Extending Technosailor, Extending Thesis

Recently, I kicked off a development effort behind the scenes here at Technosailor.com that will take a bit of time to see through to completion. This plan involves you as a community of readers as well as some of the best technology currently lying around the web. I’m calling it Operation Dharma for no fancy reason except I can’t wait for LOST to come back. :)

Seriously though, the goal is to pull together some of the best ideas and technologies of the web and combine them with the most thoughtful and ambitious people on the web to extend a community that I already am very proud of.

Details to follow. However, in the interest of the “iterate early and often” approach to software development, I am kicking off the new definitive look for technosailor.com.

As outlined earlier, I want to bring some of the best web technologies together. Of course, I wrote about Chris Pearson’s amazing Thesis Theme. The new design here is based on Thesis but has been heavily and significantly modified and customized.

There are still some display bugs I’m not happy with. Feel free to let me know by leaving a comment.

In the last theme, I began including commenter Gravatars which WordPress supports natively now. If you’d like your picture displayed, go grab a free Gravatar account.

For the future, the plans are broad but I’ll highlight some of the plans:

  • Community Blogs
  • Article Promotion/Voting
  • Partner Blogs (Venture Files is currently somewhere between Technosailor and a Partner Blog – that will further be defined, as well as other relationships established/announced)
  • Community Features

With a sad note, this update also involves the well wishing and goodbyes to Carlos Granier-Phelps who has been producing original spanish content over the past year. He is highly focused on building his company, RED66 in Miami.

We also say goodbye to Andrew Feinberg who was writing Tech Policy content. In both of these cases, these verticals do not seem to fit very well in what the Technosailor brand is trying to accomplish. So the decision to focus in the areas that have the largest audiences and traction is obvious, for me at least. I thank Andrew and Carlos for their time here and wish them the best. The archives of the content remain searchable and archived here.

So that’s it. Let me know if you see anything out of place or want to offer feedback (any kind, just if it hurts too much, use a smiley face or something :) )

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Aaron Brazell

Aaron Brazell is a Baltimore, MD-based WordPress developer, a co-founder at WP Engine, WordPress core contributor and author. He wrote the book WordPress Bible and has been publishing on the web since 2000. You can follow him on Twitter, on his personal blog and view his photography at The Aperture Filter.

4 thoughts on “Extending Technosailor, Extending Thesis”

  1. Hey Aaron,

    I’d have to say the only display problem I see is that F-ing annoying iqderma ad you have running at the top of the second column.

    Do. Not. Want.

    Well that, and the choice of a serif font, but that’s just a personal preference. I heart sans-serif.

    Otherwise, looks good.

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