3 2 1 Launch Stardate Twenty Eleven Theme Update Asteroid Theme

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I’ve been thinking about changing the Theme of this here Punk The System blog recently since it’s such an easy thing to do.  I wanted it to have a lighter feel but keep a similar layout, and I wanted to make sure I could incorporate that perfect Mouse Maze Escape header image I have.  The fonts of the Punk The System name were bugging me quite a bit too, and the darkness of the background made it a bit gloomy.  The fonts and the colors of the menus were limited in the Asteroid Theme I was using, and had that retro feel that was getting old.  The fonts of the Punk The System name were something that I had played around with a lot before I found my Mouse Maze Escape header image, as I was trying to come up with a logo-like design.  Well, it’s time to change the Theme, and as for the Punk The System name, I will have to mess around with some new fonts, or design a logo another time, for now, I’ll just keep it simple.

I wanted to make sure the Theme I’d change to had a decent amount of customization, was all setup for SEO, and had the flexibility to display in mobile content.  I was occasionally surfing around trying to find reviews of themes, which was surprisingly hard to find.  All I was able to find were the description and the amount of stars the theme had received from users via the WordPress themes page.  I was looking for something better, a recommendation from a marketer of some sorts, someone to say, “This one, use this theme, it’s optimized the best!” …

I wasn’t in any rush to make the change until I started doing some marketing and felt a bit embarrassed about sending people to it because of how it looked.  Other marketers had nice, clean, streamlined-looking blogs.  So I decided I’d change it as soon as I had the chance.

Well today I had some downtime at work and decided to catch up on some Internet Business info and not even a minute into it this marketing guru guy says to go to Woo Themes and download the Canvas Theme and set it up with WordPress.  Finally!  Exactly what I was looking for a marketing guru to tell me what theme to use.  I paused the video and jumped over to Woo Themes and at the top of the list of themes is the Canvas Theme.  The name says it all, it’s like a blank canvas, and can be fully customized.  I’m looking at the description, and watching the video that shows you how to use it.  I realize it has probably the most options and customization I’ve seen in a theme and it’s optimized to the tee…  Great!  This is the one!  I’ll download it and integrate it into my blog right now!  I look around for the Download Button only to find a Purchase Button, wa wa waaaah.  : (  That is never good…  Come to find out it’s $70.  I’d love to use it, it looks great and all, and I probably will, eventually, but at the moment I’d rather not invest in a theme when I can get one for free, if you’re up for it I’d say go get it or at least check it out.  So, I decided I need to pick up a free theme from WordPress, just one that is optimized, has a bit more customization and a similar layout to my current Asteroids Theme.  I eventually settled on the Twenty Eleven Theme from WordPress.  It’s well optimized, setup for mobile, and has the basic customization options I needed.  So for those of you returning to this site, that is what you see today.  Goodbye Asteroid Theme! Hello Twenty Eleven Theme!

Twenty Eleven Theme

 

You’ll notice the Mouse Maze Escape Header Image has been modified, the Site Name removed from it, and placed at the top in a simple font.  I added some blur to the header image to give it some depth and put a white fade from the top to incorporate it into the design better.  The rest of the elements like the links and post titles have been set to colors that match the header image and the menus.

It’s like McDonalds…  I’m lovin’ it!

It has a whole new feel and vibe that is fresh and clean.

What do you think?

Time for an official site launch ey…

– Matt

Getting Some Header… Image

If any of you are wondering what I use to edit my images, it’s Photoshop, I’ve been using photoshop daily since its inception.  Every image on this site goes thru Photoshop before I post it even if it’s a Google Images snag, it gets manipulated in some way…  If you have any questions about Photoshop feel free to ask.

Update 5/8/13:  Just added a few little touch ups to incorporate the header image into the  new Twenty Eleven Theme design.  Dropped the site name from the image since the fonts just weren’t doing it for me anymore, I’ll keep it at the top in a simple font for now but coming up with a proper logo is next.  I added some blur to the image to give it some depth and threw on a white fade to incorporate it into the blog design

Update 3/19/13:  Just wasn’t feelin it again.  I changed the header design again, I just wasn’t feeling the 2nd design, although I liked it and how I tied the whole site together with it, it just always felt a little too dark and gloomy.  The other day I decided I’d consider switching things up again and while scouring Google Image Search, I came across the image of a mouse escaping what looks like a cubicle maze and it spoke to me, it was just so fitting, so I worked it into a header design.  I like the bright colors, it’s funny, and visually says the concept of this site, I love it, I’ll get to adjusting the theme design to go with it but wanted to get it up there right away it looks great.

Update 3/4/13:  Just wasn’t feelin it.  I not only changed my header design, I just wasn’t feeling the first design and the whole feel of the site, so I did a full make over.  After sitting on it for a while it just didn’t have that polished look I wanted, so I’m still fiddling around with the whole look and feel of the site.  I used some elements from a worn out record sleeve, trying to give it that Punk look but I’m wondering if the Punk look will just turn people away maybe it’s too much, I don’t know, but I like it… for now.

11/18/12: After about 4 attempts, I’ve come up with a Header design I like that I think fits the name and feel I’m trying to achieve with this blog. Of course when I finished the new header image the other day it was the wrong size to fit this WordPress Asteroids theme I am currently using.  I had to redo it’s layout to fit to the correct size, I honestly liked the original version much better, it had a better flow to it but it didn’t fit at all and what I’ve posted is a “commercially acceptable” version of it.  I’m happy with it for now, I’m sure I’ll be changing it little by little over time.  The other versions I created are pretty cool too and I will look into the possibility of a header image that changes or putting in a slide show into the layout, but for now this will do, besides I need to get to finishing all the pages and getting content on here.  I’m the creative type so this will be something I will likely change and update regularly just for shits and giggles.  FYI, most people keep it the same and it definitely isn’t necessary to change at all, I’m just entertaining myself with it.  If you’re not creatively or technically inclined to do this, don’t bother just go with the default theme it will not hinder your blogging success.

For those of you that will get creative what will you do for your header image?  A design, a photo, simple text?  Let me know what you think of my design and what you’re planning on doing for your blog header in the comments below.

 

Peace!

Matthew Steven