Thoughts on branding, design, writing and life by Kevin Potts. Established 2003.

Textpattern Template: Clean and Green

There’s a new Textpattern skin in town, and I’m pretty sure it’s awesome enough that somewhere a paradigm has shifted. “Clean and Green” is a skin in the truest sense of the word — simply copy the CSS file into TXP and the default install magically transforms into graphic brilliance.

Today marks the release of the easiest template you’ll ever see for Textpattern: Clean and Green, the CSS-based skin for the default TXP install. There are no forms, pages, categories or sections to update — simply overwrite the CSS with the contents of clean.css and WHAM — instant awesome.

The default Textpattern template is not much to look at. In fact, it’s not much of anything. Some minimal TXP functionality and some scrappy HTML with a rough cut CSS file thrown in. While this avoids the “Kubrick”-overload Wordpress has seen with its default theme (the default TXP template is so ugly developers have to change it) it forces a steeper learning curve on first time TXP users. Simple themes like “Clean and Green” enable writers to jump in and start writing with confidence that comes with a killer-looking site.

So if your Aunt Mildred or someone comes to you and says, “You know, I’m a total PHP/MySQL genius but can’t style my way out of a box model,” send ‘em over here.

For the more adventurous, there’s also my Sapphire template. One of these days I’ll add a “Templates” section to graphicpush where the masses can revel in my skinning genius without having to skip around Textpattern Resources. I’ll have to create one so complex it will take longer to implement than creating one from scratch.

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