I’ve been tinkering with my site layout in order to decrease clutter and hopefully speed up load times. It’s rendering fine in Internet Explorer 6.0 on both my home and office machines. Let me know if it looks odd in other browsers or monitors.

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. joy says:

    The site column wise looks fine in OS X/ Safari, however the font size it way small.

  2. Kathy K says:

    Looks ok in Opera, but still takes way long to load on dialup if I load graphics (it’s fine as long as I leave graphics off).

  3. James Joyner says:

    I’m trying to figure that one out. I don’t have any permanent graphics on the page other than the site logo, which is 300 dpi. I’ve used a smaller version of the logo as part of the re-design. I’ll either need tolower the dpi or figure out how to break it into several parts that load individually.

  4. Kevin Drum says:


    I use IE 6, and your site is completely hosed. The left blogroll shows up as one long centered column, followed by all the posts, which take up the entire screen width, followed by the right blogroll. In other words, no columns.

  5. Eric says:

    I use Netscape7/Mozilla and it looks like what Kevin Drum described above.

  6. lefty skeptic says:

    Same thing for me with Netscape 7 on Solaris (a huge part of your readership, I know).

    Also, I had to put in as my URL

    because just putting in

    gave me a 403 (Access Forbidden)

  7. James Joyner says:

    Working on it.

    Not sure what happened–I’ve even reinstalled and rebuilt an old template and still have the same problem.

  8. lefty skeptic says:

    Looks good now!

  9. James Joyner says:

    OK–All seems okay now.

    The 403 was only there for a second, when I completely erased the main index to see if the rebuild was “taking.” It was.

    Apparently, a minor link edit I made to one of the sidebar includes wasn’t formatted properly. The problem wasn’t in the main index at all but in that line in the include. I wound up rebuilding the left sidebar bit by bit until I isolated the problem.

  10. Kevin says:

    If you enable page compression on the server side pages will load faster on 90% of browsers. ScriptyGoddess has a tip on how to do it with htaccess files. Using php files is the easiest way, but you would have to switch extensions…

  11. Steven says:

    Looks fine–althought it is still blue on my laptop and brown on my office computer…

  12. O. F. Jay says:

    Looks pretty sexy on mozilla. What is up with OTB looking blue on some computers, hmmm?

    Hmmm. And still with resizable fonts! 90-year-olds can still read OTB!

  13. James Joyner says:

    I’m not sure what the deal is with the blues. I’m using non-standard color palettes for the browns, which I guess is less essential now that I’m down to just one rather than two close but complementary shades (F2F1E9 and EBE9DD).

  14. Paul says:

    well…. maybe I am just hopelessly conservative BUT….

    Pu the fonts back and put the “Sardonic book editor, poli-sci Ph.D., and former army officer
    provides uninvited commentary on politics, sports, and whatever else amuses him. ” back where it way.

    my 2 cents.


    Putting that in the center column makes it look like a weird colored post. You were fine the other way.