New Feature: Custom Theme Options

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:17 Written by Theresa Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:14

Holy moly, has it really been over 3 months since I last posted? I’ve had a very busy summer (school’s back next week, yeah!), so it seems to have gone by REALLY fast. Aside from all the fun summer activities, I’ve also been working on MY NEXT NEW BIG THING. What’s that you ask? Custom theme options are where it’s at now. With the WordPress framework getting more and more robust, developers have been working on add-ons that make my job easier, but also make it easier for you as well. A lot of my clients hate (admit it, you’re one of them) to come to me when they just want to change the background color or pattern, or the font size/color. Believe me, I’m busy enough not to want to do that for everyone. So how about this: I can set up a custom Theme Options panel for you that allows you do that easily without messing up code or anything!

Here’s a screenshot of what I’m talking about:

So how can you get one for your theme you ask? Well for now, they’re not available just yet because I still need to work out some programming issues, but for anyone who signs up for a Blog/Blogsite package this month, I will be adding one to the theme I build for you so that I can practice and test it out. For now, these are the options that are definitely available:

Main Options:

  • Background color and pattern
  • Blog column background color

Header:

  • Logo pattern and size
  • Logo Text and size/color
  • Header and Logo background color

Menu:

  • Menu background color
  • Menu headings color
  • Menu home text
  • Menu home text link

etc….

There are also options for the Post and Footer sections, but you get the idea. I’ll most likely be practicing and testing for the next month and will probably offer Options panel add-ons by the end of September for a pretty minimal cost. The process of adding it should work for nearly all themes, although some themes are already built-in with options. The beauty of this system is that you can request what options you want, to a certain extent. Some blog builds can get pretty complicated so some changes can’t be included in the Options panel simply because the layouts would break (custom scripting is an example) or just look messy (i.e.custom borders and edges). But if you want some pretty straightforward, simple options that you can have control over any time you want, then you now have that luxury!

So remember, if you’re looking to sign up for a blog or blogsite package, this month would be the time to do it because they will come with a built-in Theme Options panel!

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January 2011 special

Last Updated on Tuesday, 4 January 2011 01:54 Written by Theresa Tuesday, 4 January 2011 01:54

It’s ridiculous how quickly 2010 came and went. Who’s ready for 2011? I think the past year has proved how important social networking is to our business, so I thought I’d incorporate it into my January special. This is a great time to tune up your blog and add some things to spruce it up, don’t you think? My Tune-Up package will also include any social networking tools added to your blog that you want in addition to the 5 customizations and WordPress upgrade, just for the month of January. If you love to tweet, then add a little “tweet box” somewhere to include your latest feed. Or if you’re like me and use Facebook the most, add a slider box with your fan box and feed. Other tools include “like” and sharing buttons for every post. I’ve even seen people use the “like” button as a tool for photo contests; a great way to draw potential customers to your site!

The Tune-up package is only $150 for existing clients and $175 for new clients. Just fill out the Sign-up form and be sure to mention the January special. The deal ends at the end of the month.

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Custom Fonts: come and get ‘em!

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2008 04:08 Written by Theresa Sunday, 19 October 2008 03:51

Do you notice anything different about this blog today?  Yup, I’ve got a new custom font for my post titles.  Neat, huh?  I’ve been having a lot of fun with it on my own photography blog, working out the kinks and making sure it works on all platforms.  It’s a flash-based font system (aka sIFR fonts), so as long as the browser viewing your blog supports flash, it WILL show up.  On other browsers, say like on an iphone, that doesn’t support flash, it will default to a standard non-flash, web-safe font, so you’ll still be able to see the title, it just won’t be in the custom font you chose.

I will be offering this as a deluxe customization with an extensive list of fonts available.  For now, it is only available for post and page titles, but not menu bar titles.  Still need to work out the kinks there.

Just another way to spruce up your blog and make it even more custom than before.  Woohoo!

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