Miscellany Theme

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A bit of a more sophisticated theme, at least for me. I gave more attention to the graphics on this theme than I have on the others. It’s a 3 Column, widget-ready fixed width theme featuring an extended footer (non-widgetized), author info page, gravatars and highlighted author comments in the comments section along with Custom Archives, Sitemap and full width No Sidebars page templates. Tested in Firefox, Opera, Safari, IE6 and IE7. As always, it’s valid XHTML 1.0 and CSS 2.1 right out of the box and also fully compatible up to WordPress 2.7.

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About Mina

I'm just a regular person who spends her days at work on the computer and comes home and spends her evenings on the computer. I've been using WordPress for over 3 years and after enjoying all the WP community has to offer I've decided it's time for me to give back. This is my humble attempt at that.
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56 Responses to Miscellany Theme

  1. gazzali says:

    Hi Mina

    Your template is very useful for my blog. It is W3C compliant. I have 2 questions : Which software you have been using to design this templates?; How can the template be validated in CSS W3C validator as it cannot be validated as there about more than 10 errors?

    In any case great job
    cheers

  2. Mina says:

    Hi,
    I moved this to the Miscellany post since that’s the theme you’re using.

    Mainly I just use WordPress to do the themes, but if I need an external editor I usually use Bluefish.

    The caption errors are from code the WordPress wants in the themes, so there isn’t much I can do about those. The 3 that show up as mine are easy fixes.

    To fix the sidebar errors go into style.css and in both #left_sidebar and #right_sidebar change padding: 0 auto 0 auto; to padding: 0;

    And the header error, under #header change float: center; to float: left;

  3. gazzali says:

    Hi mina

    Thank u for that quick response. You have said you will us wordpress to do the themes- can you show me the site address…I am also interested in bringing my own design though i have zero experience in this. I just wanted to try it out.

    best regards
    gazzali

  4. Mina says:

    What I meant when I said I use WordPress to do the themes is that I installed a wp blog (2 actually – 2.6.5 & 2.7) that isn’t public, it’s used for testing themes and plugins and whatnot. I then upload a basic theme structure and edit from there through Admin > Appearance.> Editor (in 2.7) and Admin > Design > Theme Editor (in 2.6.5).

    I also rely heavily on the WP Codex (found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page ) for anything to do with templates and tags and other wp related things. It’s invaluable if you are creating themes.

    Good luck with your designing venture…it’s an awesome experience. :D

  5. gazzali says:

    Hi mina

    Thank u for this response.

    If i had created a web design how am i to convert this design into html…if i am talking nonsense here please forgive me. I am a dummy in this – so please guide me in this :)

    best regards

  6. Mina says:

    I assumed you wanted to create themes for WordPress only, do you mean you want to create web sites that are independent of WP? And you’re not talking nonsense, it’s good you want to learn.

    If you want to design for WordPress then you don’t need to convert files to html, wp uses .php. And I would suggest reading thru the Codex (I linked to it in my last comment), It explains things much better than I could. Maybe download some themes and get into the files to see how things are.

    If you are talking about websites that are stricly html, I have to confess it’s been years since I’ve done that and I’m not entirely up on the current standards. Maybe try a Google search for that.

  7. glen says:

    How do I get the author information to populate my information? I have been looking at the css but cant find that info. Thanks for your help

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  9. Mina says:

    Hi Glen,

    The author information comes from your user profile in your WordPress installation. Go to Users >> “Your Profile” >> Biographical Information. Whatever you write there will show up in the author box.

  10. gazzali says:

    hi Mina

    I have done a sample template, just for learning how to get this template in wordpress. I know you have guided me to that site. But is there anyway you can give a gist in simple terms so i can look out for important things when uploading.. thanks

  11. Mina says:

    Gazzali,

    I really wouldn’t know where to begin as I’m not really good at explaining things in details. Besides I still have a long way to go before I’d ever be in a position to teach someone else. The best way to learn is to just jump in and try things to see what works and what doesn’t. The site I pointed you to will give you better help with the technical part than I ever can. Seriously.

  12. gazzali says:

    Hi there

    I think you are very humble person. Perhaps you can start by thinking back how did you make and convert your template to wordpress theme. :)

  13. Mina says:

    No not humble, but trying to be nice. I don’t actually have the time or the skill level to teach someone how to do this from scratch. I have a full time job and a family to take care of and barely enough free time to give support for my themes. I’m sorry.

    There are many sites out there that someone who is better at this than me has put up tutorials. Google “making wordpress themes”, check the Codex and most importantly just jump into a theme and play around…try changing things and see what happens. That’s my best advice.

    Even WordPress will tell you that if you want to create themes you can start with the Default WordPress theme as a base and go from there.

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  17. Kevin says:

    I just switched my site over to Miscellany and I’m loving it.

    The horizontal menu gets all funky though when Internet Explorer is used. Do you know of a fix for that?

    Thanks!

    Kevin

  18. Mina says:

    Kevin,

    I’ve emailed you.

  19. Hi, I really like this theme. I am just starting to learn how to create my own, so Im not up on the coding. Could you tell me how to get my widgets to show up with this theme? Thank you.

  20. Me again, also, the comments do not work.

  21. Mina says:

    To use widgets go to Admin >> Appearance >> Widgets click the ‘Add’ link next to the widget you want and the click ‘Save Changes’.

    As for the comments, more detail would help. For instance after you enter your comment and click ‘Submit Comment’ does nothing show up? Or is there no option showing to enter comments?

    Do you have a link to your blog so I can see what’s what?

  22. Sorry, I know how to use the widgets, they just arent showing up on the front page. They show on the about page, but not the front. As for the comments, you click on the comments as if youa re going to reply, and nothing happens, but I do see
    Tags:
    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: the_tags() in /home/themysti/public_html/blog/wp-content/themes/miscellany/index.php on line 23

    under the comments tag

  23. Mina says:

    Very strange indeed.

    We’ll start with the standard troubleshooting things first.

    1) Are you using any plugins? If so try deactivating them and then reactivating them one by one to see which if any might be causing problems.

    2) Then I would suggest re-downloading (from the Official Theme Directory) and reinstalling the theme as there is a possibility that the download was corrupt.

    Let me know what happens and we can see what we can do from there.

  24. no plugins. I deleted it and downloaded and installed it again and get the same thing. :(

  25. I posted a little too soon, now the about page isnt working correctly either.

  26. Mina says:

    Yeah, I think I now know what the problem is. In looking at the source code for your site I noticed that you are using an old version of WordPress (ver. 2.2.2) and there have been a lot of changes to WP since then. New themes generally won’t work with versions that far back.

    I would highly suggest upgrading to the current WordPress (ver. 2.7) not only because of the problems you’re having with my theme but because of the many security vulnerabiliies that have been fixed since then. If you don’t upgrade you’ll find you have trouble with many of the new themes because they utilize newer functions and call available only with the newer version of WP.

    Seriously, upgrade to 2.7 for your own protection and the security of your site.

  27. really? I just installed the wordpress yesterday! LOL Weird. I will try that and see what happens. thnaks!

  28. Mina says:

    Wow, where’d you get the installation files? Weird is right! :D

    Let me know how you make out.

  29. upgrading worked! Thank you so much!! I had installed it from my C panel. Guess they are not up to date.

  30. Mina says:

    Fantastic!

  31. Ida says:

    Dear Mina,

    firstly, thank you for this wonderful theme!

    I have a question, concerning the displaying of several specifications of the category (post?), when hitting the category link.

    Following ist displayed:

    “Project-Id-Version: WordPress 2.7 Report-Msgid-Bugs-To: wp-polyglots@lists.automattic.com POT-Creation-Date: 2008-12-11 00:55+0000 PO-Revision-Date: 2008-12-09 20:34+0100 Last-Translator: Language-Team: de.wordpress.org MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit Ida | 3. Februar 2009

    Category: Fotos Project-Id-Version: WordPress 2.7 Report-Msgid-Bugs-To: wp-polyglots@lists.automattic.com POT-Creation-Date: 2008-12-11 00:55+0000 PO-Revision-Date: 2008-12-09 20:34+0100 Last-Translator: Language-Team: de.wordpress.org MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit | No Comments » | Edit
    Schlagworte:”

    How can I hide this? (In between the two lists, the normal post is displayed).
    Feel free to have a look at http://www.horsefit.biz

    Thank you in advance, Ida

  32. drizzt says:

    Hi.
    Yor theme is not compatible with WP 2.7.1, theres a missing options in admin create/edit page (sidebar, no sidebar etc.) Its very frustrating. :-)

    regards

  33. drizzt says:

    Sorry you’re so upset with the theme…good thing you didn’t pay for it, right?

    Right ;-P
    Ill try fresh wp install, maybe i messed something up.Im from Poland and my english is not perfect, some words may sounds impropriate.

  34. Bob says:

    Thanks Mina! My wife and I just love this theme for our farm website: http://www.wendalane.com

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  36. desdemona says:

    Hi Mina !

    I love all your themes and it’s not easy to decide on just one but I think I will take this “Miscellany” one :)
    My blog is going to be a news one for opera lovers (yes, music, not the browser!) so I wanted something modern but elegant at the same time :) Anyway, as I have some experience with css and html (not with WordPress !) I would like to do some tweakings. I suppose it is possible to widgetize the footer , I’m right ? Also I would like to have just one big sidebar to place there youtube embedded videos but would like to keep the two sidebars under it …any ideas ?

    Thanks very much from Spain !

  37. desdemona says:

    Thanks, MIna : ) Yes, I’m feeling adventurous..maybe too much ! Thanks so much for your offer but I really don’t want to bother you and it’s ok for me to do it myself , it’s the only way to learn that php thing and refresh the rest ! :)
    I like the Soho Serenity theme too and I had looked at it but I don’t know why I thought the side sections were too narrow. I will follow your advice and try it .

  38. Kathy says:

    Hi Mina, I am transferring over to WordPress and I’m looking for a new look. This is my favorite by far! I’ll let you know if I use this once I figure out what I’m doing with my blog.
    Thanks for your wonderful themes!

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  40. Melinda says:

    Hi Mina,

    I love your themes; just what I was looking for. I just switched from a website to a blogsite using the Miscellany theme and I have a question. I am definitely a WP novice so keep that in mind. :) I would like to modify the right sidebar and wonder how I do that. I played around with widgets in sidebar 1 and sidebar 2 but I can’t seem to get the look I want. I would like to remove the calendar (or move somewhere else) and the Meta list. Can you tell me how I do that? Thanks for your hard work and great designs!

    Melinda

  41. Avellano says:

    Hello Mina!

    I am new to WordPress, however, I chose Miscellany theme for my new homepage. I find it very nice and corresponding to my needs. Thank you about it.

    However, I am also having the same bug with internationalisation that Ida had. I wonder, if you know the solution, maybe you could share it in your blog so that others who have the same problem could solve it without asking you to send the zipped files?

    If you don’t want it I would also appreciate you sending me the zipped files.

    Thank you!

  42. Avellano says:

    Thank you very much! So it was the case of _e(”); tag in archive.php file. But I was driving myself crazy since I had moved the system from temp directory to the destination one but forgotten to make changes to .htaccess file – therefore any change I made to correct the bug did not have any effect.

    Thanks again.

  43. Mina says:

    Ida,

    Thank you, I’m glad you like it! :D

    That is a problem that occurs when using translation files. I’m going to email you some modified files that will take care of this. Make sure you backup your old files (just in case) and then upload the new ones.

    I tried to send you a zip file with the modified files you need and your mail server bounced it back to me. Do you have another email address I can send them to?

  44. Ida says:

    Hi Mina,

    thank you so much for taking care of my problem.
    I just entered a differend mail adress above.

  45. Mina says:

    Ida,

    I’ve sent the files to the new email address and so far they haven’t come back! I take that as a good sign. :D

    But let me know if you don’t get them.

  46. Ida says:

    Brilliant. Thank you SO much!

  47. Mina says:

    Sorry but I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. Care to elaborate a bit more?

    Talk about frustrating.

  48. drizzt says:

    Try miscellany theme in 2.6.5 go to admin/pages/create new page and look to the right there a “page attributes” and button to choose sidebar/no sidebar/default.
    The option is missing in 2.7 or above, U may create only pages with that stupid sidebar with calendar, and its not a wordpress fault but definitelly compatilibility of theme. I’m not a php person, so is very frustrating for me. I cannot roll back to 2.6.5 cos wp sql table is not compatible backwards.

    regards.

  49. Mina says:

    Wow, and people say I have anger issues.

    No one said it was a fault with WordPress and it’s not a fault with the theme’s compatibility either. I just went and downloaded a new copy, installed it on my 2.7.1 setup and successfully created a page with no sidebars. The option IS there and the theme IS compatible.

    Maybe there was a problem during download or installation, did you try to reinstall the theme?

    And fyi…you can get rid of the “stupid sidebar with calendar” by using widgets. Or by taking it out altogether. If you needed help with that all you had to do was ask.

    Sorry you’re so upset with the theme…good thing you didn’t pay for it, right?

  50. Mina says:

    And I reacted badly. I let things get on top of me and probably read your post wrong. For that I am sorry. :)

    Seriously though, if you need help just ask.

  51. Mina says:

    Desdemona,

    Those things can indeed be done. Now you say you have some experience with css and html so I ask…are you feeling adventurous? :D

    If you wanted to do it on your own I would suggest downloading another theme that has the elements you want and check out how they’re done. For instance I would download the Soho Serenity theme for the widgetized footer and for the side sections which would be perfect for the you tube video box you mentioned. You would then just need to tweak the css to get everything how you want it.

    I could also work something up for you but I wouldn’t be able to get to it until this weekend at the earliest.

  52. Mina says:

    Kathy,

    Welcome to WordPress and to The Cloisters! :D

  53. Mina says:

    Melinda,

    Okay you need to go into Admin >> Appearances >> Editor >> right_sidebar.php and find these sections:

    for the calendar
    < l i>< h2 >< ?php _e('Calendar'); ?>< /h2 >
    < ?php get_calendar(); ?>
    < /li >

    for meta
    < li >< h2 >< ?php _e('Meta'); ?>< /h2 >

      < ?php wp_register(); ?>
      < li >< ?php wp_loginout(); ?>< /li >
      < li >Valid XHTML< /li >
      < li >XFN< /li >
      < li >WordPress< /li >
      < ?php wp_meta(); ?>
      < /ul >
      < /li >

    Then you can either delete them or cut and paste them elsewhere in the sidebars.

  54. Melinda says:

    Awesome, thanks! That is exactly what I needed.

    Melinda

  55. Mina says:

    The number of people having this issue with my themes is very small overall and it’s actually easier for my to send a file…not a problem at all.

    So with that said…You’ve got mail! :D