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Heya everyone! Thanks for all of the great feedback and encouragement so far! Just so ya know, we already have a library of videos over at http://youtube.com/makedesignnotwar – and there are a host of new videos already under production.

Also – I already released the first update to the theme this morning to patch some of the wording in the theme options panel to be more clear – so if you grabbed the theme already, you can grab the latest update in about 30 minutes here (or just email me directly from my profile page – I don’t bite!).

I do have a bunch of new features on the way naturally – If you’ve bought any of my other themes you’ll know I pretty religiously maintain, support, and update these themes for buyers.

Cheers! Brandon

This is a really cool theme, and Im thinking about purchasing it. Just a couple of questions. I love the portfolio view but when you hover over the picture you either have to click link or zoom…is there anyway to bypass that? is there a way to just click the picture and it open to post???? Also are there any other fonts to use for posts?

MDNW
MDNW Author

Yes and yes. There’s a universal theme option to either open thumbnails in a lightbox or open directly to the full post page :) and you can pretty much load up any don’t you want using typekit.com (free) and the provided ‘script’ inserted that the theme has built in. Just pick your fonts, an copy/paste the 2 lines of script that typeset gives you and you’re done.

Cheers! B

I replied to your answer for earlier question. However, I also have another unrelated question. I looked for admin screenshots but didn’t find any to potentially asked my question. Might be in a video but there are a lot.

Looking at the live demo, I notice that it’s a stretched layout. Is there also an option built-in to make it boxed as well (meaning header / nav / content / footer are all uniform width with background showing ) ? I like to apply a radius, etc on the corner sometimes.

MDNW
MDNW Author

Sure! Check out the classic demo to see a bg on it – as for rounding – that’s more or less up to you – BUT , I’m super happy to help with most basic CSS based questions and I can usually drum up a quick starter snippet if you have a screenshot or link that I can reference. :) we also have a new video coming this month that’ll detail a lot of those advanced skinning questions.

Cheers! B

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Ok. Glad to know I just didn’t look hard enough. I saw those but the header and footer weren’t uniform. I’ll look around there again. No worries. I already know how to apply the rounding just fine. Just ensure there are corners to actually round. :-)

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MDNW Author

Gotcha – It’s tough fitting everything that the theme can technically do in the demo… but it’s worth mentioning that the framework that I’ve been building this on (the SuperSkeleton line of themes) has over 5,000 happy customers to date and it’s still a growing community… so in most cases, even if your question hasn’t been asked yet, it’s only a matter of time before I can find a way for you to get it. Feel free to ask away in the future :)

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What is the maximum width of the slider? I want it to butt up against the arrows so that everything looks aligned (basically, I want it to be the width of the left column with the blog posts and the right column sidebar menu). What size should I be designing for in order to do that?

Great theme, btw. Thanks for all of your help!

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MDNW Author

View electro’s answer below – but aim for 960 and that should do it. Ping me a link again if you want to tinker further with the padding to shave even more off :) B

@briannaewilliams – It’s a responsive slider. So, it should default to 100% of it’s container width. The maximum width of that container is restricted by the theme width. The theme has a maximum width 960 so it’ll be slightly less than that. Any changes you’d like to make to these widths, can likely easily be done with css. It’s probably recommended to stay within the confines of the 960 grid until the theme is updated to support anything larger.

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MDNW Author

Correct ;) it occupies an effective 950 in the full view mode, and downscales in the others. You can also pick how many slides per carousel to change it up that was as well. B

Sure is nice to see socials for pinterest, YT, twitter, etc.. considering most WP operators are newbies…enough with the developer links already! does your mother use dribble? lol

great theme..Im buying! :)

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MDNW Author

Lol +1 to that ;) I don’t use Dribble and I’m a designer/dev. FB/Twitter/Pinterest/Skype and Flickr are what I think 95% of users want – the others are just nice extras. That’s just me of course, but I definitely think Dribble/Netvibes/etc are fringe communities to core WP users.

great work as always!

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Thanks! B

Beautiful typography and details. Really like it. :)

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Thanks a lot Saura! B

hi, again. thanks for the previous tip. now for the slider-

it’s not working- like the other person who had a problem. i’ve loaded three slides, set the pixel height, turned it “on” and still nothing.

also, is there any way to change the menu font? i added

menu ul li { font-size: 110%; color: #3A384E; }

menu { font-size: 110%; color: #3A384E; }

to the custom css box but no dice.

i’d also like to be able to change the font for the

, etc. tags.

and one more thing- sorry!

any way i can change the color on the top banner?

thanks!

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also, when i use that code in the font replacement section, it changes the font, but also adds a little piece of code at the top of my actual website.

www.pikkuarkki.com/blog

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hi… me again…

so, i deleted the old files, uploaded the new ones, deleted the old slides, added new ones, saved it, hit “reload xml” and still… nope… not working.

MDNW
MDNW Author

Howdy Sarah!

1. http://youtube.com/makedesignnotwar – check out the update themes video… also – There’s supposedly a new Envato plugin that promises to update themes for you from within WP… so you might check that out.

2. Top Hat. Use this CSS in your Theme Options > Styling Options > Custom CSS field:

#section-tophat:after, #section-footer:after {
    background: none repeat scroll 0 0 red;
}

Remove the footer reference if you don’t want that changed as well. As for the fonts… make sure you’re putting it into that CSS field… not anywhere else :) B

Really nice and balanced theme! Just one thing: I’m checking the demo with iPad 3 and the submenus aren’t working properly. It’s really hard to click a submenu successfully, opening the menu navigation directs to the main level pages/portfolio etc.

MDNW
MDNW Author

Checking into it for ya Korp! It’s tested out on the iPad 1/2 and the retina version and it seems to be working fine… so it could just be a demo thing (the server got hit hard yesterday with pageviews). That said, you can always tinker a bit with the space allotted to the navigation buttons to make it even easier to press with fingers ;) Thanks! B

gr8 work Brandon, Good Luck!

MDNW
MDNW Author

Thanks web! B

I trust you have received my email yesterday? I understand that you’re likely pretty busy and will reply when you can. However, meanwhile I found an excellent example of the “boxed” (non stretched style) I’m talking about.

Look here at Kriesi’s “Coherence” theme: http://www.kriesi.at/themes/coherence/ – I’m hopeful your theme is capable of least something similiar to the “classic” boxed look via it’s admin options since your last response wasn’t clear enough for me, sorry. His theme isn’t as balanced for my needs / what I want (but I like the layout so) so no I’m not considering buying that one.

I want to replace the stretched header / footer shown in your theme’s demo with content width uniform ones. Possible without making CSS changes? Let me know ASAP . I’m waiting on your reply to potentially purchase, thanks in advance. :-)

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Thanks, I’ll keep that all in mind. Both the demo and the skin are a great idea. The skin will additionally demonstrate the flexibility of the theme (to me anyway). Looking forward to seeing that…

The only other really important question I asked (via email) was whether child themes were possible / compatible with the theme / framework. Ideally, I’d like to activate a child theme and make my changes to it so that fewer (if anything) things break when updating the parent. Being that I’ve never used your stuff before, I don’t know if you already include a blank slate child like theme in addition to the parent one.

I’m not adverse to creating one myself since I’ve already have some experience there. However, I tried to make it work that way in the past, only to have the author say it’s not possible at that time. That was certainly frustrating / disappointing.

MDNW
MDNW Author

The short answer for child themes is “yes” – there’s even a test child theme included in case you want to play around. The longer answer is that I’m actually working on some custom documentation and videos for child themes that should make it a lot clearer for anyone who hasn’t used them before :) B

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Ok. I’ve run out of questions / excuses not to buy then. LOL . I’ll be looking out for that boxed demo and then I expect it’ll be straight to the “Purchase” button for me. :-)

! #$ ^

Now I want this one. I just finished customizing shapeshifter2.

can’t win.

Sweet theme!

MDNW
MDNW Author

Well, it is my goal to empty your bank account… so it’s working? haha – just kidding of course – I am glad you like the new theme though – it’s been a solid 3 months since the last one, so it was high time I got back to releasing themes on here! B

Hi, I just purchased the template and I am trying to link a portfolio image from the gallery to an external website. Is this possible?

If so, please send instructions.

Thanks!

MDNW
MDNW Author

Hi Cross! Not right now – although that feature’s been requested a few times so I’m going to do a bit of research to see if that’s something that can be included in a future update :) B

Can you choose not to show info under posts? e.g.. like when it was posted on and by who etc….?

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MDNW Author

Heya Wa! Different blog templates on the theme show different stuff – the full blog templates and traditional templates show all that stuff though :) B

Couldn’t resist. The responsive document viewer and inline Twitter feed were the things that put my hand in my wallet. Great job. It is these kind of little things that make a huge difference. The download package is great, too, Good luck with sales! Looking forward to playing around with this theme.

MDNW
MDNW Author

Thanks a bunch! You know where I’m at – so just holler if you have any questions! Brandon

Hey Brandon, using version 1.9.1 but no front page slider showing up. I am pretty sure I have things set up right. Note that I just downloaded the theme so I am assuming 1.9.1 is the most up-to-date version. Thanks in advance for your help. Tim

MDNW
MDNW Author

Hah! And yes, although I wouldn’t call it a “war” unless it’s something like the cold war arms race… everyone just adds it in now for fear of being left behind I suppose. Kinda silly if you ask me… and I’m one of the first authors that released a responsive theme here. Personally, to me a theme can be great whether it’s responsive or not though… in fact, some non-responsive themes make a lot more sense for businesses that have the cash the spend on their own separate mobile version. That’s just my 2cents though :P

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thejapanobserver

Brandon, That did the trick. Everything working now. Quick question – an easy way to increase the font size in the theme? Particularly want the content size a bit bigger. Tim

MDNW
MDNW Author

Heya Tim – Simple CSS should do the trick here. Add this to your Theme Options > Styling Options > Custom CSS field:

body, p{font-size: 14pt;}

Change the value as needed – or add selectors as needed (you can use the Firebug plugin for your browser to identify the selectors for individual elements like headlines).

:) B

One more thing…regarding security. I apologize if I’m making a nuisance of myself with all these questions. Just let me know.

Besides keeping up on updates, the better you’re able to hide the fact that any given website uses wordpress (and the version number you’re on, etc), the more I like to think that you put would be attackers at more of a disadvantage IMO . Of course, this premise could be entirely predicated on a falsehood but I don’t think that’s the case.

I use the following service (perhaps you’ve heard of it?):

Your site: http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/http://reason.makedesign.wpengine.com/

Roots Demo: http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/http://demo.rootstheme.com/

Check the “Website Details” tab for each link above and you’ll find that that one discloses that it runs on wordpress and the version. The other doesn’t disclose that it was made in wordpress or what version it is. While not essential, it is a big additional perk to me. It’s pretty common for wordpress themes to do this, I know so it’s nothing against your or your product. However, if yours didn’t act like that…you’d become even more unique, right? Do you have any plans to implement similar behavior or can suggest a way I can?

BTW , can I get the promised “elves, trolls, wizards, etc.” from the item description in SVG format upon purchase? ;):silly:

MDNW
MDNW Author

Heya Electro! Interesting – I’ll check into it – in most cases I make doubly sure to see that the themes use the most common “wp-header” options though – so in this case it makes sense to leave the common header call and allow individual users/plugins to manipulate that as you please. As the former editor of WP.tutsplus.com though, I totally feel where you’re coming from on this though – I just happen to be a a huge fan of letting WP Core handle what it’s supposed to handle and not messing with that stuff myself. There’s a very valid argument to using a security plugin to change the version numbers though… so ya.

PS – Once you download the theme, you’ll start losing socks, car keys, and passwords… those are the fantasy characters at work. All of those come free of charge!

B

I forgot to add that I recommend using the following free security plugins:

Secure Wordpress – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/secure-wordpress/

Ultimate Security Checker – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-security-checker/

I’m thoroughly evaluating this theme pre-purchase as much as I can and it’s looking good from just about every angle so far. Great Job! :-)

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MDNW Author

Heya Electro! I personally just use a solid hosting service for added security (it includes a host of security features and approved plugins and it speeds up the hosting exponentially): WPEngine – but you can absolutely use use about any plugin out there that you desire. Most of those plugins just deal with database security – so they should work regardless of the theme :) B

I would say keep up the great work, Brandon, but I don’t think you need to be told ;)

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Lol – If someone doesn’t tell me at least once a day, I vow to revert back to my high school graphic design habits… Helvetica Neue Ultra Thin will be the only font I ever use on anything ;) B

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