With each passing day and with each theme and plugin that I try or test, I see a reoccurring thread.
1.) Claims of ease of use and customization are a joke. Designers forcing the end user of your theme/template into the php and css code to modify colors etc. or turning off the title and description is not easy and a waste of my time. If you state the end user can change colors, etc through the options panel, make sure it actually works. I have found in the past 3 days, 9 times out of 10 changes aren’t accepted. In many cases the plug-ins don’t work they way the developer states they are supposed to work.
2.) Consistency. There is a lack of consistency in where to find things. Some designers have their theme options panel show up where it belongs…under appearance…where others stick it under the settings section. Making the end user hunt to find the options panel, isn’t a good thing.
3.) No Documentation. Too many times I have found very little to no documentation for plug-ins, such as menus/navigation. Additionally, the minimal instructions with the plug-ins don’t fully describe how the plug-ins are supposed to work so the end user is left to guess.
4.) Cross platform disfunction. I have found that many cases, such as with CAPTCHA the plug-ins or functionality doesn’t work across all browser platforms even though the developer states it has been tested. I find that CAPTCHA is only working on IE and not Firefox.
Just some thoughts for the developers and designers.
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