Montezuma is my second theme for the wordpress.org theme directory.
Montezuma is a responsive, totally customizable, search engine optimized HTML5/CSS3 theme with various CSS3/jQuery animations.
A little bit of HTML/CSS knowledge is recommended, or at least the desire/willingness to read & learn. PHP knowledge is not required. The hard parts of CSS (layout) are taken care of, you just deal with the fun parts (styling).
(If the theme is running a bit slow it is probably due to various theme check plugins running in the background. No need to be concerned about that. Also, my current host is not the fastest.)
Choose from 10 responsive, 5 flexible and 5 static layouts. On resolutions smaller than 960 pixels the drop down menu is transformed into a select menu and some items like avatars are removed.
Edit & create templates online
Montezuma has a virtual file system that lets you edit and create new page templates online in the Montezuma admin area, without the need for uploading files with FTP. The ability to create physical page templates is preserved.
Edit PHP code online
You can use a limited set of about 60 WordPress and Montezuma PHP functions while editing or creating page templates. For full PHP access you can still work the traditional way by editing templates on your desktop computer and uploading them through FTP.
Auto post thumbnails
Cached auto post thumbnails. Looks for a featured image, then an attached image, then a local image URL. External URLs will not be used, for now. Differently sized post thumbs can be used on a per-template basis. TODO. Use WP transients for caching the URLs as well, not just the image creation as such. I have to think a little bit more about a proper expiration of thumb URLs. Will probably end up deleting all cached URLs on each post and attachment edit.
Advanced post excerpts
Set excerpt length and “Read More” link on a per-template basis, instead of having to set it on a site-wide basis.
Advanced nextpage pagination
When you split a post or page with the “nextpage” tag the post parts are linked and numbers ( “1,2,3″ ) are used as link text. This is not desirable from a SEO viewpoint. Montezuma lets you replace those numbers with user-defined text. (SEO feature).
Numbered page navigation
Better than the default “Next/Previous” links from both a usability and a SEO viewpoint. Uses core WP functions. No WP-PageNavi plugin needed.
Auto gallery slideshow
Galleries created with the standard WordPress “gallery” shortcode will get a “colorbox” slideshow applied to it automatically. In the HTML source code the gallery thumbs keep linking to the full attachment pages with the big image embedded, so that search engines can spider those (SEO Feature) while users get the quick, convenient slideshow (which can be stopped). TODO: Provide an extra link for users to get to the attachment pages as well, e.g. for leaving comments on individual images.
Seach engine optimized
The included layouts have source ordering built in. Also, some default WordPress markup is removed for a leaner code. Plus see the other features that are tagged with (SEO Feature). Montezuma aims to be compatible with all the popular SEO plugins like “All In One SEO” and Yoast’s SEO. It is not planned to include extensive meta tag related SEO features, those are best left to the proven plugins. The theme will however do many complementary things to improve your SEO score even more.
Adds “Quicktag” buttons above comments form. Uses the included quicktags library from WP in a lightweight way. It was astonishingly easy to integrate this, seeing that there are also full-blown plugins for that.
Add any Google font(s) through the Montezuma backend. You surf the Google Fonts website, copy a single line of code from there for each font you want, and paste it into a textarea in the Montezuma backend.
Adjust allowed HTML in comments
Add or remove allowed HTML tags for comments. A rather uncommon feature but doesn’t hurt to have I guess.
Adjust meta tags
Add or remove default WP meta tags and links such as “XFN” or “generator”. It is a popular request to remove the “WordPress” meta tag from the document head. In Montezuma you can do this with a check box, along with a couple other meta tags and link elements.
Various CSS3/jQuery animations
Grayscale effect on post thumbs, dual-colored headings, animated link mouse-overs etc…
W3C – valid
Streamlines WP menus
WordPress prints different HTML/CSS for the various menus, e.g. the category menu gets no ancestor classes, and both category and page menus have different classes than the custom menus created at Appearance > Menus. Montezuma streamlines the HTML output so you can use the same CSS for all menu types. This keeps the CSS small and makes the wholestyling process easier and more consistent. Montezuma also replaces the WP-provided ID based classes for individual items with more intuitive and semantic slug based CSS classes.
IE8+. No ugly IE6/7 hacks.
I realize that in China IE6 is still going strong so I suggest Atahualpa for IE6 support. Montezuma is compatible with IE8+ and does not support IE6 or IE7 in favor of using all those shiny new CSS3 features. IE7 is at 3% as of Aug 2012 according to hitslink and lower according to others. It should be at 1% sometime in 2013.
No sliders yet but they are coming. Galleries already get a “colorbox” slideshow. I will implement a more advanced slider for animating content.
No shortcodes yet. I do not plan to add silly shortcodes that simply replace basic HTML tags. For those I’ll add CSS classes that will trigger CSS & jQuery actions. Much better I think. For bigger content items I am considering shortcodes but I do not want to create a lock-in effect for you. A plugin is probably better in some if not many cases.
To be continued…
There’s more. I will add to this list and add some screenshots.