New b2evolution Template: Underground

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Web Development, b2evolution 1.10.x, b2evolution blog skins
Published on 11/21/07 @ 03:52:00 pm using 555 words, and has 194902 views

EDIT: The ‘Underground’ skin has now (read: finally!) been ported to b2evo 2.x, and is available for download at the following location: Blog Skin ‘Underground’ Released for b2evo 2.x

Custom b2evolution template design called UndergroundLately I’ve been listening to a lot of old ska music in my collection and was inspired to create another custom b2evolution skin design, this time reflecting more of a British theme. Perhaps British bloggers will find it a pleasant template design to use with their own b2evolution blogs. ;)

While searching through my favorite stock photography website I soon located a photograph of a British subway tunnel entrance sign, taken in what appears to be early evening and from an interesting angle. The color-scheme and name for this b2evolution template design became immediately clear and I set about putting it together in Photoshop. I’m calling this b2evo skin “Underground", named after the British subway system, and colored to match the deep burgundy and blue reminiscent of the British flag and the Underground sign itself.

This is another release in the ‘Smoothe’ series of template designs available on this site. This skin is a static width, and is designed for 1024x768 monitor resolutions. The template code is XHTML-Transitional compliant, and the CSS 2.0 is valid as well. This skin displays the sidebar on the right side of the content. The stylesheet contains pre-built styles for blockquotes (a blockquote icon is included with the download), and pre-built styles for the “Search Cloud” plugin available for download from the b2evolution website. Additionally, the download file contains custom icons for ‘Edit’, ‘Delete’, ‘Permalink’, and the contact email envelope icon.

b2evo skin Underground released for download

The version of the Underground skin available for download here is more current than the version available in the skin repository on This copy contains a revised _lastcomments.php file and associated stylesheet entries for smoother display of most recent comments.

This b2evo skin is being released for download under a Creative Commons License 3.0 ( You are free to download this skin and to modify it to your liking as long as you agree to leave unmodified the following:

  1. The attribution information shown in the page header block, beginning with the text:
    “Template name: Underground, for b2evolution 1.10.x, design by”
  2. The “skin design by” attribution information shown in the page footer
  3. The template and credit information shown in the stylesheet

By downloading the Underground skin for b2evolution you signify that you agree to these terms. It’s not much to ask, and you can still modify it to suit your site… If you have any questions or difficulties installing or using the Underground skin, leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post. I’d be happy to help you tweak it to your liking…

Download the custom b2evo 1.10.x skin ‘Underground’ [download updated 02 Dec 2007]

EDIT: This skin has been ported to b2evo ver 2.x and a download link had been made available.

Check out the ‘b2evo blog skins’ category for more custom b2evolution skins…

(Post edited on 29 March 2008)
Various minor CSS changes made to stylesheet.. download file updated

(Post edited on 13 April 2008)
Updated with link to ported version of skin for b2evo 2.x

Contemporaneous Auditory Narcotics:
or, What my speakers are currently pumping…
The Specials - The Singles Collection

Creative Commons LicenseThis post is the creative work of Yours Truly and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.


Comment from: Gary Lister [Visitor]  
Gary Lister

I WAS going to use this for my brand spankin’ new blog and all was going well until I upgraded to the 2.2 Beta and this 1.x skin failed to work.

I still would like to use it as the color scheme matches my site pretty well. How much begging and pleading would it take to getcha to update it? I’d give you ‘mad props’ back on my blog when its totally ready for its debut.

All of your skins are top-notch! Make ‘em usable on 2.2 and they’d be perfect!


Gary Lister

12/12/07 @ 19:19
Comment from: Andrew Hreschak [Member]  

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Hi Gary,

Yeah, doesn’t that just kill a buzz?

Actually, I’ve already ported one of the skins in this series over to the 2.2 release, but it’s not quite ready for prime-time yet. If you give me another week or so, I should have a few of them available for download. If you’re interested in the Underground skin I’ll put that one at the top of the queue for porting over to b2evo 2.x

Check back every few days (I won’t get to it before this weekend at the earliest) or just subscribe to the post’s RSS because I’ll make it available for download from the same post…

12/12/07 @ 22:51
Comment from: Gary Lister [Visitor]  
Gary Lister

Very cool, much appreciated! I’ll be on the lookout for it!

12/14/07 @ 20:24
Comment from: Gary Lister [Visitor]  
Gary Lister

Not trying to be a pest or anything but how goes Underground 2.x? Just wondering…my blog is REALLY ugly right now. :)

12/28/07 @ 19:37
Comment from: Andrew Hreschak [Member]  

At long, long…. long(!) last.. this skin has been ported to b2evo 2.x

Read the post details for the download link :)

04/13/08 @ 12:35
Comment from: PMT [Visitor]  

Nice job…but make ‘em usable on 2.2 i think that will be perfect!

08/26/09 @ 03:29