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You aren’t wrong about the Stallion design since if you don’t like it, you don’t like: it’s subjective, you can’t be wrong in what you like/don’t like :-)

Others like the main Stallion design (the colours) which is based on Talian (the original Talian 1 was a very popular theme a few years ago), I have to admit when I first started working on the Talian colour scheme I didn’t like it, but it grew on me and it was the most popular design I sold on the site.

SEO wise Stallion is going to be very difficult to improve upon and any new SEO features are going to add minor SEO improvements: though I said this when I created Talian 5 and Stallion 6 has some significant SEO upgrades :-)

In the Stallion 6.1 update I worked on layouts: the sidebar location Stallion 6 went from a double 200px wide layout only to covering all the basic layouts possible, other than adding sidebars within sidebars not much else I can improve there.

Stallion Sidebar Layouts
Left 200px Right 200px
Left 200px Left 200px
Right 200px Right 200px
Left 255px Left 165px
Right 255px Right 165px
Left 310px
Right 310px
No Sidebars

Worked on custom ad options: on top of widget locations strategically placed through out the theme allowing the addition of ads and other widgets almost anywhere there’s two easy to use custom ad widgets. I’m using both custom ad types on this site, they are the 125px by 125px ads and the large Stallion banner at the bottom of the right menu.

Also made a start on improving the aesthetic appeal of Stallion sites, added the TwentyEleven header system which you can see on my 45 Year Old Millionaire site. My version is better than the original, both SEO wise and user wise, with TwentyEleven and other themes based on TwentyEleven you are limited to the theme developers images and one more image you add. In Stallion there are image sets, on the site above there’s a money set (which will be released for free in Stallion 6.1.1 along with 5 other free sets) and custom slots for 10 of your own packages (up to 80 more images). Like with TwentyEleven you can associate an image with a post and have it show in the header. If you aren’t familiar with this TwentyEleven feature see Make Money Online Guide which also uses the money set of headers, but on the posts that review a World of Warcraft leveling guide like Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm WOW Leveling Guide Reviews 1-85 you see a custom World of Warcraft header image. Every post can have a unique header image set, really cool feature.

Added two image based navigation menus, one that’s used with a new thumbnail feature I added that gives you a featured post slider (haven’t had time to properly use it on my sites yet) and the other a navigation menu you can see at the top of the Hot Post images which can be changed easily (that’s a test site, not had the time to use this on my important sites: want to improve this so can add categories as this would be perfect for category navigation, currently works with posts/pages only).

In the next update (Stallion 6.1.1) I’m concentrating mostly on the user experience. So far added two new colour schemes, these are not based on Stallion/Talian they are based on two popular themes Coraline and Delicate, Delicate is running on this site now and you can see Coraline at Make Money Online Guide. Basically you get the look of Coraline/Delicate with the features of Stallion and according to the WordPress theme repository Coraline and Delicate are two of the most popular themes. It’s not that hard to add a theme look as above, just about finding the time to make a CSS file and a few images.

In Stallion 6.1.1 working on a YouTube widget, this takes the YouTube videos from a YouTube feed and puts them on your sidebar. So if you have a YouTube channel and want the latest videos from it on your blog automatically, this will achieve it. Added a Google translation widget, this widget allows your visitors to change your content to another language via a drop down menu, I’ve associated this into the Google analytics code built into Stallion, so you can track language translations as well.

Also working on a better author box, got the code to allow users to add more things to their author page (your profile page). WordPress core has email, website, AIM and a few other options I don’t think anyone uses.

Can add
Twitter Username
Facebook Username
Google Buzz Username
LinkedIn Username
Flickr Username
Youtube Username

Just have to incorporate the code into the Stallion author box so you can link to those external sites above.

Been trying to add a tabbed widget area, but not doing well getting it to work, so might put that off for another day :-)

So now I have the SEO pretty much done and dusted I’m working on the user experience.


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