WordPress Theme Review: The Blog Design 1.0

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The author must have high hopes, calling it The Blog Design. Can it hold up?

The Blog Design 1.0 WordPress Theme

  • Validation: 3/5
  • Look and Feel: 5/5
  • Theme Completeness: 3/5
  • Editability: 4/5
  • Total: 15/20

Validation 3/5

A (relatively minor) warning popped up during CSS validation. A font color is the same as a background color, somewhere. Not a huge deal.

But then there are 14 errors in the XHTML. Again, this problem is because a Strict DOCTYPE was declared instead of a Transitional one.

Look & Feel 5/5

This design sports beautiful colors. A unique design/layout rounds it out very nicely. I did get the feeling that it would be nice to see some variety every now and then, but take that with a grain of salt. Overall nice work.

Theme Completeness 3/5

I’ll start with the good: the search bar is prominently displayed; I like that.

Now the bad:  pages don’t display from the home page. This is annoying, and can cause a real problem for a blogger looking for a theme to grab and run with. In general, any theme that requires a lot of user interaction to work on a very basic leveli is a poorly designed theme.

Editablity 4/5

I was excited about this one. The code is commented well, and the structural markup is pretty clean and organized. And then it hit me—

No “Edit” link.

—when browsing the site and signed in. This is just annoying to me in particular, since I find it very useful to be able to drop in on any page or post I have while browsing and make a few touches here or there. I still don’t understand why some authors take this out.

Closing Comments (15/20)

This theme is a perfect example of a misconception among theme developers right now: themes have to look good and that’s it. But this is not true at all. WordPress has been developed with the intention of housing valid, well structured, meaningful markup that communicates well to users. When theme developers abuse this, they are abusing what WordPress was designed to be.

The Blog Design looks great. But that doesn’t mean it is a great WordPress theme.