Themes and Plugins

Themes

Habsburg

Habsburg is the theme you’re looking at right now. It’s a simple, responsive theme based on the Underscores starter theme. It offers featured content, full-width, sidebar-left, and sidebar-right page templates as well as a roomy footer with up to three nav menus so you can fit all the links and widgets you want.

Plugins

Heading Jumper

Heading Jumper is geared for sites that have some kind of longform content to display. It aims to cut down the time users have to spend scrolling up and down the page. It does this by creating a hierarchical table of contents which site administrators can place either at the top of the document or in a sidebar. When the page initially loads, only the top-level headings are visible, but visitors can slide out nested levels of subheadings to navigate to more specific sections.

You can also select specific pages on which for Heading Jumper will appear so that it doesn’t unnecessarily clutter your site. It has a very small set of css classes and thus chameleons its way to looking great with almost any theme!

Margin Notes

Margin Notes is a WordPress annotation plugin that allows subscribers to your site to add parenthetical commentary to pages or posts. The idea was born out of my own frustrations trying to remember the many articles I read online. The act of taking notes helps you retain information even if you never refer back to the notes themselves. Margin Notes makes it easy to do this – you don’t have to scroll to the top or bottom of a page to make an annotation, and your annotations show up right next to the source text you used to create them. I had a small newspaper, online magazine, or culture blog in mind as a target audience for the plugin.

When users make annotations, they don’t affect the way the site appears to an average, unauthenticated visitor. Only that user can view the Margin Notes interface and see the annotations they’ve created. Similarly, users can only see their own annotations, not the ones created by other users. So Margin Notes is not exactly a public-facing plugin. Nonetheless, customization options allow for a polished presentation for your users. The site administrator can specify up to four theme colors to accent various parts of the interface and the annotations. You can choose which margin, left or right, should house the annotations. And while “margin” is in the name, you don’t actually need to have margins in your theme for it to work. You can also elect to have the annotations display as tooltips that pop open when a user hovers over the source text.