A couple of days ago, I finally took the plunge and clicked ‘Activate’ on a new WordPress theme for my blog: Comet.
Even though I’d been a huge fan of my previous theme MistyLook since I started this blog in 2008, I had played with the idea of changing the theme for a long time.
This is what it used to look like:
Every time WordPress brought out a new theme, I hopped on over to check it out. But each time, as soon as I had previewed the theme on my blog and noticed that all my settings had gone haywire, I retreated. I didn’t have the time, the energy or the functionality-know-how to activate a theme, to lose all my settings, and then to spend days and days figuring out how to fix it up again.
It was in July this year when blogfriend Lisa from the Southern Cape posted an extremely well-researched article on her Quest for the Ultimate WordPress Theme – a post that was deservedly recognised and Freshly Pressed! – and her follow-up article The Quest Continues, that I got excited about the prospect of giving my blog an entirely new look.
Comet was described as “a lightweight, faded design with simple and classy typographic touches. It’s a great theme for any type of blog, and it works really well for showcasing your writing and photos.”
What I Like About It:
- I immediately liked the font type and the overall look.
- It has seven color schemes (Blue, Gray, Red, Yellow, Green, Teal, and Purple) – they aren’t as dramatically different as those colours imply, though – it’s a very subtle change.
- It has four different layout options (two-columns with Content-Sidebar or Sidebar-Content; three columns with Sidebar-Content-Sidebar, or one-column with Content).
- I can customise the background and the header image (particularly important in my view for giving my blog a fresh look once in a while without having to change the entire theme).
- I can even add a custom menu – actually, I think I can add two: one above the header image, and one below.
Yes, I finallllllly learnt how to create a custom menu!
You can see the new drop-down menu headings just underneath the header – My Book, Exploring the Cape, Getaways, Hikes and Rambles, Home and Garden, Entertainment, and Defence Reserves. It meant that I could tidy up all the little self-created tables-of-content widgets that used to clutter up my right hand side margin. I am now using categories in my menu entries, which will update automatically as soon as I post a new article in a specific category (in theory, at least?).
So, if you are a regular and can’t find the posts that used to be listed all down the right hand side, please have a look at the new drop-down menus. It won’t give you a nice and handy numbered list of all the posts that I wrote in any particular category (if only I could figure out how to do that – and how to ensure that it updates automatically!), but you will be able to see the first couple of lines of each of the posts in that category.
What I Would Like To Improve:
- I now have to incorporate the title of my blog and the tagline into the header image, which wasn’t the case with MistyLook.
- I think the font size of the main heading of each post is rather large.
- I think that the font size of the custom menu underneath the header is rather too small.
- I would like to change the font sizes of the side-bar widgets, as the headings seem disproportionately large compared to the rest of the text.
- It does not support post formats (gallery or image posts, etc.).
- I have not yet gotten the excerpts to work the way I think they should work.
- It does not have featured images and featured header images.
- It does not have featured posts. Great pity! I wonder if I could work around that by using a front page and populating it with sticky posts?
I don’t suppose that FrostPress, the creators of the theme could add some of that functionality? Hm? Pretty please?