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.

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WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme: A Review

  1. 1. New Year, New Theme? The Ups, Downs, and Sideways of Twenty Fourteen TJ List 9-Feb-2014 Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup http://maxim650.com | @TJList
  2. 2. Introducing Twenty Fourteen • Released on December 12, 2013 • New Default Theme for WordPress Version 3.8 http://twentyfourteendemo.wordpress.com/
  3. 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." http://wordpress.org/themes/twentyfourteen
  4. 4. …Magazine Website RESPONSIVE
  5. 5. Desktop (1600x1200)
  6. 6. Laptop
  7. 7. iPad 2
  8. 8. Phone (Galaxy Nexus)
  9. 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. 10. …shown in a Grid or Slider FEATURED CONTENT
  11. 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. 12. …Standard, Full Width and Contributor Pages TEMPLATES
  13. 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. 14. …limited options make it hard to break. Or customize. USABILITY
  15. 15. Useful Plugins • http://wordpress.org/plugins/fourteen-colors/ • http://wordpress.org/plugins/fourteen-extended/
  16. 16. …a dress, it would work well on a model. It is limited off the catwalk. IF TWENTY FOURTEEN WERE
  17. 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. 18. More Reading • http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpresstwentyfourteen-theme-a-flawed-beauty/ • Sample sites using Twenty Fourteen • http://uscasce.com/ • http://twentyfourteendemo.wordpress.com/

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