Oh, there are probably many wonderful ones. But the process of finding them is deeply ugly.
For this site, I’m looking for a theme that supports a homepage image that’s not on the other pages, that supports featured images in both pages and posts and a sidebar (I think I’d prefer right) on the homepage, posts, and pages.
I don’t actually care if it supports picking fonts and sizes and such for everything in the UI; so long as they’re implemented right underneath, that’s easily set in custom CSS. I do however want good modern “responsive” layout so it works on phones and tablets and desktops, and on non-full-screen windows too.
Despite it being a photo site, I don’t care about gallery or lightbox support in the WordPress part; that’s all down in the Piwigo gallery section.
Oh, and is free. Or at least a one-time purchase (I see the rental price of $49/year remarkably commonly), but there are so many decent free ones that it seems irresponsible to pay.
Anybody who stumbled on the site after I turned off the login requirement today (or any of the few people I notified for the “soft open”) may have seen it flapping from theme to theme as I played with another half dozen today.
(The theme here right now, as I’m first typing this, is the free version of Seos White.)
I believe these problems, previously reported here, are fixed.
Until just now, there was a problem that the top-level WordPress site was requiring logins and not allowing new registrations. I believe that is fixed.
These problems are fixed, I think. I’m leaving them here for a bit, until I’m sure, and that everybody has had a chance to notice.
Some images don’t show when you click through from thumbnails. You can probably get to see some larger version of the image by selecting the photo sizes icon (a box with arrows diagonally outwards to upper left and lower right) and picking a different size. It doesn’t remember that size when you go to the next photo, or when you come back to this one.
However, the settings that made this happen make the “some imaged don’t show full-size” error much less common.
Possibly this site has enough content for it to be time to get some outside opinion on it. So, welcome to the “soft launch” of the Minnesota Science Fiction Society Fan Photo Archive. (Since that’s such a mouthful, mostly I will refer to it as the MNSTF FANPA.)
The main article about the archive is at “About” on the main menu.
Not everything works quite right. The content is nowhere near complete (a bit over 6000 photos). And, worst, there are things I haven’t figured out how to do at all, and other things I’m not sure what I’ve chosen will work well for us.
I don’t anticipate having comments or discussion here on the top blog site. The gallery site will allow commenting on photos, and rating, for registered users.
New images up from the 2009 Convergence in Minneapolis, MN