I Am In Love With A New WordPress Theme

I wrote already that I am overall happy with the Twenty Ten theme but as I said, the Twenty Ten theme has some major flaws if you use it on a blog with lots of photos. Apart from this problem there are other flaws with many themes here on WordPress.com that turn me off. They usually upload themes that have a very huge header and you can upload your own images but if you want your header to be very tiny, it won´t work in most cases and to be honest, meanwhile I tested most of the themes. If there was one theme with a minimal header, then there were other problems with the theme like fancy bits of graphical elements that turned me off.

I know, choosing the right theme is really a matter of taste but I really had problems to find a theme that does meet my standards. I am minimalist, I like it slick, modern and the text content or the photos should attract the reader’s attention, not a supersized header or any fancy graphical elements that highlight or separate areas of the blog like the content area or sidebar, because there is no need for a graphical separation in my opinion. Yes, a graphical element like a cooking spoon that appears over each article might look fancy on a cooking blog but if you ask me, I even would hate it if my blog would be only about food.

I could rant even more about different themes we can use here but as said, it´s just a matter of taste and your opinion might be different and that is ok. I just can say that I had a hard time to find the right theme for my blog and I tested them all. I am not even completely happy with the Twenty Ten theme that I use at the time I write all this here. So, a long time has passed but then…

Today I got a wordpress mail as I subscribed to their blog and they introduced a new theme called Big Brother. Beforehand, this is a theme that I am in love with and I could imagine to use it but only with the design upgrade because how could it else be? I found a few flaws there too but I talk about it later. First I want to mention that this is a theme I would give the tags “modern”, “clean”, “minimalist”.

I am surprised that they write in the introduction that this theme would be good for big organizations because I do think this theme will address also other bloggers because it is focused around the content, it has a very tiny header that is still big enough to carry a logo or image. It has a very nice looking menu bar and looks so sorted in generally. I agree that this is a clean design but I would disagree with them because they also write that it is a traditional design. I rather would say it is a modern design because recently all big magazines and blogs (Example: TechCrunch, Digital Trends and I could mention more) noticed that you don´t need to torture your readers with a header that even eats a 40% surface of a modern high-resolution screen. A 200 pixel height of a header is way enough to give a blog a signature. The theme Big Brother comes with such a minimal header and that´s what I love and it´s a theme I waited for since some time.

But I am a very picky person and as said, I found a few flaws with this theme too, otherwise I would have activated the theme right away. I have a test blog, it´s basically a copy of this blog here but private and only I can access it. It´s basically my sandbox where I can mess around and test things without changing anything on my real and public blogs. Even if there are a few flaws with the new theme, I tested it and was able to get the theme right and how I like it. The only problem is that I will need this custom design upgrade to make it my favorite theme.

The main problem is the huge font size of the article headings. The second problem is that I dislike the font and font size of the content text. I am ok with the colors but I probably would make the sidebar background colour the same as the overall background color. I maybe even would go so far to change the other colors of the theme but they don´t annoy me. It´s more about the fonts and about the size of the fonts. Everything else like setting up the sidebar, creating and uploading my own header and other things, is self-evident.

So, with the custom design upgrade I could change this theme to my liking, I could remove all of the flaws I see. Then it would be “that” theme I was waiting for since years. I really could image to use this theme with the design upgrade that I would need to activate then too. I would use this theme immediately if there wouldn´t be another problem. I run ads on my blog that are only visible for not logged in users or people who aren´t WordPress users. I´m not sure if this new theme supports WordAds, which is why I wrote them a mail to clarify this question. If the answer is positive, I probably will change the theme.

Like I said, lot´s of the stuff I wrote here is really a matter of taste, I just was so excited about this new theme that I was inspired to write my thoughts down. I didn´t post anything on this blog here since some days and my thoughts about the themes did bring me back.

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Greetings. My name is Dennis. My native language is German and I do write in English about various subjects and my interests, especially to improve myself but also to share some experiences or to write down some thoughts. My interests are photography, graphic design, music-making, animals, nature, technology, games, lifestyle and more. I just want to document my experiences and some stories of life. I'm glad to meet new people from all around the world.
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4 Responses to I Am In Love With A New WordPress Theme

  1. lauramacky says:

    I have problems too and have been with the theme “Yuki” (I think that’s name) for quite awhile.

    • Dennis says:

      Your theme is called Yoko. I use the same as you on one of my other blogs because Yoko is also clean enough. It´s a theme of my top ten favorites :) but the header is quite big with this theme too. But the overall design is clean and good, so that I use it too on another blog. :)

      • lauramacky says:

        Yuki LOL!!! Thanks for letting me know what I use haha. Yes, the header is bigger but then i needed it for my balloon. It might not be suitable if you’re looking for a shorter header. You’d think they’d come up with some better photography themes. It’s quite limited.

      • Dennis says:

        Haha, no problem. It´s just that I really tested them all one weekend some time ago, so that I really know their names but you can also find the name out on each blog in the footer beside the “Blog at WordPress” text. :)

        Yes you are right. A big header can be good. For some project´s I really prefer bigger headers too, but here I would like a small header and the Big Brother theme could be perfect. At the end this all is just a matter of taste anyway and we need to find our favorites :)

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