Back in 2014, Tung Do passed along another great design for a WordPress theme.
Yeah, two years is a long time. There were issues and roadblocks along the way, but I’m happy to finally get this release out to you all. I probably ruined much of the original design, but I just took the concept and ran with it in the last few months.
So, let me introduce you to the Extant WordPress theme.
I built Extant with the specific goal of having a theme that would work well for artists, photographers, and other creative people to show off, and even sell, their work.
Layout: The theme comes with a few layout options. Two of those options are for displaying your featured images in either a 2-column, landscape grid or a 3-column, portrait grid. Both of those will cater to different types of users.
Menus: I wanted to try something new with menus this time. I started with the idea of a 3-4 buttons fixed to the bottom of the screen. This makes for easier clicking on smaller devices. There’s a home button, 2 configurable menus, and a search button. Each icon is configurable from the customizer.
Sticky Posts: Extant makes good use of sticky posts by making them stand out above all the other posts in the grid below.
Nested Comments: I abhor nested comments that just keep getting indented. I wanted to try something new and add a “In reply to” link after the second level. I think it works better on mobile devices.
Per-language Fonts: There’s a cool feature where different Google Fonts are enabled based on the site’s language. Out of the box, I added support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. I’ll happily add in other fonts as requested. It’s filterable, so it can be done via child theme too.
Embed Templates: This is my second theme exploring custom embed templates. Embed templates make sure your content looks good when someone else embeds one of your posts on their own blog.
Overall, I put a lot of time into the smaller details. There were some really cool things that I didn’t get to do. I just couldn’t find a way to make them work in a public-release theme where I have no control of the content. There’s definitely a lot to offer from a development standpoint if you want to peak under the hood.
Grab a copy of the Extant theme
I hope you enjoy this release.