Simply: The HTML5 version

A little while ago, I created a simple, stripped down theme for blog/personal site use. Over time, there were some requests to streamline things a bit and recently I’ve been getting more and more requests to rewrite it in HTML5.

So here is that version in the 5th iteration by request :

Simply: The HTML5 version.

I’m not sure if this is “better” than the XHTML version other than I had the chance to make a few fixes and clean up some things. I still have a few doubts about how much HTML5 will improve the actual browsing experience in general. If anything, HTML 5 seems to be encouraging more and more code bloat in that web designers are squeezing in more and more client-side scripting with no regard to efficiency.

And in reply to the following :

Do you have like a border-radius fetish now? Looks like you’re putting it in practically every element in your newer stuff.
- Max.

Yes.
Yes I do.

Simply: A stripped down blog theme

I’ve had a few requests lately for a stripped down and simplified version of the Mod Portal, but didn’t get a chance to create one until recently. One request from Jacob asked for it to have “not as many features”… I guess that’s a nice way of asking for something that didn’t include the kitchen sink ;)

Mod Portal was originally written as part of a design tutorial almost three years ago and really did morph into a CMS template. Although it also includes a page variation for a blog (a post index), there were a lot of added stuff in the CSS and the html that wasn’t needed for a blog.

So, here’s a theme based on Mod Portal with none of the fluff. It’s designed to have the absolute bare essentials for a blog or personal site, contains fonts and sizes that are easy to read and very lightweight in CSS and XHTML. A lot of the base still came from Mod Portal, but this one doesn’t even have any JavaScript. This is by far the simplest theme I’ve done in a while.

Simply screenshot