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What'll happen to "Dusk"?

  1. Hey there, first time visitor to this forum.

    I started my blog back in July, and has fallen in love with the "Dusk" theme. Well, last night I noticed the news that a new upgrade ("Dusk to Dawn") has arrived. Along in the article I saw the following text:

    However, there comes a time when themes retire after all their years in service. Today marks the arrival of that sunset period for two of our beloved classics: Dusk and Solipsus.

    I like the look of the new theme, but not even half as much as the old one that I'm used to. So I have to ask: Will it go away? Will I suddenly find one day that my layout is in shables until I activate a new one?

    Speaking of themes, there's one other thing I've been meaning to ask...
    I've contemplated getting my own domain and server and install WordPress on there, importing my current blog over there. Would it be possible for me to buy/download the Dusk theme and use it there?

    The blog I need help with is mytrashystuff.wordpress.com.

  2. From theme showcase for Dusk theme:

    This theme, Dusk, has seen an update in the form of a brand new theme, Dusk To Dawn.
    See http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/dusk-to-dawn/ for all the details.

    I think Dusk to Dawn is better than Dusk, but it's your choice. :) I think, Dusk might be available of WordPress.org. Try a search at http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

  3. I just did. The only hit was "Dusk till dawn", a rather gaudy neon thing that's supposed to be tropical. Not even close. :-/

  4. To speak clearly, Dusk is still available for WordPress.com blogs. It is not going anywhere. Go to dashboard -> appearance -> themes ->Search for 'dusk' and you'll get two dusk themes.

  5. Yes I noticed that. Maybe I was obtouse in my initial writings, but the word "retire" made me afraid that they would delete the old one from their servers. Which might still happen after a certain waiting period has passed by.

  6. Retired means the theme remains available in older blogs but not in newly created ones.

  7. That also means that if you want to preview other themes you could lose the ability to reactivate Dusk. You should add a private test blog for that purpose.

    I think (not positive) that if you leave a retired theme by activating another, then you won't be able to go back.

    You can export your current blog, then import it (with pictures) into your private test blog. That will allow you to experiment with other themes without losing your Dusk theme.

  8. oops, preview should be fine, but activate is what I meant to say…

  9. I just did. The only hit was "Dusk till dawn", a rather gaudy neon thing that's supposed to be tropical. Not even close. :-/

    Indeed Dusk and Solopsis are old themes that are nowhere close to providing all the customizable options Dusk to Dawn has. The new Dusk to Dawn theme has many features that Dusk and Solipsus lacked. Dusk to Dawn features a customizable header, background, custom accent colors, multiple layout choices, and post formats. If you do not appreciate the subtle background colors provided, then you can either use a solid color or an image of your own choosing. Or you can stick with Dusk as it is and ever has been. I welcomed this change and am now using a customized version of the Dusk to Dawn theme on my personal blog.

  10. Thanks, that cleared things up quite a bit.

    So, does anyone know about the other question? How would I go about getting the files for the theme to use on a private server?

  11. Most of the themes we run here on WordPress.com are also available in the WordPress.org themes directory: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

    We do tend to use modified versions of the themes though to better fit in with WordPress.com, so if you want the identical version to what we run, you’ll want to downloaded from here https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/
    See here > https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/dusk/

  12. Wow, thank you ever so much. :)

  13. @Tess:
    "I think (not positive) that if you leave a retired theme by activating another, then you won't be able to go back."
    Not true. I change themes all the time in my test blog, and all the "retired" themes are still there.

  14. @mashiem
    You're welcome.

    @Panos and Tess
    I confirm that all retired themes are also available to me on my test blogs.

  15. Dear All,

    I love "Dusk to Dawn" very much and thanks for the link to all the files of Dusk to Dawn. I have a dummy question. I have a private site on my own hosting company which is using another WordPress theme right now. How can I change to "Dusk to Dawn" theme without loosing my currents pages and document files? I don't know how to change theme manually. Would anyone please help me? Thank you in advance!

    Sincerely,
    Isabella

  16. @isatai23
    Most of the themes we run here on WordPress.com are also available in the WordPress.org themes directory: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ Please look there.

  17. Dear timethief,

    Thank you for your prompt reply. I can not find "Dusk to Dawn" from http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

    And from my current WordPress site, when I click "Themes"->"Install Themes"->"search by term", I can not find "Dusk to Dawn" neither.

    Please advice and thank you in advance!

  18. @isatai23
    Well you have found it now because I can see it here on a free hosted WordPress.com blog > http://isabellamurphy.wordpress.com/

    If you are also looking for a WordPress.org version we cannot help you with that. You will have to wait until one becomes available at WordPress.org.

  19. I see. thank you for the information!

  20. You're welcome. I also noticed on your free hosted WordPress.com blog you have a post on the all in one SEO plugin. Just in case you aren't aware of the differences between free hosted WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org installs click that link.

    There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins or any themes into them. Those found on the internet are for WordPress.ORG installs which run on different software.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

  21. Hi timethief,
    Thank you again for the information. I do get confused with WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Now is much clearer!

  22. That's good news. Happy blogging! :)

  23. Oh, I was confusing the trouble with Cutline and PressRow being eliminated and not simply retired. Sorry for the mis-information and any confusion my comment may have caused.

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