Theme Testing with Bootstrap

I’ve been playing with a new theme over at the test blog. It’ll soon become the default. It uses the Bootstrap framework on top of WordPress. This isn’t newfangled, but it is an interesting exercise. The test comes with three examples of use (I was too lazy to make a link back from the My Work page). The barebones weblog acts as the front page. Secondly, there’s a My Work link to a custom page template linked via the wordpress dash, which uses a custom template and a custom header, made available via get_header( “custom-header” ). The third test is a custom template with a simple navigation bar which hacks to link pages inside a bootstrap container.

For me, navs have always been a pain in the ass, especially when they involve wp_list_pages. I don’t need them on my own setup but I’d like to understand how to code the automation into the Bootstrap’s variety of designs. When I place list-pages into a bootstrap ul I get a bulleted horizontal list of pages. When I use the div nav inside ul navbar nav the navigation works but just looks cheap.

It would seem as if wp_list_pages could go into any ul without fault. But I’m not good enough yet to sort through the dilemma. I just don’t like holes or saying something like, “I’ll figure that out later.”

What’s I’ve found valuable here is the possibility for solid web artifacts that can draw from numerous systems.

Of course, the placeholders are little images of Carianne Garside’s artwork.