WordPress Theme Review: Green Leaves

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A solid green theme (with tasteful leaves, no doubt) comes to us this week via the Theme Viewer.

Green Leaves WordPress Theme

  • Validation: 5/5
  • Look and Feel: 4/5
  • Theme Completeness: 4/5
  • Editability: 2/5
  • Total: 15/20

Validation 5/5

I love when there isn’t much to say on this one. The code checks out all around. Nice work, Kate.

Note: I reviewed another theme by Kate earlier in the week. What’s worth mentioning is that Kate seems to make a habit out of nicely structured and valid markup. Kudos Kate.

Look & Feel 4/5

The cool green colors and sidebar hover effects are eye catching on this one.

The only downside that I can find is that while the font sizes are defined in ems, the width of the page is not. Since the page is in static pixels, it doesn’t leave much room for fluidity. Setting widths in pixels is just not a good idea anymore. −1

Theme Completeness 4/5

There are two points of discomfort in this theme, regarding its completeness. First there is no support for a 404 page. This is essential, and not having one will only cause trouble for users down the road. Anyone who decides to use this theme, be sure and add your own 404 template. −1

Editablity 2/5

There aren’t any comments in the CSS. That’s a big deal. −2

Also: there is no “edit” quick link anywhere that I can find, on any page. This means that when an admin is signed in (as many of us are when browsing our own blogs) there is no quick way to jump in and make changes. This is a big problem when it comes to editing pages and posts on a WordPress blog. −1

Closing Comments (15/20)

Like I said already, I think this is a very solid theme. I would recommend Kate’s work to anyone looking for standards compliant work (except maybe the pixel defined width for the page container). Just be sure you don’t want to edit a whole lot about the theme.