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  • #2883
    Syahir Hakim
    Keymaster

    Hi everyone,

    This is just to poll some opinion regarding rounded corners in the Graphene theme. Jeffrey (the other developer) suggested that we remove the rounded corners completely from the widget title and the block buttons in the theme (see this issue). What are your thoughts on this? Do you like the rounded corners or can’t wait to be rid of it? Do let us know.

    #22413
    Josh
    Member

    Personally, I MUCH prefer the rounded corners. I think you two have done an excellent job with making sure it’s not TOO much of a roundness. It’s quite subtle, and just enough to make it stand out from the background.

    If you were to change them to non-rounded… I would be among the first to go into my child theme and add them back.

    Also, I think it’s much easier to make css adjustments to remove the rounded corner than it is to add them. Especially if you are using cross-browser support in the css when designing the rounded corners.

    I have experimented with my css, rounding various corners here and there, and making them more or less rounded… and I always end up coming back to the way the theme default is made. I think it’s really perfect the way it is.

    Just my opinion…

    #22414
    Tee
    Member

    In my personal opinion I prefer straight corners. It’s a sleek design, and a great idea but for me its not ideal. Maybe you can implement in the Graphene options able to turn on and off the options of rounded corners instead of having to manipulate every CSS with round corners back to none.

    But all in all its a nice touch, it fits the theme perfectly!

    #22415

    First, Graphene is an amazing theme. It’s amazingly flexible and the ability to add widget areas everywhere currently outweighs any issues.

    On some sites I would like to have rounded corners on most elements. Not everything but certainly content items like post boxes and widgets.

    On other sites I would like to go the other route and use rare rounded corners as a graphic highlight.

    There’s no good answer to this I think. It will depend on the goal of the website content.

    In a dream world, I’d like to be able to choose rounded or square as options for elements. Including the menu/navigation bar, footers, etc. I’m testing what will be a very graphically oriented site now with Graphene to see if I can get it to work visually, and rounded content would be ideal.

    Also semi-transparent backgrounds would be great.

    Personally I don’t like the way WP widgets use a “title” area at the top of widgets. It has a really clunky feel. Assuming all widgets (which have many purposes) would require the same style of header, or any header at all, seems crude in the contemporary web.

    Lately I’ve been using layouts which don’t have borders around widgets at all, so a header on each would look really awkward.

    The buttons I think are best with rounded corners. In a conservative layout it highlights them as a call to action, and in a more graphically oriented layout it helps them fit in smoothly.

    I notice that the boxes on this page are rounded and look very clean.

    I’m not enough of a code-head to know how to add or remove corners in CSS, but I need to look into it.

    My only suggestion for a definite alteration I would make, would be that the widget headers and continue buttons could be smaller. Continue button just overall not so big. Widget headers maybe 30% shorter.

    Thanks

    #22416
    Josh
    Member

    In a dream world, I’d like to be able to choose rounded or square as options for elements.

    Don’t forget, you can always create rounded corners yourself… on any element… by using a small bit of custom css.

    Personally I don’t like the way WP widgets use a “title” area at the top of widgets.

    It’s not mandatory that you enter a title. Go ahead and try creating a new text widget but leave the title blank. Insert some text into the field area, and check it out on your front page.

    I’m not enough of a code-head to know how to add or remove corners in CSS, but I need to look into it.

    I just noticed this 🙂 Check the references here to see if it might help you:

    https://forum.graphene-theme.com/graphene-support/beginners-resources-possible-sticky

    #22417

    Thanks Josh,

    “Don’t forget, you can always create rounded corners yourself… on any element… by using a small bit of custom css.”

    You’re right, that’s a great function. I found rounding css in another post thread just a few minutes later. I was thinking of radio buttons for code-idiots like me though, I’m still trying to identify what css bits are needed. For example the slider seems to have several components that all need to be adjusted, but first I need to find them.

    “It’s not mandatory that you enter a title. Go ahead and try creating a new text widget but leave the title blank. Insert some text into the field area, and check it out on your front page.”

    I had noticed that on text widgets and use them a lot for that reason, but others like the one listing pages, insists on a title.

    Oddly, the widget title is the way WP makes inactive-with-saved-settings widgets identifiable in the widget manager. But if you don’t want titles, then you have a lot of stored text widgets that all look the same. Alternately you have to add titles and remove them again as you store or activate widgets. Just another really clunky thing.

    However it beats writing code myself.

    I should note that, in my case, I’me trying to develop a couple of template set-ups so that I don’t have to do a lot of tweaking every time I add a site. Efficiency is key for me, the less time a set-up takes to start, the better.

    Cheers, W

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