Happy Friday, everyone!
If you’re the type of person who prefers to go to individual blogs instead of just reading everything in the horribly-impersonal WordPress Reader, you’ll notice that things look a little different around here today. It really hasn’t been that long since the last time that I changed my blog’s theme, but I just wasn’t feeling that last one. I liked it – I thought it was fresh and clean – but there were things about it that bothered me a lot, such as the fact that the menu options could only be seen by clicking on an innocuous little button in the middle of the screen. So I decided to have a browse around and I ended up falling for this theme, which is called ‘The Eventbrite Multi Event Theme’.
I’ll admit that while I really like this one, there are still a few things that vex me. For one thing, the color scheme and font options cannot be modified unless you have a paid WordPress account; because of this I couldn’t get the header to be properly visible against my background image, thus the fuzzy-looking Photoshop version. The second thing (and this is a much bigger thing) is that there doesn’t seem to be any “Leave a Comment” message available; you have to actually click on the title of the post to bring you to that post’s individual page, and at the bottom of that page you can leave a comment. As I don’t get very many comments on the blog to begin with, I’m concerned this may be a poor move for me, since people will likely look for the comment button on the main page, not find it, and give up.
This brings me to my mini-rant of the day. When I wanted to start this blog, I chose WordPress because it seemed to be the site with the most options and easiest-to-use system. I do still enjoy the ease with which I can whip up a post and share it on different forms of social media with very little effort. However, in recent months, as I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how I want my blog to be represented, it has become painfully clear that the free themes are anything but. Sure, you can pick one and have it just work all by itself, but if you want to customize anything you still have to pay. And that would be frustrating enough, but the options are not cheap. In order for me to simply have the ability to change the color scheme on this particular theme, I would have to purchase the ability to customize themes, for which the cheapest option is $30 per year. That’s right, not just $30, but $30 for every year that I want to continue to keep my color scheme. That might not seem like a big deal to some people, but considering that you’re just paying for access to a couple of lines of code, it seems pretty outrageous to me.
So I guess what I’m really getting down to here is that you may see my blog changing face a few more times in the near future, as I struggle to find a free theme that I don’t feel the need to customize. I’d really love to keep this one, but I just think the comment issue is going to be a problem for me, so I guess it’s back to the drawing board!
What do you think of this theme? Do you have a favorite WordPress theme? What do you think of the paid options? Please share!