On choosing the right theme

Just ten days ago I was writing about a theme change on these pages, adopting the Hew theme.

Along with finding a bug on it, I’ve also discovered that one-column templates (like this Celsius one I am using right now) simply works when you are really focused on a topic. Unfortunately this is not my case in the last months, where I do not have the time … or, better, the required concentration, to write here more extensively. So I keep posting links and videos and a casual user has a problem in finding the topics I’ve spoken in the last 10 years …

As in the next 10 days I have a job to fulfill, I will not have time to make a deep search in the list of the available free themes on WordPress.com … so if you land here via a browser you could see things changing.

Also, I am very interested in the process you make choosing a template for your site. Mind to share? Thanks!


Seems like the Publisher theme didn’t help my contents to be seen and explored by the visitors that comes in. So, hits on these pages have precipitate in a consistent way.

Having nothing to lose, I’ve activated the Hew theme, which is more minimal than ever. This as an experiment to see if removing navigation elements like menus and tag clouds on the sidebars makes a difference or not. We will see…

Indipendent Publisher

At last The Indipendent Publisher theme has arrived on WordPress.com. Developed by Raam Dev this template is one of the cleanest and best content focued theme born in these last two years.

I’ve even adopted it on my self-hosted blog, customizing it a little, translating it and planning to suggest a couple of enhancement to its author. Read Raam’s annouce: Independent Publisher Announced on WordPress.com

I enjoy it so much that I couldn’t resist but adopt it immediately … now there are going to be some polish here and there, but I think I’ll stick with it for long time.

enters the Hew theme

Here it goes again. I’ve moved away from a classic, 2 columns, WordPress theme to a single column, responsive one. I will see how it goes.

Twenty Fifteen is a great theme, but I wasn’t able to make the most out of it in terms of “reading pleasure” and ease on the eyes. So welcome Hew

entering Wilson

WordPress.com has published a bunch of new and interesting themes to their free offer. I choose Wilson to shake things up here… and see if putting in evidence (again) the tags, your’s most recent comments and the interesting things I bookmark on Pinboard in the site’s sidebar I can spark something new. Take this as a little experiment, and as an opportunity to tell me what’s your take on sidebar and content’s visibility and reachability over a blog like mine, with nearly 10 years of content!

testing themes

Hello there … I’m playing aroud with the freely available themes on WordPress.com that matches two important (for me) features … Responsive Layout and Post Formats

Unfortunately at the moment none of the ones available fully satisfy me, so probably you could see some morphing in the weekend (in which I do also hope to put the corrects tags & categories to the posts that I’ve imported from Posterous)!

welcome Nilmini

Last week I started playing around with this website redesign. So you may have noticed some changes around. The background of this is still WordPress powered.

For the template part I choose to use this Nilmini theme from deutch foundry called Elmastudio. This is an inexpensive premium theme that offer a lot of cool functionalities, many of which I think are mandatory in today’s web:

  • Cross-browser compatibility (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE 7,8,9, Android, iOS)
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • modern, minimalist design [OK, that’s a personal preference]
  • Responsive Web Design for viewing on different screen sizes and mobile devices (Tablet PCs, Smart Phones)
  • WordPress Post Formats (tumblr-like blogging)
  • translation-ready, available in English, Dutch/German, French (translation by Benoit Deldicque) and Italian (translation by yours truly😀 )
  • RTL language support

The ones put in evidence are the most notable ones, giving any reader the opportunity to enjoy at it’s best what a website has to offer. Unfortunately many web-resources today are still not ready for this and, at the better, rely on plugins to offer a decent “non desktop” web surfing experience.

Here’s some screenshots of the site overall look (made last sunday, so maybe today something could be slightly different). Let me know in the comments what you think!

ElmaStudio, a WordPress themes foundry to keep an eye on

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve discovered ElmaStudio‘s work.

First I fell in love with the (free) Ari theme. Then, while helping my friend Stef(igno) to update his (italian’s) blog we decided to invest  12€ in the Nilmini theme. Last week I provided (for free) to Ellen and Manuel an italian translation of that theme.

Then I’ve brought their Piha theme too just in time to see the previews, and later on the final release, of Nori. Nori aims to be (and probably is) the first WordPress theme out there developed mainly and in first place for mobile devices’ browsers, and later ‘adapted’ to normal ones.

Since they put their money were their mouth is they’ve adopted it on their website and so I had the chance to see a real deployment of that theme and not just a 5 post wide demo. Here are the screenshots!

(the last one is what you see enabling the Reader feature in Mobile Safari). What do you think of the theme?

Let me know in the comments…

cool Growl notification style

download at premiumpixels.com

Today’s freebie from Premium Pixels is this cool Growl theme. Check it out !!

an historical overview of /home/koolinus

After yesterday’s graphical renewal of this weblog, thanks to my mania of collecting screenshots of things done in the past, I’ve gathered this $NUMBER of screenshots of this blog through the last three years.

Unfortunately I don’t have any (complete) screenshot of the twenty-eight based one (which has been THE look for at least two full years of this space).

What do you think ???