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How to Customize Your Random Header Images


After downloading Neoclassical, one of the first things you’ll want to do is customize the random header images that now grace the top of your site’s pages. Doing this effectively requires knowledge of exactly how these things work, and with my help, you’ll be a professional image randomizer in no time.

Oh, but before we go any further, you’ll need to download and install the updated version of rotating_images.php. In order to provide you with a more robust rotator, I had to modify the original code slightly.

Background Information

The Neoclassical Theme comes with a folder named /headers that contains the 5 default images used in the rotator. These header image files all follow a simple naming convention:

  • header_1.jpg
  • header_2.jpg
  • header_3.jpg
  • header_4.jpg
  • header_5.jpg

On default installations, these header images are controlled by a theme file named rotating_images.php. This is a simple PHP script that randomly selects one image from the /headers folder and displays it using the appropriate HTML.

The script, which consists of two main parts, is easy to understand. First, we generate a random number based on the total number of images in our /headers folder (this number is manually controlled, and the default is 5):

   $random_image = rand(1,5);

Next, we output the image associated with the random number we just generated:

<img src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/headers/header_<?php echo $random_image; ?>.jpg" ... />

In the above code, note the occurrence of the variable $random_image. Because this value changes randomly, the filename referenced in the image declaration also changes.

Quick Customization Example

Now that you know a little bit about how the random header generator works, let’s tweak it a little bit. For this example, let’s say that we we’ve created 8 killer header images, and we’d like to replace the default images with these new ones for display on our site.

Step one is to ensure that your images follow the required naming convention—header_1.jpg, header_2.jpg, header_3.jpg, and so on. It’s also important that your image subscripts start with 1 and increase in increments of 1, because any other configuration would require additional modification of the script.

Step two is to upload those images to your /headers folder, which is located inside your base /neoclassical theme folder.

Step three is to keep in mind that the default configuration can only accommodate 5 header images. In our example, however, we’re looking to include 8 images, and in order to pull this off, we’ll need to make a very slight modification to rotating_images.php:

   $random_image = rand(1,8);

In the above code, all I did was replace the default value of 5 with the number 8 (highlighted, kinda). Once you save and upload this modified version of rotating_image.php, you’ll have an image rotator that displays one of eight random images on each page of your site.

A Few Details…

The default header images are all 865px wide by 180px tall. Personally, I think this makes for a relatively unobtrusive yet visually striking crop, but your mileage may vary. Either way, I think you’ll appreciate the balance of your design the most if you keep your images that width.

If you use an image that is less than 865px wide, it will align to the left underneath the site title, leaving a visual gap of whitespace to the right of the image. In the event you simply must use such an image, I recommend leaving it aligned to the left. Despite that, I know many of you will want to tinker with a center-aligned image, and in order to do that, all you need to do is add the following declaration to your custom stylesheet, custom.css:

.custom #rotating_image img {
   margin: 0 auto;

Actually, while you’re at it, why not check out a right-aligned image, too:

.custom #rotating_image img {
   margin: 0 0 0 auto;

Now who can resist the urge to customize after that? ;)


1 Hawk { 11.27.07 at 10:24 pm }

Does this theme have an option for an all-black background?

2 Dave { 11.28.07 at 1:18 am }

Wicked stuff Chris. Thanks for the additional work on the headerr files. I’ll be installing the theme in the next few days (I’m just sorting through some photos for some cool header images). Thanks.

3 Chris Pearson { 11.28.07 at 2:03 am }

Hawk — No, but that’s not a bad idea, and I bet I could improve the theme a bit just by attempting to code up a high contrast version. If I come up with anything, I’ll let everyone know.

Dave — Good luck with that! When you finish up your header images, drop a line back here so we can geek out on your pics :)

4 Hannu { 11.28.07 at 4:33 am }

I am allready using the first version of the Neoclassic so is the only change the rotating_images.php or should I update the whole theme?


5 Chris Pearson { 11.28.07 at 11:43 am }

Hannu — You can read about most of the changes for version 1.1 on the version release notes page, and you can actually see some of the differences just by comparing this site to your own (for instance, note the additional whitespace in comments).

6 David Taylor { 11.29.07 at 9:10 am }

Hi Chris, Your theme looks awesome.
Unfortunately I am getting error 404s for the pages I try to create (Home is fine). The problem disappears when I switch to a default theme.
My WP files are hosted on my own server in a folder in the public-html.
Any ideas.

7 Chris Pearson { 11.29.07 at 11:41 am }

David — In its default configuration, Neoclassical supports semantic URLs, as opposed to the cryptic, out-of-the-box permalink structure provided by WordPress. In the past, changing this structure required a bit of technical mumbo-jumbo-ery (yes, I have poetic license here), but with the advent of WordPress 2.3+, this is now an extremely quick and painless process.

Try following these steps, and I bet your permalinks will not only look better, but they will also work properly with Neoclassical:

  1. In your WordPress dashboard, visit the Options tab.
  2. Next, select Permalinks from the sub-navigation menu.
  3. Under the “Common options” heading, you should see four buttons that correspond with the four available permalink structures for WordPress. Select Custom (the last one), and enter /%postname%/ in the text input field.
  4. Click on one of the two Update Permalink Structure » buttons, and you’re done!

Oh, and I suppose I took it for granted, but it’s certainly worth noting that using a semantic permalink structure on your site (as I’ve suggested here) is extremely beneficial to your overall search engine optimization. It’s literally something that everyone with a WordPress site should do.

8 Brian { 11.29.07 at 8:02 pm }

Great theme. Is there a way to change the white background with .gif or .jpeg and leave the center white.

I tried to modify the background to black in the css, but the whole theme turned black. Any suggestions? Thanks.

9 Chris Pearson { 11.30.07 at 2:32 pm }

Brian — You could create a 465px-wide .gif file that is white (if that’s the color you want your center column to be), and then you could overwrite the existing bg_content.gif file that is in your /neoclassical/images folder.

My instincts say that things will probably come out looking a bit funky, but if you like the result, go with it!

10 Eric { 11.30.07 at 3:02 pm }

Hi Chris. Whenever I create a new page, it doesn’t show up on the site. I changed the permalink structure as you said to do here. Yet none of my created pages show up. Thoughts?

11 Chris Pearson { 11.30.07 at 3:17 pm }

Eric — Pages do not show up in the sidebar by default. If you’d like to have this functionality, you can simply add the Pages widget to either sidebar.

The reason why pages don’t automatically show up in the navigation section is because people often use pages in other creative ways, and it would therefore be inappropriate to list all the pages there. Also, the sheer volume of pages on some sites would make an auto-generated list of pages more of a detriment to the home page than anything else.

Finally, you can manually add links to the navigation section in the left sidebar by editing nav_menu.php.

12 Gideon { 11.30.07 at 3:42 pm }

I was coming over to ask a question and I see there’s an update! Excellent, will install it later today. The rotating header images have been working wonderfully for me, with my own custom images that I simply uploaded to the appropriate folder instead of the ones you had provided.

My question was: How do I add an “edit” link to each post that I can see on the posts or on the main page when I’m logged in? Most themes I’ve tried have it and it is very useful to edit individual posts quickly when I’m reading them and see a small error, instead of having to scroll down to Site Admin and then clicking over to manage and then the edit button.

Thanks again.

13 Eric { 11.30.07 at 6:54 pm }

Thanks Chris. However, in the “Navigation” portion, if I delete the “About” page, the link still shows up on the left. Is there any way to just get rid of the “Navigation portion and leave the “pages” portion on the left? Thanks. The theme is awesome, btw.

14 Chris Pearson { 12.02.07 at 4:31 pm }

Eric — If you delete the following lines of code in left_bar.php, you will effectively remove the navigation menu:

<li class="widget">
      <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/nav_menu.php'); ?>
15 Kevin Donahue { 12.03.07 at 11:48 am }

@Gideon – To add an “edit this page” link a la Kubrick, you will need to add that snippet from the Default “Single Post” template to the NeoClassical “Single Post” template.

Not sure how much/little code will show on Chris’s blog, so I’ll refer you to the Codex for the EDIT POST LINK.


16 Hannu { 12.05.07 at 4:38 am }

Any change to make translation easier?
Without really knowing anything about programming I just wonder if it would be possible to make translation of the template easier?
I have now done it twice: first to 1.0 and then to 1.1 so I start to know where the texts are…
But if there is any change to collect the texts more together in the files it would make the translation much easier. :)


17 Peter { 12.07.07 at 6:32 pm }

The left-hand sidebar drops down in IE 6. Nice theme, but the drop dwon is pretty annoying.

18 Chris Pearson { 12.07.07 at 7:20 pm }

Peter — I test extensively in IE 6, and I tend to get bent out of shape when people make allegations like the one you’ve made here. On my test machine, which runs IE 6, everything is perfect. Are you talking about the theme as it is installed here, or are you talking about a version that you installed on one of your own sites?

If it’s your own site, then it’s almost a certainty that you simply had an element in the sidebar or in the content that was too wide for either column. Would you be so kind as to provide a link to this misbehaving version of the theme?

19 Peter { 12.08.07 at 12:35 am }


It was, and is, here on this site. I have not installed your theme anywhere (yet). I’ve sent you screenshots in a PP-file by email.


20 Chris Pearson { 12.08.07 at 9:44 am }

Peter — As of now, I have not received the screenshots. Also, just to make sure that I’m not crazy, I had a couple other people check in IE 6 as well, and they said everything looked perfect.

21 Rebekah { 12.12.07 at 11:37 am }

Love the template. It’s exactly what we were looking for. It has so many great options I’m not sure how we got it for free. We’ll be launching it this week on our blog.

22 Peter { 12.12.07 at 12:23 pm }

Chris: Did you receive the screenshots? I’ve sent them to both email accounts!


23 Chris Pearson { 12.12.07 at 1:54 pm }

Peter — I still haven’t received anything. Which email accounts are you talking about?

24 Rebekah { 12.12.07 at 2:47 pm }

Chris – How do we get the categories to show up on each post?

25 Peter { 12.12.07 at 2:52 pm }

Well, I though it was two different accounts. Turns out I’ve sent it twice to ‘onebigchris@gmail.com’


26 Chris Pearson { 12.12.07 at 3:47 pm }

Peter — Ah, I never check that email account.

Anyway, I received your images, and I’m really not sure why the theme would behave that way for you. So far, I’ve had 3 users test the theme in a Windows XP environment with IE 6, an all of them have said that the site rendered perfectly.

So, that leaves me thinking that you might be running an ancient version of IE. The specific version on my test machine is 6.0.2900.2180. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a version that was released in the wake of Service Pack 2.

What version are you running?

27 Peter { 12.12.07 at 5:01 pm }



28 Peter { 12.12.07 at 5:04 pm }

However, it is set up for the international character set – I am from Scandinavia. I don’t know if that could be an issue, but thought I’d mention it.


29 Chris Pearson { 12.12.07 at 5:10 pm }

Peter — Although I honestly don’t know for sure, my suspicion is that some other factor—like your character set, for instance—is causing the issue. I would be interested to see if changing back to the utf-8 standard fixes the problem. Do you mind to test that out?

30 Peter { 12.12.07 at 7:05 pm }

No, I don’t mind. However, it still looks the same here. Do you want me to just look here, or install it somehwere, or what?


31 Chris Pearson { 12.13.07 at 12:31 am }

Peter — Eh, I guess I really just mean change your character set to utf-8 and see if it causes this site to display differently. If nothing else, we’ll be able to rule that out as a factor in the strange behavior you’re seeing.

32 Peter { 12.13.07 at 1:19 am }

Hmm. I am using Windows XP. What do I do?


33 Chris Pearson { 12.13.07 at 1:24 am }

Peter — Oh, I see what you mean now… In IE 6, go to ViewEncodingUnicode (UTF-8).

If that value is already set, then I guess the encoding was never a problem to begin with :D

34 Peter { 12.13.07 at 1:33 am }

Yeah, is set to Unicode UTF-8.


35 Peter { 12.13.07 at 1:37 am }

Oh – and checked this page in Firefox now. There is looks great, even for me – :) So it somehow related to IE 6, and possibly Scandinavian, European or something settings, I guess?



36 Chris Pearson { 12.13.07 at 1:38 am }

Peter — I’m totally stumped. I don’t see how the same version of the same browser can render a site differently. Strange indeed.

37 Chris Pearson { 12.16.07 at 11:18 pm }

Rebekah — You’ll need to add the following code to your template files (where you want the categories to show):

<?php the_category(', ') ?>

Keep in mind that these will be styled differently (or not styled at all) depending on where you incorporate them into the theme. Unfortunately, I cannot offer further support on including category links, but if you’d like a closer look at why I think category links are a huge negative for just about any site, please check out this comment (specifically, paragraphs 4 and 5).

38 Rob { 12.18.07 at 7:59 pm }

Chris suggetion for newbie’s a quick set of instructions to take a hi-res image and get it cut down to fit in the header.

and a question, i would like to thin the right sidebar in part to make my web cam page work better, but also because most of what will be there isn’t all that important, where do i tweak width of sidebar and center bard. thanks in advance

39 Rob { 12.18.07 at 8:06 pm }

while i have your attention, i would like the header to be specific with some pages, like my cam page. is there a call i can insert on that page to refresh the header with a specific image. thx

40 Peter { 12.18.07 at 8:18 pm }

Chris: Is there anything (coding trick) you can do to firmly shore that left hand sidebar to the top? I’d really like to use your templete! You must be able to tie a knot of code to keep it in place, even in my browser!

– Regards,

41 Chris Pearson { 12.19.07 at 9:33 am }

Rob — I’m afraid that modifying sidebar widths is too intensive for coverage here. The sidebars have been designed to be of equal widths, and tightening one (while widening another column) has extremely significant CSS ramifications.

As far as the header images are concerned, you could try adding the following snippet of code to rotating_images.php, being sure to replace cam_page with the Page Slug from your actual cam page:

   if (is_page('cam_page')) { ?>
<img href="http://path/to/cam/page/img&quot; />
   else { ?>
<!-- insert regular code from rotating_images.php here -->
   } ?>
42 Rob { 12.19.07 at 1:42 pm }

thx Chris for the quick response. i posted a self answer on the photo sizing problem for Newbies on comment #90 on the random rotating header post (sorry) maybe time to integrate a discussion board plug in : )

43 Chris Pearson { 12.19.07 at 3:25 pm }

Rob — I definitely need to get a forum going… I’ve never actually run a forum before, though, so I know the initial learning curve is going to require a lot of time and patience. Of course, that’s probably why I’ve put it off this long ;)

44 Kermit Johnson { 12.19.07 at 3:36 pm }

Chris.. I love the new theme.

How do you get a “view previous post” or “see next post” type of message at the bottom of each post?


45 Rob { 12.19.07 at 6:46 pm }

Chris, i have seen a number of requests for folks wanting to customize column width and layout. The Firebug plug in for FireFox can really help you figure out what parts of the style sheet are manipulating what part of the page. i managed to tweak three items in custom (nice way to be able an experiment) and get a wider main column lay (for a web cam). In my right bar only version of your theme i made the following changes in custom:
grew content.inner by 50 pixels
grew left_box by 50 pixels
shrank sidebar by 50 pixels

46 Rob { 12.19.07 at 7:31 pm }

the worpress.com folks make/use

47 Chris Pearson { 12.20.07 at 12:45 am }

Rob — My problem is that I’m compulsively driven to design a theme for bbPress, and I know there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve and a lot of time involved there :D

Oh, and regarding your column widths, don’t forget that things like sidebar widget widths and also all the comment section widths must be modified accordingly… There’s are quite a few elements to adjust if you want to get everything “just right.”

48 Rob { 12.20.07 at 12:58 am }

so the spec writer in me, is whispering, next time there needs to be constants for left_bar_width, center_width, and right_bar_width; yes and there is some risk that folks will create an ugly child of your theme, but it my book the goal is to teach and see where folks go. thanks again, i will start looking poling around with FireBug and see if i can discover more elements that need adjustment.

49 Chris Pearson { 12.20.07 at 12:35 pm }

Rob — Introducing variables in the stylesheet is something that requires a great deal of reorganization. Also, the sheet would have to be served as PHP (because CSS does not support variables), which adds yet another level of complexity.

It always seems like these types of issues should be simpler than they really are to pull off, but it’s interesting food for thought nonetheless.

50 Rob { 12.20.07 at 6:45 pm }

moved discussion to email look in: onebigchris@gmail.com

51 Rob { 12.22.07 at 4:34 pm }

chris simple question today. i would like text to show up next to inserted photos, see this as an example. when i insert a photo text shows up right and below current post on my site (see the above link to my name). thanks have a great holiday hopefully some time off is in the plan

52 Steven Alm { 12.22.07 at 8:29 pm }

I simply love the Neoclassical Theme. It includes everything and presents a new image to the visitor each time she explores my site. Thanks, man!

53 Mark Hopkins { 12.23.07 at 2:02 am }

I’ve just installed your theme at http://www.mmwords.com. I think it’s perfect! I’ve been fighting with another theme for a while, and yours went up like a charm. I’ve only installed one header so far (had to tweak the randomizer to 1), but I will upload more soon.

54 Gideon { 12.23.07 at 2:25 pm }

Kevin: Thank you!

55 Anne Maybus { 12.29.07 at 12:10 am }

I love this layout but I am still having an issue with the rotating headers. I usually get the default message, and when it decides to show an image it will only accept 2 of the 5. They are all in the same format. Any ideas? I have had to set it to one image at the moment.

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57 Steven Alm { 12.29.07 at 1:10 pm }

Chris, I think there’s a problem with the code that places images in a post. I’ve checked out the code, which looks good, but it never seems to be called when images are placed (left, right, etc.) with the image editor. I literally have no borders. Am I confused?

58 Chris Pearson { 12.29.07 at 4:17 pm }

Rob — Neoclassical comes with built-in image classes that allow you to position and style your images professionally. A post on exactly how these classes work is forthcoming, but you can get a 90% preview by checking out how images work with the Copyblogger Theme. The two themes share identical class names for image handling, so the information contained in that tutorial will work perfectly with Neoclassical as well.

In order to have an image appear exactly like the one in your example link, you would simply need to add class="left" to your img declaration.

Anne — I just checked your server, and there is only one image in your /headers folder that follows the naming convention. As long as you haven’t modified the random image code, it will randomly select 1 of 5 images for display. If you only have 2 images that you want to rotate, you’d need to change line 3 of rotating_images.php like so:

$random_image = rand(1,2);
59 Chris Pearson { 12.29.07 at 4:21 pm }

Steven — You are using the now-deprecated align attribute on your images. Instead of align, use class, and your images will appear properly. See this article for a look at most of the image handling classes that are available with Neoclassical (yes, the link is for a different theme, but the classes listed there are also included in Neoclassical).

60 Steven Alm { 12.29.07 at 4:30 pm }

Thanks, man–I’ll look it up–but I was simply using the standard image editor within WordPress for my posts. We all sincerely appreciate your time and efforts!

61 Chris Pearson { 12.29.07 at 4:51 pm }

Steven — Personally, I like to hand-code image references (and all in-post HTML, for that matter). Either way, if you’re using the image editor within WordPress, you can go back and edit the image reference by hand once you’ve inserted it in your post. Keep in mind that this is twice as fast, twice as easy, and twice as accurate if you are using the regular old text editor (as opposed to the Rich Visual Text Editor, which I do not recommend using even though it is the default posting environment).

62 Steven Alm { 12.29.07 at 4:59 pm }

I know, man. You’re right in this. Thanks again. Keep the faith!

63 Anne Maybus { 12.29.07 at 5:22 pm }

Thanks Chris, but as I said I had to set it to the one image. Only 2 of the 5 would show up and 90% of the time I got the random/refresh message. All my images were the same format so I can see no reason for 3 of them not to be shown.

64 Steven Alm { 12.29.07 at 5:29 pm }

One more issue, Chris. I’m using classes as the article suggests, but am now getting a huge space beneath my images. Any clues as to what’s going on?

65 Anne Maybus { 12.29.07 at 5:52 pm }

Beats me! I took it off, then re-uploaded the files and it seems to be working this time. I have even added the headers back and we seem to be on a roll! Brilliant. I am so happy that it is working now because I love this theme.

66 Steven Alm { 12.29.07 at 6:37 pm }

Sorry to be a pest. The 1.5 em spacing at the bottom is what’s messing up my posted images (which are typically not aligned with the lines of text). Is there a graceful way of override the parm you supply in the stylesheet within the code for the image itself?

67 Steven Alm { 12.29.07 at 7:21 pm }

Laughing at myself. You can safely ignore these comments, Chris. I’ve got it figured out. Cheers!

68 Chris Pearson { 12.29.07 at 7:40 pm }

Anne & Steven — Cheers to both of you for your perseverance :-D

69 Alex Rodriguez { 12.29.07 at 9:46 pm }

Hi, I followed the suggestion and implemented the Permalink structure change using /%postname%/. However I get an error “You should update your .htaccess now”. What exactly do I need to do to my .htaccess file to make this work?

70 Alex Rodriguez { 12.30.07 at 12:52 am }

Ha, I found the problem. I did not have an .htaccess file. lol

71 Barbara { 12.30.07 at 2:39 pm }

Thanks for making this theme!

72 Chris Pearson { 12.30.07 at 3:12 pm }

Barbara — You are quite welcome. Your site is a very clever, very interesting way of documenting your home-building experience, and when all is said and done, you’re not only going to have a wonderful resource, but it will also serve as a model for others. Good stuff!

73 Alex Rodriguez { 12.31.07 at 11:22 am }

Hi Chris-

I have my site up and running and love the template. A big thank you for creating this!

I am having a small problem when viewing the site with IE 7 on Windows XP. The left and right sidebars are not displayed. I can email you a screenshot if it would help. I can email the screenshot if you would like. My site address is http://www.alexrodrigueznotebook.com/.

Any suggestions on this? I have tried to minimize the editing of the templates to avoid any problems.

Thanks again!

74 Chris Pearson { 12.31.07 at 11:53 am }

Alex — In your left sidebar, you’ve commented out the second list item, and the actual comment code itself is not written properly. Despite this, Firefox handles the code gracefully, but IE (and its various iterations) freak out and display nothing after that comment.

I recommend removing that commented line entirely, and I think your sidebars will reappear.

75 Alex Rodriguez { 12.31.07 at 11:57 am }

lol, that did it. Thanks again!

76 Craig James { 01.03.08 at 2:43 pm }


This is a great theme, the best I’ve seen bar none. In particular I appreciate all the thought that went into the typography. I’ve looked at my site through most every browser, on monitors big and small, and no matter what the environment, it looks great.

A question for you. I am having difficulty getting a Flickr Gallery plug-in from TanTanNoodles to work correctly with this theme (See my example).

Do you have any suggestions for how to resolve this? Anything you can do to point me in the right direction would be appreciated.

Craig James

77 Alex Rodriguez { 01.04.08 at 12:11 am }

In the footer.php file what is the purpose of the following?

78 Alex Rodriguez { 01.04.08 at 12:13 am }

I guess the system will not let me enter the code but part of it is:

?php wp_footer

79 Richard { 01.04.08 at 3:37 pm }


I noticed that you have another stylesheet called neoclassical.css as well as a few extra widgets being used on your website that aren’t part of the theme package.
I was wondering about this and wanted to know if this was intentional. There appear to be some real neat styles in the neoclassical.css stylesheet.

80 Vince Leibowitz { 01.05.08 at 3:28 pm }

I love the concept of rotating images, but for the time being, I’d like to just use one image with no rotation. How do I do that?

81 Alex Rodriguez { 01.05.08 at 3:49 pm }


Edit your rotating_images.php file and set the “rand(1,1)”.


82 Hning { 01.08.08 at 11:40 am }

Chris, i step to review almost all of your themes. One question, the typography of neoclassical is similar with cutline 3 column, isn’t it? Anw, i’m your biggest fans, i guessed :) Thanks

83 Tito { 01.16.08 at 2:14 am }

Good stuff, but…. Can you tell me how to add or be able to see my “about” page?



84 jose { 01.19.08 at 5:36 pm }

You’re the man. I appreciate this one. Definitely cleaned up my blog with this one.

85 Maurice and Boris { 01.21.08 at 12:45 am }

Hello, Chris

Thanks for the beautiful theme.
I have one question though: how can I get rid of those 2 thin vertical lines separating sidebars? I messed with stylesheet for a while, but couldn’t figure out where are they.
Any hints would be very much appreciated.

Maurice and Boris
PS: we posted trhis question on another page about 1 month ago.

86 Kirin { 01.25.08 at 7:32 pm }

Chris – great theme, and easy to adjust to everyone’s needs. One question: How do I make posts appear in specific pages that I have created instead of the default home page?

I would appreciate your answer. I’m sure others have the same question.


The Fit Palace

87 Richard { 01.27.08 at 7:33 pm }

Another excellent piece of work Chris – thanks again! I’m testing the theme now for a new site.

Your users may find it helpful to insert width and height attributes in the img line of code in the rotating_images.php file. Makes for better page loading.

88 David Bronstein { 01.28.08 at 11:20 pm }

I really like the way your theme is laid-out, but I want MY picture as the top banner of bronsteinsworld.com (It’s a “personality” driven site). I’m a newbie…can I make the changes myself? or do I have to change the theme altogether? Sorry for the “technical support” questions…

89 David Bronstein { 01.28.08 at 11:24 pm }

I think I just found my answer….(I’m not real bright) I just upload my OWN images with the same names as the 5 jpgs (replacing them?)

90 Landis { 01.31.08 at 9:55 pm }

I am a novice and I have to say that you have the most beautiful theme that I have ever seen. Is it easy to integrate AdSense into the theme? Also what is the page size? I was wondering if people on dialup would have a long delay getting content?

91 John { 02.01.08 at 1:34 pm }

Is it just me or is there a bug when using an unordered list …the list items are not being bulleted? A numerically ordered list is fine.

A css fix that someone knows the solution to?

Lovely theme – using it at http://www.investmentinformer.com

92 Chris Pearson { 02.01.08 at 1:49 pm }

John — From the looks of your site, the /images folder (for Neoclassical) has not been loaded properly. Try uploading it again and see if that doesn’t solve your problem.

93 John { 02.01.08 at 5:50 pm }

Chris – good find !

No idea why /images was missing – my ftp client must have had a wobbly (is that just a UK saying?). All sorted, thank you.

94 Preston Palmer { 02.04.08 at 8:24 pm }


Love the neoclassical theme, although I would like to make some of the functionality more like that of the Cutline 3 colum split.

-Adding an Archives page and link
-Creating a links menu (text only) below the rotating image (similar to the one above the image in Cutline 3 colum.)
-Make the Posted By Name a click through link same as in Cutline 3.

I am doing my best to make these changes although I am totally new to wordpress and PHP. ARGH! So, if you get a chance, take a look if you would and if you can offer any advice it would be awesome! Love your site!

95 Preston Palmer { 02.04.08 at 10:04 pm }


As per my last comment, i was able to somewhat accomplish what i want done as a link bar on the top. Except i want the style to match, and that line to be center. For the life of me i cant get it center.

96 port orange { 02.06.08 at 10:41 am }

i have to download normal wordpress first and then load this as a theme, correct?

i currently have a site, but want to change it to wordpress and i like this theme. what is the easiest way for me to make the transition?

97 Sam Clark { 02.08.08 at 10:13 pm }

Hey Chris, Excellent theme, I love your work :) Question..I would like to add color to the outside areas, WHen manipulating the background it changes the whole thing, i would like to just change everything outside the sidebar area…any ideas ?


98 Adam Kayce { 02.09.08 at 12:18 am }

Hi Chris – awesome theme; loving it.

You may have mentioned this already, but I looked through all the comments and haven’t seen it… if I want to use just one header image, how would I defeat the randomizing (and just hand-code in the call to the image?)

Thanks so much.

99 Adam Kayce { 02.09.08 at 12:26 am }

Never mind, I figured it out (thanks, though!)

In case anyone wants to do the same:
- open rotating_images.php…
- comment out the first section (in case you want to bring the rotating feature back later), and
- change “” to a number, so it reads “headers/header_1.jpg”. Then, just make sure that header_1 is the one you want to use.

100 Adam Kayce { 02.09.08 at 12:28 am }

whoops – the php code got cleaned out – well, I’m sure folks can figure it out (or, Chris may post a better version).

101 Shan { 02.11.08 at 1:27 pm }

Chris and all,
I am new to wordpress. Is there any way to change the colour of the header title (Neoclassical theme for wordpress)? I managed to change the link colours, but not the header title.

Thanks for any advice.

102 John { 02.16.08 at 5:01 am }

I am curious as to why there are no links on the bottom of single posts that point to adjacent posts. I took a look at navigation.php, and it’s coded there that previous and next post links should be visible when is_single() is true. My site doesn’t show these links, and surprisingly enough, I don’t see these links here on the demo site, either.

I placed a bit of code in sidebar.php that would spit out the words “This is home!” if is_home() was true, and these words show up on every single page. The funny thing is that the dynamic titles in the title bar of the web browser work perfectly fine. I’m quite puzzled. Any ideas or suggestions? (Eventually, I would like to get a dynamic sidebar working, which is how I found this problem with conditional tags.)

103 John { 02.16.08 at 1:30 pm }

I found the problem, which leads to another set of questions, but I don’t think any fault can be placed on you. Apparently, query_posts() messes up the conditional tags, which is strange. Also, I poked around single.php and noticed that you didn’t include navigation.php, so I added that in after I deleted the “Recent Posts” section and got my conditional tags working again.

Thanks for the great looking theme!

104 Jim Mc { 02.16.08 at 2:19 pm }

Great theme – I figured out how to create multiple sidebars – is there a way to assign different sidebars to different pages?


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106 Madzzoni { 02.17.08 at 3:49 pm }

Hi Chris… One more nice theme from your hand :-) thanks… i love Cutline, but this one is even better.
I use the Random Rotating Header Image function, for my new Blogline W2 WP theme, which is heavely based on inspiration and some code from NeoClassico, but with both sidebars on the right.
Hope this is OK with U ;-)


107 Ivy { 02.18.08 at 11:26 am }

i’ve downloaded and installed the theme, it’s amazing! only problem it seems the widget page is not working, it cant save my changes… it is a problem of my blog or a theme problem? i have no problems before… thanks!

108 Peter { 02.18.08 at 1:06 pm }

I don’t know if you have the same problem – but I have had problems editing widget configurations in WordPress with Internet Explorer 6. When I switched to Firefox the problem disappeared.

109 Ivy { 02.18.08 at 1:11 pm }

@Peter To me it happens both on Firefox and Internet Explorer 7…

110 Tara Jacobsen { 02.22.08 at 6:21 pm }

Thank you SO much for such a wonderful theme! I am going to customize my headers this weekend BUT in the meantime can you please tell me where I would put the code for google analytics in the template? I am used to html and this php thing has me going!
Thank you!!!!

111 John Cronin { 02.23.08 at 7:50 am }


Your google analytics code goes just before /body in footer.php

Alternatively, use this plugin. I’ve used the plugin and this theme on this site, and it seems to be working fine.

112 David Chartier { 02.23.08 at 10:53 pm }

From the conversation about adjusting sidebar widths, am I right in assuming that it’s more or less impossible to widen the center content area to about 476 px? I could take even 470 px.

113 Tara Jacobsen { 02.24.08 at 8:44 am }

Dear Chris, Me again (sorry!) I am familiar with HTML but PHP is new to me. I would like to be able to edit my template so that the sidebars have additional information static on all the pages. In my editor I have left_sidebar.php but do not know how to add anything to it. In the list of editable pages there is no right sidebar file and right_sidebar.php and sidebar.php does not work in the search function. My URL is http://www.marketingartfully.com and I do LOVE this layout!
Thank you in advance for any assistance!

114 Tara Jacobsen { 02.24.08 at 8:37 pm }

@ John – thank you SO much! I am getting better at the server side files but couldn’t find out where to put it…:)

115 Rocky V { 02.25.08 at 11:07 am }

Hello Chris,

Thank you for your work and themes. As a techno/blogo-challanged person I found it easy to install and modify.

I am having 2 problems at the moment.

1. I use http://www.therockson.com for my blog. When people land on my page I get the 404 message. I have done what you said to do with the permalinks with Eric and it seemed to have no response.

2. The RSS feeds are not working and not able to find the feed to my site. Is this something I jacked up?

Thanks Chris!!!

116 Tisha Parti { 02.29.08 at 3:31 am }

Thank you Chris for Neoclassical! I am very new to blogs and I’m having the same problem as Rocky V. I get a 404 page when I hit my blog’s About link. I want it to point to my profile. I have absolutely NO idea what I’m doing, although I’m still doing it. :)
I changed my permalinks via your comments to Eric but still I get 404. Help! What am I doing wrong?

117 Tisha Parti { 02.29.08 at 4:07 pm }

Next day, new problem… can’t even get the editor in wordpress to work. Sigh. Did someone say this blog thing was simple? Apparently not simple enough for me…. the editor in wp won’t let me type in it. What could be the problem? I’d just edit on my own if I knew what the heck file I was editing. Same for changing permissions–what files am I to do that to?
Sign me,
Tisha -tears of a clown- Parti

118 Tisha Parti { 02.29.08 at 7:26 pm }

I figured it out! Argh! I hope it goes easier in the future! :) :p

119 Kirin { 03.04.08 at 11:00 pm }

Chris, great theme as I’ve said it in an earlier post here. I’ve been using your theme for a while and it has been working great. Until recently, I have been getting complaints from readers using IE 6 and IE 5 of not being able to open my page correctly.
I’ve been reading up on this issue and nothing seems to fix the problem. My site is http://www.thefitpalace.com
I would appreciate any help.


120 Chris Pearson { 03.04.08 at 11:12 pm }

Kirin — Your custom styles have “broken” the theme in Internet Explorer. I can’t be responsible for changes that users have made to the theme, so all I can do is suggest that you try re-implementing your custom styles. You’ll need to check IE at each step along the way to ensure that you aren’t ruining the layout on that browser. It’s very quirky with regard to CSS, and something that you’ve done has caused it to behave improperly.

121 J.D. { 03.05.08 at 3:26 am }

Very nice theme.

Is there a 2-column version of NEO available?

I’ve tested with several users and they like the typography, color scheme, and banner images. They told me they would prefer 2 columns over three.

122 Kirin { 03.05.08 at 12:25 pm }

Thanks Chris,
I guess I will have to do everything again to find out what’s wrong. Will let you (and everyone) know what was wrong and how to fix it in case someone else has the same problem.


123 Ahshuwah { 03.06.08 at 9:57 pm }

Hi Chris,
I love the template!
I am trying to figure out how to use the navigation menu. I have changed the text of my menu but I don’t know how to setup the links on the nav_manu.php.

I’m sure its a dumb question but I’m new at this. Please help.

124 Lindsay { 03.07.08 at 3:47 am }

Hi Chris, I’ve installed this theme and really like it. However, this is my first time using WordPress, so I’m not sure if my problem is because of something I’m doing wrong in WordPress or something with your theme. I changed the permalinks as you suggested, but now the links don’t work. It will go to /about (for example) and say that page doesn’t exist on the server. What can I do about that?

125 Chris Pearson { 03.07.08 at 11:30 am }

Lindsay — You’ve run into the most common problem with permalink changes. Although you changed the permalink structure in the Options section of your WordPress dashboard, you have not added an .htaccess file to your server. Changing the permalinks has no effect unless you have an .htaccess file on your server.

When you actually changed the permalink structure, WordPress indicated that you needed to “change your .htaccess file now,” and it also generated a few lines of code that you need to copy and paste into an .htaccess file. For more on this topic, check out my somewhat outdated (but still totally helpful) video on the subject.

126 Monica { 03.07.08 at 1:11 pm }

Hi Chris,
Just wanted to thank you for this superb theme. I love it and it’s just perfect for my blog. sigh…finally! :)
I am a total newbie to blogging and have come across a couple things that I need to fix. I hope someone can help me out:
1. When I added my header logo – I lost the RSS symbol behind it.
I’m using “all in one SEO” plugin so that is why I removed the website name and tag and added it to my logo image. How can I get the RSS visable again?
2. When I use links in my posts; some come up underlined (good) and some come up highlighted (bad). What am I doing wrong?
Thanks again

127 Lindsay { 03.07.08 at 2:48 pm }

Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly Chris. I saw the “change your .htaccess file” when I made the permalink changes but didn’t scroll down and see the code, so I will give that a try. One other question, some of the themes I have tried out have a spot on the side bars that is customizable. (Most people use this as a short “About Me” section I think.) I need to put a disclaimer on all my pages. My preference would be to have it at the very bottom (as part of the footer) or on the bottom of one of the sidebars, with my third choice being on the sidebars just below the other information there. Is any of that possible with this theme?

Thanks again!

128 Tiffany { 03.09.08 at 12:32 am }

Hi Chris,
Neoclassical is really an excellent work of art that’s easy to customize, and stands up to its’ name. Thanks so much for this, it’s really a perfect fit for me!
Do you think you could help me with something that I’m not so sure what it has to do with?

Up until yesterday all of the link icons on my site showed/appeared properly. What I did yesterday was upgraded some plugins, and added a few. Afterwards the site went crazy. I deactivated the plugins and the icons still do not show properly. I am not sure if I forgot something that I did and need to undo it or what happened. Is there any advice you could give me to help me out with this issue?

Also for some reason in Firefox my links are highlighted in a red background and they should not be. In IE the links look normal with the white background it should have.

And lastly, my administration area of wordpress has my website shown inside of it on the right side? It is funky and crazy looking! Only the dashboard page that has this problem. Any advice? If you would like to take a look that would be great for me too. I am new to wordpress, and the whole bit but if you tell me what to do or how to do it, I can get it done.

That is pretty much the extent of my problems, thanks for a great theme and for any advice you can give.

129 Tiffany { 03.09.08 at 7:04 pm }

Hi Chris,
I am using Firefox right now and I see that this site also has a few of the links background color red. All of the comments links are in red and the Home, About, and Version Release Notes have the red background to them. When I left a comment earlier I was using IE and there were no visible problems in that browser. It might be something wrong with my browser or either the theme, I am not sure. If you will, could you look at my site, and this site in Firefox and let me know if you see the same things.
Any suggestions are good.
Thank you Chris.

130 Eric { 03.10.08 at 4:33 pm }

How can I change the font? I’m using one of your theme’s in WP.


131 Tiffany { 03.10.08 at 6:56 pm }

Hi Chris,
I have figured out most of my problems and wanted to let you know that you don’t have to worry about checking it out.
The day that I added some plugins, I also added the SEO Toolbar to my Firefox browser and I did not know that it was automatically turned on. When I thought about what I may have left undone that day I clicked on the SEO button and that fixed the red background color on the links that I was seeing in my browser. It also fixed my website from showing in my administration dashboard. A few of the icons on my site still do not show like the language translator buttons, and my dualfeeds icon but I think that may have something to do with the plugin, and I deactivated those.

Thanks for everything…you may disregard my messages,

132 johnette { 03.12.08 at 1:21 pm }

I succesfully changed my rotating header yesterday after MANY hours (im such a novice) of trying..yay!

However in the left sidebar under navigation, initially the ‘about’ link led to a 404 error page. The forums helped me correct this via the theme editor. HOWEVER, now i have 2 ‘About’ links and dont know how to get rid of one of these. http://www.givingspiritweblog.com

Also, i love the colorful headers on the pearson.com blog. Is there a way to get these for my Neoclassical theme?

Thanks in advance.

133 johnette { 03.12.08 at 1:53 pm }


I fixed the ‘About’ issue. Thanks in advance.

However, i would still like info on my sidebar heading questions.

134 Marc { 03.16.08 at 4:14 pm }

Is there a way to assign links to each of the images, so that when they’re displayed you can click them and they’ll bring you to the assigned link?

135 Monica { 03.17.08 at 3:03 pm }

Hi Chris,
Monica again, loving everything!
Wondering if you could point me in the right direction:
My RSS logo is behind my header?
how can I get it back where you intended it, or on the sidebar?
Almost ready to download another theme from you.
Also need to do some customization: Are you available for hire, or should I go to elance? Thanks!

136 Hannah { 03.18.08 at 11:50 am }

I installed this theme and everything is working great except the “About” page. Is there something I need to do to make this page work?

137 German { 03.20.08 at 3:00 am }

I know this is way off topic, but why I am getting this error?
Fatal error: Call to undefined function: get_header() in /home/redhouse5/public_html/index.php on line 3

I added the custom.css in the neoclassical folder and still get this error.

Any idea why?


138 German { 03.20.08 at 9:42 pm }

Hi Chris, how do I make the rotating images a one-static image instead?


139 Lydia { 03.22.08 at 7:10 am }


I am already using your cutline template but I wanted to
have the option of customizing my header image
so that it will “scroll” much like a slide show type effect.
I was thinking of switching to “neoclassical” to achieve
this but thought I’d check with you first.

Any help appreciated.

140 Flynn { 03.22.08 at 5:54 pm }


I just wanted to say thank you for this excellent theme. I needed to transfer the website I run for the Durango Ultimate frisbee group to something more collaborative. Turned out WordPress was perfect and your theme was icing on the cake. Thanks dude.

If you ever find yourself in Durango, CO, come look us up for a beer.


141 carla { 03.23.08 at 3:58 pm }

I am very attached to my theme because I worked really hard to get my colors and header picture just right (this being my first attempt at blogging and all). But now I am unhappy that I only chose a wordpress with 2 columns and was wondering how i can turn it to three without losing all my hard work. check out my site and any advice you could give me would be really appreciated.

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143 Rosa Linda { 03.26.08 at 1:36 pm }

Thank you so much for this easy to follow tutorial.

Because the program I’ve been using to create my vlog (Go Daddy’s Quick Blogcast) changed it’s settings unexpectedly I am forced to start over from scratch. Through lots of trial and error (more error than anything) I am learning WordPress. The good news is it is forcing me to learn how to build and control my own website. The bad news is it is eating up the very limited time I have to work.

Anyway, all of this to say that your NeoClassical theme is beautiful yet still simple enough for a newbie like me. When I actually was able to change the random header images, as you instructed above, I literally shouted out loud (and woke up my baby who was sleeping nearby)!

You are to be commended for your professional (yet personal) creations. A thousand thank yous!

144 Kim { 03.26.08 at 5:00 pm }

I uploaded the folder to my themes and nothing shows up when I load it…I don’t have any trouble with any other theme. Am I missing something? Thanks!

145 avi { 03.28.08 at 3:41 am }

Just installed neoclassical. At first it wouldn’t load right (sometimes over 30 seconds for anything to show up, sometimes not at all). I used firebug and saw it was attempting to load a file at same level as style.css. This file was called “custom.css” Firebug showed a 404 error for that file after trying a long time. And I looked in the original folder and no file by that name. So I went into the header in theme editor and found “custom.css” and basically just deleted it. that same line had another of same format above it and both reference the style.css. It appears to be going faster now but I don’t know if custom.css is something necessary or if what I deleted really was stray code. Anyone know?

As for how fast it runs, it’s my first time with wordpress. I haven’t added any plugins. I don’t know how much is due to my isp, how much due to theme, how much due to browser, etc.

146 Madzzoni { 03.28.08 at 4:54 am }

@AVI: The “custom.css” file is an option for your own customization. Read this intro. I use the “custom.css” function for my black customization, NeroClassical.

I don’t think the theme is a part of how fast your pages loads, – mayby you can find help in the WP documentation or check your ISP specs.

147 joseph { 03.30.08 at 10:51 am }

using your theme which is just excellent.
noticed that wordpress just upgraded to v2.5 and just wonder if the theme is ready for it before I do the upgrade.
Anyone has done it already?

148 David Chartier { 03.30.08 at 11:34 am }

@Joseph: I asked earlier in the comments and someone confirmed Neoclassical works on WP 2.5. I just set up a test installation the other day and can also confirm it works.

149 joseph { 03.30.08 at 1:20 pm }

David: That’s cool. Thank you.

150 Bret { 03.30.08 at 4:08 pm }

@Kim … I had the same issue … Safari was unzipping the skin and naming it neoclassical … I downloaded in firefox and used stuffit to unzip it and it is now titled neoclassical Folder … uploading it as wp-content/themes/neoclassical Folder (yes, a space between the words and a capital F)

151 Bret { 03.30.08 at 4:12 pm }

@Kim again: naming the folder wp-content/themes/neoclassical Folder makes it work, was the point!

152 Rasmus { 04.01.08 at 2:21 am }

When I go to the Presentation-section in the WP-admin-panel there is no screenshot of the Neoclassical-theme, but the information and name is there. Well, if I activate it anyways it gets activated BUT the blog seems it doesnt have a theme activated when I go there, even tho the theme seems to be loaded in the sourcecode of the site.

I’ve tried renaming the folder etc – any solutions?

153 John { 04.01.08 at 4:11 pm }

Does anyone have a Flickr album that plays pretty with NeoClassical. Love the theme, but I have to be able to support flickr. The TanTan Noodles one (Flickr Photo Album) gets shifted to the right waaay to much.

154 Rasmus { 04.02.08 at 11:31 am }

Solution to my problem: extract it from another platform than OS X.

155 Madzzoni { 04.02.08 at 1:36 pm }

@Rasmus: Sounds strange! I got no problem with WP 2.5 and NeoClassical theme in the “Design tap” and i use OS X, What do extract the .zip-file with?

156 Rasmus { 04.02.08 at 1:39 pm }

Just the built-in extract-thing in OS X. But yes, seems pretty weird to me as well. Took me two days to “fix” ;oD

157 Michael { 04.02.08 at 1:52 pm }

Hi Chris –

First off, great theme. I’ve taken it and tweaked it a bit, with great success. But now I’ve hit a wall. I’m trying to make the center column about 50 to 100 px wider, and can’t seem to figure out how to make this work. I think I’ve found the place in the CSS file that file that defines the sizes, but I’m having trouble with it. Any help from you (or anyone else) would be greatly appreciated.


158 Madzzoni { 04.02.08 at 1:53 pm }

@Rasmus: Did you remember to DEACTIVATE all the WP plugins before you run the upgrade to WP 2.5?
I use the build-in extract-app in OS X 10.4 to.

159 Rasmus { 04.02.08 at 3:07 pm }

Yeah, I did. I even tried it at a blank, clean install of both 2.3.3 and 2.5, when I used OS X for extracting. But then I headed over to my other computer and used WinRAR and uploaded it from there – and it worked.
I have no idea why it happened – seems strange to me as well.

160 Preston Palmer { 04.03.08 at 6:07 pm }


I would like to slightly increase the size of the main content window and reduce the size of the right at left bar a little. Where can I find this in the CSS? I have been trying but keep getting frustrated!

161 Michelle { 04.03.08 at 8:06 pm }

I really love your themes! I downloaded and installed Neoclassical, and have somehow managed to figure out how to customize it. I can’t figure out how to change the title of the site so that it no longer says “Just another WordPress…”. Can you please help? Also – where would I actually add metadata, like keywords and description?

Thanks so much!

162 Rasmus { 04.04.08 at 2:01 am }

I’m at my work right now, so can’t check to be 100% sure. But I guess it is in the header.php :o )

163 Preston Palmer { 04.05.08 at 1:48 pm }

Chris, Is Neoclassical compatible with the ALL IN ONE SEO Pack?
I know that your templates are usually SEO optimized already, will the All in one seo pack give me duplicate tags?

164 Chris Pearson { 04.05.08 at 11:21 pm }

Preston — Unfortunately, tweaking column widths is a painful process because of the sheer number of elements affected. To make matters worse, the vertical lines on either side of the content column are actually a graphic, so changing the width of that column requires an updated background graphic as well.

On the upside, the All in One SEO plugin will work with the theme, but in all honesty, it offers very little competitive advantage over the default setup of the theme.

The best thing you can do for your SEO is keep your link equity high by reducing the number of outbound links on each page of your site. A great way to do this is to eliminate or re-think category links.

165 Chris Pearson { 04.05.08 at 11:29 pm }

Michelle — If you’re using WordPress 2.5 or higher, you can visit the Settings tab on your WordPress Dashboard, and then edit your Blog Title.

If you’re using WordPress 2.3.3 on down, you need to visit the Options tab and then edit your Blog Title.

Finally, if you wish to add metadata, you’ll need to do that in your header.php file.

166 Preston Palmer { 04.06.08 at 1:36 am }


Thank you for the quick response. I read your SEO article, and have a few more questions for you. First, you mentioned reducing the number of outbound links on each page. Do you mean reducing the number of links that actually LEAVE my domain? Or is it okay to have links that bring people to other posts or pages within my site? And, how does rel=”nofollow” play into SEO? When should it be used and when not?

As far as categories, I will keep the total number of categories under 8. Do you think this is too many? Or is adopting your method more effective? Since I am a wedding photographer, it is important people easily be able to get to different photographic categories such and weddings and engagements in a sort of “portfolio” manner. In my case, most of my post will just expire and get buried deep in the archives rarely to be looked at again as new weddings will constantly out date older posts. The only posts that will remain active are those articles which will be written to photographers. Maybe I should consider making posts in the “FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS” category in a “Must Read” Section?

If you get a chance, take a quick glance at my site and you can see more quickly what I am trying to accomplish. In addition, the header image corresponds with the category selected. IE, you click on Mexico, and every header image will have been taken in mexico.

Sorry for the long post, your input would be greatly appreciated!

167 Preston Palmer { 04.06.08 at 1:45 am }

One more thing… Would you mind sharing with us what your robots.txt file looks like?

168 Chris Pearson { 04.06.08 at 11:20 am }

Preston — While you certainly want to reduce the number of outbound links (those that leave your domain), you should strive to reduce the number of inbound links as well. From an SEO strategy standpoint, you should focus on making sure that all of your inbound links are direct links. To put it another way, don’t send visitors to category pages, tag pages, or archive pages; instead, send them directly to the posts that you want them to see.

The practice of direct linking yields higher keyword returns, keeps visitors happier (because they get exactly what they expected from the click), and also keeps your internal link equity as high as possible.

Regarding the nofollow tag, this is simply a way for you to preserve link equity while linking to pages that are not a part of your overall SEO strategy. For instance, on many sites, the About page is linked to in the sidebar, and as a result, this link appears on every page of the site. Moreover, in most cases, the About page is fairly nonessential; yet at the same time, you may still wish for people to be able to visit that link and find out more about your site. A great way to keep that link intact while still preserving each page’s link equity as much as possible is to simply add a nofollow tag to the About link.

Finally, I think you’re on the right track with bringing your posts for photographers to the forefront. If you feel those are the most important pages of your site, then link to them prominently in your sidebar.

As far as older posts go, don’t fret too much about them getting buried deep in your archives. Check this out—Pearsonified has something like 140 posts, and yet only 35 of them receive link love from the home page. The reason? The other 105 pages are no longer relevant and really provide no value to new users. It’s just the nature of the Web—you simply can’t be relevant in perpetuity!

Oh, and my robots.txt file? I could share it if I had one :-D

169 Wayne { 04.06.08 at 10:17 pm }


First of all thanks for a great theme! I had my host upgrade me to WP 2.5 at the end of the week and my last theme had a meltdown…bad at first, but Neoclassical is light years better so it all worked out for the better!

I am new to blogging, blogging software but I am learning as I go. I am actually not much of a code hacker either but I do understand some basics. Anyway…
One thing I am having problems with is making my pages show? I am not sure its an issue with this theme or not but I can’t get them to show up- any ideas? There may be a setting I’m overlooking but I think I’ve messed with the obvious…


170 Bob S { 04.06.08 at 11:54 pm }

Love your work. I am a 45 Y/O, technically challenged wannabe. I have put most of my free time into a couple of websites. One is doing awesome. It is a niche that has required substantial investment in equipment.
The site I linked here is why I am writing, though. I had the graphics on the static site built because I am no graphic artist. Then I found WordPress. I incorporated a blog into this static site using your Neoclassical theme.
I am simply looking for some pointers as to how you would proceed from where I am currently. This is obviously a work in progress. I am obsessed by this project though.
A broad question, I know. Thanks for your thoughts in advance!

171 Preston Palmer { 04.07.08 at 1:10 am }

Bob, What plug-in are you using to the the email Subscribe on the right bar?

172 Preston Palmer { 04.07.08 at 1:16 am }


Last question… for awhile ;)

I would like my commenter’s web link to be TARGET = “_blank”
so my website doesn’t get replaced by theirs. Example… when you click on my name in this comment, it will replace your page with mine, instead of opening a new window. I have looked though the PHP fairly throughly but I still cant narrow down where that line of code exists… If you can point me in the right direction I can take it from there!

173 Chris Pearson { 04.07.08 at 9:40 am }

Wayne — Your pages will not appear as sidebar links automatically; instead, you should manually code them into your nav_menu.php theme file. The reason why you have to do this is because not everyone wants their pages linked up in this manner, and moreover, some people have far too many pages for this to be reasonable.

Bob S — It looks like you’re off to a very nice start with the site, and I honestly don’t have much to recommend as far as a strategy goes, simply because you’re doing a nice job handling that thus far. By writing individual posts about extremely specific areas of topical interest, you’re setting yourself up for future success in the search engines, and you’re also establishing an authoritative viewpoint on all things Bitterroot. Just keep it up!

Preston — Unfortunately, the author’s name and link appear because of the comment_author_link() WordPress function. As a result, you cannot modify the attributes of the resulting link, which I realize is a huge bummer.

Of course, in theory, you could use a bit of custom JavaScript to add target="_blank" to each comment author link, but that type of thing is something you’d have to pursue on your own.

174 Bob S { 04.07.08 at 10:49 am }

Thanks Chris.
Preston, the plugin is Subscribe 2.

175 Wayne { 04.07.08 at 11:41 am }


Thanks for the heads up on the pages, although I kind of lost you. I wonder if you had a minute if you could map out a sample page and how you would link the actual pages created in WP to a simple link under the navigation banner, or how you make the connections between php etc
Thanks again.

176 Wayne { 04.07.08 at 12:11 pm }


Never mind, I found what I was looking for. Of course it was there all along. I didn’t realize you added your pages with a widget. I do have another question though.
The sub header “navigation”, is that code that I can cut without messing up the big picture?

177 Chris Pearson { 04.07.08 at 12:22 pm }

Wayne — Yes, you can eliminate the Navigation subsection by opening left_bar.php and deleting the following lines of code (lines 3–9):

<li class="widget">
        <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/nav_menu.php'); ?>
178 Wayne { 04.07.08 at 12:37 pm }


I looked at it, looks easy enough. Now I need to look at some of your SEO work, looks to be a different beast with blogs. Do you recommend any of the WordPress SEO plugins or do you have one that you use, or do you just work it with links, posts, and code?

179 Chris Pearson { 04.07.08 at 1:19 pm }

Wayne — Nearly all of my code-based advice is already implemented in the Neoclassical core. There are, however, additional measures that you must implement on your own if you wish to optimize your site further. Here’s what I’d recommend for you:

Finally, as a service to your readers, you may also wish to format your images for feed readers.

Aside from that, I don’t actually use any plugins to handle SEO. For me, it’s all about having a detailed, optimized code base coupled with a strategy of linking directly to the most relevant and powerful pages of my site.

180 Wayne { 04.08.08 at 1:19 pm }


Was reading up on img formatting with Copyblogger which you say is ditto for NeoC. Where are the img class files located? They are actually fine as is but never hurts to know if you want to add another class etc.
Captions would be great too but I am not sure how to approach that without messing up other stuff- any quick solutions?
Thanks, W.

181 Syl Arena { 04.08.08 at 4:33 pm }

Chris – Many thanks for the great theme. Random header images are working perfectly on my new site.

182 Daniel { 04.10.08 at 3:05 pm }

Chris: You’re Neoclassical theme is now proudly supporting my blog on the French filmmaker Chris Marker. I love the attention you put into the CSS details. To mention a few things that make this theme stand out for me: typographic understanding; header image switching; balance and whitespace; a kind of hard to nail on the head literary quality to the design; flexibility of having 2 sidebars and being able to assign widgets to each. I could go on, but suffice to say I’m thankful and pleased to have found the perfect theme for the content I”m porting from an old, ungainly static site from the late ’90s, and making available to a whole bunch (hopefully) of die-hard film fanatics. Also enjoying WP 2.5 as the support environment for Neoclassical.

183 Alda { 04.10.08 at 7:41 pm }

Hi Chris, I love this theme and the custom header. I’ve just tried to upload it, however, but can’t get it to work. It’s installed in my themes folder and I seem to have unzipped it, but on my dashboard I get a message that a theme is installed but incomplete, and that it must have a stylesheet and template. I’ve tried twice to install it, but always get the same message. Any idea what’s up?? Thanks!

184 Ahshuwah { 04.19.08 at 5:04 pm }

Hi Chris,
Great theme. I recently upgraded to WordPress 2.5 and I noticed the following code error at the bottom of my site. Do you know what may be causing this?:

Warning: include(/home/.parthine/grc/grassrootschurch.org/blog/wp-content/themes/neoclassical/navigation.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/.parthine/grc/grassrootschurch.org/blog/wp-content/themes/neoclassical/archive.php on line 33

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/.parthine/grc/grassrootschurch.org/blog/wp-content/themes/neoclassical/navigation.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/.parthine/grc/grassrootschurch.org/blog/wp-content/themes/neoclassical/archive.php on line 33
185 Bob Sherman { 04.19.08 at 9:30 pm }

How do I put a summary only on the homepage? My site is showing the whole post.



186 Chris Pearson { 04.20.08 at 3:38 pm }

Wayne — The image handling styles (classes) are located in style.css, and each style’s definition is prefixed by the string:

.format_text img

If you plan to add your own picture handling styles, I recommend placing your new CSS definitions in your own custom.css file. If you haven’t yet installed your own custom stylesheet, you can grab one here.

Daniel — Your site looks fantastic, and I sincerely appreciate your kind remarks about the theme!

Ahshuwah — You need to upload the Neoclassical navigation.php file to your /neoclassical theme folder.

187 Daniel { 04.20.08 at 7:36 pm }

Thanks for the note – also, the custom stylesheet is also something I was looking for. Just to clarify for others, for images, I use for example:

.custom .fl { 
    float: left;
    margin-right: 20px;

in my custom.css file, and it works.

188 Chris Pearson { 04.20.08 at 9:01 pm }

Bob — There are two solid ways to put post summaries on your homepage. The first method doesn’t require you to modify your template files in any way, but the second method, which requires only one minor template modification, offers more flexibility.

WordPress more tagMethod 1. By simply adding the “more” tag to your posts, you can prevent entire posts from displaying on your homepage. If you’re using the visual editor, you can add the “more” tag by clicking the appropriate button from the image you see here.

Method 2. If you’d like to write your own summaries or simply use auto-generated excerpts (by default, the first 55 words of a post), then you’ll need to use this method. To begin, open up your index.php file, and locate the following line of code:

<?php the_content('[Read more &rarr;]'); ?>

Replace the above code with the code below, and you’ll now see excerpts of each post on the homepage.

<?php the_excerpt(); ?>

As I said earlier, your excerpts will be auto-generated from the first 55 words of your posts. The great thing about this method, though, is that you have absolute control over your excerpts. You can keep the auto-generated excerpts, or you can fill the Excerpt box with your preferred article summary.

189 Chris Pearson { 04.20.08 at 9:28 pm }

Daniel — Have you checked out Neoclassical’s image handling styles yet? Essentially, your custom image style is redundant, simply because that code already exists within the core stylesheet, style.css.

You can learn more about image handling classes. Even though the article is for my Copyblogger theme, the image handling classes are identical in Neoclassical.

190 Daniel { 04.20.08 at 11:29 pm }

Thank you, good to know. A bit off topic, but is there a better image upload plugin available? I don’t normally need to “crunch” images. And one other quick question: is there a way to have WP show the p and br tags? As a web designer, I’m going a bit nuts not being able to see all the markup in the html view – after all, what is the html view for but to see the markup (not just selected parts of it)? Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge, and pardon the off-topic post… :>

191 Bob Sherman { 04.21.08 at 10:32 pm }

I replace the code which gave me the summary but I lost the photos unless you click for the whole story. Also, how do you add the read more at the end of the summary?

192 Chris Pearson { 04.22.08 at 10:05 am }

Bob — Unless you add the photos into the Excerpt box, they won’t show on the home page. Based on the info you’ve given me, it seems as though Method 1 from my previous comment is the one you really want to use. If you use the “more” tag as described above, then you’ll see the “read more” link at the end of your summary.

193 Peter { 04.22.08 at 7:31 pm }

Hi. Is there any way to change the height of the rotating header image to something smaller? I have an image rotating right now, but I’d like to reduce the white space on top and bottom. Any advice? Best

194 Tom { 04.26.08 at 8:39 pm }

Is there a recommended method or approach for use with Neoclassical for replacing the Blog Title and Tagline with a graphic image???

195 Chris Pearson { 04.26.08 at 11:04 pm }

Peter — In Neoclassical 1.1, you can use any size header image you want. If you’d like an image that is 90 pixels tall (instead of the 180 defaults that come with the theme), simply upload an appropriately named and sized image to your /headers folder.

196 Tom { 04.26.08 at 11:10 pm }

I’ve already implemented that feature and it works pretty good too.

What I’m interested in doing is replacing the text in the upper left corner of our web site with the logo at the following URL.


197 Doruk { 04.27.08 at 11:56 am }

Hi Chris,
Me and my girl friend are going to use your template for our blog. It fit perfectly to our topic but i have a question. How can i add a widget to sidebar, which would show 5 posts from rss feed of my tumblog?

198 Graham { 05.05.08 at 7:02 am }

Doruk >goto your dashboard > Design / presentation link > widgets > drag or add chosen widget to respective side bar then save. Then view front page to see change !!!


199 Randy { 05.07.08 at 5:04 am }

Is there any way to put both widgets on the right side of the blog, and the posts on the left?

200 Madzzoni { 05.08.08 at 12:29 am }

@Randy: I made a “2R” custumization, you can see and download it here:


201 Alex Rodriguez { 05.08.08 at 10:29 am }

Chris do you offer any personalized customizations or know someone you can recommend?

202 Alex Rodriguez { 05.08.08 at 10:58 pm }

Never-mind I found Thesis and I think the new version will have exactly what I was looking for.


203 Shaun { 05.14.08 at 9:33 pm }

Hey Chris, thank a lot. I’m new to the WordPress stuff, and I’ve been re-building my site with your Neoclassical theme.

Do you happen to have any templates that would allow me to create different page layouts, specifically for some sort of photo portfolio?

Thanks again!

204 Gareth Jelley { 05.15.08 at 7:17 am }

Hello Chris, I have a quick question…

On the page here…


… there is more space than I really want between the ShareThis link and the 0 comments bit… I’ve tried fiddling with the code, but still can’t get it to squeeze up…

If there is no shareit code, the space seems to be a line-break… Right now I have two.

Please help…

(The theme, by the way, is wonderful.)

205 Marlive { 05.16.08 at 5:10 pm }

Greetings Chris,

I’m new to your site and just downloaded your Neoclassical theme with no problems and have already uploaded 1 of my 5 header images to rotate on my blog as well. As I continue to customize my blog, I clicked the “About” link under my Navigation section and was taken to an error message that says the page is not found. So I take that creating Pages as the regular WordPress theme does is not add theme to this navigation are does it? If it doesn’t how do I get this area of my blog setup and ready with my “About” content? Thanks in advace for any responses you give to my question.

206 Sarah Klass { 05.19.08 at 11:14 pm }

This theme is EXACTLY what I’m looking for! Nice and simple white, 3 column and rotating banner…perfect!! Thank you thank you thank you! Can’t wait to upload it to my blog and have a play!!

207 Adam J. Blust { 05.26.08 at 8:00 pm }

I’m having a similar problem as other people have mentioned – I upload the Neoclassical files to my themes folder, but the theme doesn’t show up in the themes list at all. This is with WP 2.5.1. I even tried renaming the folder “neoclassical Folder” but this didn’t seem to help. Any ideas?

208 Michael { 05.27.08 at 8:57 pm }


Obvious newbie question, but I have uploaded the neoclassical files and replaced the header images, however I’m not getting any images.

Thanks for you insights…I’ll be using your site to reference this new venture into blogging.

209 Marlive { 05.28.08 at 3:29 am }

Chris, never mind my initial question to you in post #205. I never bothered with Permalinks before and discovered that this theme uses a custom structure. So once I added /%postname%/ all of my post and links showed up!

Now for my next question, I want to add “edit this page” capabilty. I saw an earlier discussion and I need to add this code below . . .

to the NeoClassical “Single Post” template. Okay when I do, where should this bit of code go (before a certain line of code or after a certain line of code already on this template)?

Thanks so much and if I failed to say so earlier — I LOVE THIS THEME!

Thank you!

210 Marlive { 05.28.08 at 3:31 am }

Oops! The line of code I was referring to did not show up in post #209. But the link to that code is here –

211 explorish { 05.28.08 at 5:23 am }

hi guys,
i’m using the nice theme as well, but it somehow got messed up. the “support education” thing at the bottom comes to the right, the widgets got completely messed up. interestingly, only on the front page! if i go into one post, widgets look ok.
i disabled almost all plugins, it still doesn’t work. any ideas? happened to anyone? it’s messed up in Iexplore 6 and firefox as well.
it looks like this, whereas it should look like this. can anyone help?

thanks a lot!!

212 Renee Williams { 05.28.08 at 2:21 pm }

Hello! I am using the Neoclassical theme and I love it. But I do have a question, and please forgive me if it’s a duplicate question (I did read through the posts but didn’t really see an answer).

Visitors to my site are unable to leave comments. Is there a line of code or something that needs to be changed so that comments can be left? All of my WordPress settings are set to accept comments.

Thank you,

Renee Williams

213 Michael { 05.29.08 at 8:59 am }

I got the headers worked out. Thanks for a great layout.

214 explorish { 05.29.08 at 8:28 pm }

I did a complete reinstall, and – the theme got messed up again. all was well, i imported some posts – but then i made a new post and it got all messed up again. I dont know what to do :(

215 explorish { 05.30.08 at 4:39 am }

Has anyone seen anything like this? I didn’t touch the template, just installed it, activated a few plugins, didnt even change the widgets – when i made a new post, it got messed up. Does it have any known conflicts with any plugin? Help, anyone? Thanks a lot!

216 Marlive { 05.30.08 at 9:55 am }

Chris, please disregard post #209 and #210. I’ve resolved the issue. Take care and always, THANK YOU for all that you do and present here!

217 explorish { 05.30.08 at 7:43 pm }

i think i resolved my issue above as well. it seems (so far, keeping fingers crossed!) that upgrading from php4 to php5 did it (i had to reinstall, am working on it, plugins and all, but sidebars seem to not get messed up again. for the record – host, asmallorange – if anyone has the same issue, tell them to do the trick with php4, they’re responsive. i wonder if this makes sense to the theme developer.

218 Renee Williams { 05.30.08 at 8:19 pm }

Hi Chris,

Please ignore post #212. I have resolved my issue. Thanks again for the great theme!

219 Michael { 06.04.08 at 10:08 am }

I am sure that somewhere in the 212 post prior to this one, someone has asked this question, so at the risk of being repetitive I was trying to add a third widget to my left column (a second RSS Feed Link) but when I attempt to edit the details it disappears (It’s rather a fun little game the first few times, however I quite feel like screaming after about 5). What am I doing wrong?

220 mq { 06.04.08 at 9:03 pm }

I love this theme (and all the rest of your themes for that matter) but I’m having a wierd problem with Neoclassical. When I upload images via WordPress, I specify alt image text for each of my pictures. When I check the images on my blog, the file name of the photo is showing for the alt text image instead of the text I wrote when I uploaded the picture. When I go back through WordPress and check the HTML for each picture the alt text I wrote is there, but it’s not displaying on my blog. I checked the images on this blog and noticed that the alt image text is showing properly on the images you’ve uploaded, any ideas on what I’m doing wrong?

221 Alison Appiah { 06.09.08 at 9:14 am }

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the theme. I’m fairly new to wordpress and you’ve probably answered this, but what do I need to do if I just want to start by using one header?



222 Alison Appiah { 06.11.08 at 9:15 am }

I’ve just sorted this out thanks to John!!


223 Rebecca { 06.11.08 at 8:49 pm }

Hi Chris, can you tell me how to remove the blog title and description above the rotating image area? I have looked in several locations, including the header php, and I can’t find where it’s located. We already have a title in the image area so we won’t need it located above.

Thank you in advance.

224 Rebecca { 06.11.08 at 8:55 pm }

I found it….

225 Sarah Klass { 06.11.08 at 9:12 pm }

Rebecca, could I ask you where? I want to get rid of that bit too…. Thanks!

Sarah :)

226 Christine Taylor { 06.15.08 at 11:11 am }

I just wanted to tell you that this theme is just perfect, and I’ve been through a lot of them! Thank you so much.

227 Michael Craig { 06.16.08 at 1:01 am }

Moved to wordpress.org this past week. Love this site – great, clean & simple, and clear to customize. The neoclassical theme rocks! Beautiful work!

228 YonyonJohn { 06.16.08 at 3:25 pm }

hey, I rewrote your image rotating script and posted it to my blog. it’s nothing major, I just made it so that it will work with any image name and doesn’t need to be modified when you add or delete an image. let me know what you think!

229 Ang { 06.17.08 at 10:05 pm }

I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but the header images aren’t rotating. Could you please do me the favor of looking at it? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.

230 Girl Friday { 06.18.08 at 2:51 pm }

Hi there,
I absolutely LOVE your themes and your blog…so helpful!
I’ve run into a snag, though, on the Neoclassical theme, and I wonder if you could help me. It’s probably very simple, but I am relatively new to .php and can’t find the fix I need.

I went in and edited the “About” page…but I would get an error message (Page not found…).

I deleted my page, and then re-uploaded the entire theme….and still I get an error message when the “About” link is clicked on the site.

I don’t know what I did….I’d like to change that “About” page to “Our Belief Statement” and re-insert my content.

Can you possibly help? Thanks so much!!

231 Preston Palmer { 06.19.08 at 1:51 pm }

Chris, Do you use a Robots.txt file? If not why? If so, would you mind sharing?

232 Alex Rodriguez { 06.19.08 at 1:56 pm }

Preston…ya don’t really need to ask…


233 Jonathan { 06.22.08 at 5:35 pm }

Hi There,

I love the theme and did some minor customization on my site. Here’s my problem: on the rss feed, the images inside posts don’t show up (they did in the default kubrick). Is there a setting I can change somewhere so that they do show up? Here’s an example post with images, if it helps. http://superbon.net/?p=679

Thanks for the great theme. I’m sure this is just a small fix, I’m just a bit clueless as to how to fix it.


234 Jonathan { 06.22.08 at 6:30 pm }

One more thing: I noticed that the time on my posts is 4 hours later than it should be, but that my WordPress is set to GMT-4. Any ideas?

235 Chris Pearson { 06.22.08 at 7:59 pm }

Jonathan — Unfortunately, your theme has nothing to do with the way images (or anything else) appear in your RSS feed. Feeds are parsed by WordPress itself and are not a function of the theme you’re using. If you were using Feedburner to handle your feeds in the past, then you should change the RSS address in your header. It’s possible that this could fix the problem, but I highly doubt it.

Also, Neoclassical pulls post times straight from the WordPress database. If you are set to GMT-4, then your post times will display accordingly. Oftentimes, when I post, I won’t actually finish the post until hours after I began composing it, and the resulting timestamp reflects when I started writing the post.

236 Marisa { 07.06.08 at 11:11 am }

I like it. Leaves so much room for customization.

237 Veronica Lynne { 07.09.08 at 11:23 am }

I love the theme and have downloaded it. I copied the index.php and .htaccess to the root directory so that the blog can be accessed directly from the domain name and not /wordpress. However, now I’m not getting the header images. What have I missed?

Thanks for your help,
Veronica Lynne

238 Chris Pearson { 07.09.08 at 11:32 am }

Veronica — All of the Neoclassical theme files should remain inside the /neoclassical folder, and that folder, in turn, must reside inside the /wp-content/themes folder.

Ultimately, your problem lies in the fact that you installed WordPress in a subdirectory (/wordpress) off of your root domain. If you want your site to appear here, you’ll need to install all the core WordPress files in your root directory. In other words, leave the /wordpress folder out of it entirely. I know some of the WordPress documentation advises you to install in a subdirectory, but for most folks, that’s bad advice.

239 Veronica Lynne { 07.09.08 at 11:35 am }

Wow. Seems a little messy, but I’m gonna trust your advise. Everything I’ve read so far looks good.
Thanks so much.

240 Veronica Lynne { 07.09.08 at 11:56 am }

So what do I put in the config file for the database?

241 Chris Pearson { 07.09.08 at 11:58 am }

Veronica — You can use the same database that you were using before.

242 Veronica Lynne { 07.09.08 at 12:08 pm }

/wordpress? But I’ve moved all of the files to the root? Or should I have just copied all of the files to the root?

243 Chris Pearson { 07.09.08 at 12:13 pm }

Veronica — The database exists independently of the files on your server, so it doesn’t matter. You can obliterate the /wordpress folder with no ill effects whatsoever.

244 Veronica Lynne { 07.09.08 at 12:16 pm }

Ok. I got it up and running…AGAIN, but still can’t see the headers and now it’s running from the root.

245 Chris Pearson { 07.09.08 at 12:20 pm }

Veronica — Your WordPress installation still thinks it’s located in the /wordpress folder, so none of your relative links are working. You can try changing your blog’s Settings in the WordPress administration panel (specifically the WordPress address URL and blog address URL), but if that doesn’t work, I recommend setting up a new database, erasing the WordPress files on your server, and starting over. The whole thing should only take about 10 minutes.

246 Veronica Lynne { 07.09.08 at 12:24 pm }

I did change the blog’s Settings and still nothing. It looks like I’ll have to reinstall. Thanks for your help.

247 Heather Dash { 07.10.08 at 4:24 pm }

Hey Chris!

I am new to the bloggin universe so please excuse me. Anyway, I cannot get the new pages I created to show up in the naviation panel.

248 Heather Dash { 07.10.08 at 4:26 pm }

Also, I changed the name of my “About” page to who we are, but it is still showing as “About” on the navigation menu, but “Who We Are” is in the page title.

249 Heather Dash { 07.10.08 at 5:11 pm }

you can disregard 247 and 248. Figured them out.


250 Hobby World CH » Blog Archive » links for 2008-07-14 { 07.14.08 at 2:32 am }

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251 Alex Rodriguez { 07.19.08 at 12:47 am }

Hi Chris-

I recently checked out my site on IE version 7 on a Windows XP machine and realized something is broken. For some reason the right sidebar is showing up at the bottom of the page. You can view it at http://www.alexrodrigueznotebook.com/. I would be happy to forward you a screen shot if necessary. Safari and Firefox work great!

Any suggestion you can provide will be appreciated.



252 Karen J { 07.20.08 at 7:16 pm }

Hey Chris! Thanks for the theme. I’m using it on my site ( tweaked for a darker version) and it works great!

253 Alex Rodriguez { 07.22.08 at 9:36 am }

OK, I am back online. I hate IE. Anyways, it was a misbehaving link on the left side.


254 Jannieh { 07.26.08 at 11:35 pm }

I’ll admit that I’m still a newbie when it comes to code, but your directions were so easy to follow! I’m so proud of myself. I stuck with it, and with your help I am tickled to death with the result. Thank you so very much!

255 Chantal { 07.27.08 at 1:35 am }

Awesome Theme! As a newbie, you can imagine how many themes I’ve uploaded and played with before finding THE perfect one… NeoClassical! THANK YOU!
But of course, no newbie can fully customize without running into a problem or two :) I’m still very early in the tweaking phase!

#1. I am not using your theme as a blog page only. I’m creating a full blogsite!
#2. I have not, as of yet, uploaded wordpress to the root. I am waiting until my site is complete. This means if you click on my name, you will see my hideous attempt at an html-based site! Hideous!!! Consider yourself warned!
#3. So where can you find the blog site? lol bare with me: http://www.keyadministration.com/blog/keyadmin/
#4. I haven’t upgraded to WP 2.6 yet

So on to my questions:
1. I cannot for the life of me get my navigation links to works. I have tried everything suggested here in the comments. When I changed my custom permalink to /%postname% I did not receive an error about .htaccess so I didn’t get the code. I copied the code from your video, placed the file in my root, in /keyadmin directory, the actually NeoClassical folder: Nothing. I’ve played, and tweaked and played again to no avail! What am I missing?? Will it work once I pull it all into my root?
2. those pages below the navigation need to go! I can figure out how to delete (I think lol) but what I would like my navigation bar to do is show my link under ‘About’ when I’m on the about page. Is that possible with this theme?
3. Is it possible to change my home page to 2 columns while the rest of the site remains at 3?

I truly appreciate any and all help you can provide on this!

256 David Chua { 07.28.08 at 9:14 am }

Hi Chris,

I have the same problem as what Alex had in post 251. The right sidebar went to the bottom of the left side bar in IE6 and IE7. The fonts on some of the widgets became bigger too.
Could you advise me what I should do? http://www.projectrq.com

Thanks for your help

257 Preston { 07.29.08 at 10:50 am }


Quick question you may have an answer to! Just upgraded to 2.6 and am using Neoclassical. I haven’t had any problems with anything in the past. Now however, on my admin page just about every box shows “Loading…” Including incoming links, Stats, development blog, plugins, and other wordpress news. When I click to edit them and then save them, they appear to work again, until I logout and back in, then they are gone. Its as if they are not saving or something? If you have any ideas on how to fix this it would be greatly appreciated!!!

258 Carolina { 07.31.08 at 6:40 pm }

Hi Chris…

i was wondering where should I go to remove the word category from my category page! I know you don’t recomend the use of categories…but in my casa I can’t help it.


259 Hillary { 08.05.08 at 4:56 am }

Hi Chris, thank you so much for the Neoclassical theme. I’ve been using in on my personal blog and recently installed it for a friend too. She loves the theme as well and both of us don’t want to change.

But Chris, my friend recently discovered that her sidebars look funky when viewed with IE. We suspect it’s triggered by an advertisement she had placed in her sidebar.

I had the same problem with my sidebars looking funky when I installed Get Recent Comments. I have since removed GRC as it’s not life and death to have it.

However, the advertisement is quite important to my friend. It’s the whole reason why she moved out of wordpress.com to a self-hosted domain.

Would you mind taking a look at http://owlhaven.net to see how if you can share with us how the problem might be fixed?

260 Jennifer { 08.10.08 at 7:37 pm }

Hi Chris, I really love this theme! :)

I would like to know if there is a way to make the “home” page have a static image. I really don’t mind the rotating images on the other pages.

261 Tom Chandler { 08.30.08 at 1:55 pm }

Chris: Thanks for the theme and support. I just bought a Developer license to Thesis for a commercial project, and I’m using NeoC for a new advocacy project.

I know damned little about php (I’m a writer – pity me), and wonder if there is any simple way (code snippet, etc) to set the rotating image to also serve as a link to the blog’s “Home” page?

To preserve “above the fold” real estate and clean up the look, I removed the blog title and RSS stuff from above the image (I let the header image ID the blog), and the Pages widget (for some odd reason) doesn’t offer “Home” as one of the pages.

Thus, there’s no easy route “home” on the site.

Any ideas?

262 Danny { 09.01.08 at 3:59 pm }

Hi – I followed the instructions above and inserted 5 of my .jpg files and kept the default file names, but now the pics are not visible. I have rechecked the instructions and can find no problems with the pic replacement. Any thoughts on what might be the problem?

263 Adam { 09.11.08 at 1:01 pm }

Does anyone have trouble positioning images with this theme? I love it otherwise, but that is a problem I encounter often. Any tips would be very much appreciated.

264 Adam { 09.11.08 at 1:30 pm }

OK, I figured it out after digging through the comments and doing a little experimenting. Are there plans to update the theme so that it works well with WordPress’ current image-placement scheme?

265 Referáty { 09.18.08 at 2:41 pm }

Hi Chris,

I found your great theme and I have one question. How can I delete vertical lines between sidebars and content?

Thanks for reply!

266 Chantal Livingstone { 09.18.08 at 3:04 pm }

Just remove the images Referaty and make the background #fff
#content_box { width: 865px; padding: 0 10px; background: url(‘images/content_bg.gif’) 50% 0 repeat-y; text-align: left; }

267 Referáty { 09.19.08 at 11:47 am }

Thank you very much. :) It works!

268 bobbyt { 09.24.08 at 2:44 am }

Hey Amazing Theme!
I have a question, my theme randomly went crazy on me after an update… could you help me fix it? if you click the link you can see my website.

The rightside nav bar has decided to relocate itself to the bottom of the website?

269 Adam { 09.24.08 at 7:53 am }

My installation has done that a few times, and it was most recently solved by deleting an extraneous in the post’s HTML view.

270 Adam { 09.24.08 at 7:56 am }

Er, that’s an extraneous *div*. I thought it might do that…

271 bobbyt { 09.24.08 at 11:15 am }

Thanks Adam!
That solved my problem!

272 Jodi { 09.25.08 at 1:12 pm }

How do I replace the rotating header images with a single static image? I’ve seen this asked before, but can’t find an answer. Thanks!

273 Jodi { 09.25.08 at 2:11 pm }

Nevermind! I figured it out by combining these instructions with the instructions for changing the cutline theme to a static image. Not bad for an English major. :-)

1) Go to rotating_images.php

2) Find the text that says:

$random_image = rand(1,5); // the second number should equal the total number of images that you want to rotate

3) Replace the 5 with a 1 and save the changes. You can also change the alt tag (since it’s no longer a random image).

4) Go to the /headers folder in your Word Press site. You’ll find it inside the neoclassical theme folder.

Filepath: wp_content/themes/neoclassical/headers

5) Upload your new image. Make sure it’s named header_1.jpg


274 Emily { 09.26.08 at 6:39 pm }

Hey Chris,

Thank you so much for this fantastic theme. It’s been a breeze to set up and I’m very happy with how it looks. I’ve got a couple questions that I’d really appreciate your help with:

1. How do I erase the search bar on the left side? I only need one search box and I prefer the one that says “search this site” that appears on the right side.

2. How do I move my RSS feed button down? Currently, it’s bumping right into my header, which looks a bit sloppy, and I’d love to push it down a bit.

Thank you in advance for your help!


275 bobbyt { 09.27.08 at 8:16 pm }

I have another new problem. Randomly after saving a blog draft my blog went crazy again! After I tried to delete the post and it still left itself in a mess with all the nav bars moving to the bottom of the page?

Whats the problem now?

276 Adam { 09.30.08 at 10:48 am }

I’m having a heck of a time enabling “related posts” functionality on my site, specifically with this plugin. Has anyone encountered similar problems?

277 Debbie { 09.30.08 at 11:22 pm }

So, I think I understand but I tried to download the updated php program for rotating images so, I can install it. When I extract the files…there is nothing that comes up that says Install. It says find the appropriate web program to open or choose what to open it with myself. I don’t know what to do.

278 Debbie { 10.01.08 at 1:42 am }

Ok I figured it out! :-) Nevermind

279 dinu { 10.01.08 at 12:39 pm }

ok, almost done with copyblogger theme LOL … now to neoclassical theme …

when I increase the width of a sidebar, it goes down, because the total width is not enough to fit it in to .. right ? my friend fixed it on copyblogger for me, now I want to learn how to fix it … help ? :)

to make it simple, how to increase the width of the total space,

280 bobbyt { 10.01.08 at 9:30 pm }

Hey can anyone still help me with my problem?

It seems that if someone is one firefox on a mac the Neoclassical theme gets all jumbled around. If you have windows or any other web browser it works out fine.

Has anyone else experience this problem? I think its a bug…

281 Susan { 10.10.08 at 11:49 pm }

This is very cool, thanks!

282 bobbyt { 10.14.08 at 4:25 am }

Hey, has anyone else experience this bug?

283 Lily { 10.18.08 at 5:39 pm }

HELP!! I love your design but when I try to upload it, this is what I get…how come? I spent all day working and nothing I’m so discouraged (:. Even the RSS jpeg doesn’t show (Among many other things incl photos). Can you look at my site and see: http://www.sunshineandstilettos.com
Thanks foryour help!!

284 Lily { 10.18.08 at 6:21 pm }

Oh I figured it out, thank you – sorry!

I do have one question though – does anyone know if it’s possible to put move that left-hand colum all the way to the other side, so that the main text is on the far left, and then 2 side columns?


285 Lily { 10.19.08 at 3:23 pm }

Hi Chris,
I upload new header images but somehow the site doesn’t pick it up. It keeps showing the old images I uploaded before. How can i fix this? Help!

286 Nassorn { 10.26.08 at 2:45 am }

Hi Chris,

Though I love Thesis Theme, I decided to start my blog with NeoClassical Theme since budgeting is challenge me.

There are 2 issues I have currently with NeoClassical Theme;

1) How could I limit number of post listed at Home to only 3 posts display?

2) I develop my blog on Firefox with no problem but I found that the blog is not display properly with Explorer.

Thanks for you kind support.

287 Tony { 10.26.08 at 3:20 am }

Chris -

I’ve installed Neoclassical for my blog, and love it! I’ve installed several plugins without issue, but the link to my RSS feed isn’t correct.

I am using FeedBurner for my feed, and FeedBurner/FeedSmith plugin for my site. However, the RSS logo at the top of the page does not display the correct link to my feed.

Is there someplace in the theme code I can change to reflect the right feed address?

288 Juliann Grant { 10.26.08 at 9:32 am }

Hi Chris,

How do you change the header.php to reflect a Feedburner RSS URL? Which line of code is it? I’m using NeoClassical theme for now. Eventually will go to Thesis but in the meantime, can you point me in the right direction?

289 liz { 10.28.08 at 10:15 am }

Hi, can you tell me where to edit to make the content space wider. It is a little narrow for what I want to do.

290 Lily { 10.28.08 at 10:21 am }

Same here! I would love to know how to widen that main text area (center). It’s super narrow. Thanks!

291 Chris Pearson { 10.28.08 at 1:36 pm }

Liz, Lily — Changing the width of the center column (which affects both the content and comment areas) requires a fair bit of expertise with CSS, simply because the widths of so many elements are affected. I only have one “easy” solution here, and that’s simply to check out Thesis, which is capable of generating a 3-column layout with content in the middle. Best of all, you can control the width of the content column with Thesis, so you’ll be able to choose a width that works perfectly for your site.

Oh, and you’ll have more options and power than ever before, but that’s another story entirely!

292 Alex Rodriguez { 10.28.08 at 1:38 pm }


Can I make Thesis into a 2 column layout?


293 Chris Pearson { 10.28.08 at 1:51 pm }

Alex — Duuuude, Thesis can make any 1, 2, or 3-column layout. Even if you’re not keen on purchasing the theme now, I’d encourage you to subscribe to the Thesis theme feed, simply because you’ll receive news about new and exciting features (like the incomparable layout generator).

294 Alex Rodriguez { 10.28.08 at 1:52 pm }

Sweet, subscribed!


295 Lily { 10.29.08 at 9:04 pm }

Thanks Chris. Is it a one-time payment only? Or do we pay with each upgrade? Also, will I lose all the customization I did on the Neo theme? Thanks

296 Alon { 10.31.08 at 1:17 am }

Is there a way to replace the random image function with a swf file?

297 Andrew { 11.01.08 at 3:11 am }

The Neoclassical theme is very good; I have set it up for my partner’s blog and know how to use the rotating images feature. I would like to be able to change the background colour from white to something else. I have tried changing this line in the style.css:

body { background: #fff; color: #333; font: 62.5% Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif; }

by inserting different hex codes after ‘background:’ and ‘color:’
But it makes no difference at all. I hope somebody can explain how to do this, if it is possible.

But it’s a great theme, Chris.

298 Andrew { 11.02.08 at 2:02 am }

Another post from me… Fixing a rotation problem

This might be useful to Lily at 285

I followed all the instructions for changing the rotating images, dowloading the new .php file and creating my own .jpg files. However, even after flushing three different browser caches, I couldn’t get them all to display, continually finding Chris’s original header jpeg files showing up on the home page in between half of the ones I had made. I checked and double checked and even deleted the entire headers folder from the server! Believe it or not the old photos and two of mine kept loading, but their properties still showed them as being in the folder that had been deleted!

I was cursing, but felt there had to be a solution. I found it by changing one word in the following section of the rotating_images.php file. I don’t know how to code the colour so I’ve put the word ‘image’ in upper case to show that I changed the default name of the files to image_1.jpg, image_2.jpg etc:

<img src=”/headers/IMAGE_.jpg” alt=”Random header image… Refresh for more!” />

This was the only way I could get rotating images to work after hours of frustration. I can’t explain the strange phenomenon described above. I’m only posting this in case anyone else has the same problem.

I still think it’s a terrific theme.

299 Chris Pearson { 11.03.08 at 3:32 pm }

Lily — Thesis is a completely different theme, so yes, you’ll lose your Neoclassical customizations. However, I think you’ll find it much, much easier to re-implement those changes with Thesis, and on top of that, you’ll be able to upgrade with far fewer headaches.

I don’t really know what else to say other than Thesis is simply a much more robust, intelligent Website framework that is easier to use over time.

300 Nikhil Narayanan { 11.19.08 at 7:22 am }

I am using this theme and am very happy with it.Now question for you, how do I have tags and categories for a specific post just below a post?

301 Chantal Livingstone { 11.19.08 at 9:35 am }

Nikhil! I agree, I love this theme.
Your question isn’t theme related, but code. If you go to http://www.wordpress.org, you’ll find the Codex (under docs) which is extremely helpful for any ‘tweaking’ you need to do with the code!
Hope this helps,

302 Nikhil Narayanan { 11.19.08 at 10:27 am }

Thanks Chantal.
I figured the solution.Hope this helps others as well.
Step 1 here is the solution.

If the link is inaccessible,follow this.
Add the following code somewhere after the call to the_content() or the_excerpt() within “the loop” in index.php, archive.php, search.php and single.php.

<?php if (function_exists(“the_tags”)) the_tags(“Tags: “, “, “, “”);?>

303 Adam { 11.21.08 at 3:14 pm }

There are a few errors in the code that I noticed when I attempted to validate my website as XHTML 1.0 Strict.

First, in comments.php on line 9, there’s a “p” tag that is not closed correctly.

Also, in the archives.php template, the permalinks in the “All internal blog posts” section are wrong. There are two instances where a link’s “rel” attribute is defined, once as “bookmark” and then once again as “nofollow”. Changing it to:

rel=”bookmark nofollow”

fixes the problem.

304 Nikhil Narayanan { 11.25.08 at 7:09 am }

Hi Chris
The “Previous Entries” link on my blog does not work.
Am I missing something?
Please help.

305 Carl Weinschenk { 11.26.08 at 11:39 pm }

This is a beautiful theme. Suppose, however,that I want to use it with only one image–I’m boring, I know. Is there a simple way to do that. I’m not a designer.


306 Nassorn { 11.27.08 at 12:17 am }

I ‘ve modified image rotating from default of 5 to only 2 images and considering to have only one. You may find Chris explained in details at the top of this post.

What I have done for the change;
- Go to Theme Editor find file named “rotating_images.php”
- Opne the file to be ready to edit. There is a line said:
$random_image = rand(1,5); // the second number should equal the total number of images that you want to rotate

- I changed the second number to 2 (in your case change to 1).
- Update File

That’s all. It works well at my site.
Thanks to Chris for the great theme.

307 Carl Weinschenk { 11.27.08 at 12:18 pm }

Thanks. Again nice job. i am probably going to use the theme.

Happy thanksgiving.


308 adelaide { 11.28.08 at 1:35 am }

hi there,
a *lovely* theme.
one question – when i read about your “rotating image” – i thought it would be automatically rotate, with a nice cross-fade in-between, kind of like the images in monochrome gallery theme.

is there any way to set the images to a auto delay (rather than jumping suddenly – and each time you change the page)? and/or could this be in an update?

in my opinion this would make an *amazing* elegant rotating image theme.


309 jam { 11.28.08 at 4:07 am }

hi chris,

im new to this and not so familiar making some changes on the blog …
i would just like to ask how to I add some links on the “blog roll” section ?

thanks for your help.

310 Weinschenk { 11.28.08 at 11:58 am }

Hi again. One other quick question, and again thanks: I can’t seem to insert an image in a way that the text flows around it. Instead, whether I do it left, right or center, there is white space adjacent to the image to the side of the post (in whichever direction). Is there a way around this?


311 Wayne { 11.29.08 at 1:00 pm }


What’s the latest WordPress ver. that Neoclassical is c0mpatible with, any suggestions before I upgrade?

Thanks- Wayne

312 Adam { 11.29.08 at 1:09 pm }


I’m running the latest version of WordPress, 2.6.5 IIRC. Neoclassical works perfectly well with it.

313 Alex Rodriguez { 12.03.08 at 5:00 pm }

Anyone testing Neoclassical with 2.7? If I recall correctly some of the changes included with 2.7 may break some themes.


314 Clint { 12.07.08 at 7:03 pm }

Hi Chris,

I would just like to ask where i can add links to my blogroll


315 Preston { 12.13.08 at 4:32 pm }

Alex, I tested upgrading to 2.7 today and it did not work. I got errors with the header php. I am hoping Chris will have a chance to look at this. Maybe a few other people can attempt an upgrade so we have more info to give Chris about what needs changes. Just make sure you backup your database first!

316 Alex Rodriguez { 12.13.08 at 4:37 pm }

Preston, I ran with the upgrade the day it was release with no problems. In fact my site is on 2.7 and working like a charm.

317 Preston { 12.13.08 at 4:47 pm }

Interesting. I wonder why I am having a problem then.
Anyone else successfully upgrade to 2.7?

318 Adam { 12.13.08 at 5:02 pm }

I successfully upgraded, save for one minor thing: non-visited hyperlinks now appear red upon hover. Strange.

319 Deb { 12.17.08 at 5:21 pm }

Could someone give a complete step-by-step of what needs to be done to fully back up a blog? I have read so much conflicting information, and I worry that I don’t have everything backed up – just in case, you know!

320 cj { 12.17.08 at 6:36 pm }


have you gone through the wordpress forum ? I think the instructions there aren’t that confusing… they have step-by-step instructions plus a screenshot of the process for you to be guided on how to make a backup… visit on the link below


Also if you have a hosting provider , it would be better to contact them and surely they can assist you on how to get started at least…

if still you are having problems then you might want to paste your confusions and hopefully someone from here could assist you. :-)

321 Tony { 12.24.08 at 11:37 pm }

My site is currently running on WP 2.7 without a hitch. Only things I want the theme to do is to nest comments. Hope Chris will update it to do so!

I love this theme and has been using it for about 9 or 10 months. My comment font sizes are a little bit larger than I would like them to be and I can’t find where in the CSS to modify them, but I’ll keep looking!

Not much time for a HS student, but love blogging!

322 babegue { 01.15.09 at 5:29 am }

it’s a really cool themes, could you tell me how to change the header, i’m a new blogger. help please

323 lilycarver { 01.27.09 at 5:07 pm }

I’m trying to build a blog for my husband and, like babegue above, am new to all this. I downloaded the theme and then downloaded the custom files and put them in the neoclassical folder (thereby updating what was there; hope that was right!) and I think I understand about what you’re saying about the rotating images files up to a point. What I don’t understand is whether I can or should delete the existing image files before making my own. If I don’t, won’t those images just keep popping up on the site? Would be grateful for any help you can give.

324 Tara Jacobsen { 01.27.09 at 5:13 pm }

Hi lily,
I just named the images the same thing and then uploaded them – overwriting the ones that came with the template.
Hope that helps…Tara

325 lilycarver { 01.29.09 at 3:01 am }

Hi, it’s lily again. Thank you so much for your help before. Now I have another problem. I somehow managed to disappear the Pages from the sidebar, and I can’t get them back. I tried reiknstalling the whole theme, but that didn’t seem to have any effect. Any ideas?

326 Nassorn { 01.29.09 at 5:40 am }

Hi lily,
Are you adding html in text widget?
I found this kind of error from my missing edit of HTML closing paragraph.

327 Tara Jacobsen { 01.29.09 at 10:22 am }

I use the nav_menu under appearance>editor BUT don’t know if I do it right, just know that I made it work once and now I just add a link when I need one. I tried to paste a little bit of my code but it might not work.

Don’t get discouraged, I think I had some of this stuff when I got started but once it is up you can just leave it alone..:)

<a href=”" >Home
<a href=”/sign-up-now/” >Sign Up For THRIVE!

328 Tara Jacobsen { 01.29.09 at 10:25 am }

yeah lots of it did not work – ignore the code…:(

329 lilycarver { 01.29.09 at 1:20 pm }

Hi, Nassorn. I’m an ungeek, so although I think I know what “adding html in text widget” means, I don’t know what text to add or precisely where in the script.

Tara, you’re way out of my league. I can’t even find the nav_menu! :0|

330 lilycarver { 01.29.09 at 1:41 pm }

Oh, wait! I found the nav_menu and I tried inserting your code and I see what happened. Now if I take out your code and put in the names of the pages I want, how do I then make it so that clicking on those links will take someone to those pages. I tried replacing the “About” link–which leads to an error page–with an “About City of Smoke” link,” but nothing showed up. :(

331 KazC { 02.09.09 at 10:22 am }

I am a complete newbie to WordPress and themes. I loved the way this theme looks and am determined to get a handle on how to customise it and there looks to be some great advice here. But I am not doing well at first hurdle; I can find theme files but how do I create folders to put images in or widgets etc. I’ve got some dowloads on hard drive but have no clue how to slot these into WordPress; for instance I have the CSS file which I guess is what I use to be making changes; but how and where do I put it to get going. Is there an idiot’s guide anyone can recommend? I can follow the gist of the code (just about) but the kick off has stumped me, for now! Thanks for any recommendations.

332 KazC { 02.09.09 at 10:37 am }

Also, I have an “about page” but keep getting “link is broken” message. I have created a new page but it’s not showing up. So, I called it About it hope it would link with the “About” in the lhs on theme, but still no joy. Page is on dahsboard,with content in it, but not accessible via site. Any help appreciated.

333 KazC { 02.09.09 at 12:34 pm }

Ignore all queries. Am heading route of thesis and a dummies guide to CSS. My partner already has thesis and says I’ll find support I need! I can only get better that’s for sure!

334 luisj { 02.10.09 at 3:59 pm }

My footer doesn’t appear. What cant it be due?
Thanks for your help.

335 sudarmaji { 02.12.09 at 5:28 pm }

hi Chris

I have two Links categories at right and left sidebar.
How to make just, say, at right hand only?

Thank for the theme!

336 Robbert { 02.23.09 at 10:51 am }


I’m dutch and so is my website, so you might be wondering wtf is it about… It’s a bookshop site for medical students in Rotterdam the Netherlands.
I’m managing the site and it’s hosted on google sites, a great app that allows quick building and posting. The thing is it has limitations, or so i think… Is it possible to use the “Neoclassical Theme for WordPress” in this app?

Thanks a 10^6 ;)

337 RRoc { 02.25.09 at 1:38 am }

Chris – I searched but did not see – how do you easily reference the comments that people make – when you return a comment ?

..and is the follow up comment via email part of something else ??
THx in advance

338 Chris Moseley { 03.03.09 at 6:33 pm }

This is a fantastic theme! I’m having problems with one area – how do i change or delete the “NAVIGATION” box on the top left of the template?

339 chris moseley { 03.06.09 at 2:49 am }

OK – went all the way back to thread 13 and found the answer. sorry for the duplicate post and THANkS

340 Gina { 03.07.09 at 1:26 am }

Hi Chris,

The layout of this theme is what I’ve been looking for!
The only problems I’m having is all my old pics are a bit to wide. They run into the right side bar. I know asking for help in changing the width of the left side bar to be smaller is probably out of the questions. But any advice in fixing this without having to go in and redo a few years worth of pic sizes?

341 Heather { 03.08.09 at 8:52 pm }


Thank you for the free template. I do have one very simple question; how do I replace the title of my site with a logo? Could you post the code for that?


342 Alan { 03.10.09 at 3:09 am }

Great theme Chris – thanks. Do you have any information on static pages and custom headers and sidebars – I would like to have 3 static pages for Home | About | Contact and a 4th section for Blog. How do I get different headers and sidebars for the 4 “sections”? And do you recommend a best-process for setting this up:
Home = mydomain.com
About = mydomain.com/about
Contact = mydomain.com/contact
Blog = mydomain.com/blog
MANY thanks in advance!

343 Kristy Nuttall { 03.10.09 at 5:24 pm }

Hey Chris – we tried to use this theme last night and were having the same problem that KazC (332 comment) was having. I tried re-downloading and the about page, etc. still wasn’t coming through at all. Even adding a new page wasn’t working.

Looked great – but we need to figure out why the pages aren’t coming in. Any thoughts?

344 Suzanne { 03.14.09 at 5:06 pm }

Can you use the thesis theme and add the code to make the header images random? Thanks! Suzanne

345 marke { 04.02.09 at 12:59 pm }

Hello…Is this theme compatible with WordPress 2.7 and 2.7.1?


346 CyberGetro { 04.03.09 at 1:44 am }

Hi Alex! I’m thinking in change my theme for Neoclassical.
Is there a way to replace the random image function with a swf file?

347 Daily Style Guide { 04.07.09 at 9:07 am }

Check out my site to see what I’ve done with this theme.

Is there any support available still? I’d like to know how to do the following:

1. Add my home page link so that when you click the header image it takes your back to home page. Where do I fit this in the code?

2. How do I remove the verticle lines which separate the body from the sidebars?

Thanks so much in advance.

Daily Style Guide

348 Eiler Hansen { 04.14.09 at 9:59 am }

Hi I’m using Neoclassical for my company’s homepage, and would like to change the title. Instead of text I want to put our logo, but I can’t really figure out where to change it. Do I change the html or the css? I want the logo to act as the home link.

349 judi { 04.22.09 at 8:14 am }

I’m also wishing/hoping for answer to post by Alan (post 342) above. Trying to do the same setup. Thanks!

350 judi { 04.22.09 at 4:07 pm }

Correction to my request above. I don’t need different sidebars in each section as Alan does. I would like to have a static home page and make the blog posts page secondary. Is that possible? Thanks again!

351 Cathy { 05.19.09 at 11:07 pm }

I love this theme! Just installed it for my blog. Got the rotating banner working!

Can you please tell me how to setup my posts to not show the entire post and have this to read it all……. [Read more →]


352 Bob Sherman { 05.20.09 at 9:37 am }


Simply use the more tag in WordPress.

353 Cathy { 05.20.09 at 2:55 pm }

Awesome, Thanks!

354 Chris { 05.22.09 at 12:45 pm }

Does anyone know how we can add a copyright to the bottom of every page??


355 Graham { 05.22.09 at 2:11 pm }

I’d just have a look in the WordPress’ plugins dir or google … I use one on some of my sites but off hand I cant remember what its called. -G-

356 mike { 05.23.09 at 11:56 pm }

when we adjust the code to put, for example, 7 header images in the header file, do we do this using Notepad and save it back in the ZIP file? I tried that but then I couldn’t open the zip file. Where would we edit this code?

2) can we make these rotating headers clickable (so that they load new image)

3) can this PHP script be used with the Thesis theme so that we can have rotating headers but with other possible colour customization?

Thanks if you can help

357 Andrew { 05.25.09 at 4:55 pm }

Hi Chris,

1) i’d like to add page and sub-page links to the nag_menu.php. If you would, please provide an example of how to manually editing te below code:
<a href=”/about/” rel=”nofollow”>About

2) for the “page” widget, how do I add a “home” that links back to home back once clicked.

Many thanks for the theme and putting up with my novice questions. Andrew

358 Kym { 05.28.09 at 3:31 pm }

Hi Chris,

I love this theme, it’s got almost everything I needed in a theme for a client site, and what it doesn’t have I’ve been able to modify for the most part. There’s just one thing I need to do and I can’t figure out on my own… hoping you can help!

I realize you intended for people to not use the Page widget, instead, use your awesome nav_menu solution to order pages through the code. As a designer, I love this – but this site is for a client who needs to be able to add/change pages through admin, so it’s a must to have to use the page widget. However, your theme defaults to ordering pages alphabetically, and using the Page Order through the Admin panel does not work. In doing some research I learned that in many themes you can just change the wp_list_pages tag within your theme to sort by order… but unfortunately, you don’t have that line of code in any of your php pages, so I can’t use that fix (this is what I want to do: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/166978?replies=6). Can you tell me how I can get around this in your theme, or where I can put this in the code?

Thank you so much in advance for any help. And I love your newer themes too – hoping the next sites I design will work with one of them, I want to play more!

359 Jane { 06.04.09 at 7:37 pm }

LOVE the theme thank you so much. Can anyone tell me how to replace the text at the top of each page (above the header images) with my own logo? TIA.

360 jake { 07.13.09 at 2:50 am }

I badly need some help. i used the template and wondering if there is any way i can increase the height of the header.


361 Kym { 07.13.09 at 9:37 am }

Sure you can. Are you saying that you want to put an image in the rotating image section that’s higher, or that you need the entire space up there to be higher? Either way you can do it. You can put an image any height in the rotating image section, so nothing special you need to code there. If you need more space in the area above the image, you can do that too. You’ll just need to open the header.php file in your theme’s directory, and the styles.css file, and create custom code/CSS to do whatever you need. Height is not a problem; trying to make the theme wider, however, isn’t quite as easy. Hope that helps.

362 Tom { 07.14.09 at 4:35 pm }

Can anyone help with Page Titles? I just installed neoclassical on a site and on every blog post, the header (of the *browser*) displays this way:

site caption (e.g., “Just another WP blog”)
followed by the name of the blog .

I’d like to change that to:

blog name, then the name of that individual post.

Anyone know how/where I change that? Thanks in advance.


363 Tom { 07.14.09 at 5:41 pm }

My mistake. I meant on the HOME page the caption (tagline) preceeds the blog name. I now see that entry in header.php. I don’t speak php. Here are the relevant lines of code (I think)

<a href=”">

I;m guessing that “bloginfo(‘description’)” is the caption (tagline) and “bloginfo” is the blog name?

Can someone tell me how to fix that?

364 Sabrina { 07.20.09 at 12:51 am }

Hi Chris,

I am embarrassed to have to asked this question. I will justify it by saying I am not a programmer. I was able to install the theme (I am self hosted) but am totally clueless as to how to “upload my images”. I have renamed them on my desktop but how do I load them into wordpress.

Thanks for not laughing at me too much.


365 sven { 07.26.09 at 10:01 am }

Hi Chris,
first of all, thank you for this brilliant theme.
I use it know since approx. 2 months. I like it very much! But i still could not figure out how i can insert a picture on the right or left side of the text within the content column. It always turns either above or under the text. I whrite the content with the wordpress backbone.
And I would like to make the content column a bit more wide. Maybe it works then?!
Please, could you or anyone else help me?
Thanks and greedings

366 Jen { 07.26.09 at 2:55 pm }

Chris – I am getting an error message for my page when I add categories, click on them on the live site, and an error message comes up. They show up in the side bar but I cannot click the category and go to a page with those related posts. It looks like this (I just inserted a generic web name):

Safari can’t open the page “http://mywebsite.comcategory/food” because it can’t find the server “mywebsite.comcategory”.

Thanks for any help!

367 marke { 07.26.09 at 3:10 pm }



should read


You need / after the .com

Try that and see if it works.

368 marke { 07.26.09 at 3:19 pm }


Ftp to your site using your ftp software.

If using cPanel, click on public_html

Create a folder (“directory”) and name it (for example) images

Then upload via ftp (from your computer) your images to that folder

To link to those images (if .jpg) on your website:


if your images end in .gif

Hope that helps.

369 Jen { 07.27.09 at 9:31 pm }

Thanks Marke. I did know that I needed the / but I do not know how to insert that.

I used the ‘Categories’ tool in the theme controls and it did created the site address that way (missing the /). Has anyone else had that problem with the Categories option?

370 Ms. Jenn { 08.02.09 at 1:19 am }

I just installed yesterday and realized that on IE8 (not sure about other versions) that the right sidebar moves down to the bottom. How do we fix this?

371 Steven Hart { 08.19.09 at 1:37 pm }

Please pardon some ignorant questions. The Neoclassical theme is great but I’m having trouble with the rotating header images:

1. Do I have to pre-size the images to the specifications you show?

2. Do I then rename the files according to your convention (header_1.jpg) and then upload them over the default images?

3. Using my WordPress control panel, I wrote a nice long paragraph for the “About” page and find that it won’t come up on the site. What should I do?

372 Andrew { 08.19.09 at 5:22 pm }


1. Yes, the images have to be the specified size. You could probably change the default size somewhere, but that’s not your question – they do have to be presized.

2. No, you can change the default name of the image files by changing one word in the following section of the rotating_images.php file. I don’t know how to code the colour so I’ve put the word ‘image’ in upper case to show that I changed the default name of the files to image_1.jpg, image_2.jpg etc:

You could change the default to whatever name you like.

3. Can’t help you with that. But try flushing your browser’s cache and reloading the page.

373 Rachel { 08.22.09 at 11:51 am }

Okay, I got my header/log to remain steady (no rotating images). Now I’m wondering how to delete the site’s name since I already have that in my custom header.

374 cindy { 08.22.09 at 3:26 pm }

Thanks so much for this theme. It is great!

I have 2 issues which I am sure are easy to correct but I don’t know how. I would appreciate it if someone could please help.
1. The link for a PDF attachment and for a link to a page looks different. Is there a way I could make them both regular font with an underline (i.e. have no highlight) since I have a list of attachments and it looks different.
2. Some of the text has a line through. The text has no errors according to the validation so I have no idea what caused this. For e.g. on this page.

If anyone can help it would be much appreicated.

375 Katlin { 08.22.09 at 7:39 pm }

I LOVE the Neoclassical theme and am really excited about my new blog using it. However, I’m trying to figure out how to size pictures so that I don’t lose the sides of my horizontal photos. I am going from Flickr to Pictobrowser (which I love) and at that point, before copying the code into the blog, I set the width at 400, which crops the left and right sides so that the photos are almost square. How should I pre-size the photos so I don’t lose content? Or can the center column be widened in Neoclassical theme. Thanks for any help!

376 Clarice { 08.23.09 at 12:07 pm }


Just wanted to thank you for the theme. My website actually uses rotating images so I was just so happy when I came across your theme. I saw your theme just when I was about to give up looking for THE one. Thanks so much! :) (So far, no questions, everything I need I already found here in the comments portion.)

>> Oh yeah, to answer Steven’s question, he has to use super refresh in IE or Ctrl F5 in FF (equivalent of super refresh) to make sure the page reloads not just what is already cached.

377 Katie { 08.28.09 at 10:50 am }

I love this theme but I am new to webdesigning and can’t change my header images. I uploaded them to my headers folder but they are not changing on the site. Does this happen automatically? Or do I need to do something further?

378 Julia { 09.01.09 at 12:52 am }

Hi Christ thanks so much for the theme! I use it in all my blogs.. it’s wonderful..
Also thanks to Rob (Comment #45) for your information about how to change the column widht (it’s very very very useful to me)…but in my page i have to grow content to 50 also, because if not, the page look all messed up…

379 Casey { 09.05.09 at 10:52 am }

Apologies first, cuz I know I’m an idiot. Love the theme but don’t have a CLUE about this rotating images stuff. All I know is that I want to do it.

Can someone please walk me through this and please do so as if you’re talking to a kindergartener (because that’s what I feel like)…

Many thanks-

380 Steven Hart { 09.05.09 at 11:55 am }

I surrender. I give up. I switched to Atahualpa, which has a whole new set of problems but at least I can get the header to work.

381 Katlin { 09.05.09 at 3:46 pm }

LOVE the Neoclassical theme for my blog. One friend is reporting that some of the photos (set up in Pictobrowser slideshows, which I really like) are overlapping with the right hand column. It’s not doing it on my screen or the screen of the person who set up the blog for me. We thought it might be her monitor but it is doing it for my friend on more than one computer including a new laptop and in both IE and Firefox. Any ideas for what is happening? Thanks!

382 xu steve { 09.06.09 at 7:18 am }

 I want change the left sidebar to 125PX (wideget to 120PX), the right sidebar to 260PX (wideget to 255PX). Where should I change in the CSS file?

383 Joni { 09.09.09 at 8:39 pm }

hi can someone help me with making a static homepage? I made the blog page, etc., but I’d like to eliminate the “home” button. thanks/ J

384 Jen { 10.07.09 at 1:11 am }

Hi Chris, awesome theme! I see in comment 212 that Renee was having trouble with comments on her site, then I see in 218 that she resolved her own issue.
I’m having the same problem, the first default comment is there from WordPress, but no one can leave comments on the pages I create.
I double-checked all the WordPress settings (both on the dashboard and on the pages themselves) and they are enabled.
Any idea how to resolve the issue?

Many Thanks!

385 Robbie { 10.13.09 at 2:52 am }

Is there any way to make the header bigger? Instead of 180 pix to 250? I tried doing that, but it didn’t show up.

386 Jen { 10.21.09 at 10:13 pm }

When people try to comment on my page it takes them to my ‘About’ page. What is happening?

387 lulu { 10.30.09 at 3:58 pm }

stupid question but what if i only want one static image for my header? where do i plugin the url? i’ve uploaded it to the library and put the url into the random header bit with just (1,1) showing but it isn’t showing up. thanks!

388 lulu { 10.30.09 at 5:40 pm }

ok, i’ve read through your explanation above (again) and the part that stumps me is the uploading of banner to the header file…where is that? i installed wp through simple scripts so i’m unsure where or how to create a folder…

389 lulu { 10.30.09 at 5:55 pm }

wow, three in a row but i figured it out. thank you for a great theme!

390 Andrea { 11.01.09 at 9:34 am }

Hi Chris, wonderful theme.. simple and clean. I’m loving and using it at http://www.abramoandrea.it for my blog/portfolio.

Thanks ;)

391 Carol { 11.04.09 at 8:30 pm }

Has anyone had trouble with text wrapping around photos in Neoclassical? I have changed the size/alignment, all that stuff, but photos still take up their own lines. Advice?

392 Kym { 11.05.09 at 4:00 pm }

Hi Carol,
I’m not sure this is definitely your problem, however, give it a try. You should do this regardless, otherwise your photo captions, etc., won’t work right with WordPress.
See the WordPress codex article here: http://codex.wordpress.org/CSS and take note of the WordPress Generated Classes section. That code should be included in any WP theme, but Neoclassical does not have it included in the style sheet. Just add it as-is, check to make sure you haven’t added any custom CSS that would conflict with it.
I’ve implemented three WP sites with the Neoclassical theme, and all three required that I add this code to my style sheet, and voila, my image issues were resolved. Hope it helps you too.

393 Carol { 11.05.09 at 6:54 pm }

Thank you SO much. I’m knew to all of this and such generous help is much appreciated (and keeps me from yanking my hair out in frustration!). NOW Neoclassical just looks AWESOME.

394 Tara { 11.05.09 at 10:13 pm }

I’m trying to add content to the about page but, can’t get it to load onto the page. The template loads fine but, no content. I’m not a programmer and clueless on how to fix this. Please help.

395 Kym { 11.05.09 at 10:18 pm }

Carol – no problem. I’ve spent soooo many hours working with this theme, I was bound to have learned a few tricks along the way. Happy that I’m able to turn around and help someone else. I love this theme!

396 Mike B { 11.21.09 at 1:39 pm }

I am trying to make the images rotate by themselves and not through refreshing the page. Is there an easy way to add code to do this?

397 R. W. { 12.07.09 at 6:36 pm }

Great minimalist theme. Love the font styling. Like another poster, I’m wondering if there is a way to add a jquery fader/slider to the theme? The theme is perfect except I think it needs some action and a fader would do that…

398 Cate Radebaugh { 12.17.09 at 4:24 pm }

Hi Chris – I love this theme – it is beautiful – and I understand that WordPress is supposed to be easy to work with, though I’m thinking there’s still a significant learning curve for someone who’s never done anything like this (set up their own website) before. I am putting all my pages in the left sidebar in nav_menu.php. Right now, all I can do is a straight list, but would like parent/child order to show (e.g., I’d like ‘Excerpt from Chapter Two’ to show as a child of ‘Walker’s Island’ ) – would you tell me how to do that?

399 Cate Radebaugh { 12.18.09 at 5:00 pm }

Ok – got that figured out.

400 Kelly Koo { 12.26.09 at 2:14 pm }

Thanks for coding this template, I like the minimalist 3-columns layout, however I do not need the rotating image header and also the top header title so I’d modified the design a little.

I am still trying to figure out how to add the navigation right under the header banner, anyone could help?

401 madzzoni { 12.26.09 at 2:37 pm }

@kelly: Do you mean horizontal menu, like this:
Happy holidays out there :-)

402 Kelly Koo { 12.26.09 at 2:43 pm }


Yes, exactly!! That’s how I want it to be.

403 madzzoni { 12.27.09 at 8:01 am }

@Kelly: OK, you need to add some code to the header.php and some css.
I guess you allready make your changes in the handy custom.css file.
You can download my customized header.php and custom.css for horisontal menu in the NeoC from here:
Look for “Neoclassical H-Navigation custom-files” in the sidebar/All Downloads.
Upload the header.php and copy/paste the part *Horisontal Navbar* from the custom.css into your own custom.css.

That will do the job ;-)

404 Andreas { 12.28.09 at 1:29 pm }

how can I change the blog title into image?
thanks in advance..

405 Andreas { 12.29.09 at 10:12 am }

thank you..

406 Mitch { 01.09.10 at 11:06 pm }


Thanks for this great theme. Have read all comments and have had all of my q’s answered. Thanks for all of you info.

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408 glenn { 01.16.10 at 4:17 pm }

Where do I upload the roating image php to? thanks

409 glenn { 01.17.10 at 12:44 am }

I have overwrote the rotating php file, uploaded 3 jpges named header_1.jepg etc and they still don’t show up. What am I doing wrong?

410 madzzoni { 01.17.10 at 8:14 am }

@Gleen: The filename should be header_1.jpg, not jepg!
Cheers ;-)

411 glenn { 01.17.10 at 12:40 pm }

Sorry that was a typo – it is saved as header_1.jpg


412 glenn { 01.17.10 at 12:43 pm }

Am I supposed to be doing something to this???
<img src=”/headers/header_.jpg” … />

413 glenn { 01.18.10 at 4:54 pm }

Can someone help me?

414 zarina { 01.22.10 at 11:11 pm }

Hi Chris,
Thank you so much for the amazing theme !!
I have managed to change the rotating header for my site http://nippon101wisdom.com/
Good to go! ^^

415 Sharon { 01.26.10 at 2:02 pm }

Chris, I love your theme, but a reviewer gave you 83/100 for SEO optimization. He liked alot of things about it, but he thought “sidebar headings could be coded more appropriately”. What is he talking about and do you agree?

416 Roland { 01.27.10 at 10:41 am }

Hi Chris,
is there a way for a fader to rotate the images more softly?
Thanks for help!

417 Chris Pearson { 01.27.10 at 11:45 am }

Roland — The current image rotator is PHP-based, but to achieve the effects you’ve described, you’d need an all-new image rotator that is JavaScript-based. There are some scripts floating around the Web that do this, so I recommend searching for a solution :D

418 Chris Pearson { 01.27.10 at 11:48 am }

Sharon — In theory, the sidebar headings should be encoded in <h3> tags or lower, and in Neoclassical, they are coded up as <h2> tags. The reviewer chose to focus on this, but in reality, Google knows the difference between an <h2> in your content and an <h2> in your sidebar. I’d be extremely surprised if this ever had a visible effect on one’s search engine rankings.

419 Kyle { 01.28.10 at 2:29 am }

Hey Chris just got your theme. I’m new to this stuff. Hey how do I change the blog title color, post title colors, and the side bar title colors? Awesome theme by the way. Thanks!

420 johan { 02.01.10 at 2:36 pm }

thanks from rotterdam the netherlands for this great theme!
This great wordpress complete changed ( colors; layout and much more) to get it in my own collors and layout.
Johan; http://www.manindezorg.nl
rotterdam; the netherlands

421 Aidil FS { 02.14.10 at 3:09 pm }

Hey this is a great theme. Spent hours of looking a neat theme like this. Anyway I can follow everything and set up pretty smoothly. But my only problem is that I dont want the ‘blogroll’ section. How can I remove it? Or change it?

Thanks in advance

422 Lorena Bee { 03.07.10 at 10:30 pm }

Can you take a look at nolongerquivering.com? I’ve got 46 images set up properly and the rotating_images.php coded right, but the last six or so and a couple of others don’t seem to come up. Is there a weighting problem or other limitation perhaps?


423 Zsupe { 03.28.10 at 12:22 pm }

Great post, it helped me customize this theme a lot. However, I want to reduce the white space between my header and the posts. I want to keep a small header like the one on my site right now. And I want the pages to show UNDER my header. Also I want to reduce the space above the header so that it touches almost the edges of the page, why leave so much vacuum. =)
Also is there any way the sidebars move up next to the logo kinda? If you help me with this, I will soo thankful, I’ve been trying to figure all this out in vain. :(

424 Eddie { 04.12.10 at 10:56 am }

Hi Chris,
I really like this theme but I need to add a drop down menu and I’m fairly new to this.
Is there any easy way to do it?

425 Annie { 04.22.10 at 4:35 pm }

Thank you so much for this great theme. I just installed it and absolutely fell in love with it.

426 Elizabeth Martin { 04.24.10 at 4:22 pm }

Hi! I realize this is an older theme but I absolutley love it. It’s simple, clean, and just plain pretty! It’s also the first WordPress theme I’ve ever installed that I didn’t feel the need to tweak it until it was no longer recognizable as the original. : )

With that said, there are a couple of minor issues I was hoping you could address.

If you look at my first post: http://www.living-low-carb.com/low-carb-journal/preparation-or-procrastination/ in the second bulleted list you will see that the hyperlinks in the first line are displaying totally differently than the hyperlinks in the second line. The links in the fist line are more complex since they link to a specific product on Amazon, but I still can’t figure out why this is occuring.

Secondly, I’d like for my tagline not to appear before my site name on my homepage. I’m not saying that right. It displays fine on the home page but I don’t like how in explorer at top of the window it shows my tagline first. If you understand what i am meaning I’d appreciate your advice. If not, please don’t worry about it. I really would like help with the hyperlink situation though.

Thank you for such a great theme.

427 Maylene { 04.24.10 at 9:11 pm }

Much thanks for such an awesome theme! This is exactly what I’d been looking for when I updated my beginners triathlon blog. Now, if only I could figure out how to make it play nicely with multiblog so I can use it with a couple more blogs with custom favicons and such. Anyways, thanks again!

428 David { 04.25.10 at 9:55 am }

Like this theme. Very clean. However the rotating images are not working for me. Here is the code (updated) that I am using in the header.php.

<img src="/headers/header_.jpg” alt=”Random header image… Refresh for more!” />

Please advise what I need to do more.

429 David { 04.25.10 at 9:56 am }


<img src="/headers/header_.jpg” alt=”Random header image… Refresh for more!” />

430 Noor { 05.01.10 at 8:29 am }

Can I reset the sidebar? I want both sidebar in rightside. how I can?

431 madzzoni { 05.01.10 at 8:41 am }

@Noor: You can download a customversion of NC with 2 sidebars in the right side from her:


432 Mona { 05.18.10 at 5:43 pm }

Hey Chris
Love the theme! However, I am trying to figure out how to center my header image, I put the coding you gave into the custom css and it’s still not working! What should I do??


433 Stephanie { 05.19.10 at 1:01 pm }

Hey Chris. Love this Neoclassic theme…exactly what I was looking for! I may be compltely missing it but I can’t seem to find the themes “/headers” folder you reference. There is a “header” folder but it does not have the 5 image files you reference. I do have a “rotating images” file which looks the way you say it should. I know the files must be here somewhere because it’s currently displaying and rotating the default images that come with the theme, but having some issues finding where I need to go to replace them with my own images. thanks for your help!

434 Jonathan { 06.19.10 at 10:14 am }

So . . . who’s got Neoclassical running on WordPress 3.0?

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437 Vinny Goris { 08.24.10 at 9:37 am }

This Theme is exactly what I have been looking for. I am having a challenge locating the Neoclassic Theme in the Themes folder. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Keep up the good work. I will be following these posts from now on.

438 Andrew { 08.24.10 at 10:55 am }

Vinny, have you installed it? Is it showing up in the area of the Dashboard called Themes, where you can select to change the theme? Are you saying you can’t see it when you use FTP and log in to your host’s server? The problem you are having seems a bit vague to me; I’m not sure if you have it working or not. More details please.

439 Vinny Goris { 08.24.10 at 1:44 pm }

Looks like I must have goofed somewhere – but I can see it now. Thanks for your response. Do you have any experience in setting up this theme to use static pages so I can use the blog sort’ve like a static content site ?

Thanks again.

440 Andrew { 08.25.10 at 2:58 am }

I’m not an expert. But I think you can do this simply by using Pages instead of Posts for your content.

Create a new page which you want to be your home page, and give it a title. Also, under the Discussion section make sure there is NO tick beside ‘Allow Comments’ – although that is up to you, of course.
Click the ‘Publish’ button.

Now go to back to the Admin page, and under Settings (near the bottom of the menu down the left side), select Reading.
For ‘Front Page Displays’ select a static page – the one you already created (above), from the drop down list.
Click Save Changes

An example is at the blog which I created and manage for my partner – on the home page there is a linked image button for Great Paris Apartment in the left sidebar, which takes you to a static page.

I hope that helps.

441 Vinny Goris { 08.25.10 at 10:48 am }

I love the way you add pages to the Navigation area – Just trying to figure out how to do this. Can you enlighten me. I want to be able to add pages that don’t take posts and then have them show up on the Navigation Section. Thanks..

442 Vinicio Goris { 08.25.10 at 8:01 pm }

Andrew, Thank you so much. Those tips were very helpful.

443 Vinny Goris { 08.25.10 at 9:42 pm }

Has anyone experienced this – I set the Neoclassical as the theme on my site – when I click on the Home or About links – I get the same information.

444 Andrew { 08.26.10 at 1:37 am }

Vinny, Do you mean the pages are exactly the same? Perhaps you need to create an About page – easy enough. Go to Pages from your Dashboard admin menu and check to see if an About page exists.
The other possibility is that your blog is set to use the About page as the home page. Go to Reading from the Settings menu to check this.
It would help if you gave us the url to your site, as you’re not making yourself clear enough in describing problems.

About adding things to the Navigation menu/section – I think the way to go is the Custom Menu widget.
Go to Menus from the admin area. It’ll say the theme doesn’t support them but you can create a new menu and then put it in your sidebar by dragging the Custom Menu widget into it. Go to Widgets to do that.
It’s easy to add url links OR pages (what you want to do) once you have named and created the new menu – you’ll see the greyed out areas on the left will come to life and you can build the menu.
Alternatively, go to Widgets and drag the ‘Pages’ widget on to your sidebar and it will show all the static pages you create. I think, from memory, it also allows you to change the name from ‘Pages’ to something else. So there are two easy ways to create the menus you want.

445 massimiliano falduto { 08.28.10 at 5:42 am }

I like this theme, I think i’ll use it for a new big site. This theme is a best choice for these site with many block in sidebar, and many block means many plugin.

Thank for sharing it!

446 MG { 09.12.10 at 4:06 am }

hi Chris, i’m great fan of ur work, currently i’m using ur Cutline 2 theme, i want to try this one ‘neoclassical’ , only one question does this theme support threaded comments?
thank u.

447 Irwan { 09.29.10 at 2:27 pm }

Really thank you for the themes..
Will try it on my ongoing project.

Thank you.

448 Free Blackberry Themes { 10.08.10 at 3:45 am }

Hi Chris,
Me and my girl friend are going to use your template for our blog. It fit perfectly to our topic but i have a question. How can i add a widget to sidebar, which would show 5 posts from rss feed of my tumblog?

449 Nabil { 10.19.10 at 5:22 pm }

Dude, I freaking love this theme. It’s awesome!

I use it on 5 different websites at the moment. I’m loving it.

Keep up the good work!

450 Jimmy { 12.23.10 at 11:44 pm }

thanks Chris . I was facing some troubles with customizing header. but now that’s easy.

451 BikinHoki { 02.04.11 at 8:13 pm }

Hello Chris,

Thank you for your work and themes. it easy to install and modify I use http://www.blog.bikinhoki.com for my blog. I love to continue modify neo classical theme.

452 nancy { 03.01.11 at 5:07 pm }

I have a client with the NeoClassical 1.1 theme. It is working in 3.04 but will it work in WordPress 3.1?

453 Alexander { 03.12.11 at 3:20 am }

Thank you for a great post, awesome theme by the way:)

keep up the good work

454 MG { 04.02.11 at 10:48 am }

I have a question that may be answered above, but I couldn’t seem to find it. Is there a way to made the header clickable so it links back to the homepage? I’m using all the same images, so there isn’t a rotation.


455 David Miller { 04.04.11 at 1:12 am }

Since wordpress upgraded to 3.1 I have been getting this error message on every page but my front page:
Notice: link_pages is deprecated since version 2.1! Use wp_link_pages() instead. in /home/content/d/a/n/danceladie/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3303

How can I fix this?

456 mircats { 04.19.11 at 1:54 am }

how to i get rid of the title on the top? my customized header image contains the name of my blog…i’m lost! thanks for your help :)

457 Chris Pearson { 04.19.11 at 11:05 am }

Mircats, here’s how you can remove everything above the image at the top:

  1. First, open your header.php file, and locate lines 29 and 30, which include <div id="rss_subscribe"> and <div id="logo">.
  2. Delete (or comment out) those two lines, and that will remove everything above your header image.
458 MG { 04.20.11 at 10:15 pm }

I have a question that may be answered above, but I couldn’t seem to find it. Is there a way to made the header clickable so it links back to the homepage? I’m using all the same images, so there isn’t a rotation.

459 Redsun { 05.01.11 at 8:05 pm }

Hi MG, I think you can make the header image clickable by using <a href rel="nofollow"> before the image and then close it with </a>

460 Stephan Anstey { 05.12.11 at 12:59 pm }

Wouldn’t a count work better than hard coding the number in?

$directory = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].”/wp-content/themes/neoclassical/headers/”;
$filecount = count(glob(“$directory*.jpg”));

$random_image = rand(1,$filecount); // the second number should equal the total number of images that you want to rotate

461 Aquilah { 07.24.11 at 2:31 pm }

If I want to remove the borders from between the posts and sidebars, where do I change/delete the coding? I can’t seem to figure it out and it’s the only change I haven’t been able to make.

462 Sebastian { 08.19.11 at 2:56 pm }

Awesome theme, keep up the good work!

463 Trish { 08.22.11 at 5:21 pm }

I have a footer that is more than one line. I would like to center align or right align the footer. I’ve seen lots of codes to do this but want to be sure that it works with your three column theme. Can you help?

464 Lindsay { 10.11.11 at 1:56 pm }

Hey there, I just wanted to let you know our nonprofit wildlife and domestic rabbit rescue has been using your theme for a couple years now and we continually receive raving complements on how gorgeous our site is, despite the ads we put on it to generate a little extra income! Excellent theme development, we could not be happier! Thank you again!

465 boudewijn Lutgerink { 12.13.11 at 8:51 am }

Hi Chris,

While looking for a good theme for my new site I came across yours. This stuff looks great.
What I wonder about is if there is a possibility to add a URL to each individual image on the rotating header. That would give the possibility to show images of stuff one would sell and make the images clickable.

466 Bill Weissbard { 02.03.12 at 2:56 am }

WOW !!!!
I love this theme!
I was looking for a 3 column theme for my new blog. I wanted to put some affiliate links in the third col. I was impressed first that this theme worked well right out of the box (not all themes do you know) and I like the explanation of rotating banners in this post because it was very clear and to the point. Thanks for that – Chris.

I decided to extend the code to rotate my affiliate links as well. Here’s how I did it. There are three steps – do them in this order.

1] create a new file named “rotating_affiliates.php” this goes at the same level as the sidebar.php file in your hosting account.

2] add this code to the bottom of the “sidebar.php” file, just above the “categories” section.

3] Last step is to build the “rotating_affiliates.php” code. Create an array of your affiliate links, the form is;


// This section includes all the affiliate links and banners

$affiliate[1]=" “;

The usemap attribute scales a 300×250 banner so it fits right in the available column space. Construct as many links as you want ;
$affiliate[3]= etc. I created 9 links for this site
Next you need code to randomize the links. I chose to display 3 links at a time, and rotate them on refresh. This code helps ensure that you don’t repeat any banner more than once in each refresh and ensures that the 3 banners displayed are not the same ones you displayed on the last refresh.

// Populate first 3 positions of a new array with the last instances of the displayed indexes

for ($k=1; $k<=3; $k++)

$nonrepeatarray = array();
for($m = 1; $m <=3; $m++) {
$rand = rand(1,9);

//ensure value isn't already in the array
//if it is, recalculate the rand until we
//find one that's not in the array
while(in_array($rand,$nonrepeatarray)) {
$rand = rand(1,9);

//add it to the array
$nonrepeatarray[$m+3] = $rand;

for ($p=1; $p<=3; $p++)

// This section displays the banners selected by the random number generator
for ($i=1; $i<=$display; $i++)
echo "”.$affiliate[$display_affiliate[$i]].”";


Hope you like this,

467 Erlkonig { 03.09.12 at 8:55 pm }

I would like to replace the title at the top left with a logo designed by me. How can I do? Thanks to anyone who will help me.

(I have the wrong address before)

468 Dave { 07.18.12 at 9:35 am }

Hi – does anyone know where the Excerpt box is?


469 gustie { 07.22.12 at 10:44 am }

hi, thank you for creating this theme, I really like it. I want to install it into my wordpress blog.

470 How to Customize Your Random Header Images — Neoclassical Theme for WordPress — Faeriebell's Blog { 09.13.12 at 2:39 pm }

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471 php jaipur { 12.14.12 at 9:25 am }

can you please tell me how can i retrieve all header images name in twenty eleven theme.