Experimenting with a new theme

Hello, I’m Ewan.

(I know, I'm not smiling in this one)

I thought it was time for a change so I’m experimenting with a new theme here on MIR. I’ve done the initial work but I need to sort out some kind of featured posts section for the BlueVia Developer Titan series. I also need to sort out the right-hand columns. In fact I need to sort out all the columns.

I am, however, liking a bit of fresh air.

What do you think so far?

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

3 replies on “Experimenting with a new theme”

Looks good. WooThemes – solid choice (although it’s a shame they don’t offload a lot of the custom JS and CSS into external files rather than putting it into every page).

Can I recommend that you do the following as well? 

* Add caching using W3 Total Cache – it’ll speed up your page loads. Page speed also affects Google ranking these days.
* Remove stuff from your head if you don’t need it, such as RSD and Windows Live Writer links
* Remove the meta detailing your WP version (why make it easy for people to attack the site using scripting?)
* Move JS to the footer where possible, and minify all HTML, JS and CSS
* As you have a global audience, offload stuff to a CDN wherever possible (you can do this easily, to Amazon S3 or others, using W3 Total Cache)

Oh, and implement everything up to Grey Hat in this presentation:
It’ll do wonders for your SEO. 

That’ll do for starters! 


PS One more thing: change your username from “admin” (there’s a plugin that’ll allow you to do that easily, without going to phpMyAdmin). Offers some protection against scripting attacks.

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