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Meet Super Blogging’s New Theme

April 27, 2008

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newlook.png I understand that you all might be thinking that this blog already got a new design pretty recently, and if you are thinking that, then you’re right. The answer is that yes, Super Blogging had been using the Revolution News theme as of March 5 - until now, that is. While the entire set of Revolution themes are excellent and probably the best magazine-style themes I’ve ever seen, I have found that they’re not right for this blog. Thus, I decided on the great free theme PassionDuo.

Like I said, I completely love the Revolution themes, which is why I was so excited to use one here in the first place. It’s a very professional and organized theme. However, I found that that type of theme is best for blogs with multi-authors, or ones on multiple topics. Using that theme helped the organization and helped keep the spotlight on older content, but the blog didn’t feel like a blog to me - apart from that, it was also a lot harder to keep up with.

That doesn’t mean I would totally rule out magazine style themes for blogs in this niche, or even for my blog. I think it is very important to experiment and find what’s best for you and your site. And obviously, the demands of your readers will always be changing so sometimes that requires for a change in design or how you run things as well.

I’m not sure if using the PassionDuo theme is a permanent decision, because that all depends on what YOU think. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this theme, and if it’s right for Super Blogging. Also, if you have any other recommendations, don’t hesitate to send them to me - I’m all ears to your suggestions and I’m open to any other theme choices you might know of!

One big question though: is this theme better than the previous one? Let me know what you think about that as well.

Also note that there are some open advertising spots again, so if you’d like to be featured on this blog in the prime spots we offer, go ahead and purchase one or contact me for more details. And if you didn’t know, there are currently some HUGE advertising deals on Super Blogging - including one where you can purchase a review and get a 125×125 banner free. There are a total of four current deals, so be sure to check them out if you’d like to get some exposure on the space that comes with a new theme.

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14 Responses to “Meet Super Blogging’s New Theme”

  1. Mark on April 27th, 2008 1:15 am

    I’ve seen the PassionDuo set and it does look very nice. Seems you and I have the same thoughts (good thoughts) about the Revolution theme, but thinking maybe it’s something better suited for multi-author blogs. I’ve been checking my options, too.

    Mark’s last blog post..Lead Blogging: Turning Opportunity into Leads

  2. pablopabla on April 28th, 2008 1:42 am

    This looks better. Perhaps I am still a “traditionalist” when it comes to how a blog should look like :P

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Proven Tips to Finding Advertisers For Your Blog

  3. Mark Sierra on April 28th, 2008 7:24 am

    So is your new theme going to be launching soon? Can’t wait to see it. :)

    Mark Sierra’s last blog post..Lead Blogging: Turning Opportunity into Leads

  4. Hussein on April 28th, 2008 9:03 am

    I do love also the Revoultion Theme. And same as you.. That is also the best theme I’ve ever since.. And for free, the passionduo (im using it right now).

    Hussein’s last blog post..WordPress Theme: PassionDuo by DailyBlogTips

  5. Tay on April 28th, 2008 3:12 pm

    @PabloPabla,

    Thanks for your input! I agree, I sometimes am too, although I do love trying new options. I guess it all depends on what works and what doesn’t.

    @Mark Sierra,

    Well, this (the PassionDuo theme) is all I have for now. I’d love to look into purchasing a customized one specially for this blog, but that might take me a little time. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

  6. Steven Snell on April 28th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Tay,
    I really like the Revolution theme, but the magazine style isn’t a good fit for most blogs. In my opinion it was a bit confusing for yours, so I like the change.

    Steven Snell’s last blog post..Top 10 WordPress Plugins for Social Media

  7. MoiN on April 30th, 2008 12:09 am

    I’m surprised Tay :S

    going to email you on this :D

    Expect a RE: wsup Tay in next 5 mins

    MoiN

  8. pablopabla on April 30th, 2008 1:07 am

    Hi Tay! You might be busy but you probably would want to look into finding a nicer colour blend for the sidebar and its contents. At the moment, it’s rather pale.

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Proven Tips to Finding Advertisers For Your Blog

  9. Tay on April 30th, 2008 4:34 pm

    @Steven Snell,

    Thanks! I’m still on the lookout for another one, POSSIBLY, but this one is still an improvement over the magazine style in my opinion. I appreciate your input!

    @Moin,

    Thanks for the email and your concern, it means a lot. I’ve replied.

    @Pablo,

    Would you mind explaining what you mean a bit more on that one? Do you mean instead of a very light gray color I should make it something different? Thanks for your advice, I’ll look into it!

  10. Katy Castro on May 1st, 2008 12:39 am

    While this theme is beautifully designed, I’m not a fan of established bloggers using free themes. You should have a theme that is unique, branded, and shows your vision for your site. Having a theme that anyone else can have won’t help to set yourself apart from the rest.

    In regards to the magazine style theme, I’m a fan but also agree that they’re not right for every blog. I happen to be using one but I think it’s mostly because it’s a great organizational tool for me and my readers. :D

    Katy Castro’s last blog post..Google Updates Toolbar PageRank

  11. pablopabla on May 1st, 2008 8:54 am

    Well…the overall colour of the sidebar is gray. The widgets have white background instead. Perhaps it might look better if the widgets come with the same gray background :D

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Proven Tips to Finding Advertisers For Your Blog

  12. Tay on May 1st, 2008 2:33 pm

    @Katy Castro,

    You’re completely right and purchasing a theme or getting a custom one designed is something I’d like to look into, but this theme is a temporary one until I can get that done. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for a good premium theme or a good designer, please let me know. Thanks for your input, it’s been really helpful!

    @Pablo,

    All right, I understand what you’re saying now - and I agree with you. I’ll work on it, thanks!

  13. Forest Parks on May 2nd, 2008 8:35 pm

    I like it…

    Nice and straight forward. Now you just need a logo.

    Forest Parks’s last blog post..Bed Bugs detection, control and eradication

  14. Sueblimely on May 17th, 2008 9:27 pm

    This is a great theme. I agree that magazine themes are only suited to certain blogs - Navigation on blogs should be as simple and intuitive as possible and this is not always the case with magazine themes. I tend not to stay on these sites as long - it is often hard to even find your way to the previous post.

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