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WordPress.com Theme Review: Pressrow, Andreas04, Andreas09, Connections

Posted in Technology, WordPress.com Tips by engtech on September 18, 2006

As I mentioned here, I’m going through all the WordPress.com themes one-by-one and evaluating them. This time the contenders are Pressrow, Andreas04, Andreas09, and Connections. All of the themes have issues with page order display. This is a bug with most of the themes on WordPress.com.

  • Pressrow
    • Pros: Custom image header support, top nav bar, page template support.
    • Cons: Fixed width, is missing edit post links, has issues with sidebar display.
  • Andreas04
    • Pros: Full width, 2 sidebars, top nav bar, “about” page displays in sidebar.
    • Cons: Sidebar list items aren’t distinct.
  • Andreas09
    • Pros: Full width, colour themes, page template support, 2 sidebars, top nav bar, images have margins and borders.
    • Cons: Sidebar list items aren’t distinct, “number of” displays on a separate line.
  • Connections
    • Pros: Custom image header support, top nav bar, images have margins.
    • Cons: Fixed width, fixed font size (instead of percentage), sidebar doesn’t display in single post view, sidebar text wrapping issues, link colour is very close to text colour.

The winner of this round is Andreas09.

After the break, a table that compares the theme features and lists their bugs.

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Themes were only tested with the latest version of Firefox. Internet Explorer 6 has too many CSS bugs to use it for checking. For example, with Internet Explorer if you have a word or image in the sidebar that is too wide, the sidebar will break.

Theme Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Theme background (?) white gray white white
Theme text (?) black black black black
Theme link text (?) black underline blue, bold cyan crimson
Links are very distinct from text (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Links are NOT very similar to text (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Visited links are different colour (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Visited links blend to text (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Theme accents (?) gray, black gray, orange gray, cyan green
Theme image (?) none none none none
 
Major features Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Screenshot (?) Screenshot Screenshot Screenshot Screenshot
Layout width (?) Fixed (770px) Flexible (min 800px) Flexible (min 780px) Fixed (740px)
Custom image header (?) Yes No No Yes
Number of sidebars (?) 1 2 2 1
Widget support (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page templates (?) Yes No Yes No
Categories link to wordpress.com (?)        
 
Resolution Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
640×480 (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
800×600 (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
1024×768 (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
1280×1024 (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
 
Header Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Blog name (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blog tagline (?) No Yes Yes Yes
Custom image header (?) Yes No No Yes
Top navbar support (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Navbar works with too many pages (?)        
Navbar has a Home button (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Footer Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Powered by WordPress (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logout (?) No No No No
Jump back to Top (?) No No No No
Entries RSS (?) No No No No
Comments RSS (?) No No No No
Link to XFN.org (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Does not display happy face (?)        
 
Main Page Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Max image width (?) 540px Screen Screen 510px
Wide images behaviour (?) Chop Run over sidebar Chop Chop
Font typeface (?) Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif tahoma,verdana,sans-serif Verdana,Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif Trebuchet MS’,Georgia, Times, Times New Roman, sans-serif
Font size (?) 0.625 0.76 0.76 0.9em
Post titles capitalization (?) as typed as typed as typed as typed
Next / prev page (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit post (?) No Yes Yes Yes
Dates above/below (?) above post below post above post above post
Displays post author (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Author name is linked (?)        
Displays categories (?)        
Categories above/below (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Categories link to wordpress.com (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Comments above/below (?) below post below post below post above post
Comments line jumps directly (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show excerpt instead of post (?) No No No No
HTML tag style bugs (?) None None None None
Blockquote shows paragraph breaks (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Horizontal rule (HR) is styled (?)        
Pre text has horizontal scroll (?) No No No No
Images display bugs (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Image has margin (?) No No Yes Yes
Image has border (?) No No Yes No
Table has margin (?) No Yes No Yes
Table has border (?) No No No No
MORE tag (?) Keep reading –> Read more>> Read the rest of this entry>> (more…)
 
Single Post View Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Sidebar displays (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Edit post (?) No Yes Yes Yes
Next / prev post (?) Yes No Yes No
Next / prev by post title (?) Yes No Yes No
Comments (?)        
Displays edit comments link (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Displays trackbacks different than comments (?) No Yes No No
Display old comments when Off (?)        
 
Sidebar Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Number of sidebars (?) 1 2 2 1
Sidebar location (?) Right Right Either side Right
Sidebar header capitalization (?) As typed As typed As typed As typed
Sidebar image width (?) 230px 140px 180px 170px
Wide images behaviour (?) Run-off page Run-off page Run-off page Run-off page
Sidebar widgets support (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sidebar widgets bugs (?) bug017 No No bug023
Text widgets have outline (?) No No No No
HTML tag style bugs (?) bug016 Some Some bug024
Bullet for Unordered Lists (?) Yes bug020 bug020 Yes
Numbers for Ordered Lists (?) bug018 Yes No Yes
 
Pages Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Sidebar displays (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Selected page is hilighted (?)        
Pages with hierarchy (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page order displayed properly (?) bug019 bug025 bug026 bug027
Page edit links (?) No No No Yes
Page comments (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Page Templates Supported Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Archives (?) Yes   Yes  
Displays page text (?) No   No  
Displays post titles (?) No   No  
Displays page titles (?) No   No  
Displays categories with archives (?) Yes   Yes  
Links / Blogroll (?) Yes   Yes  
Sort by categories (?) Yes   Yes  
Image replaces link name (?) Yes   Yes  
Only displays Visible On links (?) Yes   Yes  
Target field used (?) (missing from spreadsheet)   (missing from spreadsheet)  
XFN microformat in rel attribue (?) (missing from spreadsheet)   (missing from spreadsheet)  
Description used in title attribute (?) (missing from spreadsheet)   (missing from spreadsheet)  
RSS displays (?) (missing from spreadsheet)   (missing from spreadsheet)  
Notes displays (?) (missing from spreadsheet)   (missing from spreadsheet)  
Rating displays (?) (missing from spreadsheet)   (missing from spreadsheet)  
Displays page text (?) (missing from spreadsheet)   (missing from spreadsheet)  
2 Column Page (?) No   Yes  
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)     Yes  
2 Column Archives (?) No   Yes  
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)     Yes  
2 Column Links (?) No   Yes  
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)     Yes  
 
Categories Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Category hierarchy (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number on same line (?) Yes Yes bug022 Yes
Category description used as title (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Do not display empty categories (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display parent if child exists (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Blogroll Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Sort by categories (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image replaces link name (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Only displays Visible On links (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Target field used (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
XFN microformat in rel attribue (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Description used in title attribute (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
RSS displays (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Notes displays (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Rating displays (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
 
Custom features Pressrow Andreas04 Andreas09 Connections
Colour themes (?)     Yes  
Header Colour (?)        
Sidebar orientation (?)        
Sidebar is at bottom of page (?)        
Title orientation (?)        
“About me” information (?)   Yes    
Home Link Sidebar Widget (?)        

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Pressrow bugs

  • bug016: Sidebar: Heading2 (<H2>) and Heading4 (<H4>) do not have enough space between wrapped lines.
  • bug017: Sidebar: The background colour for category/page widgets with hierarchy does not form a square box.
  • bug018: Sidebar: Ordered lists (<OL>) are treated like unordered lists (<UL>).
  • bug019: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

 

Andreas04 bugs

  • bug020: Sidebar: Unordered lists (<UL>) are not styled and do not have hierarchy. Because unordered lists do not have a style, it is hard to tell the distinction between text in RSS/links/category/page widgets.
  • bug025: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

 

Andreas09 bugs

  • bug021: Sidebar: Unordered lists (<UL>) are not styled and do not have hierarchy. Because unordered lists do not have a style, it is hard to tell the distinction between text in RSS/links/category/page widgets.
  • bug026: Sidebar: In category/archive widgets the “number of” displays on a different line, instead of same line.

 

Connections bugs

  • bug023: Sidebar: If widget header is long enough to wrap text, it will overlap text on the next line.
  • bug027: Sidebar: Links (<A HREF>) in text widgets are almost indistinguishable from normal text.

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  1. scribez said, on September 18, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    nicely done ….. though I feel design wise WordPress lacks good theme.

  2. engtech said, on September 21, 2006 at 8:17 am

    Notes: I should also test post shows existing comments even if comments are closed.

    http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=4086&replies=7

  3. LeisureGuy said, on September 22, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    I think I’ve found another bug in Andreas 09, to which I’ve just switched: with indented text (blockquotes), the extra paragraph mark (to get double spaced entries) is deleted—or at least the double space between paragraphs in a blockquote is gone: the paragraphs run together. I guess I’ll switch back to the old theme.

  4. engtech said, on September 22, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for finding that and commenting on it. I was able to reproduce it.

    I’ll look out for it in the future!


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