Scott’s new book, Afterworlds, needed a very different look from his previous WWI-era steampunk trilogy. The change gave me the opportunity to rebuild the site from the ground up–including the SMF theme, something I’d never done before. It’s now responsive, which makes everyone happier. As with Justine’s theme, a lot of image functions that used to be done by hand are now automated.
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When Scott’s Leviathan was published, his publisher hired a graphic designer to revamp his website in fine steampunk style. Alas, the firm wasn’t entirely conversant with WordPress’s best practices, and the result was a table-based (!) design that broke every time Scott added a large image. (Which he does every Friday.) I redid the theme in CSS, fixed the image issues, widgetized the sidebars, and built some custom mini-plugins to make it easier to maintain some of the fun little features, like the lizard message.