I have a confession to make. I am largely unsatisfied with the current theme on this site – Modern Portfolio by Studiopress, a child theme build on the Genesis Framework. Honestly, the font the WordPress editor uses in the admin backend is better looking than the font styles on this theme.
It wasn’t always like this. I really, really liked this theme at first, and I honestly thought it was going to be a theme I would be able to hold on to for more than six months. I guess I am like Brian Gardner in that I change out themes on my site a lot, although he does it for much different reasons. Unlike Brian, I am not a designer by trade, and so articulating exactly what I don’t like about a theme (especially my own theme) takes a little bit to realize.
I am not sure if I will ever be satisfied with any one theme. For sure, I don’t have this problem with 99% of the sites I have. Just this one. What I don’t like about Modern Portfolio: Font sizing is too big. The spacing is too much. The sidebar is bland; it’s difficult to read the text and links. To make the sidebar items stand out, it needs images – not anything I am willing to put my time into creating at the moment. Tending to clients is much more important – I think my clients will agree ;).
The good news is that this dissatisfaction will soon be met with relief. Genesis version 2 is about to hit the public. For now, you can test it out using their beta release. I have it running on a small production site using the complementary Genesis Child Theme version 2. I have to say that it is much improved from the current production sample child theme. First of all, the links in the navigation are no longer red. The theme in general uses much softer colors.
Now that I have the Sample Theme already running on another site, I hesitate placing it on this one. We’ll see. I am not all that interested in make this site “pretty”. I prefer to make it functional and easy to navigate through. Stay tuned to the next design iteration.