Ruchirablog gets new design for 2011 :)

by Ruchira on January 14, 2011

For about a year I had mystique wordpress theme on my blog and it was really nice theme! But it was too popular and used by many bloggers as their wordpress theme. So its not very good to have a theme like that for branding purposes no matter what quality things that you post eye contact will be problem there! icon smile Ruchirablog gets new design for 2011 :)

ruchirablog old Ruchirablog gets new design for 2011 :)

And with mystique theme I had mysql problems because in default mystique theme include recent post thingy in comments area so readers can view recent posts of auther but its querying mysql database like crazy monkey so every page load results in about 100 queries sent out to database server to get recent posts. That resulted high page generation times. Previously it took little more than 1.2 seconds to generate a post page! and also I’m getting bad results on google webmaster tool siteperformance measure It means I might be getting lower SERP’s than I should have default, Thats the real headache I had. I’m no php+css expert to comment out that queries and modify such a advanced theme like mystique and time is came to move to my own theme. icon smile Ruchirablog gets new design for 2011 :)

So I got Thesis wordpress framework and built the current theme with my own custom icons in past 8 hours. If you visited few hours ago you may noticed live changes because I made it all live. Thesis framework is amazing and Ill save about it for later.

I always wanted to make simple theme like Lowendbox , HostingFu does. Current theme is not 100% complete but this is it! icon smile Ruchirablog gets new design for 2011 :)

Results

  • Page generation time for page load become less than 0.2 seconds (BIG UP) icon smile Ruchirablog gets new design for 2011 :)
  • Low Mysql queries! most of the time less than 30 for each post!
  • Low bandwidth, No huge graphics, more text oriented and 70% Gzip compression with nginx
  • Helps me to rank better on google because pagespeed is now golden rule!

Some Information

  • Theme built on thesis platform
  • Fonts used are obtained from google library vis API
  • Using 28 wordpress plugins for now icon smile Ruchirablog gets new design for 2011 :)
I'm Ruchira Sahan and all posts on this blog are completely my thoughts and writings. I love DIY and Technology. So feel free to contact me for anything about this blog and don't forget to add a comment if this blog helped you! Thanks
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  • Dudeist

    Hey Ruchira!

    I don’t want to ruin your mood, but this theme is probably one of the top 5 most used themes ever.
    I agree that ‘Mystique’ is too popular and is a resource eating monster, but there are much better
    alternatives than what you’ve got now. Not to mention that it’s somewhat difficult to read right now.

    May I suggest http://wordpress.site5.net/simplo/ or other themes from http://www.site5.com/wordpress-themes/ . All these are premium grade and completely free.

    Either way, always make sure to disable the things you don’t need. Things like jQuery, for example, can be linked to directly from google, so your users won’t probably need to download it anyway since it’s in the browser cache already.

    The least you can do right now is to fix the logo positioning:

    margin: 25px 0 0 -25px;

    in custom.css on .custom #header #logo a

    Take care

    • http://www.ruchirablog.com Ruchira

      Thanks for the comment! :)

      I agree that “The Thesis” is very popular theme but its not in the top 5 used list :P
      And I have fully modified widget area including my custom made widgets as you can see. Also added many mods for standard thesis framework with best of my knowledge! Actually im nerd in CSS,PHP and this is the best I could do on a theme :) And yes im aware that its little bit difficult to read because of the brightness of white color and maybe later Ill find a solution for that! But I would love to hear about it too :)

      And I think current logo positioning is little bit fine because if I move it to left corner it will be look standard unlike some new thing ;)

      Again thanks for the heads up :)

  • http://www.azhark.com Azhar Khan

    Hello Ruchira,
    can u give me this template files?

  • http://www.azhark.com Azhar Khann

    Hello Ruchira,
    can u give me this template files?

    • http://www.ruchirablog.com Ruchira

      for what?

  • http://www.azhark.com Azhar Khan

    i m making a blog where u can find web scripts.
    and i want to use ur wordpress theme for my website.
    please send me your template.

    • http://www.ruchirablog.com Ruchira

      Im not going to give anybody my theme because I spent lots of time modifying it on “Thesis” platform. And this platform is not free. You have to buy it! Search google about “Thesis WordPress”

  • http://www.tipsly.net Noorani

    Hey, you don’t have Archive in Sidebar. Have you forgotten that or just chosen not to add that?

    • http://www.ruchirablog.com Ruchira

      hmm I think archive is not necessary these days because most visits come from google and I have a search bar!

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