The absolute worst bit of script to fail was the search feature. There are hundreds of posts here now and a wealth of information, but trying to find a particular article became frustrating. Even the most obvious searches (Aughrim, uniforms, artillery, etc) returned 'no results found'. I was resorting to Google for my search and hoping the LoA site was among the top hits for my query (it usually is for this period)!
I decided to keep the new design simple. I'm sure I'll add things as we go, but for the moment I just wanted a clean, well functioning site. There is a new feature on the side of the screen. If you click that small black bar on the right you get a flyout with links, labels, menus, and a new translation feature. I'm going to have a scroll through blogger and see what other goodies to add because it's been a while since I looked at the different widgets available.
There's also a bunch of different ways you can view the blog. The red bar at the top has several different formats. 'Magazine' is the default I chose as the main reader, but you can play around with the others. Flipcard is kind of neat. Classic is great for viewing on a phone. Timeslide breaks up the posts into months. Anyway, it came with the template and I haven't found a quick way to disable it, but maybe you'll find a use for it.
Hopefully this change doesn't cause too much consternation and you will find the site more user friendly. I'll be tinkering all week so I'd love some feedback...