Springer Theme Feedback

Please leave any feedback (questions, concerns, praise, whatever) for the Springer Theme and I’ll try to respond to it.


25 Responses to “Springer Theme Feedback”

I’m trying to install the theme, and I seem to have the basics in place, but can’t quite work out where to install the plug-ins. I’ve tried putting them in their own folder in the plugins directory, and just loose in the plug-ins directory, but in both cases while WordPress thinks the theme is working – ie it lets me select it, but when I get to the page there are lots of “Not Found: Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.” I think this is related to the plugins. Of course I might be wrong!
All help gratefully received!

Natalie Bennett - November 16th, 2005 at 2:57 pm


I’m not sure how experienced you are with WordPress, but it sounds like you aren’t acitvating the plugins.

Upload the plugins into the /wp-content/plugins/ folder.

Then, log in to the site as an administrator, and go to the “Plugins” tab. There, you need to click “activate” next to each of the plugins. That should do the trick!

Paradoxdruid - November 16th, 2005 at 4:05 pm

Well I tried the adjusted files and all works well now!Thanks for the changes 😉
What I am encountering now is that my linkdump section is wayyyyyyyyyy too long as it is not folding the posts, and they are not folding in the main posts either. There is no: continued link, so all is displayed instead of just a few lines with the option to read the whole article. What did I do wrong?
I hope you can help me out as I love the theme and plugins.

Kind regards,
Javea, Spain

CarolineG - November 17th, 2005 at 7:05 am

Hey Caroline! Congrats on getting it working– Your site looks great (and I’m jealous of the domain-name, ha!).

For the (continued) to work, you need to have the <!--more--> tag inserted into your posts where you want them to end displaying on the front page. In the WordPress editor, it’s the “more” quicktag button above the text entry area.

Paradoxdruid - November 17th, 2005 at 7:51 am

ohhh I’m such a nitwitt hehe
Thanks for pointing that out to me!
I thougth it came with the theme LOL
Going to work on that right now 😉

I had a great domain, some years ago, but let it expire, windowstomysoul.com, and now they ask lots of money for it if I want to buy it again. So souldoodles.com it will be for now, I liked that too *S*

Thanks again!

CarolineG - November 17th, 2005 at 7:56 am

Just a basic design question. Why did you create this design? I’m trying to think of ways I could use this on my site. I do have an idea, but would like to know your original design thoughts.
Thanks for your hard work, jim

Jim - November 20th, 2005 at 5:38 am

I found one problem. When I try to look at an archive either by selecting a data from the calendar or selecting a month from my archive listing, the posts display okay, but I get an error in the sidebar saying that “there is a call to an undefined function get_springer_calendar() in the archive.php”.

Have I done something wrong?
Thanks, jim

Jim - November 20th, 2005 at 6:07 am

Oops! Sorry about that Jim, you’ve done nothing wrong–

Earlier versions of this theme used a custom calendar script. I later removed the custom script to use WordPress’s own script.

If you edit archive.php , find get_spring_calendar and replace it with get_calendar

Viola! Now I’ll go fix the package I offer online. Thanks for catching the error.

Paradoxdruid - November 20th, 2005 at 9:08 am

I love your theme. I was wondering if it is offered in a two column form?

WebtrafficJunkie - November 26th, 2005 at 10:21 am

Heya WebtrafficJunkie–

Thanks for the praise! Unfortunately, I don’t have available a two-column version of my theme. However, if you have some background in CSS, it shouldn’t be too hard to change: Basically, you’ll remove either the div “leftbox” or div “rightbox” elements and change the width of the main column. Good luck!

Paradoxdruid - November 27th, 2005 at 11:02 pm

Okay! Thanks so much!!

WebtrafficJunkie - November 28th, 2005 at 10:38 am

Hi there… I love the theme, but having one problem… I’m trying to add another “middle” section that appears below the existing middle div, but it I get it just where I want it, the left div drops down to line up with it. If I keep the left div where it is, the second middle portion does not start until the bottom of my left column (I left the site like this temporarily). Any ideas?


Ben - December 2nd, 2005 at 1:12 am

Hey Ben!

The easiest way, since the left floats next to the middle div, would be to create new divs, like “middleTop” and “middleBottom” and put both of those divs inside the middle div.

Glad you like the theme!

Paradoxdruid - December 2nd, 2005 at 7:18 am

Thanks much. Got that working! One more thing… When I try to place an iframe in my new div, it gets cut off about halfway through and only shows the left half for some reason.

And do you know how I can get the text to wrap in firefox for that div? The only things I’ve found to keep it from extending beyond the div are to either truncate the text or make it scroll using the ‘overflow’ property.

Thanks again!

Ben - December 3rd, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Hey Ben-

I’ve never worked with iframes, so I can’t be of much help…

Regarding your other problem, try using the CSS:
word-wrap: break-word;
added to the div you want to wrap.

Paradoxdruid - December 4th, 2005 at 7:54 pm

Thanks for all your help. 🙂

Ben - December 4th, 2005 at 10:47 pm

Hi! This is a really great theme! It is one of my favorites in my search so far. Thanks!

CellphoneSavant - December 19th, 2005 at 6:27 pm

Hi, I am trying to install this theme on my blog, but when I go to activate the theme in wordpress admin, it says that the style sheet is missing. Any words of wisdom? Thanks!

Marissa - February 5th, 2006 at 8:31 pm

Ok, so I fixed the style sheet, but is there any way to have categories show up my posts. Something that says filed in . . . ?

Marissa - February 5th, 2006 at 9:47 pm

Hey Marissa-

Glad you got the stylesheet working.

If you want to have a little “filed under ‘Blah'” listing in your posts, you’ll just need to make a minor edit to the Loop on the main template.

I suggest looking at http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/the_category

Paradoxdruid - February 6th, 2006 at 10:24 am

Hi Again,
I found that this is probably a better place to ask a question about your theme. I did the more tag which did work. Thanks.
I was wondering what I could do that would let the whole post be seen without a continue but only have the post title in the linkdump.

Gina L - February 6th, 2006 at 6:24 pm

Hey Gina-

I don’t know how comfortable you are with the WordPress template tags ( http://codex.wordpress.org is an invaluable help), but what you want is certainly achievable. Set the linkdump to display the same category as the main column (at the start of the linkdump loop in left.php , change cat=”2″ to cat=”1″). Then, edit the linkdump loop to display only the title (perhaps link it with the permalink).

That would look something like this (removing all of the $ (dollar signs) I inserted to make it display):

< $h3>Linkdump
< $!-- insert The Loop for Linkdump -->
< ?php query_posts('cat=1&showposts=9'); ?>< ?php if (have_posts()) : ?>< ?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
< $span id="post-< ?php the_ID(); ?>">< $/span>< $div class="entry">< $span class="entry-lefttitle">< $a href="< ?php the_permalink(); ?>< ?php the_title(); ?>< $/a>< $/span>
< $/div>
< $/div>< $br />

< ?php endwhile; ?>

< $!-- <$div class="navigation">
< $div class="alignleft">< ?php next_posts_link('« Previous Entries') ?>< $/div>
< $div class="alignright">< ?php previous_posts_link('Next Entries »') ?>< $/div>
< $/div> -->

< ?php else : ?>

< $h2 class="center">Not Found< $/h2>
< $p class="center">Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn't here.< $/p>
< ?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . "/searchform.php"); ?>

< ?php endif; ?>

< $!-- end The Loop for Linkdump -->

Good luck!

Paradoxdruid - February 6th, 2006 at 7:55 pm

hi– is there any way i can change the header pic of that plant to my own image?

renee - February 11th, 2006 at 10:44 am

Sure enough, renee– Just replace the file bellis.jpg in the theme directory with an image of your own. Either rename it bellis.jpg or edit the style.css file for the header section, to reflect the new image name.

Paradoxdruid - February 12th, 2006 at 10:19 am

Hi! Maybe I’m a moron, but my left and right sidebars don’t show up! I took out your cat=2 and cat=-2 from the left.php and index.php thinking that would fix it, but no dice. Any help is appreciated! I love the theme!

Misty - March 30th, 2006 at 2:03 pm

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