Fauna Beta 5 update

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  • #13741

    options
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    think “Fauna Beta 5” deserves to be updated.

    besides it has pioneered the way for ‘Custom Header Image URL’ (Beta 2, Mar’06), there are heluva new features added since Beta 1 release, including full localization attempts (currently French, German).

    #13880

    sulz
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    yes, please update it! i really like the theme but i can’t use it because i can’t even use widgets in it. =(

    #14131

    options
    Member

    I am sure when this crisp, feature rich but lite (and hence robust) theme made by professional web-designer gets upgraded up to its widgetized version, it shall become one of the most popular theme on .com

    current theme options include (but not limited to):

    * custom header image (URL)
    * custom header height (px)
    * custom header width (px)
    * custom sidebar position (left, right)
    * custom background image (URL)
    * custom background color
    * ‘About this blog’ text input form
    * comments on a page

    #14135

    wank
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    Maybe they’re waiting for it to come out of beta?

    #14136

    drmike
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    Doubt it. They have other themes listed a Beta and i even think there’s an alpha in there. :)

    #14137

    options
    Member

    dunno, it has already been adopted when it was just Beta 1 and NP. I don’t think that Regulus was in less beta when it was updated to support widgets.

    Joen Asmussen (theme author) said: “I do not expect to make any further huge changes to a future release, only bug-fixes, adjustments and cleanups”.

    PS btw, although .com itself doesn’t have an ‘Alpha’ label sticked to, I can’t see that anybody would be waiting for it comes to at least Beta stage.

    #14139

    timethief
    Member

    Judging that by the number of requests for template customization I see on the forum the Fauna Beta 5 features you list are IMO very desirable. What’s not to like about:
    current theme options include (but not limited to):
    * custom header image (URL)
    * custom header height (px)
    * custom header width (px)
    * custom sidebar position (left, right)
    * custom background image (URL)
    * custom background color
    * ‘About this blog’ text input form
    * comments on a page
    I’m adding my name to those who want to see this template added. I note that there’s just one thing that would make me jump up and down with joy is it were added and that would be a side-blog with updating and linking capacity.

    #14140

    options
    Member

    afraid that so called ‘side-blog with updating and linking capacity’ is more a matter of an apropriate plugin than a theme one (if I correctly understand what this feature really is about).

    thanks for your support of this theme, timethief. I suspect that only votes submitted via ‘Feedback’ are counted for whatever (unknown) reasons in this case…

    #14141

    timethief
    Member

    This sounds more like an “idea” thread than a support issue that’e why I would feel strange about sending it in as a feedback.

    #14142

    drmike
    Member

    Matt and crew have stated that theme requests should be sent in via feedback as that’s how they keep track of requests. It’s fine.

    #14143

    timethief
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    I sent my request through feedback. Having the capacity to change the background colour and the header colour would delight me. I strongly prefer darker autumn background and header colours like rust, gold and deep green. Washed out pastels may appeal to other people but they do nada for me.:D

    #14150

    options
    Member

    hello timethief,

    does it look similar to what you’ve refered as a ‘side-blog’?

    Due to popular demand, I added another special category: Sidenotes. To do this, I renamed the previous “Sidenotes” category to “Asides”.

    Now it works like this: “Asides” or “Dailies” are small posts in the main post-list, while “Sidenotes” are relegated to the sidebar.

    #14151

    timethief
    Member

    otions – you have blown me away! WOW! I’m guessing that you don’t really appreciate how much time and effort it took a newbie like me to read all that computerease let alone to try to comprehend all that information expressed :P.
    Obviously you have completed a tremendously HUGE Fauna Beta 5 project update that was all chronicled chapter and verse at the site you sent me to.
    So this is what I don’t quite get about the “dailies” or “asides”. What I couldn’t ascertain was whether or not the changes would allow for comments.
    What vivian paige and I are looking for is a “sideblog” that has the same linking and commenting capacity as the main blog has. To understand what I mean suppose you had a lead story on your blog on global warming. Then in your sideblog you could have related shorter stories on for example sea level rises, migration pattern changes, sea level ice melt. Some folks with an overall grasp of the global warming big picture may comment on the main blog article. However, there may be others who only grasp onto one of the smaller reports that they can relate to and witness in their own lives and choose to comment on them.
    There may even be some occasions when the small stories in the sideblog/aside/dailies may be not be directly related to the main blog entry. If we get comments on the small ones like those this will in turn prompt us to recognize in advance what the next looming issue may be. Then we know exactly where to focus our research and whom to interview.
    Over time with this capacity and assuming we do get readers who will leave comments our blogs can then become more interactive. In fact over time the readers who leave comments will be defining their issues and hence the nature of “the” blog will become more theirs than it is ours, if you know what I mean.
    I hope vivian reads this so she can give her input to you as well. As we don’t have a designated lounge this kind of communication is difficult. P.S. I found the site where Fauna had been tweaked with a red (flash) moving banner and a black background – it was cool. What I’m looking for is a rust coloured header, a cream coloured background and deep green or warm brown fonts. Now IMO that would be super cool.

    #14152

    options
    Member

    [wow, you’re typing fast. bet you’ve been taking typewriting lessons ;-)]

    as, you may have probably noticed there’s a whole forum dedicated to the Fauna.

    the sunburntkamel (btw, he has a http://sunburntkamel.wordpress.com blog as well) seems to know Fauna very much better than me (I’ve just tested v4 on my host to be sure it works, sorry).

    and, at length, I think you can ask Joen himself about sideblog details (if you will, would you please, ask him if the Fauna is ready enough to be upgraded on .com and chances we ever will see it here). TA

    #14154

    vivianpaige
    Member

    timethief – I think you have explained it well. To see a sideblog in action, take a look at this blog. It looks like he is using http://www.bloggingpro.com/archives/2006/05/02/wordpress-plugin-sideblog-plugin-v30/

    #14157

    timethief
    Member

    vivian – thanks for responding. I went to the site you provided and read the documentation. It seems that what’s expected is thet only 1-2 sentences would be entered into the sideblog but I was thinking in terms of 1-2 paragraphs.
    options – I wandered around Joen’s site clicking here there and everywhere but I could not find a place to leave an enquiry regarding Fauna and requesting the sideblog plug in be part of it.I’m surprised that someone “in the business” wouldn’t have a contact page or box. Could you please contact Joen?

    #14161

    options
    Member

    I beleive Joen’s contact page is over there. besides, there’s a possibility to leave a comment on a ‘Beta 5’ entry.

    PS have you had a chance to skim through a Fauna forum’s entry I referred above?

    PPS edublogs.org (another wpMU powered site) has an updated Fauna with widgets. so, it’s definitely working with wpMU.

    #14162

    timethief
    Member

    options – yes, I have read the entire forum notes on this twice. The truth is I find the back and forth dialogue very confusing to follow but it seems to me that at this point that Joen says there already is a “sidenotes” and “asides/dailies” capacity in Fauna Beta 5. However, if you tell me that’s not correct and I have misunderstood then I won’t be surprised because the whole issue is giving me a headache. I could hardly focus on the blog with the black background even after I increased the font size and try as I might I couldn’t see anything that I would call a “sideblog” or “sidenotes” there.
    I find all blogs that lack a distinct contrast between a dark background and the font used a challenge to read and I do not have poor eyesight.I wear glasses only for reading. Well to a dark background add the preference for teeny weeny itsy bitsy blog font sizes and I become really SNARKY. I will *NOT*read whatever is in that kind of blog. I get pissed and click out.
    So assuming that whatever “sidenotes” are called that they can be included in any blog template and that “sidenotes” do have a capacity for comments to be left then I’m for them.
    If however what’s required is gaining some kind of technical expertise when it comes to inserting plug-ins then you’ve lost me. That’s what I assume web host services do for their clients. I’m just a writer who wants to blog. My last entry on http://bloggersblurt.wordpress.com summarized my newbie struggle to understand what RSS feeds were and how to use them. My next newbie article will probably be on my take on “designing the perfect blog for me”. [Sigh. I’m feeling overwhelmed and witchy.]

    #14163

    options
    Member

    oh, yes “One picture is…” here’s an example I happened to find. see this guy’s small entries on the sidebar — that’s what I think ‘Sidenotes’ is about — instead of being placed on the home page they go directly to the Sidebar.

    as far as I could understand all technical expertise is just:

    “For sidenotes, create a category called ‘Sidenotes’.

    Whenever you make a post that you want to appear as a sidenote, file it in that category.”

    et voilà tout.

    #14164

    timethief
    Member

    Yes! This is what I meant by a “sideblog/sidenotes/asides” or whatever with comments. You use a headline to grab attention. You write a one or two paragraph introduction with a hook followed by “more” and link it to the whole post. Yes, this template (isn’t it Fauna?)would work well for me, except for the old lady pink honeysuckle or whatever that flowering branch is in the header:P. In fact I remember seeing this page before so I believe you did show it to me at the beginning of our conversation and that the header can be changed. Am I right? P.S. Thanks for being so long suffering and patient with me. I do appreciate that babysitting newbies is probably not your idea of a good time and you’d probably be too polite to agree with that statement. :D.

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