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New Accessible "SeaBeast' Theme (23 posts)

  1. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hello all,

    I am getting ready to release the Accessible SeaBeast Theme (entire site is dedicated to theme support) and was hoping to get a little feedback before actually posting the download. This will be my second theme, with Beast-Blog being the first. This one, however, is much more than a theme. It has a contact form and myriad options and functionality including stats and such, all controlled by a small set of configuration files. I made this so people will have less difficulty modifying their blog and adding all that extra stuff. With this theme, if they follow the instructions, should have a much easier time with management as they will not have to edit the regular theme files.

    Sincerely
    Mike Cherim
    http://green-beast.com/
    http://green-beast.com/seabeast/

  2. Amulet
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It's beastly! :D No, really, I like it. It looks great, very clean-looking and gentle.

  3. JamesICT
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Very nice. I like the fact it is fullwidth and has the flexibility to be changed quite a bit to add a person's own stamp to it.

    And the way you have set up the demo is great - if only all theme designers took the time to explain a few of the functions as you have.

    Just make sure you let us know when it is released :)

  4. edwinkort
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It's a great looking theme. I like it.

  5. museum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Simply Great!

  6. Piggy
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    That looks seriously great!

  7. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. :)

    Mike

  8. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hello All,

    The Seabeast Theme has gone live. The theme is now available for public consumption. Enjoy!

    Mike

  9. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I added this theme to the codex today, http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes/Theme_List#Three_Columns, and it has been removed. I didn't have problems when adding to the Codex with my last release.

    Anyone know why?

    Mike

  10. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Extrmely cool theme. Thanks for releasing it.

  11. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You're welcome samboll.

    I'm bummed it was removed from the Codex themes list. It does have added features but I'm pretty sure I followed the guidelines pretty closely. It requires a configuration but that is for all the added stuff. I didn't muck up WordPress, widget and upgrade support should be fine.

    I hope I get an official response on this. I busted my butt on this theme. I've gotten good responses from people who have set it up and stuff so I don't quite understand.

    Mike

  12. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    You might ask on the codex mail list

    http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-docs

  13. EastVanEsica
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi Mike... your theme SeaBeast is beautiful. I spent an hour last night just reading through your documentation - wow! I think what makes a theme truly great is when someone without much programming knowledge can install and refer to the themes FAQ and work there way through any problems on their own. Cheers to you!

  14. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks :)

  15. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, got it squared away. I think it was due to my stupidity. It seems as if I entered the theme in the Codex, viewed and tested the entry, then left without actually saving it. D'oh. Sorry about that. It is listed now so I'm happy.

    Special thanks to miklb who provided the solution I needed.

    Mike

  16. OnlyforMen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Very nice and classy theme, but some things in the terms are a bit too much imho.

  17. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Such as? Asking the user to try their best to keep it valid and retain the accessibility features, or something else?

  18. LaBella
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think OnlyforMen is talking about the "configuration"?
    I have to be honest and say that when most themes like this need configuration, it's kind of discouraging for me.
    I guess I'm just lazy.
    I want things the easy way.
    But I have to say, this is a nice theme and is definitely worth the time you spend configuring. :-)

    I love it. Great theme!

  19. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks, La Bella. I agree, config can be a drag, but I figure what you get out it is worth the half hour or so. Plus, with the config one no longer has to edit anything else. No CSS editing, no sidebar editing, adding a feed is now a simple two-step process instead of having to put the link in the head, all that stuff.

    Don't mind me, I'm just seeing the silver lining in my cloud. :)

  20. LaBella
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    *hehe* Definitely Mike.
    No, really though.
    It's a beautiful theme.

    :-)

  21. mholtum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Dude I love your theme! I have been looking for a fish/fishing theme forever! You rock.

    http://www.fshfanatic.com

  22. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Aw, shucks, I'm blushing. Thanks :)

  23. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Attention: When I build this theme I didn't have access to 404.php (I have my own error pages), but I have since gotten access and have updated the file. I also increased the default level of contrast.

    The result of this work is Version 1.1. Upgrading? No problem. The download has been updated:

    For more information about these changes, please this article: http://green-beast.com/seabeast/?p=61

    Mike

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