Misty Lake

Blogging 101: Love Your Theme

Today’s assignment: try out at least three other themes — even if you’re happy with the one you first chose. Try one you’re drawn to, and one you would never use.

I changed my theme to Misty Lake.  It has previously been the default Twenty Ten from when I initially created my blog (but never used it until this course).

I reviewed a lot of the WordPress information about themes, widgets, and customization, and explored many different themes. I found the “Get Personality” guide very helpful to understand the features involved with theme selection.   This offered me a nice balanced blend of the main features that I wanted for my blog.  It was simple, yet elegant.  I like the subdued colors, typography, and layout.

Also as I was exploring themes, I realized my current one was not responsive to different mobile devices and it looked horrible on an iPad or iPhone (with lots of scrolling).  My apologies to readers who have had to deal with this until I made this change.  Nobody complained in comments about it, or maybe it was only used so far on Mac or PC computers.

Although the default header was nice, I thought it would be better to substitute a custom header with a real photo of a view of Lake Travis at sunset from our deck at home near Austin, Texas.  Perhaps, I will look at randomizing these after I gather and upload more local photos that I might want to include in the rotation.

Also, I added a text widget for this Blogging 101 course from WordPress Blogging University.  However, it was necessary to remove the height and width from the HTML so that it would look right; when they were included the image was squished sideways and didn’t look right at all, but now it looks like it’s should.

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