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Figure 3.49. Footer simplicity from WooThemes

Figure 3.50. A variation on the previous with WooThemes' Postcard theme

Figure 3.50. A variation on the previous with WooThemes' Postcard theme

Figure 3.51. WooThemes' Canvas theme footer steps it up a little

These footers display copyright information, a reminder of the site brand, and one has a widget area. They're simple and understated, in keeping with the visual styles of the themes from which they're drawn.

Now to the other end of the spectrum, where we'll see some more extravagant examples of footer designs in Figure 3.52 through to Figure 3.56.

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Figure 3.53. Oval Cube's footer offers links to posts, news, and Twitter updates

Figure 3.53. Oval Cube's footer offers links to posts, news, and Twitter updates

Figure 3.54. This expansive footer presents an array of additional content and contact information
Figure 3.55. Numerous options greet the visitor who reaches the ecoki site footer

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Figure 3.56. Sawyer Hollenshead's site footer combines widgets and links for the interested user

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Figure 3.56. Sawyer Hollenshead's site footer combines widgets and links for the interested user

The more advanced footers just featured, as well as being highly creative, offer features that complement the site content. These features can serve to redirect users to other content or interaction tools that are of interest to them—users who might otherwise be ready to leave the site.

The Home Page

Now that we've covered all the components of a WordPress theme page, it's time to look at all the pages that constitute a theme. Let's start from the beginning, shall we?

The home page, front page, landing page, splash page—call it what you like, it's the page that your theme will call home, the first place that visitors will see when they arrive at your theme through the front door. The way you approach the front page design is tied to the message that you want to deliver. Show off your best features up front, and users will know right away why they want to stick around. If your theme is going to focus on images, showcase them. If your theme is going to concentrate on video, include a video player on the front page. If you plan to dish out text-heavy content, make your page easy to scan.

The front page design will also set the tone and structure for your other templates, so close attention to detail here will pay off, as Figure 3.57, Figure 3.58, and Figure 3.59 attest.

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