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[resolved] Getting themes from WordPress.com? (24 posts)

  1. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi all, fairly new to WP and in love! :) So much so I moved off my wordpress.com hosted (free) blog onto a new domain of my own, so I could have all the goody fun with managing/controlling my own install of WP. Here's my problem: on wordpress.com, the Rubric theme is somehow 2.0-ready, widgets and all. But the "in-the-wild" Rubric theme is only 1.5-ready, and doesn't support widgets. Can anyone point me in the right direction here?

    Do I have to redo the work someone else did of getting Rubric widget-friendly? Is it hard (you can see on my blog at ransomedhome.com that I'm not an experienced coder)? Is there a way to get the updated theme from the wordpress.com guys?

    I've searched everywhere, and am not even sure where to leave comments/requests, so if you have the time to help I'd really appreciate it. Thanks for taking the time to read my lengthy request. :)

  2. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Here is a related thread I was told to cross-reference here:
    http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=368&replies=4

    Here is the thread where I was told that:
    http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=1175&replies=26

    (hopefully I did that correctly...)

  3. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    All you need to know is there (or available by links)
    http://wordpress.org/development/2006/03/widgets-plugin/

  4. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, about the only thing I have for you is that at one point a couple of years back, rubric was a sitetemplate for wordpress multi-user. I haven't had any need to look a MU any further, so I don't know if an updated version might be availble there or not. http://mu.wordpress.org if you want to dig around over there.

    Also Tom Raftery has it updated to 1.5 here: http://www.tomrafteryit.net/rubric.zip - most 1.5 themes work just fine with 2.0+, and widgetizing is pretty simple - instructions here: http://automattic.com/code/widgets/themes/

  5. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    moshu, vkaryl, I tried editing it myself but was only partially successful. By which I mean the widgets don't work, but I didn't completely break my page. :)

    vkaryl, I didn't find anything on mu.wordpress.org, though admittedly I'm tired of searching. Instead I followed the instructions, though they are more than a little confusing. I replaced the widget functions.php with my own, and replaced the theme's default php with my own, both with the code added per the instructions. Now there aren't any widget options in the administration panel, and no sidebar shows up. I quickly reverted until I figure out what went wrong. I haven't defined any styles yet, could that be why?
    My method was to create a second widgets plugin and a second theme, so I could switch back to the "safe" versions easily.

  6. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Huh. The only theme I've "widgetized" was one for a client, and I didn't IIRC do a thing with functions.php. In fact, that theme was a rework of a 1.5 theme I wrote myself, which I just redid the look of for him.

    I literally just downloaded the widgets plugin and set up the "dynamic sidebar" php. That was it.

  7. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    vkaryl, did the theme have the <div> style sidebar, or was it an unordered list? Rubric has the <div> style. It sounds like you didn't even have to touch the CSS. I've put the php 'if' code in front and at the end of my menu div, which is what the sidebar consists of.

    I obviously haven't done it quite right, because the 'sidebar widgets' option doesn't show up if I select my modified theme. If someone's interested, I'd be glad to email them the index.php file with my changes...

  8. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, maybe what you could do would be use the "kubrick-style" sidebar with the lists. Just because the original ("antique" 1.2) theme had a div styled sidebar doesn't mean you have to use it....

    And I'd be more than happy to try to take the theme apart and put it back together - but the next few days/into the 2nd week of Sept. are going to be hysterical for me, so it would be a while before I had time to really do that.

  9. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    vkaryl, I don't know why I didn't think of that - just rip out the code for the sidebar and replace it. I hope it will be that easy ;), if not, and you do have time in a few weeks...hopefully I'll have figured it out by then!

  10. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, I hope so too, not because I don't want to help; just because if it were me I wouldn't want to have to wait that long!

    But seriously, if you get sideways with this and can't get something going, email me at vkaryl * at * bytehaven * dot *com, and I'll do what I can as soon as I clear the decks.

  11. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Summary: it hasn't gone well. I obviously don't know what I'm doing, because the sidebar ceases to exist. After going through the limited documentation, it's obvious I don't know enough yet about CSS, PHP, WP, and possibly html. :P

    I've tried several other themes again, but nothing else comes close to what I want (fluid width, separated but otherwise visually toned down separation between areas). Unfortunately Rubic looks to be lacking in the "page" area too - one thing at a time. I'm going to try the "in-business" theme for the moment and see if I can modify styles to look like Rubric.

    Vkaryl, if you have the time in a week or two (or three) to help, I'd really appreciate it. I'd be glad to learn from you as well. Thanks for the help so far.

  12. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Not a problem, I just wish I had the time in the next couple of days to work it over. Email me; I'll do what I can as soon as I can, okay?

  13. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    (sheepish) uh, I can't find your email address. My email is random 4444 at gmail {dot] com. Thanks for your help. (I also discovered the in-business theme won't work until I implement some stuff that I've just got working in the Rubric code - hopefully I can make it a plugin).

  14. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    From the post 3rd above....

    vkaryl *at * bytehaven * dot* com....

  15. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Doh! How'd I miss that?! And I'm usually so detail-oriented ....

  16. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    vkaryl solved my problem and updated the theme for WP 2.04. I owe my undying gratitude... :)

    A copy of the updated Rubric theme will be available on my blog sometime in the next day or two, if someone is looking for it: http://ransomedhome.com/blog.

    I don't know yet if vkaryl will put it up also, or how to get it on the official list, et cetera et cetera, but I'll get it figured out in due time. ;)

  17. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yep, I'll put it up and post a link as well. You can contact the host at http://themes.wordpress.net; should be a link on there somewhere - get him to put it up there too. Rubric's too good a theme for too long to die....

    Oh.... fully widgetized etc. too....

  18. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've put a 7zip archive up here: http://bytehaven.com/tmp/themes/rubric204.7z

    This includes the widgets plugin and the correct sidebar setup as well as the new functions.php. READ THE README, and follow the widgets plugin install instructions! I'm not going to troubleshoot for folks who don't read.

    But if you have problems outside the installs of the theme and the widgets plugin, start a new thread please.

    [If you don't have 7zip, get it at http://www.7-zip.org/

  19. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm working on getting it up at themes.wordpress.net. Want to make sure I have a decent landing page for it first. :P

  20. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Landing page here. WordPress rocks!

  21. drmike
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    vkaryl, the download linjk on your site 404s. This one does work though. :)

    Thanks,
    -drmike

  22. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi drmike.... working fine for me. That's weird. I wasn't even housecleaning this time!

    [Note please, btw, that there are still a few "housekeeping" bits that need doing - and which I will get to this weekend - after a long day in Vegas for a wedding tomorrow.]

  23. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've just received access to the graphical themes viewer, so I'll be uploading the theme there this weekend (after tweaking the bits one more time!)

  24. randomstep
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    drmike, glad you mentioned that. I just discovered my link was 404'ing also. It's fixed now.

    I'm sure glad you guys got me addicted to this! ;)

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