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  1. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just created a new theme. Check it out. :)
    http://green-beast.com/blog/ (Beast-Blog).

    Mike

  2. dewall
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I want it!!!!

    Excellent theme. One of the best Ive seen so far

  3. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hello Dewall,

    Thank you :-)

    Please contact me off-forum and let's see what we can work out. http://green-beast.com/contact/

    Mike

  4. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have been nicely surpised by all of the off-forum feedback I've gotten regarding my "Green-Beast" theme. I have been asked to make it available as an official downloadable WP theme. The theme also requires PHP and XHTML modifications to make it all work. I wanted to contact a WP Staffer but found no direct way of doing so.

    Can a WP Staffer contact me regarding this (if interested) or provide me with a direct means of contact? Thank you.

    Mike

  5. LaBella
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oooooooooooh I love it!
    I hope you can make it available as a theme for all to download.
    Very nice.

  6. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oooooooooooh I love it!
    I hope you can make it available as a theme for all to download.
    Very nice.

    Thank you.

    I want to contact someone from WordPress about doing just that, but I couldn't find a means of contact. I'm hoping a stafer will see this post.

    Mike

  7. techwench
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Why do you need to contact one of the developers? You can offer a theme for download without contacting the developers. You can list it in the Codex without a developer.

    Did you make changes to the WP Core? If it requires changes to the WP core, you can post a disclaimer on your site with instructions of how to do it.

  8. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Okay. That's cool. I did make contact finally (on the themes page I found a form). I'm not familiar with the process is all, and indeed I would have to provide instructions due to a few added classes and IDs. The changes occur mostly in the theme files' mark-up, unless I'd offer those with the theme.

    See, I don't how it works. :-)

    Mike

  9. techwench
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    If they're within the theme structure:

    ./themes
       ./themename
         index.php
         sidebar.php
         header.php
         etc...

    Then inlude it in the theme for download.

    If not, and the files that need to be edited are outside of the theme directory, then tell users which files they need to edit...and don't forget a warninng, something along the lines of: "warning! using this theme requires editing of the wordpress core!"

  10. LaBella
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oh do share it!
    I think it'd be a HUGE hit...
    I love it cause it's so clean and sharp!
    Keep us posted...
    :-)

    Thanks!

  11. latinastyln
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I agree what a nice clean theme..
    Great work.
    m

  12. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks guys.

    I'm terribly busy right now (in a nice way) but it's on my to-do list. All the editing is done within the theme files so that's cool. There is one new file, a JavaScript file, which gets added to the main directory (to allow form field focus to work in IE), but as I'm learning, this should all be quite doable.

    Once concern, being that the banner is an image, is how to make it so people can use the image, yet change the name. One thought was to put the native *.png in the download to make it easy for people to alter the existing image if they choose to go that way, then export it as a *.jpg themselves. The text h1 heading would still be there, but it is underneath the background so it only shows if images are disabled. The biline is removed, or moved rather, to the "title" atribute of the H1 link.

    Does this sound reasonable, or is this too much for folks to deal with? The imagery and whatnot makes it more complex for someone off the street who doesn't work with imagery. I know these things are supposed to be pretty much plug-n-play. Perhaps this would be something for the warning and documentation.

    Thank you in advance for any input you guys may have. Bummer I still haven't heard from the staff. These things take time I guess. :-/

    Mike

  13. dewall
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think that your suggestion of putting at png-file is fully reasonable. I you also document how to disable the image for the "non tchnical", it is pretty much "plug and play".

  14. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    @MikeCherim,
    I have to repeat what techwench said above: to publish, share, offer a theme you don't need to contact the developers. Let them deal with the development of the core files :)
    You just have to make a post here about the availability of the theme. Write a nice readme with instructions and pack everything in a .zip file - and post it to your blog. That's how it works. If you are unfamiliar with the Codex, some good soul will help you to post it in the themes list there.

  15. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Good news guys. I'm working on re-skinning someone's blog now with the "Beast-Blog" theme (with their colors and images). In doing so I have been going through everything making sure it'll all be plug-n-play, and novice freindly -- moreso in fact, if I'm doing this right :)

    In other words I'm really close to releasing it (and I'll likely make a zip downloadable from my site until it can be posted officially). But, I have run into a couple of things I'm hoping you guys will help me with.

    I am using the default template, but I want to make an official template called Beast Blog, selectable in the Admin CP (that way one can keep "default" as in). However, if I create a folder called Beast Blog I cannot access the files (CSS, images, etc.) when that style is selected. Moreover, what I want to add the data (Title, Author, Description, Etc.), but I cannot find where to plug in that data, even though I found the admin file which pulls it in.

    Second question: How do I write the path to the theme folder from header.php. The CSS is done like so.

    <?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?>

    Being that I want to keep this as plug-n-play and as extensible as possible, I prefer not to add wp-content/themes/beastblog/ to the file path (I want to bring the JS file into the theme folder.

    Thank you very much.
    Mike

    Thank, Mike

  16. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Look in the Codex under template tags for blog_info or something like that.... there's a setting that can be used to retrieve the template folder.

    -tg

  17. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Lol, I'm so easy TechGnome. Thanks. I found everything that I needed and am very close to finishing the thing up. It now has it's own folder, and is selectable through the Admin CP as is Classic and Default.

    :)

    Mike

  18. LaBella
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Awesome..!
    I'm keeping my eye on this baby! *hehe*
    I can't wait to see it in action!

  19. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    By golly, I did it. I made an official release post here:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/47501

    But if you want to go right to the site to get it, it is available at this location: http://green-beast.com/blog/?page_id=58

    I'm pretty sure I dotted my Ts and crossed my Is. ;) I sure hope I didn't mess anything up. I'm pretty comfortable with it. Tests well, anyway. Please report any bugs or make comments here: http://green-beast.com/blog/?p=59

    I did include the native image files as well as the fonts used in the banner. And a nice README with all the dos and don'ts.

    Enjoy. And thanks for the help and encouragement.

    Sincerely,
    Mike Cherim
    http://green-beast.com/
    http://green-beast.com/blog/

  20. BoInG
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    tnq for the theme - i will test it and see what's having new in it.

  21. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You're welcome BoInG :)

  22. redalert5
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    the header file is not showing up for me?

  23. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I would have to review the files redalert5. I don't know you'd be having an error. I noted that your current weblog in three columns, and looks modded. Could there be an incompatability to hard-coding edits made previously?

    In other news...

    Bug Reported - Details: http://green-beast.com/blog/?p=59#comment-154

    Also...

    If you will supply me a url of a blog using this theme I will post a link to your blog here: http://green-beast.com/blog/?page_id=58#otherblogs

  24. MikeCherim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Beast Blog is now available in French.
    http://green-beast.com/blog/?page_id=58#bb_fr

    Thanks goes to Patrick for the translation.
    http://perso.argentine-news.com/

    Mike

  25. flyingcat
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

  26. oneandhalf
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    nice theme, but it won't be easy to apply to my blog: http://www.oneandhalf.com , maybe it is still a good choice for someone else :p
    thanks anyway!

  27. allotherplaces
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    wow. congrats! you have done the impossible - an elegant theme that is 3 columns AND squeezes to 800pixels wide.

    nice :-)

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