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Flexibility Beta Version Review

Current version (1.02) on this blog

I have used my spare W.P Blog to test the beta version of Flexibility, the header is the blue sky.jpg and I have opted for the retro style search box with the default red glass RSS Icon. I haven’t changed the theme extensively, but have gone through the admin panel and played around with the many editing options, below is my first impressions.

The first thing that I noticed about the theme was the absence of the Home page Feature box, this surprised me, I wasn’t expecting this to be taken away, and I think it should be put back for more options. Inside the control/admin panel the theme editing has been simplified by adding a quick colour changer. The two important changes are to the Theme colour changer which gives you the option to quickly change your themes main colour scheme, has a very simple interface to choose from the popup colour picker, you can then fine tune the colours to your liking further down the control panel. Another new editing piece is the Theme lightness selector that has a simple dropdown menu to choose medium, light or the default dark background, uses fills and gradients, again you can fine tune these options further down the control panel.

There is less need to upload images because the theme is now pre-loaded with various headers, search boxes and RSS Icons, but of course if you want to add any of your own custom images, then you can with ease. Nice touch with the navigation tabs from previous version, on mouse roll over they pop up and down, giving that user friendly feel. You have the option from 5 different styles to choose from.

Blog width controls are set to their widest which is 960px for the total width, yet another useful control, very straight forward, just remember that all the numbers must add up or else your blog will be uneven. The default settings …….600 for post content ….. Left side sub bar …..180 Right sub-sidebar ….140.

The rest of the controls throughout the admin  panel are many and numerous and are the same as the previous version but no less important.

Header Background image has changed for the better, version 2 comes preloaded with up to 17 background images; the blue sky jpg is stunning with the default dark background. A new option offered is the ability to upload your own custom header. You can also add your own blog logo and change the height of your header. The search engine box can also be changed from the header settings and gives you a choice of 11 styles to choose from. As per usual you can edit everything in the header from Font sizes to colour changes, truly Flexible.

Post Style Settings are huge; there is nothing that you cannot change like border, background, fonts, Headings, mouse hover colours and post titles. And all these editing options are available throughout the theme for the likes of Comments, Top sidebar left sub-sidebar settings and footer.

Google Adsense settings are extensive, you can add any size of ad and pretty much place that ad anywhere in your theme from leader board, top right sidebar, left sub-sidebar, top of each post and bottom of each post. You can also have the exact colours of your choice to match up with your theme.

Google analytics can be added by inputting your webmaster ID, this option is less then I would like, it only gives you the option to include Google analytics. The previous version allowed other tracking codes to be added, for instance Yahoo which I added to my present theme. There will be a work round no doubt; hopefully Ryan will include this option again when he releases the new version.

Overall this version is very promising for bloggers and aims to simplify the whole process of editing and importing images above and beyond the preloaded ones. It still retains all the editing options of the previous version but allows you to quickly change the main colour settings. My only reservations are the absence of the Home page Feature box and replacing the analytical code box to include only Google Adsense. It’s still early days yet, and Ryan still has other features to build into the theme but I will be among the first to deploy the theme when it becomes available.

Just a quick footnote; without developers like Ryan it would be a dull place, so if you do use his theme please consider making a donation as I have done to ensure future development. Find out more about Flexibility and the latest updates.

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2 comments to Flexibility Beta Version Review

  • Bill, nice review! I not only added back the feature section, it is so much better than the old one. I also added a similar function for the footer, so you can easily insert multiple widgets in the footer as well.

    The theme has really taken shape the last couple of days, and hopefully the first release of v2.0 will be ready tomorrow afternoon.

    Thanks for the review, and nice theme btw… ha!

    Ryan’s last blog post..Flexibility Theme Suggestions

    • Bill Msson (WWAH)No Gravatar

      Thanks Ryan,

      You’re a diamond, this is great news. The footer is always an area that can be better monetized, so now i can unclutter my sidebar and move some elements to the footer. I haven’t used the Home Page Feature yet but plan to use it to promote my up and coming Newsletter.

      Hoots Mon! Power to the people lol

      Bill Msson (WWAH)’s last blog post..Why is Forum Marketing Effective?

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