At the end of the documentation for every WordPress theme or plugin I create, I have a Thanks section. In every Thanks section, there’s one line that stays there regardless of who else needs thanks: “The WordPress community. You guys rock.” I’ve always felt that the WordPress community was a perfect example of the open source community at work, perpetually evolving the code of others into something greater.
This philosophy of mine came full circle after Caner Uguz, a user of the Gridlock theme for WordPress, e-mailed me only five days ago and asked if I’d allow a port of the Gridlock style to WordPress god (and fellow 9ruler) Michael Heilemann‘s K2 WordPress theme. K2 is a wonderfully extensible system, vastly more so than Gridlock is, allowing for all sorts of mods, plugins, and with built-in support for AJAX search and commenting. While K2′s default style is certainly better-looking than the original Kubrick theme that comes with WordPress, it’s still very simple and very stock-looking.
While Caner wrote most of the CSS to port Gridlock’s primary creative feel to the K2 templating system, I stood by and acted as a creative director on the project, putting all of the finishing touches on site typography and colour. At the end of it, we were both happy with its look and now it’s being released here on hyalineskies for everyone to enjoy.
Gridlock-inspired, K2 approved
While Gridlock-K2 obviously takes its visual cues from its Gridlock parent, a lot of adaptation has taken place to fit the K2 theme. Gridlock’s left-aligned layout has been ditched for a centred one; sIFR has been abandoned to make Gridlock an almost CSS-only style for K2. Those familiar with K2 will see no loss of K2 functionality.
Bugs and support
Due to the fact that I actually didn’t write this style, you will probably want to e-mail Caner Uguz before e-mailing me, but I’ll do my best to answer support questions for the theme here on hyalineskies as well as via e-mail at [email protected]. If you find a bug, please include the browser you witnessed the bug in, and if you’re code inclined, we’ll also accept
This style for K2 is Copyright © 2006 Eston Bond and Caner Uguz under a Creative Commons By-NC 2.5 Licence. If you wish to licence this theme for commercial use, you may contact either Caner or I at the e-mail addresses in the previous paragraph.
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