The Quick Plugin Theme
In order to support the plugins on this site I developed a theme I could use to do my testing. It proved so versatile and easy to modify I use it as a starter theme on just about all my WordPress projects.
This is not a theme that will make you go WOW!
It’s not one of these fancy drag and drop themes and it’s not full of clever doodahs, what you do get is a light, robust and very adaptable theme with most of the features you need to set up and launch a WordPress site. All you need to do is play with the CSS to make it a wow theme.
So What does it look like?
Among its many features you get:
- Fully responsive CSS
- Logo and Header Settings
- Background Colours and Images
- Social Media Icons
- Google fonts
- Analytics code editor
- Option to display blog as a grid
- Lots of widget areas
- Site configuration function that builds pages and menus
- Built in SEO editing (that looks like this)
And because its not one of those complicated WYSIWYG themes editing the CSS to change the layout is a doddle.
When you activate the theme you get a bunch of setup options. This includes: basic WordPress configuration, plugin installation, customizer and theme settings.
The WordPress Customizer
I’ve only recently discovered the power of the WordPress Customizer. An awesome bit of code that lets you make live updates to your site. When you are logged in to your site just click on the customize link in the admin bar:
This will take you to the customizer where you can now change a whole range of settings:
And because the customizer knows which page you are on it displays settings appropriate for that page. This for example is the widget settings for the home page:
And these are the widgets for the blog page:
The theme settings are options for the engine that drives the sitew. It includes things like analytics, header content, social media, comment noticiations and SEO.
This is the general settings page where you can add your analytics code (no need for a plugin) :
Adding social media icons:
Image control demo:
All easy peasy to edit and update.