It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than half a decade since I switched over to using WordPress for my site. In all that time, I made pretty much no changes to the layout or design of the site. There was just no need to do so. The site was doing just what I wanted it to do with a clean look and everything.Then, a few months ago, I got an email from the nice™ folks at Google explaining how my site was not so idea for viewers on mobile devices and all that jazz. Of course, my first thought was that I didn’t really care about that. It looked fine on my Note 2 and I could read it just fine. But it got the idea in the back of my brain where it festered for a while.
Then it occurred to me that I didn’t need to do much work to change the theme around. All I needed was the latest default WordPress theme. It should be a simple matter of switching themes and, voilà, new look, right? Well, it turned out to be slightly more complicated than that, but only slightly.
It turned out that I needed to add in my banner image, assign the right menu, and set up the sidebar widget things again. I also had to redo the ads. I know a lot of folks don’t like ads, and, let’s face it, I’ve maybe earned $10 from ads since I signed up. Yup. The ads aren’t actually paying for the site. But then, I also don’t have the sort of content that lends itself to being monetized so all three of my readers can feel smug about that.
Anyway, after a few minutes fiddling around, the site is up and running on the new Twenty-Sixteen theme. There’s only one aspect that I find slightly annoying on account of not having a logo image: the main menu insists on appearing to the right of the site title when the browser window is wide enough. But, you know what? I find that doesn’t bother me over much so I’ll just live with it. It’s a small price to pay to have a better render on small screens (and browser windows!) without doing any appreciable amount of work.
So there you have it. After several forevers in web time, I changed the theme on my site! Yay! Or not. As the case may be.