Hello, I'm Chris Murphy — I specialize in creating engaging, user-centric interactive experiences.
Twilight Saga WordPress Theme
UPDATE (2008.08.27): I'm kind of embarrassed that I published this theme without performing any quality assurance. In any case, I’ve re-factored the markup from the ground up, and fixed many of the layout issues that were cropping up in the last build. I also wanted to clarify a couple things: this theme uses PNG’s to take advantage of transparencies such that *modern* browsers are able render them properly; second, none of the themes I develop are widget-ready – I’ll get around to it some day; and hey if you want to take a shot at it – be my guest! The theme you will download is version 2.0. If you have an older version of the theme, please feel free to replace it. My apologies for the false start.
There are so many themes out there that just don’t seem to have much of a concept behind them, in fact most seem to be little more than decoration. I don’t think WordPress themes need to always have a concept behind them, but the ones that do tend to stick around longer. I had a bit of downtime a little while ago and I wanted to create a WordPress Theme that had a little bit more of unified concept.
There are so many books that hit the shelves these days that covers just start to blend together into one big mottled wallpaper. So it was a mild surprise when I encountered the stark black and minimalist cover designs.
The Twilight Theme
Inspired by this, I decided to design and develop a WordPress Theme based on the book covers.
I thought I would have been satisfied with using only one of the book covers as inspiration, but the more I worked on it, the more I felt that I couldn’t settle with just one. On top of that, I think anyone who would have been interested in using the theme would likely have a favourite cover graphic other than the one I preferred most.
Here are some variations of the same WordPress theme. It didn’t take much (CSS is awesome), and I even went as far as to allow customization with quick modification of one of the theme files.
Now WordPress authors can use either one of these themes. There’s a fourth book that is coming out: “Breaking Dawn” which I will try to add to this series at a later date.
Okay, so I’ve rambled on enough, Download the WordPress – Twilight Theme v2.0.1.
BIG FYI: It looks like the comment’s code is missing from this build. I will work on getting that re-implemented tonight. My applogies for the inconvenience!
If you want to modify the graphic to achive either of the variations above, all you have to do is find the file “settings.php” in the Twilight theme folder (includes/settings.php), and edit the following snippet at the very beginning of the file:
// use either "twilight" or "eclipse" or "newmoon" to customize which graphic to show $THEME_GRAPHIC = 'eclipse';
This theme is built on the same basic framework as my current Lemon Twist Theme. As such, you will likely want to install a few WordPress plugins that work with this theme, so take a look through this README file.
If you are running into errors when applying the theme, it is likely that a plugin is missing and is causing the problem. If you encounter this, check out the “includes” directory and modify any of the offending includes in the “sidebar” sub directory.
Still at a loss? Contact me.