There is one thing I love more than anything else, and that’s Katie. However, a close second runner-up is trying new software. I love new software. I love trying new things. I am addicted to it. My theme is no exception. The newness of it is just intoxicating.
As you can see, I have the Lemon Twist up and running…mostly.
There are a few errors that I have to work out and of course, I need to customize it. Here is my experience so far.
- I think there was an error on line 49 of commentform.php. It was killing the page having TWO endif statements. I eliminated one and it seemed to fix the problem.
- One thing I did was put hidden DIVs on every single page saying the name of the file. I think this really should be best practice for theme makers. It’s so hard to tell where one file ends and another begins. Although I am digging this theme, underneath, I felt that there was ALOT of duplicated code and html. It’s important to reduce complexity by never repeating html.
- I made nav_current_right.png twice as wide. It doesn’t hurt anything because it’s a background, but if you have a long named page then it doesn’t fill up the box. Make 3x as long would have been right.
- I changed the jQuery call from static 1.2.1 to dynamic 1.2.6. This will keep it up to date better and serve it faster.
- I removed the theme authors google analytics and put in my own. This is a major silly thing to leave in the theme. It will mess people up if they don’t catch it.
- Seems to conflict with the shareThis plugin. It has some of it’s own social networking functionality. I sort of like the shareThis one more.
- On his site, the recent comments look nice. On mine, it looks jacked up. I need to fix that.
- I stuck in quickie versions of my head and logo. The head needs rework. The logo is ok. I like the font, Karabine.
- In header.php there was a <br /> right at the top. I wonder why it was there. I took it out so that my fade started way at the top. I made the fade 2000px wide. It’s just 6k, so it’s not so heavy, but this will help with the IE6 issues. I am going to adopt this approach until IE6 is gone. I haven’t tested this theme in IE6, but I am pretty sure it’s not going to be pretty. The author said as much in his comments, but I believe any issues can be fixed with the wide PNG technique.
- I lowered the padding at the bottom. Not sure why it was 150px. 50px seemed more than enough.
Well, I have more work to do. I really like the background pattern. My main concern now is the recent comments formatting. I am sure Katie is wondering what happened to me. Sorry Katie.