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Not sure what I am doing wrong. I set up the slider as you say in the help documentation but I am seeing “invalid slider slug” under the nav bar.

Nevermind…was an error on my part. I didn’t name the slider “slider” and when I went back in to edit the name it didn’t change the slider slug so I changed it myself in header.php


Just wondering if there’s any way to change the colours of the submenu item the person is viewing, so if they’re in reviews (main nab heading) and they select ‘live reviews’ (sub menu heading) when they have clicked that category the colour of the sub menu title changes colour to reflect the page they are viewing… any info would be appreciated! :)


Sorry, I didn’t include a style for the current sub-nav menu item. You could add it yourself. I believe the selector you’re after would be…

navlist li ul.sub-menu li.current-menu-item a

Would be…? ;)

Oh weird, the code I pasted is gone. Let’s try that again…

#navlist li ul li.current-menu-item a

I’m having issues with the new image slider, it is appearing on every page I have on the menu bar. I want it to just display on the Home page as yours does, not sure what I am doing wrong.

I assume it displays on every page because you have the nivo slider code in the header.php? Is there a way to get the code to work on the index.php? I have tried everything but the slider just doesn’t want to stay on the home page. If I remove the code from the header I get an error when trying to load the page, any help is appreciated.

There’s a setting in Theme Options titled “Only Show Features on Homepage”. Check that.

Wow well that was simple! I was straining my brain trying to figure it out last night at it was a simple check box!! Thank you and sorry at the same time! :)

If you’re using Black Aperture and enjoy it, you may want to take a look at my new theme Conduit. It has a similar visual style, and is backwards compatible with Black Aperture. Meaning, your reviews will be in tact.

There’s also all sorts of great new features, like a responsive design, 2x images for high resolution displays, 2 styles with light and dark variants, custom accent colours, dynamic homepage, simply yet powerful theme options panel, translation ready, and much more!

matt, I like you theme and would like to purchase it. My concern is: I purchased a theme last week, and worked on it for 12 hours.. almost finished and had a fatal error and the thing crashed. I have to start over, but I have only heard back from the developer once, stating they would look at it. This has been 48 hours. I have a convention to attend on Friday, which is huge for me. I am petrified that I will not get a response if something happens. What is your policy on response time?

Yikes, sorry to hear about your troubles. I respond to theme support requests like clockwork on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. It’s the first thing I do when I get to my desk, without fail.

If you’re considering one of my themes, I’d like to point out that I just released Conduit yesterday. All of my other themes are around 3 years old, and don’t have many of the features people expect in a theme these days. Conduit does, however.

Regardless of which theme you choose, I will keep an eye out for support requests from you and help you get back on track so you can be ready for your conference on Friday.

I was in your Conduit Theme, and posted in this one. Thank you for your quick response. Yes, it is the Conduit theme I am considereing. I have a flight to catch Friday morning, and I must be finished by Thursday afternoon. What is the latest time you check on Wednesday. This a huge conference, and I am broadcasting live from the RightOnLine ..if I go without a knock out website.. well, nothing more needs to be said.

Oh, okay then!

I’m in the habit of checking my theme support folder quite often these days, so I’ll be sure to get back to you within a matter of hours. Unless I’m sleeping, of course. In that case, you’ll have to wait a little longer. ;)

One more question, please.. Would I be able to add audio for the radio broadcasts?

I try not to bundle things like this with my themes, to leave the door open for customers to use whatever plugins they’d like to add functionality. There are loads for embedding audio, like this one which is an HTML5 player with a Flash fallback for older browsers.

Ok, thanks. I am going to purchase now.

Hello Matt,

Your creative work is exceptional. Conduit is gorgeous and had I not spent a significant amount of time customizing Black Aperture I would seriously consider migrating.

Regarding Black Aperture, I have added quite a few plugins and made some customizations (e.g. added a left column-only page template, css format tweaks to suit my color scheme).

I want to update my installation with the bug fixes and enhancements in your latest release (thank you!) but without overwriting my custom changes. How best can this be accomplished?

Thank you,


Thanks for the kind words, Avi!

Unfortunately, there’ no easy way to upgrade if you’ve made a bunch of changes to the templates. I would suggest installing the latest version of Black Aperture separate from your main theme, and manually moving over files you’ve changes/added. The stylesheet (screen.css) will likely be the most difficult to handle, as I recall making quite a few changes for version 1.8.

While I have you, I wonder if I could get an opinion from a loyal Black Aperture customer? I was hoping that Conduit would appear to customers of Black Aperture and Imperial, and while it has, it doesn’t seem to be close enough to either for many to make the switch. That’s fine, Conduit can stand on its own. But if I came out with a proper successor to Black Aperture, would you be more inclined to “upgrade”? I’m talking Black Aperture, upgraded to support all of the things people expect from a theme in 2012 – responsive design, multiple colour schemes, tons of customization options, etc.

MattBrett in response to your question about developing a proper successor to Black Aperture, I would upgrade in a heart beat.

Question is, how long would it take you to fully code and release a successor?

Also, I wanted to inquire about adding another Review Details template for Film reviews. I was thinking I could just copy the metabox code for the Game Review Details and give it an ID= my-meta-box-4’. Change the names and descriptions to film categories like “Director, writer,” etc. Would these be the only changes I would have to make to the functions.php file? Are there any other files I would have to edit?

Thanks for jumping in on the Black Aperture successor conversation. It’s something I’ve been on the fence about for quite some time, so this is helping to give me the shove I need to get it done.

Conduit took a long time to develop, because it was my first commercial theme in over 3 years, and I had to build it from the ground up. It will now serve as an excellent foundation for future themes, so it should take significantly less time from here on.

As for adding a new review criteria box – yes, that’s exaclty what you need to do in order to create a new post meta box. Then you need to add your new review type to the single.php template. Open it up and look for the review code from line 17 – 55. You’ll want to copy that whole thing, then change the custom field IDs to the new ones you setup in functions.php. You can leave the table classes in tact, as they’re needed to style the output.

Hope that helps.


I have purchased your theme and am trying to do some work with it. I have run into a snag I cannot seem to figure out, well actually two.

The first deals with the frame on photos and how to eliminate it. When migrating my site, several articles have piks side by side and this frame upsets their formatting.

The next question is a request as to the location of the code for style.css as it is not found in style.css.

Tx ahead

You can remove the image borders by adding a bit of custom CSS to the Head Include section in the Theme Options panel. This should do it…

<style type="text/css" media="all">
    .content img, .content .wp-caption {
        padding: 0;
        background: transparent;

All of the CSS can be found in /css/screen.css.

Hi Matt,

Thank you for your quick reply. I suspected there was no easy way to manage the migration given my customizations.

Regarding upgrading from the current Black Aperture version – in short, yes, I would strongly consider it if the new version continued the Black Aperture “look and feel” while adding additional flexibility for page structure, in particular the home page, and extensive customization options with design updates.

Let me offer you some context on how I use your current template.

I have an online pc gaming community and use WordPress as the information hub for several important functions, including real-time player statistics, server information, forums, player management (ban system), news, and so on. I chose Black Aperture after looking at a many, many WP templates because my site needed to have a contemporary “online pc game” feel without looking like a blog, and be capable of supporting several add-in features. That and I just really liked the look of your template.

As mentioned previously, I’ve done a fair amount of customization to achieve the desired overall appearance and function (Mingle Forums, plugins, iFrames to bring in sub-sites, and tweaks to Aperture’s css formatting). There is very little emphasis on blogging and I do not do game reviews. So making the site not look like a blog is a priority.

Some other features that would be important to me in a new template:

1. An option to change the home page from a blog post layout to a more traditional static home page with additional page templates and extensive widget capability, all without having to write code.

2. A main navigation bar that supports drop-down menus with more than one child level.

3. Customization options that include changing color schemes, even to the extent of editing css styles without using Dreamweaver to tweak code.

4. The ability to customize the header and other graphics, which was easy with Black Aperture’s included psd file.

Here’s my site, such as it is: (Please keep in mind that this is my first experience with WordPress)

While I’ve looked seriously at Conduit many times and am very drawn to its upgraded functions and extensive customization options, it just doesn’t quite have the look I’m after. Now, if all of those shiny new features were wrapped in a “Son of Black Aperture” template, I would jump at the opportunity to make the migration.

I hope this feedback is what you were looking for.

Thanks again for your outstanding work,


Indeed, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much for your excellent feedback!

As I was reading, I was thinking to myself, “Yep, Conduit does that, and that, and that…” then I got to the part about the overall aesthetic, and that seems to be the real sticking point for a lot of people. It is very basic, in terms of design, and that was intentional. Black Aperture and Imperial make fairly heavy use of images for their designs, and they’re quite difficult to customize because of that. I wanted to make Conduit extremely easy to customize, but I feel like I under-designed it in the end.

Now that Conduit has shipped, I have a solid foundation for new themes, and will be able to produce them much quicker. After I get the first major update for Conduit out the door, I’ll start working on a proper successor to Black Aperture.

Once again, thanks for your thorough feedback. It’s much appreciated!

Thank you Matt! Great having a quick response and I definitely would be interested in an Aperture Successor should you ever have the time to build on the first.

Learning as I go!

Next Step… I have solved the picture frame problem and migrating articles is much easier with the formatting in place and thank you. I now have two additional questions perhaps you could help with, the first dealing with the 3 Featured Pictures seen on the screenshot displaying 3 columns. I cannot find a way to get Nivo to display 3 pictures consecutively and have read the documentation and Nivo guide from their site without luck.

The second is, when Migrating multi-page posts, I simply cannot get multiple page navigation to show up on the bottom of the posts, even with Page-Navi installed. If I can get these two issues figured out, we are just about ready to get her up as a new theme! Tx!

Nivo Slider is full-width, and only shows one image at a time. The original featured posts are displayed as static images with the text overlay, and in the three column layout that you describe. You have to choose between one or the other.

Black Aperture doesn’t have the multi-page posts links currently, but I just submitted an update which adds them. Keep an eye out for version 1.8, which should be available later today or tomorrow.

Hi Matt,

Glad the feedback was helpful!

Just a quick follow-up: migrating BA from 1.6.5 to 1.7 went smoothly with minimal edits required to screen.css and a few other files.

The Nivo Slider is a great addition, though I’m only using it to display a static image instead of the featured post images. Regardless, I am very happy with the mini-facelift it brought to my site.

One comment on post thumbnails – previously all of them were square and the underlying images were the same shape. After installing 1.7 and running regenerate thumbnails, the thumbnail shape changed to a rectangle which cops the top and bottom of the images. It’s not a big deal, but if possible I would like to change the thumb shape back to a square.

Thanks again for all of you help.

Regards, Avi

Yeah, I’m not sure why I decided to change the aspect ratio of the post thumbnails in 1.7. I wanted them bigger, and I think it was to keep them relatively the same height as the post excerpt. I’ve come up with a solution, though. I just submitted 1.8, which changes the thumbnail aspect ratio so they’re the same as the three large featured post images. If you disable the let sidebar, post thumbnails float to the left of the content, and are quite large. Otherwise, they float to the right of the excerpt at a smaller size.

Keep an eye out for Black Aperture 1.8; it should be available later today or tomorrow.

Hi Matt, I purchased this theme months ago I just removed my old blog that used an older version of your theme and reinstalled WP and installed the newest updated theme. But when I’m trying to install the Recommended plugin “Nivo Slider” I keep getting this error:

object(WP_Error)#285 (2) { [“errors”]=> array(1) { [“plugins_api_failed”]=> array(1) { [0]=> string(218) “An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with or this server’s configuration. If you continue to have problems, please try the support forums.” } } [“error_data”]=> array(1) { [“plugins_api_failed”]=> string(2) “N;” } } Something went wrong with the plugin API .

I’m not sure if you know what this means might be a problem with Wordpress itself but I tried finding Nivo Slider on the theme search and there are so many of them and I don’t know which one to choose. Could you please tell me how to fix the problem or link me to the Nivo Slider it was trying to install?

Thank you for your time.

Thank you so much! Everything is working perfectly now!

I have one last question. Is is possible to edit the template so instead of “Game Name”, “Platforms”, ect could be something else? Like I add my own text instead? I know it’s possible (Or I think it is) but what files would I have to edit to make this possible?

Yes, it’s possible, but it will require a bit of manually editing. You’ll need to change the titles in functions.php first (don’t bother changing the custom field names), then open up single.php and change the titles there as well.

A couple of my other themes allow you to customize the review criteria more easily. Conduit and Imperial might be worth a look.

Version 1.8 – Released: 06/25/2012

  • Fixed a bug which prevented Nivo Slider from installing properly; plugin activation scripted needed updated.
  • Changed how Nivo Slider is included, so it’s no longer dependent on the slug. The slider ID must now be entered in Theme Options.
  • Updated Twitter button in the header with new Twitter bird icon.
  • Changed aspect ratio of post thumbnails to match those in the featured posts.
  • Aligned post thumbnails to the left of post content when Hide Left Sidebar is enabled.
  • Added navigation links for multi-page posts.
  • Updated bundled TimThumb to version 2.8.10.