I can not even believe it! After eternal doubts at last I decided to change the subject in Help WordPress and look where I am delighted, because I have been able to solve old problems and, by the way, improve some aspects of the design and functionalities that I have been postponing for no reason beyond my own indecision.
Since that first change radical that supposed version 2.0 of WordPress Help up to Help WordPress 3.0 spent just over 2 years, but is that since then until WordPress Help 4.0 have passed anything less than 3 years, 8 months and 12 days. This issue is out of my hands right?
The truth is that I never decided, although I had some things clear that I wanted:
- Advanced CSS and HTML but with a simple structure, leaving behind code removers.
- ] Fully responsive (adaptable to all types of screens) so as not to depend on additional converters.
- Increase screen width to be able to insert larger images.
- Clear and beautiful typographies for easy reading
- A large header area so that it is clear where it is at all times.
- Compatible with all the new WordPress features so you do not have to resort to entering code "a capon".
- Not having to to use shortcodes own of the subject.
- Not to marry with a framework and that then there was no way back in the next design change.
- Deployable and configurable menus f
- Clear and minimalist design but with style
- Sidebar (sorry, I can not live without it)
- Blog style, no grueling grid designs or dizzying carousels.
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It is true that many friends have offered me to do a custom theme but you know I have trouble asking, and I do not like to disturb, so I took advantage of the fact that during the migration had a few days to modify the blog to taste and I started looking for a topic new.
And, look where, why not, I went to one of my favorite designers: Nick Roach by Elegant Themes and I chose a theme that, although a priori was very advanced, with style block manager framework carousels, color schemes, shortcodes templates by porrillo and all those modern things that they like so much but I hate so much. I'm talking about Nexus .
And what you're seeing is the result. It's a bit modified, but only small things like the height of the header area and some customizations and integrations that I always like to put in.
Of course, nothing of modern virguerías, or carousels, or areas by color categories or sliders . Pure and hard blog style with excerpts on the cover, clear and diaphanous design, typographies Sans serif clean for easy reading, a simple menu bar to access the most popular pages, and a huge logo on the header so you know where you are at all times ( branding is called).
By going through the general review these are the main features of WordPress Help 4.0 :
- Style Blog and olé!
- Cover with automatic excerpts unless an extract is defined which must be claimed.
- HTML5 and advanced CSS although without virguerías, only with the essentials.
- Responsive total so you can see great on all types of devices (tablets, phones, etc.) .
- Clear and diaphanous (and large) fonts of Google Fonts
- Structure of 2 columns (the subject admits e 3 but I prefer that you win the content.)
- Minimalist color scheme.
- 840 px useful content width
- 250 px sidebar useful width.
- Dynamic sidebars on side and footer (for the moment I have not got anything here)
- System of ad management sidebar to avoid having to put them " to capon ".
- abandoned Varnish for cache management from the server, and I have opted for the Falcon Engine of WordFence which looks like it's going fancy.
- I have dispensed definitely from JetPack using alternatives by various motifs .
- Author's box well present after articles with the information provided in the profile.
- ] New system for sharing on social networks Monarch with blocks inline lateral and popup (really nice and practical, as well as configurable)
- Forums bbPress – finally – updated to the latest version and added dating systems, report and bbcode .
- Conditional sidebar widgets that adapt as per the blog or the forums.
- Follow the comments system Disqus  although I have changed the widget for a better integrated one. I have been tempted to use the native but for the moment it stays.
- Instant sidebar search which shows results as it is written.
- System of gamification or " Gaming " (I do not know how heck you can translate this) using Captain Up a way to encourage participation through a widget (over there, to the right) that gives you points and assign karma as you share content or comment on the blog. It's been running for some time now, and you'll see that there's already a rush among readers, but today it's official.
- And, of course, the essential plugins follow: WordFence (security and cache), All in one SEO pack Simple Tags (tag system enhancements), Google XML Sitemaps Zemanta Related Posts (picture related entries), WP-Postratings (the rating stars), Members (user management), Download Monitor (for the download system), Pagenavi (browsing with numbers ) and WP-Polls (surveys), which continue to accompany me despite the new cute ones that come up but do not improve them.
- Ah! and I have changed again the notice of the cookies which I have had enough.
And these are some captures for posterity:
As a comparison, this is the graphic evolution WordPress Help:
I hope you enjoy the changes and, as always, if you see something that has happened to me or that you can improve tell us.