No changes desired except for header graphic.
Like I always say, why fix it if it isn't broken!
I didn't mod the WordPress script either.
I usually hack up the login screen. Also some core scripts when I want to integrate another script like Zencart. Which was a learning curve and a half to say the least.
That said, I did have to change the stylesheet a bit to get the site to look the same as the original Hobbit Theme to incorporate my mods, navigation and search box changes. There were issues with nextgen & plugins breaking the theme as well or causing alignment issues. I modded the header and the navigation css to suit. Also the content section. Then, when I tested with IE6 and Firefox, oh man, more mods to my mods. ;-) (still broken in IE6.) Took me about an hour. Then two days to prep the paintings images.
When I saw the theme originally, I thought it was perfect for Sandor!
That theme was one of the easiest I have modded though thanks to the efforts of the original designer. Most of the css is original with some previously mentioned minor changes to original classes and about ten new classes. Also changed a couple sections in the other template files. Then I did my own header graphics. If it were not for the gallery format, searchbox and plugins, you could just replace the header graphic and be gone in 60 seconds. Bam!
Even when I do totally re-write the css and make new graphics, I still link to the original creator on the site. There resides the original inspiration. Good karma.
The site is a good example of what anyone can do with WordPress. The Hobbit Theme would work right out of the box for most folks. Someone can have a WordPress site installed and looking real nice in less than five minutes. Can't beat it! I would find it very difficult to charge anyone for something this easy, so I don't. Although I have written quite a few themes from scratch for WordPress, Coppermine, 4images, Phpws, oscommerce, Zencart and others over the years, all I do now are "freebies" so, I like to use ready made themes as much as possible for obvious reasons.
I am a PERL guy at heart. I struggle a bit with php since I have only been writing custom php scripts and modding existing ones for about six years. The website stuff is just for fun. And it is! (as well as a skill expanding experience). It is nice to help those who actually need help too. I do place AdSense search boxes on every site though. That, along with along with the hosting packages I offer from time to time, help pay the hosting/isp bills so I can play here.
Thanks to everyone again for the great comments. Sandor is pleased to hear people are liking his paintings. I will be adding more as time permits. For now, I must go dive back into line 11,903 of my latest, (actually commissioned) PERL script. (Yes, will be broken into subs! SHEBANG!) MORE COFFEE PLEASE!
Have a great day everyone! Pay it forward!
Play through TUBES!
(But let me replace the caps and adjust the bias first!)
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