Blog Notes: Unhappy Template

I’m bumping up against the limitations of this free WordPress template.

Twice I’ve had to forgo using blockquote which

puts quotes in a box like this

because it also italicizes the frikkin text. This makes long quotes very hard on the eyes. It also destroys any italics used for emphasis in the original text.

I’ve just spent some time again trying out the free WordPress templates, looking for an alternative. Really, most of them just suck (sorry, designers — well, not really for all of you; some of you do just suck at web design, period!).

I don’t like controls on the left side. I like them on the right. This is based on my experience with handheld devices accessing the Net. When the text is on the left, it’s better for small-screen devices.

I also like only two columns. This column of text on the left and the column of controls on the right. Again, see experience reason above.

I really, really liked the template I used for the old dead blog. It was clean, efficient. But I wanted to get away from that. I also wanted to get away from all the blueness.

I like the black and orange scheme here.

I wish I could do that to the old template!

To do so would require me to subscribe to WordPress’s Custom StyleSheet option. And then I’d have to figure out how to make those color scheme changes.

Yeesh.

At some point I just might have to do that. It’d take some work aside from tuning the template. I’d have to go back in to all the quotes here and restore the italics that were erased by this template.

Anyway, if any of you have not been happy with this template, take some solace in that I’ve become disenchanted with it too.

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5 Comments on “Blog Notes: Unhappy Template”

  1. Jason Simpson Says:

    Grab your CSS template from https://s-ssl.wordpress.com/wp-content/themes/pub/sapphire/style.css?m=1192568657 and open it in an editor.

    Locate this section:

    blockquote {
    margin: 15px 30px 0 10px;
    padding-left: 20px;
    border: 3px double #cecece;
    font-style: italic;
    }

    Remove the “font-style: italic;” line.

    Save the CSS file and put it up somewhere that it can be referred to with a URL.

    Tell WordPress to use the new CSS file instead.

  2. mikecane Says:

    That’s very helpful. But even to have a referring URL would cost extra, so I’d have to go the CSS subscription route. I was able to at least Preview the change you suggested. It worked by un-italicizing the text. It also inspired me to look at the CSS for my old blog and now I’m wondering if I’d be able to make a mutation by combining elements I like from both. You’re created a mad scientist. I’ll probably blow up WordPress mucking about like that. Thanks again.

  3. ramin Says:

    Nobody cares about the template. Keep writing.

  4. ramin Says:

    Upon re-reading the previous comment, I realized it was a bit cryptic and unclear. What I meant to say is… personally, I don’t give a shit about the colors and the layout (in fact, most of the time, my RSS reader strips out all the CSS cruft). You might want to consider switching to one of these: [ http://www.plaintxt.org/2006/06/13/the-best-minimalist-wordpress-themes/ ] and focusing on the writing. That’s what matters.

  5. mikecane Says:

    Do you see the pictures and vids via RSS?


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