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Regulus 2.3 theme update

Finally – an update to Regulus. The updates are coming further and further apart, and this is simply because the theme does everything I set out to do… and quite a bit more. This version is mostly bug fixes but there are a couple of nice new features.

Regulus 2.3 update

Additions

  • The banner image is now a link, meaning you can click it to go to your homepage. You can also change this link to point anywhere you like, which is good for those of you who use WordPress as a blog and something else for the rest of your website.
  • You can also now change the text for the home link in the tabbed navigation. The main reason for this is for people who use the static homepage feature of wordpress, but it’s also nice to be able to customise things that little bit more.
  • Finally there are a few new colour schemes – nothing earth shattering but I think they look good and are a nice way to liven up your website.
  • Support for tags (available in wordpress 2.3). It’s not particularly advanced but it does add them in case you want to make use of them.

Waiting

I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago, and have been trying to get the folks over at wordpress.com to update it there so that both versions were in sync. Unfortunately they’ve been a little slow so it’s not updated there, so I decided to release it anyway. Hopefully it’s not too much longer before it’s all working.

Go get it!

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  1. Forgot you’d made a theme, nice work matey :) I’m might release one at some point, not trying to be a copycat or anything :P, seeing as I have to code so many at work.

  2. I always like your work. I like the smaller details, i always don’t put much effort into things like the comment styling. But, it’s obvious that lot of thought and effort has gone into yours.

    It looks great.

  3. Guido – I don’t know how nobody noticed that before – You’re right – I uploaded it to the wrong folder. Thanks for the catch! It should be right now.

    Josh – thanks :)

    Luke – I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

    Nbeyond – thanks

  4. Hey Ben, I figured it out – there was a plugin I was using related to tags, and it was over-writing my category stuffs… in some strange way. Before I sent this, I should have tried switching to a default theme. (good advice to anyone who just installed a new plugin and is getting unexpected behaviours.

    Watch out for Jerome’s Keywords – it works, but it can be tricky if you don’t stick with the defaults.

  5. Ryan – glad you got it sorted out. I had a quick look but couldn’t see what you meant – although I did notice you were showing tags instead of categories :)

  6. Nice theme Ben, looks good. I just has a great (well maybe lol) idea when i was testing it out.

    Having 2 themes in the one, a daytime theme and a night time theme and have it run off the server time or +/- setting in admin in case your server is out of sync with your timezone.

    Then the site displays night theme during your night and day theme during your day.

    Good, bad or just plain stupid?

    Feel free to use the idea if it doesn’t fall in to the stupid category.

    Also your homepage is showing a 404 and telling me to visit the homepage. :-/

    Carly,

  7. I’ve been using this theme for a while with little customized tweaks. Adding a signature image has been fun little project for today.

    Glad to see the theme hasn’t totally left the development table. It really is very cool. I added “the excerpt reloaded” plugin and have just the most current post in full form, the rest are abbreviated (I’m wordy, can’t you tell?).

    With the template changes I’ve made, upgrading should be fun ;)

  8. Meet – thanks for the comments. Unfortunately since the theme is already on a couple million sites I don’t think I will change it. My next theme will have slightly larger fonts though :)

  9. Great theme. I’ve been using it and appreciate the attention to detail. FWIW, I’ve added the following lines to the CSS to control the look/feel of widgets in the sidebar:

    #sidebar h2, h3 {
    clear:both;
    padding:16px 0 4px 0;
    font-size:1.4em;
    border-bottom:1px solid #99c;
    }
    #sidebar h4 {
    font-size:1.2em;

  10. Hi!
    I haven’t been on my wordpress blog in several months and just noticed a link to upgrade. I’m glad the link brought me here so I can thank you for a very cool design! (I’m not sure if you changed the banner because I’m refamiliarizing myself with the workings of wordpress; I’m currently using a banner you developed that has a deep blue background with a free flying white butterfly in the upper right-hand side.)

    I usually design and upload my own banner images since I’m an artist, but I like this one so much since I’ve always had a penchant for the moon and butterflies.

    I’ll look into the update after some sleep. For now, thanks again for your hard work!

  11. and when I activate it, it says
    Warning: fread() [function.fread]: Length parameter must be greater than 0 in /home/ibmsru/public_html/gamerka/wp-includes/streams.php on line 155

    Warning: unpack() [function.unpack]: Type V: not enough input, need 4, have 0 in /home/ibmsru/public_html/gamerka/wp-includes/gettext.php on line 67

    Warning: array_shift() [function.array-shift]: The argument should be an array in /home/ibmsru/public_html/gamerka/wp-includes/gettext.php on line 68

  12. I am a beginner and I have spent an entire day trying to set up a blog for my school site using one of your themed templates. I am having a difficult time with it and wonder if you could help me? I have pages set up, but cannot get categories to show (even though I have typed them). Please let me know how we can communicate, I’m sure its just something very little.

  13. Hi Ben!
    I love the regulus layout, it fits my content so beautifully. comments coming back are how clean my site is. I wish I understood the world you live in, I haven’t a clue. Go see what I did with your regulus! I’m so proud of myself thanks to your creativity. http://themuseproject.wordpress.com/

    I clicked into your site to see if you had other templates or did web design, but I saw your comment that you aren’t doing this any longer.
    Sincerely, Akria Melchizedek

  14. first of all – thank’s Ben for the great theme! i’m using version 2.0 on my site but it have some problems. after installing 2.3 i’ve got all my posts “cuts” automatically. so how i can show full posts on my page and use manually “more” tag ?

  15. Ben, I love the theme, but need a second sidebar for commercials (someone has to pay the electric bill). I’ve followed the basic steps for adding a second sidebar by modifying the functions and index file, but so far nothing will cause the second sidebar to register or show.

    I know this theme isn’t top on your priorities, but could you possibly point me in the direction (through all the groovy customized stuff you did), to where I should look/modify for a 2nd sidebar?

  16. Ben, never mind. I ended up stealing a “sidebar.php” from another them, monkeying with the original functions file, and messing with some floats in the css pool.

    Less work then I thought (once I figured out the huh? factor). All I have left is to make up a larger custom header image.

    Now I just wish my little laptop screen was wider.

  17. Hi and thanks for the wonderful theme!

    Only one question: how can I change more link text? I try to change the text in functions.php ($more_link_text=”(…)”), but doesn’t work :(

    Thanks for any help

  18. Hey Ben, great job with the theme. I moved all of my blogs and my web site over to it and it’s working well.

    But I’m total crap when it comes to the technicalities of customizing this kind of stuff. Would you or another contributor to this list be interested in helping me make a series of “tweaks” to my site?

    If so, please let me know at [email protected].

    Thanks.

  19. Hi Mike – I don’t do freelance work but if you post what you want here then maybe I can help out? Since you’re on wordpress.com only visual changes will be possible, and even then it’s only if you have the css upgrade.

    Carlos – it’s in the actual theme files. I don’t set the text anywhere (as far as I can remember)

    Lipstic – no problem :)

  20. Thanks Ben,

    I think most of the mods I’m looking for are fairly cosmetic and I have the css upgrade but I don’t want to mess with something I don’t pretend to understand. I hate it when my clients do that to me.

    Here’s an example of the kinds of things I’d like to modify (if possible):

    1. I’d like to move the tags to the bottom of the post rather than right underneath the headline.

    2. I’d like the date of the post to appear on a single line underneath the headline of the post.

    3. I’d like to add a “contact us” link in the left hand column.

    Stuff like that. I can provide a complete list but don’t want to clog up your comment area or come off as askikng for it all to be done for free. I have a great deal of respect for what you do and what you’ve done here and don’t want to come off as ungrateful.

    Regards,

    Mike Bawden
    Brand Central Station

  21. Mike – unfortunately looking at those changes it seems that most of the things you want to achieve are not possible with the hosted version of WordPress. If you were to buy your own hosting package it would be relatively trivial to make the changes but unfortunately they all require modifying the html, something you can’t do on wp.com – sorry :(

  22. Ben,

    Thanks for the info. I’ve got server space, I suppose I could always move the site over to that. Can you point me in a direction where I can get the information I need to give to my ISP so they can move the site?

    Thanks,

    Mike Bawden
    Brand Central Station

  23. Just wanted to drop a note to say I like the theme. A friend needed a quick blog and I found your template and although it might be old (it uses a moon image), it looks like it’ll work.

    I just decided to start another blog as well (not my personal blog shown here) and went looking for regulus again and saw that you updated it, so am going to start off with it.

  24. Hi Ben, thanks for the updade. Any chance the global nav-menu could include a ‘archives’ link where all archives up to-date could be displayed either in reverse chronology or by category or both? This would be a darn good addition to an already excellent theme in my opinion.

  25. Hi Ben, had a crack at it and got the Archives page working. Thx.

    If you are using Ben’s lovely Regulus and need to do a Archives page here is a quick and easy tutorial on mine.

  26. W00t splendid theme Ben, many thanks :)
    it looks really nice!

    I have one comment, not to disturb you but make the theme even better;
    If a page has subpages, the calendar at the sidebar doesn’t fit anymore in the box:
    see for example: http://beta.binarymoon.co.uk/about/
    I don’t know why this occurs, but I guess it could be adjusted quite easily?

  27. Amit – glad you got it working

    Floris – I don’t see that problem. Care to elaborate? Maybe you’re using a browser & OS combo I haven’t tried?

    Whall – glad you like it. Thanks a lot :)

  28. I dont see it neither here, at my own PC (Vista with IE7 or Firefox 2). I saw the problem this morning at a workstation at the University running on Win XP and IE 6. It’s a minor disturbence but I’ll post proof when I am able to log on to that computer again….

  29. Floris – sounds like it’s an IE6 issue then. Let me know if you can find out what’s going on (even better if you can work out a fix :) )

  30. Pingback: Archives page for Regulus
  31. Hi Ben, thanks for the update to your great theme. However, I’m getting a strange error and have to keep on using the old version till I fix it… Any ideas?
    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare regulus_add_theme_page() (previously declared in /blog/wp-content/themes/regulus/functions.php:18) in /blog/wp-content/themes/regulus/functions.php on line 16

  32. I’ve recently downloaded Regulus and can only agree that it is an excellent theme. Great stuff! I do, however, have a question: how do I change the language settings? My blog runs in Swedish, and I’ve gotten WP2.5.1 to recognize that and give me Swedish menus, but Regulus stubbornly gives me English, despite having the appropriate language file in the theme folder. I’ve been looking in the Current Theme Options, but can find no language setting – where am I supposed to enable it?

    TIA/GA

  33. Hi Ben. Thanks for the theme! So how about an option for “more” tag in place that I want ?
    I think blog with standard cuts of posts and without images looks bored. thats why i’m using old version of regulus.
    p.s. sorry for my english )

  34. Ummm,
    But I think there is a few thing to add to your theme, such as: you should add name attribute to anchor tag for each comment which is the value same with its href attribute’s value. Just to anchor each comment and make it easier to make a link to a specified comment…
    :D

  35. OK – Total ROOKIE here. Just starting. I chose Regulus based on a blog at my work – http://homepages.baylor.edu/baylorproud/ – which I really like.
    A problem though cropped up in August which allowed Col 1 to get too wide and Col 2 is “forced” below to the bottom of the page under Col 1. I am trying to figure it out.
    I suspect the Aug 5th post as it also causes those associated categories to mess up when I click on them, but I have devored over the code and can’t identify the problem. (I’m an old HTML code writer and haven’t learned PHP yet). As time permits, I’ll read more on these comments for help, but if someone could take a look and knows what might be going on, I’d love to figure out how to fix this. Thanks for being here!

  36. Ben, I’ve posted this same message on your Regulus 2.2 release post, but I’m guessing that you won’t go there anymore:P! So I decided to ask you again o this post: I want to start the Brazilian Portuguese translation of Regulus and mail it to you when I’m done. Is that ok? It seems to me that you’re not going to release a new version of Regulus :P. Let me know so I don’t waste my time, ok? Thanks!

  37. Pablo – I am not intending to release any new versions of Regulus any time soon (if ever) I am afraid, however I am working on a “Pro” version of the theme – maybe you could do something for that?

  38. Hi Ben,
    Thanks for a great layout. I’m having a problem – I cant get subpages of subpages to show up in the right-hand navigation bar. For example, let’s say I have this hierarchy:

    Page A
    - Page B
    – Page B1
    – Page B2
    – Page B3
    - Page C
    - Page D

    when I click on Page B1, the navigation bar still just shows Page B, Page C, and Page D instead of Page B1, Page B2, and Page B3. Anything I can do about this? Thanks!

  39. my customised header gets “zoomed in” when using firefox (despite it being 730×140 pixels as required). it works perfectly fine with internet explorer though.

    can this be fixed somehow?

  40. love your theme. been using it for a while–both hosted at WordPress.com and self-hosted. A problem I’ve run into though is using the text box or “about” info that is supposed to post at top of sidebar. all the hard coded links default to website address of the blog rather than my “mailto” or “calendar” web addresses. any thoughts.

  41. I use the Regulus theme and am in the process of moving my blog to a new domain. Any suggestions on how to increase the font size of the sidebar list items? The only thing that seems to have an effect is increasing the font size under the body element, but this makes all the other text larger too.

  42. Nevermind, I figured it out! I increased the text size in my sidebar widgets by inserting the following into the stylesheet:

    #sidebar #linkcat-2 li {font-size:1.2em;}
    #sidebar #recent-posts li {font-size:1.2em;}
    #sidebar #recentcomments li {font-size:1.2em;}

    Sorry to be a pest! Thanks for making Regulus so tweakable. :)

    • Ria – short answer. Yes :)

      However it depends where you use Regulus. If you have it on WordPress.com you can change it but you will need to buy the css upgrade in order to do so. If you have it on your own website then you can change anything.

  43. Hey Ben,

    Thanks so much for the great theme. I am new to the blogging scene. I’ve noticed that the font when my post get sent out through feedbrurner and on the blog is very small. I can’t seem to find a way to enlarge it anywhere. Is this only possible through upgrading to edit CSS or is there a simple way to change the font size that I am not seeing?

    • Hi Tim – really glad you like the theme :)

      Unfortunately The font size within feedburner is controlled by feedburner.com and not something anyone else can affect. The font on your site for the most recent post seems to have had the font modified by some css, which I assume was done via the post editor. If you go and edit the post you should be able to remove the font styles to put the font size back to normal.

  44. My only issue is that on line 38 of the comments.php file you have it loading a function called gravatar instead of get_avatar. I wonder if that was because that was the way way back when you released this version instead of the way that WordPress 2.5 has it built in. Since 2.5 was released years after this theme version was released I guess that is the case.

  45. Sorry my last comment was off on time for some reason I was thinking the original version in 2005 instead of 2.3 near the end of 2007 & since 2.5 was released on March 29th 2008, it was only about 4 months difference between when you released this version of the regulus theme & gravatar support was added directly into the core of WordPress changing the function from “gravatar” to “get_avatar”. I figure at least updating the info to include that or a new version to fix that issue.

  46. Ben,

    Love the template. Want to use it in the mirror site I have simplifiedenglish.org. How can I take your download and implement it on my host.

    Thanks

    Tony

    • Hi Tony – glad you like the theme :)

      Regulus isn’t in the themes directory (perhaps I should do that…), but you can install it the “old fashioned way”. All you have to do is open up your website with an ftp client, and then upload the extracted zip contents to wp-content/themes/ and then you will be able to select the theme from the appearance menu in the control panel as normal.

  47. Hi
    Thank you for making THE theme I needed to match my blog content.
    I do have a puzzle, and I hope you can provide a link to tech support forum or whatever where this has been answered.

    I can’t seem to get the home page tab to display no matter what I do.
    It says ‘no posts found’ (or something like that) when people visit my site.

    The ‘best’ substitute I could do was to get one of the other page tabs to serve as the landing page (which is not what I want).

    if you could let me know the link, I would sincerely appreciate it.
    Thanks.

  48. Regulis question:

    I am new in blogging and wordpress.
    I created a lot of pages and they have long titles.
    The names of these pages I put on the side bar, but I also see them right under header. Can I change it?

    Also, I tell peopel on the pages, that they can Enter an information on the right to get me to contact them. but I do not know which widgit to use.

    Please, help

  49. Hi Ben,
    I really love regulus, the simplicity so impress me. I’m a newbie in scripting, could you tell me how to modified the single post page (since regulus have not single.php file), or could you tell me where i can find regulus documentation?

    Thanks

  50. I was hoping to hide the tag/comment info on my posts. To benefit from them I must add them to each post but they look ridiculous on the front page. If I can’t hide them, can I at least move them to the end of the post?

    Also, I tried downloading the update to Regulus, it downloads, unzips,… but then what? How to I install it. And will it solve my original problem. Thanks.

  51. Hey Ben– lovely theme. I’m a new wordpresser, and though I’m no newcomer to CSS and websites, I can’t figure out how to stop text wrapping in Regulus. I’ve tried setting each individual to align:none, and that hasn’t worked. I tried playing around in the style sheet with every tag that said “img,” but that didn’t work. I know this is an old theme for you, but if you can suggest anything, I’d appreciate it.

    thanks,
    Nija

  52. Hi Ben… I have a problem with REGULUS. Is it possibile to invite other people as authors? The only thing I find is an invitation .. If a put the e-mail adress, the replay is a WordPress invitation to open a blog.. no more… thanks a lot Roberta

    • Hi Roberta – I’d ask the people on the WordPress.com forums as they control this sort of thing. Regulus just makes your content look pretty :)

  53. Hi Ben,
    Is it possible to show only the summary of each article on the homepage? I tried ticking the Summary option in the Reading Settings but it’s not working. Please help. Thanks.

    • Hi Philip – thanks for the suggestion. I have considered this in the past but I simply don’t get any support requests these days. Maybe 1 or 2 requests every 3/4 months at the moment. I can definitely cope with that :)

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