Well, here it is. Welcome, ADRICULOUS 4!
In comparison to the child theme I created using Slack as a parent theme, I decided to go for the milder, simpler theme with a splash of artsy-ness in it. I’ve used another Themify theme as a parent theme, Ultra, which is their signature multipurpose product that can compete against higher-ended premium themes like Elegant Themes’ Divi and Themeforest’s popular X theme. I’ve used Divi before (and I’ll use it again on other projects), and this is the first time that I’m using the Ultra theme.
Don’t be fooled by its simplicity of this theme. Ultra has a gazillion features that you can harness and manipulate to create your perfect theme for any type of site you create. The simple design of my child theme was created this way on purpose. It looks slightly “plain” like many of the blog themes look because I made it that way. This isn’t the default look of the theme, mind you. I could go and on and on about Ultra, but I leave the judging to you.
I went by the mobile first approach method with the child theme, making sure that the layout is as much intact as it’s originally created on tablets and phones, thus I went for the overlay navigation instead of the usual nav bar that you normally see right under the site logo/title. In that way, it doesn’t look as distracting like the disaster I created using the Slack theme.1 Because this is another Themify theme, all my past customizations from Slack have been carried over to this one. Because I have hundreds (thousands?) of blog entries stored on this site alone, I don’t have time to re-customize every single entry to match the current look of the theme. Besides, who reads entries that are almost 10 years old anyway?
For the font, I used another premium font, Stylist Pro,2 and a Google Font (Old Standard TT) for the body text. I didn’t want to go overboard with the fancy fonts now, therefore I’m going somewhat minimalist on this one.
The single page views is a unique part of what the Ultra parent theme can do. Instead of having the featured image on top and then scroll down, I decided to divide it into two sections: The featured image with an overlay of the blog entry’s title and meta text, completely stationary on the left, and the right side will have the blog entry and the comments left by visitors. I haven’t quite seen many bloggers design their single post views this way, but I thought I’d use this feature to add a bit of uniqueness to it. I plan on using this same feature on future blog-type sites.
I may have to re-open the default images plugin again, just so the left side of the single post view doesn’t look plain ol’ gray.
This is a quick write-up. I’ll write more later. Time to go to work! (on a Saturday, yes)
On the sidenote...
- Probably because I haven’t discovered Slack’s inner features yet at that time [↩]
- available on MyFonts or Creative Market, just search for it [↩]