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rubiqube says


So a yeah… my post is basically a big thumbs up for Jonathan’s point: design should (also) matter. And to use the cars metaphor to prove this point: why is an Audi A4 way more expensive than let’s say a Ford Focus? They both share a lot of the same features.
German engineering.

Ha ha, nice! So much for that metaphor to prove my point, cause engineering is more like the backbone, the coding. ;)

Anyhow… lots of good examples out there of products with great design and usability priced higher than the competition, even though they have similar features. Don’t wanna say the A word, cause then we’ll definitely shift this thread in another direction, but most of you got one of their products in your pocket. Or on your fancy docks. :)

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rubiqube says

Sure, but on the other hand, if I was somebody with a huge framework and a template builder, and see some simple as hell themes priced just as high, I would feel fooled. (Even tho it’s like that already if I take a look at Kriesi’s beasts and compare them to the simple ones of other famous authors that are priced higher.) Cars that got USB instead of a simple radio or an air conditioner instead of just windows are priced higher as well, that’s only fair thinking about the time spent to develop such features. No?

Sure, but on the other hand (I guess that would be the third hand :)), should my theme be priced lower because I do not create my own framework, but rather choose to use an existing one? My theme might not have a template builder or a glossy UI, but maybe it offers the same functionality using WordPress built in features, like menus, widgets, custom posts, galleries, etc.

If you ask me, this is the way a theme should be created, especially now when WordPress has come this far and provides a lot of flexibility. I also do understand some of these frameworks were created a long time ago out of the necessity of having that extra flexibility.

In conclusion… authors who put a lot of effort into creating their own framework will not change a formula / workflow that works. I wouldn’t either! I just don’t want this factor to be decisive in setting the price because newcomers will think this is what it takes to get a higher price. I want creativity to be a more important factor. And creativity is not just about design, it’s also about functionality or the way one leverages features that are already in WordPress and familiar to most users.

So a yeah… my post is basically a big thumbs up for Jonathan’s point: design should (also) matter. And to use the cars metaphor to prove this point: why is an Audi A4 way more expensive than let’s say a Ford Focus? They both share a lot of the same features.

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rubiqube says

My bad, found it! :) Doesn’t work yet, but doing more tests…

LATER EDIT : Yeah, your solution works like a charm, just needed an echo. Thanks! ;)

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rubiqube says

Hmm… that would be exactly what I would need and makes sense (since there is a wp_widget_description), but I couldn’t find any reference of wp_sidebar_description.

Chris, are you making things up? :P

Adrian

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rubiqube says

To all the WordPress gurus: as you know, register_sidebar has a property called description since WP 2 .9. I can access that property in the widget code by using the $description variable, but is there a way to reference that variable in my theme?

What I would like to do is be able to show sort of a title for a widget ready area, without using other tricks or additional theme options. However, other ideas are welcomed as well. ;)

Thanks!

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rubiqube says

Building a playlist here of cool ones with good video quality. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2734F210EC0CD638
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rubiqube says

I noticed there’s a WordPress theme that’s been accepted, although it advertises that it comes with a commercial JW player license.

It is my understanding that third party scripts or players that do not offer a “for resale” license cannot be used in a WordPress theme or site template. Even if the author purchased a commercial license, in the end they are only good for a fixed number of websites.

It’s not my intention to point any fingers here (that’s not me at all), I’m just hoping a reviewer can jump on this thread an provide an answer. Maybe I’m just missing something.

If this is an option, I would love to be able to use JW player or other scripts myself, as that would really help me cut some corners.

Thanks!

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rubiqube says


That’s weird i’m not seeing that bug. Will try to replicate the issue.

I’ve recorder a fast demo of the bug.

http://www.screenr.com/kF78

Same here!

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rubiqube says

I also agree with Ed in the sense that every project is different and in the end you have to look at the specifics of that project before making a decision.

I also have been looking at all kinds of frameworks and grid options, but in the end I went with a custom approach, that uses bits an pieces I found useful in other frameworks. Plays a lot like Skeleton though. You can see a work in progress version here: http://demo.canvasthemes.net/emptycanvas/

For making a layout adapt to mobile, the “fixed widths using media queries” approach works for me. If we’re talking about really optimizing a website for mobile, that’s a totally different story. :)

- Adrian

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rubiqube says

Yeah, add_image_size + get_the_post_thumbnail works nicely for post thumbnails. What about if you wanted to resize a certain image from the media library, that maybe isn’t part of that post / page? I use vt_resize now, but would love to know what you guys are using. Thanks!

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