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WordPress Theme and CMS: Semiologic

Semiologic theme is the closest I have seen to a WordPress installation becoming a CMS. Semiologic is not for the beginning WordPress user and I’m not sure it could be adapted to an existing blog. But if you are starting a project that entails more then just a blog, and want to use WordPress I think you will be impressed with Semiologic.

Here are some of the features.

  • The front page has a non-standard behavior; it will display the page with a slug of “home”, and if none is available it will display the last posts in the category with a slug of “blog”
  • The sidebar displays the latest in categories with a slug of “news” and “blog” separately when these are available, plus the latest comments grouped by posts
  • Posts in the category with slug “highlights” are highlighted in red when they are displayed in lists
  • The header and footer navigation menus are automatically updated to reflect your having pages with a slug of “solutions”, “products”, “services”, “resources”, “downloads”, “legal”, “about” and “contact”
  • Categories and search results display an unlimited number of post/page titles
  • Search results are sort by name rather than by date
  • You can easily customize all this by editing a few arrays in the plugin code; their names are hopefully self-documenting

My suggestion would be to browse the Semiologic website before diving into using this theme.

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  1. Denis de Bernardy says: 4/10/2005

    Thanks a lot for the review. I would add that to make the best of the theme, you’ll want my upcoming smart autolinking plugin (in beta), my smart referral plugin and my post cluster plugin — still not sure of the name for the last two.

    The three combined should obsolete pingbacks and trackbacks, and turn WordPress into an enhanced Wiki.

  2. Andreas Viklund says: 4/10/2005

    This is interesting. But I would still say that the Blix theme by Sebastian Schmieg is closer to what I would call CMS functionality, atleast with the modifications I have made for my site. Take a look at it, you may find it interesting. Each text field is a separate page, which makes it easy to re-use pages with common content (like “latest news”) on several other pages. I have no plans on releasing it as a theme (I made it since it was what I needed, and Blix was a great starting point). But popular demand will probably make me change my mind! =)

  3. Andreas Viklund says: 4/10/2005

    Just a few more notes: My theme also has a front page with non-blog-standard behaivour. The top half is a Page, which is independent from the main template, and the second half is the blog (which only shows entries from the category “news”). The sidebar of the front page consists of another Page, and a menu which changes depending on which section of the site you visit (is_home(), is_page(“contact”, is_single() and so on). Each section of the site (archives, contact, blog, file archive, shopping cart and others), have their own single page tied into the sidebar – and I mix 2-column and 3-column layouts depending on what kind of content the section is showing.

    I guess you could say that WordPress theme design has moved to a new step: Functionality and feature design! Soon, any theme will have inline editing and non-bloggish functionality inside the templates. Exciting!

  4. Denis de Bernardy says: 4/10/2005

    Yep, I looked at it earler, after you left a comment on my blog. That theme (and several others I saw on other blogs) is quite inspiring. I’ll definitly need to hire someone to rework my template in the upcoming weeks. I wish I had more time to take care of it. ;)

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