Yes, plugins can help a lot, but let’s not put it all back on the end users -
There is plenty of stuff that theme authors can do to ensure the theme is optimised for speed – minimising number of scripts used, using CSS sprites for icons, ensuring default background and texture images are optimised, etc, etc.
Theme authors: please consider page load times.
There are so many great themes here that look amazing, and create a wonderful user experience… if that user is on a fibre-optic backbone.
Page load speed really matters: it matters to the users on a slow mobile connection, it matters to desktop users who spend more on ecommerce sites if the page loads faster(1), and it matters to Google organic search results.
Don’t let your beautiful creation down by not attending to speed optimisation. Here are some great resources to get you started (I have no relation to these sites)http://browserdiet.com/ https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/ http://www.minifycss.com/css-compressor/
If you have done speed optimisation on your theme, mention it! Give the YSlow or PageSpeed number too. I’ll be looking for it, and hopefully other buyers too.
I’m looking for theme suggestions for a rock band’s site.
fullscreen photo homepage (will be large images of live gigs);
smaller photo area on secondary pages (pages/posts/archives);
readable and user friendly secondary pages;
gallery or portfolio;
preferably responsive design;
responsive, friendly theme author
Any theme suggestions or other recommendations on the spec?
I’m looking for WordPress theme suggestions for a book author. It’s for a non-fiction book on spirituality, written by a first time author. The site will include a blog for the author as well as offering suggestions on where visitors can buy the book. Should be responsive.
Any suggested themes?
Hey Andi, that calculator looks pretty cool – thanks!
I’ve been using Golden Ratio (1 : 0.618) whenever possible. I’d love to see it be adapted in designs in premium themes.
I found an interesting implementation of responsive Golden Ratio using CSS and LESS here: http://chadlindemann.com/pages/blog.php?d=1 (I have no connection with the author).
Is anyone using Golden Ratio in themes here? What do you think of it?
Well, it’s cheap way forward. For those who want to provide more convenience to their “mobile visitors” and cannot maintain couple of site versions (desktop, mobile, smartphone, tablet, etc.)
I strongly disagree with the word “cheap”. Removing duplication of code is not cheap, it’s good development practice. Supporting multiple devices on one implementation is not cheap, it’s the right thing to do. Delivering the same content to users on mobile as well as desktop is not cheap, it’s good user experience.
adaptive is the way forward, browsers don’t need to “respond” when users move their browsers, simple fix use device-width in media queries rather than min/max-width
I think you’re using adaptive in a different way than I would – which often happens with terminology referring to new technologies.
For me, responsive is just one type of adaptive. Progressive enhancement is another. We’ve been doing adaptive for years, but responsive is a new approach to dealing with viewport size in particular.