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Web 2.0 AJAX / Style Educational MU Homepage (11 posts)

  1. kennibc
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Well, I had this old template sitting around and I hacked it up pretty severely. I can't remember who the original author was, but it had fish in it AQuaria??? Maybe. I only used the top portion of his theme with the menu buttons and would like to give credit.

    I added Mootools to do a neat little "Slide Action" when you click on the "Pick a School" icon. I am also hoping to add some ajax page request to dynamically load some extra content into "DIV's" as I make some improvements.

    Here is version 1 of what I hope will be a pretty cool theme once I really get going with it.

    http://blog.dearbornschools.org

  2. josephd
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Oh it's nice, where can we get those lovely templates for home page?

  3. demonicume
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    nice theme. are you bringing it up because youre gonna release it or sell it?

  4. andrea_r
    Moderator
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Quick look at the source shows the name of the original theme. :)

  5. kennibc
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Thanks Andrea. As I mentioned, I had downloaded the theme a year or so ago and then I had hacked it all up. There was some type of fish on it I believe and it had some bright orange in it.

    In any event the homepage is created entirely via widgets. I am not sure this even follows proper theme building standards. It is definitely for your Main page only as using it on regular blogs would make for interesting results.

    I am working on creating a theme completely from scratch. It will be geared for K-12 education and I am hopeful that the code will be more in line with wordpress theme standards.

    I will try to post a screenshot of what I am working on and yes, I will release it free.

  6. Klark0
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Why do you keep teh spammy links at the bottom of your user themes. Those are usually the first thing I get rid of. Then I find the original theme author and credit him/her.

  7. kennibc
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    I guess it is laziness or not enough time. I am a one person department and I service all staff members in 32 schools. That includes any training and support for all of our web tools: Wordpress MU, Moodle, Mahara, Joomla, PHPMotion Video Sharing, Gallery, and I have a wiki in the works to replace each school website. Eventually, I'd like to be able to force all of them to use a district or school website theme that I create. I am just now learning how to create themes.

    Does anyone know of a good theme that is commented so you can learn from it?

  8. Klark0
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    I work with/learned from themes made by Brian Gardener. He has some nice freebies, but his premium ones are fantastic. I bought the dev pack, and I usually use one of his themes as a base to start off with.

  9. andrea_r
    Moderator
    Posted 13 years ago #

    @kennibc - any simple free theme woudl do. I don't recommend learning off of the default theme Kubric though. Classic would be better.

    @Klark - yeah he packs a lot in. I think they're decent.

  10. kennibc
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Thanks!
    Actually, that is what I did. I just downloaded one of the newer themes and I am now working on slicing up my html and pasting it into index,header, sidebar, single, etc. I should have something over the weekend hopefully.

  11. kennibc
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    I got a new theme up and running. This one was entirely created by me, however I used a Style Sheet from another theme just so I could ensure I had all the basics elements of a theme covered. I will make a new post about it since this one is dead with the removal of the old theme that I just hacked up.

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