This is more of a “blank slate” theme of sorts to give you the flexibility to use it as desired. It’s got a more traditional style and color using Blues and Grays, but has a slight grunge edge by making use of some great textures. This is a WP 3.1 compatible theme that is widget ready, comes with the ability to use a horizontal and/or vertical menu using WordPress custom menus and full of extra flexibility. Let me give you some more specifics.
I’ve incorporated a banner widget area into the header so that you can easily add an image to a text widget or a slider to your header. You have the ability to show the headline and slogan text, or you can choose to hide these by a simple check box within the Theme Options panel located under Appearance of your WP Dashboard.
I recommend installing the Meteor Slides Plugin and using their built in Slider Widget to give a nice effect to your header. Each image from the slider can be linked to a specific page or post (or custom url), and you have a lot of options to choose from as far as slide transitions, slide time, and navigation. Throw in another plugin called Widget Logic, and you can have a different slider, image, or widget area on each separate page or post category if desired!
Three free graphics are included within this theme to be used if desired as individual images placed within a text widget for the header or within a slider if desired.
There are a TON of widget spaces built into this theme. You can choose to use none or all of them if desired. Let me give you the basic rundown:
- Header Banner: Encompasses the entire header area.
- Banner below the Menu: This widget spans the width of the sheet, but can be as short or as tall as the widget used within it.
- Sidebar: The regular Sidebar Widget space which can include as many widgets displayed vertically as desired.
- Two Top Widget Areas: These two areas if both used will sit next two each other directly above the posts. If only the first widget is used, it will span the width of the area above the post.
- Two Bottom Widget Areas: These respond identically to the Top Widget Areas but are located directly underneath the posts (at the bottom of the page.)
- There are 4 footer widgets which dynamically grow depending upon how many widgets are used and how much content is placed within the widgets. If one widget only is used, it will span the width of the footer, however if 2 or more are used, they will divide the space evenly between the widgets fitting a total of 4 across the screen horizontally.
There are 5 separate widget styles provided within this theme and they are as follows:
- banner (styling used for the header widget and widget below menu if no padding or margin is desired. Specifically for use with images or sliders to fill the entire space.)
- block (the blue block for this theme’s sidebar)
- post (styling used for text in posts)
- simple text (simple text designed for sidebar)
- footer text (simple text designed for the footer)
You can set default styles for each widget style within the Theme Options, and you can also set each widget style individually within the individual widget editor from a drop-down menu.
There are a lot of little extras within this theme such as a full array of theme options which allow you to choose the size of your thumbnail images, display of post navigation links, post excerpts, footer links and text, post comments, etc. You also have the ability to display or hide page and post titles from a check box within the post or page editing section. Setting the featured image is also made available here.
How to Access and Install This Theme
Simply click here to download this free theme. After you have downloaded the theme, unzip and install manually, or leave zipped and install through your Themes Panel underneath Appearance of your WP Dashboard.
If you are already using a WordPress Custom menu, simply go into your Menu panel, and select that menu as your Primary Menu for it to appear in your horizontal menu area. You can also create a new menu to be used for a vertical menu if desired. Simply create and save your menu, then go to the Widgets Panel and choose the Vertical Menu Widget. Place where desired, and choose from a drop-down option within the widget’s editor whether you want to use categories, pages, or your custom menu to populate the menu fields.
Here are a few images of the new theme as seen on my testing platform. Please visit my testing platform for a limited time to view a live demo, and let me know if you have any questions. Please note that I now have a different free theme up on my demo platform, but the images below will give you an accurate example of the theme offered here.
As always, feel free to contact me if you are interested in your own custom theme design, and let me know if you have questions concerning this free theme design.
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