New Web2.0 SEO WordPress Themes in Development - Your Help Needed !
A few weeks ago, I felt the need for a new set of SEO themes, purely based on CSS (i.e. no HTML tables) and with a Web 2.0 look and Web 2.0 features. I saw the Tigopedia reloaded theme which inspired me to use rounded boxes, but tigopedia is just not flexible enough and the sidebar content comes above the main content in the source, so it´s not well optimized for good search engine rankings.
Since I am developing this new set of themes not only for me, but also for you, I wanted a much more flexible theme, so you can easily change the layout width, the header, the sidebar widths and the whole color scheme. Therefore, I also want to ask you for your input regarding design elements and features that you would like to see in the new theme. Please submit your ideas and suggestions as comments to this post.
You can see the current state of development by selecting the “web2.0″ theme from the theme switcher as your default theme for my blog.
I started with a 3 column theme, with two sidebars on the right (my favorite layout) and a blue color scheme. The borders of header, top navigation, main column and footer are very flexible in width and height. For the sidebar widgets, I created subheading backgrounds and bottom borders (with rounded edges) in different widths (130, 150, 170, 190, 210, 230 pixels), so you can switch between these values (there will be a tutorial showing how to do this).
3 different color schemes are available right now: blue, green, red
In addition to the current layout (3 columns, 2 sidebars on the right), there will be:
- 3 columns with one sidebar on each side
- 2 columns with sidebar on the left
- 2 columns with sidebar on the right
The layouts are all based on the LayoutGala CSS Layouts. For the SEO aspect, these layouts are designed in a way that the main content comes first in the source code, before the sidebars, regardless where the sidebars are located (left of ride side).
The sidebar uses the normal HTML markup for WordPress sidebars (nested unordered lists), so it should work well with any widgets, just in case you are using this feature.
Below each post, there´s a box with links to categories, tags and different social bookmarking sites. Already integrated, the “social marker” button that allows people to bookmark your post to several services at once.
Well, here I am, open to your suggestions.
Remember, these themes are for you, so contribute your ideas to the development !