Which Theme Did You Choose?

istock_underhoodPart of our job involves helping people choose the right theme for their goals and aspirations. Customers often already have an idea of which theme they’d like to use, but we often have to ask, “Why do you want to use this theme? Is there a reason that you’ve made this your choice?”

In other words, we want to know if clients choose specific themes because they’re popular, or cool, or because all their friends are drooling over the “in” thing these days. The wrong theme choice can often cost people more money than they intended to spend.

The latest trend in blog themes are those that let the user customize many elements or layouts. They’re great, because these themes put control back in the hands of users. Many people rave about Thesis, for example, and it can be a good choice.

Sometimes, though, Thesis isn’t the best choice for the job. We have both praised Thesis to the heavens and cursed it to hell in the same breath while trying to make it do what the client wants it to do – often not what the theme was designed to do in the first place.

The Question of Customizing

Themes can be fully customized from head to toe. Some themes are easy to customize, but of course, doing so requires someone with skills in coding.

Themes like Thesis and Flexx offer better potential for users to customize their own theme, and there’s really no coding knowledge required. But get into heavier customization, and things get tricky.

Some themes are complex. They have multiple CSS style sheets (for your colors, spacing, and all the pretty), and the PhP code (what points to the pretty in the CSS and makes it happen) can often be complicated. With all the PhP, Javascript and other extras required to make these themes easy for users to customize on their own, they become more difficult to customize from the back end.

That costs extra money. Are they really the best theme for the job?

Look Under The Hood

When you want a theme for your site, you need to do more than admire the aesthetics. It’s like buying a car. You need to know what you want in a vehicle, figure out your needs, and then make the choice that gives you what you want.

You need to narrow down your options, visit lots, walk around the car a few times, touch the surface, gaze at the leather seats, and then open the hood to check out the motor.

Do the same when choosing your theme. Try to figure out if the theme will closely fit your needs before you decide to fall in love. If a theme does everything you want, then great! Your only expense is the custom design.

But if you want the theme to do something it wasn’t built or designed to do, you may want to opt for another theme. Decide what you want your site to do, and find a theme that gives you the features and functionalities you want.

Otherwise, it’s almost like buying a Toyota and then paying someone to build a Honda out of it. Why not buy a Honda in the first place?

Now it’s your turn. We’re curious. What theme do you use, why did you choose it, why do you love it, and what do you wish it could do?

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  1. I use Thesis. I was introduced to Chris Pearson (Pearsonified) a few years back when I came across his Cutline theme. I followed his work ever since so when he announced Thesis I was amongst the first to buy it and I can’t say I regret it.

    Having said that it isn’t the be all, end all of themes as you quite rightly point out. It’s all about picking the right tool for the job.

    One thing I do advise people is to not get too caught up with the functionalities and features. To draw on your analogy of cars they’re like optional extras; you should only “buy” what you are sure to make use of.

    Marc´s last blog post…Friday Roundup Week 3

  2. Harry,

    I use a theme called Soleil, by a Brazilian designer named Avi Alkalay. I tweaked it so much I doubt he’d recognize it, though. I wanted the Toyota styling (do we have to say “Toyota”?), but I had to have things “Honda-ized” under the hood. I can’t find my way under the hood of a car, but since I’ve coded websites without themes, screwing up a blog theme is a breeze. πŸ™‚

    New side-projects I’m working on will have me messing with Arthemia and Monochrome Gallery, two unbearably sexy themes that I adore.

    I want usability/accessibility first, so one of the reasons I tweak is that my number one priority is to simplify. Fewer bells, whistles, and distractions, without being too plain. I find it easier to strip down a theme that’s close than to gussy up a too-plain theme, so under the hood I go!

    Regards,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…Why You Should Create a Tribal Language

  3. @ Kelly – I’m in love with Arthemia.

  4. James,

    And I’m sure it returns the affection. I didn’t put in links b/c I’m living in moderation here lately… and I got stuck in mod anyway. *sigh* Thanks for fishing me out.

    Until later,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…Why You Should Create a Tribal Language

  5. I use a very heavily modified one from graphpaperpress (monochrome gallery theme). I had to learn coding from scratch to be able to customize my theme, but I love learning new stuff.

    I would add two things you should might want to do when choosing a theme:

    1) To stretch the car analogy – take your theme for a test drive. put up a dummy site, fill it with content, see how you like navigating around it for a couple of days.

    2) Customization is a must no matter what your theme. This isn’t your car – this is your business vehicle, so brand it paint it and make sure when people see it they know it’s yours. The first thought shouldn’t be “just another generic Hyundai”

    Patrick

    Very Evolved´s last blog post…Follow the Herd. How behavior and stories spread through online crowds

  6. Patrick,

    Your #2 is an excellent point.

    You’re confusing readers if they can’t instantly distinguish your blog from all the others using the same theme (a good reason to choose one that’s more obscure, also), and you aren’t giving a visual clue as to how special your content is, either.

    Until later,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…Why You Should Create a Tribal Language

  7. Graham Strong says:

    Hi Harry,

    Funny this topic should come up now — just last night I was thinking that the website I’m working on might be better as a WordPress-based website. I plan to search out some themes to modify today.

    As for my own theme, I just took the default theme and changed the graphics. In fact this is the easiest method for modifying your theme. If you know how to make graphics in Photoshop and you know how to use an FTP program, you’re golden.

    1) Find your theme’s folder in the /wp-content folder
    2) Open the image folder and view all the images. You’ll find the header graphic, background, etc. You open these one at a time or all at once in Photoshop.
    3) Change each graphic (be sure to keep the same width and height though) and save as the same file name (yes, overwrite the old one).
    4) Upload using your FTP program. You now have a custom WordPress theme!

    Be sure to back up all the original images before you change them in case you want to revert to the “factory settings”.

    For mine, I did tweak some of the CSS, and in most cases you’ll want to do this. There are bound to be little glitches along the way too, depending on the theme you started with.

    But if you are flexible with the results (i.e. creating a template that is for personal use, not for business), it can be fun to play with.

    You know. If you’re into that sort of thing.

    ~Graham

    Graham Strong´s last blog post…Can Your Own Customer Stories Help You Sell More?

  8. I use Thesis, which was worth every penny in terms of painless customization–and I mean even having to do a lot of CSS and PHP. I like it, but those who don’t will definitely have limited options.

    Thanks for pointing out Flexx–never seen it before, but I love it. The theme packs are especially useful. As a developer, it seems Flexx offers a lot more options, narrows the development time compared to Thesis… but costs a little bit more. Hopefully with time Thesis will build up its repertoire of built-in customizations.

    Initially I chose Thesis because it was clean. It did the annoying part (for me) of theme development, which is creating a valid, cross-platform layout that wouldn’t break if I decided to move the sidebar from one side to the other….

  9. Most important for me is
    1) Speed (hate to wait for websites to show up)
    2) compatability (needs to render readable in any browser)
    3) clean look (I can’t stand sites cluttered with flashing stuff)

    I’m still wondering if I should get someone to create/modify me a theme.

    Sam´s last blog post…Salsa-Kurstermine

  10. @ Sam – I think that totally depends on your needs and goals. What would some of those be?

    @ Ryan – Yeah, Flexx is pretty cool. It puts a lot of power in the user’s hands for moving stuff around without too much frustration. Cost is all relative to what you want to accomplish, I think.

    @ Graham –

    It can be fun to play with. You know. If youÒ€ℒre into that sort of thing.

    Hehehehe…

    @ Kelly – Ahhh, differentiation, the key to good branding and business success!

    @ Very – Yeah, that’s one thing I have a hard time with – themes that get bought and slapped up out of the box, especially popular ones. Making them at least a little different is key!!

    @ Kelly – I have no idea why Askimet desires you so greatly these days. Milles pardons. At least it keeps me busy.

  11. This is funny, coming up today. Yesterday, one of my partners and I were having a discussion over which was better, the Flexx or Thesis theme. He’s on Flexx and I’m on Thesis. I love Thesis. I may be outgrowing it a bit, but I can’t say enough nice things about it either. When I first started out, I knew a little bit less than nothing, so it was nice to have a theme that was so customizable that I could diddle with while I learned. I was on Blogger for a couple of weeks, hated that, then moved to my own site I built in Rapid Weaver, but I wanted to use WordPress so I scrapped it. I had a free theme for about five minutes, then decided to go with Thesis. I felt at home five minutes later.

    Writer Dad´s last blog post…Four Seasons

  12. James,

    “I have no idea why Askimet desires you so greatly these days.”

    One word. Luscious.

    *big wink*

    Sam,

    1) Agree, 2) agree, 3) agree.

    Until later,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…Why You Should Create a Tribal Language

  13. James, I’m really not sure. It might be nice to have a more customized template for my serendipity blog. Most important a sleeker, cleaner template.
    On the other hand, I do look very different from my ‘competition’ (they don’t even have blogs yet), so I think: why bother?

    Kelly, nice to see someone agree on this! πŸ™‚

    Sam´s last blog post…Salsa-Kurstermine

  14. Just this past weekend I made the switch from blogger to wordpress. First thing I did was make a list of options I desired in a theme and then prioritized them knowing I wouldn’t find them all in one theme.

    After looking through endless lists of themes I started with Sleepy Blue 10. But there was a second theme that had a number of features I desired, so I incorporated The Beach House into Sleepy Blue 10.

    Finally, I needed to upgrade the comments section. As neither theme was built on 2.7 I just integrated the comments section from the default theme in order to utilize threaded comments.

    The final product is probably not even recognizable when compared to the original themes.

    Obviously it took a lot of rewriting and some trial-and-error, not to mention the dog ran away scared more than a few times. And I am still dealing with a couple of very minor IE bugs.

  15. I’d like a theme like the “Hot Dog” kind. (That I believe Brett reminded us of a while back).

    http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000341.html

    It’ll make your eyes bleed.

  16. @Cork: Making a list is a very good way to start out. It’s like walking into the grocery store when you’re hungry, everything looks good and unless you have that list in your hand, you’re going to end up with more stuff than you need or forgetting something altogether.

    And IE is the bane of all designers.

    @Sam: Why bother? Think about the people who visit your site. Would sleeker benefit them? Those people are who really matter in the end.

    @WriterDad: Free themes are a good way to familiarize yourself with how themes work behind the scenes, and they also give you a great appreciation for pristine code. The first time I used a Revolution theme I was floored, I could actually find my way around. The old Rev themes still rank high in my book of easily customized themes, although now that Brian seems to have other people working with him to develop new Rev versions I’m finding that even those are starting to get complicated.

    @Sam: Whether you get someone else to customize your theme or not depends on how high your frustration threshold is. Some don’t have the time or can’t be bothered to spend a few hours figuring out how all the code fits together and where to find what, other people love it.

    At first I hated code, it was too much like figuring out a math problem. I think that came from the fact that I didn’t know why things worked, it was all hit or miss. Once I started studying the “why’s” it became like a game to figure out how to make a theme do what I wanted it to do. Like anything else, practice helps and all your answers are a Google search away.

    @Ryan: James is right, free isn’t always good and neither is the most expensive premium theme. If you can find a theme that works for you, then it’s worth every penny.

    @Graham: That’s how it started for me. Images were easy to change out and from there the next step was poking around in the CSS to see what that could do.

    @Very: Absolutely, test drive whenever possible. With free themes it’s pretty easy, but if you’re looking at premium themes, that could get expensive.

    @Kelly: Arthemia is an excellent theme inside and out. I haven’t dug into the Monochrome series, but I do have it. On the surface, they don’t look bad either

    @Marc: Good to see my Cymru buddy here! It’s true, it’s easy to be dazzled with a lot of fancy bells and whistles, much in the same manner as being captivated by a pretty design. Just like in a clothing store, some things always look better on the mannequin, and in some cases, that’s where they should stay.

    Even so, if you do get a theme that has too much stuff, it’s often easier to take stuff away rather than add it on.

    @Friar: ACK! My eyes! Dude. That’s harsh.

  17. Personally I like and use Thesis on my site. I would recommend it to anyone.

    The important thing about Thesis is that the basics are already done for you. Kinda like a nice base model car. You can use it right from the start and it has all of the flexibility you need. As a designer you can keep all of your code in a nice little spot called,,,custom πŸ™‚

    This makes upgrades a snap!
    Dave

    Dave C´s last blog post…Joomla 1.5.8 Released takes care of some bugs

  18. For my freelance writing blog I just used a Blogger template that was ready-to-use called “Son of Moto”. I chose it because I just didn’t like what else was offered and I liked the green colour. I don’t know how to use HTML or other codes, (save for copy and paste,) and just recently figured out how to change the template or layout on Blogger. I have just started two new blogs and am using layouts from PYZAM. Maybe everybody and their cousin are using the same themes/layouts , but you can still set me apart by other items, my voice, and my pic.

    If I knew how to HTML and code, then I would probably do it myself to the exact specs I wanted.

  19. @Dave: If you want plug and play, Thesis and others like it are great. Looks like you did a good job too, The rounded corners look pretty spiffy.

    @Michelle: HTML isn’t that difficult to learn. I never had any formal training in that, CSS or PhP, but most of what I know now came from experimenting. One of the best tools that helped me with this was Dreamweaver. I like using it because I can mess with the code as much as I want and mistakes are removed just by clicking “undo”.

  20. I’ve used quite a few different themes in the past, but right now I’m most impressed with:

    -WP Remix Theme
    -Flexx Theme
    -The Freebie at InternetMarketingWithBlogs.com (great for static pages)

    They’re all simple enough to modify and have a pretty clean look as well.

    Chad´s last blog post…Hyundai Assurance Program: Are You Taking Notes?

  21. That is something to look into Harry. When I did want to change the template on my freelance writing blog, it said I could lose posts and other things so I never monkeyed with it and left it as is. Perhaps one day the caterpillar will turn into a butterfly afterall! Thanks.

  22. @Michelle: That could very well be. I know customization on free sites such as Blogger are extremely limited. If you want to have full reign with your customization your best bet would be to switch to a self-hosted platform, like WordPress on your own domain.

  23. @Harry Thanks for the kind words.

    I would love to take the credit for the round corners, but I actually got the idea from ‘Kingdom Geek’ http://rickbeckman.com/ I thought it would be a great fit for my site. Rick does a great job over at the thesis forums.

    Dave

    Dave C´s last blog post…Joomla 1.5.8 Released takes care of some bugs

  24. @Harry, my visitors won’t care, really (it’s a hobby business, which already is generating as much customers as I *want* to handle, I don’t even need a web site at all). It’s just some inner craving to make stuff perfect. And hey, it’s fun to own some nice & sleek stuff, isn’t it!

    Additionally I’m fully capable to modify any theme Ò€¦ technically. I lack in the aestetic department. When I know what I want to achieve, I can do it. I might even recognice ‘sleek’ if I see it, but coming up with a sleek design, getting the ideas what to move where, to add space where, thats where I’m challenged.

    Still, it’s not important enough to change right now, so I won’t. At least not now πŸ™‚

  25. John Hoff says:

    All I got to say is you guys designed me a kick-ass website using the Arthemia theme (for others that read this, my new site hasn’t been launched yet).

    I really wish my theme could make my coffee in the morning, but that might be asking a bit much for the next 10 years or so.

    What I love about my new theme is the easy of navigation and the overall layout. I requested a few theme changes function-wise and you guys handled it with ease. The Arthemia code looks pretty clean, too.

    The only down side is the official Arthemia site won’t allow you to be a member of their support forums unless you’ve actually purchased the theme from them. I was denied a question LOL. But of course, you guys answered it for me so that was cool.

    John Hoff´s last blog post…Understanding The Psychology Of Your Website Visitors

  26. @John: If that sexy theme does it’s job, you’ll be able to afford to have someone come to your house and make coffee for you every morning!

  27. John Hoff says:

    I do have to say Harry, I have actually sat there for a few moments just admiring the site and stare at it (wishing everything on my end was done).

    The thing with you is you not only have the technical knowledge in graphics, but you have the creativity to match it.

    Freaking amazing bro.

    John Hoff´s last blog post…Understanding The Psychology Of Your Website Visitors

  28. @John: The credit for that masterpiece actually goes to Charlie, but on behalf of the Pen Men design team, thank you πŸ™‚

  29. The trick is being able to find your way under the hood! I’ve actually got three blogs/sites and all of them use different themes, and therefore basic details are in different spots on all. I was updating the links for my feedburner RSS last night and had to re-figure out where the code was for each of them–and it was in an entirely different spot on each! Sigh. There’s a fine line between being able to fill up your own gas tank and add windshield fluid and being able to (__insert something mechanically complicated here__) on your own. Themes that make the customizing easy … because customizing is FUN … are a plus in my book!

    –Deb´s last blog post…Curse-Breaking

  30. Sean and I use Flexx on The Blueprint, but Sean uses Thesis for WriterDad and I use it a lot when I setup blogs for clients. I really like both themes and think they’ve both got their strong points, but I definitely agree that the more user friendly, the harder it is to tweak (when you really want to ‘make it your own’).

    I use Essence (another iThemes offering) for “Motivate Thyself”. I think it’s got a great balance of a few back end features, with a simple set of PHP/CSS files for easy manipulation.

    I love these kinds of posts! Thanks for the info. Eric

    Eric Hamm´s last blog post…Friday Link Roundup: Mugshots Included

  31. Blog themes make me cry.

    I never met a theme I’ve liked. I’ve had lots of flings, but it’s never been true love.

    Users tend to like my current theme, but I don’t, and that’s a problem. I actually prefer my previous, crappy looking theme that was simpler. I know it didn’t showcase the full breadth of my blog, but it was simple and I liked it. Most importantly Verdana font looked great. I have a fascination for Verdana that’s more than words.

    I have seen a few themes that intrigue me, but against, it’s just infatuation. Or lust. I’m not sure. I only have a few scenarios that matter a lot:
    – present a post as a clean page (the scenario where somebody lands or links on a post)
    – browse the top 10 pillar articles
    – browse the archives
    – search the posts
    – subscribe to RSS

    I went with Arthemia because it’s clean and crisp. The homepage is a blessing and curse. It looks pro, and it presents a lot of eye candy, but it’s also somewhat complex. My previous theme was just a big beautiful post … you didn’t have to think about where to go next. On the other hand, it didn’t necessarily encourage you to explore, while Arthemia categories and the beautiful tag cloud are enticing. But dang the Arial font. I tried changing to Verdana, but it throws the whole thing off. Granted I wasn’t in the mood for really playing it out, so maybe I need to give that another shot. My other complaint with Arthemai though is that it feels like a bit of extra work to post. It really is about having a picture and you have to mark if it’s headline or featured, and you need to add a custom field to point to the thumbnail image after you upload. I hate tax, I hate friction, and I’m a fan of glide paths. So it goes back to the question — is the gain worth the pain? Enough users tell me yes for now, but in my experience, blogs are about sustainable results, so again … I need to seriously consider whether I’m hitting death by a 1000 paper cuts.

    I’m not sure that I’ve optimized Arthema for my scenarios, but I did the following:
    – created a simple logo and tag line
    – removed the ad stuff and tried to make the reading/browsing/exploring experience as simple as possible
    – tuned the menu bar for key features (about, archives, contact, featured guests)
    – tuned the categories to be less SEO, more provocative (emotional intelligence, getting results, heroes, intellectual horsepower, leadership)
    – played with the sidebar like crazy … to make it functional and clean (still hate it)

    I still have a few issues. Folks tell me they don’t want to scroll down the sidebar to find me (other folks counter by saying the About is good enough). The part that does bother me is my exhaustive personal dev books, personal productivity quotes, my free Zen of Results E-Book, my book nuggets really seem hidden … but in plain view (they are on the sidebar)

    Before I went with Arthemia, I summarized my decision approach for choosing effective themes. I seriously evaluated more than 2,000 themes and heavily modified more than 20. I definitely see the patterns now, but it feels more like tuning the spokes of a wheel than fitting pegs into holes (if you’ve tuned a wheel, you know what I mean). Here’s my lessons learned – http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2008/03/17/how-to-choose-an-effective-blog-template-or-theme.aspx

    Sorry so long, but what’s that Mark Twain guy say? ….

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post…Avoid Mental Burnout

  32. I am using a modified version of Aeros by buckmaker. I was specifically looking for content on right, sidebar on left two column format. I felt that the use of transparency in the theme and the content scrolling over the background gave me the futuristic feel I was looking for.

    I had to tone down the transparency a bit, and I customized the templates to provide two date tabs, one that added 257 years to the actual date, and one that converts that date into a Martian date based on the Darian calendar system. My first dive into PHP.

    Harry, when you refer to the “user” in your article, are you referring the site owner, or customization for the person who registers and logs into the site?

    Ed´s last blog post…Secrets

  33. @Ed: I was talking about the person who is the one doing the actual customizing, whether it’s for someone else or for him/herself. People who have themes customized for them and don’t know how to use them once they get them are another story altogether πŸ˜‰

    @JD: I’ve tuned wheels and done valve adjustments, so I understand. Sometimes it is tedious work and at the end of it you’re still not satisfied.

    I think you did an excellent job on your theme, then again, we’re partial to Arthemia to begin with, it is one of our favorites to work with.

    How did it throw off the theme when you put in Verdana? I’m curious about that and might have to play with one of our tests to see what you’re talking about.

  34. @ Harry

    Thank you.

    When I put in Verdana, it was the size that threw things off. Not so much in the post, but in all the other places it shows up (tag line, text on the home page, the browser bar, and the side bar, especially the tag cloud) The look and feel went from clean and tight to somewhat off. I tried to pretend it wasn’t off but then I reviewed it with folks and they confirmed it was off.

    Part of what makes Arthemia work so well is it’s density and crispness. The font is a big factor, and I think Arial is part of what keeps it tight. I like Verdana for its looseness. I think that’s where the conflict lies.

    Granted, I only changed the font at the Body tag level. I should have experimented with trying to change just the post text and leave everything else in tact. That might be the key.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post…Avoid Mental Burnout

  35. Hi there,

    I use the Flexx theme for my two webpages and like it. It’s great that it’s so easy to use as I’ve only recently started blogging. I had a “normal” website before and realised that a WP theme would give me so much more freedom.

    The only thing with the Flexx is that when you get it there are no comments enabled on the blog page, which is a bit weird. You have to add code to enable it to allow comments in your blog. They might have changed that now, not sure.

    Heike Miller´s last blog post…Ò€œYour social media journey starts hereÒ€

  36. After looking at what felt like a gazillion themes, I followed the MwP recommendation of Revolution, but I’ve customized it lots. I love it because it’s so clearly laid out and explains things within the code so that customization is easy.

    Good coding structure/explanations = great theme.

    Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome´s last blog post…Why bother with authenticity?

  37. I am using original copyblogger theme. I tried too many themes and always came back to it. It is clean, readable, warm. I love to post to it. It is also easy to extend…. πŸ˜‰ actually like any other WP theme πŸ™‚

    Alik Levin | PracticeThis.com´s last blog post…Kaizen Parents – GTD Kids

  38. I chose Gazette Edition from WooThemes as my first premium theme. My main reason for choosing it were:

    1. It was the technological cutting edge at the time I bought it.

    This is more important than you think. The rate of progress for CSS and PHP is almost astronomical. By choosing a brand new theme I was able to keep up with this progression and use Gazette for as long as possible.

    2. It was new and unique.

    Leading on from point 1, I feel it is important that your blog stands out from others. Any good free theme release quickly becomes flavour of the month and by using such a release you are also losing one of your USP’s. Not many people had Gazette and less got it to work properly. I was in the leading showcase for the theme for 6 months.

    3. It was ultra professional.

    By going for a theme that was very ‘hard’ and ‘professional’ my customising was all in one direction; softening. Like sculptor, I chipped away at the stone of the theme to reveal the shape I wanted. ‘Hard’ themes always come across as authoritative and, although I do little selling through my site, I wanted to keep that edge to the final version. This has meant that when I do write a sales based post, say a review of my watch with an affiliate link, my message is strengthened by the themes core professionalism.

    That’s just a few thoughts on the subject, thanks for the interesting post!

    Regards,

    Basho

    Basho´s last blog post…A online year in review

  39. I use a slightly tweaked version of Newspress by Woothemes. I had to change the colour scheme to match the banner that Harry designed for me and I needed to edit the sidebars a bit (the original version of the theme wasn’t widgetised). I’m pretty happy with it, though I’m beginning to get restless and am wondering if there’s a better way to highlight my content.

    Sharon Hurley Hall´s last blog post…My Six Word Memoir

  40. @JD: Definitely try the text size at the post level and see what happens, that might be the key right there.

    @Alex: Pristine coding behind the scenes is definitely a must, not only for beginners, but the rest of us too. If it wasn’t for Gardner’s themes I may not have continued to work with code. The Revolution series did a lot to help me learn how it all works and now I find myself enjoying it a lot.

    @Alik: Hey, stick with what works, right?

    @Basho: Too true, anything web related is going to change at the speed of light. With so many designers and developers out there the landscape is changing minute by minute.

    It looks like you did a fine job of it too. One suggestion though? See if you can get your text to wrap around your images in your posts. The white space breaks up the flow too much. πŸ˜‰

    @Sharon: There’s always room for improvement no matter who you are. One thing you could consider is widening the content area. Right now the two columns are nearly matched for width, if you reduce the size of the right hand column that would draw the eye over to the content.

  41. Good plan, Harry. I’ll have to mess around in the CSS and theme files and see if I can do that without breaking anything else πŸ™‚

    Sharon Hurley Hall´s last blog post…Seven Steps To A Professional Bid

  42. @Sharon: Sounds good! And if you need us, you know where to find us πŸ˜‰

  43. This is the second post where you make examples by putting similarities with cars. Are you fond of cars? This is interesting for me to read this as I am a freelancer and a car guru πŸ˜‰

  44. @Car Guy Who’s Not Leaving a Name – Cars just make really good examples of what works and what doesn’t πŸ™‚

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