Take the Theme Hybrid survey

One of the things I’ve always valued the most is user input. Your ideas and feedback drive the direction of my WordPress themes.

Of course, some of you do post the occasional crazy idea in the ideas forum, but I enjoy reading through the new stuff that you all bring to the table.

Fresh perspective is a good thing in Web design.

Introducing the Theme Hybrid survey

The first survey of what I hope to be many is the Theme Ideas Survey.

I plan to make a dedicated section of this site to polls and surveys soon, but I wanted to kick-start everything with a survey to bring us into the new year. It’s very short and will only take a few minutes of your time.

Basically, the survey is 10 questions about the direction of Theme Hybrid themes for the new year. Your answers on this will push theme development in the coming months.

Please take a few minutes and take the survey.

Also, would you like to see more surveys and polls in the future?

As this will likely be the last post of 2008, I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I’m looking forward to the things we’re going to make happen in 2009!


  1. hi justin.

    i have completed the survey. the first question was a bit confusing to understand (may me its just me).

    its a great idea to listen to readers’s opinion.

    wish you merry christmas and a very happy new year. hope you (and me too)achieve great success in online business in 2009.


  2. Merry Xmas!

    Will all your future themes be Hybrid-children?

  3. dinsan

    done 🙂

  4. axe


  5. intars


  6. I have done my own part in the survey… 😀

  7. baheth


  8. janclewett

    Thanks for the survey. I am a high school teacher and I would really like a theme especially for my students to create and ePortfolio.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I love your site.

  9. Karnam

    Still we are waiting for Options Theme updates. For months nothing in this theme. Feature Gallery could be better, with some options, some slide menu or something… I think that it is your best theme, instead of to take care of him, practically nothing new is happening, not including of cosmetic changes for the 2.7 version and changes in paid themes.

  10. Thanks for taking the survey, everyone. I’m going to allow a little more time for more responses to come in. Then, I’ll share the results with you all.

    Thinkjayant — I love getting each user’s opinion. One of the great things about the WP community is the sharing and discussing of ideas.

    Good luck to us both in 2009!

    mkjones — Nope. My focus will be on Hybrid for a while, but I do plan on adding other ideas to the mix.

    Karnam — The Options theme was updated a month ago. However, it won’t be updated again as it will be discontinued.

    There’s lots of new things happening though. Two new themes were released in December, and more are on the way.

    I will have to disagree about it being the “best theme.” Structure has actually been downloaded and used more times, which I think is a better theme overall. The best theme though is Hybrid. None of the other themes come close to offering the functionality it does.

  11. PegasusTeam

    Thanks Justin! Happy New Year!

  12. Morph-EUs

    Options Theme discontinued? Justin, You wrote in the Options Theme title – What WordPress themes should be like. Where did this idea disappear? I am quoting only Your words. Thats realy bad for users who like Magazine-styled themes, like Yours Options Theme. It is one of the best theme of the Magazine type at any time I found, and I must mark that – I have searched very long time. Personally I would choose Options, if to put it together with themes of the Revolution type, whether other of Magazine type. Since you don’t intend of them to continue, although they are best at their type, in that case it will be necessary to search for themes of the Magazine type at the other competition.

  13. Morph-EUs — I don’t consider discontinuing Options bad for users at all. For one, since I created Options almost a year ago, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the next magazine-style theme I make would be better? If I did a “code audit” of Options on my coding standards today, it would take weeks to overhaul it to make it even resemble anything near what it should be.

    in that case it will be necessary to search for themes of the Magazine type at the other competition.

    I have no competition. What I mean by this is that we shouldn’t look at other theme creators as competition. Theme authors know that everyone isn’t going to download only their themes. People choose themes for their own reasons.

    You wrote in the Options Theme title – What WordPress themes should be like. Where did this idea disappear?

    The idea didn’t disappear. The idea is being refined. The new themes will be the start of a new era here. They’ll be better for your site.

    Plus, Options will always be supported here in the forums, so you can use the theme as long as you like.

  14. slipp2

    did it…

  15. Shane

    I think you should just concentrate on Hybrid and making that into something very special.

  16. slipp2 — Thanks for taking the survey.

    ShaneHybrid is already “something very special.” Now, the focus should be on new themes and child themes.

  17. blondeheron

    Deleted by admin. Please use the contact page and don’t leave off-topic comments.

  18. gmosesx

    Hi Justin, I really liked the Structure theme. Looking forward to a similar tabbed widget on Hybrid. Leviathan: were you thinking of Hobbes or St. John?

  19. gmosesx — There won’t be a tabbed widget added to the Hybrid theme.

    Leviathan: were you thinking of Hobbes or St. John?


  20. gmosesx

    So maybe you were thinking of Leviathan as the whale that can eat anything but tabbed widgets? ( :

  21. Shane

    Justin, I knew I had worded that wrong as soon as I had sent it and knew also you would say “It already is something special”.

    Mate, indeed it is something extremely special and I don’t want to play down the great effort you have put into Hybrid.

    It’s just that I am certain their is plenty more to come from you 😉 and in that respect it can get much more special!

  22. gmosesx

    it is special. I adopted old school and got compliments right away. also, arranging a tabbed home page was pretty easy once I studied the question more carefully. exclusive membership has already been worthwhile after only a day!

  23. Just an update: I’m currently tallying all the results. I hope to have them published in the next day or so.

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