All premium WordPress themes are not made equal. Some, like Thesis, are flexible and can be used for most any purpose. This is great, but sometimes the options can be overwhelming. Many times I look at the blank WordPress theme and have trouble getting started.
This is where themes like Standard come in. Standard is a theme that fits really well for personal bloggers. So, whether you are trying to build a portfolio website or a blog dedicated to baking cupcakes, this theme could be your ticket.
Minimal, Yet Powerful Options
My biggest issue with some premium themes is the “kitchen-sink” of options. Yes, I want freedom and options. But when you present with infinity options, I don’t even know where to start.
Standard does a great job of presenting the right amount of options. Options are organized into four easy categories: Global, Presentation, Social, and Publishing.
The Global options sections lets you set important details such as your feed url, your Google analytics ID, and whether your website is online/offline.
Presentation will let you set your logo and favicon images as well as choose the orientation of your website. There are also a couple of options for showing breadcrumbs and featured images.
The Social section lets you choose which social icons you want to show in the header. Super easy way to add all of your social networks.
Publishing gives you the option to show the author box and to add a privacy and comment policy. They generate a pretty solid base for the privacy and comment policies. First time I’ve seen that in a theme!
Could Standard do with a few more options? Possibly. But I’m pretty stoked how easy it was to get up and running with this theme.
Standard seems to be a pretty solid theme after spending several hours playing with it. I went through some of the different post formats and played with those as well as tweaked some CSS to my liking.
Overall – I really like Standard and think it can fit most topics really well. It’s easy to get set up, it’s responsive, it has the standard 2 or 1 column layout. Standard is a solid theme.
Customizing the CSS was not very difficult either. Standard provides a child theme starter kit available on Github. I used this starter kit and then added my own CSS customizations.
What I would like to see are hooks that I can use to place my code. This is one thing I love about Thesis. If I want to add a piece of code somewhere in my Thesis theme, I write a function then hook it into where I want it.
Standard does not seem to offer this capability. If they do, I had trouble finding it in their documentation.
But, let’s be honest. This theme is probably for people that don’t want to code much. I love this theme, and for the time being will be rocking it on my personal site at http://www.ericbinnion.com