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MonoShade Premium Wordpress Magazine Theme (Multi Colour Scheme)

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General

Latest Version 1.2.1
Price From $15

MonoShade is a multi colour scheme premium wordpress theme with advanced features and jQuery effects. It has 4 choices of blog index styles, 5 choices of fonts, 6 extra widgets, 5 animation styles for featured gallery, auto thumbnail generation, 5 ready-made adsense positions and more. All can be controlled via the powerful theme options page.

Also, it can have unlimited colour schemes (it has 8 colour schemes currently). As soon as I make the colour schemes available for download, you can install them easily by copy & paste the files.

Compatibility

Compatible with WordPress version 2.7 up to 3.3

Discussions

For pre-sale questions, you can contact me via email.
You can discuss about this theme (not theme support) at the blog.

Theme Support

If you have problem while using the theme, free support is available at the MonoShade Support Forum.

Add Feature / Tweak

If you need some tweaking or want to add features, you can contact me.
*Depending on the matter, you might need to buy me a cup of coffee or 3. Also, due to commitment, I do not guarantee I will take the job.

Last Update : 14 December 2011

Features

Key Features

  • 4 types of blog index styles to be choosen from (see screenshots)
  • 5 types of fonts and 2 font sizes to be choosen from
  • Unlimited Colour Schemes. Easy installation (download the scheme files and paste into theme folder)
  • Beautifies your blog using Post Thumbnail and Post Image
  • Supports WordPress Featured Image system and WordPress Custom Menus
  • Automatic thumbnail generation
  • Fully widgetized sidebar with 6 extra widgets (all items can be arranged at widgets page).
  • Animated Featured Gallery (5 types of animation styles, controllable time to switch image, etc)
  • 5 ready-made google ads positions (you can choose to use built-in ads codes or you enter custom banner codes)
  • Auto generate a nice "subscribe by email" form for feedburner users
  • Animated drop-down menu for categories and pages navigation
  • "More posts" & "Random posts" at blog index (for internal link building)
  • Elegant & smooth effects powered by jQuery
  • Threaded comments

All Features

  • xHTML valid
  • Fixed-width
  • Powerful Theme Options Page at Admin Panel
  • Unlimited Colour Schemes. Easy installation (download the scheme files and paste into theme folder)
  • Localisation / Translation-ready using po/mo files
  • 5 types of fonts and 2 font sizes to be choosen from
  • 4 types of blog index styles to be choosen from
  • Beautify your blog using Post Thumbnail and Post Image, with smooth mouseover jQuery effect
  • Supports WordPress Featured Image system, as well as MonoShade's own Thumbnail System
  • Automatic thumbnail generation (generate from the first image in your post)
  • 2 methods to fit Post Thumbnails and Post Images : Resize to Fit & Zoom/crop to Fit
  • Animated Featured Gallery with 5 types of animation styles to be choosen from
  • Totally controllable featured gallery : time to switch image and auto-run/manual-run.
  • Toggle post with animation and uses cookie to remember the state (visible or hidden)
  • "More Posts" & "Random Posts" at blog index (for internal link building)
  • Animated drop-down menu for categories and pages navigation
  • Supports for WordPress Custom Menus, with 2 locations : Above Logo & Below Logo.
  • Category and page navigation bar can be disabled if not needed.
  • You can hide all comment count and comment related area if your site doesn't need comment.
  • Allow users to link to their own custom css file to override the style.css so that their customisation won't lost after upgrading to newer version
  • Threaded comments with pagination
  • Fully widgetized sidebar with 6 extra widgets (all items can be arranged at widgets page).
  • 6 Widgets : Adsense , Banner Ads , Subscribe to Update, About Us , Youtube Video , Tabbed Menu with 3 tabs (Category, Recent Posts and Comments)
  • Easy HTML insertion into your site, good for javascript code installation. Thus, ready for Google Analytics, Adsense and Webmaster Tools
  • Twitter Integration, display latest tweets at footer
  • Flickr Integration at footer, share photos easily (uses flickrRSS plugin)
  • Feedburner Integration (including showing off your feedcount and subscription form)
  • 5 ready-made google ads positions (you can choose to use built-in ads codes or you enter custom banner codes)
  • 4 widgetized areas at sidebar to suit your needs (smaller list item looks better in smaller sidebar)
  • Built-in plugins such as page navigation and related posts.
  • Built-in 6 social bookmark buttons to let your reader share your post easily
  • You can also choose to use SexyBookmarks plugin for social bookmarking
  • Auto determine popular posts and display at footer
  • Controllable number of 125x125 banner ads in sidebar (see screenshot)
  • Built-in version checker (notifies you when new version is released, can be disabled)
  • Commented CSS files for easy editing
  • You can choose to make all external links open in a new window (to keep visitors in your site)
  • OpenGraph feature. Your post will show thumbnail when you share to facebook, digg, etc.

Extra Features for Buyers

  • Free updates to all future versions
  • Free theme support at support forum or email
  • Include PSD file for header logo with instructions
  • Extra Downloads section available for side downloads such as localisation files, colour schemes, etc.

Features in All ZENVERSE themes

  • Widget-ready and gravatar-ready
  • Tested and working properly in Mozilla FireFox, IE7, IE8, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome.
  • Tested and working properly up to Wordpress 3.2.1

Screenshots

Blog Index Styles

Blog Index Style 01 : One-column Magazine

Blog Index Style 01 : One-column Magazine

Blog Index Style 02 : Two-column Magazine (Square Thumbnail)

Blog Index Style 02 : Two-column Magazine (Square Thumbnail)

Blog Index Style 03 : Two-column Magazine (Rectangle Thumbnail)

Blog Index Style 03 : Two-column Magazine (Rectangle Thumbnail)

Theme Features & Guides

Post Thumbnail & Post Image

Post Thumbnail & Post Image

Post Thumbnail and Post Image Control - when add/edit post

Post Thumbnail and Post Image Control - when add/edit post

2 Methods to fit Post Thumbnail

2 Methods to fit Post Thumbnail

WordPress Custom Menu support

WordPress Custom Menu support

Mouseover Effect on Post Thumbnails and Post Images

Mouseover Effect on Post Thumbnails and Post Images

Latest Tweets and Flickr at footer

Latest Tweets and Flickr at footer

Animated Tabbed Menu

Animated Tabbed Menu

Animated Toggle Post View (uses cookie to remember state)

Animated Toggle Post View (uses cookie to remember state)

Internal Link Building with

Internal Link Building with "More Posts" and "Random Posts"

Animated Dropdown menu for categories and pages

Animated Dropdown menu for categories and pages

Featured Gallery at blog index

Featured Gallery at blog index

Gallery Control

Gallery Control

Select colour scheme at theme options page

Select colour scheme at theme options page

Toggle view at theme options

Toggle view at theme options

Control the google ads

Control the google ads

Control the number of sidebar sponsored ad blocks

Control the number of sidebar sponsored ad blocks

Replace the google ads at header with Latest Tweet

Replace the google ads at header with Latest Tweet

Increase your Subscribers and Followers

Increase your Subscribers and Followers

Widgetized Areas at sidebar

Widgetized Areas at sidebar

Settings for Monoshade Theme Widgets

Settings for Monoshade Theme Widgets

New Version Notifier

New Version Notifier

Full Settings Page Preview

Full theme options page

Full theme options page

Full widget settings

Full widget settings

Colour Schemes

At the moment, we have 8 colour schemes for this theme, including the default colour scheme.
Click on the image for live full page view.

Showing 7 additional colour schemes

Red version of monoshade.

Red version of monoshade.

Blue version of monoshade, with blue-ish body background colour.

Blue version of monoshade, with blue-ish body background colour.

Lavender version of monoshade.

Lavender version of monoshade.

Dark Lime version of monoshade (dark background).

Dark Lime version of monoshade (dark background).

Dark Reddish Pink version of monoshade (dark background).

Dark Reddish Pink version of monoshade (dark background).

Dark Blue version of monoshade (dark background).

Dark Blue version of monoshade (dark background).

White Background version of monoshade. Like the default colour but with white background.

White Background version of monoshade. Like the default colour but with white background.

FAQs and Guides

  • Things you need to do/know after installing this theme

    • Add/edit widgets, since this theme is widget-ready.
    • Deactivate WP Page-Navi plugin, if you installed one.
    • You need to install flickrRSS plugin to show your flickr photos at footer.
    • You need to install SexyBookmarks plugin if you choose to use it for social bookmarking.
    • Decide and update "Thumbnail System Priority" , "Post Image System Priority" and "Auto Thumbnail Generation" settings at Theme Options > Post Thumbnail & Post Image Settings.
  • Manual Excerpt for Magazine Style

    • If you are using magazine style, you need to include a manual excerpt for every post so that your blog looks better. You can add excerpt to your post while editing or adding new post. You can, however, leave your excerpt empty and wordpress will automatically make an excerpt for you, but all HTML tags would be auto removed.
  • Customising the theme's css manually

    • If you want to customise the css, do not edit any css files directly. Instead, you should make all changes you need in a custom css file, upload it to your site and paste the direct URL at the theme option page > Main Settings section > Custom User CSS
    • The custom css file will be loaded after every other stylesheets, so your css can override the default css.
    • This is to save your time while doing manual upgrade.
  • Colour Schemes

    • You can easily install colour scheme by copy and paste the colour scheme files into monoshade theme folder. After you paste the files, it will be available to choose at the theme options page. More colour schemes can be downloaded at the "Download" section as time goes by.
    • Not all colour schemes are included in the theme by default because they would take up a lot of space. You can check out the colour schemes available at Colour Schemes tab and download the colour scheme you want.
  • Widgetized Sidebar

    • Since version 1.1.6, you can arrange every single thing in the sidebar including about us menu, subscribe to updates menu, adsense and more.
    • Therefore, after installation, please visit the widgets page, add them to the Big Sidebar and arrange them.
    • Please note that all theme widgets (widgets with name that ends with the word "monoshade") are only optimized for Big Sidebars only, not for Small Sidebars.
    • What is Big Sidebar and Small Sidebar?
  • WordPress Custom Menus

    • Using Custom Menus, you can add links from categories, pages and virtually any link into a single menu.
    • MonoShade has 2 location for Custom Menus : Above Logo and Below Logo
    • If you assigned custom menu to any of the location, it will replace the theme's default navigation menu.
    • Illustration explaining about Custom Menu
  • Category Navigation Bar

    • By default, at most 9 categories were loaded into the navigation bar. This is to avoid overflow if you have too many categories.
    • If you need to display more than 9 categories or control which category to show, you can choose at the theme options page by ticking them.
  • Post Image & Thumbnails

    • Look at this illustration to understand more
    • Square Post Thumbnail is a square image of size 125 x 125 pixels, shown at blog index, related posts and search (if enabled).
    • Rectangle Post Thumbnail is a rectangle image of size 290 x 100 pixels (only if you choose "two-column magazine with rectangle thumbnail" at theme options page).
    • To beautify your blog, try to include a post thumbnail for every post.
    • Post Image is a big image of size 550 x 190 pixels, shown at single post/page, just below the post title.
    • Rectangle Post Thumbnail has same ratio as the Post Image so you can use the same image for both.
    • Square Post Thumbnail and Rectangle Post Thumbnail can be auto generated if you enabled "auto thumbnail generation" and left the input empty. (learn more at "All about Auto Thumbnail Generation" below.
  • Why there are 2 thumbnail system to choose from?

    • MonoShade already have its own thumbnail system before WordPress introduces Featured Image system in Wordpress 2.9.
    • To continue support all MonoShade users who were still using the old thumbnail system, we keep the old thumbnail system.
    • You can choose the priority of the thumbnail system being used, seperately for Post Thumbnail and Post Image, in the theme options page.
  • Adding Post Image & Thumbnails using WordPress Featured Image

    • When you add/edit a post, scroll down to "Featured Image" box and click "Set Featured Image".
    • After choosing a photo to upload, please wait a moment while wordpress is crunching the photo.
    • Then, make sure you click "Use as featured image", NOT "insert into post".
    • Finally, press "Save all changes" then close the menu.
  • Adding Post Image & Thumbnails using MonoShade Thumbnail System

    • When you create/edit a blog post, scroll down to the container called "MonoShade Post Thumbnail & Post Image".
    • Upload your image and paste the direct URL into the input.
    • You don't have to create a custom field yourself because this theme has a built-in area for you to enter the image URL.
  • All about Auto Thumbnail Generation

    • Thumbnails can be auto generated if the thumbnail field is left empty or no featured image is set. (based on your thumbnail priority setting)
    • The first image in your blog post will be cropped and used as thumbnail. If your post does not have an image, it displays a default thumbnail.
    • If the field is left empty, and you did not enable auto thumbnail, it displays a default thumbnail.
    • Of course, the default thumbnail can be changed at theme option page.
    • NOTE: By default, for auto thumbnail generation to work, your post's first image must be hosted in your own website. This is to prevent others from using your server bandwidth.
  • "Your first image must be hosted in your own website"? Why and What does that mean?

    • If the thumbnail generator script can access images from another website, it means anyone can use your server resource to create thumbnails for themselves. To prevent that, the default thumbnail generator script disallow loading image from another website.
    • However, if you don't care about that, you can download the TimThumb (cross site) at the "Extra Download" section so that you can then generate thumbnail using images hosted on another website.
    • It means that if your site is http://mysite.com, the images URL must start with "http://mysite.com/".
    • For example, this is valid : http://mysite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/thumb.jpg
    • This is invalid : http://othersite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/thumb.jpg
  • Fitting Thumbnail

    • You can choose either Resize to Fit or Zoom/Crop to Fit to fit the thumbnail
    • This illustration explains the difference between the two method.
    • Resize to Fit uses CSS to stretch the image to the desired size.
    • Zoom/Crop to Fit uses TimThumb (thumbnail generator script) to zoom/crop to the desired size.
    • Therefore, if you choose Zoom/Crop to Fit, make sure that your thumbnail image is hosted in your website.
    • Zoom/Crop to Fit is recommended if your thumbnail ratio differs too much from the default thumbnail ratio.
  • Featured Category

    • First take a look at this Step-by-step guide to activate Featured Gallery.
    • Generally, not all your featured posts are in the same category. Therefore, you can create a new category (In my case, I called it "Featured", of course you can call it any name you want)
    • Visit the theme option page, select "Featured" as the Featured Category.
    • Next, assign all featured posts to the "Featured" category.
    • You can also choose to display "Posts from any category" in the featured gallery.
  • Google Ads Settings at Theme Options Page

    • You can choose to use built-in ads codes or your custom codes for all 5 positions.
    • If you ticked the checkbox, we will display the ads using our built-in adsense codes.
    • If you want to display your own ads/banner, you can enter your own HTML codes in the textarea, but make sure you untick the checkbox.
  • Social Bookmarking

    • By default, social bookmark area (Share This Post) shows 6 buttons which include Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Technorati, Delicious and StumbleUpon.
    • Some users might find these 6 buttons are not enough, so we allow user to choose to use a more complete plugin SexyBookmarks for social bookmarking.
    • If you are using SexyBookmarks, please set the "Menu Placement" option to "Manual Mode" in the plugin settings page.
  • WP-PageNavi Plugin Conflict

    • Some users reported that WP-PageNavi plugin causes the sidebar and footer to be missing. If you have WP-PageNavi plugin installed, you should deactivate your WP-PageNavi plugin.
  • Change Tabbed Menu's Animation Style and Speed

    • To change the animation settings, open monoshade/js/zentabs.js follow the instructions. I don't include this in the theme options page because I think it is not neccessary to cause extra load to your server.
  • Localisation

    • A POT template file is included with the theme inside /languages/ folder. With softwares like PoEdit, you can open the POT file and translate the theme into your language. When you're done with the translation, save the mo/po files inside /languages/ folder.
    • All po/mo filenames must start with the language code, an underscore and the country code. Eg: en_GB.po
    • Other resources you might need : Installing WordPress in your language, List of language codes, List of country codes.

ChangeLog

Version 1.2.1

  • Added gravatar of commentor in tabbed menu - comments tab
  • Fixed a bug in categories navigation bar. You can now show all categories correctly by ticking "ALL CATEGORIES" in the Navigation Control setting.
  • Uses home_url() instead of get_option(home) to get site's url
  • About Us widget - you can now use text as widget title. If you are using different colourscheme, please download the updated colourscheme zip file get the new "aboutus_bg_top_notitle.gif".
  • All colourschemes have been updated to version 1.1 to follow up the changes in About Us widget
  • Template Files changed: 5 files (download the changeset at "Download" section - 5 mins upgrade)
  • New files: 1 image file

Version 1.2

  • More translation added
  • Auto thumbnail generation now obey the Fitting Thumbnail setting in individual post
  • Added support for WordPress 2.9 Featured Image System.
  • Added support for WordPress 3.0 Custom Menus, for 2 locations (Above Logo & Below Logo). If you assigned a custom menu to any location, it will replace the theme's default navigation menu.
  • User can now choose the priority of which thumbnail system to use. (WP Featured Image or MonoShade Thumbnail System)
  • User can now choose to hide post image in featured gallery only or single page only, or both.
  • Opengraph added on single post and page. Your post will now show thumbnail when sharing to facebook , digg, etc.
  • Removed "Home" link from pages navigation menu due to duplicate (already exists in category menu)
  • Bug fixes for "No Sidebar" page template
  • Optimized codes for two column blog index styles
  • Template Files changed: 8 files (download the changeset at "Download" section - 5 mins upgrade)

Version 1.1.9

  • Added 404.php for "Page not found" message.
  • Added author.php to display an author's posts
  • Fixed featured gallery switcher and toggle button opens new blank window in IE for some users
  • Fixed deprecated functions and argument for register_sidebar_control() , load_plugin_textdomain(), etc
  • Now uses load_theme_textdomain() for internationalization. You need to rename your po/mo files, remove the "monoshade-" from the filename. For example, if your old po/mo file is called monoshade-en_GB.mo , rename it to en_GB.mo
  • Cleaned up the codes in functions.php
  • Pages and categories navigation menu is now more style-able using CSS
  • Featured posts can now be loaded from all category and sorted by date in ascending or descending order
  • Social bookmark area can choose to use SexyBookmarks plugin
  • Files changed: 5 files (download the changeset at "Download" section - 5 mins upgrade)
  • 2 new files: 404.php and author.php

Version 1.1.8

  • Fixed version checker laggy issue
  • New page template: No Sidebar
  • The widgets and theme options page is more clean and organised now.
  • Latest Tweet at header can now show more tweets
  • Add support for locale in feedburner subscription page
  • Added translation of 2 sentences in comments.php and single.php (previously missed)
  • Files Changed: 6 files (download the changeset at "Download" section - 5 mins upgrade)
  • 1 new file: nosidebar.php

Version 1.1.7

  • You can now disable thumbnails in related post area regardless of thumbnail settings
  • Now allows swapping the position of category and page navigation menu
  • You can now choose to resize or zoom/crop to fit POST IMAGES (like post thumbnails)
  • Files Changes: 4 files (download the changeset at "Download" section - 5 mins upgrade)

Version 1.1.6

  • Fully widgetized sidebar (please re-arrange your widgets upon install or upgrade to this version)
  • Smileys now have transparent background
  • No. of popular posts can be controlled now
  • 4th widgetized section : "Big Sidebar 2" has been added to the most bottom of sidebar
  • Comment area can be disabled now
  • Comment rss link can be hide/disabled now
  • Fixed a bug in the rss link at footer
  • Files Changes: 6 files (download the changeset at "Download" section - 5 mins upgrade)

Version 1.1.5

  • Thumbnail generator now works even PECL FileInfo is not supported by your server
  • Colour schemes now have their own version and changelog.txt (if newer version is introduced)
  • Number of related posts can be controlled now
  • Added css codes for table in post content
  • Category and page navigation bar can be disabled now
  • Added facebook button to sidebar and footer
  • Now allow users to link to their own custom css file so that the changes/customisation won't lost after upgrading to newer version
  • Files Changes: 5 files (download the changeset at "Download" section - 10 mins upgrade)
  • If you are upgrading from version 1.1.4 and you edited blue or red colour scheme's css, you have to redo the changes manually on the latest version 1.0.1 of the colour scheme (which you can download at the "download" tab)
  • 3 new images added for both blue and red colour schemes. If you follow the changeset, it should cover that.

Version 1.1.4

  • Added Easy Colour Scheme Installation feature (download the scheme files and paste into colourschemes/ folder)
  • 2 colour schemes added (blue and red)
  • xHTML valid
  • Added Featured Youtube Video sidebar widget (controllable at theme option)
  • You can now add more sidebar 125x125 advertisement blocks easily. (see screenshot)
  • Added two method to fit the thumbnails (see screenshot)
  • You can now choose type of ads (text or image) for all 5 google ads positions
  • You can now change the header google ads to show the latest tweet by entering "tweet" as the custom value
  • Updated auto thumbnail generator file : timthumb.php
  • For better view, you can now toggle the block of options at theme options page.
  • At theme options page, a submit button is added at the bottom of each block of options.
  • Style.css Changes: download the changeset at "Download" section
  • Files Changes: 13 files (download the changeset at "Download" section)

Version 1.1.3

  • More words ready for localisation (missed some in previous version)
  • Auto thumbnail (original version) now displays a default image if your first image is hosted on other sites.
  • Search page and category page can have their own style now. (choose from the 4 styles similar to blog index styles)
  • You can now hide post image (if any) in their own page/post by creating a custom field of name "hidepostimage" and give it a value of "1".
  • Fixed "new version notification" problem due to the famous cross-site ajax problem. Changed the method to determine new version.
  • Better page title in terms of SEO
  • Style.css changes : none
  • Changed Files : Download the changed files at "Download" section

Version 1.1.2

  • Added version checker at theme options page (it notifies you when new version is released). You can hide the notification at theme option page.
  • Auto thumbnail generation with caching to save bandwidth
  • Toggle Posts button can be disabled now, and only shown when javascript is enabled
  • Now we uses cookie to remember the state of Toggle Posts (visible or invisible)
  • Whole new jQuery gallery with 5 animation styles, you can control time to switch image and disable auto run.
  • You can now hide all comment count (enable this at theme option page)
  • Extra css files for different fonts and font size now combined and controlled by 1 single file
  • "Random Posts" and "More Posts" menu will not be shown if there is no post
  • You can now choose to use built-in ads codes or custom codes (your banner codes) in all 5 google ads positions.
  • A minor display bug fixed.
  • Now support threaded comments with pagination (without plugin)
  • Category and Search page now follow your "Blog Index Style" setting.
  • Changed Files : Almost all files due to localisation.
  • Style.css Changes : Not much, you can download the list of changes at "Download" section.

Version 1.1.1

  • Fixed some HTML tags
  • Added link to theme support at theme option page
  • Added jQuery.noConflict() so that your site works even if you use other libraries such as mootools

Version 1.1

  • Added 1 new blog index style : two column magazine with rectangle thumbnail
  • Added "More posts" & "Random posts" at blog index (for internal link building)
  • Animated category and page dropdown menu
  • Animated Toggle Post View
  • Added Text-shadows to some titles
  • Fixed some minor bugs

Version 1.0

  • First Version of MonoShade

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