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WordPress theme in progress: Sweet Dreams

I’ve been doing a bit of work on getting this design ready for public release, but there’s still a long way to go. The major issue slowing things down is the large and soon-to-be-obvious fact that I don’t have a clear idea of what I want the final product to be.

So far I’ve set it up with three widths (920px, 760px and fluid) and five different colour schemes.

You can see all the other options at the also-a-work-in-progress theme page. If you’d like, you can download what’s been done so far, but keep in mind that there will most likely be some major changes before I ‘officially’ release it. So really, only do that if you want to help bug hunt, give suggestions on how to improve it, etc…


Some points I’m pondering that I’d really appreciate your feedback on (open questions for all, you don’t have to have used it or even WordPress itself):

Should I use javascript to make the sidebar sections alternate?

Basically I don’t see how I can get things alternating with widgets the way it is, not to mention blogrolls, categories…etc. There could be an option to turn it off.

Should I kill some of the colour schemes?

Five’s a bit excessive, isn’t it? I intend to do some more work on all the schemes except blue/green, but you get the general idea about how they look. Which should stay and which get booted?

One thing I don’t want to do is split the different widths and colours into additional themes. I foresee maintaining them all would be a massive headache, and basically if I can keep things easy to update I’m more likely to put aside time to do so. I wouldn’t mind creating ‘add-on packs’ with the colour schemes that get kicked out though, there are already several I’ve already rejected through no fault of their own, and it seems silly not to share them just because they weren’t to my taste.

Also to do

  • First and foremost, a better header image
  • Option to add your own header image
  • Widget support

Final note

Above all and in reference to the alternating sidebar sections, I don’t want this to become something that you need to fuss with or know HTML/CSS to use. That would entirely defeat the purpose of why I do this in the first place.

Themes updated

All themes have been updated with the following changes:

  • Added an option to display/hide post authors
  • Added an option to use the date specified in WP’s general options page (uses the_time(get_settings('date_format')))
  • Added links to trackback URLs (if pingbacks are enabled) and comment feeds (if comments or pingbacks are enabled) on single post pages
  • Added previous/next post links on single post pages
  • Changed index, category and archive page navigation from posts_nav_link() to next_posts_link() and previous_posts_link()due to localisation problems
  • Added CSS classes you can use to give your images borders

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I’ve also spent a bit of time lately searching for WP 2.1 compatible themes with widget support for a friend, and I have to say that Blog.txt and Qwilm!2 are fantastic.

Full feeds in WordPress 2.1

A feature new to WordPress 2.1 popped up to say hello when I checked my feed earlier. Apparently using the <!–more–> quicktag now cuts off your feeds as well, even if they’re set to full text, and adds a ‘more’ link to the entry’s page. If this behaviour doesn’t appeal to you, you can get your really-full full text feed back with the Full Text Feed plugin by Cave Monkey 50.

WordPress Theme: Remember

WordPress theme: Remember Due to popular request, my old purple turtle theme has been revamped and released. The sea turtle had to go as it was a stock photo, so I replaced it with some of my gold guppies (there’s an option to get rid of them if you’re not a fish fan).

“Remember” is released under the GPL and Widgets are supported. The theme admin menu is powered by WordPress Theme Toolkit. Bandwidth for downloads is siphoned from

I’m pretty open to the idea of adding additional header images and/or colour options, the design was so much fun to make in the first place. Feel free to leave suggestions if that’s something you’d like to see, and let me know if I messed up anywhere.

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Themes Updated

Just to let you all know, the themes have been updated to work with widgets. Invite

Seems the WordPress team have been sending out quite a few invites, and I in turn have one to pass on.

So if you’d like your very own snazzy blog, leave a comment. Say something interesting too – telling me why you need the invite is fine and dandy, but I’d really like to hear about your pets. Or why the sky is blue, but not always. Or whether or not chihuahuas are really dogs. You get the idea.

Update: Thank you all for participating! The invite has been handed out.

WordPress Theme: Thirteen

Wordpress theme: Thirteen A new theme for WordPress!

It’s somewhat similar to my current layout. Not much, but just a bit. Why call it Thirteen? The little doodles used in the theme came out of a sketchbook I kept when I was that age. Or maybe I was twelve then? Either way, Thirteen makes a much cooler name.

Important: By default, the header only fits a short blog name (under 20 characters or so), but this can easily be changed by opening up header.php and following its instructions.

Let me know what you think, bug reports are welcome. And I do promise something not fixed-width and centered for the next theme!

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WordPress 1.5.2 Released

WordPress 1.5.2 is now available. Get it!

WordPress Plugin Competition Winners

WordPress Plugin Competition Winners: Congrats to the winners, and thanks to all for the great plugins.

WordPress Theme: Dusk

Dusk A new old theme for WordPress. The layout was originally released as a free template for Blogger, but I’ve now cleaned up the coding and converted into a theme for WP 1.5.

It’s quite simple and on the darker side, hopefully someone will put it to use. I haven’t spent a huge amount of time bug-hunting, so any error reports would be helpful.

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