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? It’s about Theme Options!
The first thing that caught my eye was that the Home Page, which is your (main) content, had to be set up in Theme Options, where I’m used to set up the look and feel of the site. This means that if I switch to a different theme, everything I entered there will probably vanish away. It is also not clear why it’s displaying that home page, even though my Reading options are set to display my latest posts. Confusing? Maybe.
I (personally) would also just scrap the whole Theme Elements block, because breadcrumbs should be a decision, not an option, while the call to action button, well.. Let’s just say that PHP is smart enough to check for an empty field and figure out whether to render the button or not ;)
Now, my least favorite block is the Webmaster Tools, which is clearly plugin territory. The first problem is that it will break all my site verification and analytics code as soon as I switch to a different theme. The second problem is that if I’m not a tech geek with crazy programming skills, I’ll probably still paste my Google Analytics code there, even if I’m already running a plugin that does that. Result — duplicate tracking code, now who needs that?
The Logo Upload block doesn’t make too much sense to me either, it can be a much smaller note at the top of the options page or hidden in the contextual help. So finally, we’re left with a single block for Social Icons. Isn’t that great? I love to kill theme options, sorry Emil! :)
Anyway, the verdict — the theme is great, with good support for child theming too, so you should definitely give it a spin. The Theme Options screen needs a little bit more work in my opinion (also Settings API for the win!) What about you, dear readers? How do you like this theme options screen? Anything you’d add to, or remove from the page? What about these drop-down blocks versus native tabs (on top), which do you prefer? Thanks for all your comments, likes, shares and most importantly, rates!
Note: the reason this “review” is so thorough is because Emil is my friend, and his work deserves my full attention.