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rktic says

In a perfect world, you’re quite right!

However, i’m suspicious after throwing 50 bucks in the bin for a theme already. And since there’s no chance to really check all options or how a certain template has been coded i’d rather wait until something pops up that suits all my needs other than wasting another 50 bucks OR a huge amount of time (which i wanna save).

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rktic says

Well…

Depending on a themes framework there might be a myriad of further problems in terms of embed sizes, image resizing, problems with responsive layouts and whatnot. Let’s just consider hiding a sidebar using CSS a very bad idea and forget about it.

Last not least, a really good fullwidth theme also has certain differences at typography / legibility (line-lenght, font-size…). And for once i’d love to see all this covered before spending 50 bucks on a theme (again). Last not least i’m looking into purchasing a theme for the sake of not having to adjust everything to my needs.

At least, that’s still the plan :)

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rktic says

Yes, you can disable it on pages in most cases, but not on categories, tags and archives. And everytime i asked the answer was: “not option for that”, “needs further code-customization” etcpp (responses by Imaginem, Duotive…).

Asides – i’m looking for a creative/blog/portfolio theme with support for most common post formats.

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rktic says

Hello devs & users,

i’m looking for a theme without sidebar clutter throughout the entire theme (category/tag/archive templates included). It’s almost impossible to find something in that regard by judging the demos and featurelists.

If you developed one, please let me know!

Thx Ronny

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rktic says

but on the other side, if u want to hit top sales you need a multipurpose theme, which will have tons of features to be as adaptable as it can get. It is a debatable subject.

While that may be true for some i also claim the opposite: the best selling themes have a clear and distinct direction! That’s what many other ones totally lack.

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rktic says

Such a level of control is a good thing – make sure you’ll make it clear once your theme is done! And don’t be worried about giving too much info – that’s exactly what most theme introduction pages lack. “+xxx admin options” isn’t much helpful here.

And while i’m at it, most themes seem to lack options for category & tag templates – at least according to the demos and feature presentations. Those are important for navigating through content heavy blogs and i don’t understand why they’re often left behind.

Good luck with the finalizing steps and your marketplace entry!

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rktic says

Since i seem to belong to your target audience being a designer/blogger, here’s my honest & hopefully constructive feedback.

Homepage

I wouldn’t know what to do with a slider and the portfolio items directly underneath it, since it’s probably filled with the same content, hence an either/or decision. I don’t like sliders anyway (personal opinion!) so stick with the portfolio items (second teaser block).

There’s no break in the grid as you scroll down – the layout becomes a bit repetitive and static. A different column size would be helpful in this regard.

Portfolio teaser & Portfolio grid

Those don’t need such a prominent date display, neither comments. In worst case those reveal the lack of comments (hence public interest) or that i’ve been kinda lazy lately since the last project has been posted 2 months ago. I think the black area underneath a portfolio item in that second teaser block is a “read more” link? Since you most likely already set a link from the image or title (or both) you could think about getting rid of those.

Single post

Creative folks most likely blog about beautiful images, photography, videos and stuff like that imho bigger is better. If you browse around designer and agency portfolios you barely find sidebars cause they simply add clutter and distract from the main content. I know it’s a common practise at TF to add sidebars (the more, the merrier) and that’s something i don’t get at all.

Social buttons are an additional layer of clutter. If i’ve got an amazing project people will tweet it anyway. More on this topic here: http://informationarchitects.net/blog/sweep-the-sleaze/

Typography

The overall typography looks like browser standard. Rough guess it’s amongst the last things on your to-do list? Since it’s such a crucial part in design i’d always start with that, use real world content instead of lorem ipsum (cause you just won’t start thinking about linebreaks, readability, legibility etc if it’s just visual noise).

Last words

I’m almost sorry for my criticism and already thought about not replying at all. Then again good critique is what gets one further and really hope my input belongs to that category…

All the best! Ronny

PS: tried to keep it short, hope it doesn’t sound pissed – it’s not meant to be!!!

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rktic says

If you wanna do it clever think about who you’re making the theme for and wether your target group has a need for certain features. And for christs sake, don’t look around Themeforest and be a copycat.

Imho most developers have very little idea about specific user needs and just blow up their themes with dozens of features nobody will ever use while omitting features and templates that would be great to have.

Browse around sites in the real world! You won’t find sliders on most creatives/portfolios/blogs. Bloggers don’t need incredible page building abilities – they need solid category/tag/archive templates and options in that regard.

Could go on with this list for pages but you hopefully get the idea.

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rktic says

I’ve been looking for a theme to buy for over a year now and find this very tricky due to the lack of browsing for specific demands.

Imho at least half of the themes filed under creative/portfolio are more or less ones aimed at businesses. If you look at personal portfolios and blogs of creatives you’ll notice that none of them makes use of sliders. Those are definitely suitable for companies and businesses but not personal belongings.

On top of that, at least according to what i can judge from live demos and feature statements, most themes are incomplete in terms of supporting hierarchically important templates such as categories, tags, archives and search pages. What’s the use of being able to make fancy blog layouts using custom pages while not being able to carry the layout on throughout the entire site?

That’s a major bummer.

Wrote something about this issue here: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/hello-devs-using-pages-for-blog-layouts-is-bad-practise/69800

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rktic says

Dear theme developers,

after checking out each and every creative/blog/portfolio theme around here (and even purchasing one) i’d like to make you aware of a common practise many of you guys employ which is a quite bad practise regarding usuability.

It’s about defining blog layouts using page templates and leaving the category and tag templates left behind without customization options.

Here’s why: users navigate around blogs using categories and tags. Unfortunately i couldn’t yet find a Premium theme with layout options for these hierachically important templates. What you guys want users to do is this instead:

You create a static page, set an option that it should be used as blog, choose a layout (sidebar left/right/off, masonry gridstyle x columns/whatever), set the blog category posts are being pulled from, name this page “blog” and add it to your navigation. While this is no big deal yet, even nice and easy to use, it’ll all fall apart once a user clicks on a category or tag anywhere. The custom blog page layout will revert to the standard category or tag template that usually can’t be customized. (Well, at least i couldn’t yet find any info on any theme yet that would lead me to a different conclusion)

Why bother?

First and foremost, it’s inconsitent – no matter what. I.e. you browse a custom page without sidebar, sidebar left or posts on a masonry grid and the category template introduces an entirely different view is confusing.

Second issue comes with images and embedded media. Lots of themes have fixed heights for images and media embeds in custom page templates. Since bloggers might want to deal with good proportions for their images, they’re cropping images to work with those and might end up with an entirely different image/embed size in the uncustomizable category/tag templates. I’ve been there with my Themeforest theme and it gave me a headache before i gave up.

A perfect premium theme should allow customizing the layout of category- & tag templates as well but that’s something i didn’t stumble upon yet (at least by judging the written features and browsing demo installations).

I’ve seen a huge amount of themes introducing absolutely mouth watering features, layout builders and other things that must have been much, much work and totally fail for me simply due to the lack of layout options (especially no-sidebar ones) for cats & tags. So i’ll most likely keep banging my head against the wall every now and then until somebody comes around with this problem solved – hopefully soon.

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