Theme Sandbox

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  • #23735

    risenphoenix
    Member

    What does the Sandbox theme do? Is it just the ugly old white and blue? Why is it called powerful and all???

    #23876

    iacolare
    Member

    It is powerful because, currently, it is the only theme that you can customize by adding your favorite CSS style. That is why it is very neat and simple.

    #23877

    risenphoenix
    Member

    Where exactly should I add the custom css?

    #23878

    dylanjtrott
    Member

    You need to buy the upgrade. I was really saddened by this. I just don’t have the money right now. I really want HTML customization. I know HTML really well.

    #23879

    risenphoenix
    Member

    Foo! I for once thought wordpress was being considerate to the underdogs.

    #23889

    read up on the sandbox:
    http://andy.wordpress.com/2006/07/20/generated-semantic-classes-2/

    there is precious little the theme can’t do.

    you can still stick bucketloads of html in text widgets.

    #23890

    cornell
    Member

    Foo! I for once thought wordpress was being considerate to the underdogs.

    It’s free, secure and not Blogger. How much more considerate do you want?

    Did I mention it’s free?

    #23901

    andrew
    Member

    To address the two unhappy remarks in this thread so far:
    1. “Why the fuss about Sandbox? There’s nothing to it!” That’s just the point of Sandbox. It’s so that, when you do your own CSS, there’s no need to move anything out of the way first.
    2. “But is costs $ to be able to do my own CSS!” It costs $15/year. As a price set by guys who have to make a living, that’s ridiculously low. Almost as ridiculously low as the price for basic WordPress.com (see Cornell’s contribution to this thread).
    Having said that, I’m sorry that there are CSSers who really don’t have a buck and a quarter a month to show their skills on WP.com

    #23906

    drmike
    Member

    $1.25 = One way bus trip for me. It’s not that much. Heck I charge $7.95 a month for my clients for a standard site.

    #23911

    ruberad
    Member

    It seems to me that the alternative to paying $15/yr for total theme control on a wordpress.com is to pay $X/yr for your own domain, so that in addition to having total theme control, you have the joy of downloading, installing and administering the rest of WordPress, rather than letting the WordPress.com team take care of that for you!

    I think the WordPress team deserve to all become millionaires, so some charging for value has to happen somewhere; I think theme customization is a great high-value feature with which to differentiate freeloaders from customers, and I think $15 is a great price. Now I just need to learn some CSS, and I’ll become a happy customer…

    #23912

    you don’t even really need to learn CSS. you can just switch to the sandbox, view your blog and go to the file menu in your browser, and choose “save page as” (or save as > web page (complete).

    open that page in any of the myriad free editors out there, change things up how you want, and save.

    open up the css file in notepad, and paste that into your custom CSS

    #23914

    thehype
    Member

    This all looks very interesting! I just have a curious/silly question (you’ll find out why it’s silly in a second): since I know the most basic HTML, I’ve found that you’re able to add a Favicons (the default W in the address bar) to your page which gives it that extra little custom feel. My question is will the new CSS-do-it-yourself upgrade allow for you to do that?

    See, that’s the first thing that came to my head when I read this “customizable upgrade” and probably for me, that’s the selling point ;) I probably should care more about the overall design part.. but like I said, silly I know..

    #23917

    newp. it requires editting the head of the document, not the CSS.
    that’s not to say it might not be a future paid option, though. if you want it, send in feedback and ask for it.

    #23919

    andy
    Member

    The CSS editor does not let you edit HTML.

    Once you have the CSS editor upgrade, you can use it with any theme. Sandbox is the most flexible but you don’t have to activate Sandbox to use the CSS editor.

    #23921

    wank
    Member

    Custom CSS can be added to any theme? The news blog post does not make that clear at all. Reading that, I thought it was only available for Sandbox. I doubt I was the only one.

    It’s probably in your interests to go back and edit that post, seeing as there may well be some people willing to pay $15 to get their links to match their header but without necessarily having the skills to write a stylesheet for Sandbox…

    #23923

    -nod- @ wank.
    i thought the same thing.

    #23925

    andy
    Member

    Thank you Wank; I updated the post.

    #23943

    swallick
    Member

    The Sandbox will undoubtidly be the easiest theme for novices to write CSS for, with selectors that are semantic and logical.

    Documents are fast approaching . . .

    #23946

    drmike
    Member

    I just had a thought and I sent in a feedback to ask. Does the upgrade only cover a blog or all of them within an account?

    #23949

    andy
    Member

    The upgrade is for one blog.

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