Great WordPress Theme – Custom Community

I’m a rookie blogger and have been searching for the perfect “free” WordPress theme ever since I started 9 weeks ago and 48 hours ago I think I found it!  It’s the one you’re looking at right now…..at least if you’re on your computer and not your smart phone.

Its called Custom Community by Themekraft.  Version 1.9.1 (Free)

The below paragraph is their description

“Create your individual website within minutes. Custom Community is a WordPress and BuddyPress theme framework that enables you to build your site with all the features you love. Easy to use jQuery slide show. List posts under your pages in magazine layouts. Use powerful theme settings to customize every part of the theme. 35 widget areas, 5 special widgets and 2 custom WP 3.0 header menus. 14+ languages available. 3 predefined colour schemes (white, grey, black) with clean and simple browsersafe CSS design to start from. Support at http://themekraft.com.”

 

My main issues with the half-dozen free themes I’ve been playing with over the past 9 weeks!

  • My Header Picture
  • Theme width
  • Sidebar and Footer width
  • Total control of all color

I’m not a computer geek, but I’m also not a computer dummy…It always seems I could never get the god dang header picture to go where I wanted no matter how much I “trialed and error ed” it!  Someone’s head was always chopped off or I couldn’t get the object of the pictured centered!  Ha!  But now I have all the options to pin point my header exactly where I want it!

Tons of header options to place it just where you want it!!

The second issue that really bugged me and I know it’s just a personal preference is the width of the blog…or the width of the content of the blog post.  Too darn skinny/narrow.  On my previous themes I was just stuck with what I got (to skinny), but with “Custom Community”, I can dial the width in exactly!

I think my site looks good at 1100. I started out at 1250, but needed a little more room for my right sidebar

 

My third semi-irritating issue was not being able to control the width of my right sidebar.  I have always used the Facebook “like” box as a guide (pictures of my fans).  Right now my Facebook “like” box is 5 fans wide.  In previous themes I could only do 3 0r 4 fans wide.  Again, I know it’s just a personal preference, but I like the five fans wide and this theme give me the ability to do this!

Loving how you can adjust the width of the sidebar

 

One of the final issues I was having was that of choosing the exact colors I wanted for any part of my site.  Most of the free themes I came across had a fixed amount of color schemes for the background, header, menu bar, etc.  When I first started blogging, I thought I would want to have an array of cool and vibrant colors up everywhere.  Now that I have been doing this for a few months, I’ve come to realize I want mostly white especially for my blog-posts.  There are a lot “white” themes out there, but they are too simple with minimal customization.  With this theme, I am able to get the colors I want…or in my case, the colors I don’t want…plus customize all my header, footer and widget areas!

In my humble rookie blogger opinion, Custom Community is the perfect free WordPress theme to fit my needs!  A few more screen shot below and thanks for reading!  Peace…

 

This is the main menu

 

 

 


  • http://www.scottjonesblog.com/ Scott D. Jones

    Been using this theme for the past 60 days and loving it!

  • http://www.scottjonesblog.com/ Scott D. Jones

    Update…Been very satisfied with this theme. Just recently enabled the left side bar to give my blog a little different look…an easy theme to customize!!!!

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    I’ve been using this theme for a while. However, I cannot figure out how to set up a single page that shows blog posts for certain categories. This functionality is documented (even for the free version), but I cannot get my site to do it. For example, my menu items are “Home”, “Contact”, “Recent Projects”, and “News”. I want “Recent Projects” and “News” to be static pages on my menu and serve as blog rolls for individual categories. Do you know if that’s possible?

    • http://www.scottjonesblog.com/ Scott D. Jones

      Hey there! I think I know what you’re asking . Log into your WordPress dashboard. Click on “settings”. Click on “reading”. At the top, you have the choice of your “latest posts” or a “static page”. Click “static page”…then choose “front page” and/or “post page”.

      You don’t even need to go into Custom Community’s “theme settings”….

      If this is not what you’re asking about…my apologies…not the biggest computer guru but I am trying to get there. In that case, you can always ask the author on his website. He has helped me out on a few minor things over that last 10 months I’ve been using this theme and he’s quick to respond. http://www.themekraft.com

      What’s your website? I would love to have a look!

      Thanks for the question….Cheers!

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        Thanks a lot! I never really understood exactly what those settings affect! Is it possible to have two different posts pages, each that displays a different category?

        • http://www.scottjonesblog.com/ Scott D. Jones

          Your web address would help out…that way I could see exactly what you’re try to accomplish? You would then be able to give me the example from your site…

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            At http://smithsteelerectors.com, I have one blog page set in the Reading settings: “Current Projects”.

            I would like another page to display a specific category of blogs: “Projects”. Currently, “Projects” displays the settings for the “Projects” page (I would expect those settings to yield a page with all my blogs posts), as well as my Reading Settings in WordPress.

            Obviously, these will be renamed at some point once I get the functionality that I want. I just want to be able to set one category per page. This could be much like your “My Topics” menu item above.

            Thanks for the help on this :)

          • http://www.scottjonesblog.com/ Scott D. Jones

            Hi there! Click on the picture…I gave you some quick instructions. If I’m way off base, let me know. I will be happy to help you out the best I can. You’re off to a great start on your website. Keep it going!

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            Excellent! Build a custom menu. This is great. I have experience in Joomla! 2.5, and this is similar to what one might experience using that CMS. Thanks a lot for your help. I’ll recommend your blog to others!

          • http://www.scottjonesblog.com/ Scott D. Jones

            Glad I could help and much appreciated! Cheers!