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Not Liking the Wordpress TwentyFifteen Theme!

I've just installed and activated the new Wordpress twentyfifteen theme on my blog - looked at it, then quickly turned it off again. There were two massive and immediate differences between TwentyFifteen and TwentyFourteen that meant that I couldn't just switch and run.

The first one is the it looks like I'll have to go through the settings to see if there are different page layout options - as my current Wordpress theme has the name and photos across the top, whereas the default in TwentyFifteen is for a narrow/long image down the left hand side. So I'd need to make a new image if I can't change the layout easily.

Secondly, the fonts look HUGE! And it's knocked out some of my post layout. Now, I know I can change the css, but that's going to take a bit of time to work out what I want/how I want it changed. Such a nuisance, I've always struggled to easily find a quick free theme that works how I want it immediately, so many bizarre features/layouts/css choices out there!

So it's back to TwentyFourteen for me for now!


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trufflehunter wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:08 PM

I haven't got WordPress but considered it. Thanks for the heads up!

SoundNFury wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:18 PM

I'm not sure if I remember the 2015 theme....I actually am running the 2013 theme, because I personally liked it more than the 2014. At least there is that option :)

UK_Writer wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:27 PM

Themes are my downfall. I used to spend days trying to find one I liked, and/or fiddle with it to change it. Then I started using their default themes since about 2010 as it seemed easier - and now I'm still not managing to be happy and get a theme I like

UK_Writer wrote on February 9, 2015, 9:28 PM

I've tried to upgrade each year, for increased functionality. I can't remember what 2013 was like emoticon :smile: But 2015 needs a good looking at before I can switch it on.

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 9, 2015, 10:02 PM

I've never used Wordpress as it seems all I've ever heard about it is how hard it is to use.

crowntower wrote on February 9, 2015, 10:46 PM

I don't know if I am going to continue to do my blog in wordpress. Hehehehehe... I a kinda not so fun in wordpress because my computer always crash down when I am using one. Heheheheh!

celticeagle wrote on February 10, 2015, 3:03 AM

It's nice to have options but this doesn't sound like good ones.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:31 AM

It's easy, much easier than things were 8 years ago, but there is a learning curve required once you open up the back end and want to make real, personalised changes.

Koalemos wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:32 AM

Updated systems can be a little difficult at first and we often find that we have to start anew.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:32 AM

It can be daunting sometimes - so many settings and configurations to set some things up.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:32 AM

Too much choice - the curse of the modern age. Although it's easier, it's also overwhelming.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:33 AM

Yes. I've another website running a different system, that I can't do a thing with - and as it earns me my most money and always has done I have to simply leave it to run.

crowntower wrote on February 10, 2015, 5:35 AM

So true! So when my computer crash I never do it again... it crash because of the bigger memory needed I guess when I have to download something from it.

JeanC wrote on February 10, 2015, 12:13 PM

I've been using the Harmony WP theme on my site, didn't quite like the ones that came standard. I too like quick, easy free themes that work right out of the box, but I find that they don't always come with decent documentation, at least for someone who hasn't a clue what the developers are talking about emoticon :tongue: I've almost got Harmony where I want it, but there are a few things like header images I can't get to work emoticon :sad:

WordChazer wrote on February 10, 2015, 2:05 PM

That sounds about right. I am constantly battling WordPress changing themes with one of the blogs I write for. Some of the themes let me do one thing and not another, others make everything look off, as you say. Just leave it the hell alone already, guys. If it ain't broke, don't faff around trying to fix it already!

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:48 PM

I moved to the standard ones because those individual ones often gave me problems as things moved on and the underlying system was updated. So I found it easier to stick with the default themes.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:50 PM

Yeah. I assumed 2015 would be a good move, that'd keep the site ticking along.... it's not so. I'll stick with 2014 and just press to update that evry time there's an update.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:38 AM

I guess you're using WordPress. org? They have lots of themes to choose from but I agree that it can be hard to find the perfect theme for yourself. I spent a lot of time trying to find themes for my blogs on Tumblr, Blogger, etc and, even then, I still wanted to change a number of things. I just started a blog on WordPress. com too. They have lots of templates too but many aren't free and it's quite restrictive. But if you're using the .org one or the paid version of .com, then you should have more choices including being able to tinker with the CSS and HTML codes of the theme. Good luck trying to find the perfect theme for your blog.

Last Edited: February 12, 2015, 11:40 AM