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Underwater – Free WordPress Theme

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This theme is called Underwater, ported from a beautiful free template designed by DemusDesign. It was coded specifically for WordPress 2.7 and above, so it will not work with previous WordPress versions without modification. It features comment threading and pagination, four widget-ready areas, among a few other features that will be gone over below.

Underwater screenshot
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And now to the rest of the features…

Widget-Ready Areas

As mentioned above, this theme has four different widget-ready areas. The first is located in the sidebar. The other three are located in the footer, named Footer Left, Footer Middle, and Footer Right. The diagram below illustrates where exactly these areas are located in the theme.

Underwater Theme Widgets

Click the image above to enlarge.

Theme Options

I tried not to go too overboard with this, so the options page only gives you control over a couple different aspects of the theme. The first is the “About this site” text, visible on every page in the footer. The second controls the display of the “Share This Post” box on single post pages.

Underwater Options

As you can see, it’s pretty self explanatory. Just type the text you want in the boxes to override the about text, and check the box if you’d rather not have the built-in post sharing enabled. Thanks to Dan for this post on the Theme Forest blog, which helped me out a lot in creating these theme options.

Share This Post

Share This Post
On single posts, you’ll notice the “Share This Post” box which allows your readers to link to your content via various social networks. At the moment, it has links to share/bookmark the post on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious. I’d like to credit these two recipes by Jean-Baptiste Jung for the Twitter and Delicious links.

It is possible to add and/or remove different social sites, although at the moment it would require manual code editing. You’d also have to know how a specific social site forms these submission links.

Currently, there is no way to disable the “Share This Post” box on specific posts through the post menu. If anyone has any ideas on how to accomplish this, I’m all ears. If you’d rather not have the box at all, simply check off the corresponding checkbox in the theme options panel, as mentioned above.

Conclusion

By the way, people who follow me on Twitter got a sneak preview at the Underwater theme about 14 hours ago. So if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, you should.

Remember, it’s been a while since I coded any WordPress themes, so I may be a little rusty. This is also my first WordPress 2.7 theme. If you find any bugs or other errors, feel free to let me know and I’ll do my best to correct them.

Anyway, hope you all like the new theme. Let me know what you think in the comments.

  • http://www.bloggerszone.co.cc/ saqib

    good theme i like it, thankuuu

  • cuteegirlee

    Thanks Leland, I’ve been wanting this design to be themed so thanks heaps… was it any harder doing a theme with 2.7?

    What do you think of all the premium themes around too? Have a look at http://www.deluxethemes.com they are simply awesome… and free.

    welcome back oh theme god!

  • http://www.waynejohn.com Wayne

    What would make this already cool theme even better is if the bubbles floated upwards.

    Beautiful theme regardless!

  • http://themelib.com ThemeLib.com

    Nice!

  • http://keithspot.com Keith

    You never stop, do you!

    Thanks, Leland, for another great theme :)

  • Leland

    @cuteegirlee: Getting the comments working and styled with 2.7 was a little challenging at first, but not too bad. Everything else was just normal.

    And wow, Deluxe Themes has some really good stuff. I’ve actually never heard of them before, so thanks for the heads up. Are they new?

    @Wayne: Thanks for the feedback!

    @Keith: Not a problem, my pleasure. :D

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  • http://www.thehotelbox.com The Hotel Box

    Thank you for this theme, I hope i can put it to good use.

    Keep up the excellent work!

  • Aidan

    Thanks for that. It’s a really cool and beautiful theme.

    There seems to be a problem with the Tag categories though. If I put a Tag cloud in, it doesn’t pick up the classes of the links (ie, they’re ugly purple, they don’t match up with the other links).

    Also, it would be nice to have a date/time stamp on the “posted by …” section. e.g
    “Posted by … on Fri Apr 12 2009″

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