I love the design direction and style that you're going with so far but I feel like the main page is too busy right now. Maybe add more breathing room? I have some suggestions but I'm still a student so take it with a grain of salt:
- I prefer the links to be in a header (Just like the current CR site) than in a sidebar, it's distracting and taking up too much attention. Maybe make it take up less space on the screen or reduce the number of links.
- Make the header more prominent because right now it's a bit lost among the content but I think it's just because it's still in beta and the header will be replaced later.
- The background is also too strong so maybe make it more subtle. Again, like the current CR site.
Looking forward to the site updates though, it looks neat and I'm scrolling through the new content at the moment.