OVERVIEW

In the article Starting a new MontanaWebmaster.com site, I discussed the idea that I want my site to be a resource of categorized web development information. For the site to be effective, viewers will need many types of navigation because they often don’t know how to describe their problem in words. The Kahuna theme provides many doorways into site resources from the home page with:

1. Top navigation
2. Feature boxes, set 1
3. Feature boxes, set 2

One of the problems with an off-the-shelf theme, is that there is no way that it is going to meet any particular set of needs perfectly. And, until you give a theme a good test drive, you don’t really know whether it will do the job or not. You can check for comments about the theme in WordPress.org. You can also check for problems people have had in the forum. But a test drive is the only way of knowing for sure.

After going through the steps I use to give a theme a quick check for security and basic support with a graphic artist, she was surprised when I said that the only way to really know about a theme was to use it. Because she didn’t understand the complexity of a theme, she didn’t understand that the purpose initial check is to weed out the obvious insecure and unsupported themes.

ELEMENT 1: THE LOGO

The first row is pretty much like hundreds of other current themes: a white row with site name on the left and top navigation on the right.

At this time, I do not want to use a logo. The height of the row requires a horizontal logo. Logos that are very horizontal or very vertical fit in fewer places. And, I’m in the long process of rethinking my logo.

It is my opinion, that if you are going to have a logo, you should have a logo package with reverse versions. I tend toward the thought that a logo should communicate, and not be just an abstract image. To that end, the text both communicates and fits the space provided by the Kahuna theme. So, I will stick with the name Montana Webmaster in text.

But, I do want the text to be larger, even though it is repeated over the image. So, I will have to check whether the theme allows for resizing, or, I will have to do it in a child theme. In this, Kahuna fits my needs in that it doesn’t override the default child theme functionality, where themes like Thesis do.

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