I’m releasing a slightly modified version of the current ThemeMeme design, ThemeMeme Vero. The theme is designed with minimalist fans in mind, but is built on Sandbox and the Blueprint CSS framework, so it’s flexible enough to form the basis for your own more colorful mods.
ThemeMeme Vero requires WordPress 2.3.2 or later. I’ve tested it in Safari, Firefox, and IE 7. There are some known issues in IE 6; see below.
Here’s a demo of ThemeMeme Vero.
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.ThemeMemeVero.zip
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To install, open the ThemeMemeVero folder and upload the contents of the plugins folder to your wordpress/wp-content/plugins directory. Upload the themememe_vero folder to your wordpress/wp-content/themes folder. Then open your WP Admin, activate the plugins under the Plugins tab, and select the ThemeMeme Vero theme under the Presentation tab.
ThemeMeme Vero uses four plugins, which are included in the download. They are highly recommended, but only the Get Custom Field Values plugin is required. The plugins are:
Note that the gravatar plugin uses a generic gravatar if the commenter doesn’t have one. You can change this by editing comments.php. Find this code:
<?php gravatar("R", 40); ?>
and change it to this:
<?php gravatar("R", 40, "[path to your default gravatar]"); ?>
For more information, see WordPress Gravatar Plugin.
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.
Here are a few tips for customizing the theme.
ThemeMeme Vero is built on Blueprint CSS, a CSS framework. The framework provides a number of readymade selectors which you can easily edit into the theme files or override in style.css.
For more information, see this list of Blueprint CSS Resources.
ThemeMeme Vero is built on Sandbox, but I’ve edited the theme files so you can’t simply use the style.css file in ThemeMeme Vero to style a standard Sandbox installation. Be sure to read the sandbox.html file in the themememe_vero folder for more information on customizing Sandbox.
Fresh and Featured Posts
ThemeMeme Vero displays your latest post at the top left of the home page, and a Featured post to the right of the Fresh post. It will also display associated post images, if available. For best results, the image should be 350 pixels wide and 270 pixels tall. To add an image:
- Go to Custom Fields near the bottom of the Post page in your WP Admin.
- Under Key, type:
- Under Value, type the url for the image, e.g.,
Here’s an example:
The Fresh post is always your latest post. The Featured post is the latest post in the Featured category. IMPORTANT! The Featured post should NOT also be the latest post, or it will appear twice! To display featured posts, you’ll have to create a featured category in your WordPress Admin and add that category’s number to home.php.
- Create a new “Featured”” category in WordPress and note the category number.
- Open home.php in the themememe_vero theme folder. Find this code:
<?php $feature_post = get_posts( 'category=73&numberposts=1' ); ?>.
- Replace the above code with this:
<?php $feature_post = get_posts( 'category=[category number of your Featured category]&numberposts=1' ); ?>
Note: I don’t recommend assigning more than one category to a post, with the exception of Featured posts. Use tags instead. You may want to remove the Featured category from a post when you post a new featured post.
You can edit the formatting for the recent comments plugin under the WP Admin Options tab. This is the code I recommend:
<li>%gravatar %comment_author on %post_title: %comment_excerpt </li>
I’ve noticed a couple of intractable layout bugs in IE 6. I’m releasing the theme anyway because, with the imminent release of IE 8, version 6 is all but dead. If you have a lot of users who are still stuck with IE 6, this may not be the theme for you. If you can help fix these, please leave a comment.
- On the home page, the sidebar (far right column), drops down below the recent comments.
- On the single post page, the post drops down below the sidebar.
ThemeMeme Vero is Copyright © 2008 by ThemeMeme. It is released under the GNU General Public License, as published by the Free Software Foundation, meaning you can do pretty much whatever you want with it, but you should kindly keep the link back to ThemeMeme (http://www.themememe.com), either in the sidebar or the footer. If you do, you will be lucky in love. If you don’t, well, “For he who shuts out love, in turn must be Shut out from love; and on her threshold lie, Howling in utter darkness.”
0.1 Released 7 Mar 08.
0.2 Released 23 Mar 08. Added the avatar tag for WordPress 2.5.
0.3 Released 01 Apr 08. Fixed a bug in the calendar on the home page.
0.4 Released 04 Apr 08. Removed extraneous numbers that were appearing in previous and next post excerpts on single posts.