Journalized Themes Updated.

I have released new versions of all my Journalized themes. These releases incorporate fixes and suggestions made by everyone trying out the themes. They each have their own page now! Here’s the list:

29 thoughts on “Journalized Themes Updated.

  1. Thanks for the update, Mike. Got it applied over at my place, and all is just as well as ever. I can’t help but wonder why you don’t move the headerBlock (containing the title and “powered by WordPress” bit) along with the BODY tag itself to the header.php file, and move the relevant footer information to a footer.php file. I’ve done that with Journalized Winter, and its just a bit easier to maintain, I think.

    And why not stylize form buttons and fields? 🙂

  2. Rick,
    I know what you mean but opening the body tag in one file (header) and closing it in another (footer) doesn’t sit right with me.
    The theme on this site is split in a somewhat similar way to the WP default, but more pieces (it has been since the b2 days). But my index.php looks something like

    include htmlheader.php
    include pageheader.php
    include content.php
    include sidebar1.php
    include sidebar2.php
    include pagefooter.php

    I have other index like pages which replace content.php with other stuff.

    I will probably bring it more in line with WP standard when I do the next release. I want to do something more with ‘pages’ and archives for the next major release..

    As for buttons and fields, I’ve never really bothered with those. I suppose I could change the button colours and fonts to match I suppose.


  3. I use wordpress at home on a little Fedora Linux server I put together. I don’t have it on the web just my LAN and type my Day to day things in it. One of the links were to here and I seen the Journalized Blue. It looked real good so I installed it but I could not get it to work. I found out I had to upgrade. I did and that was a long time for me to do that. But in the end it all works and all my data is still there.

    Thank you for this Journalized Blue Theme!

  4. Hi Raymond,
    I’m glad you liked the theme. I’m sorry it took you some time to upgrade. Did you have a very old version?
    You should try the WordPress support forums when you have problems. There is a great bunch of regulars there who will help you out if they can.

  5. Hi Mike.

    I went to and thought I followed all the steeps.

    But I missed the one were it said to “create a folder called “Carrots” and put the first 4 files” that I edit in that folder. I did not do that. I was getting blank pages. It’s all working real good now. I think I had 1.2. It sounds like with 1.5 that you can just click something now to check and upgrade in one click. But I did not see any thing like that yet. This is in the new 1.5 one. I going to go to the support forums and look now. Thank you.

  6. Mike,
    How do I customize the side bars, is there a place to go to learn some of this? Let me rephrase, the wordpress default is easy to use and update the catergories and blogroll. I’d like to put some pictures in the corners and maybe something in the center.

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  8. Hi Dewayne,
    The latest version of my themes will now automatically update if you add new link categories. But if you wish to, for example, add images in the sidebar, you need to edit the appropriate file. leftcolumn.php, rightcolumn.php or index.php for the centre block.


  9. Hey there!

    First of all – thanks for making these kick-ass themes! They’re just what I’ve been looking for for my fanfiction archive…

    Now, I just have one problem and was hoping you could help me with it: When I go to one of my brandnew Pages (for example, the Pages list (wp_list_pages), located under ‘Site stuff’, disappears. Any idea what the problem might be and how I can fix it? I’m planning to switch all php pages in the archive to WP Pages, but for this I naturally need the navigation to work… I’d be very grateful for your help!

    Thanks again!

  10. Hey Shirisade,
    Thanks for the compliments.

    I’m not sure why you are seeing that problem. On my original it seems to work ok.
    Are you using the exact same code as my original just transferred to the right column?

    <?php wp_list_pages('title_li='); ?>

    Or have you perhaps added some more parameters? I wonder if you have triggered a bug?


  11. Thanks for the quick answer! I tried using the code in all sorts of ways: leaving it as it is (then it didn’t work at all, until I added space after title_li=), modifying it, moving it… To no avail.

    Since it’s working for you, I’m beginning to think whether this might have something to do with my webhost (DreamHost) running php as cgi for security reasons. I don’t know anything about how this works, but it also seems to break some WP plugins. Any idea whether this might be the source of the problem?

    Thanks again!

  12. Hi Shirasade
    I’m doubtful that DreamHost, even running PHP as CGI would have this affect. I notice you are running a slightly older than current version of WP, it may be worth updating to the latest (there has been at least one security fix!) to see whether that fixes it.

    Similarly you are not running the latest version of my theme. I know you’ve made customisations so it’s not a straight forward upgrade, contact me separately if you want help updating.


  13. Hi Mike,

    I love the theme! One question though. When I switched to this theme, the trackback links dissapeared from posts. How can I bring the trackback links back?


  14. Hi. Love the WordPress themes. Problem: I am new entirely to WordPress, your theme is the first I am using for a WP blog, and I added a bunch of blog links via Blogroll to my “links” section of the admin area but NONE of them are showing up under any links category on the right side. How exactly do I get them to actually show up?

    I am very grateful for any and all help you might be able to give me.


  15. Alright… The boyfriend helped me figure out the links thing. I am pretty dumb with code, I admit it. He doesn’t know PHP though and thought that maybe you, the original theme coder, might know why my blogroll links are not showing in the order they show in my links list (in the admin section) and any PHP code to make them alphabetical as they are in my links list (of the admin section). Feel free to e-mail me or I will check back to see if you or anyone made a comment reply.


  16. Hi Gina,
    I’m glad you like the theme.
    I’m glad you got your links showing.
    To change the sort order you need to change the order in the link categories page.


  17. Love the theme- one small thing- in IE, the comments box (the one I’m typing in right now) doesn’t seem to behave properly. When I start typing the box suddenly extends past the right edge of the browser, the words don’t wrap until they’re well off the screen, but they do eventually… just a weird little thing that I haven’t been able to figure out.

    Anybody else seeing this?

  18. Hi Goat,
    Wow! I’ve never seen that before. IE has some really weird bugs.

    I’ve tracked it down to having a width for the textarea box specified with both style and the cols attribute.

    If you edit comments.php and change the HTML for the textarea (around line 91) and change the style=”width:98%” to be style=”width:35em” that seems to fix it.


  19. Awesome- thanks!

    I didn’t notice it for the longest time- a commentor eventually pointed it out to me. Hopefully this is a sign that more and more people are using Firefox.

    Again, georgeous design, thanks for putting it together!

  20. I really like the Journalized design. I’m toying with the idea of converting it into a girly Journalized Pink theme for my blog. Would that just be a case of altering the stylesheet, or is there anything else I would need to bear in mind? I’m ok with HTML and know enough about CSS to tweak a stylesheet, but am totally clueless with PHP.

  21. Hello Mike. Wanted to let you know I’m using Sand over at my place. Put it up today.

    Thanks for a great theme. I don’t know which version I have, got it through Alex’s theme veiwer .. do I need to get the updated one?

  22. Awesome Mike, you totally rock. Thanks releasing some of the versions for journalized, now the world can enjoy the same simplicity as you =)

    Good work.

  23. I love this theme. I have change the colors a little. Two question; How do I make the header an image? Where is the gray color at in the blocks. Thanks for a job well done.

  24. Hi Haysog,
    See this response for instructions for how to add an image as the header.

    The gray colour for the blocks is the value #eee and is used in the .centreblock, .navigation, .storyContent, .leftsideSection, .rightsideSection, and div#rightside > ul li rules in the CSS file.

    Hope this helps,

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