The ThemeMeme Aperio Prototype theme is free, but I’d love for you to follow me on Twitter and to post a tweet. To download, just click on the tweet2download button and follow the directions. If you’re not on Twitter, you can use the other download link below.
I’ve included a generic gravatar in the theme directory, gravatar.jpg (pictured above). To use it, move this image to your images folder and add the path to comments.php.
Important Note: If you downloaded version 0.2, your comments.php is pulling my default gravatar for ThemeMeme. Please edit your comments.php file to use the one provided, or one of your own design. Thank you.
If you’re using WordPress 2.5, a default avatar is included in WordPress. If you’d like to use the default avatar above, upload it to your images directory and add the path to comments.php. Find this code:
echo get_avatar( get_comment_author_email(), '40', '[path to the avatar]' );
Here are a few tips for customizing the theme.
Note: The sidebar in versions prior to 0.4 incorrectly says you can edit the “About” text in home.php. Actually, the text is in sidebar.php.
ThemeMeme Eos is built on Sandbox, but I’ve edited the theme files so you can’t simply use the style.css file in ThemeMeme Eos to style a standard Sandbox installation. Be sure to read the sandbox.html file in the themememe_eos folder for more information on customizing Sandbox.
ThemeMeme Eos displays excerpts above the post entry on single pages. This isn’t a mistake. For best effect you should manually enter an excerpt in the Optional Excerpt field when you write a new post.
ThemeMeme Eos features your latest post at the top of the home page. It will display a background image if available. The image should be 600 pixels wide and 180 pixels tall. To add an image:
Go to Custom Fields near the bottom of the Post page in your WP Admin.
Under Key, type: featured-image.
Under Value, type the url for the image, e.g., http://www.themememe.com/images/avatar.png
Here’s an example:
I’m currently using SmoothGallery on ThemeMeme. It’s fairly easy to install and configure, but if you want to use it, you’ll have to edit your header.php and home.php files:
You can edit the formatting for the recent comments plugin under the WP Admin Options tab. This is the code I use:
%gravatar %comment_author on %post_title: %comment_excerpt
The theme includes templates for an About page, an Archives page, and a Links page. To use these, go to Write > Pages in your WP Admin. Create a new page and select the appropriate template from the Page Template dropdown menu.
Upgrading to 0.5
If you’re upgrading from 0.4 and you’ve already edited your theme files, the only file that has changed is style.css. And if you’ve edited style.css, you can just change the font for the tag to Arial and fix the excerpts by adding this:
On the home page, the latest posts should decrease in size from top to bottom (most recent posts are in a larger font). This works fine in Safari and Firefox, but not in IE. If anyone can figure out why, I’d appreciate it.
If you prefer all of the posts to be the same size, just delete these lines from style.css: