Last week my post My quest for the ultimate WordPress Theme was Freshly Pressed. The response has been absolutely overwhelming. Thank you to all those who read my post, “liked” it, left comments and re-blogged or re-tweeted it. I read every comment and email I received, and hopefully have responded to you all. I also went to look at the site of everyone who left a comment. All I can say is WOW – there are some really beautiful sites out there. In fact there were some I’d never seen which were outstanding, some of them using themes that I would never personally have considered (until now). So I have decided that I will be featuring more of those sites on my blog in future. Just to give people an idea of what is possible with the different themes.
Another amazing site. This one using the “Under The Influence” theme. (Click on image to enlarge.) Site at http://comeonilene.wordpress.com
What was very exciting to me is that so many other WordPress bloggers shared my quest to find their ultimate WordPress theme. The discussion that came out in the comments was wonderful, and I think of great value to theme designers.
I especially want to thank the WordPress “theme wranglers” for writing about it on their site (see post here), because they brought it to the attention of other theme designers. Some of whom were kind enough to share their thoughts.
One of those designers, Tim Bednar (click on link to access his site), left this comment (edited) which summarized the discussion very well:
One of the developers that uses my Ashford theme sent me a message saying that I should read this post. I am glad, the post and comments are awesome.
As a theme developer, it is not often I am able to read discussions like this outside of our echo chamber. So needless to say, I am learning a lot. Here is what I’m learning:
- like WordPress but often do not like their theme
- do not want their theme to look like everyone one else’s theme
- are disappointed by nice looking themes that lack functionality
- get unexpected and unwanted results when switching themes (even to try them out)
- want “post formats” to look different than standard posts
- want to customize: fonts and size, colors, header, backgrounds, layout (number of columns)
- want to customize their size with out modifying CSS and if they do, they often get unexpected results
- are pretty much on-their-own when customizing themes
Joe Golton (AKA Filter Joe) left a comment with what he called a “reader-centric perspective”. If your blog is all about your writing and you want people to read and absorb it, I encourage you to read his post Site Design for Reading. He’s got some really great ideas.
I also want to thank Panos from the site wordpress tips for helping to answer some of the queries I got. Here is somebody who is even more obsessed about WordPress themes than I am – in a good way! Please check out the wordpress tips site, if you’ve got any questions about, or issues relating to, your theme. Or if you’re trying to find a review of a theme.
Once again, thanks to everybody! After seeing how keen people are to make the most of their blogs, I am sure that they will find their ultimate WordPress theme.