OK, I’ve spent the whole day looking at the “new look” of my blog.Ã‚Â Generally, I still like it.Ã‚Â
There are some issues.Ã‚Â Images still don’t work the way I
want expect them to.Ã‚Â I have ads showing up in more places than I planned on (I am playing with a lot of ad placement – just to see what works – they won’t all be staying, but I didn’t expect the ads to show up under the titles of each post once you click through to that post.Ã‚Â And for the life of me, right now I don’t know where they are coming from).
I don’t like the size of the font in the sidebars.Ã‚Â Too small for me – but simply increasing the text size seems to break the boundaries of the sidebars.Ã‚Â Gotta fix that at a lower level, I guess.
I don’t like the advertising bar under the header (I kind of like the ads in the top right of the header though – it’s fun to see what Google places there – like diet ads when I post about “trimming RSS feeds”.Ã‚Â That’s pure entertainment for me!).Ã‚Â I want to replace the advertising bar under the header with my pages.Ã‚Â I don’t like the pages listed stacked in the sidebar.Ã‚Â They must relocate!
The WordPress BlogRoll is seriously broken in this theme.Ã‚Â I disabled it.Ã‚Â But I miss it – even though I like the partial RSS feeds (bottom left) that I now have for the blogs of some of my favorite peoples.
Of course some things are goofy in other browsers (besides IE, which I assume this template was targeted to).Ã‚Â Mostly the little green arrows in the sidebars are out of place on Mozilla based browsers.Ã‚Â It annoys me.
And finally – this theme DOES seem to load faster for me – and yes, I cut out some excess fat unrelated to the theme – but I think my previous “Neon Green” theme was just to graphic intensive – I like the cleaner “no graphic” look to this blog.
But I’m sure I’ll change it soon enough.Ã‚Â Perhaps I’ll even do a custom theme (or beg for someone to do one for me).Ã‚Â The truth is, I can’t find a theme I like – I want the following:
WordPress 2.x compatible
Shades of gray would be the ultimate
Slender – very little to no graphics
Shrinks and grows depending on my screen resolution/browser size (I hate it when I am on a small screen and the blog still only takes 70% of my browser real estate!)
I’m sure there’s more – but those are the things I am thinking of now.Ã‚Â Perhaps I should write up a requirements document and see what it would take to get a custom theme…