Next Generation WordPress Theme Design - GiraffeBy Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Sunday, July 3, 2005
To my knowledge it is the only theme which comes with an administrative for customizing colors, no of posts and other details:
- Change colour scheme
- Change font and font size
- Change whether to have a full-width lead post, or more traditional two-column layout
- Change page dimensions
- Configure number of lead posts, recent posts, random posts, and latest comments
- Switch logo on or off
The theme is innovative in its layout and positioning of content. It comes with its own support plugin and is localizable. It allows you to add items in the sidebar using an extra file.
Here are my suggestions for the theme author:
- Think about adding a link in the administrative interface to create/modify sidebar-extra.php.
- Think about activating the plugin automatically when the theme is activated. Why not just include the code in a directory within the theme and include it? That will make installation simpler. The WordPress plugin architecture is actually redundant for theme specific plugins.
In summary this how I like my theme to be. It has all the making of next generation WP Themes. Hopefully other theme authors will catch on soon. If you are looking to sell your wordpress themes then check out this theme for ideas.