Site Stuff: Themes and Sliders

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So y’all recall how the last theme I chose was pretty solid, right? Welp, I found today that it didn’t work well with the Organize Series plugin I use to handle multi-entry reviews, so I had to find a theme with a flexible width that looked solid, easy to read and could handle that particular plugin as well as the others I use. This is why themes have been changing all day, and I apologize for that. I have now found a theme I really like — even more than the Mantra theme I’d been using for ages — called Magomra. Sounds like a Japanese Godzilla-type monster don’t it? ;)

Anyways, the only downside is that it doesn’t have a built in featured story slider like the last one. I really like having those — to help folks find the most recent featured articles like reviews and such — but not every site has ’em, and some folks don’t like ’em. While *I* enjoy them, I figured I should give you guys the choice as to whether you like ’em or not. Therefore, I’ll run a poll after the cut to get your thoughts on the matter and you can also leave comments on the topic below as well. Thanks for your patience everyone, I want this site to be as awesome as possible for you guys and gals, which means it’ll be constantly evolving. :) Now, onto the poll! :)

Edit: The poll is almost neck and neck, but most of the comments are negative, so I’ve tried to come up with a compromise solution. I found a featured post widget that allows me to put it on the sidebar, doesn’t interfere with the site’s scrolling keeps the site looking clean, I hope. What do y’all think?

Author: Brian Rubin

8 thoughts on “Site Stuff: Themes and Sliders

  1. I check your blog often, so if there’s something interesting, I’ll read it. The story slider could be useful in a site where there’s a lot of reviewers with the story slider focusing on major reviews, but for this site, I think it’s a bit overkill.

    1. Alrighty, awesome. :) Thanks!

      Oh, and also thanks for visiting often! :)

  2. I read all your posts through RSS, so I don’t mind if there isn’t a fancy slider on the front page ;)

  3. As I stated in a comment for an earlier post on your blog, I didn’t like the Featured Story slider in your original theme because I found its constant movement distracting. The theme you used prior to Magomra had a slider that didn’t bother me as much. Overall though, I prefer a simpler layout with as few widgets as possible, so I’d prefer not to see the slider.

  4. If you could keep the background image relatively small on the mobile view, that should help performance on this old iTouch I use on your site!

    I don’t much care for story sliders, or really anything that moves without me indicating that I want movement first.

    1. Relatively small? What’cha mean, in regards to the background images?

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