Welcome to the Copyblogger Theme for WordPress

You’ve come to the right place! How do I know? Because this is one place on the Web where you truly can leave with more than you arrived with, and best of all, it won’t cost you a dime!

The Copyblogger Theme for WordPress is the second fully-developed theme from Chris Pearson, the same guy who developed (and later sold) the Cutline Theme for WordPress.

Chris likes great SEO, squeaky-clean XHTML, accessible layouts that look identical across all modern browsers, ubiquitous design solutions, and talking about himself in the third person.

Seriously, though, I think the Copyblogger Theme for WordPress encompasses all those key points, and I believe it can help you become a better publisher.


#1 Jon Symons on 05.22.07 at 2:58 pm

Nice…can I sponsor this theme with my “no credit equity loans” site? :)

#2 Chris P. on 05.23.07 at 11:25 am

Jon — I think you know the answer to that ;)

#3 BasH-online.com on 05.27.07 at 1:25 pm

WordPress Theme Copyblogger in deutsch

Da ich das neue Theme sowieso ins deutsche übersetzen musste, hab ich mir gedacht, kann ich es auch gleich zum download bereitstellen. Kann ja nicht sein, das Kiri allein den ganzen Ruhm fürs übersetzen von Themes einheimst. Das Theme i…

#4 Bastian on 05.27.07 at 1:46 pm

Hi there,
I just wanted you to know that I translated your stylish theme into german. Of course I kept the links to your site. Hope thats okay for you.
Thanks for that! :)

#5 Chris P. on 05.27.07 at 2:16 pm

Bastian — I actually checked out your post on the theme before I saw that you commented here… My German is not only bad, but also rusty, but in spite of that, I was able to determine that you translated the theme into Deutsch, which is excellent!

Thanks very much for your work, as this is what open source projects are all about.

#6 Ben on 05.29.07 at 1:01 am

And I’m almost ready wtih Dutch.

#7 azzam on 06.11.07 at 7:52 am

There was an issue with the 3 column copyblogger theme whereby the custom.css file had a missing }, this has been amended and you can download the theme. However if you have an existing theme uploaded then just open custom.css file and add the } to the end of the line that begins ‘.custom #left h2′, you will see the missing bracket

#8 Dan and Jennifer on 06.13.07 at 10:03 pm

Hey Chris,

A quick question on the tagline – it’s not showing up in the header, and just the blog title isn’t SEO happy enough without a tagline. I’d also like my readers to see in a few quick words what the site is about. :-)

I see in the header.php that tagline SHOULD be displaying, but it isn’t.

I found the code that causes this to not show in style.css:
#logo h1, #logo #tagline { display: none; font: normal 1.6em “Helvetica Neue”, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; }

And, if I remove “display: none” then the tagline shows up. BUT it looks horrific… it’s a very thin and small red on black background.

Is there another way you would recommend to display the tagline (or change that style.css line) without breaking the elegant design? :-)

Thanks Chris.

Have an awesome day!

#9 Bruce on 06.15.07 at 4:39 pm

Hi Chris,

I am currently using the three-column version of CB, but have been wondering if it might be better for me and for my readers if I went back to your original two-column release.

I visited an SEO site this morning (can’t remember which one) where the writer indicated that two-column views are less distracting for the reader, and that, if you are trying to sell something, you want to minimize distractions. I’m not really trying to sell any products other than the Ads in the sidebar, but it made me wonder.

On the other hand, there is the view that a three-column design has more “information density” and the readers can more quickly find what they are looking for.

What are your thoughts on this? And, if you prefer a two-column approach, does it matter which side the sidebar is on?

Thanks. I know this is a bit off-topic, although it is CB-related, but this issue has weighed on my mind for a few weeks and I’d like to put it to bed.

#10 kristarella on 06.21.07 at 8:36 pm

Hi Chris,
I’ve been redesigning my site and I started using Sandbox as a theme to be customised with CSS.
I’m just wondering if you’ve come across Sandbox and what you thought of it and why Copyblogger might be better. I haven’t gotten too far in my coding to switch to another theme, it wouldn’t too hard to move the CSS over. I’ve also been working with a fluid theme (fixed sidebar width but not main article area) and was wondering what you thought of them.

#11 kristarella on 06.21.07 at 8:56 pm

I just downloaded your code and it seems much simpler and elegant than Sandbox… I think I might switch over. :)
I’d still be interested to hear your thoughts though.

#12 Chris P. on 06.22.07 at 12:01 am

Dan and Jennifer — I have to change that for the next release, as there are other issues with that tagline as well. I hated the way it broke the original look of the header, so I nixed it during testing. Of course, by doing that, I ended up with a crappy result, so I’ll have to figure out a solution here when I update the theme again.

Bruce — To be quite honest, I am only an advocate of a 3-column layout if the amount of content and advertiser interest completely warrants more real estate on the page. The 3-column design that is currently on Copyblogger was really only necessary because of the six sponsor blocks that appear on the right. However, Brian also wanted to take advantage of the left hand column in order to push his subscriber numbers, and that’s been reasonably successful thus far.

Bear in mind, though, that a user is far less likely to get lost in a two-column layout because there are simply fewer choices to make. In my experience, when you offer users fewer choices, they usually end up making better ones—oftentimes, the very decisions that you’d want them to make.

Just looking over your site, one thing repeats over and over in my head: “less is more.” Trim that bad boy down and see if you can target decision-making points that will result in the conversions you want.

#13 Chris P. on 06.22.07 at 12:34 am

kristarella — Sandbox is an unbelievably good theme for developers. It boasts an extremely well thought out CSS class structure that a savvy developer can bend and mold to just about any specification under the sun.

The drawback here is that this also implies quite a bit of work on your end. If you’re up for that kind of challenge, then Sandbox is a wonderful choice for a WordPress framework.

However, as you pointed out in your second comment, the Copyblogger Theme is designed to work for people of all skill levels right out of the box. On top of that, the additional custom stylesheet solution provides what is essentially a step-by-step environment for making changes to the theme’s fonts and colors.

I think you can know less and do more with the Copyblogger Theme (in less time, too!), and there is certainly a market of Web site owners/operators out there for whom this is a perfect fit. I tried to make the theme’s code easier for people to understand, too, and your positive feedback indicates that perhaps this is the case after all.

Oh, and regarding the fluid versus fixed width debate… I think that anyone who is schooled in typography and ocular motion (while reading) would tell you that fixed width is the only way a designer can ensure an optimal reading environment. Studies have shown that readers prefer an average of 8–14 words per line, and with the ever-increasing size of monitors, this often causes the content areas of fluid-width layouts to expand to nearly double an optimal width for readability.

This is one area that I’ve begun to explore more and more within my work, and I definitely think you could make the argument that I may be taking things a bit too far. However, I’m starting to notice the subtleties that accompany proper text treatment, and I’m convinced that proper typography plays to the mind in a way that is sometimes at odds with what our eyes may perceive.

So my point here is that I think you can communicate with your users more effectively by providing a reading environment that caters to them and makes reading easier. I believe in this solution for design, and although I can’t prove unequivocally that it’s the right one, it’s definitely the one I’m going to stick with :)

#14 Bruce on 06.22.07 at 6:10 am

Chris – Thank you very much for the indepth treatment of 2 versus 3 column, and for the great advice to trim down the choices users have to make. Very good advice. For now I will stick with 3 columns, with the view of working my way back toward a 2 column once I have done sufficient clean-up.

Thanks again. Good discussion.

#15 Bruce on 06.22.07 at 7:26 am

Chris, one final question about layout. I am looking hard at cleaning up the sidebar(s) and wonder if it would be best to move my Topics Listing (categories) into an Archives page, and to also move my Blogroll into a separate page, with both being accessible from the navbar?

Thanks again for the great help. This 2-col vs 3-col debate has been going on in my mind for too long, and it is good to have sound advice on it, along with the great advice that “less is more.” (Reminds me of a book I need to re-read: The Paradox of Choice, which basically asserts the same thing.)

#16 Learning SEO on 06.22.07 at 8:17 am

Hi Chris, thanks again for realesing your WordPress theme. I’m still working on my blog, about 80% done.

I use the SEO Title tag in conjunction with the UTW plugin, but it doesn’t seem to be working with the copyblogger theme. Have I done anything wrong? Can you please tell me what I have to do to get it to work propertly?

#17 Cliff on 06.23.07 at 10:18 am

Hi Chris, love the copyblogger theme switch over from cutline 1.1 to this 3 column versus. I need your help with something here, been receiving the below message:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function social_buttons() in the page.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

#18 Chris P. on 07.03.07 at 12:57 pm

Learning SEO — Which plugin doesn’t seem to work, the Title Tag or UTW?

#19 Chris P. on 07.03.07 at 12:58 pm

Cliff — Your problem is with some sort of social bookmarking plugin and not with the theme. Try checking out the plugin’s documentation for your answer.

#20 Learning SEO on 07.03.07 at 4:10 pm

Hi Chris, thanks. I have encountered a couple of problems:

-With the SEO Title tag plugin: on the option for “Home page title tag” I left it blank, because is not taking the title tag from here, but instead it’s taking the home page title tag from options/general options/ tagline, so I wrote the title tag there in the tagline.

- On the UTW I have found that is not working either, I wanted to give custom titles to my blog tags, I did wrote them, and submitted the titles, but they are not displaying when requesting any of the tag pages.

Thanks in advance, for any help you can give me on the subject.

#21 Cliff on 07.03.07 at 5:00 pm

Got it, Thanks Chris

#22 Chris P. on 07.03.07 at 5:02 pm

Learning SEO — I’m going to have to take a closer look at the Title Tag plugin (which I happen to think is largely unnecessary anyway), but as far as the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin goes, I think you actually need to drop some code in either your index.php or single.php file to make the tags appear.

I quickly scanned your HTML, and I couldn’t find any evidence of the tag code.

#23 Learning SEO on 07.03.07 at 9:38 pm

“as far as the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin goes, I think you actually need to drop some code in either your index.php or single.php file to make the tags appear.”

Thanks Chris, I’ll check on the code you mentioned, I really didn’t know about it, I’ll see what I can find on the subject.

#24 Learning SEO on 07.03.07 at 9:49 pm

Chris one more question, I happened to see on the wordpress forum that there’s a new version of wordpress, 2.2.1 that fixes some bugs of the 2.2 version.

Sorry for my ignorance, but how do we go about it? Do we have to do the update, even though we are using the copyblogger theme?

If we do the update, does that affect all the changes we have done to the CSS of the copyblogger theme and other pages? I’m kind of confused about it and wanted to hear an expert advice before I get into doing the update. Thanks again for your valuable help.

#25 Chris P. on 07.03.07 at 11:38 pm

Learning SEO — When you upgrade, overwrite everything except for the wp-content folder. This will upgrade your version of WordPress, but it will not affect any theme files.

Be careful, though—if you overwrite the wp-content folder, you’ll overwrite any changes that you made to the theme (unless you have a backup copy, of course).

#26 cued100prof on 07.05.07 at 7:44 am

Hi Chris: This is a great theme, and I’m looking forward to working with it here in the educational setting where things like accessibility are important.

I did run into one glitch right out of the box: my category lists only displays one (of a half dozen) categories. Switching back to Kubrick, they do display. So there’s something going on that relates to the copyblogger theme. Any idea what it might be? (Sorry I can’t show you the site. It’s under lock and key.)

#27 cued100prof on 07.05.07 at 8:38 am

Oh, never mind. I just realized that the client doesn’t have any posts in the “missing” categories! Sorry to clutter the space here. Feel free to delete these comments.

#28 BlakeB on 07.10.07 at 4:46 pm

Chris, I stumbled upon your theme and anxiously installed it in /themes. While “copyblogger” shows in the themes chooser, the preview image for copyblogger is missing and when I select it, the blog loads without a theme – just unformatted posts.

I browsed the FTP directory and it appears to be there (as are the other themes. I deleted it and tried again to no avail. Thoughts?

#29 Chris P. on 07.10.07 at 4:59 pm

BlakeB — Blake, can you verify that the folder structure on your server is *exactly* like this:

  • wp-contentthemescopyblogger
  • Now, inside the copyblogger folder, you should see the theme’s core files, which include one directory called images and a host of .php files

If I had to make an educated guess, I’d say that the theme’s files have not been properly uploaded to your server, or else there is an extra sub-level within your copyblogger theme folder that shouldn’t be there.

#30 BlakeB on 07.11.07 at 11:15 am

Thanks Chris. Everything looked as you said it should and the css file was there too. Before posting back again, I tried deleting the theme again (3rd) time and replaced it et voilà – it just worked! I’d also tried your Cutline theme in the interim which worked fine. Thanks for your quick answers.

#31 ClarkeW on 07.12.07 at 12:26 am


Thanks for putting out another great theme! I just launched a major redesign of my site with a customized version of this theme. It was extremely easy to customize and overall I’m extremely happy with it.

#32 Larry on 07.14.07 at 5:00 pm

I would like to add an AdSense link header to CopyBlogger. Has anyone tried this or have any knowledge of this? Thanks, Larry

#33 Larry on 07.14.07 at 6:16 pm

Disregard my last comment. Adding the AdSense link under the nav_menu wasn’t that hard.

#34 Shankar Ganesh on 07.15.07 at 7:38 am

Hey Chris,
I really love this theme. And your designs rock!

I have a question: I want to replace the text header on top with an image, is that possible? How do I do that?


#35 Emily on 07.19.07 at 10:49 am

Hey Chris,

This theme is awesome! Very simple, but with a nice flair. I also appreciate how easy you’ve made it to customize the look and feel of the site.

I also would love to know if there’s any way to add an image to the header.

Thanks so much!

#36 Larry on 07.22.07 at 6:16 pm

I’m using CopyBlogger and I’ve loaded a few plugins and I’m having a problem with one. I’m using the Evermore plugin and it works fine but I would like to use the Related Post plugin too but I can’t figure out where to put it. If I put it in the loop on the index.php page the related post end up on right after “Continue Reading →” and not to the page that displays the whole post. Does anyone know where it needs to be for it to appear after the complete post?

The site that I got the Related Post plugin from does not even come up anymore.

#37 Kirk T on 07.22.07 at 10:43 pm

Larry – I’ve put the code in the “Single Post” file of the theme. I put it inside the “entry” div just before the comment section ?php comments_template(); ?.

I don’t have enough post yet to have related content, but I look forward to seeing if I’ve set it up right.

I’ve linked to the site from where I found the plugin and a few notes on how to set it up, but I’m not sure if it’s the same site you’re trying to reach.

#38 Larry on 07.22.07 at 11:33 pm

Kirk T – Thanks I did find a site that had some good instructions and was able to get it working. You can take a look at it here.

#39 Kirk T on 07.23.07 at 10:00 am

Larry – I’m glad you got it working, and thanks for the link. I’ll definitely be adding a few new plugins.

#40 Michellev on 07.29.07 at 2:48 pm

hi I was looking for a forum? I’ve got 2 problems using the organic version.
1. in IE6 the right column gets cut off

2. everything after my warrior tags plugin goes really small and squished together. I’ve added a h2 code to make it readable for now, but it doesn’t look right. I’d like it separated by a blank line. ( doesn’t work, that would have been do easy)
can anyone tell me whats going on? I’ve tried everything I know to do. Thanks

#41 CharlotteAnne on 08.11.07 at 9:22 am

Chris –
can I use copyblogger on a WordPress.com account? Or do I need my own server to do that?
thanks so much!

#42 Peter Beck on 08.15.07 at 1:52 am

Chris –

I love your themes, and have been dying to use Copyblogger instead of Cutline on my newest blog.

But after installing WP 2.2.2 (the default theme works fine) and downloading the CB theme, I get what really sounds like Blake’s problem earlier: unformatted text only, like website 1A. In the Presentation tab, there’s no image for CB 1.0′s theme. This all despite upgrading my ftp program, and deleting/reloading the CB theme from this and your home sites, at least 4 times.

Any thoughts? Is there an issue with WP 2.2.2?

#43 Robert on 08.23.07 at 10:55 am


I have a sidebar issue with Copyblogger. I installed this brilliant theme some months back but today the sidebar slipped down to the bottom of the main page.

When I navigate to About or Archive, these pages are unaffected.

I have known long URLS to do this type of thing as well as italics which when chopped and or removed clears up the problem (previous theme was like this).

So question is, how can I fix the situation. Any ideas?

Go take a peep to see what I mean. If you see everything is where it should be then I have a browser issue both at home and at my office!! Eeeek I hope not.

I look forward to any advice you can offer.



#44 Robert on 08.24.07 at 5:10 am

Situation has got worse. Now all pages show the slipped sidebar.

Have tried the 2px fix to no avail. Am now looking at the ans possibilities.


#45 Chris P. on 08.24.07 at 9:32 am

Robert — At least part of your problem lies in this post. When you composed the post, you improperly inserted a <--more--> tag (yours reads <--more>), and that is cutting off the remainder of the post as well as some necessary <div> elements which help to create the layout.

Try fixing that post and see if it doesn’t solve your problem.

#46 kristarella on 09.20.07 at 3:46 am

Thanks for your reply to my comment (ages ago!). I must have forgotten to subscribe to these comments and missed it until now.
Yes, you’ve done a good job in making this template work for noobs and pros. :P
Perhaps I will take on the challenge of working with Sandbox sometime soon (I need a new ongoing project!).

For this theme though, I was wondering what the k2_comment_type_detection in the comments.php is for. It says to separate trackbacks and comments, but from what I can see they wind up together (e.g. this post of mine). I was about to make it so the trackbacks are separated from the comments in a list, but wanted to check what this function was doing first.

#47 Chris P. on 09.20.07 at 9:29 am

kristarella — The function you mentioned is, as you suspected, not in use in the current template. I actually left it there for folks like you, who might wish to extend the template and separate trackbacks from comments.

It should be quite easy to use, as the output of the function is either “trackback” or “comment,” depending on the type of correspondence.

#48 Greg Jorgensen on 09.29.07 at 1:02 am

I love this theme, and the organic add-on. One glitch: When you make the text smaller in the browser the top of the comment bubbles are hacked off at the right side. It’s happening on this page so it’s not just my installation. I see it with both Safari 2.0 and Firefox 2.0 on OS X. Thanks!

#49 Connie on 10.02.07 at 6:02 am

Is there a 3-column version just like the one on the Copyblogger blog?

#50 Chris P. on 10.02.07 at 9:03 am

Connie — The design you see at Copyblogger is a totally custom layout that does not have anything to do with this theme.

To put it another way, Copyblogger does not run on a free WordPress template.

#51 Chris P. on 10.02.07 at 9:05 am

Connie — You have one of the nicest Cutline mods I’ve ever seen on your site! Nicely done!

#52 Connie on 10.03.07 at 5:05 am

Oh, I see. The names confused me. Thanks for the clarification, Chris.

Re Cutline mod. I have two others. Here and here. :)

#53 Chris P. on 10.03.07 at 3:07 pm

Connie — Looks like you have a pretty efficient Cutline mod template going on there… Really good stuff!

#54 Connie on 10.03.07 at 4:45 pm

Thanks, Chris. :) Modifying themes for personal use is such a stress-buster. :wink:

#55 kristarella on 10.05.07 at 1:34 am

Hi Chris,
I just had someone complain about the comment form – they didn’t realise you had to put an email in (I’ve now added some little “required” text) and when they got the WP error message and clicked “back” in their browser their extensive comment was gone. They claim that it’s common for the text to still be there on clicking back.
I know very little about html forms and wondered if you knew anything about this.
I’ve looked into AJAX forms and such because they can be kind of cute, but it hasn’t worked out so far. Do you know about the kind of form behaviour they’re talking about?

#56 Bas on 10.07.07 at 9:00 am

Hi Chris,
I like the copyblogger theme very much! thanks for it. I have a question though.

When opening a post, one can click the categorie(s) this post is in (under the post title). Doing this, a page with all posts within this categorie opens. This works fine, but not for my posts with tumbnails (foto album). The links to larger images work, but the tumbnails don’t show. This is because in the link to the tumbnails, the categorie name is included (…/categorie/images/cache) while the tumbnails are in ../image/cache). I can’t figure out how to solve this.
I’m running wordpress 2.3.


#57 Cory on 10.15.07 at 10:23 pm


Was wondering if you could take a look at my comments on a single post page.

MY comments aren’t showing up entirely in the yellow chat bubble.


#58 Coach Anne | AmpleAlivenessa on 10.18.07 at 7:48 pm

The top right of each comment (gray regular or yellow author) has a rectangle “cut out” of it, when viewed in Firefox on a Windows Vista machine, set to normal text size.

It gets worse (more truncated) as I reduce text size, and improves to normal when I increase text size. This so whether I use Ctrl+/Ctrl -, or the View->Text Size menu.

When I right-click on the top of a comment and “view background image”, it is fine — full width and nicely rounded at both ends.

It also looks fine in IE7 at the usual size, or when I use Ctrl- or Ctrl+ to change text size. But when I use the View->TextSize->Smaller menu option, I see the same broken right corner effect. But here, it’s because the comment box is now overlapping the sidebar.

In all cases, in both Firefox and IE, the comment bottom image is just fine, except when it runs into an image in the sidebar.

I noticed this first as I began developing my soon-to-be-complete website in this theme, but came back here to your page, and am seeing the same effect.

Any idea what’s broken, or how it can be fixed? Or is this expected behavior, an unavoidable side-effect of using images in an otherwise all-em style? If so, why is the comment bottom image not affected?

(If you want, I have screen shots I can send you.)

#59 Production Video on 01.02.08 at 12:33 am

Just what I’ve been looking for
Keep up the good work!

Pete Garnish

#60 MichelleVan on 01.24.08 at 4:29 pm

Can I have organic in three columns? How. Love the theme . thanks

#61 JimNovak on 01.27.08 at 10:38 pm

I have set up my very first Blog using your Cutline theme. I am struggling to get the author’s name to display along with their post. Does CopyBlogger do this automatically? If not, any ideas on how I can get this to happen with Cutline?
Jim Novak

#62 kristarella on 01.30.08 at 8:01 am

Jim – It’s not showing up on the front pages because you’re using a page, not index.php.
I’m not sure why it’s not showing up on the other posts – have you checked your template files for <?php the_author ?> tags?

Copyblogger doesn’t show the author by default.

#63 Robert on 02.01.08 at 8:06 pm

I like this theme and I am using it on my site, I think this is also an seo friendly theme. My site is ow on page 4 in Google for the keyword “philippine condominium” in just a week time.

#64 ronald on 02.14.08 at 12:57 am

well good for you and your very good at SEO.

well i think this might help my SEO on my site , i like this theme because of its HTML structure.. well i hope that i can also rank on google

#65 simplykathy on 02.17.08 at 10:43 pm

me too i like this wordpress theme…

#66 Todd on 02.21.08 at 2:49 pm

I love this theme. However, I’m someone clueless on what the difference between the regular Copyblogger and the Organic is? Is it just the obvious color changes and that’s it?

#67 ufc videos on 02.22.08 at 7:32 pm

keep up the good work, you really have a nice collection of wordpress themes

#68 Steve on 02.25.08 at 5:52 am

Would you please clarify the cc license for me.

It is attribution required for using theme, or just for redesigning / redistributing the theme?

also, it is unclear to me by reading the license if you require attribution in the meta, or if the intention of the “attribution required cc license” is that the copyright information remain at the footer of the theme. Would you please clarify this?

#69 Maria Gudelis on 03.08.08 at 11:50 am

Thanks for this wonderful theme for WordPress, I really adore your talent.. And about the redidtribution please answer this..

#70 lori on 03.21.08 at 2:05 pm

copyblogger is missing a form label in the search box to make it accessible!

#71 kristarella on 03.24.08 at 10:22 pm

Accesible to what lori?
It has id="search_form" that can be used for CSS.

(I’m no form expert so if you want to expand on your comment please do.)

#72 Dannie on 03.31.08 at 10:36 am

Chris – My blog has two authors and this theme doesn’t have an author designation for posts. How would I go about adding that for each post?

#73 Jeff on 04.03.08 at 2:54 pm

There’s something akin to ‘The Antiseptic Sting Of The Swiss Franc’ about this that just floats my boat.

Thanks CP

(credit: M Python)

#74 Pablo DiCiacco on 04.07.08 at 12:22 pm

Hello, I must be getting re-directed when I visit here because I don’t see the style.

#75 Dave on 04.13.08 at 3:03 pm

Just wanted to say that I’ve been using and extensively tweaking Copyblogger for the last few months. It’s been a joy to use. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

#76 Jeff on 05.17.08 at 3:47 pm

Will your Xhtml site map plug in developed for cutline work with copyblogger?


#77 kristarella on 05.18.08 at 7:38 am

Jeff, the sitemap page template should work with Copyblogger (I have been using it), just check that the elements have the same names, like div id="content_box" etc. I think they are the same, but double check.

#78 Johnny on 05.24.08 at 8:36 am

Hi, Chris…
Thanks a lot for your themes…It’s great :)

#79 oftherock on 07.05.08 at 6:14 am

I just switched to your CUTLINE because it is the best format for me. I liked the clean lines and the way the blog is more readable.

Question: I would like to download the COPYBLOGGER theme but once I downloaded it, how do I use it as my WP theme? I am a newbie when it comes to blogging, started only last March.

Kindly help please. Thanks.

#80 kristarella on 07.05.08 at 6:27 am

oftherock, how did you use the Cutline theme without activating it? It’s the same for Copyblogger.

Generally you upload the theme folder into the WordPress wp-content > themes folder, then activate from the “Design” menu in the admin area.
More details on the WordPress site.

#81 oftherock on 07.05.08 at 7:22 am

Thanks Kristarella… the CUTLINE theme is already uploaded as a free WP theme. Thanks for the link. Will try to work on downloading and activating the Organic.

#82 jeff Link on 07.05.08 at 1:28 pm

Kristarella, He is not on a self hosted blog. He is on wordpress.com.

oftherock: For some themes you need to be self hosted on your own server. Then you will be able to use the full power of wordpress, like all the neat plugins and themes and add widgets.

#83 kristarella on 07.05.08 at 7:31 pm

Sorry for the dud info oftherock, I haven’t used WordPress.com much and didn’t realise the theme system was as it was, although from memory you can change the CSS. If the Cutline and Copyblogger as similar enough (e.g. the ids and classes are the same), you might be able to use some of the Copyblogger CSS, but that would be a little more involved.

Thanks for correcting me jeff!

#84 Bill on 09.16.08 at 11:02 am

I hope this isn’t a dumb question, but…I’ve tried to use the Copyblogger theme on several self-hosted blogs (on Netfirms and Hostmonster). I’ve uploaded correctly: in the file structure I see it right there with all the others; and it is available as a “Design” option on the dashboard. I choose it, activate it, view my site–and the home page looks great. HOWEVER…when I click on “About” or “Archive,” in all cases, I get the following error message:

Why would his be happening? Thanks so much.


In each case I’ve located the Copyblogger theme in WP-content>themes, same as all the other available themes.
I’m running 2.6.2.

#85 Bill on 09.16.08 at 11:07 am

For some reason the error message didn’t appear in my 1st comment. I’ll try again:

Not Found
The requested URL /about/ was not found on this server
additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.



#86 Chris P. on 09.16.08 at 11:07 am

Bill, this article tells you everything you need to know about getting your navigation links working. Essentially, your problem is that you’re using the default (and highly undesirable) WordPress permalink structure.

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#88 Paul on 01.27.09 at 9:26 pm

Hi Guys – Don’t know if you can help here.

I’m working on an application to embed by blog into Facebook using iFrames of 760px max width. This means that my webpages are a little too wide and produce a scrolling bar moving left to right.

Is there any way to alter the Copyblogger theme to make it auto-fit, width-wise, in this kind of scenario? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

#89 jay on 03.24.09 at 6:51 pm

Hello. Couple of questions:
-Is there any way to leave a permanent header/disclaimer at the top or bottom of the intro page?
-Is there a way to guide people from the intro page to a second page that is a merchant store? Possibly some sort of permanent header link?


#90 Dong Zhang on 07.30.09 at 6:45 pm

Hi Chris,
I have just started using the copyblogger theme and LOVE it! But why my front page shows FULL posts instead of summaries? I want only the summaries to be displayed on the main page–could you please advise?Thanks in advance!

#91 kristarella on 08.02.09 at 8:58 pm

Dong — you will need to use the <!-- more --> tag in your posts to truncate them on the home page. Or edit index.php to use the_excerpt() instead of the_content().

#92 Dong Zhang on 08.02.09 at 9:02 pm

Thanks kristarella! I used the more tag and it works great!

#93 rob on 08.14.09 at 10:55 am

How do you change the side bar colors so I can define the three columns?

#94 Greg on 08.14.09 at 7:29 pm

I am having a problem with the signup page. If I view it in Firefox or IE8 (in normal mode) the footer ends up where it says “Get your account in seconds”. But if I switch to IE 6 or put IE 8 into compatibility mode the footer ends up in the correct location. This only happens on the sign up page. It may be one of my plugins, but even disabling them doesn’t seem to work. Can you take a look at the wp-signup page on my site and see if you can see what might be causing the footer to show in the wrong spot?

#95 kristarella on 08.14.09 at 8:33 pm

Rob, you can try
.custom #content {padding-right:4em;}
. custom #sidebar {padding:1em; background:#ddf;}
, but that will only create a background behind one sidebar, I’m not sure what the third column is that you’re talking about.

Greg, you are missing the div #content_box on that page. If you had to define some markup for that plugin, add <div id="content_box"> before <div id="content"> and </div> after everything. If you didn’t have to define any markup, then it’s a problem with the plugin and you should ask the question of how to change the HTML layout with whoever supports that plugin.

#96 ATKI on 08.28.09 at 12:11 pm

Sorry the tag in your posts to truncate them on the home page. Or edit index.php to use the_excerpt() instead of the_content(). ?

#97 meber on 05.26.10 at 4:17 am

Is there a 2010 version of this theme?

#98 Jemmy on 02.25.11 at 4:13 am

Another great Chris Pearson theme. Still looking for cutline though :|

#99 Wightman on 05.14.11 at 12:58 pm

Whats up this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

#100 Copirait on 08.08.11 at 6:26 pm

Hi !!!
I have just started using the copyblogger theme and nice it!

#101 Bart on 02.21.12 at 10:11 am

This theme is over 4 years old, and it still rocks. Awesome job guys!

#102 Ruben A Beltran on 06.16.12 at 4:39 pm

Anybody lead me to the 3 column download?

Used it a few years ago. Switched for some odd reason and now want it back but every 3 column download link O have come across does not work.

Hopefully somewhere, somehow there is one.


#103 Jay Aar on 10.14.12 at 12:33 am

This theme is really awsome one. While we are talking about seo friendly , good looking and easy to use themes, we can’t forget this theme.