Binary Moon’s Regulus WordPress Theme was one of the new breed of WordPress Themes that helped break the limits of the non-customizable WordPress Themes. Using WordPress Plugins and some interesting twists and turns with WordPress tags, WordPress.com and WordPress users can now do some customization of how a WordPress Theme looks, including changing the header art, color scheme, and making some changes in the layout of the sidebar.
Warpspire’s Hemingway WordPress Theme takes this customization of WordPress Themes even farther using “blocks” and AJAX to help people change the look of their WordPress Theme. This “block” technology is part of the process behind the recent introduction of the new Sidebar Editor or “WordPress Widget”. If the Theme includes the functions for these Widgets, the user will see the Sidebar Editor on the Presentation Panel after choosing that WordPress Theme. Currently, you can only choose to include or remove the categories, Pages, search, archives, meta, and links/blogroll from the sidebar.
Warpspire has made a Screencast of how Hemingway’s blocks work to give you a “live action” feel for the easy to use process. It’s really amazing.
There are still some problems, mostly due to the limitations of AJAX and different Internet browsers, but a lot of great things are expected to come from this new technique. Stay tuned for some great customizable WordPress Themes!