December 10, 2018
- Switched theme to Veni
- Switched Homepage Settings from Static to Blog Posts
- Set default fonts
- Set featured posts for homepage slider
- Wanted to feature posts in a specific order, so I installed ‘Post Types Order’ plugin as recommended by the theme author
- Switched the main editor to Gutenberg
- Set 3 featured pages on homepage
- Assigned featured images and cleaned up some post formatting
December 12, 2018
- Noticed alignment was off for the image in my last post
- Went to check in the editor that it was indeed center-aligned, but looking over at the frontend, clearly the formatting was not getting applied
- Tried adding an actual image to the post (non-gif) -> Preview -> image is not displayed in the Preview
- Went on to just Publish -> image is now seen on the published post (but still not aligned properly)
Therefore, decided not to move forward with Veni. While my goal was to have a site that mirrored Veni’s design, I also want it to work seamlessly with a theme compatible with Gutenberg.
December 13, 2018
- Switched theme from Veni to Rosalie
- Realized sites on a BIZ plan like mine will have certain widgets removed. In this case, one of the theme’s featured elements, the IG feed which is controlled by the IG Widget.
- Downloaded the recommended workaround plugin ‘Instagram Feed’
- Mucked around for a good 20 minutes trying to get the builtin account authorization to work to no avail.
- Downloaded ‘Instagram Feed by 10Web’ and used that as an alternative solution for now
- Modified a bunch of pages
- Set frontpage from static to latest posts -> modified number of posts displayed on the frontpage to 6 posts
- Added and modified an ‘About’ widget
- Added MailChimp Subscriber widget
- Added and modified menu items
The Revamped Site
I had a lot of fun with this little refresh project! I realize that there’s still clearly much more improvement that could be done in regards to making a theme setup more intuitive. Although, that topic could be saved for a whole different post.
Basically, not everything is as easy to setup as it seems. I happened to have got it done relatively quickly because I work with these common theme issues on a daily basis. But even with that, I still found myself yelling at certain limitations I stumbled upon.
After all, technology is suppose to… just work, right?