Call us crazy for trying to implement all these changes to the design of The Pixar Times just before we head out to cover the huge D23 event this week. Go ahead – you can say it. We’re pretty crazy. However, D23 also served as the big motivator to change some things around and make the blog a bit more user friendly. Originally, the site was hosted on WordPress.com, which made for super-easy blog running. However, I decided to look into self-hosting the site, as many more features are allowed due to the total control we would possess. During the past few days, the site has seamlessly (maybe not so seamless for those who visited the site yesterday afternoon) been ported over and we are now self-hosting the blog! Read on for some new features you will notice around the site, and an upcoming feature we’re very excited about.
- The theme is obviously the most noticeable difference. I wanted the look and feel of a news site (hence the name of the blog). Hopefully, it looks more professional and well laid-out.
- The comments system now uses the popular Disqus. This allows for you to log in with their Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, OpenID, or Disqus account in order to leave comments. It is a smarter system that will make it easier for you to log in from whichever account you feel comfortable with to leave comments and discuss the latest in Pixar news.
- The area under each post will now have related posts that may interest you. It should help you to possibly discover some content you were unaware of before, or it may just help fill in the lines of the story you are currently reading.
- Live Blogging. I am very excited about this one. We will be using Cover It Live, which is one of the best products when it comes to live-blogging. None of that refreshing-the-page nonsense. It is a speedy live-blogging system that works on most browsers (and even works on mobile devices!). If all goes well, you can expect a live-blog or two from us for the Pixar panels this weekend at D23.