We would like to present you today our second released WordPress theme: Color Shading. The original layout for this theme has been created by Alec Gorge from Ramblingwood. This theme is specifically targeted at bloggers, featuring a clean and content-focused layout, with only one column. The main feature of this theme is the customizable color scheme. You can choose from 10 predefined color presets to give your blog the feel you want. The theme also features a front page accordion-like post list on the front page. Ideal if you want your content to stand out and add personality to your blog. You can download it below or view it in action:
The original color scheme for this theme was plain gray, which is still the default one, and that is how I also wanted originally to release it. Then, Ishowed it to a friend who said “Wow! I’ll customize this into blue and use it on my blog. I’ll have such a beautiful blog!” And that when the idea came to me and made its color scheme customizable. The color schemes should be just enough to satisfy all tastes but feel free to add your own. I may also add a feature to save your custom scheme in the future. Here’s a gallery with the full view of the theme using some of the schemes. Ocean is my personal favorite one:
Another great feature of this theme is the accordion-like post list on the front page. Special thanks to Alec for creating this and his passion for jQuery which powers it. When you hover a post title, you can see the post’s excerpt opening right underneath it. I don’t know if this was the original intent, as the original template uses it differently, but that’s how I thought it in a WordPress way.
I would like to take a moment and make an appeal here: The guidelines at the WordPress official Theme Directory require that the secondary credit link for the theme be disabled by default. I have commented out a link in the footer that refers to Alec’s website. If you like the theme and appreciate his work, please consider uncommenting this link to give him some credit, it will be most highly appreciated.
Besides the custom color scheme and the accordion in the home page, this theme also supports the all new features from WordPress 3.0: Custom Menu, Custom Background, Styled Editor and it also supports threaded comments and drop-down menus.
The theme should be compatible with all major browsers. The original templates supports back up to IE6, I personally haven’t checked it against this browser, if it works good for it.
Customizing the Color Scheme
Selecting a custom color scheme is easy: After the theme has been activated, in the Appearance section a new menu entry should appear called Color Scheme. There you can select the desired color scheme and after saving it and refreshing the page it should appear.
For the future I am thinking about adding the possibility to save your own custom scheme and to let the visitor change the color scheme he sees.
For any support questions please use the dedicated section at the forum and there is also a FAQ section. Please use the comment section on this page only for feedback messages and use the forum for support questions.
The theme is released under GPL. Feel free to use, modify and redistribute it however you like.