It's officially September and hockey season is right around the corner. Training camp starts in less than three weeks, (September 19th), and the Caniac Carnival will be here before you know it.
For good or for bad, it's also time for a new look on the blog. I have been talking about creating a different design for Canes Country for quite some time now and it has finally come to fruition. Back when we were experimenting with different themes and styles a few weeks ago, many of you provided feedback about the things you liked about the old style, as well as things that you didn't like about it. Those suggestions are greatly appreciated and were all taken into consideration.
This brand new theme gives a similar look as the old one, will give us a lot of flexibility, and is one of the most innovative templates available on the market today. I have shut off some of the possible functions because we are not ready to fully utilize them yet, but look for more video and photo content in the near future. It should also neaten things up a bit and will look the same regardless of the browser you are using.
You will now notice information about the author after each posted article as well as subscription/bookmark features. Also, the comment function will be much improved. For folk who leave comments, you now have the ability to insert a small avatar along with your post. Simply register at Gravatar.com, upload your avatar, and it will automatically appear here. (Make sure your email address at Gravatar matches the one you use here.)
There is a new subscription box on the right sidebar where you can enter your email address and be contacted by Feedburner whenever there is new content added to the site.
I will be adding other features as time permits.
Bottom line, I had no choice but to change the old template. It was over two years old and had not been updated, nor was there any support offered. As Wordpress continually upgrades and improves, so do ancillary programs which help functionality. To make a long story short, the old template just couldn't cut it anymore.
Now that the heavy lifting has been completed, we can get back to writing articles and adding content, while continuing to add a few extra features in the future. If anyone has feedback, questions, or suggestions feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. Thank you for your patience during this transition.
Also, I would like to thank Cory for making the awesome new logo.