Looking Out From the Garage: Another boring WordPress theme post...

Another boring WordPress theme post...

Ok, I talked about where to find themes, Footer Links to be wary of and the basic types of layouts for WordPress themes.  Now I want to talk about some of the details of themes...  Kind of a glossary of terms that one might run across while looking at themes for their self-hosted WordPress blog. 

Just a note here.  There are tthings to consider when looking at themes for WordPress.org.  This is the version where you load WordPress onto your own hosting account, not WordPress.com... the hosted type. 

Fixed Width - As the name implies, the width of the theme is fixed.  The good side of this is that the blog owner knows how the site will display... it is the same regardless of the viewers computer.  The bad side is that if they have a wide screen, it will be a band down the middle.  If they have a narrow screen, they might have to scroll to the side to see everything. 

Fluid Width - Instead of a fixed width, the theme expands or contracts to fit the monitor of the viewer.  On the good side, the display generally looks good... it fits where it sits.  But... that also means that different people will see different presentations.  Pictures may move around a bit.  Things might not fit the alloted area. 

Widget Ready - This means that the sidebars are able to be modified.  The blog owner can add widgets to their blog... Even if a theme isn't widget ready, it might be modifiable to accept widgets. 

Plug-ins Required (or not) - Some themes need other plug-ins to be installed in order to function.  Others don't.  I would select a theme based on that criteria... plug-ins are easy to deal with. 

Picture Menu - Instead of having a post represented with text, the posts are represented with an uploaded image.  I am working on one here.  Each post will have a descriptive picture.  Of course, I won't be posting every day...  These might also be called Graphic Menu or Image Posts... or a variation.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsLane Bailey • March 28 2009 11:57PM


Interesting information-- thanks for sharing with us all. All the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

There is so much to learn and I not sure I have the patience to learn much more thanks for sending the info along.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Lane, Thanks so much for this great information.  I especially liked the width info.  That is so important!  I never thought about the fix width not appearing the same on all screens.  Thanks Lane!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 10 years ago

Bob & Carol - You are welcome.

Terry - You can do it. 

Elizabeth - I know it because I have screwed it up...  ;^ )

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Not boring, as I have no idea on some of these things what I am doing, and this site is one of my go to sources.

Posted by Heather Fitzgerald, REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate (REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Heather - I'm glad I'm able to help.

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 10 years ago

too many widgets

Posted by NOdaddy.com about 10 years ago

NOdaddy... would you like to expand on that?

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

This is really great information to share to us newby wordpress people! Thanks!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Evelyn - You are welcome. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Thanks for all the wordpress info.  I'm reading up a bit before I get my site started.

Posted by Kryste Adams, Bend, Oregon Real Estate (RE/MAX Key Properties - Luxury Homes, Golf Course Homes) almost 10 years ago

I found this very helpful. I am shopping for a new wordpress theme today. Thanks for all the info.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 9 years ago