I’ve been wanting to switch to the amazing K2 WordPress theme for quite a while now, but every time I looked at it, it got just a little too intimidating to install and set up. I mean, it’s not rocket science, but there’s more to it than your average WP theme.
Serendipity smiled upon me, though, a few weeks ago. Turns out that my friend and fellow Intel blogger Brent Logan is super active in the K2 support community (he’s the second most active poster in their support forums), and he gave me some pointers and cleared up some concerns I had about running K2.
First, he said, get the latest nightly build, as opposed to the latest “stable” release. He said the nightlies have been a lot better for him, in terms of stability and functionality.
Second, discover the joy that is K2 Sidebar Modules (which replace WordPress Sidebar Widgets). Once he showed me how they work (and he’s right, they are a lot more flexible than Sidebar Widgets – you can control which pages you want to display which widgets, etc.), I was ready.
All I needed was time to do the final tweaking – add my Google ads to the theme, make sure all of my plugins were working, etc. I’ve been toying with it for the last week or two, and now, I think it’s finally ready.
If you read TinyScreenfuls via my feed, you should really come check it out. Let me know what you think, and especially if something doesn’t work the way you expect it to.
And if you run WordPress, you really should try the K2 theme. It’s got “live” AJAX searching, archives, comments, etc. and generally looks awesome. Thanks, Brent!