A Blog Beyond
In September 2005 the law-blog switched to a WP-backend using a custom made theme. We want to give something back to the WP community and thus make the theme freely available.
Please allow us some remarks on the theme. It is a three column theme. Such themes are great for blogs with lots of content but tend to look rather empty if the sidebars are not filled with lots of links, feeds, pictures and other stuff. So make sure your blog matches these criteria or you won’t get happy here. We can not stress that point enough.
The theme can be used “out of the box”, is compatible with WordPress 1.5 and 2.x and comes with the following content logic:
- The header shows the name of the blog and below, in a second row, the description. You may want to abuse the “description row” for a header navigation as we have done in this law-blog. This may especially make sense if your blog is padded in a broader side with other content.
- The first column is used for the entries.
- The second column shows the categories and the blogroll
- The third column contains a welcome text (that you may leave as it is or, better, change and expand), the search box and some meta-information
- The footer gives some links. The theme is free and you may do with it whatever you want; however, we would be thankful if you would not delete the links in the footer. Of course feel free to add anything you want!
The theme comes in an English and in a German version. Code and CSS, however, are English in both cases. The Blog itself is fully localized, eg. “previous entries” will become “ältere Einträge” in the German version.
There are two color-schemes available. The green based scheme used here in the law-blog and a red-based scheme. The download comes with the red scheme by default, if you prefer the green one use the law-blog css. You may simply replace the css-file; apart from the color-definitions they are identical. The green css may, however, contain some definitions that are not being used by the standard-theme out of the box.
If you stumble across issues or bugs or simply have a proposal, idea or enhancement it would be great if you could simply drop us an email (email@example.com) or leave a comment.
A Blog Beyond 0.7 English – beta (please read the changelog!)
A Blog Beyond 0.7 German – beta
August 27th, 2006
This update (0.7) does the following:
- fixes some issues that were not very logic in the theme (links sometimes underlined, sometimes not)
- it is a minor style update (category headings no longer bold, no borders on category headings, more space after sidebar headings: after all a minor plus of white space)
- it comes with a very cool blue css
Just in case you liked the red css better: simply use the old color values.
July 25th, 2006
This is just a fix for some odd behavior of IE7 (at leas in Beta 2 and 3). Although everything worked fine in Vers. 0.66, there was some clipping of the desceders of some characters in the blog title. That should be fixed and works fine with Firefox and IE7. If you want to tweak an existing installation of the theme: just exchange the „title“-definition in the css with the new one. That’s all.
Nov. 12th, 2005
This is the promised visual refinery. Most important: the lines separating the columns are gone. They do not really have a function, disturb the philosophy of „openness“ and you usually do not have them in printed magazines either. The quotes and examples are styled more logically. Subheadings are emphasized; unused spaces were (a bit) condensed. More than ever I have to stress one point: since the layout becomes even more „open“ please make sure you have sufficient content for the sidebars. Otherwise the whole page will look empty. This template is definitely made to serve the need of heavy content sites. If yours is not you may want to consider a two column layout.
Nov. 6th, 2005
There is, well, a .65 beta 2. You’ll see no visual change. It just passes (at least: passed for me) validation, meaning it is „hardcore“ XHTML 1.0 Transitional. Any feedback on remaining issues there is highly welcome!
Oct. 28th, 2005
Okay, 0.65 in the English Version is a improved beta now (whatever that may mean). Here are the changes: the code is much more „strict“ in terms of nearly passing validation at w3. The remaining issues are of semantic interest only. Visually I changed the quote-signs. They look better now I think. Also, some commenting on the code was done.
Oct. 21st, 2005
For you English speaking folks there is a new version of the theme available, v. 0.65. It is, I have to confess, still in a somewhat experimental phase; therefore the older version can be downloaded still. I still have to do some final testing and tweaking but you nevertheless might want to check it out. It seems to work fine. There are improvements that you can see on the page. The line-spacer between subheading and text is better centered and the general appearance is more consistent. The page looks more similar on IE and Firefox. There are still issues, but fewer. There are a lot of minor to medium improvements “under the hood”. The theme is much more standard compliant in terms of xhtml strictness. One or two issues with regard to the meta-information were fixed. It is not perfect but I’ll work on that. Some minor translation flaws were also corrected.
Oct. 9th, 2005
In V. 062 the default template for static pages was changed to also allow comments and pings. Since you probably do not want to have that all the time and not always want to present a subline under a static post, another template „page_no-comments.php“ was added that behaves exactly like the old „page.php“: no comments, no trackbacks, no subline. You might enjoy this flexibility if you work a lot with static pages
. If not you won’t notice.