Ode to the Hueman Theme
Talking about blogging in a blog which isn’t about blogging is something I try to avoid. I did say I try.
Long time readers1 may have noticed a slight design change recently. I may be a very opinionated miniature painter but I am by no stretch of the imagination a visual designer. My medium of choice is prose. Finding a wordpress theme that I could run essentially out of the box would give me more time to write actual content for the blog. I was using the Magazine Basic theme for a while. It was neat but not quite what I was looking for.
Along came the Hueman theme and I was in love; figuratively as it’s either impossible or very odd to love a WordPress theme. I can control the number of featured posts, even limit it to a specific category, like featured, so for short articles, such as this one, don’t need the large Featured Image that a featured post would.
It’s dangerous, again, figuratively, to express my admiration for this theme as the point of promoting such a thing is to get other people to adopt it. Suddenly everyone’s wargaming blog will look just like mine.Real Talk: I only follow Data Sphere, the rest I found for the bit
Which makes it even more important for me to keep playing with the design of the site. I desperately need a logo for the website. Something that would visually distinguish my site from others. I’ve experimented with drawing the logo myself and I am trying to commission one but that seems to have stalled.
Perhaps I should think of something that it simple and iconic rather than complicated like a mascot.
I digress. The best way to find out about the theme is by poking around my website. I certainly won’t complain about the extra traffic. Otherwise here’s a list of features I particularly like:
- Featured post slider on homepage.
- Shows a number of posts as a larger featured image which users can slide through.
- To make it rotate automatically you need to modify some php.
- Flexible Menu Options.
- I can have a menu at the very top, just above the content and in the footer and each can be different.
- Flexible sidebar layout.
- I can change my sidebars for different pages. I’m not using this much right now but it would allow me to have a custom sidebar for certain posts.
- Dropcap and pullquote shortcodes.
- I like this but I’m concerned that using too many shortcodes will prevent me from easily switching themes in the future but they’re too cool not to use.
- I’d likely have to manually add these shortcodes to any themes I switch to.
- There are many other features of which I have only just scratched the surface
1) Long being a relative term here.
The Hueman WordPress theme is a free theme designed by Alexander Agnarson. He has another, simpler theme available and has recently tweeted that he intends to return to theme design. Download the theme directly from Mr. Agnarson’s website to obtain the latest version.