Hemmed Without The AJAX

Well, it seems like there have been quite a few problems with the Live Commenting and LiveSearch used in the Hemmed theme. As a result, I’ve decided to release a new revision of the theme with those features removed. I know I helped a couple people with manually removing it from the theme, but I think this’ll save both you and myself quite a bit of time. So for all of you who have been having problems with the AJAX/browser incompatibilities, try this new version out.


Update: It seems like some people are just seeing this post when they come to this site for the Hemmed theme and miss some of the more important info that should be ingested along with the theme. As a result, I’ll point you in the direction of the original post that contains all of the details that you should know before using this theme. Go have a gander here. Thanks.

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Announcement: Important Hemmed Update

Sorry everyone who’s been using the version 1.3 of the Hemmed theme. I was notified by a reader that there was a big problem with the LiveSearch function once you leave the main page. I’ve now fixed it and packaged the fix into a new version. You can grab it here. Once again, sorry about all this.


Update May 26, 2006: Whipped up a new version without LiveSearch or Live Commenting.

Due to popular demand ( 😛 ) I’ve wrapped up the theme I’ve been working on over the past week into a nice little zip file and putting it up for downloading. Hemmed is based off of the Hemingway theme but is a fixed width and adds a small sidebar. It’s now white, gray and blue. I loved Hemingway’s bottom bar which I decided I just had to have. I’ve stripped away the administrator options stuff however. I honestly didn’t feel like tackling that whole part of theming just yet and I needed something quickly for my site redesign. In any case, I may add it back in later on, but for now what I’ve got is working well for me.

Hemmed Theme

The theme is optimized for 800×600 resolution screens and requires a plugin to make it look as good as it can. The LiveSearch sort of broke my XHTML validity, as the autocomplete attribute is, well, not actually a real attribute. That’s the only error I get.

Since the main page uses excerpts, with the default excerpt function, html tags will not be parsed. As a result, any styling you may have for the post content will not show up in your excerpt. This is somewhat problematic, especially if you’ve got lists, links, and whatever else near the top of your post. It just doesn’t look good! Consequently, I’d recommend using the plugin the_excerpt reloaded to get around this little problem. The index.php file will use the_excerpt_reloaded function if it exists (will only exist after you activate the plugin) or revert to the default the_excerpt otherwise.

Another plugin which is useful is the recent comments plugin. There is an if clause in the sidebar.php (really the bottombar) which will enable the block to display recent comments if this plugin is installed. Be aware that you can only fit three modules into the bottom bar for now. I plan on working around that limitation later on. So you can get a view of the demo right here.

The stuff you will definitely need is right here:


I’ve created a new version for the people who have problems with the AJAX features working properly. Hopefully this will fix those issues.


Additionally, if you want those two plugins mentioned above (I’d strongly recommend it), you can get them here:

The Excerpt Reloaded
Recent Comments

If you’ve got any questions or issues with the theme, feel free to leave a comment.

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Almost Complete

Well, so far I’d say the new design has been working out pretty well. My biggest gripes with what I’ve got right now are the comments area as well as the crowded-ness of the sidebar. I wanted to clean up the theme by moving much of the sidebar content to the bottom, but it seems like that big ELA list is still cluttering things up. I’ll probably end up having to create a two pages dedicated to archives and category browsing. For the archives, categories and searches, all that shows up right now is the title and a little bit of info regarding the post. I’m going to look into showing a small excerpt.

Finally, I’m really going to put a push on learning/hacking some AJAX functionality into the theme. I’m specifically looking at search (which I’ll try to get livesearch going for) some sort of on-the-fly functionality for the recent posts module to allow moving back and forward, a la Binary Bonsai. As well, AJAX comments would probably be a nice little addition. That’s all I’ve got on my plate for now.

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