I just implemented a new theme on my WordPress website. I’ve been wanting a new design for well over a year but couldn’t find what I wanted: a simple design with lots of subtle transparency, rounded corners, and a simple color pallet. Then I found the Aeros theme (created by Joe at TheBuckMaker.com blog) and it provided a great starting point — but some modifications were required.
I started off by prepping my site content for the new theme. Using the P2Pconverter extension, I converted many of the old and outdated pages into posts to unclutter the top page navigation bar. Unfortunately, WordPress does not automatically forward the old page URLs to new locations. Instead of manually forwarding each URL, I decided to take a hit on search engine traffic and let the search engines find and index the new locations. Google, at least, has already adjusted their links.
Next, I made some changes to some of the colors and hover effects to suite my tastes. I then modified the footer to include copyright information. I abandoned all of the custom code I used to have in the right column and decided to use only Widgets because they are easier to maintain. I also added code so that all of my comments are highlighted in a different color than other comments (thanks .) Finally, I modified the main page to show post excerpts instead of full posts.
Because the new theme works with threaded comments (so you can reply to other comments), I enabled that feature in the WordPress admin panel. Other improvements include displaying tags at the bottom of each post and Gravatar pictures for each user next to their comments.
In the future, I may adjust the content width and add an additional widget-bar along the bottom of the page.
If anyone has feedback or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.