Splashpress Media

Redesign Frenzy at Splashpress Media, by BusinessLogs

Feb 4, 2011

Splashpress Media now has been sporting the same designs across our network for several years already, some of these designs more than 4 years old already.

After the compulsory redesign of our new webdesign studio BusinessLogs, the second half of 2010 kicked off a major design overhaul, under the supervision of the talented Ia Sofimi at Businesslogs. Amid work on several joint ventures, we immediately started with some of the most popular sites in our rolodex and tackled the popular ForeverGeek and Freelance Writing Jobs.

ForeverGeek

ForeverGeek redesign

ForeverGeek’s former design by Design Disease was a very popular design and widely recognized. When we started we wanted to maintain as many elements as possible, preserving the brand’s identity.

Next up on our roster was a realignment of ForeverGeek. A realignment, you say? If you’re familiar with the old design, this new iteration still carries a similar look and layout, but with a few new touches.

There are now four main sections on the homepage: Features, Games, Anime & Comics, and the Rest—color-coded so they’re easy to distinguish. At the top, the latest post is featured in each box. In the content area, each section dynamically cycles through each post.

Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance Writing Jobs redesign

Next on the list was the number one community for Freelance writers, Freelance Writing Jobs, which we acquired mid-2010. Also at FWJ a lot of work went in to the reorganization of the home page, reducing clutter and optimizing the traffic flow, while highlighting the editorial content more.

Much of the work went into reorganizing the homepage such that everything is at your fingertips. From the introductory message about FWJ to the equal height boxes and aligned headings (with a little help from jQuery of course), everything is neatly arranged so you don’t get overwhelmed by the information this massive site has to offer. The grid is your friend.

FWJ’s new logo uses the Philosopher web font, which is designed by Jovanny Lemonad and available for embedding through the Google Font Directory. Under the hood, we’ve turned once again to the trusty by StudioPress.

Apple Gazette

Apple Gazette redesign

The next heavy hitter which underwent a redesign was Apple Gazette, our Apple and iOS news site.

Redesigning AppleGazette was no small feat, even though the design remains familiar to its regular customers. Visually, we had to strike a balance between paying homage to Apple’s design influence and maintaining the site’s own identity. The result is a cleaner, lighter, more streamlined, more modern approach to blog design. If there ever was a site to take advantage of CSS shadows, gradients, and rounded corners, AG was certainly the place to do it!

Like what we did with ForeverGeek, browsing through image attachments was another mandatory feature for our network blog—more sites should do this.

In the mean time we also refreshed Erati, under the lead of Ali Hussain. Our TV series blog, edited by Robin Parish, was totally refreshed and reorganized in order to move away from the popular blog news stream design concept.
The BusinessLogs crew also designed the Splashpress Media/IOIX joint ventures that are Recipe Finder blog, Search Plugins and Infographiclabs.
Ia and Ali Hussain have also worked at the redesign of IndyPosted and work is ongoing for the redesign of a major geek news site (which we sadly can not reveal yet!).

Galleries

Galleries in WordPress

Lots of our redesign attention was paid to the creation of galleries, on the WordPress attachment pages. Sadly the media pages within WordPress are often underused, almost forgotten and writers internet-wide tend to leave the link to the images in place when being inattentive for a fraction of a second. When licking an image link the reader is forwarded to a page, often with only the medium sized image shown. A completely poor and unfinished implementation of what could be a useful feature, by the creators of WordPress. We decided to take the attachment pages one level further: not only do we show the large sized image on our attachment pages but we also included thumbnails of all the
images in a post. Examples are abundant and can be seen here on ForeverGeek and Apple Gazette.

Focusing on the galleries and getting WordPress and GenesisWP play together wasn’t always easy, but for those wanting to know how we did get WordPress to display the larger images in GenesisWP read Ia’s tutorial How to change the image size on attachment pages in GenesisWP.

Designing WordPress with GenesisWP

One of the major changes in our work and design flow has been the introduction of the GenesisWP framework by StudioPress. Much has been written about frameworks and the voyage wasn’t always easy, but we love the ease of maintenance and update features coming with the use of the excellent framework created by Brian Gardner and Nathan Rice.

More Redesigns Upcoming

Over the next months we are going to introduce many more redesigns, starting with bFeedme, Performancing and Blog Search Engine. Keep an eye on our news and don’t forget to follow the BusinessLogs Blog to discover the latest design launches!<

Splashpress Media Now Available on Almost Any Platform

Jan 14, 2011

Over the last months the online media scene has changed massively and more than ever users want to follow sites on other devices and platforms. RSS has been one of the major subscription options for tech geeks since years already but never really did take off among non ‘techies’.

The internet landscape has also changed in the last two years and no longer is Google the first location people go to when logging in. More so have mobile devices become more and more platform and especially the new favourite of everyone… Facebook.

Here at Splashpress Media we do find it important to allow people the possibility to discover our content on their preferred platform and follow us in the simplest ways possible. Almost all our sites can easily be found on Facebook and push updates to your news feed every time new content is published. Fans of cooking can easily subscribe to bFeedme on on Facebook and receive the latest updates in their news feed. of course all our sites can be found on Facebook.

If you prefer using Twitter to stay updated with our newest content, you can also follow every site on Twitter. Additionally we created new Splashpress Media Newspapers on Paper.li. Paper.li might be the most interesting option for followers who don’t have time to keep up with all our sites but want an easy way to decide what to read.
There are three different newspapers you can subscribe to, to quickly and easily receive daily updates:

Over the next months we will continue to expand to other platforms.

The Splashpress Media team is also glad to be able to announce the release of Search Plugin for WordPress v 0.0.3.9, a collaboration with IOIX, one of the leading Japanese online marketing companies.

Splashpress Media Launches Infographiclabs, Custom Infographics Design

Aug 24, 2010

Informational graphics, also called infographics, are the latest in a long row of internet fashions and here at Splashpress Media we the honour to announce the launch of Infographiclabs, Custom Infographics Design.

Infographiclabs, Custom Infographic Design

The team of Infographiclabs.com have released several extremely popular infographics over the last to months and were the brains behind the popular and amazing Twitter’s Meteoric Rise Compared to Facebook’s Growth and the just as just as popular Complete Guide to SEO and Social media Marketing. Both graphics are still going strong weeks after they were published.

Infographics are a great way to boost the name, brand of your site and our team is now taking orders for custom infographics design.
If you wish to the team will even perform the research for you and deliver your infographic in a really short time. Don’t hesitate to visit the Infographiclabs Portfolio to see discover the amazing recent work of our team. If you alays already , please get in touch with the IGL team and be amazed.

The Infographiclabs website has been designed by Ia Lucero, the Splashpress Media in-house design guru, and is based on the excellent GenesisWP by Studiopress framework.

Splashpress Media Announces Guest Contributions Partnership with My Blog Guest

Jun 22, 2010

Splashpress Media is happy to announce a new content partnership with the recently by Ann Smarty launched, independent My Blog Guest.

What is My Blog Guest

MyBlogGuest has been started by Ann Smarty, a fairly well-known weblogger and social media user. She’s been guest blogging and building relationships in the blogosphere long enough to understand the power of a guest post – and that’s what she wants to share via her little cozy web community.

My Blog Guest is a unique community that is based on one simple principle: if you provide quality, you don’t need to pay to be heard. It unites bloggers who are interested in connecting to other bloggers, journalists and other content creators in any niche and publish their high-quality articles on their blogs.

What is a guest post?

A guest post is a piece of content the author and the blogger arrange to publish on the blogger’s site for free. The guest post belongs to the author and is attributed to him. It is up to the author which sites to link to within the post and it is up to the blog owner to accept/reject the contribution.

Splashpress Media will start weekly guest post features, initially on The Blog Herald, BloggingPro and Performancing. Subsequently we will expand the partnership and introduce the weekly guest blog column to all premium Splashpress Media publications.

Andrew G. Rosen has been promoted to Guest Post Manager and will accept all guest post submissions and schedule the entries. He is also moderator at the My Blog Guest forums.

To submit guest contributions for Splashpress Media publications, become a member of My Blog Guest and get in touch with Andrew via the Splashpress Media sub-forum at My Blog Guest.<