While the original template worked, it was put together fairly rapidly and never intended to do more than service the site while it was in something of a trial phase. Having got beyond that trial phase it was time to put something a little more permanent together.
Overall, the site hasn’t changed too much. The biggest change is the move from a template compatible with 800×600 screens to one that needs 1024×768 or above. I did hesitate before doing this, but (excluding iPhones and PDAs) less than 1.5% of visits come from people with screen resolutions of 800×600. In contrast, more than half of all visitors have screen resolutions in excess of 1024×768.
It’s impossible to tell how many of that 1.5% are regular visitors, but if you are one of them, I do apologise for the inconvenience. The site should still be readable without too much horizontal scrolling, and I would also point you toward the RSS or email options. The BBC who have are required to be far more accessible than a lowly councillor made the shift to 1024 over a year ago, so I think it’s now an acceptable standard.
Other changes include moving the navigation and search features to the very top of the screen, a second side bar and some typographical changes to make the site roomier. Hopefully this improves the look and feel and will allow for more visual content in the future.
I’ve tested the site on all the combinations I am able, all the way down to Internet Explorer 6 on Windows and it seems compliant with major browsers. However, I obviously do not have access to every combination, so let me know if you spot any rendering problems, either in the comments or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.