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Andreas04 is widgetized! I’ve had quite a few requests for an updated version of the theme, so without further ado (hopefully), here it is!

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Update 12/28/08:

I’m not going to be updating or keeping track of this theme. If you know CSS/HTML, feel free to modify it and link to your version in the comments. I don’t have time to troubleshoot or help out – thanks to those of you who are helping each other.

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  1. Avatar June 13th, 2006 at 10:57 pm Jen Says:

    Ok – This sounds insanely cool to me. Unfortunately, I have no idea what any of it means – but I really have a great appreciation for words I don’t know :) I’m glad your project is complete – I know you’ve worked on it for a long time. Now, maybe you can start teaching me what in the world it actually DOES :)

  2. Avatar June 14th, 2006 at 2:47 pm bloodhound Says:

    Awesome!… very nice!… more inspiration to learn more… I have 6 xhtml/css templates in progress now. Only 2 are 90+% complete. As with most things in my life, I move on with new ideas before I finish up with the current/previous project.

    Anyway, I also wanted to comment on your Kentucky trip. Never been there. Always wanted to see it. Sounds cool.

    Hope your internet connection situation gets better… I totally depend on the internet…

  3. Avatar June 17th, 2006 at 12:03 pm Tara Says:

    Jen – to say I’ve been working on it is… an exaggeration. I actually hadn’t touched it since I created it. =) I was fine for a while, then I started getting a flood of email asking for an updated version. I figured the thing to do was to update it. “It”, by the way, is a WordPress theme. It’s basically a skin for a blog, the design of the site.

    Bloodhound – I am realizing how much I depend on the internet, too. I can’t do a bit of work without it, and all the work I volunteer (or am paid) to do is online! Ugh. When are you going to post your templates? I’d like to see ‘em.

  4. Avatar June 19th, 2006 at 8:18 pm JB Says:

    Its very nice and all, but its not too easy to customize – seems like the page.php and single.php are just exact copies of the index file, making it quite difficult to tweak pages for your own content. Shame, cos I really liked this.

  5. Avatar June 19th, 2006 at 11:49 pm Tara Says:

    They’re similar, yes, but shouldn’t be exact copies. Checking…

  6. Avatar June 20th, 2006 at 7:56 am JB Says:

    Oh no, I didn’t mean to imply any shoddiness! I just meant they were hard to rejig for custom pages. Its a beautiful theme, but I’m quite the rejigger is all.

  7. Avatar June 21st, 2006 at 10:30 pm Pete Williams Says:

    I have tried everything and can not get sidebars to show up. If you need to get in, e mail me and I will give you the passwords

  8. Avatar June 26th, 2006 at 10:14 pm Rob Safuto Says:

    I love this theme for my team podcast because it has shades of orange and blue. I can’t find the “previous” or “next” links at the bottom of the blog pages though. Is there a snippet of code that I need to add?

  9. Avatar July 3rd, 2006 at 2:37 am Breigh Says:

    Firstly, let me say that I absolutely love this theme! I spent 2 days searching through themes feeling “meh” about them all until I found this one.

    My only complaint is the same as the above poster. There appears to be no paging for blog entries.

    If you look here:

    That is my blog entries for June.

    I have it set to show only 10 blog entries at a time, because I think that’s more than enough for people to have to load. The problem is, that’s ALL it will show.

    I have 27 entries in June, and unless I want to set it to show all 27 entries on one page, I appear to be screwed. There is no way for anyone to get beyond those 10 entries that are showed.

    Is there any way you could give us some code and directions on where to place it so we can fix this?

    Thanks and great work on this theme, other than the paging issue I really love it :)

  10. Avatar July 3rd, 2006 at 9:38 pm Tara Says:

    Breigh – thanks for pointing me in the right direction… I actually thought the problem was multi-page post pagination, and heck if I know what to do about that! As far as I can tell, it is fixed now.

    Folks, sorry if fixes come a bit slowly – two new jobs, a new (old) house keep me a little busy…

  11. Avatar July 4th, 2006 at 3:19 am Breigh Says:

    You mean fixed in this latest upgrade? I haven’t upgraded yet because I just installed that flickr photo album plugin and had to tweak a lot to get it to work hehe scared to death I’m going to mess it up!

  12. Avatar July 4th, 2006 at 11:11 am Tara Says:


    Here’s what you can do if you don’t want to overwrite those files. Add:

    <div style="text-align: center;"><?php posts_nav_link(); ?></div>

    just after the last

    <?php endif; ?>

    on index.php, single.php, page.php.

  13. Avatar July 4th, 2006 at 12:19 pm Breigh Says:

    thanks a mil!! :)
    I’ll let you know how it all works out :)

  14. Avatar July 4th, 2006 at 2:26 pm Breigh Says:

    Updated and working great! You’re a gem, thanks Tara!

  15. Avatar July 4th, 2006 at 10:25 pm Tara Says:

    Glad it worked out, Breigh!

  16. Avatar July 25th, 2006 at 9:56 am Ib Harmsen Says:

    Hi – and greetings from sunny Denmark!
    I found your theme and like it very much.
    Two questions:
    1. how come the “animated globe” doesn’t show?
    2. how come the 2 ramdom photos show up side by side in your blog, but below each other on my (un,modified) site?

  17. Avatar July 26th, 2006 at 12:11 pm AMH Says:

    I’ve been using your template for my site for a few weeks now. It’s very easy to customize, but I do have some questions.

    My questions are the exact same ones as the comment left by Ib Harmsen from Denmark on July 25 – how bizarre!

    I’m using firefox, and I do not see the globe. Strangely, according to the site stats, there are many users clicking on the globe.gif and bottomglobe.gif. How do they do that if it is invisible?

    Also, the random photos are placed vertically (one above the other pic) instead of horizontally next to each others like on your website. The blank space next to the pics is a waste and nothing can be placed there, even when I edit the sidebar.php.

    Could you help me sort out these points? Other than that, your template is ideal for my blog. Thanks!

  18. Avatar July 26th, 2006 at 10:30 pm Tara Says:

    Ib, AMH: My bad. To fix the globe images: rename images/xglobe.gif and images/xglobebottom.gif to globe.gif and globebottom.gif. I\ve also updated the .zip file. Good catch. =)

    On all the sites I\ve seen using this them (including my own, and in several different browsers), the images are fine. Play around with the width in these two lines in widgets/widgets.php:

    <a href=”#”><img src=”<?php bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/randomimages/rotate.php” width=”46%”></a>
    <a href=”#”><img src=”<?php bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/randomimages/random.php” width=”46%”></a>

  19. Avatar July 27th, 2006 at 1:23 am AMH Says:

    Hi again!

    Thanks for your help. All your suggestions worked! I changed the width of the random images from 48% to 46% in the sidebar.php.

    The globe.gif is cool with the colour effect! Thanks.

  20. Avatar July 27th, 2006 at 7:47 am Ib Harmsen Says:

    Hi again,
    thanx, as AMH says: your suggestions worked (only I had to use 45%).

  21. Avatar August 25th, 2006 at 9:40 am Bree Says:

    Hi Tara!

    A big congratulations on your Andreas theme! I have to tell you that I spent three entire days searching through WordPress themes to find the exact one I wanted…and I found yours! It’s gorgeous!

    Only problems I’m having are:

    1. How can I get the post’s title to show rather than ‘andreas04: close to attraction’ on every single post. I want the search engines to pick up the actual title of the post.

    2. I’ve already spent hours trying to set up Jerome Keywords and ‘Tags in Head’ plugins, so that each post’s ‘view source’ will show Title, Keywords and Description. The header.php file does not contain “)” and I tried inserting it into the header.php file, but it still doesn’t pick up title, description and keywords.

    3. Lastly, what is the code and where does it go to (what file and where), so people can click on “continue reading” a post, to view the entire post?

    Thanks so much!

  22. Avatar August 29th, 2006 at 6:02 am Themes WordPress.com « My adventures with wordpress Says:

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  23. Avatar September 3rd, 2006 at 4:57 am shutterbug Says:

    I’m long winded. I don’t want to turn people off. When I write a post, I always click on the “more” tag after what I feel is an appropriate place. The posts are cut off at that place but no link appears so people actually think that was all there was to the post. How do I make the “more” link appear in my posts?

  24. Avatar September 3rd, 2006 at 5:26 am shutterbug Says:

    What globe? I edited the stylesheet, as directed but I see no globe.

  25. Avatar September 4th, 2006 at 1:30 pm Tara Says:

    Bree,thanks!I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about with #1 – I can’t get any of my test blogs to do what you’re describing, and you’re using a different theme on your site, so I couldn’t see what yours was doing… #2:Again, I’m notsure what you want me to do here- I’m no expert at plugin integration. If you clarify, I can try to help, but you might be better off asking the plugin writer. #3: At least I can answer this one! Read below…

    Bree, Shutterbug:

    Find the_content(''); on index.php and add your read more text between the apostrophes, like so:


  26. Avatar September 5th, 2006 at 8:41 am shutterbug Says:

    -OK, I fixed the “more” issue, thanks.
    -As mentioned before, I changed the globe thing to read globe.gif and globebottom.gif but I still see no globe.
    background:url(globebottom.gif) bottom left no-repeat;
    background:url(globe.gif) no-repeat; /* Delete this line to remove the animated globe */
    What else should I be doing?
    -I have a wide screen 1024×768 laptop. My blog looks good in that resolution but when I make the page smaller, my right columns disappear. What can I do to rectify this issue? Should I be changing something in the stylesheet?

  27. Avatar September 5th, 2006 at 3:23 pm Bree Says:

    Hey Tara,

    Thanks so much for reply! When I had those problems as described above, I changed my template…that’s why you couldn’t see what I was talking about!

    I just did the: the_content(‘Continue…’); and it works great! I also added the on the index.php file as found above, and got this working too!

    One problem left: when you click on each post’s title and the entire post opens, you’ll see in your browser’s title bar “PetnBlog Animal Wellness News” rather than the actual title of the post. Originally, andreas04: close to attraction showed as the title for each post, and I honestly don’t remember what page I had changed so the new title appears. :(

    Please tell me what I need to do (in simple baby language please) to get the title of each post to appear in the browser’s title bar, so it will get picked up by the search engines!

    I’m so happy I got the other two issues fixed…I’ll REALLY be thrilled once I can get this title issue fixed!

    thanks so much Tara…I’m leaving the template up, cause the blog is fully functional now!


  28. Avatar September 5th, 2006 at 8:51 pm Tara Says:

    Bree: this is cool. =) I didn’t know it’d work, and if it’s not proper, who cares? Here’s your solution: Open single.php and replace the text between with this (you’ll have to delete the spaces before each “?php”):

    PetnBlog : < ?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>< ?php the_title(); ?>< ?php endwhile; ?>

    Shutterbug: Check the image files on your server and make sure that you’ve got them as globe and globebottom, not xglobe and xglobebottom? When I originally wrote this, I didn’t anticipate anyone using it but me, and I didn’t want the graphics. I’ve updated since I realized folk were using it, but there are still older versions out there.

  29. Avatar September 6th, 2006 at 7:50 am Bree Says:

    Tara…you’re AWESOME!!!! It worked like a charm! Thank you so much!!!

    Now what about the category pages and getting those titles to appear in the title bar? hummmm

    Now here’s something weird. I’ve recently started a brand new blog (using my favorite Andreas theme too), which is only in the testing phase. For whatever reason, it’s only the home page that’s messed up. I cannot get the sidebar up to the top right, and they’re the same files for my petnblog blog. All other pages are perfect. Here’s the link to this test blog:


    Any thoughts on this?

    thanks Tara!

  30. Avatar September 7th, 2006 at 4:26 pm shutterbug Says:

    Dumb question: Where in the blog is the globe supposed to show up? I altered the file names on the server as you suggested but I still see no globe.

    Also, when the page is viewed on a smaller screen – you have your maximum and minimum – the one in between is the one I mean. The one with the double squares on the top right. Anyway, in that size, the right columns disappear and can only be seen when viewed in the maximum mode. I wouldn’t mind if there were a scroll bar at the bottom or if the whole page just got squished, at least they’d know there was more on the page.
    Any suggestions?

  31. Avatar September 8th, 2006 at 9:48 am Bree Says:


    Never mind the problem with my test blog! I haven’t done a thing to it, and just checked it, and somehow the index page fixed itself! This is very strange…guess someone is looking out for me! lol

    I’d still like to know how to get the category titles to display in the browser’s title bar!

    thanks and have a great TGIF,

  32. Avatar September 9th, 2006 at 5:15 pm Bree Says:


    How can I align the two random images next to each, rather one on top of the other? I’m so afraid of tinkering with any of the files for fear I will mess up my blog, which has taken me so long, with your help, to get to look so good!

    Also, why does the header.php not have tags? I’m finding with some of the plugins I want to install and active that they require (minus the space) in between the head tags! Can I just add at the top of the header.php file?

    thanks Tara! I appreciate your patience with me and for designing one of the most beautiful templates I’ve ever seen!


  33. Avatar September 9th, 2006 at 5:16 pm Bree Says:

    ok…let’s see if this shows:

    this is what’s supposed to go in the header.php!


  34. Avatar September 9th, 2006 at 5:17 pm Bree Says:

    OMG!!!!! I just added a bunch of spaces where they don’t belong so you could see what I’m talking about! lol

  35. Avatar September 9th, 2006 at 5:19 pm Bree Says:

    ?php wp_head(); ?

    OK…I just took the carrots out on each side! Maybe it’ll show now! Sorry… :(

  36. Avatar September 10th, 2006 at 7:44 am shutterbug Says:

    OK, I got the sidebar issue resolved and it was all my fault. One of the pictures was too wide and pushed the sidebar to the bottom. However, in the maximum mode, it looked OK, hence my confusion.

    My site will not validate. I really don’t think it has anything to do with my additions. Can you check it out for me? http://www.ceconn.com/canwetalk

    My husband has a Mac OS 9.1 running IE 5. He can only see the title of my blog – nothing else. I’m wondering if the fact that the site cannot be validated has anything to do with it.

  37. Avatar September 10th, 2006 at 3:36 pm Tara Says:

    Sorry, ladies – gone for the weekend.

    Bree: Looks to me like everything is fine with your sidebar images. If you’re still seeing one image on top of another, follow the instructions in this comment: comment-568.

    Go ahead and insert “?php wp_head(); ?” with its carats somewhere between < head> and < /head> (without spaces) and see if it does what you want. Good catch!

    Shutterbug: I’m glad you found the solution! Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. Some of the validation errors (the ones about < ul > and < li >) are mine because I coded this quickly and it was the fastest way to do what I wanted and have it display on both Internet Explorer and Mozilla browsers. The rest are errors added by the SiteMeter and Google Ads scripts, and some links you tried to add to the code. None of those validation issues should prevent display on a Mac; the problem is that I coded for IE 5.5 and up – and Microsoft stopped making IE for Macs at 5.1 or 5.2. Have your husband check the site in Safari. Chances are, it’ll render the code a little better – it’s a much better browser than the Mac version of IE.

    It’s possible that your addition of a biline under your site title has made the globe image not display – it’s supposed to show up to the left of the blog title. Here are the things to double-check otherwise:

      - These (and EXACTLY these, where bolded) should be somewhere in style.css:

    background:url(images/globe.gif) no-repeat; /* Delete this line to remove the animated globe */
    width: 42%;
    color: #333;
    background:url(images/globebottom.gif) bottom left no-repeat;

      - This should be the first line of header.php:

    <div id=”sitetitle”>

      - This should be in index.php, page.php and single.php:

    <div id=”content”>

  38. Avatar September 11th, 2006 at 4:39 am shutterbug Says:

    Globe present and looking mighty fine. Thanks Tara

  39. Avatar September 15th, 2006 at 11:52 pm Chen Says:

    I found some bugs on Andreas04, when I clicked the design link at the top left corner, the picture of the templates “jump around” and does not display properly. The pictures seems unable to properly align with the table.

  40. Avatar September 16th, 2006 at 12:16 am Chen Says:

    Here is another bug, the picture beside “Create 3 sidebars” has moved away and now covered some of the paragraph between “A word about the Random Photos widget:”
    and “Update: 07/03/06″. Other theme has the picture locate properly.

  41. Avatar September 18th, 2006 at 4:22 pm Bill Says:


    Awesome template. I absolutely love it. I was having the same problem with the single post identifiers, but your follow up to Bree made it go away. Thank you for actually caring about your design/re-design after you complete it. I am very appreciative. Again, thank you. Am I groveling? Oh well…great theme. I don’t use a lot of the options available, but have tried them and everything works!

  42. Avatar September 18th, 2006 at 4:32 pm Bill Says:

    Okay, I feel stupid. I forgot to delete some spaces. Did that, now get a big ugly syntax error…what did I kill and how do I revive it? Maybe if I put the spaces back in?

  43. Avatar September 23rd, 2006 at 4:45 am UberTechnophile Says:

    Hi Tara,
    Been using this theme for about 4 months now. No matter how hard I try, I cant get a better theme to work for me. Have done a few mods on my own, whichj have already been discussed earlier in the comments, as I can see now.

    A small query. am having a tough time using any Ajax plugin.n Inline ajax comments, Ajaxified expand now and the likes do not seem to work. been trying for a while to get it, but no avail.

    Is it inherent in the design, or am I messing up somewhere?

  44. Avatar September 24th, 2006 at 6:34 pm vanlan Says:


    I like your theme, i using it!But have several bugs.

    - In Page is don’t comment.
    - Catalog is no hierachy.
    - rss is no symbol(exm -).

    You can help me!

  45. Avatar September 25th, 2006 at 8:22 am shutterbug Says:

    Where can I put the code for the Site Meter so it won’t screw anything up?

  46. Avatar September 28th, 2006 at 6:05 am shutterbug Says:

    I’d like to add a peace symbol to the template. How do I do it?

  47. Avatar October 7th, 2006 at 6:12 pm Guillem Says:

    I only speak englisk a little so I’m sorry for the spelling mistake. I have a problem with your nice theme for WordPress. The title of each post don’t show de header of the post. It showed first “close to attraction” for any post. Then I’ve edited single.php and I’ve changed “close to attraction” for my blog title,f.e “Always spain”, and it shows only the blog title but don’t show de header of each post. Could you help me? I would like, f. e, the post “Absolute Beginner” has a title “Absolute Beginner” and don’t shows “Always Spain”. Thanks a mil!.

  48. Avatar November 9th, 2006 at 6:15 am shutterbug Says:

    Two things:
    1) the random photos seem to come from only one album. How do I change the album?
    2) I’d like to add a white-poppy-peace graphic and a peace flag graphic. I have the graphics but I don’t know how to add them.

  49. Avatar November 9th, 2006 at 6:33 am shutterbug Says:

    Oops, I just fixed the random photos thing. I had to go to the server to do that.
    Now, I just need to know how to post a still graphic.

  50. Avatar December 8th, 2006 at 3:13 pm Gilbert Says:

    Tara, thanks for this great theme.

    I have a question. I am trying to include flash movies in the articles using the Kimili plugin – http://kimili.com/plugins/kml_flashembed/wp, which uses the swfobject js.

    However, it does not seem to work, the html code disapear.
    I changed the theme to see if it was a problem with the plugin or the theme, and with other themes it works just fine.

    The TigerDirectBlog (http://www.tigerdirectblog.com/) is using Andreas04 too and they are including flash objects in the posts, so I guess it must be something I am doing that is wrong.



  51. Avatar December 30th, 2006 at 10:29 am Lonny @ TigerDirect Says:


    Are you using the visual editor? If so, turn it off.

    Try that.

    >> Can anyone help me fix our IE6 bug?


  52. Avatar January 24th, 2007 at 12:15 pm shutterbug Says:

    I’ve got 2 questions:
    1) Can I make this theme into an CMS (Content Management System)? That means, I want a static front page. Ideally, I would like an index on that front page where you can click and get to various categories of posts or the latest posts. I want that front page in the same theme because I really love it.

    2) If I upgrade to WP 2.1, will my blog go screwy?

    Say I upload the 2.1. That ends up in a folder called WordPress 2.1, right? My current 1.7 WP folder is called “Can We Talk”. Do I change the name of the 2.1 to “Can We Talk”? Do I have to move everything from the 1.7 “Can We Talk” folder to the new 2.1 “Can We Talk” folder?

    God, I sound moronic. I apologize.

  53. Avatar January 25th, 2007 at 9:27 am shutterbug Says:

    Sorry. I meant WP2.07.

  54. Avatar May 15th, 2007 at 11:38 pm tom Says:

    I just want to say thanks for the theme. I’ve been modifying it steadily for a few weeks now (with my limited skill) and have really got it right where I want it. Your fixes here (widgets, globe, picture size, and next/previous page) has helped me fix things I didn’t even know were wrong! Thanks all for the questions and for Tara for supporting this great theme!

  55. Avatar May 16th, 2007 at 12:39 am Tara Says:

    Sorry I’ve been absent, folks. New job, new house, new dog… you know how it goes.

    @Shutterbug: I haven’t had any trouble upgrading to new versions of WP, and I keep right on top of that. The theme hasn’t broken yet. When you upgrade, just overwrite the files inside the old version directory with the files in the new version directory.

    @Tom: Thanks!

  56. Avatar May 22nd, 2007 at 12:15 pm Alkymisten Says:

    I can`t get opp the Photos widget?


  57. Avatar May 22nd, 2007 at 1:25 pm Tara Says:

    You’re using the wordpress.com version of this theme – I have no control over it. The only widgets you can use are the widgets they’ve loaded on their system. If you want to have a photos widget, you can ask them (on the forums) to add one, or you can get a Flickr account and use their Flickr RSS widget to display your photos.

  58. Avatar May 23rd, 2007 at 12:24 am RoneTyne Says:

    Hi Tara,

    I love your theme, although I have changed almost the entire thing (colors etc). I was wonderin if you could help with a few questions I couldn’t seem to figure out on my own.

    1)In firefox the border around my random photo’s is orange (what I want it to be), in IE7 it appears blue, and then purple once the photo’s are clicked on.
    2)Only the left photo changes when you refresh the page, the right photo now stays stagnant on the same image.
    3)What part of the style.css file can I edit to change the color of the text in the posts that says ‘posted by” and “at xx:xxpm” in the posts.
    4)Is there a way to control the color of the text in the calendar and also what it highlights?

    Thanks for any help you can provide =)

  59. Avatar May 26th, 2007 at 9:31 am Tara Says:


    1) Try changing “.thumbs img” to “thumbs a img” in the stylesheet (if you haven’t changed my original stylenames) – this should make the style override IE’s default link styles.

    2) Post a link to your site. I’ll look at your specific case.

    3) Change the last two lines of “.meta” in the stylesheet.

    4) As for changing how the calendar functions, you can give it a shot – I didn’t write that widget, but its code can be found in the widgets.php file on your server. The styles can always be edited – they seem to be under li.widget widget_calendar#calendar The calendar itself is a table, the day row is a header row, and the dates are just numbers or links in table cells.

  60. Avatar May 26th, 2007 at 11:45 am Andreas Says:

    You’ve done a great job, Tara! The theme has lots of happy users, and it is great to see that you still keep on improving and supporting it. :)

    But you should write a few lines to the keymasters at wordpress.com since they have edited the credits in the Andreas04 theme in a way that is very unfair. The credits give a strong impression that the theme was built by me – and your name and URL is not shown in the footer at all (although the author URL in the admin area still points to you).

    As happy as I am about getting credits for my original template design, I think that if there can be only one name and URL in the theme credits (which seems to be the new WP.com credits policy) – then it should of course be your name and your URL!

    I will send another feedback note to the keymasters soon, as they have done the same thing with Andreas09 by Ainslie Johnson. I will suggest that the theme author information is corrected so that Ainslie and you get the credit you deserve for your work. But it would probably be easier to get the update done if you contacted them as well…

  61. Avatar May 26th, 2007 at 12:08 pm RoneTyne Says:

    Thanks Tara:

    1)Did this, doesnt seem to have changed in IE7, I can’t test IE6 as I don’t have it.
    2)http://home.thesheep.ca/, although I added more photos to this now and it seems to not get permanently stuck, but will sometimes still get stuck for 2 or 3 refreshes before it changes, no biggie.
    3)Works awesome now!
    4)I will play with this, thank you.

    So really I think if you have any thoughts around #1 that would be great.

  62. Avatar May 26th, 2007 at 10:27 pm Tara Says:

    @Andreas: Will do. Didn’t receive a response the last time I did this (you still getting requests for help?), but I’ll give it another shot.

    1) Try adding this class and styling it appropriately: widget widget_randomPhotos a img
    2) As you add more images, this function will work better – it’s a really simple script and does much better with a larger image bank. Sorry!
    3) Excellent!
    4) Let us know if you end up writing any modifications – someone else may want to do the same thing. Help a brotha (or sista!) out. =)

  63. Avatar May 28th, 2007 at 8:49 pm tom Says:


    Once again after fruitless searches on the WP site I came here and found what I was looking for. I’ve got the “more” tag working but I noticed on your site it says ‘continue reading “NAME OF POST”‘. How do I get it to say that?


  64. Avatar June 5th, 2007 at 4:53 pm Chemmer Says:

    Another happy user of this theme. Thanks! I made a few small customizations to get exactly what I wanted, but I am a beginner at css and php editing. So I have one question I have not been able to figure out….

    When, using IE, viewing any site with this theme that I have checked if a user has the left IE panel of favorites, history etc. open, the sidebars on the right are readjusted in width. If the IE favorites panel is big enough, one or both of the sidebars will drop down underneath the content. I wanted to have the main content screen and the two sidebars remain the same and have a horizontal scrollbar pop up if a user opens the IE favorites panel.

    I was told that because this them is not a “fixed width” theme, there is no way to make it work better with IE.

    Is this correct? Or is there a way to get the scroll bar to pop up at the bottom when screen width becomes too narrow to display the whole theme?


  65. Avatar June 6th, 2007 at 9:21 am Tara Says:

    @tom: Find
    < ?php the_content(''); ?>

    on index.php and change it to this:

    < ?php the_content("Continue reading " . the_title('"', '"', false)); ?>

    @Chemmer: Yes, that’s correct. I hate horizontal scrolling, so I made this a fluid width theme. If you want to undo that and make it fixed width, just search the stylesheet for anything with a width set at a percentage (like #container) – and change those widths to pixel values (like “800px”). You’ll have to play with it for a while to get everything to look the way you like.

  66. Avatar June 7th, 2007 at 3:35 pm tom Says:

    Tara, Thanks, worked like a charm. I really appreciate how much support you’ve given to this theme. I work on a different site which uses a different theme that has given us no end of problems. Half the plugins don’t work, widgets act funny, it is a complete mess. It really makes me appreciate your theme all the more. Great job.

  67. Avatar June 7th, 2007 at 4:57 pm Tara Says:

    You’re welcome. Half the time I’m learning as I go – I appreciate the chance to get better at this. Good luck!

  68. Avatar June 8th, 2007 at 2:29 am RoneTyne Says:

    hey tara, can you go to home.thesheep.ca and tell me if you know of a way to get rid of the “flashing that appears when I put my cursor not over but near the page links across the top of the page? I’m not sure if there’s a way to not have it do that.

  69. Avatar June 9th, 2007 at 11:41 am Chemmer Says:

    Thanks Tara, I don’t like fixed width really either. Thing is fluid themes get a lot of complaints from visitors to sites who like to have that IE left side panel open while browsing so I thought I might try to make it fixed width. I usually just tell the IE folks to use Firefox instead, but that does not always go over big!

    I did play around with changing some of the percentage widths for the side bars to fixed widths, but it did not change the behavior. It may be that I need to change ALL the percentages in the style sheet to fixed to make it a true fixed width theme?

  70. Avatar June 9th, 2007 at 5:47 pm RoneTyne Says:

    Hey Tara,

    One more question. I want to use a static homepage for my blog, in order to do that in WordPress 2.1 I need to make a page and then make that the static home page. However when I do that I know have a the home link that comes in your theme as specified in the header.php file


    and then new one I created. Can I delete the code above to make the home link in your theme disappear without breaking anything?


  71. Avatar June 9th, 2007 at 6:30 pm Tara Says:

    @Chemmer: Yeah, that’s the way to do it, tedious as it is. Sorry, dude!

    @RoneTyne: Checked out your page, and I really don’t have much help for you… My guess, because of the fast blinking, is that it has something to do with Flash (which I just grabbed from Andreas’ static theme and ported in). I’m sorry!

    Wanna retype your latest post? What you’re proposing sounds fine to me, but the code didn’t come through. Trial and error will tell you if it’ll really work.

  72. Avatar June 10th, 2007 at 9:55 am RoneTyne Says:

    The code from the header.php that I was thinking about removing was.


  73. Avatar June 10th, 2007 at 9:57 am RoneTyne Says:

    Try this again.

    php wp_list_pages(‘title_li=’); ?>

  74. Avatar June 10th, 2007 at 10:49 pm RoneTyne Says:

    I removed the code from the header.php file and it got rid of the home page link. Thanks Tara!!

  75. Avatar June 15th, 2007 at 6:24 pm Will Says:

    Tara – I am using your Close To Attraction adaptation of the Andreas theme on a new blog. Now that I have a few comments, I noticed that the comments under each post are hard to differentiate from each other.

    The only thing setting off one comment from another is a single black circle bullet. The comments are not numbered and the background is the same behind all the comments. It is very difficult to tell where one comment leaves off and another starts.

    Do you have any suggestions? I looked at a few comment plugins, but they changed function, not appearance.

    Thank you.

  76. Avatar June 15th, 2007 at 7:11 pm Will Says:

    I figured out by putting the original comment.php file back that I must have made an edit that caused the comment numbers to be replaced by a bullet. So far, I have not been able to track down where the numbering code is in the comment.php file.

    It will help if I can get the comment numbering to work again, but… That the Close To Attraction theme does not seem to set off one comment from another with different backgrounds or a box, or some other way, is something I have no idea how to change.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you.

  77. Avatar June 20th, 2007 at 11:33 pm Aruni Says:

    I just sent you an email as well…before I found this post. I love this theme but can’t figure out how to get rid of the About text in the right hand side. I’ve looked everywhere in WordPress. http://www.babblesoft.com/blog.



  78. Avatar June 24th, 2007 at 2:42 pm Will Says:

    Is anyone using this theme with the latest versions, 2.2. of WP? Is it compatible? I have read that 2.2 broke something in the blogroll or sidebar for many themes.

  79. Avatar July 3rd, 2007 at 8:38 pm Martin Says:

    I am using Andreas04 and just about all subscribers say it is their favorite theme. I do have one question about the theme and trying to use the plugin Expand-comments to open and display comments without page refresh.


    On the Andreas04 and 09 themes the comments are NOT opening on the same page, but rather a refresh and redirect to a new page is given. The BACK button must be utilized after reading or submitting a comment.

    On the Connections and WP-Multiflex-3 themes this AJAX feature seems to work just fine and any comments and box for new comment loads and displays right below the original post without page refresh. Do you know of any reason why
    this plugin will not work on Andreas04???

  80. Avatar July 6th, 2007 at 3:22 pm Will Says:

    Tara has not been in this thread for a while, but I’ll have another question anyway… If anyone else using her “closer to attraction” adaptation of the Andreas04 theme can help, please post.

    I want to have more differentiation between comments. Right now each comment is numbered, but there is no line between each comment or a box around each one or an alternating color background for adjacent comments. It is hard to visually tell where one comment ends and the nest starts.

    I have tried to edit the them to make each comment stand more on its own, but have not been able to figure out what to edit. Nothing I have tried so far works.

    Anyone have any ideas?


  81. Avatar July 8th, 2007 at 2:51 pm Tara Says:

    @Will: If you just want to differentiate between posts, you simply have to edit the stylesheet. Scroll to the bottom and add “.commentlist li”, then style as you wish. If, instead, you want to differentiate between odd and even comments (for more contrast), you can download the newest version of this theme (dated today). Without having to replace your entire theme (and all your customizations, follow these three steps:

    1. Replace your current comments.php with the file in this new version
    2. Copy oddgrad.png and evengrad.png into your Anderas04/images directory
    3. Add these two styles to the bottom of your stylesheet:

    .commentlist li.alt {
    background: url(images/oddgrad.png) no-repeat top;
    margin: 10px 0;
    .commentlist li {
    background: url(images/evengrad.png) no-repeat top;

    Then, if you don’t like my images, simply create your own. =)

  82. Avatar July 8th, 2007 at 2:56 pm Tara Says:

    @Aruni: It’s either a widget you can deactivate, or, if you’re not using widgets, something you can manually delete from sidebar.php.

  83. Avatar July 8th, 2007 at 2:57 pm Tara Says:

    @Martin: Sorry, dude. I have no idea why things do and don’t work with this theme – I’m newer to these things than most of you!

  84. Avatar July 8th, 2007 at 5:07 pm Will Says:

    Thanks Tara! I a guessing that your new version of the “close to attraction” adaptation works with WP 2.2. Great!

    And thanks for the instructions for implementing without changing everything. On the one hand, having the latest version of a theme is a good idea. On the other hand, trying to put back all customizations is an incredible chore!

  85. Avatar July 9th, 2007 at 10:25 am Tara Says:

    @Will: Yeah, I heavily customize every theme I use, and I find it an incredible pain when I have to redo all those customizations… And, I assume everything works well in WP2.2 – I haven’t had any trouble with the theme yet. Granted, I don’t use it as my main theme – if you run into any issues, let me know? No guarantees that I’ll be able to fix them, but I’ll at least try.

  86. Avatar July 9th, 2007 at 11:35 pm tom Says:

    Tara, I tried your comments “upgrade” (I wouldn’t begin to know where all my hacks have been so a full install is out of the question) but it broke my comments. Basically, the comment box (where you enter the comments) which previously had stayed the same size as the main body column now stretched all the way across the screen and into my side columns. Not a big deal for me (I was just tinkering) but I thought you’d like to know.

  87. Avatar July 10th, 2007 at 9:03 am Tara Says:

    @Tom: It is good to know – thanks!. What did you do to fix it? (I tested in FF and IE7 and didn’t have any trouble…)

  88. Avatar July 10th, 2007 at 9:26 am tom Says:

    I switched it back to the old version. I’m not sure if that is technically a “fix” though ;) .

  89. Avatar July 10th, 2007 at 2:38 pm Tara Says:

    @Tom: Fair enough. I was trying to be lazy. =) It’s fixed in the current version, now. Here are the changed bits:

    1. Change cols=”100%” to cols=”60%” the last time it appears in comments.php
    2. Replace your images/evengrad.png and images/oddgrad.png with the current images

  90. Avatar July 10th, 2007 at 2:51 pm tom Says:

    Ah… that did it. You are a Lady and a scholar!

  91. Avatar July 11th, 2007 at 2:15 pm Joshua Says:

    Hi there,

    Great theme! I’ve been using one version of it or another since March, 2007.

    I’m wondering, is there any way to change the page index that appears in the header so that it is a smaller font? Currently the font is large enough to force the page index in the header to appear in two rows. When you hover over the top row, the hyperlink to the page in the bottom row is highlighted.

    You’ll see what I mean at my site when you hover over “Content/Bios” the “Ad Specs” link below lights up.

    Any thoughts?


  92. Avatar July 11th, 2007 at 3:24 pm Tara Says:

    @Joshua: Find “#menu a” in the stylesheet and reduce the font size.

  93. Avatar July 11th, 2007 at 6:01 pm Joshua Says:


    That worked! Sort of… is there any way to get the menu into a single row with a larger font?

    If I add more pages it will create an additional row, but I don’t plan on adding any more pages…

    So, if I could increase the font without the text automatically wrapping to another row, this would be ideal…


  94. Avatar July 15th, 2007 at 10:23 pm Tara Says:

    @Joshua: Just keep playing with the font size or reduce the number of pages. Unfortunately, it just won’t fit otherwise.

  95. Avatar July 23rd, 2007 at 4:57 pm Will Says:

    Hi Tara: I thought you might have an idea about how I can do the following? I don’t expect you to actually do it, just maybe you have an idea where I should go from here.

    I like the 2 sidebars for everything except for post titles. I don’t like my titles to wrap to two lines, so I try to keep them short enough to fit across one line of a sidebar.

    What I want to do is have a section for the recent post titles above the two sidebars. This section would span the width of the two sidebars below it and allow me to have titles twice as long, yet still on one line.

    I have tried a few things, but with no luck. Any ideas?


  96. Avatar July 23rd, 2007 at 5:15 pm Will Says:

    Sometimes I make things harder than they need be. Here is what I finally did. Tara, please tell me if you see a problem with this.

    Your text area spans above both sidebars. So I put the code to call the recent posts in there and commented it out below where it was. Seems to work. Do you see any issues with doing it this way?


  97. Avatar July 23rd, 2007 at 9:41 pm Tara Says:

    @Will: No problem at all. In fact, if I’d answered your first post, I’d have had you do exactly that!

  98. Avatar July 27th, 2007 at 6:58 pm Will Says:

    Tara – Something I can’t figure out about the data displaying under each post on my site. It looks fine in Firefox, but in IE, the date is missing and the link to edit posts is missing. I did make some minor customizations to this area, but can’t see anything how any of those changes would cause the problem. Do you have any ideas to point me at the problem?

    I did notice that Tom, above, has the same problem on his site when viewed in IE, so it is not just me.


  99. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 2:23 pm Will Says:

    OK – I tried to fix the date not displaying in IE, but after quite some time had no luck.

    I then looked at as many sites as I could find using this theme. Some are in this thread, eg: shutterbug, bree, Rob Safuto, and others I found by searching. I also looked at a couple of sites that list their theme as Andreas04, but don’t say anything about “close to attraction”. I don’t know if their theme is a different one or if they just removed the credits, but they also do not display post dates in IE.

    In no instance did I find a site that, when viewed with IE, displayed the date under the post.

    Any ideas?


  100. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 3:56 pm Will Says:

    More info on this. I discovered that you can hover over the place where the date should be and the link to the date is clickable. The date just does not visually display. So it is working except for actually showing the date in the space where it should be.

  101. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 4:13 pm Will Says:

    I got this reply on another forum:

    “if the date displays fine in ff, there isn’t anything wrong with the PHP

    It’s a CSS issue, in other words.”

    But……. I still can’t find the issue in the style sheet!

  102. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 5:32 pm Will Says:

    Argg! I can’t fix this. I even put all the original theme files back temporarily to see if the bug was there in the virgin theme. It is.

    Hopefully Tara can figure this out.

  103. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 7:13 pm Will Says:

    I sort of feel like I am conversing with myself here. LOL!

    Anyway someone with more knowledge of this than me may eventually be able to figure it out from my bumbling clues!

    I tried changing the single.php call to date from a span to a div. This DID allow the date to be displayed in IE, but messed up the font size, formatting and bumped my sidebars to the bottom. So maybe that is a clue, but I could not accurately implement it.

  104. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 7:42 pm Will Says:

    Figured out that this is not an issue in IE7, only IE6.

    Someone who looked at the source of my page suggested the following, which I will try to implement. It’s a bit beyond me, but Tara may see something in it she can use.

    The first thing I see is that you are trying to float divs inside a P tag, which is never that great of an idea:


    I would first turn meta into a div. Then instead of using a single div to float the date left, use one for the left data, and one for the right, clearing after them. Something like this:

    (post date code)

    (posted by, leave a comment, etc..)

    (categories and trackback links here)

  105. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 7:52 pm Will Says:

    I give up on trying to post the code. It is all stripped out for some reason. Delete the last two posts. Here is a link to the WP pastebin with the suggestions in it. Two ways in case links won’t post here either!

    h t t p : / / wordpress pastebin ca / 638620


  106. Avatar August 8th, 2007 at 4:49 am ???? ????? Says:


  107. Avatar August 20th, 2007 at 11:31 pm RoneTyne Says:


    Quick one for you. How do I turn the logo in the top left of my blog (I replaced your logo with my own)into a link back to the homepage? I thought I knew how, but I couldn’t seem to get it to work.



  108. Avatar August 22nd, 2007 at 7:29 pm Will Says:

    Does anyone know how to make the comment form remember users when they go to post a comment? Like the comment form here does? On my site, a commenter has to fill in the form every time. (Even and administrator like me!) I can’t seem to get it to remember people.

  109. Avatar August 23rd, 2007 at 6:44 pm Gnate una cuenta Rapidshare | NOWHERELAND blogs Says:

    [...] nombre es Andreas04, y su autor es Tara Aukerman. ste es el tema que actualmente usamos en NOWHERELAND blogs. Consta de tres columnas [...]

  110. Avatar August 23rd, 2007 at 7:33 pm Andreas04 (en espaol latinoamericano) | Rincn de un Anacoreta Apstata Says:

    [...] nombre es Andreas04, y su autor es Tara Aukerman. ste es el tema que actualmente usamos en NOWHERELAND blogs. Consta de tres columnas [...]

  111. Avatar August 28th, 2007 at 6:50 pm Will Says:

    Well Tara has not been in this thread for over a month and there is only one post on August 13 in the blog. Hope things are OK.

    I just now noticed that this them does not have any code in the header php file that allows feeds to be auto discovered. Does anyone know why that is or where else in the theme that code might be?

    I have two different ways to get a feed on my site, but search engines and people trying to automatically discover my feed can’t find them that way.

  112. Avatar August 29th, 2007 at 3:50 pm Tara Says:

    Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Will.

    @Will: In response to your first question, I don’t know. I went over to the WordPress forums to see if anyone had a quick fix and saw a post that I’m guess you wrote… and that no one has answered so far. I’m sorry I can’t really offer anything to you. As far as I know, it’s a cookies thing, and that requires programming. I’m no programmer! One possibility: cookies are restricted or not allowed by your computer. Have you checked to see that you’re allowing cookies? I don’t seem to have trouble making it remember my information (at least for the short term while I was testing), and as far as I can tell, the code IS checking to see if it remembers you…

    Your second question: I’m not quite sure I know what you’re talking about, and it could just be my inexperience speaking here. Mind elaborating on “allowing feeds to be auto discovered”? By whom/what? Are you talking about RSS, or something different?

    @RoneTyne: Wrap whatever you’ve used in this link tag (replace “YOURLOGO” with whatever code you’ve got):
    <a href="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>">YOURLOGO</a>

  113. Avatar August 30th, 2007 at 1:20 pm Will Says:

    Hi Tara! Glad you are here and well.

    On the first question, I also think it is a cookie thing. I have no trouble on most sites. I think if you (or others in your family) have logged on to a WP site from the same computer using more than one login, then there are two different cookies for the same site and it is left blank as the computer does not know which one to fill in. Clearing out ALL cookies seems to fix this at least until you re-create the problem again by two different logins to the same site.

    On the second issue, most WP themes have code in their header that allows auto discovery of rss feeds. I will find some and put it in the WP Pastebin and send you the link so you can look at it.

  114. Avatar August 30th, 2007 at 10:14 pm Tara Says:

    @Will: Thanks for the explanation and the offer of code – I’ll add it to the download of the theme so it’s better for the next round of folks. By posting your solution here, you’re helping everyone who’s already got it. Thank you!

  115. Avatar August 31st, 2007 at 1:23 pm uberdose Says:

    Hi Tara, your theme is in wide use as I can see :) I have written a plugin called All in one SEO pack which relies on wp_head() being called on every page, like it is done in the default theme. Would be great if this was already contained in Andreas04. Then of course there shouldn’t be any META descriptions or keywords there anymore since they are handled by the SEO pack. If they aren’t unique to each page they *could* cause harm in some search engines. I can send you a patch (literally) or a zipped distribution of your theme with changed content if you want.

  116. Avatar August 31st, 2007 at 4:51 pm Will Says:

    Tara I edited the header php file to make the rss auto-discoverable. The way I did it will only work for sites that use the Feedburner feedsmith plugin.

    But the way to make it work correctly is discussed in the following Feedburner help topic.


  117. Avatar September 3rd, 2007 at 4:22 pm Tara Says:

    @uberdose: Thanks for announcing it – go ahead and post a link for other users. I’m not going to add anything to the theme that will make it require another plugin, but I’m sure users will appreciate your patch.

    @Will: Thanks for the link! When I get some time, I’ll add the code to the theme and repost the download.

  118. Avatar September 7th, 2007 at 12:37 am RoneTyne Says:


    Sorry I’m a noob. I can’t seem to get it to work. I have this code in my header.php file

    <div id="sitetitle">
    <h1><a href="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>"><?php bloginfo('name'); ?></a></h1>
    <img src="images/bloglogoheader2.jpg" alt=" " />
    <h2><?php bloginfo('description'); ?></h2>

    <div id="menu">
    <?php wp_list_pages('sort_column=menu_order&title_li=' ); ?>

    The logo is actually loaded from the style.css file in this section
    background: center url(images/bloglogoheader2.jpg) no-repeat; /* Delete this line to remove the animated globe */
    width: 100%;
    color: #333;

    Any idea how I get the image bloglogoheader2.jpg to be a link to home.thesheep.ca?

    Thanks again.

  119. Avatar September 7th, 2007 at 9:42 am Tara Says:

    @RoneTyne: Move the image code
    <img src="images/bloglogoheader2.jpg" alt=" " />

    so that it takes the place of
    <?php bloginfo('name'); ?>

  120. Avatar September 7th, 2007 at 9:44 am Tara Says:

    @ALL: To enter code into a comment so that it displays when you submit:

    1. Copy the code into the comment box
    2. Replace every “<” with “&lt;”

    I know it’s kludgy, but I don’t have time to fix the comment box. =)

  121. Avatar September 7th, 2007 at 5:33 pm RoneTyne Says:

    Can you take a look? Now there is a blue bar at the top of my header that is the link, but the logo itself is not linked =( Sorry for being such a pain. The code in my header.php read as follows:

    <div id=”sitetitle”>
    <h1><a href=”<?php bloginfo(‘url’); ?>”><img src=”images/bloglogoheader2.jpg” alt=” “</a></h1>
    <h2><?php bloginfo(‘description’); ?></h2>

    <div id=”menu”>
    <?php wp_list_pages(‘sort_column=menu_order&title_li=’ ); ?>

  122. Avatar September 7th, 2007 at 11:30 pm Tara Says:

    @RoneTyne: Ah – I see. Your image is a background image, and not included in the header. And the image link you included in your header code above isn’t actually a link to the image.

    So. You won’t be able to link from the image if it’s in the background… Try this and see if it works for you. Change the “images/bloglogoheader2.jpg” to “http://home.thesheep.ca/wp-content/themes/Andreas04/images/bloglogoheader2.jpg” so it calls the image correctly, and comment out the “background” line of the style in the stylesheet… You should end up with a linked image. You’ll have to do some additional styling so it doesn’t have a border.

  123. Avatar September 9th, 2007 at 3:10 pm RoneTyne Says:


    As usual you are amazing, it worked like a charm!! I got rid of the border around the logo (or rather made it black like the background) but when I highlight hover over the logo it get’s the hover animation. So I commented that out on the stylesheet but then the hover animation disappears for all the links in the sidebar. I’ve left the hover animation in for now, but was wondering if having it removed for the header logo but remaining for everything was and easy fix or even possible? Thanks again.

  124. Avatar September 10th, 2007 at 9:24 am Tara Says:

    @RoneTyne: Try adding “text-decoration: none;” to both #sitetitle a and #sitetitle a:hover.

  125. Avatar September 27th, 2007 at 7:44 am TechnologyTales.com | Post titles on Technorati Says:

    [...] uses the permalink titles when extracting post summaries from WordPress.com blogs and in the Andreas04 theme that I am using, these are all hard-coded as "Permalink". I have left the [...]

  126. Avatar October 8th, 2007 at 4:49 pm keith Says:

    Help. I created a number of pages on my site, when I converted to your theme (which I love), all of the pages now appear in the header and crowd it out big time. It’s a wordpress based blog. I really only want two pages shown in the header, “Home” and “About”. If I can’t have just those two, then I would opt for none.


  127. Avatar October 8th, 2007 at 11:00 pm Tara Says:

    @Keith: If by “wordpress based” you mean that your blog is hosted by wordpress.com, I can’t help you. I did the original port of the theme into php, but the guys at wordpress.com adapted it for use with their engine. You can post your question on the forums there, but I’m guessing they’ll tell you they can’t change the theme just for you (since so many other people are using it)… I’m sorry I can’t be any more help! If you mean you’re running wordpress on your own site, send me a link so I can see what’s going on. I’ll be glad to try and help.

  128. Avatar October 9th, 2007 at 12:57 am Keith Says:

    sorry for confusion, it’s my site that I am running wordpress on. basically, i just need to know which php or css to edit and how. also, which entry in the css can i change to decrease the font sizes which appear in blue?

    Thanks so much.

  129. Avatar October 9th, 2007 at 4:34 pm Tara Says:

    @Keith: Remove this line of code from header.php to get rid of the page links:
    <?php wp_list_pages('title_li='); ?>
    and to change the size of the link text, edit “a” and “a:hover” in the stylesheet.

  130. Avatar October 14th, 2007 at 5:24 am khalilanddiday Says:

    Hi, we are using the Andreas o4 and we love it, as do many people here. our problem is that we have pages we are adding, but we don’t want sub pages displayed in the header, only the parent pages. The sub pages we want to be displayed after our users click on the parent page. We activated this sub page plugin, took out the wp_list code as you suggest in this forum here, all to no avail. we still cannot get the sub pages, which we designated in manage pages, to go away. Any help that ANYONE can give us would be so greatly appreciated!!! Please help! Thanks in advance

  131. Avatar October 15th, 2007 at 6:27 pm Will Says:

    Keith – you can also use the “exclude” within the wp list pages code to only list the pages you want in the header. I do that on my site. I have several more pages that I do not show in my header.


  132. Avatar October 15th, 2007 at 6:34 pm Will Says:

    Kahl – You could do the same thing. Just exclude the numbers of the pages you don’t want to show.

    I don’t know for sure about displaying them after users click on the parent page. I make all my pages parents. You could probably implement something like making the sub pages links on the relevant parent page.


  133. Avatar October 16th, 2007 at 8:45 am khalilanddiday Says:

    Thanks guys. I am already using the exclude feature but it’s such a pain. I mean, why have the functionality of having parent child relationships if we cannot control how they are displayed (or not) I want to establish links to my sub pages AFTER the parent page is clicked on. I just don’t want them on my header bar. it looks sloppy. Anyway, I created a page list on the sidebar that lists everything, while excluding the id numbers of the new pages I created. Thanks for your input, but I hope there can be a better way! By the way, the site is
    http://khalilanddiday.com any critiques and suggestions are very very welcome by us
    -Khalil & Diday

  134. Avatar October 17th, 2007 at 10:14 am keithg Says:

    Granted, this may not be the best place to direct my question, but I am at a loss for good information. I really need the functionality of the Daiko YouTube widget and the ajoining Thickbox plugin – or at least something similar. I have tried everything but still cannot get the videos to open and play. I would greatly apreciate any suggestions.

  135. Avatar October 29th, 2007 at 10:10 pm RoneTyne Says:


    I can’t seem to figur out why my rss feed won’t work? Any suggestions?

  136. Avatar November 3rd, 2007 at 9:06 pm Will Says:

    What do yo mean exactly? What is not working? Take a look at my comments here on August 30 and 31. If that is your issue, try what I did to fix it.

    Other than that, I can’t see what you mean. I was able to subscribe to your feed just fine.

    btw….. Those are some awfully cute pumpkin carving pictures!


  137. Avatar November 3rd, 2007 at 9:18 pm Will Says:

    Rone – Sorry! My bad… I did it too fast and loaded Tara’s rss feed and HER cute pumpkin carving pictures.

    I was not able to discover a feed for for your site, even when requesting it directly. i get errors even when entering the following directly:

    However, I can view your feed by clicking on the link in your sidebar. I just can’t subscribe to it. Strange.

  138. Avatar November 4th, 2007 at 4:47 pm Tara Says:

    @RT – is home.thesheep.ca your WP install directory, or are you redirecting to that URL?

    @Will – thanks! =)

  139. Avatar November 8th, 2007 at 12:49 am RoneTyne Says:

    That’s the root for the WP install.

  140. Avatar November 25th, 2007 at 1:36 pm RoneTyne Says:

    What code do you use to change the text color of the comments? I realized the grey I was using isn’t very readable on a black background. Thanks.

  141. Avatar November 26th, 2007 at 12:14 am Prakash K.C. Says:

    Would you suggest me about any multimedia plugins which work here finely?

  142. Avatar November 26th, 2007 at 10:34 am Tara Says:

    @RT – Add a class to your stylesheet:
    .commentlist {color: #FFF;}

  143. Avatar November 27th, 2007 at 1:29 am Prakash K.C. Says:

    Hi, Tara.
    You don’t need to be praised anymore about your creation by every one who wants to get some advice from you, do you ? Well, your theme certainly is a excellent. Before I had tiga theme, on where the anarchy_media player plugin was running excellent. But, I was quite wondering..why that same plugin doesn’t work here? I know, you would tell me, you are not plugin master, but, you know, I want to believe that you know everything. I love you theme very much and don’t wanna let it go and I even need any multimedia player for my website. Please..please..please Tara..
    Help me out for this, suggest me to way IN.
    Thanks a lot for your advice, in advance.
    From Hong Kong

  144. Avatar December 5th, 2007 at 4:58 pm Will Says:

    Hi Tara. I am still using your theme and do love it. The one thing that does keep causing trouble is the way your header.php file is written. Anytime I need to do something that depends on the standard type of header file like in the default theme, it won’t work with this one.

    I don’t full understand why, but I think it might be related to what uberdose posted here in his comment on August 31st.

    If you ever update the theme, it would be great to fix this. Thanks!


  145. Avatar December 12th, 2007 at 12:02 pm Eugene Says:

    Hi Tara!
    Thanks much for great theme.
    Do you plan to update it for WP 2.3.1?
    It seems that theme still tries to insert new category to wp_category table, which was eliminated in version 2.3
    I lately upgraded from 2.2.3 to 2.3.1 and now cannot add category to my blog :)


  146. Avatar December 14th, 2007 at 5:04 pm Will Says:

    Hi Tara. We found that rss feeds are auto-discoverable on the post generated pages of this theme, but are not discoverable on static pages.

    We have not been able to fix it yet, but are thinking it is another issue created by the lack of the head section in the header php file and dependence on the head sections of the index, page, and single files.


  147. Avatar February 23rd, 2008 at 10:35 pm tom Says:


    Apparently, the date isn’t displaying on IE6. I see you mentioned a hack and I compared my index and single files to the newest ones and they are the same. Any way you can let me know what that hack was so that I can insert it? Thx.

  148. Avatar February 25th, 2008 at 6:39 pm Tara Says:

    @Tom: The hack involved displaying the span as a block element. Try changing <span class=”date”></span> to <div class=”date”></div>. I don’t have IE6, so I can’t test it myself…

  149. Avatar February 26th, 2008 at 12:08 am tom Says:

    Nope. That made the text a little larger and removed the space between the date and the rest of the information (usually on the right). In IE6 it was the same except that you still couldn’t see the date.

    Personally, I’m not that concerned about it so don’t kill yourself trying to come up with a fix. I get tons of complements on the theme anyways – date or no. :)

  150. Avatar March 15th, 2008 at 2:12 pm Freeman Says:

    Hello Tara & Andreas and thanks for your great theme for WP. i’m having 1 issue either because i can’t get RSS with Internet Explorer (i’ve registred to Feedburner to permit my visitors to register RSS)

    other pb : i don’t know how to desactivate img border that link to page. have you got an idea for that ? i’ve checked on CSS but did’nt found what i’m looking for in 2 hours (getting crazy)

    thanks for your help, kind regards, Julien

  151. Avatar March 20th, 2008 at 1:44 pm Joseph A. Nagy, Jr. Says:

    Hi there, thanks for the great theme but I am having an issue with it. Whenever I go to look at a specific post, instead of using the post title in the browser title bar, it uses the theme name instead. Is this a feature or a bug and how would I go about fixing it in my installation?

  152. Avatar March 26th, 2008 at 11:34 am Cassandra Says:

    Hello Tara, thanks for the awesome theme! I am loving it and have made a few minor adjustments. I have a question, though, is there a way for me to lighten the background slightly? I’ve tried adjusting the CSS manually and that isn’t working. I appreciate any help!

  153. Avatar April 2nd, 2008 at 9:26 pm Tara Says:

    Better late than never, right kids?

    @Julien: Have you changed the link in the sidebar to point to Feedburner for your RSS feed? And the image borders are all in the CSS – for example, all images that appear in posts are styled “.entry img” – find the class and edit the style.

    @Joseph: Scroll up and read through the comments. This is something we found after I published the theme (correction: after it was published for me without my knowledge) and there’s a fix in the comments. Alternately, you can download the newest version of the theme (I think it’s fixed there).

    @Cassandra: The CSS just points to the background images – that’s where the color comes from. You’ll have to edit, replace, or remove the background images to lighten them up.

  154. Avatar April 3rd, 2008 at 3:57 pm tom Says:

    Anyone have any idea of what will happen if I upgrade to WP 2.5? This theme will still work, correct? I’m stuck down at 2.1.2 and feeling like I need to upgrade for some of those new plug ins.

  155. Avatar April 3rd, 2008 at 10:03 pm Tara Says:

    @Tom: I did a quick check and things look okay for me. I don’t have any fancy shmancy plugins, but things don’t display differently for me now that I’ve upgraded to WP2.5. Let me know if you have any drama?

  156. Avatar April 10th, 2008 at 11:09 am tom Says:

    Thanks, I will. Should be updating tomorrow *crosses fingers*. I had a friend that just updated his site and forgot to turn off all the plug-ins. What a mess. Note to self – learn from the mistakes of others.

  157. Avatar April 12th, 2008 at 12:53 am tom Says:

    Ok, I’ve done the update and all seems well. No issues. The only thing that I’ve had a problem with is the new contact form plugin is formatted weird (the text and the boxes should be lined up not on top of each other) but I think that is a wordpress issue. I’ve tested a couple of themes and it is the same on both. So any worried about problems with 2.5 – don’t.

  158. Avatar April 25th, 2008 at 12:41 am RoneTyne Says:

    Can anyone tell me how to get the flash under links back in my sidebar? I’ve inadvertently turned this off or commented it out, and I can’t seem to get it working again. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

  159. Avatar May 12th, 2008 at 5:38 pm Francois Says:

    Hi, I like this theme and am currently setting up my blog. I’m struggling to get the “WordPress.com Stats” working. I’ve read on the WordPress plugin faq that I must add some html code, but that is where I ran out of luck – I’m not technical. Please help.

  160. Avatar May 13th, 2008 at 9:42 am tom Says:

    Just add

    before the div.

  161. Avatar May 13th, 2008 at 9:43 am tom Says:

    Damn, thought that would work. OK, just read here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/faq/ and add the code to your footer file.

  162. Avatar July 7th, 2008 at 1:09 pm Shantanu Says:

    Hi Tara…Thanks for a GREAT theme…I just loved it the first time I saw it and am using it on my Wprdpress 2.5 installation here:


    Just one small question – hope you or someone else can help…

    How can I make the comments on my pages “appear”?

    At the moment, they do not seem to be loading…Can you please help?

    Thanks so much…

  163. Avatar July 7th, 2008 at 5:06 pm Shantanu Says:

    Tara, All:

    I discovered how you can do that by “stealing” some code from the single post.php and adding it to the Page.php file


    This is the bit you need to add

    <a href=”"> <!– at –>

    Posted by

    <a href=”">
    <?php edit_post_link(‘Edit’,’ | ‘,”); ?>

  164. Avatar July 16th, 2008 at 10:04 am blog-thing : Upgrading, Decluttering & A Nudge Says:

    [...] theme I’ve settled on for now is the WordPress port of Andreas-04 though I might end up testing some of his other themes [...]

  165. Avatar July 16th, 2008 at 10:08 am Arnav Says:

    I really really want to use this theme, but the problem is that I have been using a theme (Damai) that has the center column as 550 px wide. So I have resized all my images to that size. Now when i apply the wp-Andreas theme, the images overlap the sidebars :(. Can you please please tell me how to tweak the theme to increase the center column width.

  166. Avatar July 24th, 2008 at 1:41 am Braulio Stoker Says:

    Tara, I’m using Andreas04 at http://spin101.wordpress.com and in my own site at http://spin101.com. They’re the same versions of WordPress. The tags appear at wordpress but not at my own site. How much would it cost for you to edit whatever files necessary to get the tags to work in my own site? Please contact me at http://eslbee.com/email.htm or at my email above. I have no experience with this, and that is why I wish to pay to have it done. Thanks!

  167. Avatar July 29th, 2008 at 4:24 pm Carlos Says:

    I downloaded the file and started following the installation instructions. Step 2 says “Copy the
    ‘widgets’ folder…”.

    What ‘widgets’ folder are you talking about? Ther’s no such a folder in what I downloaded.

  168. Avatar September 18th, 2008 at 12:54 pm Shantanu Says:

    Tara: Just a quick note to say thanks.

    I was having the same problem as Briegh (Comment dt 3rd Jul 2006) and it is now fixed.

  169. Avatar November 17th, 2008 at 10:21 pm Edwin Crozier Says:

    For some reason the text in my posts and pages will not wrap around the pictures. No matter what formatting I choose it puts the text as if it is on “None”.

    I’m transferring from the blog I already use at wordpress.com so if you just go to the domain name it will look like it is working fine. However, I would like to fix this before I switch to my wordpress.org version.


  170. Avatar December 11th, 2008 at 1:24 pm blondie Says:

    Hi Tara! There is any way for my blog name to appear in the browser tabs?? Instead of that i see “blog-thing: post name”. here is a print screen:

    And i use firefox. i did the print in explorer to try.

    Thank you!

  171. Avatar December 11th, 2008 at 1:37 pm Tara Says:

    @blondie: Yup. In your theme editor, go to the Single Post (single.php) page. Find the line that starts with <title> and replace “blog-thing” with <?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?>.

  172. Avatar December 12th, 2008 at 5:58 am Blondie Says:

    Hello! Yesterday i tried so much to leave a comment, Tara. But was impossible. I wanted to thank you for the help and for the theme.

    But today i have a BIG problem. I think many of us will love to use the plugin “let it snow”. But is not working. Nor other snow plugins.
    in the FAQ of the plugin they say this:

    “It’s not working

    If it does not work for you. Check that your theme has the wp_head() function call in header.php. If it does not, add just before the closing tag. If you have questions or need help, leave a comment here.”

    And there is no way to find in my header.php :(
    If you don’t mind you will think of a way to help us with this?

  173. Avatar December 12th, 2008 at 6:29 am Blondie Says:

    Ok. I did this and it’s working!

    (without spaces)
    Thank you one more time for the great theme!

  174. Avatar December 12th, 2008 at 6:33 am Blondie Says:

    Ok. I did this and it’s working!
    ? php wp_head(); ?
    with carats :)
    Thank you one more time for the great theme!

  175. Avatar December 12th, 2008 at 1:12 pm Blondie Says:

    Hello Tara!

    sorry to bother again. update!

    it worked the snow perfectly. But NOT in internet explorer. was an error saying “internet explorer can’t open this page” and if i clicked “ok” was saying “the web page dont exist, bla bla. ”

    if i leave the header modified it loads in IE, but only without the let it snow. i tried another 2 snow plugins. same result. :(

    i use wp 2.7 and the plugins are working perfectly in firefox. My readers are asking me to put the snow back, but most of them have IE7. And there will be NO WAY for them to open the site.

    can you test it and tell me how to modify the header.php? seems like almost all the plugins requires wp_head() being called on every page or at least in header.php

  176. Avatar December 13th, 2008 at 5:48 pm Richard Says:

    Tara, I cant find where to click for the next post or previous post at the bottom of the page, I allowed for 10 post per page but cant find where to go to the next or previous post
    Can you help me with that, Thanks Richard

  177. Avatar January 23rd, 2009 at 9:52 am Andreas Says:

    Hi Tara, I hope everything is fine with you! I read the notice that you will not provide any more support for the theme. If you want the theme to live on and continue to be supported, I would be happy to take over the responsibility for it. You would of course get all the credits you deserve for the great work you have done throughout these years, but any support inquiries, bug reports and feature requests would end up in my mailbox instead of yours. Let me know if this sounds fair, and I’ll add it to my v2.7 update queue. :)

  178. Avatar October 14th, 2012 at 5:37 am Mckinley Says:

    I like it when people get together and share views.
    Great website, continue the good work!

  179. Avatar May 6th, 2013 at 3:58 am Joseph Says:

    I’m transferring from the blog I already use at wordpress.com so if you just go to the domain name it will look like it is working fine. However, I would like to fix this before I switch to my wordpress.org version.
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