Help choosing WP theme

Hello everyone,

New WPMU member losing my post virg****... virginity. Anyway, I'm looking to transform my blog into a more interactive community with Q&A section and possibly also forums and in the process rewamping the design on my site.

Before pulling the trigger, I wanted to ping the forums for some expert advice. One concern I noticd popping quite often is that many themes don't play nice with WPMU plugins, because the themes don't follow WP standards but have their own way of working. I wanted to ask how big of a headache non-standard themes are? Do they really cause a lot of headaches? And should I pay attention to getting a theme that's WP standard compliant?

I also wanted to ask theme suggestions. I found a good HTML template that more or less captures everything I want:

http://thememotive.com/multipurpose/landing-page.html

They don't have a WP version for that.

So here's my dilemma. How can I get a WP site that looks more or less like that HTML template AND that plays nice with WPMU plugins AND is responsive? I browsed through WPMU themes and they leave a lot of be desired when it comes to looks, and most of them aren't even responsive.

I was thinking I could create a child theme for TwentyTwelve, but that's a lot of work and my WP skills leave a lot to be desired.

Any advice on how to proceed here? Does anyone know any themes that would fulfill the requirements? Anyone know where I could get that HTML template turned into a WP theme?

Thanks a lot for your help!

  • aristath
    • Recruit

    Hello there @seppo and welcome to the WPMU-DEV Community!

    I wanted to ask how big of a headache non-standard themes are? Do they really cause a lot of headaches? And should I pay attention to getting a theme that's WP standard compliant?

    Most themes are wp-compliant. The few that are not simply require you to create some custom templates in order for some plugins to play well with them. This is not limited to WPMU-DEV plugins but all advanced plugins.

    I was thinking I could create a child theme for TwentyTwelve, but that's a lot of work and my WP skills leave a lot to be desired.

    If you are t go down this road, then I would suggest creating a child theme of the twentythirteen theme instead. It's newer, more responsive and will ensure compatibility for years to come!

    Anyone know where I could get that HTML template turned into a WP theme?

    You can find instructions on how to do that in many sources... I just found this post that might help you: http://www.sitepoint.com/create-your-own-wordpress-theme-from-an-html-template/

    I hope that helps!

    Cheers,
    Ari.

  • seppo
    • Flash Drive

    Thanks for your quick reply. I should clarify that when I meant premium WP themes. I got the impression that many themes built on 'frameworks' have compatibility issues because of their non-standard implementation. When I searched the forums for 'Genesis', 'Thesis', etc. I found many 'Theme YY causes problems with plugin ZZ'.

    It would of course make things much easier for me if I could pick up a theme from one of the bigger premium theme makers. Any comments on that? Should I look forward to compatibility problems if I get a premium 'framework' theme?

  • Jack Kitterhing
    • Code Norris

    Hi there @seppo

    Just chiming in on this for you :slight_smile:

    You are correct that quite a few premium theme frameworks do have problems with plugins, due to not using standard hooks. But these can normally be resolved and it certainly doesn't make it a bad theme :slight_smile:

    Quite a few of the theme frameworks are actually very good :slight_smile:

    You may find this article of interest here https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/leading-premium-wordpress-theme-providers-compared/

    Thank you!

    Kind Regards
    Jack.

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