Changing Themes

As you may have noticed, I went ahead and changed the theme for the blog. It’s a little darker than I’d prefer and the background isn’t the one I really want but until I can get my computer working and access all my images and files, I can live with it.

In the meantime, I’ve made a couple of minor (and probably unnoticeable)  modifications to this theme to personalize it a little more. There are a few other tricks that I want to incorporate from other themes and I’ve been trying to track down the php code by switching themes back and forth over the past few days so if you happen to see thematic oddities you’ll know why.

Hrrm. I suppose I should ask here in case anyone actually knows and can save me the effort. The main thing I’ve been looking at is changing my Archive from the increasingly loooong list that it has become into a drop down menu. I know it can be done as there are many examples in various themes but I haven’t been able to narrow down the code that’ll accomplish it. If you know please share, I’ll buy you a pony.

I originally thought I wouldn’t ever have a use for a three column style theme but with me blogging so much recently I think it actually might be the best thing for me. Plus with the lack of any other pages on the website it’ll have to act as the navigation panel

About the only thing I can’t get to work was the Snap Shots pop-up plugin. For some reason it just doesn’t seem to work with this theme. Not that I’m complaining because I’m somewhat torn about it to begin with. Part of me liked it but it was sometimes a pain to click on a specific link, or at least it was in the old theme. This one seems to have the links spaced out a little better so it could be useful if I could ever get it working.

Anyway, I just thought I’d blather a bit about the site for no apparent reason other than I can. I’d like to hear your thoughts though. What’s your opinion on this theme? And what about snapshots? Should I bother trying to fix it or just go without.

Speak! I will listen.

2 thoughts on “Changing Themes

  1. I’m afraid I don’t know how it works if you’re on your own domain, but for people on, we just have an option in the sidebar widgets to make the archives a drop down list.

    If you have widgets, it’s just a matter of double-clicking the archives widget and selecting “drop-down box.”

    If not, sorry, no idea on actual code.

    I like the new design, though I agree that it’s missing some of your trademark graphics. I also noticed that you’ve gone back to the old “Tell your tale/tales told” comments. I like it.

    And I wouldn’t worry about the snapshots thing. I don’t find it overly useful myself.

  2. There’s no difference between a WordPress hosted blog and one on a personal website. Essentially they’re both running the same code. I know about the widgets but I was looking for a hard code option. Partially because I find that the formatting on some of the widgets breaks the theme (and not all themes are 100% widget friendly which is one of the reasons I haven’t added a search box yet) and partially because knowledge is power and I actually want to figure out how to do it just to say I can.

    You have no idea how long I poured over the code before I figured out where I could change the “comments” back to the tales told line. It was a simple change, but buried away where I kept missing it.

    Thanks for the input.

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