I’ve been evaluating themes for WordPress to find just the right theme for the different blogs I’ve created. However, it seems that just about every theme I’ve tried has issues. I will attempt to catalog my observations in posts with the WordPress Themes category. Here are some things that I look for when I evaluate a theme:
- I prefer posts to be individually identifiable so that I know where the edges of each one is.
- I prefer comments to be individually identifiable as well, either by shading, numbering, borders, etc.
- I prefer category counts and archive counts to be displayed. Many themes omit them and make it very difficult to display them without destroying the look of the theme.
- I prefer categories to be displayed hierarchically. This is usually easily solvable, though.
- I prefer having the tagline (site description) being displayed. Quite a few themes don’t do this.
- I prefer having links displayed in their subcategories.
- I prefer to have at least basic beta information (e.g. SiteAdmin / Register / Login / Logout) displayed.
- I prefer having pages displayed.
- I prefer having links for pages in the header.
- I prefer ordered lists to be displayed with numbers and unordered lists displayed with some marker. It’s surprising how many themes don’t do this.
I’m using IE7 on Windows Vista. I may have tested on Windows XP using IE7, but it is unlikely that I will have tried any other browser. Sorry.
Grades are given subjectively based on the above criteria, my overall impression of the theme (i.e. would I like to spend time on a site that used it) and how much effort was required to make it do what I wanted. In order for a theme to get an A, it has to be one that I want to use on at least one of my sites.
- Codelog – WordPress Theme Review
- 1 Blog Theme – WordPress Theme Review
- FallSeason – WordPress Theme Review
- Scattered w/ Widgets 1.5 – WordPress Theme Review
- Blueprint – WordPress Theme Review
- Binary Blue – WordPress Theme Review
- AquaGreen – WordPress Theme Review
- AquaBlue – WordPress Theme Review
- BlueBreak – WordPress Theme Review
- Azurio – WordPress Theme Review
- Ad Clerum – WordPress Theme Review
- 2cDarkGrey – WordPress Theme Review