad frustrating, but it’s slowly starting to come together. I still have quite a few tweaks to make yet, but the basic design is in place.
I think the biggest change you’ll notice is the complete overhaul of how everything is displayed. LE is no longer sporting the typical blog-style format with a list of recent posts on the main page. Now you’ll find 7 different boxes, each covering a different part of LE: News, Author Visits and Reviews for Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Steampunk fiction. Each box will have up to 8 of the latest posts from those categories, which means more authors and reviews on the front page.
I think that’s the part I’m most excited about. LE will be able to show off 40+ different reviews all on the front page. Now granted, only 5 of them with include a short excerpt of the actual review, but if you’re that curious about a title, I’m hoping you’ll click in to see what we thought. Each of the five main genres we cover – Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Steampunk – have their own box with the last 8 reviews showing; but those aren’t the only genres LE covers. There are times the girls and I are simply in a contemporary Romance or Fiction mood, so you’ll also find the latest 12 reviews posted in the sidebar (hence the 40+). Here at LE, we’re all about getting the word out about favorite authors and hopefully by displaying more reviews, we’ll be able to do that.
A few other changes you’ll find is the menu system. There are now dropdown menus! That also means I’ve moved a few things around, so if you’re having trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll see if I can’t make it a little more obvious.
The sidebar is also going to be a lot more paired down. Sort of. It’s going to be a lot simpler and focused more on promoting more books. Yes this means I’ll be adding advertising as I get it. So hopefully this new format will make it less obnoxious. *grin*
I’ll still be making quite a few changes over the next week or so, but that bare bones are up and ready to go live. If you see something that’s broken or needs to be fixed, please let me know. Also, if there’s something you would like to see, or was up originally, and it’s not up now, let me know. I’m always looking for feedback and making LE what the readers want to see.