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Neptune - a new 3-column theme (WP1.5) (26 posts)

  1. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have started developing a new theme for WP 1.5: Neptune. As I see a good number of requests for 3-column layouts, this is what I have chosen to provide. A lot still needs to be done, but the basic layout is ready, and can be seen at http://dev.d10e.net/neptune/

    Comments and requests are welcome. I also have a question: what would you like to see included in the sidebars?

  2. davincim
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Looks good, Yngwin. The only suggestion I would make is to reduce the width of the left column slightly. Doing so will give you a little more space for the center column as I think it migh be just a little too narrow. I like the colors too!

  3. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yes, I thought about making the sidebars slightly narrower and giving the center a bit more room, but in general I like narrow columns as they increase readability. Right now there's about 10 words on a line on the default font size, which is what is recommended by the experts... But I feel the sidebars are quite heavy now, so giving the center more space might restore balance.

  4. solarpunk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    yngwin,

    i was wondering how you were doing the left and right nav, are you using php to call it in the main template? i was able to create a 3 column layout but i doing using css. i want to do something where there will be a left navbar and right navbar using php. here is my blog http://www.fusionrain.com/blog

    thanks
    solarpunk

  5. rocky2889
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Solarpunk,

    Very nice template would you like to share with the group.

    Thanks

    Rocky

  6. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

    In 800x600.... I get scrollbars in both directions.... the left/right scrolling isn't much, but enough to be annoying.

    Tg

  7. solarpunk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Rocky,

    I will. I need to do more css cleaning to it. you can copy the css file if you want to experiment with it. the template itself, it used the old default theme, not the kubrick one.

    Thanks
    solarpunk

  8. pezastic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    My hat is off to you guys for doing the 3-column themes. I spent several hours looking for a good layout and then tried to adapt the best one I found to WP 1.5.

    I had this great idea of having it go to a 2-column when a user chose a category, with the category sidebar on the left and go to a different 2-column when a user chose an archive, with the archive sidebar on the right.

    The thing is, I am clueless as to how to do this, so I floundered.

    Keep up the great work!

    ->Yngwin, where'd you get the preview for comments?

  9. pezastic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ->Yngwin, I just saw the announcement of your new preview for comments plugin:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=20537

    Looks like something I've been searching for. I'll have to check it out.

  10. BuffyVS
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I personally have no use for 3 column templates, but I think you did a great job on this one. I hope you continue to share more in the future

  11. solarpunk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    TechGnome,

    thanks for letting me know about it. i will look into..i am still playing with the css. i have a local copy of wp install in my computer. i need to do more testing.

    thanks
    solarpunk

  12. gnukerman
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hope you let everyone have a copy when you're done. It's a great theme.

  13. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    OK, I have done an update. 800x600 users should not see a horizontal scrollbar anymore, and the (middle) content part is a bit bigger in relation to the sidebars. Still small, I know, but that's the way this theme is going to be. I will do a fluid full-screen 3-column layout next.

    @solarpunk: the flexibility of WP1.5 means I do not need to use just CSS to get 3 columns. I'm using separate divs, that also get called as separate PHP includes (I hope separate files will make things clearer for those who want to customize the code).

    @BuffyVS: I personally prefer 2-column layouts as well, but there are already some good looking themes for WP1.5 that use 2 columns (like Kubrick and Manji), and because I see people asking for 3 columns, I thought I'd make such a theme.

    When this theme is (more or less) ready I will release it under the GPL, so everyone can use it. This (among other things) is my way of saying thank you to the WordPress community who give me such a nice tool, that I also use professionally.

    I'd still like to hear ideas about what to put into those sidebars...

  14. pcbblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yngwin,

    I think the new Neptune Theme is phenominal. As for any additions in the left sidebar, a calendar is always nice. It look fabulous just as it is. You might even consider a weather update link like the Trident Theme.

    I have just installed and set up a test machine for my blog, and am looking at various themes, and yours would be my top choice.

    Thanks for your hard work.

    PCB

  15. sleep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    My hat is off to you guys for doing the 3-column themes. I spent several hours looking for a good layout and then tried to adapt the best one I found to WP 1.5.

    I'm actually working on getting a blog up with Ruthsarian's Layout also. I'm using the 2 or 3 column layout.

    Ruthsarian 2 or 3 Column

    Separate templates, or static pages with separate style sheets would do the different layouts you are interested in. The CSS is well documented. The CSS off of this page need to be concatinated, I think there is a one-page stylesheet somewhere else on his site...

  16. rocky2889
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I am also interesting in the 3 column template. When is the beta that we can check it out?
    -Rocky

  17. 7milesdown
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    looks kubrickish, but I like it!

  18. gregkendallball
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yes please....let's get this released so we can begin using it. I am using Alex King's Dots 2.0 template now, but I'm restricted to only having the search, calendar and archives on the right bar...yours looks very cool....

    Mad props and all that.

  19. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thank you all for your praise. I wish to develop this theme a bit more, fix a few things, add some parts that aren't complete yet. I'll try to get a beta release ready by the end of next week.

  20. rocky2889
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yngwin,

    I am looking to your release soon.

    Thanks

  21. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I've done a few more tweaks, added some plugins. It's looking pretty good now, I think. The only thing is: it only works as it should in Firefox. Most other browsers have various little problems that I still need to fix (IE currently doesn't show comments, Opera and Konqueror (and probably Safari) have the footer overlap the bottom content, so the comment submit button is invisible, also my comment numbering CSS hack doesn't work outside Gecko).

    Lots to fix. Once that is done, you can expect a beta release. I hope to do that later this week, but if browsers keep giving problems, that may take longer.

    Any help with fixing the CSS for these browsers is welcome!

  22. rocky2889
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Sleep,

    What is your status of the Ruthsarian's 3 column Layout design coming?

    I really looking forward to a nice 3 column design and haven't find a right one yet? If you have beta version we can tryout?

    Rocky

  23. solarpunk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    rocky,

    you can use the trident or alex king 3-dots theme, you can modify to whatever you want.. i think i use alex king 3-dots way back with wp 1.2, you can view my blog at http://www.fusionrain.com/blog

    trident
    http://eretzvaju.org/download/trident/

  24. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    A beta release is now available for download:
    http://dev.d10e.net/neptune/2005/02/beta-release-05

  25. solarpunk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yn,

    are you using php, to call the left and and right sidebar? thanks. i want change mine sidebar in which it is call through php, left and right sidebar basically. righ now i am just using sidebar.php and controling the potisitioning through css. you can view at http://www.fusionrain.com/blog

    thanks
    solarpunk

  26. solarpunk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yn,

    ok. i download the code and i notice that you did what i was looking for. i will study your code more and try to implement in my current layout.

    thanks
    solarpunk

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