I spent the first half of yesterday trying to get ‘Showcase’ to work (Day Two), and the rest of the day fine-tuning my look which today’s assignment. Here is my final cleaned-up page using Oxygen, thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions on how to reduce the clutter…
Today I am spending my time test-driving other themes thanks to some great suggestions.
Christopher Barnes of http://ithinkaboutbeer.com made some great suggestions that show up under my Notifications icon. I would have liked to reply to him but that didn’t seem to be an option. I also couldn’t find where he made the comment on the Commons so I have added his comments and my reply to this post. From Christopher:
“I like your headers. They’re all very sharp and really convey a brand image.
I think I like the 2014 theme version better for what you’re doing. I bet if you look in the appearance menu, you can find an option so it only posts a summary/shorter version of your post. I use the Oxygen theme and it’s a time commitment on the graphic side to use the rotating part. Plus your graphic heavy layout does look cluttered with Oxygen.“
And my reply:
“Hi Christopher, I had a free day today so I ended up spending a lot of time trying to get the Oxygen theme to work. I agree with your comments about the amount of time it takes to get all the graphics to work properly in Oxygen. They all have to have different shapes: horizontal panoramas for the regular blog listings, and landscape for the sliders, when sometimes tall and skinny would work way better.
Having spent the entire day working on Oxygen, I don’t have any time left to work out all the quirks of the 2014 theme. However, I did a quick preview mode to see how my blog looks in 2014 now that I’ve finally got the ‘Showcase/Feature’ page working. And in the process discovered that there’s TWO options for the Feature page in 2014: a grid and a slider. Neither is perfect, but they certainly look a lot less cluttered, and I will be exploring them more at a later date.“
Note from three days later: This blue 2014 Theme was certainly hands-down choice for anyone who looked at this post and I think it looks classy too. However, I still can’t find any way to make the ‘unfeatured’ posts run as shorter summaries though, and even in this great demo each post is run in its entirety: http://twentyfourteendemo.wordpress.com. Since I really don’t want this I think I’ll have to stick with the slightly more cluttered-looking Oxygen for now (but maybe try a blue header and hope it was the blueness that everyone liked!)
redstuffdan suggested I try one of the ‘Able’ themes. Dan says.
As someone with poor sight l found the blog too cluttered and everything seems squashed into a small space. Your pictures are great so why not emphasize them a little more by choosing a theme where you have more room for everything like Able for example. I really like your brand image – very eye catching and original.
And my reply:
Thanks Dan. I didn’t even know there were ‘Able’ themes and they certainly are very clean and legible. I tested out the two most graphic-oriented themes: Triton Lite (didn’t work for mobiles) and 2011 (did work for mobiles but I found that the black background didn’t work for all of my photos. It also didn’t have all the features that got me excited about 2014.)
For more on Blogging 201: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/201-get-the-look/