The ol’ artblog has a new face! About a week ago I cashed in on my membership at Press75, and installed and modified their Attache theme. It’s pretty cool – it’s got this built in thingy where the featured image from the post goes in a stack over there on the right. I create the featured images manually, but you don’t have to; they can pull them from any image you’ve got uploaded. It’s actually kind of a fun brain exercise to flex the design muscles to come up with an image to an otherwise words-only kind of post. The art posts really take care of themselves, but dance posts and role-play posts not so much.
This is the first time I’ve changed the theme on this blog ever! I was startled to realize I’d started a blog in September 2009 and … I am still posting in it. I think that’s pretty good. When I first started I didn’t really know anything about WordPress or CSS or anything, and I essentially was just using the free theme as is. Granted, it’s a pretty good theme with really nice, flexible functionality (Piano Black by mono-lab), so a lot of customization wasn’t really called for. I eventually learned out to replace some images, and to change some of the text options. (Techniques learned mostly from modifying Simple Machines Forum themes, which we use at Absit Omen RPG.)
But we’re in modern times now, and I’ve been makin’ websites and donking about with CSS and WordPress plenty, so I embarked on the most arduous of tasks – designing for myself.
I wasn’t actually disatisfied with Piano Black; I really just wanted to try something new to try something new. I rifled through the themes at Press75, looking for functionality first, aesthetics second.
- Based on art
- Easy to organize and show categories and tags
- Simple layout
- I like the bright colors on a dark background
- It was actually pretty easy to bring over the dual background images from Piano Black, so it feels like home.
The hard part of all of this was actually trying to decide what I wanted. Back in the day I was limited by what I knew how to do – how can I get close to what I want? But now, it’s more like… I don’t really care what my blog logo looks like. :P
My modifications are mostly about changing color and just a little bit of layout changes, especially in the single view.
I’ve been working with Cufon font replacement and I like it. I’ve seen other people doing font replacement a lot better out there, so that’s one of my goals. But WordPress has a neat plug-in that does just about everything for me, so it’s easier than doing it by hand in a regular website.
Apparently this theme lacks… pagination at this point. Looking forward to that update…