Those who frequent any of my websites will undoubtedly note that I have a thing for changing my WordPress themes on a regular basis. This is because I’ve never been happy with any of the themes I used. For years I’ve wanted to find a podcast friendly theme… the ComicPress of podcasting if you will… and though some came close, I never found exactly what I was looking for. Well, I did… but it would be a custom theme built from the ground up specifically for the show… not a freely available theme… or even premium theme for that matter.
I finally buckled down and got my head wrapped around css and php enough to modify ComicPress just enough to become the theme I always wanted. The product of that work is what you see now.
Here are some of the features that have been added:
- Live video stream prominently featured on the main page.
- Social networking buttons, media player and subscription options are in plain view.
- Better integration of banner ads and other advertising.
- Podcasts have their own featured column.
- Feed player added to sidebar.
- Community chat added to nlcast.com, cmmonthly.com and geeklovesnerd.com.
- From The Archives added to sidebar. Pulls posts from one and two years prior.
- Sponsor-A-Show page updated.
- Promote page added under Sponsor-A-Show
Still on the todo list:
- Rework layout of individual posts and podcast pages.
- New header title image.
- Add community chat page for full screen chatting.
My goal was to create a theme that could be used for all of the NLCast Network shows. I believe I have accomplished this. It really feels good when you learn something new.