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Sabahan.com v2.0 Is Now Online

July 30, 2008 by  

First off, welcome to Sabahan.com version 2.0!

For me changing my blog template isn’t as easy as changing clothes. OK, technically it is that easy but if you change your blog template that often, you risk disorientating your regular readers and your effort, whether intentional or not, in trying to establish a brand for your readers to associate with will be wasted.

That said, change can be good as long as you don’t over do it.

Now, this is actually the first time I’ve changed Sabahan.com template since it came online in February 2006.

My main motivation for selecting this particular template isn’t because it allows me to allocate more space for advertising like what Rice Bloggers has commented in my previous post. No my friend ;) It just happens that I’ll be able to set aside specific section in the sidebar for that purpose.

As blogging continue to mature, a trend is emerging where established blogs have started to use templates with width 900 pixel and wider. In addition to the usual content, the sidebar is often used to serve several 125×125 banner ads.

Many of those blogs boast Web 2.0 design styles, although these styles are often only loosely implemented as to accommodate the bloggers own unique needs. Some of those design elements include simplicity, fewer columns, separate top section, solid areas of screen real estate, gradients, rounded corners, reflections and so on.

As much as I love Sabahan.com previous template, its simplicity and functionality, in this day and age, it’s obviously outdated. So here I am, using a brand new template to keep up with the current trend.

As you notice, Sabahan.com is now selling banner ads on the sidebar. In addition, interested advertisers could place their ads inline where the rectangle 300×250 AdSense ads is located. The banner ad space at the top of every page is also available for purchase.

I’ll write more about this in my future posts as I continue to tweak and enhance the advertising system. I plan to share my experience in finding advertisers and actually closing the deals, of which I am aware that it’s not as straight forward as it sounds.

If you are curious as to whether this arrangement will make me more money than what I’ve been making from AdSense here, I suggest your subscribe to my feed to stay up to date with the development :)

One ad unit that I’m itching to get rid of is the Nuffnag ad, if only I could get in touch with the advertisers directly and struck some deal with them ehem..

I’ve also disabled the WP Super Cache plugin temporarily as it’s not counting the page view properly. It has also messed up the posts view count where most of them have been reduced after the upgrade.

I have several posts to write and ideas to implement. But I would probably have to put them on hold as I’ll be leaving for Bali this Sunday for a long overdue vacation. You might see me blogging from Bali if I could locate a wireless connection somewhere there, who knows.

On the 2nd August 2008, the Sabahan bloggers will hold their second gathering at the Imperial Hotel in KK. I would have to book a room for the night in KK one day before my flight if I were to attend this which I might but I can’t confirm at the moment.

Interestingly, the event is listed on the official SabahTourism.com website.

Anyone reading this coming to the gathering?

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Comment by rohaizad
2008-07-30 14:38:35

Gaman…. nice theme :)
Gaman is back!!!

Comment by mzah
2008-07-30 23:40:27

This new theme is new for me and for everybody. The older looks nice.

 
 
Comment by weirdoux
2008-07-30 14:40:37

Gaman, very simple and attractive. The time has come for 3 column right?
Happy blogging :)

Comment by nadzal
2008-08-19 16:02:54

yup. its simple and white. I like it and its easy to read. :)

 
 
Comment by Mohd Hafifi
2008-07-30 14:45:09

It’s clean and elegant..Nice theme Gaman..

 
Comment by Ah Pek
2008-07-30 15:26:31

Nice and very Professional looking theme!

 
Comment by Rice Blogger
2008-07-30 15:56:54

it looks great….revolution theme always looks good..

 
Comment by extreme webmaster
2008-07-30 16:32:09

Nice logo u have there ;)

 
Comment by bank
2008-07-30 17:55:00

Congratulation on your new theme. nice and clean :-)

 
Comment by papajoneh Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-30 18:03:54

I am hoping you can come Gaman my friend. i look forward to see whats inside your laptop us together in a photo and chatting the sabahan style. :)

Yes it is listed in the sabahtourism.com. Thanks to the hardworking committees :)

Pls come.

Comment by Gaman
2008-07-30 22:43:01

Will try my friend :) Thanks

Update: I’ve just checked today (31 Jul) Caneelia’s blog and there’s one spot left. I’ve contacted her but if that spot is taken I won’t be able to join you guys. This is what happen if you wait till the very last minute (but I was preoccupied getting ready for Bali I suppose hehe)

Comment by ben Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-01 00:03:22

Gaman: I just checked Jacq’s list (http://caneeliea.com/08-sbg-attendance/) and you are right at #100.

I will be there, and looking forward to meet you in person.

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Comment by Gaman
2008-08-01 00:12:46

Yes apparently I made it into the list thanks to Caneeliea hehe. So Ben.. see you there!

 
Comment by papajoneh Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-01 06:55:33

This is the best news i ever heard in any early morning at 6am from the comment feed, except the time my wife said, the twins are ready dear. lets go to clinic! hahahaha.
see you there my friend :D

 
Comment by Gaman
2008-08-01 10:03:32

See you there too!

 
Comment by JACQ Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-01 14:52:14

Yes, we are all excited to meet you in person Gaman! See you tomorrow! :)

 
Comment by Shueqry
2008-08-03 09:10:09

Finally,

I’ve met Jacq, PapaJoneh dan Gaman in person.. Kagum saya dengan personaliti masing-masing.

What i admired most, is Gamans’s simple style. Sia malu-malu lagi mo tegur dia, hehe..

So happy to meet you all.

-Shueqry-

 
Comment by Gaman
2008-08-03 13:31:19

Glad to see Jacq, Shueqry and the rest in person. Ya bah si Shueqry malu-malu lagi. Sekali betagur baru sia tau kau pula hehe.

 
Comment by JACQ Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-03 15:51:40

So honoured to have finally met you last night Gaman! :)

 
Comment by Gaman
2008-08-03 15:59:08

The honor is mine bah JACQ. When you mentioned that last night, I was like me? I am just an ordinary guy bah hehe.

 
 
 
 
Comment by Zul
2008-07-30 22:36:10

Nice to see you coming up with a fresh outlook. If you remember, long time ago you asked your readers whether you should change your theme. I was one of those who agreed then.

 
2008-07-31 00:56:43

WOW new layout..very clean gaman! nice theme Finally three column

 
Comment by abi
2008-08-01 11:49:50

Finding a new theme is soo difficult! Ive been lookin for one for a while now and just cant find something that i like! This theme is pretty nice man! Congrats :)

 
Comment by StuckS
2008-08-01 13:56:33

now sabahan looks more like others v2.0 blog.
nice theme :D

 
Comment by Alb
2008-08-01 23:12:45

although the design changed, but the coloring or color, remain the same :)

 
Comment by Katana
2008-08-02 10:38:30

Nice theme Gaman, initially like the old better but after getting used to this one, it looks great :P

 
Comment by Shueqry
2008-08-03 09:06:05

Yup,

I like this theme design. Simple. Professional.

Like Google says, Less Is More!

-Shueqry-

 
Comment by titan
2008-08-03 12:10:04

when i come today. I’m shocked. Its different!

 
Comment by mrBadak Subscribed to comments via email
2008-08-03 17:23:28

nice one boss! ngam2 I was going to change my theme and tagline soon – but now that you’ve done it, ppl will say me copycat leh hehe.

anyway, cool theme! potential increase in your ads income :)

 
Comment by Paul U
2008-08-06 01:35:04

Great theme!

 
Comment by Loker
2008-08-07 18:23:21

congrats with your Sabahan.com v2, hope it will attract more readers..

 
Comment by J
2008-09-05 17:07:34

bule tahan jg la..gud luck aa hehe..

 
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