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Sandbox Theme for WordPress Design Competition

This is a guest post from engtech of Internet Duct Tape. The Sandbox WordPress Design Competition has come to a close after two months. It was a resounding success. Live previews of the 46 new Sandbox designs will be available on August 5th, 2007. Over 31 people who participated in the competition. Some designers were […]

WordPress.com Custom CSS – All The Styles for the Sandbox Theme

While not complete, here is my first attempt to put all the styles together from within the new WordPress.com Sandbox Theme stylesheet. You can copy the styles from this CSS file. This style sheet does not include the core layout architecture. You choose that from the “skins” after selecting the Sandbox Theme, setting the columns […]

Designing a WordPress Theme: Building a Post Sandbox

When designing and testing a WordPress Theme, or any web page design, it helps to put the design through the maximum amount of testing. In other words, you have to test all the code that might appear on a web page. Bold in one WordPress Theme may look different in another. Link styles change from […]

WordPress Post Content Sandbox Content Updated

The thirteenth blog post published on Lorelle on WordPress was Designing a WordPress Theme – Building a Post Sandbox. This post continues to be useful to WordPress Theme developers and testers, so I’ve updated it and included an easier-to-use sandbox post text file. When designing, testing, or tweaking a WordPress Theme, you need to pay […]

Parent/Child Themes in WordPress: The Future of WordPress Themes

WordPress 2.7 now features parent/child WordPress Themes, a new feature that protects installed WordPress Themes while allowing customization. Customizations are storied in the “child” Theme, which loads first. If a Child Theme isn’t detected, WordPress loads the “parent” Theme. If you do not intend on making any customization to your WordPress Theme on your WordPress […]

WordPress Themes: Start With a Solid Framework

Why I Created a WordPress Theme Framework by Justin Tadlock is a good look at the reasons why WordPress Theme designers and developers should work with a framework when designing a WordPress Theme. A strong Theme framework creates a solid canvas upon which to build your WordPress Themes. If you are or considering building WordPress […]

Designing WordPress Themes For the Slowing Web

Jonathan Bailey of the Blog Herald wrote about Surfing the Slow Web, a summary of his recent experience trying to connect to the Internet as an evacuee from Hurricane Gustav. While most web designers are pushing the limits of heavy handed design towards high bandwidth, the world still doesn’t work that fast or wide. According […]

WordPress.com Marketplace and The Theme Debate

Last week, Matt Mullenweg made public his idea on creating a WordPress.com Marketplace to add more options to WordPress.com bloggers for a fee, especially meeting the demands of so many for more, more, and more. Among the proposals under consideration, and I stress that, since this is not a done deal but an idea, is […]

Customizing Your WordPress Theme Footer

UPDATE: WordPress now has custom menus. At the bottom of the article, I explain how to customize your WordPress Theme’s footer using Custom Menus. Yesterday, I covered the basic code found in the footer of the WordPress Default Theme, and gave you some ideas on how to add some impact and navigation to your WordPress […]

Creating a Clickable Header in Your WordPress Theme

While working on the CSS design for this site, I wanted two things: A site design that meet web accessibility standards as much as possible. A header design that was interesting, original, and clickable. The accessible part was easy. The Sandbox WordPress Theme, which allows WordPress.com users to customize their blog Theme, puts the blog […]

Weekly Digest: Guest Bloggers Galore, Theme Spam, Blog Scraping, and Personal Blogging

It’s been a week and a half of fabulous guest bloggers bringing some color and excitement to Lorelle on WordPress. Wow! And some babble about WordPress Themes with link spam and vulnerabilities that must be addressed, and blog scrapers stealing content from WordPress.com Blogs. And one of my guest bloggers begins a series on the […]

Sandbox Design Competition Winners

This is a guest post from engtech of Internet Duct Tape. As a follow up to my post last Thursday, the Sandbox Design competition has completed and all the designs are available for download in one file (7 MB) or can be viewed on the live preview site. Congratulations to the winners! SandPress Moo Point […]

Weekly Digest: On The Road to WordCamp, Sponsored Themes, Selling Your Blog, NoFollow, and More

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week will be shorter, and do not expect a Weekly Digest next week as I will be in San Francisco playing with my WordPress friends. I’ll have a ton of news on my blog following the WordCamp conference! To subscribe to the Weekly Digest category of Lorelle […]

WordPress.com Hiccup with Themes

If you are experiencing, like I am, a bad WordPress Theme day, your messed up WordPress Theme issue has been reported and they are looking into it. Another Update – Everything has been fixed. If you are still having trouble, contact WordPress.com support through the FEEDBACK button. Thanks, WordPress.com crew! So if your custom CSS […]

Are WordPress Themes and Plugins Ready for Internet Explorer 7?

In the very near future, you may go to bed and wake up to check your WordPress blog and find the WordPress Theme web design borked or bent. Microsoft is getting ready to force feed Internet Explorer 7 onto Windows XP computers automatically in the next month or so, and your WordPress Theme or Plugin […]