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Thinking about WordPress theme design. Eventually I will have to learn CSS properly and maybe PHP if I want to be a web designer/developer but in the meantime I need design software.

I currently use Artisteer to design themes. This is adequate for simple sites but it has limited flexibility. I’m looking at Headway Themes and Elegant Themes as ‘theme builders’. Elegant Themes costs $89 while Headway costs $174. Other options are highlighted at the Vandelay Design site.

WordPress Themes

I’ve spent too much time looking at WordPress themes over the past few days. A little while ago I noticed that multi-column themes that I had created using the Artisteer templating system were not displaying as intended in the Chrome browser. They worked fine in IE, Opera and Firefox but that’s not good enough as Chrome is a very popular browser. I searched the web for solutions but no luck. I will have to learn a lot more about coding to solve this. Shame. Artisteer is great for design. However this theme, ‘Admired Theme’, looks okay so I’m going to use it for a while. One of my issues is becoming fixated over minor issues to the point of not being able to move on to more important things.

Just Another WordPress Site

 

I use Artisteer to design themes for my three main sites which are WordPress driven .. While I’m satisfied with the results I notice that they all have the same basic look – header, horizontal menu, two or three columns. I’m satisfied with this site and the Netstorms one but I should make the NYPO one look different, not so dark but not white.

Artiseer is great for designing templates that work but the problem is making them look different.

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WP Input Box Style

Noticed that text in the comments input box was appearing bold and upper case only (in the box not in the published comment) which is ugly and off putting. This is probably due to the theme I created using Artisteer so I’ll have to check whether this happens with all Artisteer generated themes. Anyway I had a look at the stylesheet, style.css and found this code:

input, select, textarea
{
vertical-align: middle;
font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, Sans-Serif;
font-style: normal;
font-weight: bold;
font-size: 13px;
text-transform: uppercase;
}

Editing it appropriately solved the problem. The reason I note this is because I was pleased that I’m getting better at working stuff like this out, and without even googling this time.

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