Working out frustrations by playing with blog themes.

I am experimenting with themes to try to solve some problems.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. HyacinthClare says:

    EXCELLENT picture. Very timely.

  2. mamajen says:

    Personally I think this newer theme is a significant improvement! Not that it was bad before, but now it is easier on the eyes.

  3. Centristian says:

    Perhaps if you added a lightening bolt it would cheer things up.

  4. Knittycat says:

    I like the picture! The new theme is alright. However, I don’t like having to click through to the post’s page to read the whole entry.

  5. catholicmidwest says:

    This theme loads on my computer better. The one that you had last week, Fr Z, kept throwing my computer offline. I would come onto the site, a whole lot of things would load, and then the computer would just bog down and disconnect. I wasn’t even able to read the blog, even with several tries. I finally gave up and went elsewhere.

  6. catholicmidwest says:

    PS. I have, in the past, had to go into my browser and disable pictures from loading too. When you have a lot of pictures of birds and things sometimes they don’t want to load without booting me out. I probably should check some old threads, but do you put them up as JPGs or BMPs or do you use some other format?

  7. irishgirl says:

    Wow, what a difference a few hours make!
    When I first came online this morning and went on the blog, it still had the ‘old’ heading on top of the home page.
    Now I find this new one-I like it, Father Z!
    I’ve had some problems lately when I come on; for some reason, it took forever to download. Drove me nuts, especially after I submitted a comment and pressed ‘post’.
    Great photo on top….rather spooky-looking!

  8. brassplayer says:

    I prefer the new Graphic Spanner as well.

  9. discerningguy says:

    The new image is very good.

  10. SonofMonica says:

    I like the white theme. But I’d like to see an image of a biretta at the top so I know where I am. :) Maybe an animated graphic of a spinning biretta with Christmas lights on it.

  11. Jason Keener says:

    LOVE the new header picture.

  12. adambartlett says:

    Fr. Z:

    I would like to recommend that you take a look at WooThemes ( if you haven’t already. I’ve begun to use them with a few sites and am very impressed with their ease of use, and their taking many of the frustrations out of WordPress. They’re pretty affordable, come loaded with features, are fully supported, and receive updates often. You might also be interested to check out their eCommerce platform “WooCommerce”. I just felt compelled to share this for your interest.

    Best regards,
    Adam Bartlett

  13. I have a couple themes from WooThemes.

  14. This is just a minor thing for me, but if there were a border around each individual posts it would make me happy.

  15. Please… don’t get into the weeds with tiny cosmetic adjustments.

    I am ready to pull the plug as it is.

  16. Bea says:

    I like it


  17. akp1 says:

    I like it – It’s realy nice and clear, easy to read! Great photo too! Was a bit of suprise though!!

  18. Patti Day says:

    Father, this needs a poll. I always like a nice poll. I like this header if you don’t do a poll.

  19. HyacinthClare says:

    I vote for the thunderstorm

  20. TKS says:

    I love it!! Easier to load and much easier for me to read. Thanks.

  21. shane says:

    I really like this one, but got such a shock when I opened the site!

  22. Luke Whittaker says:

    Whatever you do, don’t pull the plug.

  23. TZ says:

    I like this particular blog flag. (I also liked the ‘thunderstorm’ one you featured earlier today.)

    I might check back more often, Father, if you’re going to change them hourly. ;-)

  24. cmcbocds says:

    Excellent! And as an added bonus, this template no longer crashes Safari on the iPod Touch, which means I can switch to desktop view (versus having to read via the web app) which means the font size is bigger in the combox. My 55-year old eyes are rejoicing tonight at the ease with which I can read comments! Being a care giver for my mom, I rarely get to the lap top anymore and read the blog in the wee hours in bed on the Touch. Please know your blog and podcasts have gotten me through many a long, sleepless night and kept my spirits up and soul fed. Be assured of my continued prayers for all your intentions, and those of others who comment here, even though I can rarely chime in.

    Catherine B.

  25. trespinos says:

    Two thumbs up. It loads faster and is easier on the eyes. What’s not to like? Thank you.

  26. letchitsa1 says:

    I like the new banner across the top of the blog. The picture is awesome. I don’t like the white theme, though – for some reason this version is really hard on my eyes.

  27. irishgirl says:

    I like the ‘newest new’ picture at the top of the page, Father Z! The image of St. Peter’s Basilica all lighted up in the midst of the darkness of a Roman dusk is VERY COOL!
    You’re thinking of ‘pulling the plug’ on the blog? Oh, please, don’t do that! What would we do without our daily ‘Father Z fix’?
    You’re part of my daily Internet routine!

  28. Angie Mcs says:

    Father, Like your new photo, you are a light in the darkness for many of us. Please don’t leave. We need you – and each other.

  29. kelleyb says:

    Father, I agree with Angie Mcs. It is a very powerful image. The Church is the bright Light of hope in the gathering darkness.

  30. bbmoe says:

    Fr. Z: your comment about “ready to pull the plug as it is” reminds me of how long it took to build the temple versus how long it would take to destroy it. I amuse myself.

    But my vote is: I never liked the “old” look at all. I went for substance over style, however, as all your readers do. But it shouldn’t be a choice! It’s BOTH/AND!!

    Like St. Thérèse, I CHOOSE ALL!!

    Thanks. I feel better now. Nice theme.

  31. CatholicCaliGirl says:

    Wow. It’s really white! I personally like the old theme better, but hey, I still <3 this blog! I'll get used to it in no time!
    PS- My sister is glad that Basil is still there! :)

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