A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Headers, Lots of Headers!

Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:35 am

Header Images for the Kubrick based WordPress default theme were never easier to find.

Get yours now!.

I find a lot of S9y and a lot of all sorts of other blogs using Kubrick these days. I guess it is still “cool” for users of other blogging tools, since it wasn’t the default style/theme. I have seen at least one blogging tool for which it is (one of?) the defaults, too. So the gallery should be useful to all kinds of users.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

WordPress Slideshow

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:12 pm

I put up screenshots of all the Pages generated by WordPress 1.5.1, as well as the admin pages at Flickr.

The WordPress 1.5.1 Photoset is now ready for the world to see.

The WordPress 1.5.1 Slideshow looks really good, too, especially when you get to the menus and stuff.

Please feel free to highlight areas and add comments that highlight the various features if you will.
I might get around to it ultimately. Flickr’s unique way of adding comments by selecting portions of the picture might be very useful in creating documentation that describes the UI, too. The process of uploading those pictures and organizing the pics in the correct order took too long for my comfort. The tool Flickr provides to rearrange the photos in a set do not display the filenames, and the thumbnails were too small for me to be able to distinguish one from the other. Minor gripe.

Thursday, February 03, 2005


Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:48 pm

So What Exactly is “Shuttle” ?

Work in Progress…

P.S. Don’t you hate it when someone links to pages the way I have above – where the anchors to the links tell you nothing about the words? I do, but I couldn’t resist posting a bunch of links real fast.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Kubrick’s Typeface

Filed under: — Carthik @ 8:34 pm

The Kubrick theme should perhaps have made use of the Futura typeface, or something close, seeing as it’s mentioned that it was Kubrick’s favourite font.
Wikipedia amazes me, all the time.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Designs from Perun’s Blog

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:22 pm

Three designs for WordPress from Perun’s Blog.

I can’t give you names or details since I don’t know German. They are look smashing good, and elegant, for the record. They are designs that will fit right in with version 1.2.x, but will work with v1.5beta as well, with a little tweak here and there.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

New Theme: MidEvil

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:44 pm

ScottDot.org present MidEvil – a new WP 1.5 theme. Nice work with the backgrounds and I like the colors too.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

New Theme: GreenTrack

Filed under: — Carthik @ 8:43 pm

GreenTrack is a theme that includes a Main Page Template, Category Template, Date Template, Single Template and Search Template. It also includes a Readme.html to show you how to install it.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

New Theme: The Simple Life

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:03 pm

Hot on the heels of Way Too Clean comes The Simple Life, which is the theme the author uses at vinniegarcia.com.

Way too simple for some tastes – but not mine. This is clean, white and unspoilt, for those who prefer the color white. Nice work. We need some clean themes in addition to the ones with chutzpah, don’t we?

New Theme: Hampsha

Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:11 pm

New theme on the block: hampsha. If you wondering about the name, the author (or should I say designer) happens to live in New Hampshire, and that’s how it got it’s name. It has a long narrow column, which has two columns within it, so long posts == painful scrolling. The text in the sidebar shows up, but the contrast could be better.

So that’s another theme for you, folks.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Arzel XT2 Theme for WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:35 am

Yet another theme: Arzel XT2 . You can download it here.

This one’s neatly done in brown, and shades of grey. The search field at the top left, and the American Flag at the top right, as well as the buttons to “home” and “top” at the bottom right are interesting touches. The theme is released under a Creative Commons license. The theme is a two-column template. The author seems to be using a three-column version for his personal blog.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

New theme: Way too clean

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:56 pm

Way too clean is way too clean. A look at the author’s site shows a blog that does stand out from the rest, for better or worse. The theme does not seem to use any header images or such. The latest post is tagged a “feature story”. I wonder if it is always the first post that is a “feature story”. Interesting to see so many new themes coming out.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

HeadSpace – Kurbick Based Custom Design

Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:45 am

I see the first of the Kubrick based designs.

This one’s called HeadSpace.

I hope there are more base themes, like Kubrick, and more customizations of the themes in the future. Designers should get a shot in the arm with the new template-based design option in the forthcoming release of WordPress.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Styling and using the <ins> tag

Filed under: — Carthik @ 5:28 pm

There is a tag called ins. It has a companion called del. Both of them are not used too often, and it is not easy to find information about what they do, or how to use them and style them.

The Quicktags available in the WordPress “Write” menu has button for both these tags, ins and del.

In a previous post, I edited the content to reflect some changes. I wrapped the new text, which was “μ , where μ (MU) stands for Multi User. Hopefully, it will soon be available to the public.” within a set of <ins> tags. Now the question was as to how to style this to show my readers that this text had been inserted later, after the post had been originally published.

By default, everything within an ins tag pair is underlined (and for del, the text is struck out).

I did not want the text I inserted to be underlined, since that would look like a link. So I wanted it changed to an dotted underline. Also I wanted to say “(Updated)” after the text so people would know what there is a dotted line, and so that everyone notices that there has been an update.

To change the default underline and create a 1px dotted underline, I used the following in my css stylesheet:

ins {
text-decoration: none;
border-bottom: 1px dotted;

To insert the text (Updated) after the relevant portion, I used the following in my CSS stylesheet:

ins:after {
content: "(Updated)";

The CSS 2 specification says one can use :before or :after to insert the text before or after the relevant portion. The spec also mentions that several different values can be inserted. I inserted a string, i.e., (Updated).

What is remarkable is that when I first searched google for ins tag css text, I ended up at a WordPress Support page!

Adding rules for the del and ins tags in your stylesheet, and using the tags responsibly can make for a better experience for your readers.

Friday, August 27, 2004

The One About Seriocomic’s Collapsible Menus

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:58 am

Seriocomic is one of the better designed WordPress weblogs in town. (No, you do _not_ click on the tab called “intercourse” on the horizontal menu. :) )

If you find the collapsible menu items in the menu on the right in his weblog, he provides details on how to implement the collapsible items. You have his permission and his stylesheet too.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Same Old Styles, Better Behavior

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:27 am

Stuart at the Bombsite provides reworked versions of the AlexKing Styles.

The modified styles come with an accompanying modified index.php and fix the problem where, when the menu section is longer than the content section, the footer section does not behave as expected. To see what I am talking about, see this example – scroll down to see the problem where the menu spills over, below the footer.

The improved design comes with screenshot previews. Take your pick.

It would be useful if the exact changes that needed to be made to index.php were outlined clearly, so that users who have already modified index.php can edit it, instead of getting this new index.php and adding their customizations one by one.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Nine Blog:CMS stylesheets ported to WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:05 pm

eriosoft.com has ported some Blog:CMS styles/templates for the default WordPress index.php

Read the announcement, and see the styles in action.

Feel free to use the stylesheets, should you like the styles.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Add an image to your RSS 2.0 feed

Filed under: — Carthik @ 8:00 pm

Reader of this weblog who use a feed reader should now be seeing a small image in their readers.
The RSS 2.0 specification allows for each “channel” or feed to have an image associated with it.

Adding an image to your RSS 2.0 feed is known to be perfectly harmless, and can add some color and jazz to your feeds in the feed-readers’ display. Of course, the effect is entirely cosmetic, but heck, if you can spend hours modifying the design of your blog, why not spend a few minutes modifying how your feed is displayed in readers, considering the fact that a lot of your regular readers might be using a feed reader?

To add an image to the RSS 2.0 feed created by your WordPress weblog, create an image (the maximum value for the width and height for RSS 2.0 feeds are 144 and 400 respectively), upload it to your wp-content folder, which is intended to hold all user-content, and edit your wp-rss2.php file/template to include the image. Change the permissions of the wp-rss2.php file to 666, and you can use WordPress’ in-built template editor to do the editing.

Here is the relevant portion from WordLog’s RSS 2.0 feed :

<title><?php bloginfo_rss('name') ?></title>
<link><?php bloginfo_rss('url') ?></link>
<description><?php bloginfo_rss("description") ?></description>
<copyright>Copyright <?php echo mysql2date('Y', get_lastpostdate()); ?></copyright>

Binary Bonsai Releases the Kubrick Theme

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:37 pm

Many a time I have wished I could get Michael Heilemann, owner of the beautiful, nay drop-dead gorgeous Binary Bonsai (isn’t the name beautiful too?) to design my WordPress blog for me.

Now, the wish has come true! You can have Michael’s design for your blog too.
Kubrick for WordPress

Kubrick for WordPress is his attempt to

create a theme which is simple to setup and use, while remaining powerful and versatile.

I am not linking to the download file directly since I would like you to visit his site, read the readme, and download the theme.

Joen, Brian and of course Michael are WordPress users from Denmark, who have, at some point of time, been colleagues. It is good to seem them all interested in improving WordPress.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Alternate templates and stylesheets

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:28 pm

Root has come out with a couple of alternate template+stylesheet (index.php + wp-layout.css) packages for WordPress 1.2.

I like to think that it started with his comment/question, which goes :

How does someone convert their default layout to a two column, centred layout, with a footer, and using float from CSS 1?

At that time, I thought it was too detailed a question to be included in the FAQ, as I beleived the chances of someone actually voicing that question would be rather low. Kudos to Root for having gone ahead and answered that question now.
Two designs are available,

  1. Two column – Gemini
  2. Three column – Trident

He has a detailed explanation of why he thinks the changes are neccesary at the pages I have linked to. Read them and use the templates if you like. I agree with him about that fact that for new users who require a template with a header, a footer and two or three columns, those templates are good to get started with. If you decide to use them, know that you also have to get the index.php provided , along with the stylesheets.

WordLog uses a modified version of Root’s creation. So if you need to create a two column design, with a header and a footer, and with an Image Banner, you could use the WordLog stylesheet. In addition to the header, or banner, image, a change I made was to increase the width of #rap, #content and #menu to about 800, 600 and 200 pixels respectively.

In other WordPress design news, with regard to the anticipated release of Kubrick, Michael has made it known that it should be available by Saturday evening (CET).

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Neil Turner WordPress Styles

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:59 am

Neil Turner makes a few templates and shares them.


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