Well, I didn’t start out the day with the plan to overhaul the theme, look and feel of Time to Loot. But here we are. New theme, look and feel. The trigger for change, in this case, wasn’t one of dissatisfaction with the previous look. Rather after Mailvaltar noted the comment ‘Reply’ function didn’t work and confirmed this through testing, it felt about time to do something about it.

Not least because Pete had observed the same behaviour in the past, but he put it down to user error at the time. I had an inkling that might not be the case after it happened again but I could never test it myself. For whatever reason, I cannot use my on-page comment form to reply. It doesn’t like some mix of my local and WordPress global accounts and errors out if I try. Instead, I reply to comments via the WordPress notifications area and that works fine — replies and all.

Did changing the theme fix it? I dunno!

But I can at least say I do like the new look. Particularly after Krikket helped me tone done some of my initial colour theming ideas, e.g., making the top-right banner background colour be a flaming orange. (It looked OK for site accents and links, which also drew from that colour… But… It was definitely a bit… um, eye-catching.)

For posterity’s sake, the old look was something like this:

The ‘Extra‘ theme, which I wrangled with a bit to bring more in line with a blog aesthetic rather than a magazine — which is closer to its intended purpose.

Unfortunately though, I couldn’t tell you when I put that theme live! For whatever reason, it looks like I didn’t do a post for this change.

I can tell you I moved away from the antiquated Genesis Framework in July 2019. And it wasn’t long after that I gave Elementor a try. I feel like I ran that setup quite a while before shifting gears from Elementor to Divi and giving Extra a shot, maybe late into 2020.

If that’s the case, Extra has been serving me well (for the most part) for a fair while now!

I had no complaints (beyond the comment-reply issues, which may or may not even have been caused by it) but now that I’ve changed… I can’t deny I like the look of this one a little better.

I’m using the Heuman Pro theme now — although there is a free version available simply called Heuman Free if you like the look of this and want to have a little play around with it yourself. :)

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Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

12 Comments

Mailvaltar · January 22, 2022 at 4:55 am

Looks good! And I’m going to test that reply function right away of course. :-)

    Naithin · January 22, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Thanks! Darn it still didn’t work though. Ngh. Maybe will move away from Jetpack comments to something else.

    Although, Q: Do you rely on the WordPress notification bar to let you know if a comment of yours has been replied to?

    Because any option other than JetPack comments seems to break that notification chain.

    So I guess it comes down to which is the bigger issue. xD

      Mailvaltar · January 23, 2022 at 12:18 am

      I wouldn’t say that I rely on the notification bar. I mean, I do take a look when there are new notifications there, but I don’t see it as a necessity as I visit the blogs I tend to leave comments on regularly anyway.

        Naithin · January 23, 2022 at 3:47 am

        Thanks. :) Decided to give an alternate comment system a try and see how it goes.

          Mailvaltar · January 23, 2022 at 5:33 am

          Ok, I indeed wasn’t informed about this reply of yours. So, yeah, it seems either the replies don’t work properly, or the notifications. :-/

Aywren Sojourner · January 22, 2022 at 7:27 am

I like it! Very clean and crisp feeling.

I gave Divi a try in the past as well, but couldn’t see continuing to pay for blocks once WordPress started to introduce them natively. I’m very curious about this all-block theme stuff they’re going to roll out soon. It sounds a lot like Divi was.

    Naithin · January 22, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Aye, and for me? I wasn’t really even using any of Divi’s features. I always still edited posts and pages by hand in the standard block editor, so it just didn’t make sense.

    For all that, I liked the Extra theme anyway, but even though switching to this one didn’t fix the threaded comments issues, I’m not sad I changed. I like this one a LOT so far!

Nimgimli · January 22, 2022 at 8:29 am

So that last comment was a reply to Mailvaltar’s first comment and doesn’t seem to be threading comments.

The company I work for is leaning heavily into Divi and man, what a terrible system. So much bloat! I have to think it is really bad for SEO but I just do what The Man tells me to do.

We have a couple of sites on Elementor too but basically I just do maintenance on them once in a while so no strong opinions. With 150-ish sites, many of which came along with an acquisition, we’ve got all kinds of systems in place, including an old one using Genesis!

    Naithin · January 22, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Boooo. Thanks for testing it for me though! I ended up looking for any WP support threads on the topic. Didn’t find anything recent but there was an old clash with WP Rocket apparently but I’m not using that.

    Contemplating switching to a different comment tool — but that would almost certainly break WP notifications, so my Q is; do you rely on the WP notifications to know when a comment of yours has been replied to?

    My feel is at least some people do and broken threaded comments is less of an issue than not being notified buuuut I could well be wrong.

      Nimgimli · January 22, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      Honestly no, I don’t rely on notifications. I’m really bad about coming back to a conversation. LOL

        Nimgimli · January 22, 2022 at 5:02 pm

        Weird that replying to YOUR comment works. Or maybe you fixed it.

          Naithin · January 22, 2022 at 7:14 pm

          Yeah, I ended up replacing the comment system and it fixed the replies. May(?) have broken notifications.

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