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Theme/Template for minimalistic online CV homepage (5 posts)

  1. jakobrosenkrantz
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I recently bought a domain and have installed WordPress to make a homepage. I'm a Ph.D. student and intend for the homepage to be my online CV; I would like to provide information about my Ph.D.-work, my publications and presentations and similar things related to my professional work. Possibly, I would like to add a blog/a list of articles that I'll be writing, but this should be a subsite of the homepage - i.e. the homepage should not mainly be a blog.

    Before starting to add contents, I would like to decide on a theme/template. After a couple of hours of research, I have realized that there are many options, paid and free, and have a couple of questions in that regards:

    1) Are themes/templates in general compatible with new versions of WordPress? Are paid themes/template more compatible with updates than free ? Is there a risk that a free theme will stop working when WordPress is updated - or is that unlikely?

    2) I have a little bit of experience with HTML, but not a lot. I therefore probably will avoid to write something completely from scratch - but might it be feasible to find a very basic theme/template and then build a design on that? Would there be a risk of non-compatibility of this with updated versions of WordPress?

    3) I would like a very simple and minimalistic design of the pages - do you have any recommendations? I know there are plenty of suggested themes out there, but I am particularly interested in suggestions in the view of avoiding non-compatibility discussed above.

    Thanks in advance for your reply and suggestions.

  2. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    1) You can't generalise all non-commercial and commercial themes.

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The following are based on my own experience and opinions:

    Are themes/templates in general compatible with new versions of WordPress?

    Absolutely not! I'm afraid that not all theme developers update their themes in line with WordPress. and some even insert malicious code into their themes. This is why we are constantly reminding people to only download themes from a reputable source.

    Are paid themes/template more compatible with updates than free ?

    No. Themes from http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ not only undergo quality testing but older themes are highlighted as potentially problematic. The same is not true of all commercial theme vendors. Some are really good at maintaining theme quality. Others are far less careful.

    Is there a risk that a free theme will stop working when WordPress is updated - or is that unlikely?

    That depends where you downloaded it from.

    might it be feasible to find a very basic theme/template and then build a design on that?

    Yes - very feasible. Have a look at child themes. Using this recommended approach with a good, well supported, parent theme, you have the best of both worlds. A custom theme and all the benefits of a parent theme that is regularly updated.

    do you have any recommendations?

    Have a look through the themes listed at http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/search.php?q=minimal and at http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/search.php?q=minimalistic

    There's even one of mine in there :-)

  4. jakobrosenkrantz
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes - very feasible. Have a look at child themes. Using this recommended approach with a good, well supported, parent theme, you have the best of both worlds. A custom theme and all the benefits of a parent theme that is regularly updated.

    So suppose I want to use the "Twenty Twelve" as my parent theme. Then, following the instructions, I add the design changes I want, giving my child theme. Whenever WordPress is updated, both the parent theme and the child them will remain compatible and up-to-date.

    Is that correctly understood?

  5. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, you make any changes in the child theme - leaving all parent theme files intact. Then when WP is updated, only the parent files will be changed -- which won't overwrite any changes you've made to the child theme.

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