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WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme: A Review


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WordPress 3.8 came with a new default theme. It's a radical departure from previous themes. TJ List takes it for a spin.

WordPress 3.8 came with a new default theme. It's a radical departure from previous themes. TJ List takes it for a spin.

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  • 1. New Year, New Theme? The Ups, Downs, and Sideways of Twenty Fourteen TJ List 9-Feb-2014 Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup | @TJList
  • 2. Introducing Twenty Fourteen • Released on December 12, 2013 • New Default Theme for WordPress Version 3.8
  • 3. The Claims "In 2014, our default theme lets you create a responsive magazine website with a sleek, modern design. Feature your favorite homepage content in either a grid or a slider. Use the three widget areas to customize your website, and change your content's layout with a full-width page template and a contributor page to show off your authors. Creating a magazine website with WordPress has never been easier."
  • 4. …Magazine Website RESPONSIVE
  • 5. Desktop (1600x1200)
  • 6. Laptop
  • 7. iPad 2
  • 8. Phone (Galaxy Nexus)
  • 9. Responsive Design • Wide Screens – Left justified – Background colors and images are available • Laptops – No background color or image • Tablets – Where did my menu go? • Mobile Devices – Prepare to swipe. A LOT.
  • 10. …shown in a Grid or Slider FEATURED CONTENT
  • 11. Simple Controls • • • • • Just tag it! Appearance / Customize to change options Works great for Posts Can’t feature Pages Display limit is 6. Tag more, but they won’t show up.
  • 12. …Standard, Full Width and Contributor Pages TEMPLATES
  • 13. Layout Options • Standard Layout – Images – Images – More Images • Full Width… – Isn’t for content – Sidebar behavior is odd • Contributors – Move along, nothing to see here.
  • 14. …limited options make it hard to break. Or customize. USABILITY
  • 15. Useful Plugins • •
  • 16. …a dress, it would work well on a model. It is limited off the catwalk. IF TWENTY FOURTEEN WERE
  • 17. Twenty Fourteen Summarized Strengths • Great for photos • Simple, clean, readable • Responsive Features works well for featured content Limitations • Poor for text-heavy content • Restrictive Page Layouts • Responsive Features hide menus
  • 18. More Reading • • Sample sites using Twenty Fourteen • •