posted by Matt Ward on Nov 2, 2010.
After a great response to the first introduction of the Group WordPress Project, we’re back at it. This time, I’m looking to narrow things down a bit, and need your help to determine the overall purpose of the theme and start thinking about a possible name.
Alright folks, if you thought that I had forgotten about or abandoned the Group WordPress Project, think again! I’m still entirely dedicated to the concept, and am back with the next update. In the first post, I basically introduced you to the concept of the project, which is for me to work on a brand new WordPress theme, based on input, feedback and random strokes of genius from you, my awesome readership.
So far, there have been lots of awesome comments, ideas, suggestions and so forth, and now it’s time to start narrowing things down so that we can build a fuller vision of where we are going with this theme, what it’s going to look like, what it’s going to do and so forth. Based on the comments, I think that there are a few basic precepts that we can all agree on:
- Typography – I think that any theme design obviously needs to take its typography into consideration (like any design that uses words and letters), but the comments seem to suggest trying to take it even further. Well I have a few interesting thoughts and ideas in this area, so we’ll definitely be talking about typography. Anything you want to add here?
- Clean design – The general consensus that I gathered from the feedback I received on the first post was that the theme should be simple and clean, without going quite so far as to reach stark “minimalism”. Basically, this tells me that you’re looking for something that presents a clear, visual personality without getting too ostentatious or showy. Awesome. I am totally down with that.
- Flexibility – Another general thing that I see people asking for is a flexible theme. There has been talk of digging into custom taxamonies and post types. There was at least one suggestion about being able to change colours (I have a neat idea for that one). Basically, what you’re looking for is a theme that you can really take control of and make your own.
- HTML5 and CSS3 Goodness – Quite a few people suggested that they would want a theme built with HTML5 and CSS3. I absolutely intend to go this direction, making allowances for graceful degradation, of course.
Those are all really awesome thoughts, and we will totally be tackling them as we move through the series. The big thing we need to nail down though, can possibly be best summed up by Jorgen, who commented:
before jumping straight in and making big design decisions shouldn’t there be some rough idea what the theme’s purpose is going to be? An online magazine, photographers portfolio, design showcase, etc., etc. These are all very different types of websites and you cannot make one template to fit all.
This is an excellent point. Some people have suggested making a portfolio site. Others have suggested a quasi-social networking site, or an eCommerce site. I think the biggest thing is that I am seeing is that you want a theme that is more than just a blog, but we need to nail down exactly what that “more” will be. I’ve written and posted about functionality on a couple different sites lately and, as Jorgen rightly points out, an eCommerce site is very different form an online portfolio. They will require different functionality, and so we want to nail that all down from the start!
So, for the feedback on this stage of the process, I’m looking for your votes. Should the theme be for:
- Magazine style blog
- eCommerce site
- Brochure site
- Social network/interaction
- Online gallery
- Other (please specify)
That’s the first part. The second part is a name. All themes have some sort of fancy name right? Well let’s start giving our project an identity. Offer up some suggestions for theme names (possibly based on your vote for the theme’s purpose). I’ll compile them all, select my a number of my favorites and then we can have another vote later on.
Armed with a name and a purpose, we will be well armed to start sinking our teeth into this project!
So now it’s up to you! Let us all know what you want our group theme to do, and drop a suggestion or two about potential names. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with!Post A Comment
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