WordPress Theme Review: Bams_Cloudyweb

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Bams_Cloudyweb simply screams of Web 2.0. And colors to make your eyes bleed.

Bams_Cloudyweb WordPress Theme

  • Validation: 5/5
  • Look and Feel: 4/5
  • Theme Completeness: 5/5
  • Editability: 3/5
  • Total: 17/20

Validation 5/5

The CSS checks out just fine, but the Doctype is set to Strict. While this may be fine for us developers (read: geeks) who enjoy stretching out limits when it comes to writing valid code, but this doesn’t stand true for the average WordPress user. Please change the Doctype to the following, Transitional, definition:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/ TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

Unfortunately I can’t yet feel confident in taking away a point because of a Strict Doctype. Maybe in the future, though…

Look & Feel 4/5

Every joke is based in at least some truth; what I said above does contain some truth. Personally I can’t look at Cloudy for very long before my eyes burn. Maybe I’m getting old, or maybe I just don’t get it, but the low contrast is just killing me. My eyes actually like it when they come in contact with the bright pink of some of the headlines. I never imagined I would say that.

I’m taking a point off for the sake of readability, as it is important. I can’t justify any more, though, because I need to be sure it’s not my own personal bias toward…well…layouts that are readable.

All of that being said, I do really love the pinstripes in the background and the fresh style on quotes used throughout (the search bar too). Even the way the post date is displayed is cool…crap, sorry, can’t look at it anymore.

Theme Completeness 5/5

Everyone is in order. I also appreciate the designer’s steps toward making the 404 page at least a little more interactive. Nice work.

Editablity 3/5

While the code is very well spaced out (and doesn’t include any nasty hacks, which is nice) there aren’t any commented headers to separate sections of code. Sorry, but this is a big help to users attempting to edit your code. −2.

Closing Comments (17/20)

If you really like these shades of blue, go for it. If you appreciate high contrasts (read: readability) this theme may frustrate you. But other than those (albeit subjective) style preferences, this theme seems, for the most part, pretty solid.