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Customizr

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4 stars
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3 stars
No es mi theme preferido pero cumple
By , for WP 3.8

No está entre mis themes preferidos, pero es un buen theme simple y limpio, por lo que puede servir para algunos proyectos.

3 stars
Buen pero con detalles a mejorar ;)
By , for WP 3.9.1

mejorar visión desde el smartphone o Tablet

Se Ve Muy Saturado e Iconos Muy Grandes Para Un Teléfono.

de ahí en fuera esta excelente!

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Improve vision from your smartphone or tablet

Looks Very Very Big Saturated and Icons For A Phone.

only that! this great

my donation is assured, and if they improve the mobile aspect great!

3 stars
If you want to Customise - NOT for Non-Developers
By , for WP 3.8

Customizr is a great looking theme!
Does loads of useful things. Probably makes the tea and walks the dog too. In fact this theme was just what I was looking for, well almost. But as a person who has intermediate HTML and intermediate CSS skills and who is not a developer, I would not recommend it for beginners with no or little development skills like myself. TAKE NOTE: After some frustration I thought for what it's worth I would share my 'new user' experience.

I simply wanted to make what I thought were simple changes, like insert some copy to a specific point on the home page (e.g. below the slider / above the featured pages block). For me a website home page is tited / named 'index.html'. Yay, simple I thought. I'm a 'drag-n-drop' kind of lady. So rather then quickly pop a bit of copy directly onto the home page there is advice on making a 'child' theme. What a hassle! Whilst child themes are a good concept (preserves content and code changes when any theme updates are installed) from being over written, I spent ages messing about with the child theme thing. Child Themify didn't work. So found another called Orbisius. Created and activated, great! Then using the Orbisius editor added my content (that I wanted to appear on the home page), preferably at a specific point on the page. So I thought I'd insert the following code into the child theme editor which I got from the support pages:
add_filter('tc_fp_block_display', 'content_before_fp');
function content_before_fp($html) {
$before_fp = ''; //Put your HTML inside this var
return $before_fp.$html;
}
The assumption was the file the child theme generated was the 'functions.php', then again why wouldn't it be? Added the (above) code and some content, saved and uploaded. Sadly it didn't work and did something weird to the website too. Removed content to revert website back to working again.

Then it came to the step of attempting to 'hook' the new child theme (containing my new content including HTML) to some point/location on the home page. Whilst a sound concept, a Nightmare and double-Dutch if you don't have code development skills. Sorry, but I dream of drag-n-drop simplicity.

Then I had a light bulb moment! Why not look at the showcase examples for something similar, which I found. This gave me the idea to write directly to the 'index.html' page itself (on the understanding if I update the Customizr I would have to remember to re-add again any content previously inserted).
I opened my website front home page (the page that has featured pages, above which I wanted to add content to) that turns out not to be titled. 'index.html' but 'index.php'.
So to identify the exact spot where I wanted to locate my copy I 'right-clicked' to inspect element. Yep, found the spot where I'd like to type some text in and some HTML etc. Thus, that's the page I want to add content to, right?

In WordPress admin -> appearance -> editor lists the theme files. It must be one of them I thought, surely? But no! I didn't find the home page as shown, so can only assume the contents, in part are generated or something. Darn!

Oh yeah, on the Customizr help site, there is a good list of the CSS selectors listed with another adjacent column giving a short description. You may well find these useful, though alas there is not a column that shows the source pages where these CSS selectors are actually located, which would be real fab. Unclear if every listed selector is used in one specific file only (style.css) or are in and affect several files!

If you're new to this like I am and have loads of time, I think the Customizr theme is really worth persevering with. If you find yourself reading a help article on the Customizr support forum and find something is quite unclear, the chances are there is an assumption (by the contributor) you're not a newbie and don't have the requisite knowledge (which I'd say the majority probably do have). Unfortunately I don't have the time, so now have to select a theme I can get up and running without taking the time to develop developer skills. Think I'll try to find the theme I used a couple of years ago that I could pull to bits, add stuff to, put it together again and it worked like a dream ... now what was it?

Best ;-)

3 stars
Good layout and flexibility with overly-challenging setup
By , for WP 3.7.1

The theme's screen shot and description plays up the good parts enough. So, let me just skip to the problem areas you'll have to deal with.

  1. If your logo is outside of a 5:2 aspect ratio, it will be stretched to become so in the latest Chrome (31) and Internet Explorer (11). This is caused by a legacy hack in the theme's "skin" style sheets that was meant to overcome a layout problem in IE 8. This hack attempts to default all image widths to "auto\9", apparently no longer working in any browser. My work-around for this is to add the following rule to the "Custom CSS" section of the theme's custom settings (Appearance / Customize):
    img { width: auto; }
  2. The nice, circular, featured-page portals on the front are not compatible with IE 9 or earlier. So, all Windows XP users still using Internet Explorer will see static rectangular portals instead. This is still a significant crowd to just ignore.
  3. New users of this theme will likely be searching around for quite a while, looking for how to create a slider. The controls for managing sliders are intended to be (at best) at the bottom of the Media Editor in a section titled "Slider Options". However, a problem with the theme causes this functionality to not be initialized. My work-around for this, thanks to a theme user named Joe, is to go to the theme's custom settings (Appearance / Customize) and change the "Front page displays" setting to "Don't show any posts or page". Save this change and then edit one of the library images to ensure the slider controls now appear at the bottom. If the controls are there, you can now change the "Front page displays" settings back or to whatever else you prefer. Don't forget to select the slider in the custom settings!
  4. The next issue is with the navigation menu. Menu choices which have submenus (dropdown menus) leave no way for visitors to access the top-level link. My work-around for this is simple enough, add a new choice to the top of the submenu labeled "Overview" or "General" which links the same as the top-level link.
  5. The next issue is a misleading credit in the footer. The credit for the theme producer appears as "Designed by Themes and Co" and at the bottom of every website page. This obviously leads any visitor to think that Themes and Co designed the website, not the theme you used to create the site. I have no work-around for this. The theme's code seems to strip out any changes I attempt to make to the footer through the Custom CSS settings or the main style sheet. So, this may be a show-stopper for web designers and developers.

In conclusion, with all of those problems aside, this is still a nicely laid out theme and seems easy to maintain once you get beyond the challenging initial setup. Though I have reservations about the last issue with no work-around, I have decided to give this theme a chance and start using it for my main business website.

Additional Thoughts

Setting up the front page slider is much more confusing and cumbersome than it should be. Primarily, having to manage sliders by using the Media Editor to edit image files doesn't make sense. Users do not need to edit the images. Instead, they must painstakingly, for each image, flip a switch for it to be used in a slider, then select the slider and change any other slider settings. I'm sure this was a convenient way to pass-off management of the library files. But, integrating a more thought-out slider plugin, like Meta Slider, into this theme would have been a better choice.

The issue with the navigation menu may have been an intended limitation at one point since touch-screen-only devices have no way to hover in order to access the submenu. But, only the most thorough website developers are going to catch this. When the others miss it, it will raise the tension level between them and frustrated site owners who realize most of their visitors have been missing critical overview information.

Regarding the misleading credit in the footer, I know what many of you are probably thinking: "This is a free template. The theme producer needs and deserves the exposure." And, I totally get that. In fact, if I can get a working fix for this last nagging issue, I plan to contribute monetarily once I have determined an appropriate amount (as should you all if you plan to continue using this theme). But, as a website designer, I cannot accept someone taking credit for my designs. It's counter-productive and would damage my relationship with my website clients. So, I can't use it for my websites advertising my creative services nor for the websites I create for clients.

Notes for Nikeo, Theme Author

Regarding the issue with the navigation menu, the triangle which appears beside menu choices with a submenu made me think it was the way to access the submenu. Though this would have been a difficult target for any smart phone visitor, it seems like a better alternative than having no access at all to the top-level menu link. A more intuitive alternative would be a dropdown slider control which appears underneath any menu choice with a submenu. This would be complimented with a downward-flick control to both the top-level link and the slider control for accessing the submenu. This combination should take care of this issue for both mouse-using visitors and touch-screen visitors.

Lastly, while I'm on the subject of the navigation submenu, it could use a tweak or two regarding the styling. As it is, the whole submenu seems to read like an article. Custom theme controls for navigation menu style would be ideal - or, at least a choice between 3 or 4 predetermined looks.

3 stars
Cannot remove gigantic freaking title from pages
By , for WP 3.7.1

Looks kind of good, but code is designed to the point where the gigantic freaking page title is ABSOLUTELY NEEDED, or else it screws up your site. Not everyone wants the gigantic freaking page title, seems like they'd make an option to remove it... Seeking alternatives.

3 stars
Stuck with the layout setup
By , for WP 3.6.1

It does seem fairly easy to use if you like the basic layout he's setup. I just didn't see it as an easy theme to actually customize.

Quick 5 minute reveiw...

3 stars
A (very promising) work in progress
By , for WP 3.5.1

I was immediately drawn to the style and functionality of this theme the first time I saw it -- so much so that I decided to try using it for a new site for the customer even though the theme is quite new, which can be risky.

At first, both I and the customer were delighted with the results, and, as others have noted, the theme author is to be commended for being so responsive (no pun intended) to feedback.

But as I have worked with the theme more and built out more of the site, I'm a little concerned that I may have pulled the trigger on using this theme for a billable project so soon. I have run into some bugs that have required me to re-build a page to workaround them -- which can be a little annoying, but not necessarily "deal killers". More concerning is that the latest version (v2.6.1 that I installed to eliminate one of those moderately annoying bugs) introduced a couple of not-seen-before side effects related to the slider functionality, which is so central to the appeal of this theme. (I just saw a response come in from another user suggesting a workaround procedure, which I haven't tested yet.)

In any case, I'm no theme developer, but to me, a decidedly EX-programmer (and I do mean "EX", as in decades ago) this kind of behavior in a new release suggests that the theme has a way to go before it could be called "solid and stable".

But I haven't "given up" on this theme. Based on how quickly the author is turning over new releases, I'm hopeful that this sort of instability gets ironed out soon, and that I won't have to transition the new site I'm working on to another one. And I am truly hopeful that I can revise my rating upwards to 4- or 5-stars!

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