Please review my first WordPress theme named "Nature"

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by herdo, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. herdo macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I'm new on this forum but not with web development.

    Well, I developed my first WordPress theme named "Nature" and would like to get some constructive criticism, so my future themes would be better :)

    Here is a screenshot:

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    You could find a live version of template by visiting my website:
    http://www.herdo.com


    If you like my theme, you could find a download link on my blog and use for any projects you like ;)
     

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  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    #2
    I generally like it. It's a nice color scheme, it's cohesive, and the font choice works well with the overall look. Here are some more constructive comments:

    - I'd consider changing the light yellow / custard colored outer border. Perhaps even reverse the font color choice you have for that segment (more caramel) with the background color. The reason for this is that the lighter yellow makes the rough hewn edge of the white portion of the page hard to see -- it's done fairly nicely, and so keeping it visible would be nice. You might even play with aliasing and/or drop-shadowing that rough edge.

    - The yellow web 2.0 plastic doesn't really fit the overall theme. I'd think about another way to do that. On the one hand, the navigation bar stands out too much stylistically to me from the parts around it, but on the other hand, the download button example, where you've used the rough edges on the plastic look, also doesn't work for me. Other icons like the calendar date icon I like.

    - I'd consider perhaps boldfacing the line that you use for "free and premium..." right below the Herdo Web Design -- right now it seems slightly weak. Perhaps not boldface, but somehow the character width seems too insubstantial to me, personally.

    - You should be testing on Safari 3.x (and ideally also 2.x), and Firefox 2.x, as additional engines, at a minimum... Probably also some recent-ish Opera.
     
  3. MegaMan1311 macrumors regular

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    #3
    I like it. Good colors, good font for this design. I like the jaggedness. If you were going for a leaf-like look, then you did a good job. It looks good in Safari 3.

    I would suggest a darker background color, so that the white body and the jagged banner stands out better.

    Also, I don't know if this was planned or not, but the search box has two dots before search. No comment there, just pointing it out.

    I would make the feed icon next to the search more noticeable also. Maybe increase the size?

    You might want to try changing the yellow nav and download buttons to a darker color to make it more of a brown to make it more bark-like. Just a suggestion.

    There isn't really anything bad about it... Sorry I can't give you better feedback.
     
  4. herdo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #4
    Thank you for your prompt replies. I didn't expect to receive so instantly :)

    Any additional borders would add to more weight on theme, but I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, but thank you for your suggestion.


    Yes, I would agree that stylistically plastic menu do not fit well with the whole theme and another solution might have been used, stylistically "right" main navigation might not stand out well.

    Regarding "download" button it was designed as a last minute "change", I'll take a look at it later, thanks.

    Boldfacing a slogan would be a bad idea as the whole template would lose its lightness. If you use firebug, try to add and you'll see what I mean ;)

    Sorry for not being very clear, the theme was designed by me, but all html code was done by another guy and an initial version was tested on all main browsers. After I adopted it to wordpress platform, I personally tested only on the mentioned browsers, but most likely it should be rendered nice on all browsers. If you spot anything, please let me know.


    Yes, you are almost correct. In nature you won't find any ideal shape, so I wanted leaf/nature-like look.

    Since a background occupies a lot of space, any darker color would ruin my theme lightness.

    yes, it's planned :)

    If I change the color of navigation or download button, I'll have to change all colors on the theme as colors used on my theme are assorted with each other, so it means I'd have to change the whole color scheme :)

    Thank you guys for your comments.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    #5
    Sorry -- I didn't mean an additional border -- I just meant changing the color of the one you already have...
     
  6. maxamity macrumors newbie

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    #6
    I think it looks like a well done theme. Great choice of colors. Nothing more to say other than it looks great!
     
  7. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

    taylorwilsdon

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    #7
    Link stuffing in wordpress themes is not cool :mad:
     
  8. herdo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #8
    Is it cool to stuff posts with links? ;)

    Anyway, I do not see anything wrong about sponsored links, it helps designers to cover some of their costs and allow them to release their works for free to the public.
     

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