Dream theme and hamburger menus

My theme here, right now, is called The Box, and it meets all my requirements for a good WordPress theme. It hasn’t reached the WordPress.COM repository yet, but it should, methinks.

There are trends in theme creating, just as in fashion and everything else, it seems.

hamenuOne thing, that has become popular lately, is the «hamburger menu». Many of you have probably seen it around, without thinking too much about it … let alone click it.

My theme doesn’t have it, so I can’t show an example.

I’m in full understanding why they use it; it’s nice to get the sidebar out of the way … makes for a cleaner reading experience. Also, and perhaps more importantly, most people read on mobile devices nowadays, and it saves space.

However; I’m not a big fan of the hamburger menus. As much as I love many of the themes, I see this as a downside. Even if people actually know what this icon stands for, I highly doubt they click/tap on it. «Out of sight: Out of mind!» is an expression that popped up in my brain.

hamburger-iconI prefer the real thing — a QuarterPounder BLT at McD’s! Mmmmm!

19 thoughts on “Dream theme and hamburger menus

  1. David Bennett

    I don’t like hamburger menus either. I think they came into being because they make life easier for designers wanting to get everything to work on mobile devices.

    One of the themes I use (from the StudioPress stable) shows a full menu on laptops and then if and only if the home page on the full site has been set up a certain way – it shows a hamburger menu on mobile devices.

    1. Rebekah McNulty

      That sounds like the kind of set-up I like. There’s one theme I’ve seen in the .org repository, named Baskerville, where the hamburger only shows up when ‘needed’. Swedish designer to boot 😀

  2. Janine

    I haven’t noticed the hamburger menu yet; but I will start looking out for it. I still use the free versions of WordPress.com, so I don’t need to fiddle around much with set up. Now that I think about it, all the blogs I visit on my iPhone all look the same anyway since there isn’t any room for the sidebars. Hmm. Lot’s to consider.

  3. Annakarin

    I don´t like hamburger menus either. But right now i really wish I could have a ultimate cheesburger, Jack in the box. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  4. Barbara

    I agree Reb, most people wouldn’t click on the hamburger icon; if you want your readers to see something, they need it to be right in their face. I don’t want my readers to have to search too hard, therefore I like my menus to be visible.

  5. Janine

    By the way, have you noticed that a photo doesn’t appear along with your posts in the reader? At least it doesn’t on my iPhone. I noticed that about my own posts too and it really bugs me. I asked the WP people in he forums and no one could tell me why that is happening. I love having a photo from my post in the reader. Did you choose not to, or have you not noticed?

    1. Rebekah McNulty

      I had not noticed 🙂 but I think the photo has to be set to “featured”?! Also; you have to enable that feature from the Dashboard > Appearance > Mobile: Enable Mobile theme, and then you tick what you want 🙂

      1. Janine

        Thank you! I happened to see that “Set Featured Image” after I wrote you. And then I deleted the app from my phone and re-installed it. I think that did the trick.

          1. Janine

            I will enable the mobile feature too. There must have been a change while. I was away for a while because tthis had never been an issue before.

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