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WordPress Theme Review: Light, Rubrick, Solipsus, Supposedly Clean

Posted in Technology, WordPress.com Tips by engtech on October 02, 2006

This is installment #4 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.


Light is a great looking theme, with the unfortunate problem that it is *really* easy to screw up by having too many pages in the navbar, or because of text wrapping issues. These are all avoidable if you are careful about how you set up your pages.

Pros: Looks good.
Cons: Fixed width, no custom image header, no page templates, easy to screw up with text wrapping.

Rubrick is very professional looking and it works — no questions asked. The only issue you can run into with it is the sidebar text widget not displaying HTML as you intended. I was surprised at how good this theme is because I’d discounted it earlier, but that was before it had custom header image support.

Pros: Flexible width, custom image header, links standout in text.
Cons: No page template,

Solipsus is one of the most distinct looking themes available on wordpress.com. I really like the way it looks. The only issue I have with it is the width.

Pros: Distinct, very nice looking theme.
Cons: Fixed width, no custom image header, no page templates, links blend in to text.

Supposedly Clean does not support sidebar widget and that makes it completely useless in my eyes. Add in the fact that it doesn’t do a good job of displaying HTML (no automatic spacing between headers and text) and the result is a theme that should be taken out to the back of the barn and shot.

Pros: Page templates.
Cons: NO SIDEBAR WIDGETS, fixed width, no custom image header.

Winner: Rubrick, followed very, very closely by Solipsus.

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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 Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Theme background (?) white and blue white tan cream
Theme text (?) dark gray black black black
Theme link text (?) dark gray red blue blue
Links are very distinct from text (?) No Yes No No
Links are NOT very similar to text (?) No Yes Yes Yes
Visited links are different colour (?) No No Yes No
Visited links blend to text (?) No No Yes No
Theme accents (?) gray, dark blue, green red, gray black red, blue or green
Theme image (?) No No splashes, little smiley sun and frowny cloud cityscape or zero if you’ve never set a colour theme
 
Major features Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Screenshot (?) Screenshot Screenshot Screenshot Screenshot
Layout width (?) Fixed (770 px) Flexible (min 800 px) Fixed (700 px) Fixed (650 px)
Custom image header (?) No Yes No No
Number of sidebars (?) 1 1 1 1
Widget support (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Page templates (?) No No No Yes
Categories link to wordpress.com (?) No No No No
 
Resolution Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
640×480 (?) No No No No
800×600 (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
1024×768 (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
1280×1024 (?) Yes Yes No No
 
Header Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Blog name (?) bug044 Yes Yes Yes
Blog tagline (?) Yes No No No
Custom image header (?) No Yes No No
Top navbar support (?) Yes No No No
Navbar works with too many pages (?) bug045      
Navbar has a Home button (?) Yes      
 
Footer Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
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 (?) No No No No
Does not display happy face (?) Yes No No No
 
Main Page Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Max image width (?) 460 px 640px 380px 360px
Wide images behaviour (?) Run-off Unknown Chop Run-off
Font typeface (?) ‘Trebuchet MS’,’Lucida Grande’, Arial, sans-serif Unstyled “Lucida Grande”, “Lucida Sans Unicode”, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif
Font size (?) small 0.9em 0.78 0.8em
Post titles capitalization (?) as typed as typed as typed as typed
Next / prev page (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit post (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Dates above/below (?) above post above post above post above post
Displays post author (?) No Yes No No
Author name is linked (?) No No No No
Displays categories (?) No Yes Yes Yes
Categories above/below (?) No above post above post below post
Categories link to wordpress.com (?) No No No No
Comments above/below (?) above post below post above post above post
Comments line jumps directly (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show excerpt instead of post (?) No No No Yes
HTML tag style bugs (?) bug046 No bug051 bug055
Blockquote shows paragraph breaks (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizontal rule (HR) is styled (?) No No Yes No
Pre text has horizontal scroll (?) No No No No
Images display bugs (?) No No No No
Image has margin (?) No No No No
Image has border (?) No No Yes No
Table has margin (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Table has border (?) No No No No
MORE tag (?) Read more > (more…) … Continue reading this entry (more…)
 
Single Post View Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Sidebar displays (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit post (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Next / prev post (?) No No No No
Next / prev by post title (?) No No No No
Comments (?)        
Displays edit comments link (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Displays trackbacks different than comments (?) No Yes No Yes
Display old comments when Off (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Sidebar Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Number of sidebars (?) 1 1 1 1
Sidebar location (?) Right Right Left Left or Right
Sidebar header capitalization (?) As typed As typed As typed As typed
Sidebar image width (?) 210px 160px 200px Can’t add images
Wide images behaviour (?) Chop Run-off page Run-off page No
Sidebar widgets support (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Sidebar widgets bugs (?) No No No No
Text widgets have outline (?) No No No No
HTML tag style bugs (?) No bug049 No No
Bullet for Unordered Lists (?) No Yes No No
Numbers for Ordered Lists (?) bug047 Yes Yes No
 
Pages Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Sidebar displays (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Selected page is hilighted (?) Yes No No No
Pages with hierarchy (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page order displayed properly (?) bug048 bug050 bug053 bug056
Page edit links (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Page comments (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Page Templates Supported Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Archives (?)       Yes
Displays page text (?)       No
Displays post titles (?)       No
Displays page titles (?)       No
Displays categories with archives (?)       Yes
Links / Blogroll (?)       Yes
Sort by categories (?)       No
Image replaces link name (?)       No
Only displays Visible On links (?)       Yes
Target field used (?)       Yes
XFN microformat in rel attribue (?)       Yes
Description used in title attribute (?)       No
RSS displays (?)       No
Notes displays (?)       No
Rating displays (?)       No
Displays page text (?)       No
2 Column Page (?)        
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)        
2 Column Archives (?)        
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)        
2 Column Links (?)        
1 column of text, no sidebar (?)        
 
Categories Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Category hierarchy (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number on same line (?) Yes Yes bug052 Can’t display number
Category description used as title (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Do not display empty categories (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Display parent if child exists (?) Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Blogroll Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Sort by categories (?) Yes Yes Yes No
Image replaces link name (?) Yes Yes Yes No
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 Light Rubrick Solipsus Supposedly Clean
Colour themes (?)       Yes
Header Colour (?)        
Sidebar orientation (?)       Yes
Sidebar is at bottom of page (?)        
Title orientation (?)        
“About me” information (?)        
Home Link Sidebar Widget (?)        

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Light Bugs

  • bug043: Sidebar: If widget header is long enough to wrap text, it will overlap text on the next line.
  • bug044: Blog title: if blog title is too long it will overlap into the tagline.
  • bug045: Navbar: If you have more pages than the navbar supports it will wrap weird, but in this case the wrapping will screw up the display of everything that comes after it (the entire blog).
  • bug046: Posts: Text align center, right, left and full justification do nothing. It always displays text left-justified.
  • bug047: Sidebar: Ordered list (<OL>) do not display hierarchy indentation. They’re all aligned flat to the left, even if they have hierarchy.
  • bug048: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

 

Rubrick Bugs

  • bug049: Sidebar: Bold does not display, there is a problem with using HTML in the text widget that turns everything red.
  • bug050: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

 

Solipsus Bugs

  • bug051: Posts: Bold/strong and italic/emphasis will display differently if it is done to just a word (<B>) or if it is done to any entire line (by styling the <P>). Same thing happens in sidebar.
  • bug052: Sidebar: In category/archive widgets the “number of” displays on a different line, instead of same line.
  • bug053: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

 

Supposedly Clean Bugs

  • bug054: Posts: Ordered lists (<OL>) do not show hierarchy.
  • bug055: Posts: There isn’t any space at all between headers and normal text. It tends to make everything look rather squished vertically.
  • bug056: Sidebar: Page order is not used for displaying pages.

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