WordPress Theme Review: NewBlue Theme 1.0

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NewBlue may merit a bad reaction at first. The truth is, it may still merit that at the end of the review too.

NewBlue Theme 1.0 WordPress Theme

  • Validation: 0/5
  • Look and Feel: 4/5
  • Theme Completeness: 4/5
  • Editability: 2/5
  • Total: 10/20

Validation 0/5

There’s quite a list to this one.

Eight CSS errors, mostly concerning the deprecation of calling classes beginning with numbers. That used to be cool, it isn’t anymore. There were other things. Then 2 warnings, which were only about the lack of (or conflicting) font and background colors.

Note: According to the W3C, a class title may have a number at the beginning if it is escaped, i.e. while .31a will not work .31a may.

On the topic of XHTML, there were around 37 errors. Too many to count through and worry about myself, really.

These things add up to a zero for validation. Clearly no work was put into validating this work.

Look & Feel 4/5

I always enjoy the use a menu which is able to identify what page the user is currently on. I just think those are cool.

I also like how there is a sort of secondary sidebar underneath the content (try a test run to see what I mean) and how it sits. At times it gets a little close to clutter and invading other areas of the page, but overall it’s a nice attempt.

Once again, we see a site which doesn’t allow for the page itself to expand beyond the given pixels. −1

Theme Completeness 4/5

Almost everything looks fine, except for the missing 404 template. This is worth looking into.  −1

Editablity 2/5

There isn’t any “edit” quick link available anywhere on the site. This could mean a real frustrating time for those used to WordPress’s method of updating and editing content straight from the blog window. −1

There aren’t any comments in the CSS. But it should be said that despite this the code does seem to have a method to its madness. In other (kinder) words it can be figured out. Just not with commented help. −2

And as a side note, there is a strange template include within the main index template which basically outs everything to another separate file. I may not see the value in it, but just in case someone wants to set down and change it, it’s there.

Closing Comments (10/20)

This theme had a lot of potential. It isn’t the most amazing piece of functional art I’ve ever seen, but it’s not bad. It could have been much better, though, if the above comments were taken into consideration, seriously.