Hello All -
Hey... there are some great theme designers here, and I enjoy seeing your good work. I write about WordPress (at WebHelperMagazine.com), and also build WP CMS websites (at WebFadds.com), so I though I'd survey you all on what some essential elements of a great theme are.
There's a poll (select more than one item), and I look forward to your comments on this thread. Here are some things I like seeing in a good WordPress theme:
Finally, I wonder at what point fulfilling all of those features would cause a theme cross-over into a commercial theme to support the designer. I'm for both free and commercial themes (with extended feature sets).
- Flexibility - Different page and section layouts
- Custom Admin Menu - Ozh has a utility to help theme authors make enable a custom menu for their themes
- Styled for widgets
- Designed to incorporate different types of ads
- Designed for specific plugins (like Flicker, Recent posts, etc.)
- Designed for a specific CMS application (Publishing, eCommerce, etc.)