Yes my site has a new look, and no I didn’t build it from scratch even though I can. I purchased the Standard Theme from 8bit. Why did I purchase a theme despite the fact that I make a living building custom WordPress themes?
We’ve all heard the story about a mechanic with a broken car. Just like the mechanic, I code all day and it’s often hard to find the motivation to build my own stuff (outside of products) in the off hours. So my site has sat needing features (like proper post format support) for almost a year.
Getting Standard meant that 99% of the work was done. Post Formats are done. Sure I’ve made a few tweaks to how things look (can you tell the quote format is different?) but I don’t have to build it from scratch.
Since I don’t have to build it from scratch, I can spend my time worrying about how things look with the little time I have left after client work.
Expanding my learning
I’ve already got a bunch of respect for the minds behind 8bit and getting to dig in to their code means I get a deeper insight in to how they build things.
Inevitably it’s going to be a bit different to how I build things. Stretching what I think the ‘right’ way to build things is, is awesome.
Standard(izing) MY MU
I give you permission to smile at my double witty title, I’ll wait.
This site runs on a WordPress MU install. I’ve got 8 other sites here when I start counting up the few things I run for family. Moving to Standard will allow me to use a single parent theme and child theme a bunch of my sites.
It’s going to take a few weeks at least, but Standard will be making it’s way across my network. It’s already powering WP Theme Tutorial
I am still not sure that responsive solves all the issues of mobile devices, but I want to really dig in to a proper responsive theme since it’s been a while.
Yes mobile devices are still downloading a bunch of larger images that they shouldn’t have to. No you can’t really serve entirely different content to a mobile user and a desktop user (read the article above for more on that). But if I don’t dig in deep from time to time, how can I maintain a valid opinion on it?
Great Basic Design
Out of the box, I enjoy what Standard is doing with it’s design. No I don’t absolutely love every item I see, but it’s a solid foundation for me to build on. I don’t have time to really dig in to a design process for my site (clients just keep me busy) and Standar is perfect for what I need right now.
It’s a great blog/publishing platform that really puts the content first.
Don’t expect me to stick with Standard forever, it’s just a stop on the path of this site.