WordPress Themes

Typograph Critical Update for WordPress 2.8

It was brought to my attention last night that there is a critical conflict between the popular Typograph theme and the new WordPress 2.8. Knowing that most Typograph users will update their WordPress installation in the coming days finding the reason for the conflict and a solution was a number one priority and I am happy to say I’ve already created a fix that solves the problem. A full upgrade of Typograph will be published later today but for current installations the fix consists of just replacing one file. Here are instructions:

Upgrade Typograph to work under WordPress 2.8

  1. Download and unzip the archive with the fixed functions.php file here.
  2. Access your Typograph theme directory in your hosted WordPress installation (should be under
  3. Delete the old functions.php file under the Typograph theme directory.
  4. Upload the new functions.php file to the Typograph theme directory.

I have tested this critical fix and it works.

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Typograph Theme Update – Now With Threaded Comments

typograph-newThe Typograph theme has proven to be incredibly popular and I have gotten tons of emails and comments about it with suggestions of improvements and updates. As an answer to all the input I have uploaded the 0.8.5 version of the theme to the WordPress Theme Directory where you can download it to spiff up your blog even more.

Fixing the tabbed box

One of the major issues with the original Typograph theme was an unexpected one for me: It turned out that the tabbed box was conflicting with a number of popular plug-ins including Lightbox 2 and others. When these plug-ins were installed one of two things would happen: either the plug-in wouldn’t work or the tabbed box wouldn’t work.

After much discussion both in the original post on this blog and also in the support forums on it became clear that the problem was caused by two separate JavaScript conflicts: First off, the NicEdit HTML editor I used for the comments section was clashing with ceartain plug-ins. Seccondly the JQuery library used to create the tabbed box effect was impinging on other JQuery based plug-ins.

To solve this I’ve done two things: The NicEdit HTML editor for the comments is gone (so no more fancy HTML editing for now, sorry. I’m looking for a solution) and I have rebuilt the tabbed box from scratch using the MooTools library instead. Extensive testing with numerous plug-ins shows that at least as far as I know the conflicts are no longer there and everything works properly. If you do find any more conflicts, please tell me so I can fix them.

Threaded Comments

Typograph threaded commentsOne of the really cool new features in WordPress 2.7 is threaded comments. Basically this means that when you comment on a posting you can answer other comments and your answer will appear “nested” within the comment you answered rather than on the bottom of the page. This is a very cool feature that you had to use a plug-in for in the past. Upgrading to threaded comments was quite a challenge. There is very little information about it around and it took me a while to figure it out. Luckily I came across two blogs with instructions and it is these two approaches combined that formed the basis for the threaded comments in Typograph. These were Chris Harrison’s blog (for styling) and Otto’s blog for backend code. Thanks go out to the both of them for excellent tutorials and to Otto for some extra help via e-mail.

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Typograph for WordPress 2.7 Coltrane released

With the release of WordPress 2.7 Coltrane came the introduction of a new template tag called post_class(). Interestingly I have been using a custom template tag by that exact name for a long time in my themes including the free Typograph. That means when users of Typograph upgrade to WordPress 2.7 Coltrane a conflict occurs between the WordPress functions.php file and the Typograph functions.php file because both define the same template tag.

To solve this issue I have released a new version of the Typograph theme customized for WordPress 2.7 Coltrane. It has been submitted to the WordPress Theme Directory pending approval. In the meantime you can download it directly from my server:

Download Typograph for WP 2.7