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  1. Ben-N
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi,

    I started a post under themes & templates and I've only just noticed this category which I probably should have posted in, in the first place.

    I've just created my first theme for wordpress which you can view in action on my blog.
    http://www.myownlittleblog.com

    The theme is also free for use & you can download it from my blog.

    Please give some feedback on the design and point out any errors that I may have missed (as I'm sure I've missed some).

    Any way the theme is widget ready and fluid width.

  2. StyledSheet
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Not to be harsh, but i don't really like it.

    The main page looks very divided and scattered, the calendar seems out of place, and the links are all different colors...

    When viewing a single page, the content drops down while the sidebar moves up (meanwhile the big yellow recent posts post-it disappears). The header to the commentform should not be black, and there should be some margin on the commentform- it's too close to the left side of the screen.

    The search results are no good either. If there is a failed search, the sidebar jumps across the screen. If the search brings up results, the text is black (against a dark grey background) and the links are bright orange. These are poor color choices.

    My suggestion would be to drop the ads and try to find more content that you could add to the sidebar. I would center the content, and try to have some organization to the layout (like dividing lines and whatnot). I would also suggest having some sort of continuity in your link styles. It would be helpful to look into fonts, font sizes, and colors.

    I do like the effect you have going on up top with the eraser erasing the page (though, i'm not crazy about the erases image). I also like the category-view.

    Good luck!

  3. Ben-N
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for the feedback. lol I'll check out everything you pointed out, I knew there were some bits to "iron out" and I wasn't sure for the erasor either...

    To be truthful I said that it was my first wordpress theme but it's really my first real attempt at any sort of theme lol so I suppose I've still got a lot to learn!

    Any way thanks for the feedback, I'll try and tidy it up a bit.

    Regards,
    Ben

  4. StyledSheet
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    what i would suggest doing is checking out themes that you like on the themeviewer, and spending some time modeling your own themes after those themes. don't copy them, but try to emulate some of their finer aspects.

    eventually you will find yourself innovating, and making beautiful themes!

  5. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Tell ya the truth, I think it's pretty dang nice for a first time theme attempt. Nice job Ben-N, keep up the good work! ;):) Like they always say, "practice makes perfect". :)

  6. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ummm, I don't see anything other that the default WP theme there. You must have switched it?

  7. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yeah he did sigh.

    "We" need to get him hooked up with Xampp Lite so he can work on the theme on the localhost, while leaving a "live" version up on the blog lol. :P

  8. Ben-N
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    pizdin_dim I've put the theme back on if you want to have a look at it.

    thanks for the feedback spencerp

    I'll have a look at Xampp Lite it looks useful problem is I'm on Vista so I'm not sure if it'll work...

  9. StyledSheet
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i'm not 100% on this, but i think xampp will work with vista!

    it's a great tool!

  10. Ben-N
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    yep i confirm that. It does work and it saves a lot of time!!

  11. StyledSheet
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ben-

    I just checked back at your updated version. Much cleaner, and looks so much better!

    great work, it payed off!

  12. Alex Cragg
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hey, cool theme, some improvement with graphics and this could be really cool

    things like more rounded edges, everything looks a little flat

    and the most petty thing ever....but....your folded over page corners are actually impossible...that is to say that the horizontal is longer than the vertical, try it with a
    piece of paper...!!! i guess its one of those things that you are so used to seeing, that when its different, its noticeable, to me anyway!!!

    good luck

  13. breakingball
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    C-a-l-e-n-d-a-r

    not

    C-a-l-e-n-d-e-r

    Good luck!

  14. houseofboyd
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I agree with spencerp. Whether I like it or not, I'm always pleased to see somebody with a theme that they've obviously put a lot of work and a part of themselves in. And even though your theme isn't for me, you obviously put a lot of thought and work into it and I give you many kudos for that. Keep up the good work!

  15. Ben-N
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    -epicalex
    Your right! I didn't notice at first but when you see it it's really obvious!!

    -breakingball
    Thanks for pointing that out, been living in France too long my english spellings getting terrible! lol

    Thanks everyone for your feed back.

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