Eclipse was released on the WordPress.org themes directory earlier this month, and I’d say it’s doing quite okay. The Eclipse theme options panel has nothing in common with the rest of the WordPress interface, in fact the on/off toggles look … Continue reading →
These were submitted by Simon from ThemeShift, showing the evolution (from top to bottom) of the options screens that ship with their themes. Looks like they’re headed towards using the Core UI, which makes me want to see a fourth … Continue reading →
WPCandy’s Completely Unofficial Guide to Plugin UI, published in January this year by Daniel Immke, who takes us through some of the user interface elements, used in WordPress themes and plugins. Navigation, Settings API, tabs, the Toolbar, Dashboard (and non-dashboard) widgets and more.
The Options Framework Theme (by Devin Price) has been submitted here many times, especially after all the discussion on the NHP Theme Options Framework thread. I’m not a huge fan of such frameworks, and I think the Settings API is … Continue reading →
Emil Uzelac launched Responsive last month, and it gained a whole bunch of good responses from the WordPress community. It even surpassed Twenty Eleven in weekly download numbers! The theme looks great, but our blog is not about themes, right? … Continue reading →
Don’t Steal my Theme Options is a great article by Andy Adams, a developer at The Theme Foundry. Andy writes about the decisions they have to take when dealing with flexibility versus simplicity. Here’s an important quote:
Instead of making a theme either fully-customizable or configuration-free, I’ve realized that the ultimate goal is to add “just the right options” to make the user experience more pleasant.
The comments at the end of the article are worth reading too. What are your thoughts on “the perfect number” of theme options? Do you think premium WordPress themes should come with more “customization” options, than free themes? Thanks for your comments and don’t forget to share this post!
We all know WooThemes and their Fresh News theme. This is how their theme options panel looked way back around WordPress 2.5, quite retro, eh? I’m absolutely digging the first option ;) Why would you do that? The $wp_version variable … Continue reading →