New WordPress Theme: Ribosome, some Mods

Due, I was, for a theme change. Ribosome seemed the trick. Here are my very simple theme changes.

Default Enhanced, my last theme from 2009, appealed to my simplicity, but let me down in some ways. I did add to the css for a dropcap and paragraph indent, and did correct the list issues. Otherwise the theme stood the test of time. The change agent was that it lacked responsiveness and was difficult on mobile devices. It was time.

As I really like simple themes Ribosome seemed simple enough. Of course I did a child theme, that’s ribosome with a lower case “r”, so as not to mess up when there is an update to the main theme. Here are my changes:

  • Extended my original header graphic, to their recommended 1144px. My original graphic is shallower than their recommended 292px. I might add the site title and sub-title in the graphic later.
  • My custom text widgets coded in html came over without issue.
  • Added my custom CSS for dropcap and paragraph indent
  • Did some changes to the footer to remove the “Powered by WordPress”
  • Removed some items in the meta widget, just copied some code over to the functions.php.

Most of this I did with Default Enhanced. I have not really done any major changes to my site.

I’ll look the new theme over for a couple of days to see how it goes, and maybe stick with it. WordPress and other CMS are great for their separation of content and display. It means that a theme change is pretty simple and low risk.

The ribosome is a complex molecule made of ribosomal RNA molecules and proteins that form a factory for protein synthesis in cells.


The ribosome (/ˈraɪbəˌsoʊm, -boʊ-/[1]) is a complex molecular machine, found within all living cells, that serves as the site of biological protein synthesis (translation). Ribosomes link amino acids together in the order specified by messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules. Ribosomes consist of two major components: the small ribosomal subunit, which reads the RNA, and the large subunit, which joins amino acids to form a polypeptide chain.


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