Today we have a free WordPress theme designed by Brad of DemusDesign. I took the coded design and ported it to WordPress. This is the first theme here which makes use of the_post_thumbnail feature to handle thumbnails and needs at least WordPress 2.9 to function properly. Other features include several widgetized areas, including a widgetized footer.
And now onto the features in more detail…
Included in the theme are five widgetized areas.
- One for the sidebar
- Three for each footer column
- One on the 404 template
Included in the original template are several color scheme stylesheets: blue, brown, green, orange, pink, purple, red, yellow. In the WordPress theme, I decided to integrate these with a very simple theme options page dropdown.
The green one is pictured in all the screenshots. If you don’t set anything, the default color scheme is blue.
Instead of using TimThumb like I usually do to handle resizing post thumbnails, I decided to integrate a feature that was made available to themes with the WordPress 2.9 release called the_post_thumbnail.
Simply upload an image like you usually do, select it as your post thumbnail, and it will be displayed on the site. No messing around with custom write panels any more.
Keep in mind this is my first attempt at integrating post thumbnails into a theme with the_post_thumbnail, so it may take some experimenting to get them just right.
Further the_post_thumbnail() resources:
- New in WordPress 2.9: Post Thumbnail Images – Mark Jaquith
- The Ultimative Guide For the_post_thumbnail In WordPress 2.9 – WP Engineer
Hope you all like this WordPress theme. Thanks once again to Brad of DemusDesign for the great template.
Let me know what you think in the comments. Would be especially interested to hear your feedback regarding the_post_thumbnail in comparison to something like TimThumb and using custom fields.
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