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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already know this is not the usual theme you see as the blog design. I use the Parallax theme from StudioPress, but as from today, I am saying Goodbye to it. And welcome Prose theme from StudioPress.
But first, let’s get this straight…
It is not an easy decision for me to make. Considering all I wanted from a theme.
And what I have gone through, analyze, and tested out before doing away with the Prose child theme on genesis framework from StudioPress on the very last day of 2014.
What Do You Want From That WordPress Theme?
This is what I want from a WordPress theme:
- A customize-able homepage theme that has the features of drag and drops widget size.
- A theme with features to showcase or highlights your most important content on the home page.
- A theme with wider width sidebars.
The home page of Parallax WordPress theme from StudioPress I last used has awesome features that let you add just about anything you can think of on its homepage:
- HTML codes.
- Important pages.
- Most recent posts.
- Featured posts.
- Optin form, etc…
Anything you want can be added to the home page which comes in three divided sections.
And a wider sidebars makes me fell in love with the Parallax pro theme.
Those are just the sole reasons I made that switch three months ago from Prose theme to Parallax child theme from StudioPress.
I love the home page design of the Parallax Pro theme and not just that. The fact it allows for capturing email leads on the home page with the help of drag and drop widget gave me exactly what I want from a theme.
Being an online marketer that makes uses of email marketing, I need this feature most in any theme I am using.
After installing the theme on 31st December 2014 and making all the necessary fixes, links, images replacements, redesign, etc…I went on to Facebook on January 1st to ask for a review and feedback on the blog’s new look from my friends, readers, and well-wishers.
There is this notable feedback from a good friend in the industry and fellow countryman, Adesoji Adegbulu who quickly pointed out that there might be some CSS errors with the Parallax child theme.
Though he didn’t mention CSS in his comment, from a technical point of view, I do believe this might be the cause of the problem why he is seeing plain HTML view on the blog homepage.
As you can read from the Facebook comments above that I first thought the error might be a result of slow internet connectivity. But Adesoji made me realize it wasn’t so.
Okay, he later relieves my worries about my new theme when he leaves that last comment you’re seeing in the image below.
So I thought all is well and fine with the theme.
But after some weeks pass by, I figured it out myself that some of my inner pages or posts, when opened on mobile devices, are displayed without proper CSS styling. These pages are displayed in plain HTML text format.
Don’t think this problem is peculiar to a particular page(s) or post(s). No, it affects just any post randomly.
I check out the mobile view of my blog on my own mobile device – HTC Sense Android OS – what I discover is that sometimes it will be displayed correctly and sometimes it doesn’t.
So I opted for WP Touch mobile WordPress plugin to put an end to mobile view error issues….because as at then I was thinking this problem affects only mobile visitors.
This worked well at first until I start to discover some issues like an increase in my “Tablet” user’s bounce rate. I use Google Analytics to discover this.
Also, desktop users are been forced to view the mobile version…so I posted this on the BloggersLab Facebook group I belong to.
Unfortunately, I get no feedback from anyone in the group; but things got much easier when you have “lots” of helpful people around you who really care.
Enstine Muki sent me this message directly via email. I think he discovers this problem after he stumbles upon an article on my blog worth of linking to and he decides to check it out.
Of course, I do have a responsive WordPress theme Enstine, but as I said earlier, the theme occasionally having CSS styling issues when some posts or pages are opened on mobile devices and even laptop/desktop computers.
I’m not writing a review of WPTouch here or telling any negative side of it. This is because am only using the free version of it and have never experience how effective the pro version works.
So don’t take anything from here to judge if the WPTouch mobile plugin is good for you or not.
But from what I can tell, the free version “sometimes” forces visitors to view the mobile versions of your blog while visiting on desktop or laptop computers.
I think this is what happened when Enstine Muki views the blog on a laptop. I too have experienced this issue while viewing my blog on a desktop computer.
Next, I uninstall WPTouch mobile plugin from the admin dashboard and stick with the mobile version of the blog theme since the Parallax theme is mobile-responsive.
Parallax pro adapts perfectly on any device been viewed with except that sometimes it develops these CSS styling errors.
I stick to it like that until I had this BBM chat with a very loyal, caring, and loving fan – Mr. Fabulous.
Mr. Fabulous: Message Received
Mr. Fabulous: Hello happy Sunday
Mr. Fabulous: Good to meet you again – bro
Mr. Fabulous: Honestly, I’ve been a good reader and a lover of your blog – Cybernaira
Mr. Fabulous: Over a few weeks now. I’ve been having issues while visiting your site either via Mobile or PC.
Mr. Fabulous: Or am I the only one experiencing the error – Dunno
Mr. Fabulous: But I guess the problem comes from your theme – if possible I suggest that you change your theme.
Shamsudeen Adeshokan: Thanks for that, but what’s the nature of error you’re experiencing on the site?
Shamsudeen Adeshokan: And is it only when you visit on mobile or laptop, or both?
Mr. Fabulous: It happens mostly when you clicked on a blog post; The blog design/theme will cluster and changes position from its default location
Mr. Fabulous: The formal theme ( The Prose ) you were using before looks better – I think
Shamsudeen Adeshokan: Thanks, I really appreciate this and will certainly look into it. Once again, thank you for bringing this to my attention. (Y)
Thank you, Mr Fabulous!
So after all these findings and report, I think is best I listen to the voice of “YOU” my loyal blog reader and revert back to Prose child theme from studiopress.
Allow me to be honest with you for a moment.
This move or decision to revert back to the Prose theme from Studiopress might not last for long. I will change the theme again very soon but to something very user-friendly from all aspect or user point of view.
Once I have a theme that features all that I need, I will drop the Prose theme for such a theme. I want a theme that comes ready with a homepage opt-in form features. A fully customize-able homepage WordPress theme.
Why You Need to Care About Just one Reader.
I first read about how important “a single loyal” regular blog reader is more important than having 100s of blog tourists from Yaro Starak in his book “Blog Profit Blueprint”.
I hold that lesson or advice close to heart ever since I read it back in 2012. And today, I am putting it into practice once again.
This is because readers are the life, blood, or fuel that makes any blog continue to function or exist.
Without a blog reader, there is no blog author.
If you keep on writing and no one is listening. No one cares about you or your blog…soon, you will lose the enthusiasm to keep going on.
If you have just one regular reader that visits and reads your latest blog post. Please, care for him/her like he is the king of the empire.
Word of mouth is still the best and most effective form of advertising. People are easily sold and buy into something when it is recommended by people they trust, loved, and cared for.
Your blog readers are your best tools to market your blog. These are people who will sincerely tell others about your blog. And will always recommend targeted traffic to your quality content.
Don’t take them for granted, or never value the time they spend visiting and reading your content.
Remember, out of every 100 that actually read your content, only 3 will leave comments on the post. This number is even worse when we’re talking about blog users leaving feedback on how to access able your blog is.
It maybe 1 out of every 500 or even 1,000.
What do you think of this present look compared to the previous Parallax theme? I’ll like to hear your opinion in the comment box below.