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WP Theme: Zine (25 posts)

  1. fishcakes
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This is my first WP theme, called Zine. It turns the front page of your blog into more of a magazine/newspaper front page than a blog, a bit like News Time.

    Basically, the front page is a 3-column layout, with no sidebar. The middle column shows posts you choose to place in a “featured� category, and the left and right columns show the rest of the posts. Viewing individual posts and archives works pretty much like any other blog, with a left -hand sidebar.

    Anyway, here's the relevant post on my blog, which has a download link, or you can view it in action here.

  2. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I like it. It's very clean and the colors are appealing.

  3. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Very nice indeed. I agree that it looks very clean.

    I'm wondering how it would be if sticky posts went on the left, new posts in the middle and then the right is the sidebar...hmmmmm...

  4. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Wow, I love this theme! Very aesthetic! I've added it to the Codex list because I wanted it to be there ASAP, I hope you don't mind. ^_-

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes/Theme_List#Three_Columns

  5. fishcakes
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    No, of course I don't mind. Thanks for the good feedback!

    nmallory, that is interesting. Are you talking about the sticky posts plugin?

  6. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Adhesive is what I currently use on The Naked Truth. It's hard to see the new stuff that isn't "sticky" though on my current site.

    Plus, I'm guessing the site looks a bit girly...kind of want to be taken seriously beyond the purple and pink. ;)

  7. eragle
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This is a pretty impressive theme. I may end up switching my blog over to it.

  8. fishcakes
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, thank you very much. Please give me a bell if you do.

  9. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Fishcakes, I like that theme. I love that it is liquid/fluid layout, and works well on a skinny window or a wide screen. With 3 columns appearing to be set to a % each, even on a wide screen the line-length is not too long (for my eye).

    If I use this theme, I would try to incorporate some navigation in the header, or, some of the typical sidebar content (like Categories) in the top left-column. For example, a 'zine using the Zine theme might want a link to their Photo Gallery, or Online Store, Contact, or About, near the top and above-the-fold, along with all that visible article content. (I noticed you provide space for sidebar-like links, at the bottom, under the content, a good place for the bulk of the links. Yet I need space for important links nearer the top.)

    Another neat (but crowded?) variation would be Zine theme as a 4 column, with 1 left sidebar; and the sidebar would not be variable/fluid width, only the 3 content columns would.

  10. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think the 4 column thing would be too crowded.

    I was thinking about this today. I do think I'm going to make the most right column be a typical sidebar and therefore, slightly narrower.

    The left-most column will be posts marked with sticky flag.

    The middle column will be everything else.

    Now I just have to figure out how to handle the archives, single posts, and pages look.

    Now if I could find a more me kind of header. :)

  11. hipocratico
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I like your theme. I think I can use it for a multi-user blog. I´m agree that the colors are too "girlie". I´m going to change them a little bit if you don´t mine. Thanks and great work

  12. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I meant *my* site is too girly.

  13. hipocratico
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I´m getting this on a new WP blog installation... I have no plugins(just the defaults), no other themes...can you help?

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/.alecia/alanfl/hipocratico.net/sitioprueba/wp-content/themes/zine/index.php on line 124

  14. hipocratico
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

  15. fishcakes
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yes, hipocratico, unfortunately you will get this error until there are 3 "featured" posts - I recommend you make 3 "dummy" empty posts to the category before beginning. This is one bug to be fixed in the next release.

    As to Dgold's suggestion of links at the top, at the top of my list for the next release is tabbed links in the header, a bit like *rdc theme or K2.

    I agree the default colours are a bit bland (maybe even girly if you want to assign wavelengths of light genders) but my intention was always for people to modify away. Nmallory, your ideas sound very interesting, I'd like to see that when it's finished. And any questions, feel free to contact me here or at my blog.

  16. hipocratico
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    FISHCAKES: Everything´s working great. By the way I changed the "content" template tag to: <?php the_excerpt(); ?> in each column. I think this can create a nice "magazzine look". Just my 2 cents....thanks again for a very nice theme.

  17. parisgv
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    the link to download ZINE theme doesnt works, i get a 404 error, y?

  18. fishcakes
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oops, careless use of plurals in the link. Fixed now.

    hipocratico, I did consider using the_excerpt as the default, but I thought some people might want to use "more" tags instead.

  19. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hey, I'm getting an error on the single post pages where the navigation should be:

    WordPress database error: [You have an error in your SQL syntax. Check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'ORDER BY post_date ASC LIMIT 1' at line 1]
    SELECT ID,post_title FROM sandbox_posts WHERE post_date > '' AND post_date < '2005-08-03 20:51:02' AND post_status = 'publish' AND ID != ORDER BY post_date ASC LIMIT 1

    You can see it at my sandbox

  20. fishcakes
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hmm, I don't know much about MySQL and the database, so I'm not sure if I can help. Try taking out the "post navigation" div from the sidebar, just to see if it is that causing the problem. I haven't seen this error when tinkering with the theme before, so I wonder if it's an error with the database, rather than the theme.

    Can anyone else help here?

  21. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    OK Because of the way I'm using that left column as a sidebar, I can't have that nifty page navigation thing in the sidebar because the prev/next post stuff has to be within the loop. So, I moved the navigation stuff into the content area. Obviously I've gots lots of twiddling to do, but I really do like the format idea.

    I'll be curious to see if I can still use Adhesive sticky to tack stuff to the top.

  22. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    OK...next issue. If I have a post in multiple cats and one of those cats is the "Featured" cat, the post shows up in both columns.

  23. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Never mind. I figured out that if you use query_posts and then do something like:

    '<?php if ( in_category(9) ) { } else { ?>'

    with each post, it works. :D

    (where cat 9 is the Featured cat)

  24. rahulan
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am a relative newcomer to WP, but after fruitlessly trying to learn to use Textpattern to create a news/opinion site about Sri Lankan affairs, I think your theme might be the clincher for me.

  25. drvs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Does anybody know where this theme can be downloaded? The original URL seems to have been taken over by a mortgage site.

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