Posts Tagged ‘themes’

WordPress Themes

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I hate this theme.  Mostly.  There are a few things about it I like but overall, meh.  But what can I do?  I hate the default themes as well.  Well how about the WordPress Themes Directory that you can click on from inside the WordPress console?  It has 954 themes as of this writing.  That should help right?  Uh… no.  Have you looked at that page?  They have taken usability to a whole new low.

954 themes and no easy way to get to them.  Unless you want one of the ten featured themes on the page or want to hunt through the miscellaneous popular themes on the side, there is no way to find the others.  OH SURE, there’s that big search bar at the top but um… what exactly am I searching for?  Here’s a hint: try typing “A theme I would like” into that search field and see what it comes back with.  Is that a silly example? Yes it is, but what should I search for?  I’m sure there are keywords or tags or something but maybe it could give me some hints.

I like WordPress.  I really do.  It’s a thousand times better than the cybrblog system I cobbled together many years ago on this same domain.  I really like how they keep expanding the features too.  But one complaint I have about the standard installation is those default themes.  WordPress has offered those same two Default and Classic themes forever.  Fine.  But could they at least update them to work with the new versions of WordPress and the new features?  No, the built-in themes don’t have to have the best features and prettiest presentations but couldn’t they at the very least show off what WordPress can do natively?

For example, a few revisions ago WordPress added in-line or nested comments.  Great!  However presenting those in that fashion is controlled by the theme you are using.  I still haven’t seen a theme that integrates that feature although to be honest I haven’t tried many themes.  Because they are unreasonably difficult to browse.  Oh wait, there’s no browse feature on the WordPress Themes Directory either!  Not much of a directory if you can’t browse it.  Seriously though, the default theme should accomodate every new feature built in to WordPress.  Throw us a bone here.

Goodbye K2

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

After a week of flaky things happening, the K2 theme I’ve been using for a very long time now finally had to be removed.  I’m not sure what’s going on with that but there are some very serious issues with that theme all of the sudden.  Which is odd since nothing had changed on my site when the first problems with the comments first started happening.

About a week ago I was notified that my Comments weren’t working at all and the page was hanging.  I checked it out and disabled my plugins and all the normal troubleshooting ideas.  But the notion that this was even having a problem didn’t make sense because I hadn’t changed anything or installed anything new or even setup any new plugins.  It just broke.  I disabled the K2 theme and it magically started working again.  So I went out and downloaded the newest version and things were good.

Then a couple of days ago, I got a message saying that my Sidebar was broke.  Sure enough, the K2 Sidebar no longer worked and it defaulted to the basic Widget config.  Which is really odd because it worked in the morning and then stopped in the afternoon.  I hadn’t touched the site.  So again I downloaded the newest nightly build and it worked again.

Today Muse sends me an e-mail and says that no one is commenting because they can’t.  It’s broke again.  Yeah, disabling K2 fixed it again, so it stayed disabled this time.  So now, I’m using a new theme that I’m not terribly thrilled with but looks decent enough.  Try and find the Categories listing or use the Archives.  The Categories are hidden on the page and I didn’t even realize where they were for a long time.  The Archives page just doesn’t work.

Well, this will just have to do until I can spend some time looking for a decent theme that support WordPress 2.5 and has AJAX support and a working Live Archives.  Sometimes I really hate computers….