k2. with footnotes.

So, today I thought it was about time I checked out getk2.com. Here are my observations:

  1. Moshu really needs to get a grip on his hatred for ‘the thing’, otherwise the .org forums crew are going to get punished by having it made the default in 2.5 1
  2. Matt forwarded the K2 team an advance copy of the widgets plugin so they could get their theme (sorry, modification) widgetized before anyone else had a chance.
  3. Naturally, there are not a huge number of widget-friendly themes available yet (mainly because they haven’t released the changes made for .com themes, I wonder why?). So if you are a fanboy desperate to try out the latest shiny feature this is a pretty big incentive to install K2
  4. K2 features built-in livesearch, a handy replacement for the basic facility which is generally agreed to be rubbish
  5. K2 is not image-dependent (always a big plus for a default template)
  6. 1.5 theme architecture was based on Kubrick. 2.0’s functions.php was filched from K2. If you want to see what’s going to be happening with templates in the future, this is where you go.

Based on these findings, my advice to theme designers is this: if you’re working on something single-column, three-column, or CMS-ish with columns all over the place, keep plugging away at it; but if you’re stuck in the two-col rut you’re better off making stylesheets for K2 than attempting to code in all the trendy AJAX stuff from scratch.

Don’t panic or rush to denial, folks. I am NOT saying that k2’s going to be the default template in 2.5 2. It may not be finished in time.

1 that’s what I’m calling it now, so I get to look psychic in eight months time.
2 unless you’re reading this in eight months time, in which case I totally was.

1 Comment »

  1. […] OK, well, first off, Sandbox appears to be the new k2. I’m not going to say the new Kubrick because Hemingway is the new Kubrick; right now it’s so hip it hurts but in two years time it’s going to look horrendously dated. Where was I? Oh yes, the Word of Matt: I would suggest anyone developing a new theme try to build it on top of Sandbox. If it doesn’t work, share why. […]

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