[shadowed_600 img=”http://nocreativity.com/blog-engine/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/diabolik-theme-change-e1315329200702.jpg”]Diabolik theme change[/shadowed_600]It’s here! My new blog theme is finally here! The old one has been around for more than 2 years now and not only was I getting pretty tired of it. The theme just didn’t reflect my ideas anymore, nor did it enable me to do what I wanted to do. And to top it off: Lots of people complained about the enormous file size of the images which slowed page loads way down. I’m thinking about releasing the old blog theme as a download, but I’m not quite sure yet. Anybody interested? Let me know 🙂
The new blog theme is called Diabolik and let me get started by saying: I didn’t build it myself. It’s actually a premium theme I bought on ThemeForest. I never thought about buying a premium WordPress theme because it seemed like such a waste of money but after seeing the live demo, I realized I wouldn’t be able to create something similarly powerful in a reasonable amount of time. So 35$ seemed like a no-brainer.
At first it seemed like it was perfect but as I started updating my site, I realized a lot of things were buggy, incomplete or just not implemented. Examples:
- Lots of default WordPress default CSS classes were not there..
- Bad copy/pastes in the custom post types (which caused a bug that drove me nuts).
- The theme’s contact form didn’t work. Required a rewrite.
- Buggy theme functions that would break the site from time to time.
- Page navigators were poorly implemented (and would screw up the design).
- The searchform was not correctly implemented.
And more stuff like that. Ok, at this point it looks like I bought a load of crap but I have to be honest: Those were tiny bugs and imperfections in an otherwise great theme! There’s multiple templates for every kind of page, there’s quite a lot of custom widget magic, the portfolio section of the site is now fully powered by this theme, loads of animation and interaction. It was totally worth doing some bugfixing. I love it!
I’m currently in the process of adding my work to the portfolio and updating the current blogposts to fix the images and add the featured image (which I never used before). I’m very happy with the current theme. It’s fresh, light, pretty clean and as far as I’m concerned: It loads faster. 🙂 That should make some people just a bit happier.
So yea: I saved a lot of time by buying this theme but if you ever consider buying a WordPress theme, make sure you’ve got the time to get your hands dirty because you might just need it.
Bugs and suggestions?
If you see anything out of line, encounter a bug or have an idea of something that should be different: Feel free to let me know in the comments. I’m pretty sure you can think of something 🙂