by Ron

Buddymatic Theme Framework

I ported Buddymatic from the Thematic Theme Framework. In a standard WordPress or WordPress MU blog, Buddymatic is functionally the same as Thematic. In a BuddyPress enabled WordPress MU install, the BuddyPress components in the framework are activated to provide BuddyPress theme functionality. Buddymatic and child themes can be used on WordPress, WordPress MU, BuddyPress…

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by andrea

BuddyPress Themes & skinning

(Editor’s note: this was published in May, 2009 and the BuddyPress Theme structure has changed since it was written. As of November 2009, Free BuddyPress Themes is under new ownership and has a whole new pile of themes. Check it out Free BuddyPress Themes. Or if you’re interested in a paid theme, check out the…

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by andrea

Anatomy of a home page: WordPress.com

Many people have big dreams when planning their WPMU-based site, and want to be the next WordPress.com. I see a lot of requests for how to make a home page like theirs, but I don’t think you should copy anyone’s site outright. You can, however, be inspired by them. A lot of successful wordpressmu-based sites…

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by andrea

Theme designers – what you need to know about WordPressMU

First off, I know there has been some confusion over themes for WPMU, but I can say that 99% of the themes out there work in WPMU. They often require some edits for personal preferences, but what theme doesn’t? Mostly what I’m going to talk is how themes are used in a WPMU environment. In…

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by andrea

Giving your users changeable or custom headers in themes

Built in to WordPress, and also available for WordPress MU, is the Custom header API. This service allows you to quickly add some code to a theme’s functions.php file to make the header area completely customizable. User will be able to upload a header image of their choice on their chosen theme, without affecting other…

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by andrea

The mystery of the missing themes

As you may have figured, I work with WordPress MU a lot. Like every day a lot. I also work with themes a lot. (Don’t ask how many are on my local install to play with. I could host my own repository.) My normal work flow is to upload a zipped theme to the themes…

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by andrea

Widgetizing themes

Often as an MU admin, we see a theme we like, or a user wants to use, but it’s not widgetized. Rest easy, as widgetizing a theme is quite easy once you know how. I promise it takes longer to read through the instructions than it does to actually do it. I was really pleased…

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by andrea

Get some FREE themes from the $5 theme club

Small potatoes is crazy. Seriously. He’s giving away some $5 theme club memberships so site owners like myself can run whatever kind of contest we like. So here’s the deal – want a membership? Subscribe to my feed for this blog and leave me a comment. That’s it. I’ve got 50 accounts to give away…

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by andrea

Customizing your install: the home page

The absolute first thing you want to do when your site is installed and running is change it off the default theme. There are actually two copies of kubrick bundled in MU. One is under the default folder, the other is under a theme folder called “home”. The only difference is this one makes use…

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by andrea

New theme club, MU friendly

Small Potatoes, the designer of the theme I’m using on this blog, has realeased a FIVE DOLLAR theme club. Yeah, you read that right. $5 for at least 12 professionally designed and very slick themes over the course of a year. I’ve exchanged a few emails about the specifics of MU, so he’s keeping that…

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