New Sidebar, More Minimalistic Layout

The sidebar now includes the tags and links to the previous and next story. The layout has been cleaned up.

Regular readers will know by now I can’t help but tinker with the website every one or two months.

My goal is always to make the site as minimalistic as possible without hurting usability: draw your eye to the content but have all the tools you need to navigate at your fingertips. I think this update does that.

The biggest change is that the sidebar has moved from the left to the right (assuming you’re reading this on a wide-enough screen; if not, you’ll find the “sidebar” has jumped below the content).

Few of you were using the links to the latest stories for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, so I have replaced those with links to the previous and next story.

The story tags and search form are now in the sidebar as well. I hope this will make it easier for you to find more stories you’re interested in.

Finally, a change that may be less obvious: I’ve harmonized the fonts and used less color. The result is a tidier layout that, together with the extra whitespace between the article and the sidebar, should make for a smoother reading experience.

As always, I welcome your feedback in the comments or at nick.ottens@atlanticsentinel.com.

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