RS17 – Free WordPress Theme
This WordPress theme is ported from the free CSS template of the same name by Rambling Soul. It’s a dark blog theme with a custom homepage template. It supports widgets and threaded comments. There are a few other features in the theme which will be gone over below.
Custom Homepage Template
Included in the theme is a custom page template designed to be used for your homepage. It includes the following:
- Gallery like post layout with optional custom thumbnails
- Widgetized areas above and below the post area
To use this page template as your homepage, you’ll need to do the following:
- Make a blank page called “Home” (or whatever else you want to call your homepage, doesn’t matter) and select the “Home Page Template”
- Make a blank page called “Blog” (or whatever else you want to call your blog, doesn’t matter)
- Go to Settings → Reading and select “Home” as your Front page, and “Blog” as your Posts page.
Remember, you you don’t need a blog on your front page.
If you don’t want to use the custom homepage template, don’t worry about it. You’ll have a regular blog style layout as your homepage.
Custom Homepage Post Images
As mentioned above, there are optional custom post images you can use on the homepage template. They should be sized 185×100 (185 pixels wide, 100 pixels high).
I opted not to use something like TimThumb due to hosting compatibility issues that some hosts have. You’ll hopefully be able to easily crop the image yourself within the WordPress admin panel.
After cropping, simply input the full URL in the custom write panel on the posts page.
And save/publish, the custom homepage image will now appear on the post you selected.
There are four widgetized areas in this theme.
- Two on the homepage template (top and bottom)
The 404 template widget area isn’t pictured.
Included is a simple theme options page to control which pages are excluded on header and footer menus.
Depending on the length of your blog title, you may not have a lot of room for links in the header, so just input a comma separated list of page IDs you wish you exclude.
To find your page ID, go to the manage pages menu and hover over a link to edit a page. You should see something like
com/wp-admin/page.php?action=edit&post=XX in your browser’s status bar, where “XX” is your page ID.
This theme has support for the following plugins.
- WP-PageNavi – For numbered pagination on index, archive, and search pages. Otherwise you get boring “Previous” and “Next” links.
- WP125 – For 125×125 ad management, will replace the static 125×125 ad links in the current template, or you can use widgets.
- Yoast Breadcrumbs – Adds breadcrumb navigation directly below the header. Highly recommended for SEO and user navigation purposes.
Remember, these are all optional plugins you can install for added functionality. You don’t need to add any integration code since I already included it with the theme, and the theme won’t break if you don’t have these plugins installed.
Hope you all like the theme, let me know what you think of it in the comments.