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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More flash logos and pricing

Last Updated on Tuesday, 2 March 2010 10:21 Written by Theresa Saturday, 30 January 2010 01:26

Thank you to everyone willing to be guinea pigs with their logos. I came up with some fun designs. If you’re interested in getting your existing logo made into an animated flash, please contact me for a quote. Prices start at $75. If you’d like it embedded into your splash page or blog, the cost is an additional $50.

I had so much fun with these! (These are looped for your viewing pleasure. Finally product stops after first loop.)

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Playing with Flash animated logos

Last Updated on Tuesday, 2 March 2010 10:22 Written by Theresa Thursday, 28 January 2010 11:09

Oh fun day! I think I’ve tweeted and posted about this everywhere. I’ve finally gotten my head straight enough to learn Flash and am starting to animate logos. Check these out:

For now I’m practicing and playing, so if anyone has a logo that they’d like animated, contact me and I’ll give it a shot. Eventually when I get good enough I’ll start charging it as part of our services.

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