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Contact Form Plugin Option

Posted by: Mike Cherim on October 25th, 2006

If you’d like to have another option regarding the contact form included now you can. Mike Jolley and I just created a nice Contact Form Plugin for WordPress (see the working demo with its “SeaBeast” theme) that you can apply as you would any other plugin instead of using the one I included with this theme. There are advantages to doing this (and no disadvantages that I can think of), as follows:

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Enabling Your Stats

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 26th, 2006

I created a built-in stats recording module for this theme. When you install the theme these stats are disabled, but enabling them is pretty simple. Outside the theme folder, /seabeast/, you may notice the file named “seabeast_myipfile.txt” which happens to be the data file. This file needs to be placed on the index level of WordPress, not in the theme folder.

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Special WP Configuration

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 25th, 2006

This theme is meant to work regardless of what WordPress functions you use. There are no special considerations or things you need to do. To the best of my knowlegde, anyway. I tried to mess around with everything I could to see if I could break the theme or WordPress functionality. Nothing negative happened. Everything I tried worked as it was supposed to and everything was styled in a manner which I deemed satisfactory. There are a few configuration recommendations I’d like to make, though.

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Creating a Site Map

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 25th, 2006

With this theme I made a simple way for the user to create a site map. Zero hassle and next to no effort. Really it is nothing more than a two step process. First thing you have to do is create a new page within WordPress.

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Adding a Custom Feed

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 24th, 2006

WordPress provides an RSS Entries Feed, for the posts or excerpts, and an RSS Comments Feed for comments obviously. These are unstyled feeds. They can be subscribed to and read with feed readers and some browsers. This is assuming of course your visitor knows what RSS is, and how to use it. Seeing these unstyled pages won’t do anything to stem the mystery. You can change all that by burning then offering a custom feed like what FeedBurner offers. Your visitors will get a much nicer page — like the FeedBurner Feed for this site — and they will also be given access to more information. Here’s how make it so…

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Adding Icon Lists

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 24th, 2006

In the “Adding Link Icons” entry, I tell you how to add those little link icons to the given list on the Farbar, under the default “Blog Icons” heading. I also noted in that entry that in that file you will deal with “list items” but the list itself, meaning, the <ul></ul> part of it isn’t visible in the file. But trust me when I say there is indeed the necessary XHTML for an unordered list supporting all the list items, <li></li>. The “ul” elements live outside the file is all. Knowing this, working with the file and adding more lists is rather simple, you just have to remember to close the first list, open or begin a second list, and remember to not close the second list, it’ll already be closed.

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Blog Functions

Important: This theme requires configuration! Read Instructions.

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This file, USERS_FUNCTION, is yours for adding such blog add-ons as flickr, Skype, and other non-WP goodies. Do try to keep items added to this section at around 120 pixels or less in width to prevent the sidebar from slipping in IE on 800x600 resolution monitors. Need to add CSS styles for items in this box? Easy, use the USERS_CSS file to do so. Then validate!

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This file, USERS_FARBAR, is yours for whatever you wish. Text in simple paragraphs, <p></p> lists, whatever. This is a liquid-width column. That said, you should to keep whatever — fixed-width item — below 120 pixels wide. Again, that concerns fixed-width items, self-forming, liquid items like text in paragraphs will adjust its own width. If you must place a slighter wider item, you can use the USERS_FUNCTION or USERS_SIDEBAR file to do so, but do note that that too should remain thin at only 162 pixels as it is a fixed-width column.

Added Headings!

You can also add headings in these user files. As many as you like. On and on she goes, where she stops. nobody knows! Do remember, though, in these file you have to use proper XHTML. Of course, this content can serve as example to you. Need even more help? Well, professional help is available.

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