This is the first post from our new writer – Alex Vasquez from DigiSavvy
I don’t hate Drupal. However, I can’t help but feel a little giddy when I read stories such as Yahoo’s piece on the New York Observer deciding to move away from some other CMS to WordPress. Though I’m giddy, I still don’t “hate” Drupal. In fact, I use a project management tool that is built atop the popular CMS (it’s called Open Atrium, if you care to know).
It’s true that WordPress powers millions and millions of sites across the globe and we’re no longer surprised. We know that it powers the mighty Mashable. Well the Observer is just one more notch in our favorite platform’s belt. Many times a WordPress Junkie can look at a site and say “hmpf, I’ll betcha that’s a WordPress site” and then look at the code to satisfy their suspicions.
That said, the Observer unveiled their new design today, built on WP, and it is, in my opinion, damn pretty. It’s actually fairly inspiring in the sense that if one were willing to put the time and effort (without necessarily all the requisite know-how) that one could achieve a similar layout. The font for the headers for their articles pop right up with the design. I know I’m probably in a minority of those that love the Georgia typeface, but I really do feel it works well here.
Of it’s former platform, editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers has said: ‘New York Observer Was Sluggish When I Got Here And Now It’s Back On Track.‘ The article in Yahoo seems to corroborate that sentiment as well “The paper has ditched its former content-management system, Drupal, in favor of a lighter WordPress CMS.”
The layout definitely has that “magazine-like” spin to it and I like that. I think for WordPress themers there’s a lot to take from the Observer’s redesign. Specifically with regard to how “clean” the layout is. Even though the front page is loaded with information it doesn’t give me the crowded information-overload that I get when I look at a site such as Mashable. Font choice and sizing has a lot to do with it. I think keeping color usage to a minimum also helps the Observer keep one’s eye from panicking and shooting all over the place like a pinball…
All in all, it’s great to see another large publication make the move to WordPress. I think they’ve accomplished their mission with this redesign, which was making a lighter, more agile site built on the platform we all love: WordPress.
What do you think of the Observer’s new rags? Does their new design work?
(still not hating Drupal)