It’s no surprise I can be vocal when I am reviewing a theme. Many know that I’ll spurt out what I end up seeing in a lot of themes. There is one thing that really does drive me crazy though and that is when people copy and paste code to their theme without actually knowing…
Earlier today I had some time to make a quick video. I have written about the template hierarchy before and I’m sure there are tons of other resources available out there. This justs adds to that ever-growing-list. The reason it drives me crazy is because of that
front-page.php file that I see every so often or when I see a theme that uses the
Template Name: Front Page in order to create that static front page.
The thing is that the
front-page template is meant to be used once. On the FRONT PAGE. Why would you want that page to be in other pages? This is what irritates me most about that.
Anyway, enjoy, don’t, up to you. As for me I’m heading out to get some sculpting tools.
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Today I ran into a bit of an internal debate. This is something that has driven me crazy for the longest time and this time I’m speaking about it.
Having an “upsell” theme in the WordPress theme repository. Quite frankly, I’m tired of it. Not only is it more code to look over but an inconvenience to the user. A commonality is the phrase:
This option available in PRO Version.
It does get linked to the site where they can purchase the theme. I don’t like it. Often times it is because that’s all the setting/control has. If I wanted to look at dummy controls I’d go to the toy store and just play with the toys and never purchase a thing. It is like window shopping for themes only with a banner over the window.
As you can see from the image, it is pointless to even have a pro version with nothing to control. I will never understand that. It is like having a car radio button that does nothing.
Yes, I made that comparison. It really is pointless.
I know there are some out there that may already be wanting to ask how to upsell the theme instead then. Simple. The theme’s about page.
Yes, themes can have them and should have them. What I don’t like is that there are several that link to just a demo site. What’s the point? Yes, I understand you want to demonstrate what the theme can do but what I’m more interested in is what the differences are between the free version and the premium/pro/ultra/supreme/deluxe version you are offering.
When I look to purchase a new camera I look for the information about the camera; I’ve already seen what it can do, I want to know more. What size sensor, what type of sensor, pixel density, lowest ISO, highest ISO, what accessories I can purchase for it, just to name a few.
So, if you are a theme shop in the WordPress theme repository, I urge you to drop all your upsell things that do nothing. You are hurting your users by subjecting them to unusable options. ∞
Earlier today I made a screencast of how I review themes. This is not my entire method. There is a lot more involved. The things I didn’t do are make the comments in the ticket, assign the ticket, go over any sanitation/validation or comment on some core functions that can be used and may be…
Having some history is a good thing and knowing what changes were made and why is even better. That is one of the reasons that I love seeing a changelog when I look in a theme’s folder. Supposing they have one. Not all themes are created equal It’s true. When I speak of themes I generally refer to…
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I hate posting this but I have to do it; sort of a status check for myself. To see where I stand and where I can be better. We all do it. I choose to do it publicly. I can’t recall when I said I wanted to have my review count to be at 500…
Every once in a while I like to review themes. When that happens I will sometimes get a little frustrated at not only myself but sometimes the previous reviewer. Even I make mistakes.