MacManX.com v8.0-beta

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to present to you the near-completion of my first custom theme style, “Frost”! Frost is based off of Joen Asmussen’s Fauna and was inspired by frost, ice, snow, and winter in general. MacManX.com v8 is now 95% complete, hence the “beta” tag. Once I have completed this implementation of Frost, I plan to publicly release the overall color scheme as a custom style for Fauna. So, if you find any bugs in MacManX.com v8.0-beta, or have any suggests or comments to share, please let me know ASAP. Thanks in advance!

Note: Frost is now available as a style for Fauna.

6 thoughts on “MacManX.com v8.0-beta

  1. Wonderful theme!

    I really like the colors, easy on the eye. The site looks very clean and has lots of space.

    The columns needs slight alignment with the image above.

    You may want add digg to your list of bookmarks.

    BTW: Looking at your library I realized you like Batman comics, same here. We share common taste on books and movies.

    Take care,
    Angsuman

  2. James,

    Looking great! The only comments I’d make is that the width of the banner image seems a little too wide for the rest of the content. And maybe a left align (or eliminate padding/margin) on the blog title to align it with your links & left column content. Otherwise, great job on your first WP theme. I look forward to the final release! Keep up the great work.

    j.

  3. Angsuman, thanks for the compliment! I’m glad that you like the colors! Concerning header image width, I’m not sure how to control that since this is a fluid-width theme, but I have submitted a support request to the Fauna forums. Regarding Digg, I haven’t been pleased with the direction that the Digg community appears to be taking, particularly the level of maturity presented by several of its users. Have you had a fare amount of success with your “add to Digg” links? And, as for the library, its good to know that we share the same preference for comics and movies. Batman is probably one of the few DC characters that I enjoy reading, next to Green Lantern, and the occasional Superman epic.

    Jim, thanks for the compliment! I’ve aligned the blog title with the menu as per your suggestion, but I’ll have to wait for some assistance on the header image width. I’m not sure how to control it, since I have absolutely no previous experience with fluid-width themes.

    P.S. Both of you should consider signing up for a gravatar.

  4. James,

    I like it – the only two things I would mention are 1) the header image (already discussed) and 2) I prefer sites with the navigation on the right and the content on the left. People read left-to-right and most are right handed so to my mind it makes sense to have the nav on the right.

    Other than that congrats on the theme, looks great.

    Cheers,

    Tom

  5. Hey, Tom, thanks for the compliment! I’m still waiting for assistance on the header image. If I set the theme to a fixed width, it’s very easy to restrict the width of the header image, but I prefer to leave the theme with a fluid width. I’m sort of torn on the sidebar. I completely understand your reasoning for preferring a right sidebar, but for some reason, I just didn’t like how it looked. Maybe I’ve just grown too used to Rin’s left sidebar? Fortunately, Fauna easily allows you to switch the sidebar’s side via its theme options page, so I’ll be trying the right sidebar again after I release Frost.

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