Columbus WordPress Theme

Posted on October 25th, 2010. Tagged with: , .

Columbus WordPress Theme
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Columbus is another free WordPress theme. The idea behind Columbus was to create a theme that followed some pretty standard blog design/layout and that included some nifty features typically only found in premium themes. The back-end of this theme very clean and well documented to make it easier for people looking to customize the theme, it is also have some great customization options to the back-end for those whom do not want to mess with any of the code.

Already incorporated some great WordPress 3.0 features such as the menu system, custom header and custom background. Have made use of the Timthumb script to automatically re-size your images and as opposed to having to use the custom fields, images can be pulled automatically from your post – the theme will grab your first image and use it as the featured post image.

No Plugins Required

There aren’t any required plugins to get your site working with the Columbus WP Theme, however, it’s included support for the very popular wp-pagenavi. But unlike other themes, if you do not have the plugin installed you won’t get any errors, rather it will default to a “view older” and “view newer” posts links. Highly recommend the wp-pagenavi plugin, cause it is awesome!

Post Thumbnails – How To Add Them

What makes this theme even more awesome is that there are 3 ways to add thumbnails to your posts.

3 Ways To Se Post Image

  1. Add an image to your post – it will automatically grab it
  2. Define an image using the custom field name “post-image”
  3. Use the new “Featured Image” functionality – wordpress 2.9+

Setting Up Custom Fields

Post thumbnails will be automatically grabbed from the first image on any page-post, but can also be specified via a custom field (which is highly recommend).

To add thumbail images via custom fields use the term “post-image” for the name and the url of your image for the value.

Optional Carousel Slider

The carousel slider on the homepage is optional and all settings regarding to the slider can be changed via the theme panel. You can select your featured category from a drop-down and you can select the transition speed of your images.

Different Image For Slider: You can define your regular post image using the custom field name “post-image” but you can also define a featured image using the name “featured-image”.

Thumbnail Images Not Working?

Columbus makes use of the TimThumb script to grab and re-size your post images. If your images are not showing up or resizing correctly you may be having server-side issues with the script.

Columbus WordPress Theme Features

  • GPL license – as all WP themes should be
  • Simple and clean blogging layout
  • WordPress 3.0 menu system, custom header and custom background
  • Featured slider
  • Theme Options Panel
  • Automatic thumbnail resizing
  • Choose thumbnail sizes via theme panel
  • Subscribe to twitter/feed widget
  • Optional Extended footer
  • Optional top navigation
  • Clean code
  • Infinite drop down menus
  • Optional Advertisement banner