The Aberration Lite theme is built with the mindset of keeping the design clean and simple while giving an elegant visual style that is pleasing for any site visitor. This theme offers some unique concepts that will be talked about throughout the setup tutorials.
By default, Aberration Lite will display a text based site title and tagline. Because this theme has an unsual design concept for the site title or logo, there are some limitations to what you do with this area.
This theme offers an automatic re-style of the header area when you publish a banner or if you have no banner published. Depending on what page has either option, your header styling (including the menu) will change.
Aberration Lite includes Font Awesome icons, but if you are using a plugin that already has this, you can disable the theme’s version so that you don’t have two Font Awesome sets loading.
Aberration Lite uses the Twitter Bootstrap front-end framework for the structured layout of columns. There are a few other elements that are used, but it’s not the full Bootstrap CSS, so if you use or plan to use a plugin that has Bootstrap 3 or above, you can disable the theme’s own version.
Changing your blog style is not just for layout, but also for what style of featured image you want.
- Top Featured Image Centered – Top featured image with no left or right sidebars and the layout is centered
- Top Featured Image Left Sidebar – Top featured image with a left sidebar column
- Top Featured Image Right Sidebar – Top featured image with a right sidebar column
- Top Featured Image Left & Right Sidebars – Top featured image with both the left and right sidebar columns.
With Aberration Lite, you can show or hide various page elements such as:
- Summary Post Date
- Summary Post Author
- Summary Comments Link
- Full Post Featured Image
- Full Post Categories List
- Full Post Tags List
- Full Post Navigation
- Full Post Author Bio
The “Summary” is in reference to the blog’s home page and post intros that are shown, whereas the “Full Post” is in reference to the full post (single post).
This theme includes a few Post Formats for your blog. This tutorial will give you an introduction to the “Image Post Format” and how it works for the Aberration Lite theme. There are many styles for post formats with different themes — basically no real standard, so many theme authors create their own styles and methods. For Aberration, I do mine in a unique way that capitalizes on the “Featured Image” for your posts.
This theme includes a few Post Formats for your blog. This tutorial will give you an introduction to the “Quote Post Format” and how it works for the Aberration theme. There are many styles for post formats with different themes — basically no real standard, so many theme authors create their own styles and methods. For Aberration, I do mine in a unique way that capitalizes on the “Featured Image” for your posts in addition to the default colour background that is normally displayed.
This is probably one of the most complex things for any website, regardless of the theme you use because within your site pages, there are many typography elements happening. When you consider that there are literally 1000’s of font styles available, you cannot possible include them all into a theme. Each person has their own preference as to the font and styling they like, so this also creates a challenge in theme development.