From the outset I wanted a simple theme for my blog, and there were many such available and I chose Twenty Ten. As the number of articles grew I realised, to avoid an overwhelmingly long home page, I would have have to create posts that started with the tantalising stuff immediately followed by a read more tag. This was all very painless.
Then the Blogging University had me look at other sites and also look at my site through their eyes; and I realised that my ideas of what was tantalising was not shared by many; and that if a viewer hasn’t clicked through to my article within a few seconds, then he or she probably never will. I worked on the language I was using within the first sentence or two, but that was not enough – I needed compelling images, too. Now, I could probably learn a thing or two about what makes a compelling image, but that’s for another day. The first thing to do was work out how and where images were being presented to potential viewers of my blog. In the Twenty Ten theme the in-post images did appear on the home page list of posts, which was good, but they did not appear in any of the other lists of posts available, such as the results or a word search, or the list of articles within a particular category, which was disappointing; and they did not appear in the WordPress reader or in the emails sent out from my blog, which was bad as that is how my followers (yes, it’s plural, now) find their way to my posts.
I notices the Featured Image facility and found that I could upload an image and associate it with an individual post, and if it was exactly the right size for the Twenty Ten theme, (940 x 198 pixels) would replace my blog’s default header image. This was a good way to reassign a large piece of screen real-estate, but didn’t solve my problem with the absence of images elsewhere.
Looking at the posts coming into my reader, from the bloggers that I follow, and looking at their blogs, it seemed to me that other themes must provide more of what I really wanted in terms of images; and many provided other important visual advantages to sites that were growing in the number of articles online. And so the search was on, again, for a theme that met my needs; and I found the Reddle theme, which is what you’re looking at now – unless your viewing this article at some point in the future, and after I’ve re-themed my blog.
Things I like about Reddle
These may not necessarily be the same things you will like about it, and there may be things about it that I won’t like, but am bound to discover.
For this post I uploaded a scraped image from the Blogging University – I hope they don’t mind – and set it as the featured image, which is an options on the right-hand side of the WordPress editor. And that’s it. WordPress then includes this image above the title: (a) in the reader when advising followers of my new posts; (b) on my home page which lists, amongst others, this post; (c) In the page you are looking at now; and (d) in the list of posts having a given tag (or category). I’m hopeful that the email I get when I publish this contains the image, too. If it does then it is everything I was hoping for.
Publication Date Markers
Reddle presents publication dates in black circle level with the post’s title or, if there is a featured image, with the top of that image. And it is presented in all the right places.
More HTML and Markdown Options
I think there are HTML and Markdown Options in many themes, but Reddle seems to handle them well.
like this superscript 1 the clicking of which jumps to the bottom of the page (try it now).
- First item
- Second item
- Third item
- Bullet point number 1
- Bullet point number 2
- Bullet point number 3
- Item 1
- Item 2
- Bullet point in Item 2
- Another bullet point in Item 2
- Item 3
Sometimes it is nice, when including a quotation within an article, to present it in a different style. You use the “66” symbol in the formatting menu to do this, and the Reddle theme presents it like this:
Education is a wonderful thing, but it is well to remember, from time to time, that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught
If you want to present some programming code then you can use <pre> and </pre> HTML tags around your code in the Text editing tab, which will present without any thematic formatting:
All text written, in the text editing tab, Between a <pre> tag and a </pre> tag will be presented with no formatting other than this simple, fixed-width font.
By clicking the toggle toolbar button a second toolbar will be revealed with included an option to indent an entire paragraph – like this one.
Superscripts and Subscripts
Enclosing text between a <sup> tag and a </sup> tag in the Text editor you can do really cool equations, like this one:
E = MC2
Or you can use <sub> and </sub> tags to do subscripts.
- Where the footnote can be read and then, by clicking the blue and white icon at at the end of the footnote, you can return to the original reference (try it now) ↩