WordPress Theme Review: Bams_RedPepper

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If Bams_RedPepper pops out at you when you look at it…well, it should.

Bams_RedPepper WordPress Theme

  • Validation: 3/5
  • Look and Feel: 5/5
  • Theme Completeness: 3/5
  • Editability: 3/5
  • Total: 14/20

Validation 3/5

There was a (not extremely significant) problem with the CSS. It seems the author tried using a background-position-y: 50%, which doesn’t exist. It’s worth looking into, probably just for removal as extraneous code.

Everything checked out with the XHTML, although the footer author comments should be altered. There is an ampersand (&) which isn’t given using it’s HTML code. It should use the following instead of a keyboard’s ampersand:

&

Look & Feel 5/5

Everything feels very consistent; it is reminiscent of some sort of Web 2.0 news site. The feed icons for each post are also very prominently displayed, which is cool.

If vibrant but clean is what you’re looking for, try this theme out.

Note: The menu is very unique, but also doesn’t look like it would survive a large number of pages.

Theme Completeness 3/5

Most importantly, this theme lacks support for 404 pages. See my latest post on the topic, and make sure you add a 404 to this theme if you use it.

The only reason for missing a second point is the lack of headers to say whether a page is a category, search results, or archive page (and if that which month or category is being searched). This could be confusing to the user not familiar with WordPress.

Editablity 3/5

The theme code is very clean, but unfortunately difficult to discern due to the lack of commented headers. Without commenting out sections of code for the user to edit herself, it can be very difficult for the average user to break down the code. It’s kind of a big deal. −2

Closing Comments (14/20)

This theme is pretty cool and fairly solid, but it seems to miss a few points on the spit-n-polish side of things. I would reccommend a little more time spent on this one.