In the weeks since I released my new theme, people have been asking me whether or not this would be up for a public release. My answer to that was a simple no for so many reasons. One of which is the fact this theme is supposed to be a unique one of a kind theme that was built around what my blog is and can do. It’s unique in a way that I’m unique and to have many people use the same theme, well, that certainly won’t do.
But it did give me something to think about. Since I already have the framework of a theme, couldn’t I just build myself a WordPress theme for public release? As if there already isn’t enough WordPress themes out there, but still, it’s worth something to think about. Though there are issues pertaining to designing a WordPress theme. The quantity of it floating around the net is one thing, my skills as a web designer is another.
See, the secret to designing a good theme isn’t as much on how it looks, but rather whether you design something that stands out from the rest and then keep it updated. I went through a whole lot of trouble designing this theme because my ability to code isn’t what you call praise worthy. That and the fact it took me a while to compile all that I need to figure out what my readers were interested in this blog.
For a public release theme to stand out, I got to know just what people want before I can design something generic in that direction. To top that off, I have to work on coding something that can work with everyone for the minimal amount of trouble. It’s easier to work with an individual person’s preference. It’s harder to work on a larger scale’s choice pickings. Then to top it off, I have to contend with the possibility of technical support should anyone have problems working with my theme. That alone is enough to discourage me.
But I want to know what you think. If you think there is enough room for one more WordPress theme that’s “different”, drop a line here with your reason for it. I mean, I do have an idea on how to scale down my theme and mod it again so it’ll look completely different from what I have, but it’s not without a few weeks of work on my part and I want to know that it’s worth doing given my limited time spent on it.
Nobody said a web designers life was pretty and I think I’m finally starting to see why.