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Lorelle is Naked

Oh, no. Don’t look, Ethel!

Yes, Lorelle is naked. Well, at least Lorelle on WordPress is naked.

Today, April 5th, is CSS Naked Day, a day bloggers and website owners can honor web page design and designers around the world by turning off your stylesheet for the day.

UPDATE: Over 1600 sites are listed as participating on the CSS Naked Day List.

If you would like to participate, for recent full version WordPress blogs there’s a the 48 Hour Naked Day Plugin. For Pre 2.x versions of WordPress, the Naked Day WordPress Plugin will automatically disable your WordPress Theme’s stylesheet on April 5th, and turn it back on April 6th so you don’t have to.

If you are using a pre WordPress 2x version, and don’t want to use a WordPress Plugin, access your WordPress Theme directory and rename your style.css to styleback.css or some other name. Poof! No more stylesheet. Rename it back the next day.

Recent versions of WordPress will automatically reset to the Default WordPress Theme if no Theme is detected, which means changing the style.css will revert your Theme to the Default/Kubrick style. To override this redirection, you must use the 48 Hour Naked Day WordPress Plugin.

WordPress.com bloggers have a little more trouble participating.

If you are using the Sandbox and paid for the CSS Extra option, you can “turn off” your stylesheet by temporarily removing all the styles you’ve added to make your blog look beautiful.

Here is how it works:

  1. From the WordPress Administration Panels, go to Presentation > Edit CSS.
  2. Copy ALL of the styles from your custom stylesheet and paste them into a text file. Save it with a name you will remember in a very safe place.
  3. Choose the option: Start from scratch and just use this.
  4. Click Save Stylesheet.
  5. View your WordPress.com blog and all the design elements will be gone. The layout structure will remain but it will be “naked”.

To restore your WordPress.com Theme design:

  1. Go to Presentation > Edit CSS.
  2. Copy ALL the styles from the saved text file and paste them into the awaiting blank stylesheet on the panel.
  3. Choose the option: Start from scratch and just use this.
  4. Click Save Stylesheet.
  5. View your WordPress.com blog to see your design restored back to normal.

Take this time to make sure you saved the backup of your stylesheet text file somewhere safe, just in case.

To find out who else is going naked today, there is a list at the CSS Naked Day site.

Join the web world in celebrating web page designs and designers by letting your blog go naked!

What is CSS?

For those who have no idea what is going on, CSS means Cascading Style Sheet. In the “old” days of web page designs, the styles, the code that makes the background blue and the text black and the links green, were incorporated into the architecture code of the page. Every page had all of the design elements built right in.

This created heavily coded pages and a lot of problems. If you wanted to change the look of your website, you had to change the presentation and design elements on every page of your site. Not a problem if you have 10 web pages. A serious nightmare if you had 110 web pages.

Developers came up with a system that allowed the presentation styles to be removed from the architecture and placed in a single file which became the stylesheet, often named style.css. The architecture or HTML/XHMTL would check in the stylesheet to find out what each element’s instructions were on how it should look.

For instance, the heading tag, h3, would find instructions to make the font larger, bolder, and change the color to blue with a border underneath it to separate from the text. It would then follow the instructions in the stylesheet to make the heading look this way.

Instead of changing every style on every page of your website, you could make the changes in one file and every page would change. Web design implementation became faster, more consistent, and easier to manage and repair.

The change from a one stylesheet to many web pages system sped up the process of displaying a web page. Without all the bulky, redundant code in every web page, HTML pages were streamlined for only the architectural code, resulting in faster loading times.

To give credit to the power of the CSS stylesheet, April 5th has become CSS Naked Day, a day when everyone is reminded that without stylesheets, web pages would be big and bulky, slow loading, and a whole industry of web development and design would not exist as it does today.

Let’s get naked and pay tribute to those who helped the web become the creative place it is today.


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16 Comments

  1. Posted April 5, 2007 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I’d love to do this but I’m leaving on vacation and libel to leave my blog naked while I’m gone :)

  2. Posted April 5, 2007 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    I tried to participate and downloaded a couple of plugins, neither of which worked. Renaming the style.css in the theme simply forced WP to revert to K2 and use that theme instead.

    I’ve been having theme issues recently anyway, so it’s probably better that I didn’t participate!

  3. Posted April 5, 2007 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    I just commented out the css meta in the header.php. It’s easy to revert then.

  4. Posted April 5, 2007 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    It’s nice to see more naked women around :D

  5. Posted April 5, 2007 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    CSS naked day does not only remind us about how useful CSS is, but also about content and accessibility: a site stripped of the nice CSS clothing shows its underlying structure. If the structure is bad (e.g. the blogroll div appears before the content div), the actual content might be hard to find.

  6. leroybrown
    Posted April 5, 2007 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Ouch – I don’t like CSS Naked day ;( I’m too afraid of going naked online for now.. maybe next year

  7. Posted April 5, 2007 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Super idea by whomever thought it up! It reminds me of the not-so-distant freenet days when content was the forefront and web graphic designer did not yet exist!

  8. Posted April 5, 2007 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I just though of this: how about a user-based CSS naked day? I can turn off all stylesheets from Firefox (view/page style/no style), so that instead of asking sites to strip, I can have see-through goggles all day long ;-)

  9. Posted April 5, 2007 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Google with goggles, eh? Excellent!

  10. Posted April 5, 2007 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    AAAAAAHHHH — MY EYES!! IT BURNS!!

    All hail designers!

  11. Posted April 5, 2007 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I decided to it this year and it ain’t half difficult to let it sit there without colour and style. It’s painful.

  12. Posted April 5, 2007 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Had issues getting the WP plugin to work. Finally just modified the header.php file myself. I have to remember to revert my changes back tonight.

  13. Posted April 6, 2007 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    ok. Now dress back. As much as I love CSS naked day it is a bit hard to navigate the page this way… and April 5th is gone :)

  14. Posted April 6, 2007 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Wow,I’d do that too but well..I’m totally obsessed with my design right now because it’s taken me ages to fix it up.And it’s gonna go back to Kubrick anyway.

    It’s a good thing though,honouring designers.When you see me,you can imagine I’m nude okay?

  15. Posted October 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Hey Everyone, Dustin Diaz seems to have ended his work on CSS Naked Day so I have taken over the job. I will be running it for the foreseeable future.

    Please update links.
    http://naked.threepixeldrift.com/


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