Ideas for Less Theme Options: Adapt to User Settings

Reddle is a theme made by Automattic for WordPress.com users (no .org release yet, but there’s SVN). Here’s a demo you can check.

The theme allows for one-column and two-column layout. However, instead of having a select layout option in a theme options page, Reddle chooses the layout by adapting to the content of the user’s sidebar widget areas. If the widget areas are empty, then it shows a one-column layout. Otherwise, it shows the widget(s), hence a two-column layout.

That is a smart, logical idea that can be extended to more layout options. Want a three-column layout? Add the second sidebar to the available widget areas. If it is filled, automatically change to a three-column layout.

The idea here is to make use of WordPress’ built-in features and settings, whenever possible, instead of adding another theme option. I like that.

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  1. February 14, 2012

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