Change WordPress Theme
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I'm facing a dilemma. As you can see by the title, I'm considering changing my theme. You may ask, why?

I mean, I'm a marketer guy, right? Why do I even care?



There are many reasons I'm thinking about changing it, but I'll start at the end and work my way back.

Yesterday, I wanted to try out some of the cool stuff in WordPress' own JetPack “plugin” (in quotes because it's a plugin of plugins and installs a ton of pretty neat-looking functionality). Most specifically, I wanted to incorporate a few of their modules:

  • Comments. They've added a few different ways that a visitor can comment. I wanted to try it out.
  • Subscribe. Another neat feature they've added is the ability to let visitors subscribe to your blog so that whenever you make a new post, your subscriber gets an email notification.
  • Lastly, I wanted to try out the new “publicize” feature. As you know, I like automated content circulation.

There are a couple more really cool modules, like a built-in mobile theme, a carousel, free use of the URL shortener, and more.

But I hit a snag with the very first thing (comments). My current theme, Flexsqueeze, uses legacy WordPress code for the commenting system. I'm no PHP programmer, so don't take what I'm about to say as 100% accurate: Flexsqueeze has not been updated since 2011 and WordPress changed the way their comments function works. It is this new comment method, or function, that JetPack uses.

So that's the immediate reason for thinking about changing.

Yeah, I know: I could futz with the theme or pay some dude on Fiverr to fix it for me. Of course, I could go to Flexsqueeze's developer and nudge him to fix it. Honestly, I don't have an appetite for any of those options at this juncture.

It's easier just to change the theme and tweak it.

I will say this: Flexsqueeze has served me well and I really like it. It has some awesome built-in sales page templates, nice graphics, and I know my way fairly well around it.

On the other hand, I have a new-unused “new” tool called WP Enlighten that makes some killer sales pages in WordPress, too; I own it–may as well use it.

And the site could use a face lift anyway, right?

Perhaps I just need a change…life changes and so does my website!

Long story short: You may come back to this site and find it looking very different.

Or not 🙂

So I've backed up my site (yep, still using WP Twin), grabbed a copy of Alyeska, and will probably goof around with it on my dev server.

If you care, I'll give you access and you can tell me what you think. I wouldn'd mind a second set of eyes.

Just let me know in the comments and leave me a good email address.


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  • So I went ahead and did it! There is a new look and feel to the site and I was able to do a really cool thing with the optin form (made it horizontal in many places because it just fits better).

    Led me to believe that I need to learn CSS 🙂

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