Twenty Sixteen Theme for GLD

I was updating GLD to WordPress 4.4 tonight and noticed that a new default theme is now available. Using default themes has kind of a hobby of mine. RealtyNex.us runs on TwentyTwelve, and GLD has run on a few different default themes over the years. Up until today, it was running Twenty Fourteen.

So here it is. I was gonna add a screen shot but… I mean… just look around. Twenty Sixteen seems pretty old school. It reminds me of the Cutline theme I used to use on Lenderama a million years ago; except it’s responsive, and has a more modern font-set.

There were a couple issues in the migration. The theme really didn’t handle the featured images I used in Twenty Fourteen very well. Many looked cropped and their placement on the page was awkward. I ended up removing these images from the featured image section, and adding them back to the body of the post. Took a bit of time, but it’s looking pretty good.

The theme also kind of sucks at handling JetPack’s Top Posts & Pages sidebar widget. I’m tempted to stop using it. Honestly, I only kept it because the theme’s old school styling makes me want to dump a ton of stuff in the sidebar like back in the day. If only MyBlogLog was still a thing.

Anyone else making the switch? what are your initial impressions?

Create yet another social network with BuddyPress

aintnobodyWordPress is so underrated. It helped usher in an era of mass self publishing on the Internet. Self publishing evolved into social media, social media evolved into social networking, and all of it nearly disintermediated the watercolor as a GLD-safe harbor in the workplace.

It has evolved into a fantastic content management platform, and even the largest media empires are now choosing to use it. But WordPress wants to be more than a publishing platform. Continue reading “Create yet another social network with BuddyPress”

Fire up that loud, another round of GLD

theGLDmathIt’s that time of year when I get the itch to blog about life’s wonderful distractions. Expect to see about a dozen new posts over the next couple of weeks.

In the mean time, I made a couple updates to the look and feel of GLD. I finally implemented the Twenty Fourteen magazine grid layout on the home page and relocated some stuff to the footer so I could dump the third column.

I’ve also been playing with a new (to me) graphics app called Pixelmator to have some fun with the post images. Expect a full review in the near future.

For now, welcome back to Getting Less Done.

Twenty Fourteen is upon us

twenty_fourteenI’m a big fan of the recent, yearly default themes for WordPress. realtynex.us uses a slightly modified version of Twenty Twelve. this month, the newest free Default WordPress theme, Twenty Fourteen has been released for self hosted blogs. This theme is fully responsive and features a pretty cool magazine style grid feature that I haven’t made time to figure out yet. Anyway GLD is now sporting the new theme.

I used the Fourteen Colors plugin to change up the color pallette without having to create a child theme, but I may fiddle with that in the future. Of course, creating your own child themes and editing CSS is an ultimate GLD activity.  What do you think of the news digs?