I started blogging a little over a year ago and those of you who have been following me, you’ll be pleased to learn that I graduated from free hosted blogs on WordPress.com and Blogger to a full- fledged blog on self-hosted WordPress and my own domain. My new blog Basic Blog Tips was officially launched a few weeks ago and I’ve been adding new posts regularly in addition to importing a few gems from the archive of Ms. Ileane Speaks and 2 BuddyPress blogs at the Blogging Wire.
During my stint at Blogging Wire I was able to dabble with plugins to some degree, but it was a major struggle to get themes and blogs working together as one cohesive unit on BuddyPress. I must admit, I continue to fuss with coordinating plugins, themes and widgets even with WordPress 3.0.1 code name Thelonious! I’m sure some of you experienced headaches when themes and plugins collide on your WordPress blogs too. Here’s my wish list for true Theme/Plugin/Thelonious harmony.
- Built in Social widgets – nice looking, bold social icons in a sidebar widget that includes Google Buzz and Blip.fm
- H1 tags that are smaller than the font for the post title – is it just me or do people always mistake your H1 tag for your post title?
- Custom header area – many themes have this feature and rightfully so
- Subscribe to Comments – It took almost 2 full weeks before I noticed I need to download a plugin for this (honestly I think this should be part of the core in Thelonious).
- Comment counts – comment counts should follow the authors name and date! I’m using the Digg Digg plugin as a temporary solution
- Webmaster Authentication code fields for every search engine – there’s plenty of plugins to help manage SEO for WordPress in fact there’s WAY TOO MANY! It’s going to take me another 6 months just to pick the one I like.
- Google Analytics insertion field – DOH! What blog owner doesn’t want to play around in GA!
- Favicon insert option – this is another no-brainer. Besides Blue Host doesn’t have the cutest little favicon so it’s gotta go!
- Multiple Sidebar options – sometimes one sidebar is not enough; this is another feature that most themes probably include already.
- Free – yes I said it! I want all of this is a free theme.
It’s very likely that I’ll never find all the features from my wish list in a free theme but maybe this post will inspire one talented theme developer to start working on one. Plugins and toolbars are great but we all know how they can slow down page load times especially if you have an abundance of them.
Now that you’ve seen my wish list, what’s on yours?
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