Released SOON: Isla theme

It’s a mid-summer night here in Manila (summer here starts in March and ends in June), the 30th of April, the eve for Terry’s WP 2 theme contest deadlineβ€”and I’m taking advantage of the timezone difference. I technically have one whole evening to finish this other theme I’m hoping to enter, Kurtina. Anyway, I’m done with the second freebie theme I’ll release, so I guess it’s ok to give you guys a sneak peek πŸ˜€

There isn’t a rule in the contest that I can’t show you guys my theme entry, so I guess it’s ok. The Isla theme won’t be downloadable until Terry makes the theme entries available for download… and I’m not sure when that’ll be. I’m not trying to play hard-to-get here or anything, just thought it would be courtesy to not release this entry ahead of the others. πŸ™‚ I’m honestly not banking on winning any awards in this contest (man, Phu Ly makes me feel like an amateur!), but there really isn’t any harm in trying, right?

Anyway, the screenshot:

Isla Theme screenshot

“Isla” is the Filipino term for “Island.” As I have said, it’s summer hereβ€”it’s so damn hot that you’d want to just lock yourself inside the freezer all day. I honestly want to take a vacation, and just lie around the beach with my family, fiance, and dogs (in Boracay Island to be more specific), but I just got too many things to do and leaving work for a couple of days could be suicide. Since I can’t take the Web to the beach, I just took the beach on the Web πŸ™‚

The Isla theme is one of the first fluid layouts I’ve created ever since the invention of CSS (Are those image-text-image with blinky text and scrolling marquees of the ’90s considered fluid layouts? Hehe. I don’t know). Anyway, it’s not a thing I normally do, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I hope you guys will like it… When it’s released πŸ˜€

Header source files

As promised, you can now download the Photoshop PSD source file and a JPEG without the “objects” for easier modification. The download link is right under the Dapit Hapon Theme download. I thought of putting it there since there are others who link directly to that page. Anyway, if you’re lazy, you can download it here instead. πŸ™‚

I really am sorry for the delay. I know I promised it yesterday, but I am Catholic πŸ™‚ It was Good Friday yesterday, and I thought of taking a break from blogging and work. Anyway, I know everybody practically celebrates Easter, and since I’m not sure if I’ll be going online tomorrow, I’d like to greet everybody HAPPY EASTER in advance!!!

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New theme?

Whew. I have never appreciated getting well as much as I do now. And to think I used to freign sickness during my 6-month stint as a call center agent just to get out of work. I guess it’s really different when you’re running your own business… You just can’t afford to get sick.

Anyway, I feel much better now. Thanks to those who wished me to get well. Really appreciate it!

I have such a backlog on my emails now… I’m not really sure if I’ve answered all of the questions thrown at me. I’ve lost track, honestly. Inquiries are posted all over the site, I’m not even sure I’ve been able to answer all of them. If you had a question for me rotting during the past week, please do send me an email at pixeliera[at]gmail[dot]com to follow it up and I’ll try my best to answer you. My apologies for that. πŸ™‚

Oh yes, now for the blog title… Yeah, you read it right. Not many people still know about the Dapit Hapon Theme and I’m already cooking up another theme to throw into the fray. I don’t know why really. Maybe it’s creative overload… Or maybe I just miss creating themes. I’ve been teaching my sister how to make homemade paper this summer (it’s our little arts and crafts summer program) and been working on a yearbook design… Yeah, that’s it. I’m just missing designing for web. I have a design ready here, just need to do the CSS part. Please expect another theme soon!

By the way, you can expect some changes on this site. I’ve been contemplating on combining my personal blog with this one since having two separate ones can be such a headache. I’ll create a page especially for theme questions so I won’t have trouble keeping track of them like I am now. I’m redesigning my personal blog anyway, so I thought what the heck. What do you think?

Sick :(

Sorry I haven’t really been answering your questions lately, nor updating this site on technical concerns about the Dapit Hapon theme. I’ve been sick for the past week. I feel a bit better now, but still have this awful cough. I’ll try to answer your questions within this week though πŸ™‚

I went to an out-of-town swimming yesterday with my fiance and his colleagues. The water actually relaxed my stressed out nerves, but it didn’t do much good to my cough when I surfaced from the water (I forgot to bring a bathrobe LOL) πŸ˜€ Anyway, I’ve taken a lot of photos of the place (it was very pretty)… Some are even useful for another WP theme. So yep, another theme is in the works!

Please come back regularly for the answers to your questions. I’ll try to address them all within this week, my responses will just be a bit slower than before due to this annoying cough.

By the way, Josie, thank you for the kind words. I’m really glad you liked the theme πŸ™‚

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The entry excerpt

My internet was having an unexplained “maintainance” down time yesterday. It really sucks not having internet for an entire day, AND at the same time, not get a proper explanation for it from tech support. Anyway, as they say, shit happens. So, it’s back to business as usual πŸ™‚

I guess I’m a bit lucky to be able to address two concerns in one post: both questions actually pertain to the same concept: The the_excerpt template tag within the WP loop. Josie’s and Nikita’s questions are different by nature, but can be answered using the same concept.

Oh, before anything… Thank you Nikita for pointing it out to me. I’ve released an updated version (v.1.1) of the Dapit Hapon theme. The release doesn’t include any drastic changes, I just added a class in the CSS to make the protected single page look better. I wouldn’t have noticed it if it weren’t for Nikita’s question πŸ™‚

Anyway, going back.

If you’ve already looked at the index.php and the single.php pages of this theme, you will notice that I used different template tags for the entry text. In the index.php one, I used the the_excerpt template tag, while on the single page, I used the_content.

So basically, that’s the reason why you only get the excerpt when you’re on the homepage. It’s actually a personal preferrenceβ€”I don’t like loading everything (like a hundred lines of text) when my index page is first visited. I don’t know… I guess this is where my web designer side gets the better of me πŸ™‚ I suppose the mentality that “a properly optimized site should fit in a 1.44mb diskette” of the early Internet years where high-speed connections are still ridiculously expensive hasn’t died on me yet. Well, anyway, that’s the concept behind it. In order to “force” creating excerpts, I used the the_excerpt tag. This way, even if you don’t specify an excerpt for your post, it automatically creates one by getting the first 120 words in your post.

However, graphics and HTML tags are stripped from these excerpts. That’s why your password-protected text field doesn’t show up on the index page, Nikita πŸ™‚ Click on the post name link and it’ll show up on the single page view. There is a workaround though, which is basically the same solution for Josie’s question.

When you open up the index.php page, the highlighted tag on the screenshot tells you where the the_excerpt tag is located:

the_excerpt

That’s what we need to edit to achieve the effect Josie wants to accomplish: to remove “[…]” from the end of the excerpt and replace it with “continue reading” link.

Once you’ve located the tag, all you need to do is change it to:

Screenshot of the code

You can even create a new style for this link and add a class=”yourstyle” for the html tags within the apostrophes. The WordPress documentation for this template tag discusses this with more detail.

However, unlike the the_excerpt tag that automatically generate “120-word summaries” for your posts, you will have to specify the point at which the excerpt will end. You need to put Screenshot for manually creating an excerpt right after the last word you want to be seen in the excerpt while in the Post editor of the WordPress Admin. That’s actually another reason why I made it to automatically create excerpts (even though I’m stuck with the […] thing at the end of my posts), I’m too lazy to do that on every post. I might even forget to do that πŸ™‚ Hehe.

Anyway, that’s it. Just play around with these two template tags (just make sure their within the “entrytext” DIV or the styling will screw up). Enjoy!

Image in entries styling

This post is to address Josie’s question πŸ™‚

The reason why your IMG CSS isn’t working on this one is because I’ve kind of specified it that way πŸ™‚ Not because I’m a selfish prick, but I really had no idea that I will be making my graphics as background images before I started creating the code from my design in Photoshop. Anyway, you could still put IMG styling regardless of which. You just need to modify it a bit.

This is your code:

Img {
margin: 5px;
padding: 10px;
border: solid black 1px
}

To use this styling on images in the posted entry, you have to specify the class name of my formatting for the entry text. Try this:

.entrytext img {
margin: 5px;
padding: 10px;
border: solid black 1px
}

“.entrytext” is the class name I made for the styling of the posted entry text DIV. So basically, what this CSS code means to say is “everytime there’s an IMG within this DIV, I will apply the CSS Josie created.” The good thing about this is that if you have other images contained in different DIVs, they won’t be affected. Specifying “.entrytext” before the IMG assures you that the styling will only be applicable to the “.entrytext” DIV. This same concept applies if you want to change link styles, codes, numbered lists, ordered lists, etc. within the post.

I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

Cool theme browser

Thanks to Silkjaer for including my Dapit Hapon theme on his Live WordPress Theme List!

I’m not a programmer, but I can say his theme viewer is cool. It has a Vote feature, as well as the usual Download and Preview links. You can also see there how many times a theme has been downloaded. The only problem I encountered was getting a parse error when I tried to upload the theme (well, anyway, I’ve already informed the Silkjaer about it so I guess he’s already fixing the bug).

Ahh… I love opensource! πŸ™‚

WP 2 Theme Competition?!

EDIT: I’ve taken out the link to the old competition. Thanks for telling me, Dana. If traffic is the only reason this guy started the WP 2 Competition, he’s not getting any from my site. I will not link to his site until he released those themes.

It’s a good thing I didn’t wait for this competition to release the entries before I launched my Dapit Hapon Theme. I would have waited for God-knows-how-long if I did. I wasn’t even sure if the guy received my entry in the first place (all I received from him was an automated reply). I’m not the world’s most patient person (ask my fiance, he’ll VERIFY that as fact), but this is becoming ridiculous. First, internet problem was the excuse. Then now, his site is hacked. Ok. It’s sad, I even sympathized with the guy, but it’s been too long already. He can’t have deleted all of our themes from his harddrive can he? His database might have been screwed, but he can always start from scratch in uploading the themes. I understand it’s a tedious process, but I don’t think it would hurt to upload three or four a day. Doing so would at least appease those who are beginning to feel they’ve been had.

Oh, well. As they say, shit happens. Well anyway, there’s a site that’s reviving this WP 2 Competition (this one came from people frequenting the WP support forums). I’m really not vying to win any awards on this, but the exposure will be good enough for me πŸ™‚