Diabolik

[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 🙂

Diabolik

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:

  1. Lots of default WordPress default CSS classes were not there..
  2. Quite a lot of Javascript imperfections which could cause errors and stop stuff from working.
  3. Bad copy/pastes in the custom post types (which caused a bug that drove me nuts).
  4.  The theme’s contact form didn’t work. Required a rewrite.
  5. Buggy theme functions that would break the site from time to time.
  6. Page navigators were poorly implemented (and would screw up the design).
  7. 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 🙂

Ronny

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Ronny is a freelance frontend developer with a wild passion for creativity and a relentless hate against flat design. Ronny spent years as a Flash developer before moving to HTML5 and rediscovering fun and happiness.

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  1. neurofuzzy

    Nice! I love the graphic banner.

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  2. Ronny

    Thanks Geoff! I shot that picture 3 years ago in Copenhagen! It was a complete grafitti wall and 2 dumpsters 😀 Original images: http://shots.nocreativity.com/c7740835.JPG and http://shots.nocreativity.com/c4d1a188.JPG

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  3. Mark

    Congrats!! The skin looks great! Much better; Clean and creative.

    Since you want some feedback;
    -Really like the portfolio intergration! Is that intergrated in WP?
    -Since the blog is the homepage i would swap the order of portfolio and blog in the topmenu.
    -the comment textarea font should be changed.

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  4. Ronny

    Hi Mark,

    You’re right about the menu. I’ll do that right now.
    The portfolio is actually part of the wordpress theme. It’s been done using Custom Post Types (http://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Types ).

    The comment textarea font seems normal here. What’s wrong with it? It looks like this here: http://shots.nocreativity.com/1bd9efad.jpg

    Are you seeing something different?
    Thanks for your feedback!

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  5. Mark

    The comment textarea font on my machine (win xp) is ‘courier new’.

    I wish I had some PHP skills to use those post types too; currently the lab-page on my blog is one a manual formatted html post-page 🙁

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  6. Ronny

    I think the comment form font should now be fixed!

    Ya know what: Send me an email tonight and we’ll look into your lab-page. I’m pretty sure we can do something simple to build that page automatically! (with little to no PHP work at all, promise!)

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  7. BD

    Nice and fresh! Like the BG and the pink(!) accents.

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  8. Ronny

    Thanks Boudewijn!
    I really appreciate it 🙂

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