Day 5 of the Zero to Hero Blogging Challenge was to try three new themes, including one I would never think of using.
Although the assignment did not include writing today, I wanted to record here for future reference the themes that I previewed using Appearance ->Themes from the WordPress.com Dashboard.
I took snapshots, as I couldn’t find them all in the Theme Showcase.
The original theme was White as Milk, which I chose because it was easy to read. The left panel included widgets that I used to browse and search my blog, and links to other blogs and websites that I regularly visited.
My original requirements were the same when looking for a new theme, that is, easy to read and access archived posts. However, one of the adjustments that I will make is to create a page for my Blogroll, as it was too long for many of the newer themes, and also I now have the WordPress Reader.
I changed my theme to Visual. It is a three-column layout, but I like that it accommodates posts with and without images. Once you click on a post or page, the right-navigation menu includes all the widgets that I am used to. However, many of these are redundant now so I will work to reduce and refresh these as time goes on.
Other themes that I considered were Chalkboard and Quentin. It was difficult to choose between Visual and Chalkboard. I liked Chalkboard because it has a very similar layout to White as Milk, just more whimsical. But I went with Visual this time, as I wanted to play with the three-column layout.
The Quentin theme originally appealed because of the colour and design elements that made my think of ‘The Olde Curiosity Shoppe’. But I decided that other than this, it was pretty much the same as White as Milk.
I can see that I will need to edit some of my previous posts to fit into the three-column width of the front page, but I’ll figure this out as I go.