[theme-reviewers] Distilled Review

Joseph Scott joseph at automattic.com
Fri Jun 11 18:01:44 UTC 2010

Terrific, thank you for going through this theme.  A few other items I noticed:

- there's no license info for the theme (that I saw)
- the Page nav at the top also overlaps the rss feed link.  In cases
where there is a fixed about of room I usually suggest limiting the
number of Page entries to display.   Theme authors should be testing
with the sample data set, but that doesn't seem to always happen
- the category nav also goes beyond it's original area.  Hoping WP3.0
and custom menus helps with both these items :-)
- the theme options are saved as separate WP options.  These options
aren't particularly big, no reason why they couldn't be saved as
single WP option
- there is a direct DB query in page-authors.php, can you see if
that's something that can be replaced with an existing WP function?

Double check on that DB item and then we can package this up to send
to the theme author.

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM, Tom Lany <mail at tomlany.net> wrote:
> I reviewed Distilled v. 1.4
> (http://themes.svn.wordpress.org/distilled/1.4).  Overall, I like the
> looks.  I just have a couple of concerns:
> When WP_DEBUG is turned on, I get the following errors in the admin:
> Top of all admin pages:
> Notice: Undefined index: page in
> /home/tomlanyn/public_html/dev/testing/wp-content/themes/distilled/lib/admin/theme-admin.php
> on line 11
> When trying to update a pages or change themes, I get this error (in
> addition to the above error). This error also prevents me from completing
> the desired action (updating page, changing theme, etc.). I do not have any
> problems when WP_DEBUG is off.
> Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output
> started at
> /home/tomlanyn/public_html/dev/testing/wp-content/themes/distilled/lib/admin/theme-admin.php:11)
> in /home/tomlanyn/public_html/dev/testing/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line
> 868
> A bunch of errors are present on the distilled options page in the admin
> Also, this theme uses the depreciated get_the_author_email function on post
> pages.
> When the number of links at the very top (navigation bar) exceeds the number
> of links there are room for, they cover the title below.  Perhaps this is
> unavoidable, or perhaps the length of this bar could be extended if more
> links exist.
> Perhaps the screenshot.png could be sized down to save space (is currently
> ~250k).
> Perhaps an error could be added to the 404 page; currently the page appears
> as a blank template page.  Might an error message be helpful?
> When multiple pages exist in a post, the author might consider making links
> to the following pages more apparent.
> When I view an attachment image on the attachment image page, the image is
> displayed twice.  I might consider an attachment.php file with the
> appropriate info.
> I really like the blockquote styling, and think this theme has great
> potential, and just needs to have a few code issues polished up.  The colors
> work well together, and the code is well done as a whole.  The stylesheet is
> well organized, which should be helpful to new folks.  Keep up the great
> work!

Joseph Scott
joseph at josephscott.org

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