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Modifying Your SeaBeast Theme

Posted by: Mike Cherim on June 9th, 2006

This theme was meant to be styled, but for those used to getting elbow deep in the style.css file, that’s not needed. I made it easy I hope. Modifying this theme can be done in three parts: Layout configuration, modifying styles, and changing the images. Between these three things, you can totally change this theme to suit your needs and give it the personality you want. Here are the details…

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Default Theme Image Pack

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 26th, 2006

This theme comes with a number of style images. These images are the one you will modify when you make this theme yours — though you will get the PNG native files and well as the exported JPG files in the download. What follows in a list of these images so you can view them in a stand alone way. Please note that the background color of these images matches the default theme background. And it isn’t white, it’s off-white or #fffffa, specifically.

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Logo Box Usage

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 26th, 2006

At the top of the center column you have a linked image with replacement text should images be disabled or unsupported by the user. This doesn’t have a heading, but I’m calling it the logo box with affection. You have a lot of control over this box, its content, and functionality. And, like most of the add-on stuff, you can disable it — sort of anyway. It’d be more accurate to say you can effectively hide it.

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Using In-Line Styles

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 25th, 2006

As you may know if you’ve been reading here for a bit, I provide lots of pre-made Posting Classes & Elements for you so you can style and format your content in many ways without making you delve into the CSS, or even use the USERS_CSS file I made for you. That said, though, it doesn’t mean you’ll not want or need additional styles. If it’s something you’ll use over and over again by all means put it in the USERS_CSS file, but if not, in-line styles may prove to be the perfect solution.

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Adding Link Icons

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 24th, 2006

They are icons, they are chiclets, and they are badges. To a number of names they respond, but in the end, they are just linked images. WordPress provides a means of loading and displaying them for you should you choose images when “Adding a Link Category” (from the “Links” page, and with default list settings of <li> <br /> </li> please). But I have created one as well. The reason is simple: A lot of people don’t use the what’s provided. Not obvious enough perhaps, or not intuitive enough. They end up delving into their sidebar.php file to post the icons directly, trying to make their stuff not mess up the stuff that’s in there, which is hard to do because the nested lists and sidebar systems can be confusing at best. Thus I created the option: Blog Icons.

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Posting Classes & Elements

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 24th, 2006

If you want to style text or elements not styled in the CSS, you have a couple of options. You need to know, first, some special classes have been made already — and they can be combined, and just about everything is styled to the theme, to be workable, just about all the elements for example. But you may want to add something if you need to style something differently or style something new, as it’s not a good idea to use meaningful elements for styling.

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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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