Modifying Your SeaBeast Theme

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…

Layout Configuration

In the USERS_CONFIG file you can make several changes and modifications that will affect the look of the theme. In investigating this file you will discover that you can changes the blog’s possession (from “My Blog” to “Our Blog,” basically), you can disable the entire contact page and all links to it, you can turn certain USERS_ sections on and off. Don’t want Link Icons? No problem, you can disable the entire box. In this file you can manage stats as well, affecting the footer, and you can also change the Sidebar and Farbar headings not controlled by WordPress itself. And more! To see the actual variables, please review the Configuration Files page or your USERS_CONFIG file.

Modifying Styles

In the file named USERS_MODS, you have access and the ability to modify every single color specification used on the entire theme, Colors, borders, backgrounds, links, and text… it’s all there and done in such a way that should be able to make changes safely. Two important ones, if you change nothing else, will be the highlight and highlight2 variables. These control much of the themes identifying colors (the green and orange in default theme’s case). To learn more and see the actual variables, please review the Configuration Files page or your USERS_MODS file. You might also want to get ideas for using these very styles within your posts. These articles about Using In-Line Styles and Posting Classes & Elements may prove very helpful.

Changing Images

The SeaBeast theme comes with a number of images. To change these images to meet the look and feel of your theme modifications, all you have to do is either open the master images located in the theme-external folder called sb_images, modify them, and export them as the applicable file types (don’t change the types of files except for the “Logo” and “Author’s Photo” images as these file types are configurable by way of the USERS_MODS file). Another option is to simply open the exported images in the theme images folder and overlay your new designs over the existing ones. If you want to review the entire theme images collection, please check out this post about the Default Theme Image Pack.

Need More Control?

I know I told you three things, but you do have another option. Provided with this theme is a USERS_ file called USERS_CSS. This is an empty CSS file which, in the flow of styles, comes last. Meaning, with this file you can override any of the default styles for those not covered in the regular USERS_ configuration files. Moreover, this file’s great for those inevitable add-ons.

Questions, Concerns, & Support

As always, help is never far away. If you have question or want to provide feedback check out the Feedback Category for relevant entries, you may Contact me, or you can visit the Styling and Support categories. Need more, try my Site Map & Links or Search for what you need.

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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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