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WordPress Theme Review: Pool, Cutline, Rounded, Day Dream

Posted in Technology, WordPress.com Tips by engtech on September 25, 2006

This is installment #3 of the WordPress theme review. My goal is to provide a clear document of the themes for the WordPress.com community. I also want to report all theme bugs to improve the experience of WordPress.com community. Support this project by linking to https://engtech.wordpress.com/tools/wordpress/wordpress-theme-reviews/ on your WordPress.com blog.

Three new themes were introduced on WordPress since the last review: Cutline, Rounded and Day Dream. I’ll focus this week’s WordPress.com Theme Review on them (as well as Pool).

Pool: Good clean theme, a little too blue.

Pro: Custom image header, page templates, current page is highlighted in sidebar.
Con: Ordered lists do not display properly in posts.

Cutline: I’m *very* impressed with this theme. Very clean looking, very functional.

Pro: Custom image headers, visited links change colour, no bugs.
Con: No page templates.

Rounded: I don’t like it. It looks like an old Blogspot skin ported to WordPress. It is one of the buggiest (under Firefox) themes I have seen so far.

Pro: Links are very distinct from text, full width and scales well to all resolutions (even 640×480).
Con: Fixed sized font, CSS bugs.

Day Dream: If you’re worried about looking good at 640×480 then Daydream is the theme for you. Having the sidebar widgets below the posts instead of beside is good, except that it should be two columns instead of three. The sidebar text wraps too much, and if the words are too big they will overlap the text beside them.

Pro: Custom image headers, colour themes, 640×480 supported, sidebar on bottom, page templates.
Con: Wasted space on higher resolution, text wrap issues, hard to see links in a body of text.

The clear winner out of these four is Cutline. Great new theme. I’ll be using Cutline on my wptheme test page until I do the next series of testing.

After the break a big table that compares all the features of these four themes at a glance.

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Hover your mouse over the question mark (?) to see an extended explanation of what that category means.

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 Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Theme background (?) white white white white
Theme text (?) black black brown black
Theme link text (?) blue blue brown blue
Links are very distinct from text (?) No Yes Yes No
Links are NOT very similar to text (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Visited links are different colour (?) No Yes No No
Visited links blend to text (?) No Yes No No
Theme accents (?) blue clean brown, green color theme
Theme image (?) none none flowers none
 
Major features Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Screenshot (?) Screenshot Screenshot Screenshot Screenshot
Layout width (?) Fixed (800px) Fixed (770px) Flexible (min 640px) Fixed (641px)
Custom image header (?) Yes Yes No Yes
Number of sidebars (?) 1 1 1 1
Widget support (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page templates (?) Yes No No Yes
Categories link to wordpress.com (?)       (missing from spreadsheet)
 
Resolution Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
640×480 (?) No No Yes Yes
800×600 (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
1024×768 (?) Yes Yes Yes No
1280×1024 (?) Yes Yes Yes No
 
Header Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Blog name (?) Yes Yes bug031 bug037
Blog tagline (?) No No No Yes
Custom image header (?) Yes Yes No Yes
Top navbar support (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Navbar works with too many pages (?)   (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Navbar has a Home button (?) Yes Yes No Yes
 
Footer Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Powered by WordPress (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logout (?) No No No No
Jump back to Top (?) No No No No
Entries RSS (?) Yes No Yes No
Comments RSS (?) Yes No Yes No
Link to XFN.org (?) No No Yes No
Does not display happy face (?)   Yes Yes Yes
 
Main Page Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Max image width (?) 550px 640px 640px 430px
Wide images behaviour (?) Chop Stretch Chop Chop
Font typeface (?) “Trebuchet MS”, “Bitstream Vera Serif”, Utopia, “Times New Roman”, times, serif Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif “Lucida Grande”, “Lucida Sans Unicode”, “Trebuchet MS”, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif Georgia, “Book Antiqua”, “Souvenir Lt BT”, “Times New Roman”, serif
Font size (?) normal 0.625 12px normal
Post titles capitalization (?) as typed as typed as typed as typed
Next / prev page (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit post (?) Yes No Yes Yes
Dates above/below (?) above post above post above post above post
Displays post author (?) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Author name is linked (?)   (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Displays categories (?)   (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
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 (?) above post above 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 (?) bug028 No No bug038
Blockquote shows paragraph breaks (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizontal rule (HR) is styled (?)   No No No
Pre text has horizontal scroll (?) No Yes No No
Images display bugs (?) (missing from spreadsheet) bug042 (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Image has margin (?) No Yes No No
Image has border (?) No Yes No No
Table has margin (?) Yes No bug032 Yes
Table has border (?) No No No No
MORE tag (?) Continue reading POST… Keep reading –> (more…) Read the rest of this entry…
 
Single Post View Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Sidebar displays (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Edit post (?) Yes No Yes Yes
Next / prev post (?) No Yes No Yes
Next / prev by post title (?) No Yes No Yes
Comments (?)        
Displays edit comments link (?) Yes No Yes Yes
Displays trackbacks different than comments (?) Yes No No No
Display old comments when Off (?) Yes Yes bug033 Yes
 
Sidebar Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Number of sidebars (?) 1 1 1 1
Sidebar location (?) Right Right Right Bottom
Sidebar header capitalization (?) As typed Uppercase Lowercase As typed
Sidebar image width (?) 170px 220px 310px 160px
Wide images behaviour (?) Run-off page Chop Run-off page Run-off page
Sidebar widgets support (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sidebar widgets bugs (?) No No bug034 No
Text widgets have outline (?) No No No No
HTML tag style bugs (?) No No No bug039
Bullet for Unordered Lists (?) No Yes bug035 No
Numbers for Ordered Lists (?) No Yes No No
 
Pages Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Sidebar displays (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Selected page is hilighted (?)   (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet) (missing from spreadsheet)
Pages with hierarchy (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page order displayed properly (?) bug029 bug030 bug036 bug040
Page edit links (?) Yes No No Yes
Page comments (?) Yes No Yes Yes
 
Page Templates Supported Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
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 (?) Yes     Yes
XFN microformat in rel attribue (?) Yes     Yes
Description used in title attribute (?) Yes     Yes
RSS displays (?) No     No
Notes displays (?) No     No
Rating displays (?) No     No
Displays page text (?)       No
2 Column Page (?) No      
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)        
2 Column Archives (?) No      
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)        
2 Column Links (?) No      
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)        
 
Categories Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Category hierarchy (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number on same line (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Category description used as title (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Do not display empty categories (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display parent if child exists (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Blogroll Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
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 (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
XFN microformat in rel attribue (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Description used in title attribute (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
RSS displays (?) No No No No
Notes displays (?) No No No No
Rating displays (?) No No No No
 
Custom features Pool Cutline Rounded Day Dream
Colour themes (?)       Yes
Header Colour (?)        
Sidebar orientation (?)        
Sidebar is at bottom of page (?)       Yes
Title orientation (?)       Yes
“About me” information (?)        
Home Link Sidebar Widget (?)        

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Pool Bugs

  • bug028: Posts: Ordered lists (<OL>) are not styled and do not have hierarchy.
  • bug029: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

 

Cutline Bugs

 

Rounded Bugs

  • bug031: Blog title: blog title does not wrap, it will cut off the blog title if it’s too long.
  • bug032: Posts: normal text is indented on this theme, but tables are not. Tables will be to the left of text.
  • bug033: Comments: If comments are off, but the post had pre-existing comments, the comments are not displayed.
  • bug034: Sidebar: the pages/sidebar widgets do not wrap long names properly and instead break horribly.
  • bug035: Sidebar: Unordered lists (<UL>) are not styled and do not have hierarchy. .
  • bug036: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

 

Day Dream Bugs

  • bug037: Blog title: if blog title wraps it will make the tagline overlap into the navigation bar.
  • bug038: Post title: Post titles wrap text very strangely. If the text goes over the line the entire line becomes indented. Heading4 (<H4>) is centered and it looks horrible.
  • bug039: Sidebar: Ordered lists (<OL>) indent differently than unordered lists (<UL>) and do not respect sidebar column (text over-runs sidebar beside it instead of wrapping).
  • bug040: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.
  • bug041: Write page: archives template works, but the message says “archives (don’t use here)”.

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