WordPress.com sporting some new theme options

Posted on January 5, 2006. Filed under: blogging, WordPress Themes, WordPress.com |

As you can see, I’ve changed the presentation of my blog to take advantage of one of the new themes that’s been added to the (hopefully continually growing) list of themes one can use here at WordPress.com.  The theme is called Regulus, by Binary Moon, and one of the coolest things about it is the degree of customizability that it offers.

At present, when you select the Regulus theme for your WordPress.com blog’s presentation, you can customize it by clicking on Presentation in your dashboard, and then clicking the tab for Current Theme Options.

You can choose from 8 different Header Images (wouldn’t it be cool if we could upload our own??)

There are 5 color schemes to select from.

Then you have sidebar options, wherein you can choose to include (or not) the following blog items:

  • Show Calendar
  • Show Meta Content (login, Site Admin, etc)
  • Display Admin options (only for admin user when logged in) – btw, I think this option is pretty cool
  • Show recent posts
  • Show all archive months
  • Use Link Categories in blog roll

You can also provide some personal information about yourself which will then be used to automatically create an about page for you.

Now, if only every theme gave us such flexibility!  (I’m never satisfied).  I’d also like to see the ability to customize the font and text colors (so many of the available themes have color schemes wherein the hyperlinks don’t stand out very much), the ability to not only select what’s in the sidebar but also the ORDER in which those items display, I could go on and on.

In the meantime, let’s just stick with the gushing excitement over the theme options that WordPress.com coupled with Regulus provides, and look forward to hopefully more themes that are as customizable in the future so that our WordPress.com blogs can reflect our own personal styles a tad more 🙂

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3 Responses to “WordPress.com sporting some new theme options”

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I’m sure Regulus will follow in Kubrick’s footsteps. There will be three trillion slighted modded variants before we know it. 😉

Ah, yes, probably true. Although I’m hoping that some of the WordPress 1.5 Theme Authors will be inspired by the Regulus’ customizability to port their 1.5 themes into customizable 2.0 themes. Then we’d REALLY have an assortment of themes to choose from (at least with WordPress 2.0 — who knows which themes we’ll have access to on WordPress.com)

Does anyone know what happened to the other options for customization that were originally there? Such as showing post summaries on the homepage and not the whole posts etc…?

That specific section of options just vanished from my blog one day, and it is very frustrating.


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