favorite Pelican themes

I don't like the default Pelican theme, notmyidea:

  • It is decent, but the post metadata feels cramped where its placed.
  • The is no visible link to tags, never-mind a tag cloud (which is handy).
  • I just don't like the general look.

So, I had a look at the others:

Elegant

That it is the least static-like of all themes I've seen yet, this is the most innovative one I've seen yet. One of my favorite features the search feature, which got me excited.

It has some issues though (to be fixed at some point):

  • ignores Twitter setting
  • Feeds not supported

It's also not the prettiest of themes, but it will have to do, at least for now.

gum

I was impressed enough that I was strongly considering settling for this one, despite the following issues:

  • no Tags on individual Posts
  • no Categories on individual Posts

But, it doesn't display bullets. I expect this was just an oversight.

monospace

  • [win] simple and elegant design
  • [win] displays pages as a list, all but the newest one in the view
  • [win] me loving the Archives view
  • Categories are not shown in a prominent place (e.g. menu bar)
  • no Tags on individual Posts
  • no Categories on individual Posts
  • ignores Twitter setting
  • Post titles are capitalised (minor issue)

Just Read

  • [win] elegant and simple design (my favorite of all)
  • [win] displays pages as a list, all but the newest one in the view
  • Categories are 2nd-class citizens: they aren't shown on the index page
  • bullets are done wrong: the bullet-ed text is not indented
  • on post view, there is no distinction between Tags and Categories
  • too much border space on code snippets (pre tag?)
  • background for code snippets is not distinctive

tuxlite_tbs

  • [win] clean and simple design: nice menu-bar and sidebars
  • tags aren't shown along-aside posts

Mockingbird

  • [win] very nice and clean design
  • date on Archives looks like shit
  • background for code snippets is not distinctive
  • Categories only visible on individual Posts
  • ignores Twitter setting
  • does not support Disqus

neat

  • [win] the look is different; it feels calm

  • Archives view is not ideal, though it's not in a prominent location

  • Categories are not shown in a prominent place (e.g. on menu bar)

  • when custom fields are not specified, they are handled in a naive manner:

    images/neat.png

Chunk

  • [win] a trendy look
  • oversized text, especially blog title
  • background for code snippets is not distinctive
  • Archives look like shit
  • ignores Twitter setting

Bootstrap 2

  • [win] the Menu bar is unbeatable
  • the general look is too busy:
    • the Categories and Tags on the right must go
    • who wants snippets on posts
    • showing Category and Tag on main views
  • separate tag cloud page missing
  • line length too long