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New theme – now available

  • Avatar of pcwriter
    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    Hi all!

    Just thought I’d post a teaser (and maybe generate a bit of pre-release feedback) about a theme I’m putting together for Buddypress.
    I took a break from developing my site to put this together for y’all – lotsa fun. :-)
    Both free and premium versions will be available. Both versions include an extremely versatile, fully-widgetized front page template.

    New theme home here: http://buddylite.com/

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  • Avatar of LPH2005
    LPH2005
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    @lph2005

    Looks nice. Can you enlarge the avatar in the upper left, then below the avatar add profile button (linking to profile) next to the logout button?

    Avatar of pcwriter
    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    @LPH2005

    The avatar can be enlarged, sure. But, as with the bp-default theme, clicking any avatar already links to the users profile.

    Avatar of Pisanojm
    Pisanojm
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    @pisanojm

    Wow, that looks great… organized and clean.

    Really nice theme! I like it :)

    The theme looks very nicely organized. I have just two questions: will it support custom menus and when will it be available to purchase?

    Avatar of pcwriter
    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    @ithacaindy

    Yes, the theme will support custom menus via the addition of my Add-All-Nav-Links-to-BP-Adminbar plugin.
    http://buddypress.org/community/groups/add-all-nav-links-to-bp-adminbar/
    http://nowrecovery.com/justfunstuff/add-all-nav-links-to-bp-adminbar/

    The original idea for this theme, and the reason I’m developing it, was to help make navigation more streamlined for users by combining the adminbar and main nav into a single unit. I released the plugin first, ‘cuz it works just fine with child themes of bp-default. Now I’m working on the theme to go with it. Of course, the theme will work just fine without the plugin, but…

    When will it be available to purchase? Hopefully by the end of this month, I’ll have an initial release of the freebie. If all goes well on road tests of that release, the premium should become available by end of November. :-)

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    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    Little progress update for y’all who’re interested in this fun little baby.

    A great many changes have been made to the default theme in BP1.2.6:
    http://trac.buddypress.org/changeset?old_path=/tags/1.2.5.2/bp-themes/bp-default&new_path=/tags/1.2.6/bp-themes/bp-default/

    This brought up a question, and an answer I was hoping to avoid:
    http://buddypress.org/community/groups/how-to-and-troubleshooting/forum/topic/what-necessary-changes-should-be-made-to-bp-themes-for-bp-1-2-6/#post-76879

    To sum up, as the BP1.2.5-based theme I’ve been working on is pretty much complete, we’ll have 2 versions of the freebie release by the end of this month: the 1.2.6-compatible version will be downloadable from the repo, while the 1.2.5-compatible version will still be available from my site.

    I’ll post links to both when the time is right.
    I’m also putting together a nicely illustrated manual with all kinds of examples to help get you started on customizing the theme.

    I noticed your lightbox works in buddypress. Mine stopped working for me when I installed buddypress. My flickr photo gallery no longer loads photos in the lighbox… it just get stuck. When I de-activate buddypress, it works again. I tried other themes too – even the buddypress default theme, and that isn’t the problem. Any suggestions?

    http://colage.dreamhosters.com/photos/

    Avatar of roydeanjr
    roydeanjr
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    @roydeanjr

    I am looking forward to this! AND, after looking around your site (theme is looking good!) I wish you all the best in your endeavor! Your are bringing some creative and honed skills to the recovery community! I hope your site provides the help many people need! God Bless!

    Avatar of pcwriter
    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    @roydeanjr

    Thanks! I’ve almost finished the illustrated theme manual to help newbies (like us!) to get started on customizing the basic theme. Then I still need to update the code for BP1.2.6

    The whole impetus behind the development of this theme was to provide as simple a framework as possible while offering several options and as much easy customization as possible for non-techies. All that while keeping the pricetag low (premium = $20), yet still offset the time invested for development and support.

    However, along with the unexpected code updates and my father’s declining health (I’m taking a week off to spend some time with him) comes an unfortunate delay: the freebie will be available by the end of the 2nd week of November, while the premium should follow a few weeks after that.

    I apologize in advance for the delay everyone, but please take consolation in that the premium will include a few surprises.
    Ooh… anticipation is a fun thing! :-)

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    roydeanjr
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    @roydeanjr

    Sorry to hear about your father. My prayers go out for him and for your peace.

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    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    @roydeanjr

    Thank you for that!

    Avatar of pcwriter
    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    2nd progress report…

    Just got back from a week with my Dad. Good news is: BuddyLite for BP1.2.5 is almost ready for release :-)

    The CSS has been cleaned up and simplified to make it as easy as can be to create custom styles for this theme (just make a few mods to each of 6 on-screen elements and, BAM!, you’ve got your own unique style).
    The 20-page illustrated users manual is finished; a comprehensive, easy-to-follow, how-to-customize-this guide for newbies.
    I decided to include the widgetized footer panel in the freebie also, ‘cuz it just fits so well with the homepage.

    I’ll be updating the theme for BP1.2.6 this coming weekend and, if all goes well, the 2 versions can be released together.

    Then… work begins on the Premium version.
    I’ve posted a few more screenshots to my little blog of what’s to come (to keep everyone’s mouths watering, I hope) ;-)

    http://nowrecovery.com/justfunstuff/2010/themes/introducing-buddylite/

    Avatar of Xevo
    Xevo
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    @xevo

    We need more BuddyPress themes, but can’t really say I like the colors and all that shadow..

    Other then that, it’ll probably be a good template to work out off. Keep at it. :)

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    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    @xevo

    The colors for the basic theme are intentionally bland or harsh to encourage customization, and the shadow effects can easily be removed.
    And thanks! I will keep at it. :-)

    Any updates? I’ve been toying around with different buddypress themes but I can’t find the right fit. Keep us updated!

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    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    @l8knight

    Yup, big updates! Check ‘em out at http://BuddyLite.com/

    I’m overhauling the BuddyLite theme to bring it up to speed with the premium BuddyBuilder framework.
    With BuddyBuilder, you can design, download, edit & share pretty much any style you like.

    Avatar of pcwriter
    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    The overhaul of the free BuddyLite theme is almost ready. The default style will look much like the theme of http://BuddyLite.com
    Here’s a list of the basic theme options that will be included and accessible through a simple admin panel:

    Maximum Theme Width
    Minimum Theme Width
    Header Height
    Theme Background Image
    Theme Background Image Repeat
    Theme Background Image Behavior
    Theme Background Color
    Community Dropdown Menu Label (will be removed in BP1.3 update)
    Integrate BP-Adminbar with Main Menu
    Select ‘Global Search’ or Standard Buddypress Search
    Search Bar in Header or in Sidebar
    Sidebar Placement
    Main Sidebar Width
    Secondary Sidebar Width
    Custom CSS

    I’m also taking time to update both BuddyLite and BuddyBuilder in anticipation of the upcoming release of Buddypress 1.3.

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    thealchemist
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    @thealchemist

    Nice work! I am thoroughly impressed.

    Avatar of pcwriter
    pcwriter
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    @pcwriter

    Heads up!

    The new version of BuddyLite is now available for download at http://buddylite.com/buddylite-basic/

    Full custom menu support and integrated navigation are included (no need for my Add-All-Nav-Links-to-BP-Adminbar plugin anymore with this version).
    So are widgetized front-page, widgetized footer and full-width page templates.
    Custom header support has been modified to reflect the header dimensions you set in the theme admin panel.
    A custom-CSS section makes changing the look and feel of your theme a breeze.

    Go ahead and grab it… and have fun! :-)

    PS – I’m also working on keeping the theme up-to-date with the progress on BP1.3, so a compatible version will be available within a week or so of the release of BP1.3. With BP1.3, the BP-Default theme passes the WP theme review. So, the 1.3 version will be submitted to the themes repo and should be (hopefully) approved too!

    (Now I’m off for some relaxation with a pizza and a movie… yum!)

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