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New Theme - Subtle (22 posts)

  1. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Based on a conversation about how all Web 2.0 designs have to use "subtle gradients" - I built this theme to comply. Widget and Feedburner functionality is built in, and it looks decent too. Check out a site using a styled version of the theme at:



    And download it from:


    Send me a note to let me know what you think!

    EDIT: Added my wife's blog to sites using it.

  2. jwurster
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Very nice. Easy to read and navigate.

  3. AsceticMonk
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Nice one!

  4. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks everyone! It's fun to see other people using the theme on their sites.

    I noticed, after uploading it to themes.wordpress.net, that I'm missing default values for some important stuff and documentation would be nice too. Looks like I've got something to do this weekend.

  5. ladydelaluna
    Posted 10 years ago #

    beautiful theme - thank you!

  6. museum
    Posted 10 years ago #

    looks great and I particulary like the "stopped comment box effect" in the http://quaker2.org/ version.
    there is a header and footer light non-alignment bug for me (firefox) , am I the only mirage victim?

  7. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Museum - is it a single pixel misalignment that happens when changing the size of the window? I've noticed that in IE (has to do with centering calculations) but I didn't see the same in FF. Which version / platform should I check to match it?

    Also - I just tried it on Safari and the footer is riding up into the body text quite a bit. Yet another bug to add to the list.

  8. klifix
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Nice layout! Left a comment to your marriage post! Good luck!

  9. museum
    Posted 10 years ago #

    @cfrazier : yes, a "single pixel misalignment" indeed and even a double , but not "when changing the size of the window", it's permanent!
    I'm using FF & windows XP
    I remember a similar problem with Kubrick Theme at begining..
    Goood luck

  10. LaBella
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm trying it on my test blog and it gets listed under "broken themes" and says the stylesheet is missing.
    What could be the problem?
    Am I doing something wrong?


    It's beautiful by the way.

  11. spencerp
    Posted 10 years ago #


    That might help a little bit.. =) Hopefully lol.. =P


    *Or..they could have it setup like that image there, but! Have their own stylesheet folders like:
    all other files..

  12. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    If you're watching this thread, a rather significant update to Subtle has been released. Here's a list of changes:

    • Fixed a nasty Safari / Konqueror error in the header.
    • Added initialization scripting for the theme when first installed (it looks better out of the box).
    • Added default sidebar stuff for people not using Widgets.
    • Fixed various permalink issues - we use ugly URLs consistently now.
    • Added a header upload / generator option to the “Current Theme Options” panel. Customizing Subtle couldn’t be easier now.
    • Lots of little fixes in the CSS.
    • The header photoshop file is now packaged with the theme.

    Check out the new Subtle page (with installtion instructions) at:


  13. mjwood
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Wow! That theme looks really nice. One "subtle" comment (really bad, I know) is that the demo page doens't validate XHTML. Not that this deters me from exploring it and really liking it, but it means that I cannot use it on my site <pout>.

    Keep up the good work!

  14. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    mjwood - Who doesn't love a pun?!?

    Also, thanks for bringing that to my attention. Had a couple of typos and some blocks in a span. It's now fixed in the current download and should validate fine.

  15. mjwood
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Good deal! While you're at it, you may want to fix the CSS to validate...


    Your call on that one since many people never check this.

  16. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Ya - I'm aware of the CSS non-validation. It's a stupid browser hack that, as soon as I figure out why the valid code bugs out, I'll fix. Until then... no "Valid CSS" badge. :(

  17. Thord D. Hedengren
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Nice and clean layout. Always stuff to do of course but it's a solid base to stand on. Keep up the good work!

  18. LaBella
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Wonderful! Thank you. With the update you did in the theme I was able to install it without a problem.

    One more question though. Is the downloadable theme only with a single column sidebar? I like the double column like you have on the themes main website. If it's meant to be that way, it'd be so cool if you could offer the double column sidebar. That's the main reason I was attracted to it. :-(

  19. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    LaBella - I'm so glad it's working for you! The default install is definitely capable of multiple columns. Probably the easiest way to add new items to the other column is to download WordPress Widgets and use that interface to put new, cool stuff that fits with what you'd like to do. Check them out at:


  20. LaBella
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Awesome! Will do! Thank you so much!
    Let's see what I can whip up and see if I can incorporate my current layout graphics into it.

    Thanks again! :-)

  21. museum
    Posted 10 years ago #

    chapeau! (bravo!)

  22. cfrazier
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Version 0.31 is now available with the following fixes / additions:

    Subtle 0.3

    • Fixed bug: Comment form doesn't render correctly when users aren't allowed to comment.
    • Fixed bug: Footer displayed incorrectly in IE without CSS errors
    • Fixed bug: CSS validation issues with bad values
    • Fixed bug: Too many HTTP requests for multiple CSS files (nesting issue)
    • Rebuilt Photoshop template for wider design
    • Rebuilt CSS for wider design, resulting in 1/2 original file size
    • Moved all graphics CSS specifications into theme style CSS making the theme more customizable
    • Added error messages for file upload in Subtle
    • Added better support for uploading header images and resetting the original image
    • Added check for <!--more--> tag on home loop, removing "Continue reading" if not found
    • Revised the default header graphic
    • Revised all prominent background graphics
    • Removed Uploaded_Header Theme Style
    • Removed extraneous tags and classes

    Subtle 0.31

    • Added "edit comment" option on comment header
    • Fixed bug: 1px misalignment in Internet Explorer
    • Fixed bug: Resizing window below 820px would misalign content area
    • Added option to show comment count with posts on the home page
    • Added Digg, Technorati and Delicious links to posts with option to turn them off

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