A few weeks ago, I started having a problem with comments showing up on the blog. I consulted with WordPress support, and was informed that it was a bug with my old trusty Twenty Ten theme, which I was also informed is no longer supported. To fix the issue, I’d have to change to a different theme.
What followed was a torturous process of looking at endless themes. I find theme shopping painful. Much like car or house shopping, it’s something I’d rather not do, because everything I look at has flaws, new flaws that I didn’t have with my old solution. Of course, the old one had flaws too, but I had become so used to them that I didn’t notice anymore.
That said, given the popularity of the old Twenty Ten theme, I’m puzzled that WordPress doesn’t have newer ones that are very similar to it. Many of the ones often touted as similar, really aren’t.
Anyway, the first theme I tried was beautiful and very modern. I activated it, let it sit for a day or so, then decided I hated it. It buried too much information. So I changed to another one, which looked much more promising.
But once it was installed, I started noticing a lot of nits. No problem. I know HTML and CSS, so I made some minor modifications. But the nits kept growing, and so did the CSS customization list, until I reached a point where I had over a hundred lines of CSS code, and the little window they give us to edit it was having problems scrolling.
Yesterday, the list of issues seemed like they were going to keep growing, and some of the new ones were deep in theme functionality. On top of all that, I was struggling to find a color scheme within the theme that didn’t give me eyestrain. It finally became clear that it wasn’t going to work. So again, more wretched theme shopping. Until I found one that I could tolerate, and activated it before going to bed last night.
To be clear, there are things with this theme I don’t like. The sidebar is more scrunched up than I care for and some of the links are funky. But on balance, it seems like it will stay out of my way, and is something I’ll be able to use without heavy customization. You may see the colors change around in the next few days or weeks. Or maybe not. At this point, I’m actually pretty sick of tinkering with it.
But there is an issue with this theme too, one I didn’t notice until I had activated it. I have threaded comments turned on, allowing them to nest five levels deep. I noticed that when viewed on my phone, the deepest comments are unreadable, unless I turn it horizontal. I can turn on the default WP mobile theme, but I personally find the font on it too small unless I turn it horizontal anyway.
But I rarely use my own site from mobile. My question is, for those of you who do, which would you prefer: the standard WP mobile theme, or this theme’s mobile UI? You can scroll through this thread to see what I’m talking about.