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It seemed like a good idea at the time

Pied Type uses the Oxygen theme.
Pied Type as it looked using the Oxygen theme.

Changing themes. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Or maybe it is. Depends on your point of view, I suppose.

Anyway, after a brief flirtation with Oxygen and a dangerously long examination of several premium themes, I’ve decided to return to The Morning After. I may just chuck a lot of the CSS tweaking I’ve done in the past two years and start fresh with the original CSS. My changes had become such a mess of patches and fixes that I didn’t know what half of them were for anymore.

Particularly troublesome was font control. I’d gone from no font changes to a mix of some CSS changes of my own, changes using TypeKit, and changes using WordPress’s font customization options. Time to start over with a clean slate.

When I switched to Oxygen, I mostly overlooked its narrow measure for posts. I was thinking about the number and location of sidebars, the placement of widgets, the appearance of featured images, the multiple menus, the presentation of comments, the look of the header, the fonts, and that beautiful slider. But until I actually installed it and could experiment with it, I didn’t fully understand how the slider worked or that images appearing in it have to be a minimum of 750 pixels wide.

Of course, that’s the problem with any new theme. Even if you accept all the defaults of the new theme, there will be minor adjustments and probably some unforeseen problems or features you just don’t like.

But, hey, it kept me busy and off the street for a couple of days.

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