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VisualSharing says

Hey guys, I need some advices here.

  • How do you go about images, how do you upload them?
  • How do you go about custom javascript files, for example cufon fonts, plugins?
  • How do you develop the theme? I mean that you can’t run blocks or variables locally and writing directly in the tumblr editor isn’t an option. So how exactly do you balance this without ruining your workflow?
  • Any other tips that come to your mind would be really appreciated.
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Ivor Envato team says

How do you go about images, how do you upload them?

You need to upload the images to your host or to the Tumblr server

How do you go about custom javascript files, for example cufon fonts, plugins?

As the images you need to upload the files to your server or the Tumblr server.

You can’t run blocks or variables locally and writing directly in the tumblr editor?

The answer is no :) you need to develop the theme in your editor of choice and go to the Tumblr Customize page > paste the code and see your progress (is simpler than you think)

Any other tips that come to your mind would be really appreciated.

Tumblr is simple, my recommendation: design a simple theme and follow this tutorial by Jeffrey; is a premium tutorial ($9) but it worth every penny :)

Good luck!

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VisualSharing says

Thanks, Ivor! :)

The Tumblr server was exactly the link I was looking for!

I’ll probably buy a one-month subscription to Tuts+ if you say it’s worth it. Do I get access to all premium tutorials with a single-month subscription or there are limitations?

I guess my investment in Tuts+ will return well. :)

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Ivor Envato team says
I’ll probably buy a one-month subscription to Tuts+ if you say it’s worth it. Do I get access to all premium tutorials with a single-month subscription or there are limitations?

You will get access to ALL the files man (Nettuts, Psdtuts, etc) – 9 bucks is just nothing for all those resources :)

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VisualSharing says

That sounds neat – I have yet another question.

The subscription page says $9 monthly and I don’t want to be billed every month but instead have access for just a single month.

At the same time, the underneath text says “Don’t have a credit card linked to your PayPal account? Try our pre-paid memberships.”.

The thing is that I DO have my credit card linked to my PayPal account AND I DO want to pre-pay. :?

Sorry for being so lame, but I’ve learned to pay attention to smallest details in these cases.

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luckykind says

Most of the information you need to know for building one is all right here:

http://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/custom_themes

It’s not really that hard to learn… maybe a tad harder than HTML for a novice to grasp the concepts…

The rest of what you need to know is how the community over there works… with their “likes” & “asks” & “reblogs”... but if you just hang around and click through some sites over there for a little while… You’ll pretty much understand it…

That and the stuff Ivor told you… you should be all set… ;)

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VisualSharing says

Thanks, luckykind, yeah I read the Custom themes manual, I’m just a novice in tumblr designing, trying to figure out what features a theme neeeds to include.

I have a difficulty with those custom optional meta fields, for example :
meta name="image:Background" content=""
Can I write down something as :
meta name="text:Custom field" content=""
and then the user to have an input to enter his custom field text? If yes, how can I refference it?

Something like:

{block:IfCustomField}
Or these are only pre-made by Tumblr creators?

The documentation is just extensive and great, but there aren’t explained many techniques.

Edit

Just found it in the manual:

By including the special meta-if tags in your theme, users can easily toggle options you define.

So, the block statement should duplicate the meta name, but without whitespace, right?

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campolar says
Sorry for being so lame, but I’ve learned to pay attention to smallest details in these cases.

That’s good… :D

Someone suggested to allow tuts+ subscriptions to be payable via marketplace balance. I would like to see this implemented!

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luckykind says
Thanks, luckykind, yeah I read the Custom themes manual, I’m just a novice in tumblr designing, trying to figure out what features a theme neeeds to include. I have a difficulty with those custom optional meta fields, for example :
meta name="image:Background" content=""
Can I write down something as :
meta name="text:Custom field" content=""
and then the user to have an input to enter his custom field text? If yes, how can I refference it?

Something like:

{block:IfCustomField}
Or these are only pre-made by Tumblr creators?

The documentation is just extensive and great, but there aren’t explained many techniques.

Edit

Just found it in the manual:

By including the special meta-if tags in your theme, users can easily toggle options you define.
So, the block statement should duplicate the meta name, but without whitespace, right?

Yep… you pretty much got it down pat… so that meta stuff is just like a variable and the blocks are similar to if statements… you can also do “if not” after it… like an “if else”, eg:

 {block:IfCustomField}
 ... Do This
 {/block:IfCustomField}
 {block:IfNotCustomField}
 ...Else Do This
 {/block:IfNotCustomField}

I told you it wasn’t that hard to grasp… the rest is mainly just html/css…

Good luck… ;)

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VisualSharing says

Thanks so much for the help, mate! :)

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