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  1. skarld
    skarld Published |

    Great article Justin, The quotes are a good touch.
    When I was taking some programming classes I would give my assignments to my wife to beta test. “But I don’t know how it works, or what it’s supposed to do”, she would say. “Exactly why you are the perfect choice!”, I would reply. The standard of intuitive, indestructible, excellence became know as “Susie Proof”. If any body can break anything, it’s the 92 lb. ball-of-fire I’m married to.

  2. Lilly
    Lilly Published |

    Great points all around, Justin. The problem with WP (and maybe it’s just a limitation of my current knowledge), is its inability to handle pages very well. I’m about to make the switch to another platform mainly because of that. I need a combination of a CMS and a blog, and WP is not delivering. I’ve been trying to hack at it for a while, and while I like the theming capability, the functionality is still limited.

    Am I missing something?

  3. Downtown Houston
    Downtown Houston Published |

    I admire the writer of this blog. I like your articles, I love reading them.

  4. Justin
    Justin Published |

    The best tester is always the wife, or the girlfriend. I can’t remember how many people I made test my first Java calcualator program in college. Friends, family, no one could escape. πŸ™‚ That was before I switched majors to English, of course.

    I actually think that WordPress Pages are very powerful. I just don’t think there’s a lot of documentation on how to use them. When I first started using WordPress, I mainly used the Page functionality. Maybe that’s why I think there’s a lot that can be done with Pages. Tell me what you’re looking for, and maybe I can help out.

    Thanks. πŸ™‚

  5. amy russell
    amy russell Published |

    Justin I miss you so much. sometimes I think of you and I’m so excited for you! Thank you for your comment on my page after mrs. eva’s. Your right. life IS after all great and for the first time I am really starting to feel that greatness. I wish you were here to see how HAPPY i’ve become. I love you soooo much. I’m planning a trip hopefully for march or april to visit with you. miss ya… love ya… amy (your lil sis)

  6. Samuel Ryan
    Samuel Ryan Published |

    Definitely on board with the “Release Now — Add Later” mentality. I have yet to see a product with 20 okay features beat a product with a 5 perfect features…

  7. Justin
    Justin Published |

    I miss you too. Now, if we could only get you to update your blog.

    That’s almost exactly what I’m going for. I’d rather have 20 perfect features though. πŸ™‚

  8. BoltClock
    BoltClock Published |

    Not trying to spam, but you know, I really have no idea whether my first WordPress theme makes a cut as a theme. Anyway, I’ll occasionally refer to this in my future theme development endeavors.

  9. Justin
    Justin Published |

    Spam away! πŸ™‚ I don’t mind you linking your themes here. At least your link is decent and not real spam. I left a comment on your blog post that I hope helps with your IE problems.

  10. Mohsin
    Mohsin Published |

    I’ve been working on a theme for ages, but never got around to finish it.

    It may not be the prettiest theme ever, but I am trying to keep it eye-catching as well as simple and usable.

    Also, on a side-note, I use very few images in my designs, because there is always a way to achieve many fancy effects with pure CSS.

    The less images = the less bloat = more usable design. πŸ™‚

  11. Justin
    Justin Published |

    You should see my themes folder that I run locally. I’ve got tons of themes that I’ll never finish. I also try to use very few images because CSS can do so much. That’s a great tip to add.

  12. BoltClock
    BoltClock Published |

    If you say so, Justin πŸ˜‰

    I’ve tried your code and it seems to work for me, so thanks for your help!

  13. Caroline Allison
    Caroline Allison Published |

    Great and valuable information about theme design. This post is must read for theme designer’s. Thanks for sharing it.

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