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Figure 3.66. A stylized 404 page from The Bold Italic7

Standard Styling for HTML Elements

An often overlooked but crucial piece of the WordPress theme anatomy that should be addressed in the design phase is a standard HTML test page. This is just a regular WordPress page whose purpose is to test styling for all of the commonly used HTML elements: headings, paragraphs, form elements, lists, images, links, blockquotes, and so on, to ensure that they don't break the layout and that the styling is consistent with the rest of the theme.

The Canvas theme by WooThemes has a very thorough test page, shown in Figure 3.67. Note that the designers have taken care to include both ordered and unordered lists, as well as every level of heading; this is the level of detail you should aim for.

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Figure 3.67. The HTML element test page from WooThemes' Canvas theme

Extra Features

It's worth contemplating further additional features during the design phase. Think of the traditional WordPress theme being like an anatomically correct body, and these extras as the cool cyborg parts. It's impossible to list all of the add-on features that are out there, but here are a few of the more popular ones.

Feature Sliders

Feature sliders are also called dynamic leaderboards, image sliders, carousels, content rotators, feature boxes, and probably a thousand other names. Regardless of what you choose to call it, its purpose is to highlight a selection of featured content. It usually shows up in a prominent location just below the site header and loops through the featured items, often making use of a JavaScript-powered effect.

There are several approaches to designing this sort of feature; two are highlighted in Figure 3.68 and Figure 3.69.

Figure 3.68. A sliding-panel feature box from the SlideDeck site
Figure 3.69. An image slider from the Atlantica Portfolio theme

Custom Page Templates

When designing for a WordPress theme, there's no reason to stop at just one standard page template. You can include a handful of extra page templates for publishers to pick from, should they want to make their content look a little different from page to page. Full-width templates, image gallery templates, and product templates are a few common ones.

Two alternative page templates from the same theme are shown in Figure 3.70 and Figure 3.71 (for comparison, we saw this theme's default page in Figure 3.60).

Figure 3.70. The Aspire theme's gallery template
Figure 3.71. The full-width template (sans sidebar) from the Aspire theme

Advertising Blocks

An advertising block is simply a space that is predefined in your theme layout to be used for advertising or promotions. It's ideal for publishers who want to monetize their sites, but ad blocks also work just fine for standard bloggers for their own promotions.

Figure 3.72 shows a number of ad blocks placed in the sidebar and above the post content.

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