New b2evo skin: darkling

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Web Development, b2evolution 0.9.x, b2evolution blog skins
Published on 08/21/05 @ 05:15:00 pm using 545 words, and has 44498 views

I've been working on this thing on and off for a couple days when I had a few spare moments here and there. I call it darkling. It's starting to come together now. I think it's a pretty nice, minimalistic skin for the b2evolution blog software. I've incorporated a lot of hacks found around the b2evo forums, and put that all behind a customized css layout. There are still a few bugs I'm working out, and still some things to add, but it's getting there.

If you've been to this blog using another skin, you can switch to the darkling skin by clicking here or, as always, you can select the skin of your choice using the skin switcher in the sidebar on the right. (Skin switcher has been removed). (This skin was designed for a now obsolete version of b2evo and has been removed. Check back for an updated release. If you need a custom skin design built for a current b2evo release, leave a comment or send a message)

Newest additions to the darkling skin, and things still on my to-do list:

Newest Additions:

1. Changed Single-Post view to wide view, by adding a display-switcher php snippet, and setting the sidebar CSS to "display: none" when in wide view.
2. Removed some blocks of code which had been commented out but were still being parsed. I've noticed some increase in speed after doing so.
3. Added fader wallpaper to the page header and the audio blocks.
4. Added icons for 'comments' and 'permalink'.
5. Added footer area for narrow and wide display.
6. Added CSS/Javascript style-switcher to allow for increasing and decreasing text size. (Not sure if this is going to remain since it seems to be causing some strange behavior).

To Do:

1. Desaturate/greyscale the smilies icons so they fit better with the colorscheme.
2. Possibly desaturate the RSS and Atom shims to remove the orange color, so they fit better with the colorscheme.
3. Finetuning the CSS styles for lists, etc, and making sure the CSS validates properly. There are some styles left over from testing which don't validate. These will be easy to fix up. -Done.
4. Finetune the CSS for the stats page. It still holds the original, lighter-grey shading from the first iteration of the skin. -Done.
5. Fix topmenu tabs for IE. In IE6, the hover state of text in the tabs needs to be explicitly defined. -Done.
6. Change the chain-link permalink icons to something more within the skins general theme/mood.
7. I'm still trying to get the topmenu to work in Internet Explorer 5. Right now it shifts all the way to the left side. I'm partly of the opinion that I shouldn't even bother, since IE5 (and IE6 for that matter) is a pretty insecure web browser. Everybody should switch to firefox... it's smaller, faster, more secure, and has loads of extensions to make it work better for your own particular web browsing needs.

You can get firefox here.

Let me know what you think of the darkling skin.

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Comment from: sam [Visitor]

Awesome skin! I love the tones, and I’m anxious to see how the muted smilies turn out.

08/22/05 @ 14:59
Comment from: Andrew Hreschak [Member]  

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I’ve made the darkling skin the default skin for the blog now, and have removed the skin-switcher from the sidebar. The more I work with this skin the more I like it; it’s pretty relaxing on the eyes so I’m going to stick with it for a while until the urge strikes me to design something else…

08/22/05 @ 21:51
Comment from: crom [Visitor]

I’ve been looking for a simple, elegant skin a long time.
Simply i like your skin, please don’t stop, you have potential.
Good luck.

06/07/06 @ 10:31
Comment from: black and white film photography [Visitor]
black and white film photography

Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your blog. You have some really good articles and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material
for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
Please blast me an e-mail if interested. Kudos!

09/09/12 @ 09:59