Mattbator has written a review of “Canvas”, a WordPress Plugin which allows you to customize your own WordPress Theme.
Canvas is a plugin for WordPress that acts as, more or less, a standalone web application that allows you to design a professional looking site without touching a line of code…
…You’re greeted by a blank slate and a ‘Shelf’ filled with blocks that you can drag onto your layout. At the moment Canvas offers, to name a few, Banner, Feature, Static Text, RSS, Flickr, Digg, Random Tagline, Category List, Comment, Archive, Asides, Description, Post, Navigation, Search, and Calendar blocks. Configuring the blocks is nothing short of pretty, making use of Lightbox style popups. The Ink tab provides a simple means to configure the style of your page without having to so much as look at your stylesheet. My favorite feature of Ink is the ‘?’ link on every element you define style for. Clicking it loads the page with that particular element highlighted, so you can be sure as to what you’re changing.
After a minute or so of dragging and dropping I refreshed my page to see what I’d made, and while it’s not much to look at, it speaks verses about Canvas’ future roll at the forefront of blogging tools.
Canvas released it’s newest version, 1.1, a couple days ago. The WordPress Plugin is free, donations welcome.
It looks really interesting. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
NOTE: Works only with the full version of WordPress. What we do not know is if it will work with WordPress pre-2.0. I’ll let you know as soon as I know.
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