I’m creating a website for a friend. It has several criteria and Hueman theme seems to fill most of theme. It it gets approval, I have no trouble donating.
OK some requirements:
~ Modern looking – check
~ Full width – check
~ Responsive for Tablets and phones- check
~ Configurable / Customizable – mostly…
I love the top menu! The ability to scroll down the page and have the top menu fixed at the top is wonderful. When combined with the bottom menu, it makes for great navigation on mobile phones in particular. Excellent! I will be using just the top and bottom menus. So I’m pleased I can configure out the Header menu (although I guess that’s actually a wordpress feature)
On the other hand, I’m a little surprised that some things are pre-set and not fully configurable. In particular the sidebars being fixed to 2 pre-set choices — which are asymmetric. If they are going to be fixed size, rather than adjustable, could some equally sized sidebars be included? Some people like symmetry! But,ideally they should be able to be set to whatever size the user requires (within reason of course)
And on the sidebars. while it’s good to be able to change the colors of the sidebar headers, it’s a shame that the social icons are fixed to the primary “Follow” Sidebar. If you ‘don’t use the sidebar, those social options is not there. OR, if you use the sidebar and don’t want the social icons you have a sidebar titled “Follow” & you’re stuck with it. Maybe the social icons could be included in a custom widget and the ability to modify sidebar titles added.
~ Suggested Plugins — yes and no..
If plugins are vital to the theme, then they should be included. I understand that including the Regenerate Thumbnails is pretty much a mandatory, so that’s fair enough.
But I dislike having plugins bundled and getting the annoying nag messages to install unless they are vital.
In this case, I’m surprised that Contact Form 7 is being included. Don’t get me wrong. I quite Like CF7 and use it already on several sites.
BUT, CF7 doesn’t play nicely with Hueman theme, or at least I can’t get it to stop spreading across the entire page as it appears that Hueman theme ignores the CF7 code to limit width… So why is it being bundled with the theme (well, foisted with a nag screen) when it is not working properly?
my final must have is Admin Panel Updates.
I have purchased too many “premium” themes that don’t update from the Admin Panel I have stopped using them now for 2 reasons. 1 many “premium” themes don’t update from the admin panel. 2 many premium theme owners move on to a new theme, stop supporting the original theme and attempt to flog you the new one — that has additional features and bug fixes.
I now focus on good quality free themes that are available from the WordPress repository and give the creator of the them a donation.
Why? because I generally find free themes are made with love first and foremost and I know there will be ongoing support.
Second the majority of three themes update from the Admin section with one click. Easy enough for someone who isn’t a wordpress person (ie many of my friends) — they can click a link, but wouldn’t know how to install a theme or plugin — in fact I prefer to keep them out of admin so they don’t break the site — by setting up auto updater.
Thirdly , I use an auto updating plugin, especially for people I am creating a site for so that the site stays constantly constantly — and they stay out of admin. Not just for wordpress updates and plugins, this includes the themes.
So, I read with some dismay that in the documentation that it required to download an updated theme. ( ie re-visiting the site, downloading, logging in, swapping themes, uploading, activating the new theme — all just to do a theme update that could be done with a click — or automatically!)
Please confirm that admin panel updates for the Hueman theme are not supported?
Is this true?
PS. I am not an PHP, HTML or CSS programmer but I do know my way around wordpress OK. By using quality themes and plugins to get the result I or my friends want… I can do minor hacks to child themes etc to get the required outcome — when pointed in the right direction, usually by Googling user forums, as I generally not the only person that has the issue. But I’d prefer not to.
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