Well, I finally had it with the old website design. It was a customized theme that I put entirely too much time into, and ultimately was bored with it as much as anything. One provoking facet more substantial than boredom that brought me here, was a desire to get back to a white background. My site originally started out on white, but I moved to a dark grey background with my customized site. I guess I just like the brightness factor, so I’m back to white, for now.
I chose the Pictorico theme, a relatively new addition to the WordPress theme catalog. I really like the grid front page that puts the photographs into prominence. The one drawback, at least as I originally saw it, was, to get the photos in the front page grid to show up you had to set a featured image on each post; otherwise, the square would turn up an empty block of color. No problem, right? (Well except for having to go back and set featured images on older posts…but that’s another story….) Well, yes. Problem. By setting the featured image, it uses that image in its respective post page as a bold header image. The header images look pretty good, generally; they can be very striking, but when you want to present the whole image, it presents a problem. Inserting the photo into the body of the post gives almost a duplicate, and I just didn’t like it. I still don’t know if I like it, but in the course of messing with the CSS and failing to find an adequate solution for altering the appearance, I said, “Screw it. I’m going with it, and I’ll figure it out later.”
So that’s where we are. If anyone has any feedback about the new theme, please, please, please let me know what you think in the comments. I also plan on adding a GALLERIES option to the main menu, which will link to galleries (duh) divided into meaningful groups; photos included will also be what I consider the best of what I have shared on BugPhoto.net and won’t just be glorified “Categories” pages.
Hopefully, I will be able to tweak the new theme a bit this weekend in between shooting copious amounts of photographs. Cheers, everyone.