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what's the best most flexible theme for customization?

  1. I have many years experience with HTML/CSS, especially building self-hosted WordPress sites from scratch. I am in the process of creating my first WordPress.com website for a client and I need a them that will give me the most flexibility with my design. I started using Wu Wei which my client installed but I'm quickly running into frustrations with it's limitations. I have used WordPress frameworks before which allow almost total flexibility but I realize that's not an option here. I just need a theme with a top navigation that will allow me to have as much control as possible.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

    The blog I need help with is patharrisoncamptrail.wordpress.com.

  2. Sandbox. It's specifically FOR customization.

  3. Same goes for its newer cousin, Toolbox.

  4. Thanks, I'll give 'em a try!

  5. H-m-m-m, both of these themes place the navigation under the hgroup which is screwing with my design. Is there any way around this? Also, there seems to be a hidden padding-top on the body which I can't seem to set to 0. Any ideas on how to fix it? http://patharrisoncamptrail.wordpress.com/

  6. If you'd rather modify a styled theme instead of using Sandbox or Toolbox, this post of mine lists which themes have the top nav menu above the header image:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/header-images/

  7. Oooo, I'm excited to see what you design! If you think of it, please post a link back here when you're done.

  8. Regarding navigation, note that sometimes moving it using absolute positioning works out well (I'm not sure if you tried that already).

    The padding-top might be something artificially added in for the WordPress.com toolbar, and if that's the padding you're referring to, I would recommend keeping it or your design may look different for logged in versus logged out views.

  9. I ended-up using Triton Lite by Towfiq I. and it's working out pretty good after a trying times.

    Thanks again.

  10. Nice work! :)

  11. Interesting choice! I love that you picked Triton Lite, and I'm looking forward to see how the final design turns out.

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