When WordPress 1.5 was released, it brought with it a novel concept: WordPress Themes. One of the first of these innovative Themes that revolutionized how blogs are designed was Kubrick, designed by Michael Heilemann and Chris J. Davis. It is also known as the Default Theme. It’s innovative design and use of WordPress template tags and conditional tags served as an example to everyone on the infinite possibilities of customizing a blog.
Kubrick eventually grew into the next generation, K2, pushing WordPress even farther, and most WordPress Themes now include one or more code elements based upon these two Themes.
A few web designers have tackled Kubrick and K2, writing great guides, tutorials, and tips for tweaking and customizing these Themes, which in turn, offers a wealth of information on how to customize any WordPress Theme. So I went looking for these guides and tips and found a wealth of WordPress Theme design and development for you.
Paul Stamatiou offered a three-part series, uncovering so much information it became a five-part series, on customizing the K2 WordPress Theme, which proves you shouldn’t number your series until you finish writing it. :D
- Part One: CSS basics, adding the header image, design layout elements, moving blog title and description, using asides
- Part Two: Adding links to sites, reorder pages, adding contact form, creating a clickable header image, footer image, adding an alert section, changing the style of author comments, and more
- Part Three: PHP conditional statements in the sidebar, removing the sidebar, CSS features, social bookmarking mod, super footer, tags, flickr, and more
- Part Four: Customizing the sidebar main menu, the three column layout sidebar features, and image maps.
- Part Five: Covering all the final details and tips for customizing K2.
Dissection of a WordPress theme: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 by Urban Giraffe is one of the most extensive documentations on designing and developing a WordPress Theme, including features of the Kubrick/Default WordPress Theme. However, it is horrendous to read through as it divides up each post with many pages. Be patient and work through the inconvenience. There are some gems inside of all of those paginations.
Max Limpag offers “How To Convert Any Web Template Into a WordPress Theme”, a step-by step guide for using an free web template and converting it into a WordPress Theme, along with some tweaks and customization, using the K2 Theme.
Michael Pollock of Solostream has created a series of articles and videos on customizing the WordPress Default Theme, and any WordPress Theme:
- Blog Design 101: WordPress Theme/Template Design Part 1 and Part 2
- How to Change the Kubrick Header Color and Background
- More Play With Kubrick’s Page Structure and Colors
- How to Change the Internal Page Structure of Your WordPress Site
- How to Move and Change the WordPress Sidebar
- More Work on the Kubrick Sidebar and Main Content Area
Other tutorials, tips, and techniques for the Kubrick, K2, and Default WordPress Theme include:
- Jonathan’s Tutorials – WordPress Tutorial: How to Create a WordPress Theme
- How to Design a WordPress Theme eBook
- WordPress Hack / Tutorial: Dynamic Sticky Or Adhesive With Kubrick
- New Kubrick Header Switcher for WordPress 1.6
- Customizing WordPress.com Default Theme Headers
- How To Display Sidebar in Single Post in WordPress 1.5/2.0 Default Kubrick Theme
- Kubrick’s (WordPress Default Theme) Footer Alignment Error
- Creating Custom Categories for WordPress using K2
- How to create a static front page in WordPress (with K2 theme)
- How To: Sidebar Tabs for K2 in WordPress
- K2 and jQuery
- WordPress K2 Archives Page Template
- K2, Three Columns, Both Sidebars on the Right and Part II
For fans of K2, there is even a K2 Community Forum which includes tons of tips and techniques for using the K2 WordPress Theme.
I’m sure I’ve overlooked some great tutorials, but I also had to dig through a lot of fluff to find these Kubrick and K2 gems.
Note: Having spent time with Stanley Kubrick, I can say that he would have been honored by the attention, and laughed at the nonsense created with his namesake. I know his family is honored by the attention. I was honored to know him and he had an amazing impact on my life.
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