Hey, we are running a wordpress site, featuring a blog and an extensive catalogue of old articles. We are currently looking for at new theme in order to make it look better and to provide options for clustering articles in "featured sections".
At the moment I am looking at at theme called Multi Press that offers the kind of functionality we need, but I lack the knowledge about alternatives. And this is why i am turning to you experts for alternative suggestions. A short summary of the functionality we like in Multipress (MP):
The menu-system: Out of the box MP features three menus: One top menu above the banner (for "about" links etc). One menu below the banner for "top level categories". Below that menu another one, in MP-lingo the "Breaking Menu", the sort of things we would use to highlight "clusters" of articles which we in some periods would like to feature as "packages" of information, and later change to something else.
The way individual posts is shown. MP has a lot of flexbility in how the individual posts are shown. We like the ability to enhance the reading experience, by limiting the number of widgets, and to decide which widgets (menus, text), to accompany which articles. For instance we like the ability to show an article along with an introdoctory text to the "cluster" it is part of as well as a list of other articles in the same cluster.
Easy customization. While we have some wizards to ask (and pay), and an idea about the workings of CSS and PHP in Wordpress, we would like to have as much custmizability builty into the theme as possible.
All this is of course possible with Multipress, and thats why we like it. But we would like to hear a second opinion about poissible alternatives, and maybe try them out before. All the best, MS