Rare Victorian - Rare Victorian 3.0!

Rare Victorian 3.0!

Now that Rare Victorian has started it’s fourth (holy cow) year of existence, I thought it was befitting to do a revamp of the site design. So, voila!
It has been moved to a new, faster server and the overall page design is completely new. For those of you who post comments, you’ll notice that comments are now nested and you can reply directly to one another.
I’ve moved some things around and if you can’t find something, it may now be at the very bottom of the page in the footer. Please let me know if you find any gremlins and I’ll fix them and if you like it or don’t like it, please share your thoughts with me via the contact page on the top menu.

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  • Paul Tucker - February 27, 2010

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I look forward to many more years of a great site. I do miss the Merklen spindle apronwork on the new logo though.


  • John Hutchinson - February 27, 2010

    Congrats! Love the Lion Head’s!
    All the best,
    John, RVR

  • Sharon Clark - February 27, 2010

    Thanks to Paul Tucker, we found your webpage a couple of years ago. Receiving it is one of our weekly treats! We own a suite of six Merklen dining room chairs about which we knew nothing UNTIL someone gave us a subscription to Antiques. Lo and behold! The first issue contained the wonderful article on Moorish Fretwork by Paul Tucker. He has been a most helpful correspondent and teacher, as have you. Keep it up! And the new webpage is delightful.

    Sharon Clark & Glenn Gruber

  • John Werry - February 28, 2010

    Paul, yes I kinda miss the Merklen elements too. I tried to crispen it up a bit this time and not make it look like a carnival.

    John, you should be sick of seeing those lions by now based on the project you’re working on at the moment!

    Sharon & Glenn, thanks for the compliments. You probably have the only surviving Merklen dining chair set. I’d love to share photos of it with Rare Victorian readers if you were so inclined.

  • English Classics - March 4, 2010

    Hey John, the new website looks great. I’m curious whether you did it yourself; I do a little web design myself (releasing a new look of my own soon). The header image looks much better. I think the font sizes are a bit too small in the h3 tags, the meta information beneath the post title, the sidebar, and the footer.

  • John Werry - March 4, 2010

    Yes, did it all myself, though WordPress and it’s associated themes provide a good starting point. I’ll take another look at the h3s. I knew some of them were questionable, but I can always tweak those easily… Thanks for the feedback.

  • Chris @ English Classics - March 4, 2010

    Cool, it’s good to see artisanal web design.

    Oh, I also forgot to mention that the border on the navbar spills over on the right-hand side. Without looking at the CSS, I’m guessing that’s because you have the li elements aligned to the left and the border is a property of the ul; easy fix either way.

    • John Werry - March 4, 2010

      Can you send a screen capture? It doesn’t on mine. Would be good to know browser/OS.

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