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Karlonia.com Accepting Suggestions for Design, Layout

June 15th, 2007

Since the beginning of this blog, I have been debating about what to do with the design of the site. For those of you who do not recognize it, the current design is the Kubrick theme, which Wordpress blogs now begin with by default. While I have nothing against this particular theme, it has become apparent that I must eventually change it to something with a more “professional” look if I want to promote this blog with any real vigor. Otherwise I run the risk of being regarded as a clueless newbie (or worse) even if my content is of a relatively high quality. However, I am not really much of a designer or programmer, so instead of getting bogged down in time-consuming, headache-inducing internal debates over which theme to use or how I should customize it, I have decided that the best course of action for now is to simply declare an open thread and let you, the readers, make suggestions on what kind of theme or design you would like to see.

In order to give you an idea of what kinds of themes are available, here are two “theme showcase” sites for you to look at; each of them contains over 30 individual themes. The first one is a collection of Tim Johnson’s favorites at idratherbewriting.com and the second is a group of themes created by Sadish Bala. For both sites, you can easily switch between different themes by clicking on the links in the left or right columns.

To make things a little more interesting, there is also this Wordpress theme generator that will allow us to design a semi-customized theme by choosing many of the layout attributes such as font size, color, menu locations, sidebar position, and others. After we have tweaked the various page attributes to our liking and are satisfied with how they look on the page, I can download the new custom theme into a single folder, upload it to the proper directory, and instantly apply it to the site.

Finally, we can dig into the actual code and fully customize the design, but for me to attempt such an endeavor at this point would take away from valuable time that I need to create more content. However, for those of you want to look into the possibilities of creating your own customized themes, the Wordpress Codex on blog design and layout is a good place to start.

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