As you know, this blog uses the Headway theme for WordPress. I originally started using Headway back in September 2009 and since then, the makers have delivered a number of upgrades. I’ve been using Headway version 1.5 for a couple of months now and am enjoying the flexibility it provides.
The biggest change in version 1.5 was the introduction of the Headway visual editor. This allows you to make changes to your site and in many cases you can instantly see the changes on screen, as you make them. For me, this has made it easier to make changes to this site as you don’t need to have any HTML or CSS knowledge to use it.
It’s always been easy to redesign pages and add and move leaves on pages, Headway version 1.5 makes it easier to do that.
The picture below shows the visual editor for the home page of this site.
Do you want to change your header? In Headway 1.5, you can upload a new header directly from your hard drive using the visual editor.
Adding a new leaf is simple. In the picture above, you would select a leaf you wanted to use from the menu on the left hand side, and press the ‘add’ button. This will insert a new leaf onto your page, which you can then resize, and customise the way you want it.
Do you want to change the colour of your text? Simple! Just select the text that you want to change, and in the visual editor you’ll be able to change the font type, colour, size and spacing. This makes it very easy to quickly change the appearance of your blog.
Headway also makes it easy to add and remove pages from your page menu. It’s easy to create a page and add it to your menu bar, or if you prefer you can remove it from the menu bar. This is useful if you want to create pages within your site that are hidden from view. An example of this could be a newsletter confirmation page. You also have the option of allowing Google to index these sites or not.
Overall, I’m very impressed with this version of Headway. The addition of the visual editor is a great enhancement and makes it a lot easier to customise your site.
I’ve had a few technical problems with my installation of Headway, and I’ve been impressed with their technical support. The first time I had involved the installation and Clay from Headway responded to my e-mail very promptly and fixed the problem within a few hours (not bad considering I live in Australia and there is a bit of a time difference). The second problem revolved around leaf positioning and again Clay fixed it very quickly for me. The support forum continues to grow, and this is a great place to pick up new ideas and interact with other Headway users.
There are two options when buying Headway. The Personal option costs $87 and allows you to install the theme across two websites. The Developer option costs $164 and allows you to install the theme on any number of websites that you or your company owns.
What do you think? Do you have any questions about the Headway theme? Or have you been using it yourself? Leave a comment below.
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