Layout consisting of left sidebar, main content, left-right sidebar, and right-right sidebar. No fancy geegaws or fussy bits. I have tried the 4 column themes from Small Potato and Milo 317, and they’re not what I’m looking for.
Prefer a light, warm theme. Sidebars with a slightly darker background than main content. Widget ready, no plugins or widgets incorporated or required.
Suggestion: Call them columns and put all 4 into the index.php file. That way you’ll have fewer files to worry about.
If you know of a theme like that, or are willing to cobble together something for a tech flubber like me, add a reply below.
If you haven’t seen them look at these Four column themes.
There were two themes I hadn’t seen before, but while both are technically 4 columns, they have only one sidebar. I’m looking for three sidebars.
BTW, four column skins for Sandbox or Jewelry Box are fine.
I might could put together something simple for you. I think I might have something that could easily be turned into a 4-column theme. Just need to add a left sidebar.
Check out http://justintadlock.com/archives/2007/04/15/blogging-simply-wordpress-theme, and let me know if this is something you’re interested in, only with 4 columns.
Of course, the colors can be changed. Let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. If you have any color preferences, tell me because I can put it together quicker if I know what I’m designing.
I’ll have to do it over the weekend since I don’t have enough time during the week.
Should work. Light brown header and footer, light tan for the main content, light green for the sidebars, with the left sidebar wide enough for the Technoratic widgets I’ve got. Don’t forget to send it off to the WordPress Themes site when it’s ready.
(Here I go complicating things)
Header: Dark green with blog title and motto in dark brown.
Footer: Pale green (palest web safe shade you can find 🙂 )
Sidebars: Light brown.
Main Content: Light green.
(Aint I particular? 🙂 )
I’ll get to it on Friday. And, I’d rather you be as particular as you can because that’ll help the process. Coming up with the design is the hardest part. Implementing it is the not-so-hard part.
One question about the colors though: Are you referring to the text colors or the background colors? Just want to be clear.
Background colors, with the exception of the header, where the font color should be a dark brown. Obviously the colors can’t be specified with a mnemonic.
Where fonts are concerned, header and title fonts in keeping with the tree look. Either that, or something Medieval or arcane. But readable in any case.
As an alternative supply guidelines for specifying background and font colors in a read-me, and let people decide on what they want the theme to look like. The same for replacement fonts,in case folks want a sea-look, or mountain-look, or something different.
(Noticed as I was laying out background colors that it was the same basic color progression as you’d get with a tree with undergrowth at the bottom, a vine climbing up, and a crown with branches peeking through.)
All right. I’m going to get to working on this now. Just wanted to let you know I’m still on board.
Just checking on progress.
(You ever notice that the more certain you are that a project is going to be a breeze, the more problems you have?)
I know exactly what you mean. I’ve been working on three different themes over the weekend, and I thought this one would be the easiest. The color scheme is really getting me.
I had to stop yesterday so that I could write an ethics paper and a journalism paper.
Today, however, I’m finished with classes. I just have to go to this journalism thing this afternoon, and I’ll be back at it after that. I’ll give you something to at least look at tonight.
Had the feeling. 🙂
Now, are you using background colors, or images? What in the way of bling are you incorporating? Are you using it as a test bed for my suggestions on theme organization and layout?
However you’re doing it, I think it’s better you have something you’re comfortable working on. And others are comfortable working with.
Since you wanted something basic, I decided to use my original theme I showed you, which doesn’t have any background images. I tried every green and brown in the book, and couldn’t come up with exactly what you wanted.
Eventually, I found a color scheme that I think works. You can download the first version here: http://justintadlock.com/downloads/simply-tree.zip.
There’s still a few things that need to be done though. Let me know what you think needs to be done to it, and I’ll get right on it.
It’s fluid width just in case you have some 800×600 users. You might want the link styles changed in the sidebars; I’m not sure.
Just let me know. I obviously need to update the readme.txt file and the rest of the documentation, but I’ll put that together once I release it.
Okay, just had a look, and I spotted problems. Basic layout is good, but the header and footer need to be distinct. And to span the theme in the case of the footer.
Header and Footer: Make those a dark green. Keep the font color, that works. Make them both deeper as well. Blog title larger, and justified left.
Content: Go to a light green, black for the font. I much prefer dark on light.
Over all it looks good. If you like, you can offer it to others to playtest, see what they have to say and what they come up with. You could also offer two variations on the theme, Simply Tree Dark (with the content area its present color), and Simply Tree Light using my color preference.
And thank you for your help.
I also prefer dark on light, but my biggest problem when doing this was finding a suitable light green. Maybe now the I’ve put it together, I can find something that will match.
I’m a little confused on the header and footer thing now. You said make them dark green. The header is already a dark green, except for the description. And, the footer’s background color is dark green, with a white font color. So, you said keep the font color, but they are two different font colors.
I’ll start working on your suggestions though.
Oh. Eyes sharp, like brick. Mind swift, like turtle. Though now that I think about it, better to have header and footer in the same font and color.
Of course, since it is your work, I have no disagreement with you making a variety of versions available.
Two Column Left, Two Column Right
Three Column Centered, Three Column Left, Three Column Right.
Four Column Left, Four Column Center Left, Four Column Center Right, Four Column Right
There is one thing you might want to do, include instructions for changing background color, and an example list of color values and/or links to the appropriate resources.
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