on Jun 16, 2007
For fun, I banged together a new theme for WordPress. You can see a demo of it at my crappy sandbox blog. It doesn’t really suit Twenty Sided, but I’m thinking it might be of use to someone out there. This morning I decide to upload it to wherever themes come from. It turns out that place is themes.wordpress.net. I visit “the official theme directory” of WordPress to upload my work, where I learn that:
- In order to make your theme public, you must upload it to the server.
- In order to upload a theme you must create an account.
- Creating accounts is currently disabled.
See if you can spot the weak link in the chain.
Geeze, this isn’t helping anyone. Yeah, yeah, if you hunt around on the site you’ll eventually stumble on the directions for how to contact the admin and maybe get yourself an account in “three business days”. It took me about four hours to make the theme, and it will now take me three days just to get it onto the server? Lame. I’m not even going to bother.
If anyone digs the theme, you can download it here: Luddite for WordPress. It’s small. Very small. Just 4 modest files. The CSS is small enough that you can open it in a text editor and see the whole thing at once, as opposed to the twenty-page monoliths you see floating around. I like it. Tastes may vary.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.