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What would you like to see in a theme? (60 posts)

  1. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hey, people.

    I've been working with WordPress for a while now, and I absolutely love it. I've created a couple online magazines based on WordPress in the recent past (Split Magazine and Nirali Magazine), and since then, I've been getting quite a few e-mails requesting me for a magazine-style WordPress theme.

    I've finally decided to create and release a theme to the community. This is the first time I'm creating a theme for release to the general public (all my themes before this have been custom-made for clients) -- what, according to you, makes a good WordPress theme (colours, specific features, compatibility with any specific plugins, stuff like that)? I'll do my best to create a good theme based on your feedback :)

    Thanks for your time. Bring on the suggestions!

  2. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Both of your magazine sites look awesome! I too have been waiting for someone to create a really good magazine/newspaper theme. Thank you so much for doing this!

    A big thing for me would be the ability to display posts throughout different rows and columns on the home page, and by category if we want. Exactly like you're doing in both your examples. You display content both horizontally and vertically, and I've never quite been able to figure that out.

    Another really cool thing you seem to be doing... in the Split Magazine site under the "Magazine" heading. You've got three posts there, each seem to have their own image associated with them. You click to see the full post, and there's the full sized image as well. How're you doing this? I'd definitely want this capability built in to the theme.

    Anything else? Hmm... colors don't matter much since that can be changed. The sidebar(s) should definitely be widgetized.

  3. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks, bryan868. Would you like the theme to be compatible with any particular plugin(s)?

  4. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Anyone else? What would you like to see in a theme? What, according to you, makes a good theme?

    Your feedback would be most appreciated!

  5. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Right now I can't think of any other plug-ins that I'd want it to work with out of the box. But I'll let you know.

    However... for the Split Magazine site. You have thumbnail images right above those three posts. When you click to view the full post, you see the full image as well. How do you accomplish this? If it's a plug-in, then I'd want that to be compatible. :)

  6. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yes, that's done using a plug-in. I'll make sure the theme is compatible with it.

    What else would you like to see? How important is Widget support? Would you like it to be a one/two/three-column theme?

    Your feedback is appreciated. Thanks for your time :)

  7. Bliss7
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Great, great themes. Who would have thought WordPress was capable of that? Well done.

    I personally would like a WordPress magazine theme that looks like those cool magazine themes at ijoomla.com

    Yeah, those ijoomla themes look great to me, except maybe they have the joomla look even there.

    Well, whatever you do, I support you, bro. And if you can start a business creating such great magazine themes with WordPress, go for it and I could even be your customer. :)

    Good luck.

  8. Bliss7
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Great, great themes. Who would have thought WordPress was capable of that? Well done.

    I personally would like a WordPress magazine theme that looks like those cool magazine themes at ijoomla.com

    Yeah, those ijoomla themes look great to me, except maybe they have the joomla look even there.

    Well, whatever you do, I support you, bro. And if you can start a business creating such great magazine themes with WordPress, go for it and I could even be your customer. :)

    Good luck.

    P.S: Widgets are very important, and 3 columns are essential for a magazine type layout (my view)

  9. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Personally I enjoy three column themes, or more. They feel less blog-ish. Widget support is fairly important. It makes updating the sidebar much easier.

    One thing I've seen in newspaper/magazine type themes is content displayed over multiple rows and columns. I'm not sure how this is accomplished, but for examples see: washingtonpost.com, latimes.com or nytimes.com.

  10. Konstantin
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hi halfbloddprince!
    your themes look really great. important to me is the possibility to set an post as sticky, something like an featured article.

    but your themes are already perfect to me. especially the "split-magazine".

  11. owencjones
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Those are great looking themes, they achieve quite a bit I'm still coding into my own.

    *jealous*

    To Bryan868,

    to display an image with a post on listings etc, there are two methods I know of:

    - You can use a plugin called, IIRC, Post Image, and with a bit of tweaking code, insert a function that displays an image that you pre-associate with the post/page.

    - You can list the excerpts, and use the 'optional excerpt' field to insert an img tag.

    Either way works, the first one is better. Took me a few tries to get it to work properly though.

  12. owencjones
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Those are great looking themes, they achieve quite a bit I'm still coding into my own.

    *jealous*

    To Bryan868,

    to display an image with a post on listings etc, there are two methods I know of:

    - You can use a plugin called, IIRC, Post Image, and with a bit of tweaking code, insert a function that displays an image that you pre-associate with the post/page.

    - You can list the excerpts, and use the 'optional excerpt' field to insert an img tag.

    Either way works, the first one is better. Took me a few tries to get it to work properly though.

  13. deanhatescoffee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    This might be less important for a newspaper/magazine site which uses set categories, but I think designing your theme with Ultimate Tag Warrior would be a good thing. Other plugins that I think are cool but aren't always easy to implement well are Gravatars and something for image galleries.

    Like Bryan said, colors aren't too important since they're easily customizable, but 3 columns (or even 4) would be preferred. ;)

  14. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for your comments, people. Hmm.. Ultimate Tag Warrior, eh? How important is tagging for you? And would you like to see your tags in the form of a list, or a tag cloud?

    Three columns seems cool. Would you also like non-magazine-style themes? The best one I've done so far can be seen at Pomegranita.

  15. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Out of curiosity, which plug-in is it that you use for that, halfbloodprince?

    And yeah, tagging would be cool. I'd like to stick with magazine/newspaper themes really, since there aren't a lot out there. It's rather unique.

  16. turbanhead
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    the following would make my list:
    - widget support
    - plugins that support Flickr
    - easy to adjust header image via code or available plugins
    - proper css that allows for text wrap around images
    - possibly an even more minimalist version that can support a photoblog (one where the user can update images or flash images easily)
    - code must be compatible with embeddable source code like from YouTube etc.

  17. hipincognito
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    so, halfbloodprince, where can we get your awesome themes?

    i particularly like the Promegranita one you just linked to.

  18. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hipincognito: The themes I've linked to above are custom-made for the respective clients and are not available for public use. Thanks for the kind words, though :)

  19. AnthonyP
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    the theme I want is essentially mudsugar.com

    btw...are you available for custom work? if so how does one contact you?

  20. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You can email me at arun [at] split-magazine [dot] com.

    Ok, so what you all essentially want is a widget-ready three-column theme, with support for Flickr, tagging, and Gravatars?

    Anything I've missed?

  21. AnthonyP
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    actually I would like to see a 4 column on the bottom with 2 columns combined on the upper half to have a featured story

    again like mudsugar.com

  22. plainsman
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Any theme similar to Split's or Nirali's would be greatly appreciated as a public download.

    Selfishly, I would love to see a public theme similar to Soxnest. http://soxnest.com/ ... The key being, the theme allows a different way to utilize more widget areas in many more ways.

    The banner image would be less than 50% the height of that theme's image, though. (Maybe even two images, side by side.)

    In the section below the banner image, the four most recent posts show only an excerpt. The two sections below that would be 3 widget areas and then three or four widget areas in the section below that one.

    To me, that would be valuable theme that many people would be very grateful for ... and you would be a hero. ;o)

    Thanks for the post. It allowed me to dream.

  23. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    AnthonyP: Mudsugar has a custom layout, and the sections on the home page, etc. are tailor-made to the site's content. I am releasing a generic theme, so I can't be that specific :)

    plainsman: Soxnest.com's layout is a little too cluttered for me, but I get what you're saying. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Anything else you'd like the theme to have? I'll probably start work on this in about a week's time, so please make all suggestions before then!

  24. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yes, that's done using a plug-in. I'll make sure the theme is compatible with it.

    Out of curiosity, which plug-in do you use to accomplish that?

    I don't have anything else to add to my "wish list," but I just want to thank you again for being willing to do this, halfbloodprince

  25. xinfo
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Arun check out this site good layout for magzine inda site hope this help you to create exciting theme .
    and try to get will-spot feature post plugin which show feature post along with post image .

    And would you like to see your tags in the form of a list, or a tag cloud?

    some thing like Index .Not like cloud or List.

    If it's too many tag break in to two colum

  26. AnthonyP
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Throng is pretty cool, is that in WP?

    RE: Mudsugar
    like throng that is custom I know

    but what I think people want is the ability to have content 'buckets' on the front page, sorted by category...each with x number of articles in them.

    The big problem with WP is how it just puts all your articles on the front page in chron order. Wheras an mag style wants
    1. to put dif. categories into dif columns (perhaps even stacked columns)
    2. the ability to 'highlight' one or more stories as a 'feature'

    so even those those sites are custom...by setting up column 'modules' for category x, category y, etc. Is something I think everyone who likes mag style would want.

    thanks very much

    btw. I sent you an email

  27. xinfo
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

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    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

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  29. xinfo
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Sorry for above post break [it's happen offen to me]

    well it's not wp but durpal is ued i posted here just for design tip's

  30. halfbloodprince
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    What screen resolution should I design for? 800x600? 1024x768?

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