The Weekly Theme Show #7: “There’s a wizard in your WordPress theme”

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In this week’s episode of The Weekly Theme Show, we discussed Weaver II (again!), Artisteer, theme options, and we discovered a wizard. In a WordPress theme.

Seriously.

This episode was sponsored by SeedProd’s Coming Soon Pro plugin and CSSIgniter.

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8 thoughts on “The Weekly Theme Show #7: “There’s a wizard in your WordPress theme”

  1. The QR Code on my site links to the post permalink, making it easy to pull up the page on a mobile device. I wrote it to figure out how Google’s QR generator stuff worked. I actually find it handy for pulling up posts on my Android quickly, but I admit that it is a rather limited use case.

    QR codes have legit uses, actually. Google’s Authenticator (which is super cool) uses QR Codes to sync your mobile device to the account, allowing you to easily use two-factor authentication. There’s a plugin for using the Authenticator for WordPress too, for increased login security.

  2. Oh, BTW, my laptop needs no cables to hook into the projector. It’s a big boy, with HDMI and VGA outputs built right in. It’s always the Mac geeks that have problems with adapter cables not being available and such. I can just plug right in, no issues. 😉

    • Funny thing is Justin, who made that comment on the podcast, has been a long-time PC user. He’s the PC user of the three of us, actually.

  3. How about a review of TRUE responsive themes. I say “true” because what the majority of themes on the market are in reality: 960-strip-down-the-middle, phone capable rehashes. It doesn’t seem in vogue any more to talk about maximizing space “above-the-fold” on web development pages; but, it still is important. To me, you can’t call a theme “responsive” unless at least the home page makes some attempt to utilize desktop’s landscape screens with something more than a background image. [So, no, even though you called “Travel Island” responsive, I disagree because it wasted just slightly less than 50% of my screen.]

    Are we really claiming that there’s nothing better to put above the fold than an insipid graphic? I’ve been looking for a WP theme to buy (even a child theme for 2011) for months now ever since Chris Coyier put up his new REAL responsive theme – to no avail. So, if you guru’s run across such themes in all your travels – I for one would appreciate hearing about it.

    • I’ll think more about the ways themes implement responsive behavior. I hesitate to say they aren’t responsive — ultimately everyone is just using the technique to various degrees of effectiveness. But highlighting really great theme examples is a good idea, thanks dj.

    • Thanks for the Travel Island review.

      This was my first attempt at a “responsive” css layout, and quite a quick addition to an existing non-responsive html/css layout.

      I’ll take on your feedback for the next iteration of the theme, and as we roll basic responsiveness out to our other themes.

      Cheers,
      Dave

    • I have my own thoughts about responsive themes – I call it beyond responsive, and it produces something more than just shrinking and hiding areas as you shrink. It delivers different layouts, and even content, based on the device being used.

      See this post: Beyond “Responsive” Design for Mobile Devices

      My theme, Weaver II, follows this philosophy, and I believe it delivers a great mobile view of a site while matching the overall theme of the site. There are features within Weaver II to really customize the mobile view if necessary, but for most people, that won’t be necessary.

      • While I agree that there is indeed a wide range on quality and performance when it comes to responsive websites, I have to back what
        Ryan Imel says. Responsive is responsive — redefinition attempts won’t change the facts.

        Responsive web design (RWD) is a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

        You can try to… but you won’t be able to reinvent the wheel, no matter how many times you rename what you’ve got in front of you.

        For what it’s worth: Ethan Marcotte coined the term responsive web design (RWD) in a May 2010 article in A List Apart (http://alistapart.com/article/responsive-web-design), while the concept itself was gaining popularity among professional web developers a few months earlier.

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