Site redesigned (possible theme release?)

The latest incarnation of Beccary is now live, as you can hopefully see.

I’d known for a while that I wanted to do a darker blue and green theme but didn’t really have any ideas beyond that. Then a few weeks ago JD of Weblogs.us (who as you may know sponsors and hosts my WP themes) sent me Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think. What happened exactly is beyond me, but after reading it a little screenshot with all these page elements and colours sitting just as you see them popped into my head.

The tree is from IStockPhoto and all icons are either from or modified from FamFamFam’s Silk Icon set. I know that the sidebar displays funky in IE5, I’m still working on ironing that out. Additional bug reports are welcome.

Now I don’t usually release my current themes to the public (blame it on my inner narcissist) but depending on public response I am considering releasing this one (replacing the tree and icons of course).

On the plus side it could work at different widths and with a lot of colour schemes. In fact, I was thinking I could package it with a few schemes – not only would that make it more interesting, but it’d then be much easier for users to add their own colours.

On the downside, I have absolutely no idea how to make the sidebar sections alternate with widgets. Hmm…

What do you reckon?

Edit:It’s now 12:10am, April 1st. I obviously didn’t make it. Hopefully there’ll be time to finish fine-tuning things this week, but no promises since I tried that already and it just sucks when they fall through. Becca’s sorry, she really tried.

Edit #2: It’s still coming, I swear! I’ve been sick as a sick dog over the past week though, so this will have to receive a to-do list demotion until I’ve caught back up with studying and work.

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  • Leanne said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Oh I love it, Becca! It’s pretty, and the tree is cool – and the root at the bottom is just perfect!

  • Wendy said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    It looks great! I love the dark blue and bright green combination!

  • Niu said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    It’s gorgeous. I love the little details like the leafless tree at the bottom. A couple of concrit comments for you: the gradient at the top is not at all smooth, there’s clear differentiation between layers of colour whereas the page background gradient is fine. Then the smileys next to this comment box are nicely colour-coordinated but they all look a little ill! But overall, I love it and would definitely consider using it should you make a theme available.

  • MK said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    exactly why I gave up on widgets they seem too… uncustomizeable as they’re mostly out of the box. I like the theme! I’d use it if I wasn’t so concious about screen resolutions

  • Jenny said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Wow, I love it. It’s like one of those ‘homey’ feel layouts, ones that aren’t too spaced nor too cluttered.

  • Joni said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    It’s gorgeous! You should definitely release it.

  • Jon said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Oh, I absolutely love this look (especially the stars at the top)! Is simple and beautiful!

  • valerie said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    As usual, it’s lovely!

  • diCk.Z said,
    March 12, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Hello Becca!I can speak only a little english, but I want to say:”it’s wonderful, and i am a fan of you!”Becca I made duplicate your beachy2 theme last two weeks, I really hope you will not be angry with this, and I will never release the duplicate theme to public.I expect your next and next pretty theme Becca replied,Thanks for at least informing me that you’re using my previous blog design.I’m not angry and I understand that it may have been a honest mistake, but I would appreciate it if you could promptly remove the design. The Beachy2 theme was not designed for public release, and simply taking and using the code and graphics is essentially pirating.I fully support learning from the works of others, but there’s a huge difference between learning and taking. We spend a lot of time and effort creating our designs and for someone to just copy them without permission can be pretty hurtful (not to mention illegal).

  • yoshi said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I love this theme. The dark is a really nice change. I love the tree too!

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  • David said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Too bad about having to take out the tree, but otherwise a very nice theme.

  • March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I found out through Planet WordPress about your consideration.I say GO for it! All your other themes rock too! This one would be right on top! =)

  • Casey said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Yes! Please release it as a theme! I love the navigation at the top as well…

  • Wendy said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I just LOVE this..and I have been looking for a long time! Please release it!

  • dandyna said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    congrats for the new version, my friend!

  • Lanooz said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Absolutely fantastic! If you will realease this theme it would be the best from your goodies-design

  • Brandon said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Please do!

  • Michael said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I love this theme, please release it!

  • Boris said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Like it and would consider it for my own blog. I would like to change the colors and add some images too!

  • Ali said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Do you even need to ask It’s beautiful!!! Please do release it..

  • Meli said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. It draws you right in… it’s very comfortable and easy on the eyes. The smilies look great with this, by the way!I think there would be a lot of people using this theme, should you release it… even with a different color scheme. The layout itself is awesome! As for alternating with widgets, I don’t know of a way without compromising the point of using the widgets in the first place. I say release this for CODERS and don’t worry about widget compatibility.

  • March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Wow, this is very nice! It looks great and once again I appreciate it’s simplicity.

  • Yvonne said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Looks pretty! I like the colours and the tree at the bottom too!

  • Viviane said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I love your theme! I agree with the others, many people would use it. I would definitely consider using it. Using another one of your themes right now.

  • nicole said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I really like it. It’s simply yet interesting which I find a hard time finding in themes. If you decide to share I would love a copy.

  • March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    more crazy (Demais). I’m from Brasil, the look your jobs more time. very good.

  • Riz said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I loooove it! Release! Release!!

  • Jenny said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    wow this looks awesome. i really love it. i’d totally use it as a template. very cool.

  • Jenny said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    oh yea, are you still with e.webscapes?Becca replied,Yep, still there.

  • March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    It’s a very pretty theme and while I’m not sure I’d use it myself I can only assume that a great deal of people would. You’d be doing the WordPress community a huge favor by releasing this theme into the wilds. We need more polished looking works of art to play with. My two cents at least.

  • Jessica said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I would definitely use this as my theme should you make it available to the public. I love it.

  • Lisa said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Just beautiful, Becca! I really like this theme – - excellent work!

  • Rosemarie said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I reckon that this = beautiful.

  • jadeite said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    OH YES PLEASE I always love your themes Release! release! *thumps desk*Thank you

  • jadeite said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Oh please release it with the trees, by the way – it’s what makes this theme extra special Becca replied,As much as I like the tree as well, I simply don’t own the illustration. You can check out IStock’s license agreement to read more.

  • mayvelous said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Yes plz plz plz release it. All your themes are amazing and widely used. I would love to use this one if you release plz.Thanks for all your works.

  • pelf said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Oh my.. I was going to ask whether you’d be interested to design a turtle-site, but I wasn’t sure whether you’d have the time to do so.. Would you still be interested? May I write you?Becca repliedHey Pelf, of course you can write to me! And there’s always time for turtles. I’m thinking maybe my e-mail last week didn’t get through to you, I’ll resend it in a min.

  • Enzo said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    cool layout! I actually downloaded a couple of your WP themes and I am using the dusk layout now on my site. thank you so much!

  • amos wong said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I love your new theme. It’s simple but yet captivating.Just wondering when you will be releasing this theme… Becca replied,Hi Amos Most of it’s just in my head at this point, I’ve started figuring out the colour schemes but that’s about it. Hopefully the final version will allow users to customise the page width as well. I’ll set the end of this month as a tentative release date, that should give plenty of times to get things just right.

  • mae said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    wow… becca, you never cease to amaze me!! Loving the new theme!

  • Rina said,
    March 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    This is a stunning theme. I love your work, Becca

  • wpthemes said,
    March 14, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Would be great if this theme was released!

  • Bastian said,
    March 14, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Very nice!!! Wanna leach it

  • Skye said,
    March 14, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Aw, I love it. I love the vectors @ istockphoto. Some of them are so creative – and very convenient to use The colour scheme is great. I love the shade of blue you picked, it’s so nice on the eyes.

  • yanni said,
    March 14, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    hi dear, do you know that i really love your work. especially your previous theme, its so beautiful. these one is nice too!! are you going to release your previous theme for us to use?

  • March 14, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Blue and green combination is something I am in love lately. Simplicity is another thing I am big fan of. Last thing I love are graphics over at istockphoto(vector mostly).Your style on this one perfectly matches my taste. You can see one example of my design at avivadirectory.com to see what I mean.Great job, two thumbs up.

  • Alid said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    WOW!! very cool TEMPLATE! very nice

  • Bekki said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Gorgeous theme! I love it

  • Robbie said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Very nice designs, and I really think it’s cool from you that you reply to some of the users comments, that shows that you care Thanks for your designs, if you ever reply to this, please tell me if I can contact you about a wordpress (theme) question.Guess that’s it, again thanks for the templates. – We appreciate it.

  • Michele said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Oh, Becca! I love this new redesign. I think the blue/green combo is gorgeous together.I totally understand how you feel about releasing themes you’re currently using, I’m not sure if I’d be comfortable with that either.I can’t stand widgets myself, it seems like it’s too limiting.

  • ranee said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    This is the best wordpress theme I’ve seen in ages. You never cease to amaze me. Never.

  • Callia said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Great theme! I would definitely use it if it were released. Great work!

  • Lara said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Fantastic design Becca. It’s beautifully enchanting. I might have to steal a variation on your color scheme It just works so well. For my new blog “CrunchyMustard.com” (I was going for something clearly strange here) I’m working with a lot of lime greens and aquas. I’d love to incorporate the dark contrast how you did however. Again, beautiful. You’re a lovely artist and one of the premiere blog designers out there. You should go freelance!

  • Amanda said,
    March 15, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Your layout is so beautiful!

  • reese said,
    March 16, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Hi Becca,This is lovely, and I’m sure many people (as shown by the comments!) would be thrilled to have it as a theme. Did you love the Steven Krug book as much as I did? I thought it was highly practical and down to earth Becca replied,I did love it! It was easy to read and understand with some fantastic points and advice. So well written.

  • Tiana said,
    March 16, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    love your blog!xoxox

  • FlipSide said,
    March 16, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I love the new design. I can’t get over your color choices. Simply amazing.I’ll probably use some of your themes (dusk and thirteen) for the core of a personal custom theme, swapping out images etc. You do such a great job with layout, element spacing, and font sizes.It would be great to have this theme to play with as well.I was wondering how you got the sidebar to work… but if you’re not using widgets… that explains it.

  • Connie said,
    March 18, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Seems like I am not the only one who really loves this new theme! It is so classy and elegant! And I love the colours, you are just a pro becca, and it shows in everything you design!

  • Vixx said,
    March 19, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    It’s gorgeous, Becca! Like 049685094586 other people have echoed, the pallette is glorious – I love this blue. V xx

  • JR said,
    March 19, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    this is really lovely, if a tree version were available, I would switch in a heatbeat.

  • Jay said,
    March 20, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    New theme looks great, though I really liked your last one too.BTW, I used to use your Ocadia theme before I finally got moving on making my own. It’s always nice to know when people appreciate your work.

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  • Bubs said,
    March 20, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    The redesign is beautiful! Great job.

  • Beck said,
    March 20, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    The new theme is beyond georgous! If there were a download link i would have clicked as we speak! eerrrrr type I mean. You know what I mean. And the tree is really sweet. I really love the little line at the bottom too “You’ve dug your hole, now sleep in it.” GRIN. cute. Love your work. Can’t wait to see what you do in the future.

  • Fabrian said,
    March 21, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Very pleasing to the eyes and the layout is perfect imo. I say release it and then MAYBE Billy Bullock will port it over to Coppermin Photo Gallery as he has already port two of your wonderful themes

  • Rebecca said,
    March 21, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    This is a really gorgeous theme, blue and lime are one of my favorite color schemes. The tree and little extra things are so beautiful.I use changing sidebars on my site without widgets (I hate widgets..), it only takes two lines of php, plus some text or whatever in the middle…

  • March 21, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Yes, please, release this. I accidentally came by this site, saw the theme and said: WOW!It looks wonderfull!

  • Tom said,
    March 21, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Hey. When are you ready to release your new theme Sweetdreams? I love it. Very nice design. I’m planning a new web site based on your code…. please release it.

  • FlipSide said,
    March 22, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Question: When you start designing a theme, do you start from a common base each time? Like a photoshop file with common elements you use all the time. I’m curious how other web designers go about picking font sizes, colors, and spacing.

  • vaidotas said,
    March 22, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Very nice and sweet theme. Would like to see it released!

  • Jem said,
    March 22, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I’m a bit late to comment (my darned workload) but this is a great theme – simple and attractive, with a great mix of well chosen colours. I think it would prove quite popular released as a free theme!

  • Fabrian said,
    March 23, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Becca, so now that you know everyone loves it…where’s our link?

  • Lena said,
    March 23, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I really love this theme as well. You are truly talented Becca and have a way of finding colours that combine. I really liked your Beachy theme as well.

  • Michael said,
    March 25, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Please release your theme, I really like it. Great work

  • AndrewE said,
    March 25, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Incredible demand for a WP theme and still no sign of release, does the author realise what sort of a pot of gold she is sitting on?

  • Glenn said,
    March 27, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Can’t wait! err.. Of course I will.

  • Mike said,
    March 29, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I would love to use your theme for my new site, I have been searching for weeks now and always come back to yours! Great job.

  • Carol said,
    March 30, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I love all your themes. I have two blogs and I have one of your themes on each. (Almost Spring and Ocadia) Your current theme is lovely and I’d appreciate it very much if you released it, too.Thank you so much for your time and effort,Carol

  • Esther said,
    April 2, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    The layout is awesome! I love the stars and the background color; creates a “starry starry night” feeling!

  • David said,
    April 4, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    This is a great theme. Clean and inviting and very cool trees. I like it!

  • Keith said,
    April 5, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Very nice design Excellent use of colors.

  • Mark said,
    April 8, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Becca,This theme is probably the most gorgeous theme I have ever seen on WordPress! Please, please let me use it for my personal blog. I love to switch my blog themes as seasons progress, and this would be a perfect summer theme. You have my utmost respect for designing such an aesthetically pleasing combination of colors and graphics. Homage to Becca!!

  • Jenny said,
    April 11, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    So you’re not gonna release the theme? Aww

  • Verity said,
    April 11, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    I gave a little *squee* when I saw the new theme and instantly thought, “I want this layout!” Beautiful and funcational (&perfect in Firefox)

  • Verity said,
    April 11, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Forgot to add (whoops). Please release this theme and I’d love widget support

  • Fabrian said,
    April 13, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Is this theme still going to be released?

  • Mike said,
    April 14, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Hi there. Just wanted to say I really love the theme of your site. The tree looks super nice. Your Itsby Bitsy smilies are also just right for my little webcomic site. I was looking for something cute and small and they’re just perfect

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  • valerie said,
    April 18, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Oooh, got that second update — I hope you’re feeling better!! If not yet, then very soon!

  • Jim Bob said,
    April 19, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve been here and now you have the best WP theme I’ve ever seen on display. I _love_ it! Please do release it as a theme. It’s just fantastic!

  • Kat said,
    April 21, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Oh I like it! The night sky, the tree… If I had to describe it in one word I’d say… Enchanting

  • Phoebus Osuns said,
    April 22, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    The best design I have even seen on your blog, but it doesn’t have your beloved turtles. Haha. I really love the sky and the trees. Will you use another image to replace the trees? I’m eager to see it released!

  • winter said,
    April 24, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Hi becca,Would you mind if I ask, what plugin did you use for the reply function. The one that started with “Becca replied,.. blablabla” every time you replied to someone comment? Btw, this theme is amazingly beautiful. Can’t wait to try it out. Becca replied in a loud and ominous voice,I’m actually just adding these in manually by editing comments, so no plugin.

  • Pr Link said,
    May 24, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Hi there. Just wanted to say I really love the theme of your site

  • June 5, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    So you’re not gonna release the theme?

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  • ludix said,
    July 30, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    please release it!

  • August 3, 2007 7 years, 227 days ago

    Best site. Thanks(vacuum cleaner)

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