I’ve had a few days now to live with my new theme. After tweaking it over the weekend, I think I’m ready to stop tinkering and focus on the writing. Before I do, I would like to list why I like my new theme:
- The obvious, an elegant simple minimalist design that I always aspired to but never implemented.
- The front page is distraction-free, scroll-bar free, no sidebar widgets, and has only two images (‘contractual’ obligations) totaling to approx. 15kb and five most recent posts. The Twitter update keeps it dynamic.
- The homepage displays only post titles and contrary to some opinions, I think this is a feature, not a bug. It disciplines me to write precise headlines that conveys what exactly the post is about. More here.
- The menubar displays links to pages containing content that would otherwise be featured on the sidebar in other blogs. I can lose ‘Contact’ too but not many people know what ‘Colophon’ means.
- The number of comments on each post are displayed in small(er) font size within parenthesis. Without specifically mentioning what this number means, it is still abundantly clear.
Clicking on Next Page displays not 5 posts as WordPress would default to but 10Some bug is preventing this and will be ironed out soon. Likewise for search results, category and day/month/year listings. The number of displayed links can be easily changed.
- I love how the archive page has shaped up. I freely admit that Chetan’s archive page provided the inspiration. The archives are presented by recent popular posts, popular tags, categories, by year and month, and yes, even a ‘Feeling Lucky’ option without hogging too much real estate. Use of clouds makes it easier. The page is topped with a simple search box that gets ‘focused’ at page load. This feature is provided by code written by Chetan. See the Colophon page for list of plugins I use
- The now-embarrassing About page is gone. But not exactly.
- The single post page, like the Front Page, is distraction-free and focuses on the content. All metadata is presented at the end of the post in smaller font. The date format is hyperlinked to their corresponding archive pages; thanks to code also by Chetan.I like threaded comments by WordPress so modding the theme for them was not difficult.
- Limited or no ads. I couldn’t resist not inserting Adsense since they do generate some revenue; enough to make hosting free and then some. Regular readers will see only one ad block; actually none if you read the post within 2 days of its date of publication. I use Who Sees Ads plugin to adjust settings.
That covers most of the features I like. Hopefully this affection for minimalism will last and let me focus more on writing, which I’m told, this blog needs. As a fierce proponent of minimalism, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said it best, Less is More.
What do you like best about this new theme? Or even what do you not like?