After several days trying it, I have finally decided on the WordPress theme I plan to use in future. It’s called Headway. The main advantage of Headway is that it allows me to design my posts and pages whatever way I like; and place whatever content I choose wherever I want it. You can already see some of the differences that this makes on the Home page, and in this post.
The layout of this post is an individual design I created just for this post. Unlike my normal post pages, it is full width and doesn’t have a right side-bar. Yet near the bottom I have created two columns, one with what Wordress call widgets, and the other with a slider of the feature images from this and previous posts, chosen randomly each time a visitor comes to this post or refreshes the browser page. You can scroll through some 60 posts and click on any to open it. However, I would prefer the two column area to be above the area for comments, instead of below it. Perhaps that’s something I’ll find out how to do when I’ve read the Manual.
Here is the Headway Visual Editor showing the Block layout for this page, and what each block contains. The text of this post and the images in it as part of the post are contained in the block marked “Content.” The width and position of the Blocks can be changed easily by dragging them with the curspr in the same way as any drawing program. At this stage it seems to me that the height of each block as shown in the Editor is not important. The actual height will be determined by the amount and size of the content I put in each block.
Headway has a second Visual Editor and this is for styling the post (or page). In this case you can see in the grab below that I have played with the font family and font size for tag line in the heading of this post, and also with the font family of the text in the post. I could also change font colour, background colours, padding, margins and so on. I was happy to play with the settings for this screen grab, because i planned to exit the Editor without saving the changes.
And who is the young man in the feature photo for this post? He has been a friend for nearly 40 years and the #1 visitor to this site. The photo was taken by me in my lounge room when i lived in Adelaide, with a Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera and studio lighting, and a black velvet background. I think the film was Kodak Ektachrome 120, probably 64 ASA.