The OS Quest is now Redoable

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Over the past weekend I migrated this site to the Redoable theme by Dean Robinson.

 

I wasn’t looking for a theme to redo this site, but I was browsing through some WordPress related blogs and came across the Redoable theme and it just caught my eye. The design was nice and clean and I liked it visually. But as I looked into it I realized it was more than just eye candy. It’s as well thought out technically as it is visually and it included a several features I was looking for,

Redoable is based upon the K2 theme so it has the features of K2 at its core, including asides, live archives, live search and sidebar modules. Of course, K2 baggage tags along – such as live search not working with the type of permalinks I use.

Redoable includes built-in support for 20 plugins (21 if you’re still pre-2.1 on WP). This includes Alex King’s Articles, Gregarious, Related Posts, Ultimate Tag Warrior, WP-PostViews, WP-PostRatings and more. I was looking at adding several of these to my blog so Redoable also became a time saver.

If you’re on WordPress 2.2 you’ll need to disable widgets if you want to use the sidebar modules. The K2 support forum has a plugin that can be used to disable widgets.

The icing on the cake is that Dean maintains a forum to support the theme and his plugins. The theme had a few bugs but between the support forum and some digging they were easily fixed. There’s also some tweaking I want to do but the big changes are in.

I liked the Semiologic theme but one of it’s strengths was also a weakness for me. Semiologic was structured in a way that changes were kept in external files that were then read by the main theme files. This way when the theme was updated all the changes I made would stay in place. With Redoable (and almost all other WordPress themes) when the theme gets updated I’ll have to redo all my changes (or figured out what changed in the theme an incorporate theme). This is a bit of a concern since K2 is the base and WordPress has a more agressive upgrade schedule. It’s an incentive to learn how to create/modify themes.

The other downside is that I really like the colors used. This will be a problem if I want to make my site more unique by modifying the visuals. There’s already the ability to change the look a little bit but the biggest change is white design which isn’t my first choice.