As of today I just activated version 1.0 of the Min Theme for WordPress. It was created by yours truly as an armature attempt at a Minimalist WordPress Theme for version 3.0 and beyond. So good by (and good riddance) to the Bogus theme that I created. Min is not perfect, far from it, but I think it’s an improvement. I will keep refining it as I have inspiration to do so.
If you are interested in lessons learned I have several minor ones.
If you stop by please drop me a comment and let me know what you think, good or bad. All feedback is welcome.
Yes, I said it, my theme sucks! I’ve been idle for nearly a year with a new job, new projects, new stuff. I’ve been playing guitar, coding at work (I know right?), getting kids launched into life like the rest of the American masses, ignoring the “what they want to hear” political season, you name it.
Well I’m back at the keyboard again and taking on some of the old projects made new again. As part of that I’m working on getting better at UI design (see this blog and you understand why). I’ve sought out inspiration from other web sites. I’ve listed 4 below that I like and want to keep in mind as references as I tackle the job of making Bogus a theme that I’m not embarrassed to say “yeah, I designed that!” Stay tuned for where that leads us. In the mean time check out these nice site designs.
Also as an added bonus you can check out the web article Simple Flow: Minimalism in Web Design.
WordPress 3.0 is here! I updated today and as billed the admin interface is lighter. The new default Twenty Ten theme is nice looking, but I only activated it long enough to realize I didn’t like the default layout. I may play with it later when I have more free time. Other interesting features include custom post types, built in short link support and WordPress MU integration for single or multi-site solutions. In honor of the launch I removed the gradient background color from the “bogus” theme and that seemed to help the look. I’ll keep exploring the latest version of WordPress to see what new or interesting features I can find.
Update: Found a really good post on the new features in WordPress 3.0 so I thought I would share it here. It’s called 8 New Exciting WordPress 3.0 Features and it’s great because it has code samples along with the features that require custom code in the theme. Enjoy!
Only one day in and I could not help tweaking my new theme. I’m not sure if you can call it an improvement, but at least it’s different. I started playing around with the idea of a gradient background image. I decided to add one to the top of the site to add some pop and increase the contrast between the color scheme and the background. I found a number of articles on-line for doing this, but the one that I liked the best is here. I actually installed Gimp specifically to edit images for the new theme and I have to say it’s working out really well. If you have a strong opinion one way or another about the new background post a comment below and let me know.