Now that my new site is up and running, I have decided to generify the design and clean up the code a little bit, add some documentation and release it as a Word Press theme. It’s based off of a theme called Qwilm! designed by Lokesh Dhakar and rebuilt by Oriol Sanchez. I remixed the theme, added a bit of typographicalization and a dash of code politely-appropriated from Kubrick (the default wp theme). I’m calling it QPwilm!
It’s definitely for the 1024×768 and 1280Ã—1024 crowd, but it’s got qwilm!’s elasticity for smaller monitors. i ♥ big type. next up, i’m working on getting the theme fully validated. Since I made this theme to suit my own site, it features varying out-of-the-box support for a bunch of handy wp plugins and widgets, which pretty much makes it WP 2.1 and above. The template pages detect if a plugin is installed, so the theme is essentially plugin independant, which means that you can use or not use any of the following plugins at your descretion:
- WP Admin Bar Reloaded – Should be included with the WP install
- Bunnyâ€™s Technorati Tags
- Flickr Badge Widget
- Run For Cover Widget – Last.fm widget
- Sidebar Widgets – so cool!
- Sideblog WordPress Plugin – a sweet ‘asides’ implementation
- Sticky Menu – more control over your pages nav
- Current version: 1.2 – Apr 22 ’07 – I added support for “WP Admin Bar Reloaded” and fixed “QPwilm!” link in sidebar.
- 1.1 – initial release
Making the theme pretty
There are notes in the stylesheet, to have floating text wrapped images. Try applying classes to the image:
There are notes in the stylesheet to change the header style, there are three styles:
- blog name and description in live text left-aligned
- blog name in live text in floating red badge
- blog name in image in floating red badge
Column widths were designed to compliment Flickr‘s square, thumbnail, small and medium sized images:
- 3 small vertically oriented images in a row – example
- 2 small horizontally oriented images in a row – example
- 1 medium horizontally oriented image – example
- 5 square images in a row – example
The nav bar hasn’t been set up for child pages – i’ll fix this in the next version