If this isn’t your first visit to The Climbing Cyclist you might notice that the homepage is a little different to how you remember it. Don’t worry, you aren’t going crazy; the homepage has indeed been changed.
I’ve removed the static landing page and replaced it with a more dynamic blog layout. That is, the homepage is now dominated by recently published content with the newest article at the top. Why? Well, things have changed The Climbing Cyclist.
When I first started this site in 2009 The Climbing Cyclist was simply a resource for Victorian cyclists — a series of guides about the various climbs you could find around this great state of ours. But sometime later I introduced the site’s blog, in which I published (and continue to publish) articles about my own rides, articles about events I’ve organised, articles about climbing more generally and articles from guest contributors. Over time, that part of the site — the more-frequently updated part — has attracted the most attention.
I’ve also had a number of people tell me that they found it hard to find recently published articles or to get a sense of what was new on the site. So I spent 10 hours tweaking the frontpage to make the blog more visible. For those of you that particularly liked the map that was on the frontpage, rest assured: it still exists. You’ll find it over on the Climbs page.
And speaking of climbs, the redesign of the homepage doesn’t mean I’ll be focusing on new climbs any less. In fact, I’d like to think I’ll get better at adding new climbs to the site more regularly. I’ve got a whole pile of climbs I’ve researched and taken photos for, I just need to get around to writing them up so I can add them to the site.
And finally, you might have noticed that I’ve also made a couple of other changes to the site. I’ve moved the social media links from the top-left of the page to the sidebar, adding a link to The Climbing Cyclist’s Instagram and YouTube accounts in the process. I’ve also moved most of the links in the sidebar to a separate page, creatively titled “Links”. And I’ve added a page for first-time visitors to The Climbing Cyclist in the hope that it will help such visitors find their way around.
So these are a few of the things I’ve been up to. There are also a handful of other changes in the works. In the meantime, I’d be keen to get your feedback. Does the new layout make it easier to find your way around? Have you spotted any bugs or glitches that I’ve inadvertently introduced while changing the homepage design? And are there other things, design-related or otherwise, you’d like to see (or not see) on The Climbing Cyclist?
As always, I’m always keen to hear your thoughts. Every little piece of feedback helps me understand what you are looking to get out of the site.
Until next time, thanks for visiting!