Here is a newsletter-style 2-column with sidebar theme for WordPress which allows some control over which categories are displayed in each column. I included the WordPress Theme Toolkit by Ozh for user-friendliness. This theme is a modified version of Corporate Slave, by dreamLogic .
For style and functionality I have included some plugins: HotDates by Supriyadi Slamet Widodo,
Sociable by Peter Harkins, Get Recent Comments by Krischan Jodies, Live Comment Preview by Jeff Minard and , Optimal Title by Aaron Schaefer and by By Alexander Malov & Mike Lu.
The plugins above need to be installed for this theme to function as intended. If HotDates and/or Live Comment Preview is not installed, the theme should still behave, but without the others something will break…
Instructions for installation and configuration:
- Download the latest version from the link below.
- Open up the .zip file.
- Drop/copy the plugins folder and themes folder to your site’s
- Activate the newly installed plugins.
- Go into your sites Admin area, go to Presentation:Themes and select Corporate Slave.
- Go directly to Presentation:Corporate Slave Options and enter the category numbers you want to appear in each column.
- Click on the Store Options button and you should be set!
A note about category numbers and selection: This theme uses the
query_posts() function using ONLY the ‘cat=’ Category Parameter, e.g.; you could enter anything like:
12,7,-3 etc., etc. into each categories option at Presentation:Corporate Slave Options.
A note about the top-post feature in v0.95:
I’ve had several requests for a static top post feature and here it is. To make use of this just open up the toppost.php file in a text editor and change the variable at the top: In 0.95 just enter the category number you want to pull the toppost from. It will always display the last post in that category.
$toppost_id = '18'; to reflect the post # you want displayed there. If you want to remove this feature just change line 2 from the index.php:
or you can delete it altogether.
*Added in 0.91: Missing calls to optional footer and sidebar text. (Thanks
*Fixed in 0.92: In Opera, hr line goes across both columns. Thanks Martin!
*Fixed in 0.93: Archive display was whacky. Also cleaned up some IE styles (more ‘compatible’).
*Fixed in 0.94: More style fixes, when widgets are added, they should look much more ‘integrated’ now.
*Added in 0.94: A double-wide static top-post. Edit toppost.php and change
$toppost_id = '18'; to reflect the post # you want to appear there.
*Changes in 0.95: Toppost now based on a category selected in theme options, displays latest post in that category. Embedded a few plugins (Optimal Title, Email Immunizer). Took out Sociable plugin (choose your own ;’). Built-in Slimbox (lightweight/fast lightbox effect).
Here is the latest version:
Corporate Slave Theme for WordPress, version 0.95.
And you can see a demo here.
As always, feedback is welcome!