One of the things I’ve wanted to address is whether the as pointed out by Small Potato is that “the user doesn’t know when to stop.”
I packed a lot of options into this theme because I want users to have options but not overdo it by filling five home page layout sections with tabs or videos. Some users will definitely take that route, and there’s not much I can do for them because they’d find a way to do it with or without my theme. You have seen those MySpace profiles, right?
So, “options” isn’t meant to say that you have different options for your magazine-type site but to say that you have options on what you want to display and where.
Should a theme have so many options? Maybe not. The idea may be flawed and essentially not workable, but I’m going to try anyway. I simply wanted to create a theme where I’d only have to add new styles and maybe some nifty upgrades and build a community around that.
Take note that the Options theme is still in beta
I wanted to point out that this is only a beta release, which means that everything isn’t complete. Basically, this is a test run to see what users ultimately want or need, what’s easy for them, and how to improve upon the original idea.
From software release cycle on Answers.com:
A beta version is the first version released outside the organization or community that develops the software, for the purpose of evaluation or real-world black/grey-box testing. The process of delivering a beta version to the users is called beta release. Beta level software generally includes all features, but may also include known issues and bugs of a less serious variety.
The users of a beta version are called beta testers.
So, you are my guinea pigs. Let me know what needs improving.
I think most people only want to look at the magazine-type features. You can already run a normal, full-posts blog with this theme, an option I’ve seen a few users take advantage of. It’s one of the first files I put together for it. I’ll definitely have a few different demos running once the theme’s out of beta, so you can see some of the different options and how I’d use them.
Future releases will move more toward usability, new styles and optimizing the code, not more bells and whistles. Of course, there’ll probably be a few enhancements along the line too.
Do you think one theme can be “one-size-fits-all”? Or, am I trying too much?