Give Theme Feedback

Posted January 19th, 2007 by Mike Cherim

Have some feedback? Want to remark on how cool the theme is? Got something on your mind? Speak up here. If it’s support you’re after, please try this support post, check out the FAQs, or contact me.

Okay, it’s your turn.

55 Responses to: “Give Theme Feedback”

  1. David Zemens responds:
    Posted: January 22nd, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    What a terrific upgrade, Mike. Looks and works great. Thanks!

  2. Rick Beckman responds:
    Posted: January 24th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Looks great, and I look forward to upgrading my wife’s blog which is using an older version of Beast, but why so much added stuff? I decided against using another theme of yours because it was too much work stripping it of all the extraneous bits in the sidebar and elsewhere. I can understand why you have added it, but it seems like it just bloats an otherwise fantastic theme.

  3. Björn Lindström responds:
    Posted: January 24th, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    It would be nice if your theme would support translation using gettext, like for instance Sandbox.

  4. Rick Beckman responds:
    Posted: January 28th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Mike, you’re absolutely right; I apologize and have added the credit link to the site’s footer. It should never have been removed in the first place.

  5. Rick Beckman responds:
    Posted: January 28th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Also, regarding version 2… I’m glad to see there is at least one theme author who takes into account the fact that wp_footer() outputs P-enclosed content which needs to be accounted for. So often I see the wp_footer() action right at the bottom outside of any styled element, which is a nuisance to always have to fix!

  6. USMCsky responds:
    Posted: February 1st, 2007 at 4:41 am


    Beautiful job. I was so impressed with the theme that I decided a visit to the originators site was a necessity. I am very impressed with everything. For the time being it will also serve as my sites theme. I am an old web designer learning new “technology” that runs with blogging. I found WP and realized I no longer needed to reinvent the wheel with work like yours available as a theme.

    Thanks for your hard work and for sharing this with the net.


    Eric Zabinsky

  7. USMCsky responds:
    Posted: February 1st, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Hey Mike,

    Is it a WP or a theme issue when the search results cause the “sidebar” to drop down the right hand side? It settles below the results. When you click a result the text is “spread” across what used to be a very well put together design. I have not altered any thing within WP or the theme as of yet except for the masthead. SEO be danged.

    When searching from any category page, I get “Not Found -The requested URL http:// was not found on this server.”

    Needless to say, I have put the theme through its paces. =) I want to make sure everything is 100% prior to me breaking it. Once again, excellent job.

  8. USMCsky responds:
    Posted: February 2nd, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Sorry Mike. I thought I had only removed the header/masthead PHP that fed in my Title info. I wanted the long title(WP BLOG TITLE) for SEO but I did not want it at the top of my page. Make sense? That explains why I did what I did. I put in a static masthead. I am sure there is a really easy way to accomplish it without removing that markup but like I said, I am new to the theme arena. I did not like the flickering “banner.”

    I bought the WP2 QuickStart guide a few weeks ago and I am patiently waiting for the dummies version that is coming out in July. =)

    Before it is all said and done, I will either reload or fix. I am sure you remember the early days. Flash and CSS are where I flourished when I was seriously designing. Ineed to change my mind set on the learn by reverse engineering. As to your comment… Yes, since my previous post, some major tinkering had been done.

  9. USMCsky responds:
    Posted: February 2nd, 2007 at 4:37 am

    You are right about the about the I.E. I use three browsers when doing site evaluations but did not even think to check my own with a different browser. LAUGHING. Crap. First thing you do when trouble-shooting? Make sure the computer is plugged in.

    Thanks for the help.

  10. USMCsky responds:
    Posted: February 2nd, 2007 at 5:42 am


    WOW! Your support for this theme is incredible. It took over an hour to read through all your online literature. Learned more on your site than I did the WP book.

    All fixed. Thanks again.

  11. USMCsky responds:
    Posted: February 2nd, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    *LAUGHING* I new it would be an easy fix. It just escaped me.

    I know this is a “labor of love” for you or you would not have spent so much time in your support area. Rewards should be to those who are kind and giving. A donation is forthcoming. =)

    I want to share a bit of humor with you. Tao Backup. Figured this would be down your alley.

  12. Wendy responds:
    Posted: March 10th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Any plans to widgetize this theme?

    It is beautiful!

  13. Dr Balwinder S "bsd" Dheeman responds:
    Posted: March 10th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    First of all, I must thank you for a such nice theme :)

    I think you forget to differentiate trackbacks, plz check the MW theme for details. I’m considering adding this functionality and shall try submitting a patch soon.

    The related-posts does not work either, even after ALTERING the table as have been suggested in the docs and the wp-admin.css is quite obsolete as compared to the one in the latest WordPress 2.1.2 release. One more thing is that I don’t like the idea of setting “activated” and, or “deactivaed” values in a specific configuration file, which can dynamically be determined and, examined from the environment itself for active WP plugins.

    Thank anyway, the Beast-Blog theme for WordPress is cool!

  14. Dr Balwinder S "bsd" Dheeman responds:
    Posted: March 10th, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Sorry for the typo, I wanted to say Pingback, that’s when comment_author_email is empty and comment_type is ‘pingback’.

    I see no errors after altering the table, but could not find any related posts in the list, whereas, the MW theme is uses categories to relate posts, otherwise; need no alter any tables.

  15. Dr Balwinder S "bsd" Dheeman responds:
    Posted: March 12th, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    I have made it work, now it distinguishes the ‘pingback’ and, or ‘trackback’ comments. In addition to this I also have added facility to present gravatar icons of the commenter, though the later hack may slow down rendering pages that contain large number of comments. I yet have to benchmark the gravatar icons when WP caching enabled and, or disabled.

    Plz check and

    Let me know if you’re interested in merging this patch.

  16. Ralf and Ramona responds:
    Posted: March 20th, 2007 at 5:26 am

    Hi Mike,

    thanks for your great theme and your support. I love the appearance, even if we change some images, and I appreciate the technical realization. It’s one of the very few pro-themes in the theme-bulk out there.

    All the best

  17. Krissi responds:
    Posted: April 24th, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Dear Mike! Thank you so much for a beautiful theme! I changed my blog to this theme yesterday, and have already got lots of good responses on my new beautiful site. As you can see on my site, I have edited some of it (check my site). And have translated it to Norwegian, mainly by using .mo file. A small (but hopeful) useful donation from Norway is on it’s way to you.

    Best regards,

  18. Gill responds:
    Posted: May 15th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Noticed you were mentioning plugins on the main page. They all work fine with the latest version of WP.

  19. Frank responds:
    Posted: May 23rd, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    The Theme runs with wordpress 2.2
    Only the bonusfiles wp-admin.css and quicktags.js for wp-admin makes some trouble…

  20. Frank responds:
    Posted: May 23rd, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Mike: Your new quicktags.js runs with the normal wp-admin.css…

  21. ladynada responds:
    Posted: June 5th, 2007 at 10:31 am

    I think I found a bugaboo, on my free blog, at the next page prompt at the bottom of page one, it has the following url

    If I enter the right address, it works, and then the previous button works.

    I have my permalink structure set to

    Its a free blog so I do not have access to ftp anything

  22. Maureen Oliver responds:
    Posted: June 5th, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you Mike! I really love this theme. It’s the first time I’ve taken a wp blog template and played with it.

    I have a little less hair than when I started but I know I probably would have been bald by now if not for your brilliant instructions on how to implement this theme.

    So again thank you for your selfless dedication to your art!

  23. ladynada responds:
    Posted: June 5th, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Maureen, I told Mike the same thing in email the other day… LOL
    Mike here is more info. if you go to page with this notice no last slash
    then the next page link formats wrong

    if you go to the page with then the next page link formats right
    also the link on the nav bar for home leaves off the last slash
    Hope that helps,
    fellow programmer and coding luvva

  24. Maureen responds:
    Posted: June 21st, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Hi there Mike,

    I’ve tried using the add custom field for the description and keywords both on pages and posts and it doesn’t seem to work. I’ve tried it with description/keywords with and without quotes. Not sure if I’ve done something wrong or not. Seems simple enough, create a post, add custom field, save. No matter which way I do it, it still ends up with the description/keywords that are in the config file.

  25. Maureen responds:
    Posted: June 21st, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks Mike! It worked perfectly…yay! I now have descriptions and keywords in place. This php stuff is pretty nifty.

  26. Greg responds:
    Posted: July 9th, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    Hey Mike… I’ve been using your template for several months now, after going through more than a couple of other, uh… others. Slotted in my graphics, streamlined it a bit and it works perfectly. So well, in fact, that I’m considering putting the RSS back in. Great work!

  27. JJ responds:
    Posted: August 5th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Great great template. Have you thought about doing a 3C version? I think if you expand left and right, less white space on the margins you could get the 3C on the right without disturbing the clean feel.

  28. JJ responds:
    Posted: August 5th, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Also, I havent uploaded the template yet, but how do you get subcategories and submenu items?

  29. Dan Lee responds:
    Posted: October 21st, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I love the theme, but I have done some clean up on the code and some minor fixes. One of the fixes is the flickering of the header image, you can see it happen on this very page at the top. To fix this I have done the following:
    I use this code inthe header.php page, not that different but I prefer it as it looks easier to read.

    Once again some minor changes, but it works beautifully :)

    Keep up the good work,


    [See link in next comment.]

  30. Dan Lee responds:
    Posted: October 21st, 2007 at 12:29 am

    The above code was fubared a bit, so updated it as a txt file.

  31. Rob Mason responds:
    Posted: November 19th, 2007 at 7:52 am

    Hey Mike, just installed Beast Blog v2 on my blog and it’s great. Huge thanks for making such a great theme.

    Only issue I have is that images are not being displayed on the main page for posts that contain an image. Any thoughts?

  32. Eddy responds:
    Posted: January 22nd, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Not sure about getting subcatogeries and menu items working properly.

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