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    I am working with a non-profit organization, and we are looking to develop a solid, clean 3-column theme/template for the site. We have been trying to develop something that mimics the look and feel of a Website, but powered by WordPress as a CMS solution.

    Looking for some examples, we found a terrific one at Sure it doesn’t look anything like what we are aiming for, so why is it terrific? Because it does exactly what we want: it mimics a regular HTML site, but is powered by WordPress. For example, click on the DTP link in the left menu. It takes you to That’s what we want.

    I am trying to imitate the site — in look — the site we currently have, and trying to bring the CSS over, as well. We will need to develop a CSS for printing.

    Can anyone point me at such a solution that may be out there already, or guide me? I don’t have a lot of time, and yes, I’ve tried developing a theme based on the info posted at and other sections. Things just didn’t work out perfectly.

    Or, is there someone who can work with us? The primary site is at, which is what we are trying to make into a theme/template we can manage in WP. We have WP 2.05 installed now.

    A simple illustration of the actual layout of the various server-side includes, as used on the site, can be viewed at


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  • You may want to look at something like for some templates that use fluid width design (I think that’s what you are going for).

    Also, take a look at for some frameworks to build off as well.

    A final option would be to simply look at at some existing 3 column WP themes as to how and where to add content.

    If all else fails, you can contact me at michael AT bishopblogworks DOT com and I might be able to crank out a rough theme framework which you can add your own CSS to.

    Also, Vesuvius is one of the most stable (and simple) 3 col themes – basically, a bare framework, just get rid of colours:
    (you can switch the theme on the site above to see its look)

    And looking at your original site: only the middle/central column is fluid (as I expected) the 2 sidebars has to be fixed, as they are on that site, too.

    Sorry for the long delay in replying. There were a few issues, and additional CMS platforms I had to test and re-test.

    Once again, as I demononstrated on others, WordPress can do fairly well as a CMS with the appropriate plugins.

    The tests had to demonstrate why should we use WP over Joomla, Drupal, Nucleus, and others. While not perfect, WordPress is easiest of all to teach others to use. With the right plugins, WordPress can hold its own for the most part.

    Now, once again, I am back to looking at themes.

    Thanks for the links. I will be checking them out and looking for others. Thanks for the less-than-usual links. I’ve checked all of the usual suspect sites for themes, but the ones you two have provided, for the most part, are off the beaten path, so this is good.


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