More and more themes are taking advantage of Theme Options in WordPress, particularly when site administrators are not designers or developers but still want some ability to make widespread changes to the site without breaking functionality or aesthetics. Today I’m looking at a fairly clean and straightforward theme that breaks from the pack by doing just that.
At a glance, the Admired theme looks a lot like the open, airy themes common to light news / site hybrid themes for WordPress. All the usual WordPress 3 bells and whistles are supported, like multiple drag-and-drop menus, backgrounds, widgets and so forth. However, once you drill down into the Appearance section of the Dashboard, you’ll find a section called Admired Options.
Eleven sections allow even non-technical users to tweak the theme in a variety of ways. While these aren’t intended to make the entire site fluid, it does allow a user to add personal touches as well as function.
Layout: Choose alternative color schemes and modify the location and number of sidebars.
General: Site-wide text colors, post thumbnails, calendar options.
Fonts: Either use web-safe fonts or access Google fonts for typographical flair!
Header: Custom logo, site title/description & menu colors.
Sidebar: Background, text and bullet colors.
Comments: Background, text and form colors.
Footer: Scroll to top function, developer credit link, copyright information, additional footer text.
Pagination: Text, background, hover colors.
Social: Add and configure buttons for RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, etc.
Advanced: Turn off standard meta tags (good if you are using an SEO plugin). Custom CSS.
Analytics: Incorporation Google Analytics or Clicky Analytics.
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