Emptiness Theme v0.1

Introducing Emptiness Theme v0.1 .

Since I started using WordPress few months ago, I’ve tried various minimalist themes available from WordPress Theme Viewer, but none of them really suits me. So, just like any designer-wannabe, I rolled out my own minimalist theme. It’s available for download, though I’m still trying to register it on WordPress Theme Viewer. I don’t know what’s wrong with Theme Viewer, they must be really busy with backlogs of registrations to process, or they’re totally ignoring the current Theme Viewer and currently building a better system.

Creating a WordPress theme was actually quite pleasant. PHP might not be the most elegant thing out there, but it does the job. I must give a standing ovation to WordPress Codex, it is one of the bests if not the best open source documentation.

There are some of my Blojsom themes that never saw the light of day, I’ll port them to WordPress later. Have theme? Will port!

49 thoughts on “Emptiness Theme v0.1

  1. Hello,

    I saw your theme and loved it. I left a question at the google page asking about widget-compatibility, but after downloading and running it, I’ve answered my question…. it isn’t widgetised.

    Will you be adding a widget function to your theme any time soon? I’d have used for my blog if it was widgetised, but as it stands…. anyway just wanted to say it’s a nice theme and I love it!

  2. Hi!

    Some days ago I stumbled across your theme (on the new theme directory of wordpress.org) and immediately liked it. So I chose this one to make my very own more colourful WP Theme based on your Emptiness. Yesterday I visited your blog here and read about version 0.2. It is up on wordpress.org now! Thanks for widgetizing, I actualized my theme right away.

    Just wanted to say thank you for a great base for my very own theme. :)

    Greets from Berlin, Germany

  3. Love the theme! Query: comments on posts older than 14 days don’t show up. Is this a function of the theme itself? Can I disable it?

  4. hi i am looking to place an image instead of having text as the title. Could you indicate the best way to go about it?


  5. Simon – I don’t know exactly what you are trying to accomplish, but if wonder if you are trying to do what I did (www.pittsburghventures.com)? I put an image into the header, and then made the title 0px so that it wouldn’t show. It all seems to work well.


  6. Simon, the easiest way is to have a look at header.php and find h1 tag. That’s where you can add your image in place of the text.
    Another way to do it is to modify the style.css, find ‘div#header div.main h1’, and add a background image for the title and set the font size to 0, just like what Alan suggested.

    Alan, I can’t think of anything within the theme that might cause the blog post title to disappear. I’m using WP2.7 and as you can see, the post titles are showed just fine. Could you try deactivating the plugins and temporarily removing any widget that you are using? If the problem disappears with just the theme, then try adding the plugin and widget one by one. Alternatively, try upgrading to the latest version of the theme. Don’t forget to keep a back up of any customisation you made.

  7. great theme, thank you for providing it!:)
    i would like to have it without the head image, when i take it off, the content of the pages keeps starting lower, at the end of the left menu,…
    how can i push it up, just under the headline?

  8. stephanie, the theme is designed to be grid-like and unfortunately not column-based. so to do what you want, you have to modify the layout manually.
    The easiest way is probably:
    – modify header.php, remove/comment out the second div class=”item” .
    – use widgets for the header right sidebar to add the page navigation, tags, and categories (those which used to be displayed at the sides of the header image).

  9. hi cliffano, thank you for your answer, and your advice! ..i’ll ask a php programmer about this, since i’m not into it.
    all the best

  10. I just downloaded this WP theme and installed it on a different website. The theme viewer doesn’t work for me (maybe a bug in the theme’s code somewhere?) but other than that, it works very well.

    I really like the look and feel of it =).

  11. Hi Cliffano,

    I love the theme… I want to use it for my personal website but would also like to have a different header for the different pages of my website… I am using WP as a CMS not just for as a blog management system.

    I was thinking maybe a header for my contact me section another for my demo section etc.

    Can you help?

  12. I seem to have a lot of white space between the header image and my posts. Also in the right column. And I need to change header image. Can you help? Thank you!

    1. Pam,

      Please check out the FAQ section on the wiki page at http://code.google.com/p/bitpress/wiki/Emptiness

      # Q: Why is there a huge space between the header and the post?

      A: This happens when either the Header Left sidebar or the Header Right sidebar has a lot of content that takes up space longer than the height of the header image. It’s usually caused by widgets that are placed on Header Left sidebar or Header Right sidebar, you should move them to Body Right sidebar instead.

      # Q: How to change the header image?

      A: Create your own header image (file name must be header.jpg) with the exact dimension 500 pixels in width and 265 pixels in height. Replace the original header file wp-content/themes/emptiness/header.jpg with your own header.jpg .


  13. Hello,this theme is pretty good.Many thanks for your job,but here is a question.When I try to show code samples in my post,using wordpress plugin Code Markup,if the code is too long,the right sidebar will get pushed down below the body.Well I have read your F.A.Q and known this could only happen on IE6.To Solve the problem I have to press Enter when editing the code sample.However I guess that is not a good option.

  14. Hi there! Thank you very much for this theme, I love it and it is perfect for my blog. My only issue is that for some reason the comments do not display properly. I know absolutely nothing about php coding, so maybe you could help a wee bit? The error on my page says this:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function wp_list_comments() in /var/www/vhosts/hipsterette.com/httpdocs/blog/wp-content/themes/emptiness.2/comments.php on line 20

    below each post, instead of listing the comments.

    how might I go about fixing this?

    thank you :)

  15. I really like this theme, thanks for making it available!
    my only problem is that the link to make comments doesn’t work when clicked on and is there some way to move the information in the left post sidebar to under the actual post/


    1. louise, I had a look at your blog and found out that not only the ‘leave a comment’ link doesn’t work, but also the permalink for each post (click on the title). It looks like your setting doesn’t handle %postname.html% .

      Would you be able to try the following:
      – Go to your blog admin -> Settings -> Permalinks. On Custom Structure field, change %postname.html% to %postname% . Check if the links are working.
      – If it still doesn’t work, try few other themes and check if the problem also occurs on those other themes.

      Please let me know how you go with it.

      Re moving the link from the left to be below the post, unfortunately you’ll have to modify the theme’s code for that, please have a look at index.php file.

  16. Hi Cliffano,

    I have something to ask about.

    It is by default when we want to reply a comment within this theme, the page reload into uri: …/#respond.

    Can we make it just pop up under the comment we would like to reply without reloading the page?


    1. Cahya, it’s on my list now and should be doable :). Will get to it after I finished unpacking 35 boxes of belongings and assembling 5 more furnitures O_o.

      Thank you for raising the issue and for using the theme.

  17. Hi there, I am enjoying your theme.

    I have one pesky problem: only a few past post links show up on the right under ‘recent posts’, and I’d like them all to show. I’m goodbonfire.com if you would like to see for yourself. Any ideas? thank you,

    Hannah B.

    1. Hi Hannah,

      Do you happen to use a widget to display the recent post links? If so, perhaps the widget has a setting where you can change the number of recent post links.
      By default (without widget), the sidebar should be able to display 10 of them.

  18. I don’t think I am using any sort of widget, but I must admit, I’m not sure what you mean by widget here. Like a plug in? Maybe that would help if you have one to recommend…

    The default seems to display only five blog posts to the right. I have combed all areas and don’t see a place to change that display, unfortunately. Thanks very much for your help. Any suggestions or recommendations?

  19. Problem solved. The widget area was the answer. I’d never ventured into ‘widgets’ before, but now have switched my recent posts to 15 from 5, which was somehow the default.

    thanks for the tip and the theme.

    1. I’m glad you got it sorted. You can say a widget as something like a plugin for a theme. In Emptiness Theme’s case, if you have a recent post widget then it overrides the default recent post setting. Widget gives you better control over the components on a theme.

  20. Hello Cliffano! Hello and respect from Great Russia! Where i can download new theme Emptiness version 1.12? I’m really need it! I will wait your answer!

    Best Regards, Evgeny Afonsky

    1. I have submitted v1.13.2 to WordPress Themes web site, it usually takes several weeks until someone reviews the theme. Hopefully everything goes well.

  21. I really love your theme. This is my first time designing my own music website. I’m a novice at this, so hope this hasnt been addressed elsewhere:

    two issues i cant figure out:

    1: how to make the left sidebar go away on posts (not pages). it doubles the right sidebar on my homepage where ive added a post.

    2: i read that the sidebar lengths are just determined by how much info is there? but my top left side bar will never list all of my pages ( i assumed there were too many for widget to display). i even installed a widget for drop down menu….which works ok, but its still not quite right.

    any help with these issues would be appreciated ..

    thanks a million


  22. Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for using Emptiness Theme.

    Re your questions:

    1. I can’t see the right sidebar doubling on this blog post http://stephensimmonsmusic.com/wordpress/?p=65 .What browser are you using? Could you please take a screenshot of this problem and send it to blah@cliffano.com ?

    2. If the sidebar content requires more than the header height (281 pixels), then the theme will make the section scrollable so that it doesn’t mess up the header height. However, certain components (like the drop down menu widget that you use) uses more than 281 pixels when the Press menu is expanded, hence the gap between the header and body sections on your site.
    I’ve never used any menu widgets myself since my blog only has few pages, but perhaps you can try other menu widgets and see if there’s one that doesn’t mess up the height?
    Another option is to reorganize the pages so that you only show the main pages (no child pages) on the header.

    Btw, I’ll be away for the next few days, expect slow reply :).


    1. Oh, I forgot to mention.

      If you want to hide stuffs on non-page, you can use this piece of code:

      … the content you want to hide here

      The body left sidebar can be modified in the theme’s index.php file, section .

      Other conditional tags (useful when you want to display things on post only, or on front page only, etc) are documented here http://codex.wordpress.org/Conditional_Tags

  23. Aak- I’m so not happy with the new update with the fonts and underlined links. I guess I’m to blame for not saving the old stuff when I updated, but I’m not good enough with the code tinkering to know what to fix and where. Is there any way to go back to the last version?

  24. hello cliffano,

    your theme is excellent. it’s the nicest and prettiest theme on wp. i have a question though. i really want to disable/disallow comments on the pages, not the posts. how do i go about this? can you recommend a workaround? thank you!

    and thanks again for making the theme.

    1. Hi p, thanks for using the theme. I checked the pages on your blog and it looks like the Comment functionality is already off.
      IIRC, I don’t think I have to set any specific setting on WordPress to disable the comments on the pages.

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