Remember the Good Ship Author Platform? My attempt to journey on a sea of mixed metaphors in a quest to build the perfect author platform for agents to be thoroughly impressed by. And do you remember that ship crashing into the harbour wall before it hit the open sea?
I’m having another Ed Reardon moment and despairing at my inability to fettle this WordPress business. I look at this theme, Twenty-Fourteen, and its lack of clarity; what we landscape architects describe as legibility of space.’ How do you navigate it. More importantly, where are my books?
It’s a mess and has the added disgrace of looking bloody awful on a small device.
My problem is balancing functionality with appearance. I need to signal to people that I don’t write Barbara Cartland romances and that I’m not one of those smiley people who agrees with everything.
In the past I’ve used themes with side columns, but those columns don’t appear on devices held vertically. I’ve used themes that didn’t let you control the background colour, and there’s something not right about vampire and horror novels promoted on a white background.
Themes with sliders, themes with mosaics, themes with the right layout, but the wrong typeface. Themes with not enough menus, themes that don’t list categories.
I don’t want to go down the route of WordPress.org with its additional widgets and better design on external hosting sites. I use WordPress.com because it has the functionality built in, but there must be the perfect theme out there that allows the book promotions to be visible, but not overbearing; that allows obvious and simple navigation in an eyecatching design that works on every device.
I’m going to try a new theme called Gateway, so don’t adjust your monitors or think, ‘oh, ‘ere we go again…’ Normal service will resume as soon as possible. By the time you read this post everything might have changed. . . .
I’m writing this several days after writing the original text above. The Gateway theme isn’t working either. Anyone reading this on a phone or a tablet will probably only see two faces in the banner at the top of the page. In the theme preview, WordPress shrinks the image to show you how it appears on a small device; in reality it does nothing of the sort. And in landscape format on a tablet or phone all you see is the top of someone’s head!
And the post summaries are cut off before the ‘read more’ break inserted into the post. Gateway falls down on so many fronts. So it’s back to the drawing board. Or maybe just give up the whole shaboodle. Hardly anyone reads any of this stuff anyway.
Why did you choose the theme that you use on WordPress?