WordPress and themes bleg

I’ve been musing about the possibilities of updating Troppo’s “look and feel” (although I haven’t yet caucused with Nicholas and Don about it).  What I have in mind is a more “newspaper-ish” arrangement, probably a bit like Larvatus Prodeo with the front page displaying a feature slider, excerpts from the 8-10 most recent posts and displays of recent post headlines in selected popular categories.  I would also like to add some aggregated RSS feed headlines from other blogs.  I even like the theme LP uses (although without the ghastly purplish-pinkish hue).

I’m sure it can all be done, it’s just I have no idea how and no time to acquire the expertise.  Moreover Ozblogistan Fuehrer Jacques Chester is busy finishing his Honours thesis and won’t be able to help either.  What we need is someone with expertise in the WordPress backend including some web design capability at least sufficient to “tweak” existing WordPress themes.  If you fit the bill and are interested in helping, please contact me at ken dot parish at cdu dot edu dot au.  I’m not sure whether the meagre Troppo bank account (from the days when we hosted advertising via OLO) could run to much in the way of payment, but we can certainly feature your name and credentials in lights on the front page.


About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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12 years ago

Ken, the base theme I used for the LP customisation was Hybrid News. You can see that I made enough LP-specific mods that you could use the base theme quite happily yourself straight out of the box without the two sites looking like clones, and if you wanted a few Troppo-specific tweaks regarding the header area etc it wouldn’t be too difficult to do.

12 years ago

P.S. there’s lots of other magazine-style themes out there too.

12 years ago

Have you found someone yet? If not, I might be able to help. Feel free to email me if you would like to talk about it.

Andrew Norton
Andrew Norton
12 years ago

If I can put my 2 cents worth in, I much prefer Troppo’s current look to what LP have done to their site.