Playing Around With Thematic

I’ve been experimenting with Theme Frameworks and this design makes use of Ian Stewart’s Thematic. Aside from providing a number of widget-ready areas, it has a number of post and body clases that help to make a theme more unique in terms of content placement and styling. But what is most impressive are the hooks and filters that make it easier to customize themes through functions.

My goal for this exercise was to see if it was possible to create a child theme that consisted only of the images folder, a stylesheet and custom functions. Here I only added 3 template files for the following reasons:

  • archives.php ~ I wanted to include tag listing as part of the archive
  • comments.php ~ I want to customize the comment form further
  • sidebar.php ~ I want to have a different sidebars depending on the location: pages will have a different sidebar from the index pages or the archives page

But everything else was done with custom functions – the different layouts for the first post and subsequent posts as well as the category display.

I’ve still got a bit left to finish – adding more content areas, playing around with font colors and deciding what to place in the sidebars – but I’m really pleased with how everything has turned out.

Finally Upgraded WP

Yes, a fresh coat of paint for the site. I’m enjoying the new WordPress admin.

Since I had an abundance of old tables and options, I decided to go with a fresh install using the WordPress-to-Wordpress import tool. Of course I backed up my old database just in case anything went wrong.

Definitely more than the 5 minute install but not bad for three hours work.

I’m currently re-installing the plugins that I really want to use. I’m down to 4 plugins from the 16 I had originally.

For my theme I’m using thematic. It’s a cool, customizable layout and I want to learn more about child themes.

Mind the dust

I’ve put up a new theme “Super Duper” featuring Superman. Yaaayness.

So mind the dust as I clear up any bugs in this new theme and add on some more content. Things to do:

  1. Continue widgetizing the site – I’m playing around with Widgets (that sounds incredibly sexual doesn’t it?)
  2. Include my livejournal entries with Friend RSS Aggregator plugin
  3. Offer up my lj layouts for download here
  4. Update my album collection – I’ve got a ton of new albums
  5. Finish my fanlisting plugin

Wish me luck

My to do list

* Get fanlisting detail page working (it’s pointing to the old layout but I want it to work with WP-Themes dammit!)

* Update the who page. It’s nearly 2 years old (maybe I *can* get away with being 26). Something with more elan than what is there.

* Implement Theme switcher (not sure if I can do this with wordpress)
Found Theme Switcher!

* Update my links. This has been sadly neglected in the past year and while going over some links earlier I’ve discovered plenty of one-time favorites have now vanished.

Update: Decided to display a random listing of 100 fanlists that I’ve joined.