It’s long since I last updated my blog, simply because I’m building the new home here brick by brick. I don’t like my previous blog theme and function and I think I can “CHANGE”. And so, change happens. Remind you, this is my first ever wordpress theme. It still needs some more refinement, but I’m loving this.
The codename of the theme is “fruity” in my mind. I wanted to create a fresh and sweet theme that brings joy to my blog. And so you see the jars on the front page of the website. It is not easy to illustrate realistically with vector tools, I illustrate one for a day in my holiday. I did not tell my parents what I’m doing and they felt me “insane”. Of course their opinions for not sitting too long is right, but it would be better if they can understand me.
I wanted to reuse the elements in the inner pages but I gave up the idea because there are always graphical contents in my blog, my portfolio and other pages, a blank theme could be better for you to focus on the actual content instead of the shiny jars. The paper-like style is inspired from a book with different printed book designs. I feel the subtle gradient can be good visual dividers for the web and so I tried. It looks OK for now. But I still find it a little plain and I’m thinking about another change before I find some other inspiration.
Developing Wordpress theme is not very easy for you need to dive into PHP, provided you can mockup HTML and CSS from a picture. Fortunately I can handle this (maybe for the most). As long as you constructed something ‘working’, you began to think about making it work better. That’s why I made a photo album function with Jquery by myself. I searched many tools or plugins, they did look awesome in some way, but I just wanted a constant way like apps like “iPhoto” or “Windows Photo Browser”. I have to admit I knew little about jquery before, but now things are easier for me to understand and make. Practice makes perfect, true.
The theme is not for release I think, since it’s a personal styled rather than a common used. But if anyone interested in anything in my theme: Cross browser CSS compatibility, Jquery usage, Wordpress customization, and also vector illustration, feel free to contact with me. And by the way, I tested browsers like IE6, IE7, Firefox 3, Safari 3 (Opera not yet).