WordPress V2

sketched

In an attempt to break away from smaller fonts and darker colors, I created 5ThirtyOne v2.0 to be as easy to read as bold crayons on a sheet of white construction paper.

Dubbed Dos Uno Gimangus, 5ThirtyOne v2.0 is the first WordPress theme that began its life on a sheet of wrinkly college ruled lined paper. With pen in hand, I sketched the layout, calculated rough measurements, and managed to jot down my top five reasons why lectures suck (obviously the rough sketch was drawn up during class).

I deviated slightly from the initial mock up. Fortunately, the end result looked close enough to what I had in mind. Here are a few noteworthy items concerning the process and theme:

  • Creating a physical mock up with pen and paper is much easier compared to imagining the intricacis of the layout in your head.
  • Coding from the top down, is much easier than coding in then out.
  • Ice cream cake from Coldstone is good.
  • Less is more, and larger fonts is even better.
  • Seeing green on the W3C Validator gives me the shivers. The same kind I get after *ahem* nevermind.
  • Fixed vs. Fluid layouts. I’m still torn. Maybe I should have gone Elastic.

Download

5ThirtyOne v2 (R1.0) + PSD’s
download package

Check the installation notes and change log below before installing. By downloading the above zipped package you agree to report any and all bugs that may arise to better future revisions to benefit the WordPress community. Sharing is caring, it’s good for you and me.

Legal

The theme is distributed with a nice little GPL license. This means that if you download the theme, mod If you make any notable changes that you think I should see, drop me an email, sing in praise of your new work, and then decide to re-distribute, the GPL license must stay intact.

Minor request: The WordPress community is a mature crowd right? I’ve left my impression in the footer. Credit would be appreciated as I recently realized that I had spent more time on this theme than my current “girl who is a friend”. If it’s not too much trouble, sending a link back this way would be just swell!

Change log and Revisions

  • (R1.0): Initial public release

Installing

Follow these instructions and you’ll soon be up and running:

  • Read through this page in its entirety.
  • Make sure you’re running WordPress 1.5 or 2.0+
  • Download the latest release above.
  • Unzip and review the folder(s) contents.
  • Edit home.php on lines 6 & 36 respectively. Assuming you have an asides category, replace the existing “2” to reflect the category of your choosing.
  • Edit comments.php on line 32 to reflect your own email address for comment highlighting.
  • I’ve made use of the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin. The template structure assumes that you have the plugin installed. Download your own copy here.
  • Navigate to Presentation and activate 5ThirtyOne v2.

That should do it. Tweak the template to your hearts content and report back with any issues that may arise.

Questions

  • Will v2 break my sweet little WordPress?: I would hope not. See bugs list below.
  • Are there any required plug-ins?: Yes. Sort of. There is one plugin that the template assumes to be installed – Ultimate Tag Warrior. You’ll need to download UTW separately b/c of the different versions. Credit goes out to the respective author.
  • Why does your code look so messy?: I did it on purpose dammit! I consider myself to be a constant learner. As such, the code may not be as sparkly as it could be. Everyone has their own methodology to work by. I’ll work by mine, and, well, I guess some will have to adapt.
  • I want to edit the images: Recolor the included PSD’s.

Reported gnats

  • If you are currently running a tracking script for the Crazyegg service, the shelf will break. I was informed that an update will be rolled out that will fix the Crazyegg prototype.js incompatibility.
  • Possible issue with Inline AJAX Comments and Script.aculo.us effects (prototype.js).
  • If readers have Javascript disabled, the modal search box will cease functioning. Sorry.

These aren’t so bad. Bugs are bugs are bugs. As annoying as they are, squashing them actually serves as challenging entertainment. As time progresses, each of these will eventually be lifted from the list.

Noteworthy

  • If you’re using Ryan’s Contact Form plugin, I’ve included the necessary stylesheet rules to match the entire theme.
  • I’ve made use of the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin on my site. The slide down ‘Similarly tagged’ effect on single posts assumes that your site is tagged. You’ll need to edit out the template modifications if you would rather do without the drop down or plugin.
  • Edit the navigation links as needed. I would have gone with WP pages but some users have way too many pages created in their WordPress installs.

As usual, feel free to drop questions or suggestions in the comments below. For additional 5ThirtyOne WordPress themes, drop by the portfolio for a little window shopping. If you’ve found this download useful and care to help me on my way to acquiring a true dev machine with something greater than a 12″ screen, consider a small donation.