Let me know what you think about my site – Inspirational Matters

  • Ryan Mallen


    I adjusted the header, and made some other small changes in the CSS. I am very happy with the final product.


    I installed this as a network and plan on making this page part of an assortment of other blogs.

    The only issue I have had, is that I want to use WP UI for tabs – but this may be a child theme issue or a plugin issue.

    Overall, this is a wonderful theme!



    Nicely laid out.

    I like the header image, but it’s pixel-ly. You should be able to find a similar sunray cloudscape of a higher resolution. Doesn’t matter what color it is, you can put a color filter over it in an image editor. (If you want to do this and need help, let me know.)

    You’ve done a nice job of matching the colors on the page to the header. The sidebar widget tab gradient seems upside-down to me, and the dark part a little too dark. The gradient on the Slider frame looks right, but WAY too dark on the dark side. (Being an inspirational site, I would stay away from dark colors as much as possible:)

    The purple/lavender “read more” buttons don’t fit in at all, IMHO. Change those to a shade of yellow or light brown, (possibly a reddish-brown? Or perhaps the same blue as your link color?) – something that better matches the overall color scheme.

    The blue link color works good, strangely. 🙂

    Either the Twitter widget is 2x too long or you need to fill in that extra space down at the bottom. (Nice place for a text widget with random bible verse, primary subject, random act of kindness, etc.???)

    Also, try adding this to your Custom CSS and see what you think:

    #footer {
    background: #48432C;
    border-top: none;

    (“border-top” part of code optional)

    Try this too, but I don’t know if the margin numbers will work out right:

    #sidebar_bottom {
    background: none;

    #sidebar_bottom .sidebar-wrap {
    margin: 10px 30px 5px 0;

    I was guessing with these margin numbers to line up the bottom widgets with the content background.



    @HayManMarc – please enclose the codes between backtics (`). It’s located above the tab key in a standard keyboard.


    Kenneth John Odle


    Backtick issue fixed.

    I would also set the background to “fixed” rather than “scroll”. Scrolling backgrounds are so 1999.



    I’m sorry. I thought a backtick was a single quote. I looked it up on wiki, couldn’t find an explanation here. Probably good idea to include something in a sticky post for dummies like me. 😛



    @HayManMarc – those are some great observations. I will definitely work on those issues. I thank you for taking the time out to give these fantastic insights. I am in the process of deploying three other blogs and need to get my new book formatted for publishing. So these changes will not happen immediately, but your comments are greatly appreciated and many of them will be taken up in the future. Once again, thank you very much @HayManMarc!


    Kenneth John Odle


    Backtick — usually on the same key as “~” in the upper left hand part of your keyboard (but I’m on a Dell now, so this could be anywhere on a different computer).

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