Comic WordPress Theme (and kind of a theme hacking lesson)

So here’s the proof of concept page for those who just want the idea and know how to change things already. It’s a great way to let students quickly and easily build an interactive online comic book story or display their art work. I really like the potential.

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I’m documenting some process here in hopes of giving people who care how I end up where I end up an idea of the path I traveled.

I saw a tweet and ended up at the site below. I liked the way it looked so I noted the reference to the theme at the bottom right.
found theme

That URL led me to the designer’s homepage but I was either too impatient or too lazy to find the theme there. I backed out and did a search via google for ipseity theme and end up where I want (which is here).

However it looked like this when I installed it- which is fine and good but not what I wanted. I liked the clean, white version that had started me on this journey.
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I’ve now have two options.

Option One

  • One, I download the css from the other page and replace it.
  • To do that I go back to the original site.
  • I click view page source (in firefox)
  • I search for cssand find this url. It goes directly to the css for the theme which I can then copy/paste or save to the desktop.
  • I then replace the CSS file with this information (you can make a new file on your desktop and re-upload or edit the one that’s up there)

Let’s see what happened.
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Pretty much exactly what I wanted. You’ll want to keep the footer reference to the original designer and add one for the place where you got the CSS. I do not advise going around stealing people’s CSS styles so you’ll probably want to ask permission. By the way, this will not work well if you try the same thing from a random blog.

Option Two

We can figure this out on our own using Firebug and a few minutes of time.
Just for fun, I made a short little intro to a story using the pictures in my flickr account with the highest interestingness rating.

So, looking at the site I can see right away some things I want to change. Movie on some rough thinking on that is below.
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Comments on this post

  1. Alan Levine said on September 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    What a fun, unblog like template! I’m digging into it now.

  2. Jim Doran said on September 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Cool post!

  3. Jim Doran said on September 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Did you have any trouble with the next/back buttons when you added the theme? It’s not working for me…

  4. Tom said on September 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Jim- as long as I had posts it worked fine. I was in FF. Didn’t really check it out in other browsers.