This is really a comment and complaint as much as a query, as WordPress is only answering queries from users with upgrades.
I recently changed my theme to Inuit Types, which has a magazine-style format. I have one featured post running across two columns. This includes a picture as a featured image and is meant to draw the attention of readers to the latest blog entry. But there are loads of basic formatting issues with this theme option that you'd think would have been ironed out while the theme was being developed.
The spacing between the lines of the text is too small, making the text hard to read.
The picture is above the text, which looks awkward and makes it harder for readers to focus on the text.
There is a space and a '0' after the text, which is meant to indicate readership or something; it's on all the blog entries shown, but it just looks wrong on the featured blog entry because of the large type.
The picture is already inserted in the blog entry, but I wanted it to appear as part of the featured blog entry. However, now that I've done that, it appears twice on the actual entry page.
What I don't understand is why all the blog entry intros shown, including the featured one, don't just pick up the image that's in the entry and show it automatically, rather than the user having to specify an image - who wouldn't want to include an image on all the blog entry intros in a magazine style format, whether the entry is featured or not?
Is this a ploy of WordPress - providing second rate, poorly developed themes for free, with no support, so that users will go for the paid ones?
I am used to Blogger, which is very user-friendly especially for those without coding skills. It seems to me that WordPress offers more variety than Blogger but doesn't care about the bugs and quirks in individual themes unless you're paying for it.
I'm pretty sure I can't iron these quirks out myself?
Any comments appreciated, especially on how to get rid of the double picture dilemma.
Thanks a lot.
The blog I need help with is copywritingtipsandtricks.wordpress.com.