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Today we have an absolute monster of a WordPress theme, designed by Nuvio Templates, and ported into WordPress by me. There are 9 different color choices, optional Gravatar display on comments, WordPress tag support on single post pages, 4 widget-ready sidebars, and a very cool homepage layout. There are a few important things you need to know while using this theme, which will be gone over below.
And now on to the features in depth…
This theme file is where you can configure a few settings:
- Color scheme (aqua, red, green, orange, black, purple, yellow, blue, pink)
- Featured category ID (displayed on homepage and default)
- Tagline display (0 for off, 1 for on (default)
- Gravatar display (0 for off (default), 1 for on
To set a featured image for the top story on your homepage, use the topstory_image custom field key with the image name as the value. The image will have to be stored in the topstory-images subfolder in the theme directory.
In order to configure which categories are displayed on the homepage, you’ll have to enter a comma separated list of category ID numbers in the home.php file. At the moment, the code looks like this:
<?php /* THIS IS WHERE YOU INPUT THE ARRAY OF CATEGORY IDs */
$cats = array(5,3,4,4,5,3);
You would need to change these numbers to match your WordPress blog’s categories.
If you have the FlickrRSS plugin installed and activated, a set of pictures will be displayed on your homepage. The demo is currently set up to display the 5 latest images in thumbnail form.
You will notice included in the theme are a set of category images, which are displayed under the category name on the homepage. These are stored in the /cat-images/ directory in cat-ID.gif format, with “ID” as the category ID number. You will probably want to replace these with better looking images, or remove them from the loop.
You’ll also notice on the demo, next to the category images, a description of the category. This category description can be configured in your WordPress administration panel, in the Manage → Categories menu.
Whatever you enter as your category description will be displayed on the homepage.
That should be pretty much everything. I know this theme may be hard for people to use who aren’t comfortable with editing code. If you’re confused about anything, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments. I’ll also be available to answer questions in the forums. This is probably the most complicated theme I’ve ever done, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated.