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How Simple, Elegant Typography Will Improve Your Web Site

What is the primary component of every site on the Web?


Why, then, are so many sites – and WordPress themes, in particular – typographically challenged? In my opinion, the process of Web design must start with the content and move outward, and typography is the foundation for solid content design.

As a Webmaster, your primary goal ought to be to clearly convey your message to your audience. Whether you are selling a product, teaching, or simply writing about a hobby, you are guaranteed to fail unless you are able to communicate effectively.

Of course, this is precisely why you should settle for nothing less than a design that emphasizes typography, simplicity, and visual clarity—the three primary components of effective communication design.

Neoclassical Simplicity

Through the creation of the Neoclassical Theme for WordPress, I have tried to achieve a balance of market desires, sound design, and overall simplicity.

It’s no secret that people want 3-column themes, but more often than not, an additional third column just gives people more space to add unnecessary visual density. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Webmasters running low traffic sites on 3-column designs, only to fill up all available space with ads that more than quintuple page load times. Meanwhile, those same ads generate about $20 per year, all in the name of a terrible user experience.

Hence, I’ve been hesitant to release a 3-column theme before now. The time has come, however, and I sincerely hope that the visual simplicity and prevailing minimalism will inspire Neoclassical users to make sound decisions about how they use the theme’s available space.


1 Doug { 11.08.07 at 10:08 am }

Great theme Chris. As always.

2 Angelo Correz { 11.08.07 at 2:33 pm }

Great Theme, Thank you.

3 Robb { 11.08.07 at 5:45 pm }

Another awesome theme…

4 Brandon { 11.09.07 at 6:22 pm }

Thanks for a great theme.

5 Josh { 11.10.07 at 4:10 pm }

Beautiful as always, Chris. I’ve implemented on my site.

6 Peter Beck { 11.11.07 at 5:56 am }

Beauty, dude, beauty. I’ve put it on my site, as well; Cutline has served me well, and I love Copyblogger.

But Neoclassical is it, for a large header image, elegant, 3-column design.

7 Patricia Haddad { 11.11.07 at 9:53 am }

Hi, Chris! Thanks a lot for this new theme. I have installed it in my blog, but would like to make some changes. The only one I don’t know how to perform has to do with the navigation. I would like to put “Home”, “About” and the internal pages as a menu below the header image. Could you – or anyone else here – help me with this? Thanks a lot!

8 angrys0ul { 11.11.07 at 4:53 pm }

great theme and for a good cause, Open Education
hats off to you

9 Tracy { 11.13.07 at 10:34 pm }

@Patricia – Any luck with the whole menu thing?

10 Chris Pearson { 11.13.07 at 10:40 pm }
11 tim s { 11.14.07 at 12:06 am }


I am new to word press and using your neoclasical theme. The default word press theme had a link for me to login to the admin area. When I try to log into my admin with wp-login.php it always times out. How can I get a ‘login’ link onto my home page or is there another way to log in to my admin. Thanks

12 Tracy { 11.14.07 at 12:28 am }

Wow. I must be slippin’…don’t know how I missed that. Thanks for addressing that, Chris.

13 Patricia Haddad { 11.14.07 at 9:17 pm }

No, Tracy. I solved my problem changing the theme…

14 Kotsengkuba { 11.16.07 at 1:08 am }

Hello Chris,

This is a great template. Simple and easy to navigate. However, I could not see the individual page navigation but I can find this function in the navigation.php file. I have inserted the code from the index.php to the single.php. Like this:

I made some modifications in this template especially in the header. I hope you won’t mind. Credits remains in the footer.

Thanks again for this great template.

15 Kotsengkuba { 11.16.07 at 1:12 am }

ooops! the scripts were gone in my comments. here it is:

?php comments_template(); ?
?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/navigation.php’); ?
?php endwhile; else: ?

Just put the brackets in between lines. Thanks!

16 Chris Pearson { 11.22.07 at 6:49 pm }

DSS — I have moved your question about header images over to the post on random header images.

17 Ehab { 11.26.07 at 4:32 am }

Pure Pwnage Buddy :D

18 randell { 11.28.07 at 11:24 pm }

Chris – I can’t put a text link into the body of my posts without it highlighting the word in light grey. Any ideas on how I can make this stop happening?

19 Chris Pearson { 11.28.07 at 11:29 pm }

randell — Your links are gray because that is the default styling for visited links, and presumably, you’ve visited each and every one of those links before posting. Visitors will see blue underlined links unless they have been to one of your links before arriving on your site.

20 Conor O'Tuama { 11.29.07 at 1:47 pm }

Excellent, Chris !
No doubt I’ll be back soon with questions to bug one and all !
Thanks for a great theme,

21 randell { 11.29.07 at 4:07 pm }


Is it possible to change the default styling of visited links? I dont like the way the grey highlight looks. I would rather the text simply change color or do nothing at all.

22 Chris Pearson { 11.29.07 at 4:52 pm }

randell — Try adding this declaration to your custom.css file:

.custom .format_text a:visited {
   color: #237fa1;
   background: none;
   text-decoration: none;
23 Eamonn Fitzgerald { 12.09.07 at 2:15 pm }


I run a blog using Movable Type , but I find that since I upgraded to MT4, publishing has become so slow that the fun is going out of blogging. I have installed WordPress and would love to try your grand three-column design, but I cannot find anything here about where to put the files and folders on the server. As I am new to WP, and not very skilled in server stuff, could you, or someone else, give me a basic outline of where the two folders (headers, images) and the 23 files go?

All the best


24 Chris Pearson { 12.10.07 at 11:35 am }

Eamonn — After downloading the theme, you should have all the theme files grouped together in one folder named /neoclassical. Using an FTP client, navigate through your server like so:

  • root folder (like yourdomain.com)
    • /wp-content
      • /themes

Upload the entire /neoclassical folder into your /themes folder, and once you’ve done that, you ought to be able to select Neoclassical from within the Presentation tab in your WordPress Dashboard.

25 lawton chiles { 12.10.07 at 12:08 pm }

Chris, how do I move my RSS feed to the left sidebar?

I want to put my Feedburner feed in there


26 Chris Pearson { 12.10.07 at 12:24 pm }

Lawton — By manually adding a widget to the sidebar (not an auto-generated WordPress widget, mind you), you can incorporate whatever content you want without “breaking” the design. For instance, if you’d like to add subscription options to the left sidebar, you would need to open up left_bar.php and add the following code:

<li class="widget">
   <p><a href="<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>">RSS Feed</a></p>

Also, don’t forget to replace the href destination with your Feedburner URL.

27 lawton chiles { 12.10.07 at 12:40 pm }

do you think thats the best placement for the RSS?

28 Chris Pearson { 12.10.07 at 1:14 pm }

Lawton — I’d say that’s completely dependent on how much attention you draw to that area of the page and also how much you push subscriptions. Once you have a lot of subscribers, I think putting the standard feedburner subscription counter in the header is pretty slick, because the visibility there is so good.

29 lawton chiles { 12.10.07 at 1:48 pm }

I’ll leave that there then- oh, how do i replace this with my feedburner feed?

it seems to give people more options than the standard RSS feed.

30 Bitterkarma { 12.10.07 at 6:10 pm }

Thanks for the info!

31 Burton { 12.11.07 at 1:00 am }


Love the themes! One comment on Neoclassical – it’s zipped without the files being in a subdirectory. This led me to unexpectedly fill my desktop with theme files, instead of them being nicely packaged in a directory for upload.

I don’t think you’re a messy guy, and you wouldn’t want us to accidentally make a mess. That’s why I wanted to let you know in case you felt like fixing it.

32 Eamonn Fitzgerald { 12.11.07 at 9:11 am }


Thanks for the help. I appreciate it.


33 Ray Burn { 12.12.07 at 6:44 am }

I have been using Cutline on my main blog but have just switched an old site of mine over to wordpress using neoclassical.

It is the best looking theme I have ever seen – thank you :)

Under the bonnet it is also the best theme I have ever seen from an SEO point of view as well, especially in terms of great use of tags etc

34 Ray Burn { 12.12.07 at 7:00 am }

PS – any plans for a 2 column version to complement this 3 column?

I’d love to switch my main blog over but with a 3 column I would have to resize images in posts to fit the narrower middle column!

35 Chris Pearson { 12.12.07 at 2:15 pm }

Ray — Thank you for noticing the finer points! As far as a two-column version goes, I have considered releasing one, but there will likely be a small price tag associated with it.

At this time, it looks as though it will offer a few more features than the three column version, including inline asides. Although I’d like to get the two column version out before the end of the year, it’s more likely that I will debut it sometime in early January.

Either way, I’ll be sure to announce it here and probably also on Pearsonified.

36 Chris Pearson { 12.16.07 at 11:44 pm }

Burton — I’ve tested the download file in three different environments, and each time, I have had no trouble extracting the files to a folder (already named neoclassical).

What OS and zip client are you using?

37 lawton chiles { 12.19.07 at 1:39 pm }

Chris, as i created and updated my About page, it says it is not listed on the server. any ideas?

38 Chris Pearson { 12.19.07 at 3:24 pm }
39 Steven Alm { 12.23.07 at 2:16 pm }


I did a workaround by adding the pages widget, excluding my about page, and then adding the url for it under “about.” Not sure it’s strictly kosher, but it worked.

I did notice that the two css hacks for Safari failed the strict css validation check.

40 Steven Alm { 12.23.07 at 2:27 pm }

Oh, one other thing. I’ve just started learning xhtml, which seems fairly straightforward, but have clobbered myself a couple of times trying to remove the CSS link and image from the header. Any clues as to how to do this gracefully?

41 Tony { 12.27.07 at 10:14 am }

Hi there – happy holidays. I downloaded your neoclassical theme but when I upload it into my website, the images don’t show up. When I go to Presentation and try to select the theme, it is listed there, but with a “?” instead of an image. Any ideas?

42 Chris Pearson { 12.29.07 at 4:56 pm }

Tony — I would suggest downloading and installing the theme again. Typically, problems like the one you’re experiencing are the result of an incomplete upload or a problem with the initial download file.

Also, there’s a chance that your FTP client was in binary mode when you uploaded everything… If your client has an “auto” setting, try using that instead. Good luck!

43 Tony { 12.29.07 at 11:54 pm }

Hi Chris, thanks for the quick reply over the holiday week. I have tried redownloading and switch my ftp client (cyberduck) to Auto and am still getting the same issue. It has to be user error somewhere….

44 Chris Pearson { 12.30.07 at 3:04 pm }

Tony — Can you load up the theme at all? If so, can you drop me a URL that I can examine to see if I can diagnose the problem?

45 Chris Pearson { 12.31.07 at 2:04 pm }

Steven — If you want to remove the RSS link from the header, simply eliminate line 29 from header.php. That line looks like this:

<div id="rss_subscribe"><a href="<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>" rel="nofollow">Subscribe via RSS</a></div>
46 Yann { 01.02.08 at 5:39 pm }

To Tony. I had the same issue using Cyberduck as a FTP tool. I tried uploading the file with net2ftp and it is now working fine. I guess cyberduck is corruptiong the files in a way or another while uploading as it specifies in most case upload incomplete.

To Chris: Thank you for this wonderful theme, now I can start tweaking it for my own use.

47 Tony { 01.05.08 at 8:07 pm }

Success! thanks Yann.

48 Gareth { 01.09.08 at 6:11 am }

Nice theme Chris. Loading up my new WP blog with posts as we speak.
Two questions: how do I load a Last FM widget into the right sidebar below my current choices? And what are the image classes available for in-post pix? Can I use the same border as in the headers>?

49 Rob { 01.09.08 at 7:59 pm }

i would like the text to “fill” next to photos i found the following codex article. http://codex.wordpress.org/Wrapping_Text_Around_Images
before i jump in i wanted to see if the methods described here will be compatible with Neoclassical. thx

50 Kate Foy { 01.10.08 at 4:21 am }

Lovely design. Many thanks. I’m developing my site and looking for an aesthetically-pleasing, functional theme and Neoclassical is it. Since the switch from Cutline, many of my post-photos ‘spill’ out of the centre frame. Any suggestions as to how to remedy this?

51 Rick Beckman { 01.13.08 at 4:15 am }

Beautiful theme, Chris; I’m currently tweaking it to my liking before putting it live on my site.

In the process, however, I noticed that the theme does not validate; duplicate IDs are output on comments — comment DT and DD tags are given the same comment-# ID.

Also, if one queries a ?page_id which does not exist, Neoclassical’s page template does not have any code to catch the condition and so the page structure falls apart, as you can see in this example on your own site; compare that to querying a post which does not exist.

And while quite a bit less important than the above two issues, it would be nice to disable one or both of the sidebars easily, allowing the center column to expand to fill the available space. Not at all urgent. 425 pixels is plenty to work with; it’s filling two sidebars meaningfully that’s the trick. After all, the theme was designed to be light on the links; most of what gets dumped into sidebars could completely undermine your effort!

52 Dimi { 01.14.08 at 8:41 pm }

Hi Chris,
By experimenting with the the sidebar widget I have lost the nice search bar and it has been replaced with the wordpress default.
Is there any way I can get your nicely design version to reappear?

Appreciate any help.


53 Priscilla { 01.16.08 at 6:00 am }

Hi Chris,
I absolutely love this theme and have been using it on my site for about two weeks. I am having one recurring problem: when I make a link in a post, it sometimes has the “highlighted” look that I think you meant links to have, but sometimes links appear as blue text. I make all the links the same way, so I don’t know why this happens. I’ve tried editing a post, removing and then re-making the links, and they will sometimes change to be the other way, and sometimes not.

Any ideas?

54 Rick Beckman { 01.16.08 at 3:42 pm }

Blue links are unvisited links; links with the gray background have been visited.

55 Priscilla { 01.17.08 at 2:31 am }

I guess the problem is with my computer then, Rick, because the links change color randomly, even though I have visited them all. Thanks for your response :)

56 Rick Beckman { 01.17.08 at 9:09 am }

Hmm, that is strange then. Sorry my answer didn’t solve it for ya, Priscilla! Hope you get it all sorted. :)

57 Gareth { 01.24.08 at 5:43 am }

Ok, the Last FM thing was trivial.
Now I’m tussling with making Now Reading work properly. Sidebar’s fine, but I can’t work out how to make the library page(s) display properly. Rob’s hints are here, but I end with right column on left, left column under post.

58 River { 01.24.08 at 12:29 pm }

Hi Chris,

love your NeoClassical theme ! Can you tell me why my post images aren’t showing up? I’m adding images via the Admin panel. and they’re not showing up under my post.


59 klein { 01.25.08 at 4:29 pm }

Here’s something I don’t understand. Why would anyone put a short blurb and then a “Read More” link. I can scroll more quickly and easily as I can move the curse to the text and click the link to get more of the story.

And it isn’t usually a challenge to differentiate where one story ends and another beings.

60 Mike { 01.30.08 at 7:13 am }

Hi Chris,
great theme, I am using it on my blog. One thing I had to fix though was the fact that the tags are not shown…I think they are pretty useful, so I started showing them…otherwise it’s niceee…:)

61 susan babson { 01.31.08 at 11:45 am }

I was having trouble getting my pages into Navigation. I managed to find a way to make it work, but now I have been told that my permalinks are not set up.

how do i do that?


62 Scott Rouse { 02.02.08 at 4:32 am }

Love the theme! Thanks Chris!

Does anyone have any tips on how I might get the “Leave a Comment” link at the bottom of my pages? I have the “Allow Comments” back checked on certain pages, but I can see no way to leave comments there. Works for me on posts, just not pages. Any help would be appreciated.

63 Joseph Chui { 02.03.08 at 12:53 am }

Thank you for your theme. it is lovely.
One question : how can i show categories in the posts?
Do i need to add some codes?

64 Sasha { 02.05.08 at 5:47 pm }

Hi, Is there a way to make the blog title stay blue. Right now it goes blue when you rollover it and I’m really digging that color. I would rather it not be black.

I’m sure this is an easy fix but I’m quite a newbie and don’t understand code very much.

Thanks for the help!

65 Riv { 02.09.08 at 1:12 pm }

Hi Chris,

Is it possible to use the css styles on the neo theme for my website? if so cna you provide some guidance? I’ve tried to simply attach the stylesheet to a new html file, but nothing happened. I’m certain I’m missing something simple here…

66 Scott Rouse { 02.09.08 at 2:18 pm }

Are you talking about adding the neo theme look to what’s currently at polymer-clay-art.com? If so, you can’t just attach the stylesheet. You’d need to have elements in your site named to match the elements defined in the stylesheet. Your current site at polymer-clay-art.com doesn’t use divs (from a quick glance at the source code). You’re using a table layout. If you like the neo theme look, might I suggest that you just migrate your content from the other site into a WordPress site with the Neo theme?

67 Scott Rouse { 02.09.08 at 2:31 pm }


Wow, fun site!

Your site’s layout, however, is breaking in Firefox. It looks great in Safari. Firefox is showing me your custom.css file containing html, not css, data. This causes the layout to break. You might want to take a look at that. If you were trying to duplicate the original css file (style.css) and make changes, it looks like you may have copied and pasted wrong.

Anyway, to make the “Ode to Simple” header stay blue you’ll need to change the following entry in the style.css file (or in a custom css file):

/*---:[ #banner styles ]:---*/

#masthead #rss_subscribe { width: 40px; height: 40px; float: right; }

#masthead #rss_subscribe a { display: block; width: 40px; height: 40px; background: url('images/icon_rss.gif') no-repeat; text-indent: -9999px; outline: none; }

#masthead #logo { font: bold 3.2em Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif; letter-spacing: -1px; }

#masthead #logo a, #masthead #logo a:visited { color: #111; }

#masthead #logo a:hover { color: #237fa1; text-decoration: none; }

#masthead h1, #masthead #tagline { font: normal 1.4em/1.42857em Verdana, serif; padding: 0; color: #999; text-align: left; }

needs to change into:

/*---:[ #banner styles ]:---*/

#masthead #rss_subscribe { width: 40px; height: 40px; float: right; }

#masthead #rss_subscribe a { display: block; width: 40px; height: 40px; background: url('images/icon_rss.gif') no-repeat; text-indent: -9999px; outline: none; }

#masthead #logo { font: bold 3.2em Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif; letter-spacing: -1px; }

#masthead #logo a, #masthead #logo a: { color: #111; }

#masthead #logo a:hover { color: #237fa1; text-decoration: none; }

#masthead h1, #masthead #tagline { font: normal 1.4em/1.42857em Verdana, serif; padding: 0; color: #999; text-align: left; }

I think that will do it. Anyone else feel free to pipe in if you have suggestions or corrections. And, Chris, I don’t mean to step on your toes here…just trying to be helpful.


68 Sasha { 02.09.08 at 5:08 pm }

Hi Scott

Thanks for the info! I’m going to try it. Also, thanks for letting me know about the site in Firefox. However I’m a little baffled because I’ve never messed with any of the code or css file on this blog.

Do you have any other possible insight into why it happens in Firefox or what I should look for in the css file to see what happened?

Thanks so much!

69 Scott Rouse { 02.09.08 at 7:37 pm }


Working fine now…must have just been a glitch in my Firefox. Sorry for the false alarm. :-)

70 Sasha { 02.09.08 at 9:59 pm }

Hi Scott,

You were right. It was doing the same thing for me in Firefox. I noticed it got weird at the post that had the embedded You Tube video. I deleted the embedded player and that seemed to do the trick.

But that’s a little weird too, so now I have to figure out why it caused the problem. The size of the player was the right pixels.

Thanks for checking in….I checked you’re site out too, and I dig it! My other love is photography so I’ll be checking your site out for tips.


71 Scott Rouse { 02.09.08 at 10:02 pm }


Well, at least I know I wasn’t crazy, eh? :-)

That’s right…I do remember it starting where the YouTube video was. Hmmm… Must have been something in that embed code.

PS-Thanks for the site compliment.

72 Graham { 02.10.08 at 7:31 pm }

Hay Chris this is not a how do I request just what do I … I have downloaded your basic theme and hacked it around a bit. At what point does a theme change and become something else in its own right (in design) and then have a right to be called something else. If it did would/could I would then edit this statement to developed by me from the neoclassical theme by C Pearson . I know you dont really respond to most statements but its understandable, however I feel from your previous work you enjoy seeing your work in a different light even though the link I have left hasnt been hacked enough yet ! to my liking anyway !!! ATB

73 Graham { 02.13.08 at 10:20 am }

does anyone know why the bullet points dont show up in firefox but do in IE7 ???? Its probably quite simple but I just cant figure it out!!!

74 Graham { 02.13.08 at 9:27 pm }

I fixed the bullet points – I had to rebuild the css file from original working thru the changes I needed to make. Both css files seem the same but i think the original file somehow got corrupted. Any way all is well now!!

75 Lakshmipathy Bhat { 02.14.08 at 3:19 am }

hi, thanks for a great looking theme. But the theme does not show up in WP admin page, despite having been successfully uploaded through Cyberduck. What am I doing wrong?

76 Scott Rouse { 02.14.08 at 10:44 am }

If you’ve uploaded the neoclassical directory with all of its contents into the wp-content/themes/ directory, the theme should show up. I must admit, however, that I had multiple, serious frustrations with a number of blogs that I attempted to manage with Cyberduck. I can’t pinpoint the problem to my FTP client, but, I am saying, that I switched to Fetch or Transmit and…problems solved! Needless to say, I’m not a huge Cyberduck fan.

77 Frances { 02.14.08 at 11:28 am }

Would it be possible to have the navigation along the top of the header image and with a larger font? Thanks.

78 Madzzoni { 03.01.08 at 10:12 pm }

Hello Chris.
Thanks for this great one :-) . As U may know, i’m a great fan of your themes, – Only thing about NeoClassical 1.1 is, that i like template-designs with 2 Sidebar Coloums at the right side, – that’s why i made this version, – the NeoClassical 1.1 2R, based on your version 1.1, – Now it’s ready to see and download, Click here: http://wptema.xconsult.dk/neoclassical/

I’ll tried to keep the original “look & feel” of the NeoClassical 1.1, hope U like it :-)

Regards from Copenhagen, Denmark.

79 John { 03.04.08 at 4:51 pm }

I love this theme!

I’d like to add a graphic repeating background only to the whitespace on the left and right sides of the site that fills up those spaces regardless of resolution.

Does anyone know how to do this? Thanks

80 John { 03.04.08 at 5:11 pm }

Re my last comment – I figured out how to add a background but the graphic shoes up in the header and sidebars. How do I prevent the background from showing up in these areas and just keep those areas a white background?

81 Madzzoni { 03.05.08 at 5:47 am }

@John: Add “background: #fff;” to the #container tag in your stylesheet,i’ll guess that do the job ;-)

82 John { 03.05.08 at 8:20 am }

@Madzzoni: Your helped worked perfectly. Thanks much! ;-)

83 Claudiu { 03.06.08 at 9:51 pm }

I have to agree, 3-column theme is the best.
I might be using your theme..hehe…nice one.Thanks.


84 johnette { 03.11.08 at 3:14 pm }

Hi Chris,

I’m apologizing ahead because this is going to be a very elementary comment. I just switched from a free WP blog to a hosted one via bluehost. I didnt realize how much i did NOT know. I have no clue how to manage my blog, plugins, etc now because the free version was so turnkey.

But i digress. My question for you is how to replace the header with my own jpg file. Also, although the beauty of neoclassical is the ‘rotating’ header, is there a way to make this one single non-changing header?

Im using cutline now and would like to use Neoclassical. Would it be possible for you to give me instructions on how to change the header? In super novice language that is?

thanks in advance

85 John { 03.11.08 at 3:32 pm }

Easiest way I know would be to go here and set up the theme for just one header image. Then if you want to add ones later, the code is still all there to modify.


86 johnette { 03.11.08 at 4:18 pm }

Does that mean delete all the code related to the other 4? Is this all done in the ‘theme editor’ section? Sorry i need the elementary explanation. This is all very new to me.

Thanks so much for taking time to reply

87 johnette { 03.11.08 at 4:28 pm }

Ok now my blog is totally screwed up. I’m showing in my WP presentation section as having the cutline blog (having trouble uploading neoclassical), but now my whole blog home page displays as one of the bad archive links that was in the sidebar. Someone please help http://www.givingspiritweblog.com.

I was originally trying to just change the header and when i went change something in the sidebar all heck broke loose.

88 John { 03.11.08 at 5:01 pm }

need to make a very slight modification to rotating_images.php:

In the above code, all I did was replace the default value of 5 with the number 1 (highlighted, kinda). Once you save and upload this modified version of rotating_image.php, you’ll have an image rotator that displays one image on each page of your site.

then upload your 865px x 180px image with the name header_1.jpg to the /headers folder of the theme. if the other header images happen to still show up, just change their names to something else. I don’t think they will show up though.

89 johnette { 03.11.08 at 5:34 pm }

John you are an angel to deal with my novice questions.

I think i’m almost there but not quite. I resized orignal image in my computer’s file. Went into my hosts file manager, uploaded it to the ‘header’ folder within the ‘neoclassical’ folder. I moved the old headers (1-5) into a new ‘temp’ folder i created (in case i screwed up. So the only file showing in my public_html/headers file list is that ‘temp’ folder with the rotating headers inside, and the one new header that i uploaded (pencilheader_1.jpj). I refreshed this in my host’s file manager. But i’m still not seeing it yet when i go back to my WP dashboard & view my blog page.

Did i skip anything?

90 John { 03.11.08 at 5:43 pm }

is the new header image file pencilheader_1.jpj renamed to header_1.jpg?

91 johnette { 03.11.08 at 5:45 pm }

no, let me try

92 johnette { 03.11.08 at 5:55 pm }

hmm ok now the header disappeared. Can you give me steps of what to rename and what to do with the other 1-5 files? i hope i can undo what i just did!

93 johnette { 03.11.08 at 6:01 pm }

now it just has a small box where the header used to be that says
“random header image…refresh for more!”

94 johnette { 03.11.08 at 8:26 pm }

does anyone know the proper pixel dimensions for the rotation header images. I’ve been struggling trying to set the header to one non-rotating images (a jpg file i have). I set the jpg to 865 x 180 but it seems like its still rotating & when i see my jpg file its huge. Im sure i made an upload error because I see the “random header image” text alone on one of the rotations, but 1st i need to know the correct dimensions so when i figure all this out i’ll have the right jpg size for the image i’m ultimately trying to use

95 John { 03.11.08 at 8:33 pm }

865px wide by 180px height is the correct dimension

it appears your header is not finding the header_1.jpg images. The image should be located here:


96 johnette { 03.11.08 at 8:37 pm }

yep this is where it is on my hosting site. I’ll even give you the log in info off line for my hosting site if you think you can fix.

97 John { 03.11.08 at 9:41 pm }

The header is looking for header_4.jpg, not header_1.jpg. Did you change the random code in rotating_images.php? If so, I’d just make five copies of your one image and name them all header_1.jpg, header_2.jpg through 5 and that solve any issue

wp-content/themes/neoclassical/headers/header_4.jpg was not found on this server.

98 johnette { 03.11.08 at 9:49 pm }

I changed the 1-5 headers to filenames: header1.jpg, header2.jpg, etc. through 5. I left only one filename as header_1.jpg. Thinking that it would only use that one???

When you say its not found on the server, do you mean its not found in my bluehost files?

Also when you ask if i made random code changes in rotating_images.php, do you also mean via my bluehost file manager? If so, no i did not do anything to that folder

99 John { 03.11.08 at 10:01 pm }

yea, you had to make a change to rotating_images.php. rather than do that, if you just duplicate the one image you want to show up with the 5 original header names, header_x.jpg, this should make your header always show the same image.

100 johnette { 03.11.08 at 10:39 pm }

ok did all that & it looks like my jpg is the permanent image now but as i mentioned its huge……..www.givingspiritweblog.com

the dimensions i sized to are 865 x 180. This cant be right. What should the dimensions be to make it fit into the original box size?

I hate to have to go through all these steps again, but i gotta get this fixed.

101 John { 03.11.08 at 10:45 pm }

your image width is 3363px not 865px

102 johnette { 03.11.08 at 11:06 pm }

OH MY GOSH IT WORKED!!!!! John you win the ‘most qualified to teach a blog idot’ award for the day:)

Thanks so much. Unfortunately, thats was only the tip of the iceberg of my confusion on navigating my new bluehost/wordpress site, but ive spent literally all day on this (starting at around 2pm today) and feel very relieved to get this off my list.

This is a great Theme, but i just dont know how to work with the new bluehost/wordpress stuff. It there a good resource that you know of that deals with help on how to edit sidebard stuff, etc (like adding a blogroll-type list for podcasts?). The WP forums seem to have a lot of unresolved posts or ‘techie lingo’ replies.

103 Barbara { 03.12.08 at 6:35 pm }

Wow, what a classy theme. Here’s a question for you (I’m cringing as I write): would you consider designing a magazine-style WordPress theme?

104 gaile { 03.13.08 at 11:13 pm }

hey chris your theme rocks!

105 Dave D. { 03.15.08 at 12:02 am }

Your work is fantastic! I’m using this theme on my blog . I included a post about your great design and how happy I am to have found it. Thanks!!!

106 johnette { 03.17.08 at 11:38 pm }

Im trying to add a widget (mybloglog). When i signed up on site it said to paste some code in my blog template between the open body tag and close body tag. Site wont let me add a widget until i do this. Would anyone be able to assist? No repsonse in a week from mybloglog tech support.

107 Rick Beckman { 03.17.08 at 11:45 pm }

johnette — Just open up your theme’s footer.php file, find the tag near the bottom, and add MyBlogLog’s code before it. Save, upload, and you should be able to use their widget.

108 johnette { 03.17.08 at 11:48 pm }

Ok, now what do you mean…”save, upload”. also am i doing all this from my admin panel on wordpress on in the file manager on my host site? thanks in advance

109 johnette { 03.17.08 at 11:53 pm }

Also, in the footer.php file i only find the word ‘body’ at the end. I dont see another ‘body’ before it. this is what it said – To get started, add the code below to your blog template in between the OPEN body () tag and the CLOSE body () tag and republish. The optimal place is just after the OPEN body () tag. Tracking will begin immediately after the code has been added to your blog.

110 David Chartier { 03.18.08 at 1:08 pm }

I know that by releasing these themes for free you aren’t obligated in any way to provide support, but do you know if you’ll be updating Neoclassical for the impending WordPress 2.5 update? Can we perhaps donate somewhere to help make it worth your time? Thanks.

111 Scott Rouse { 03.18.08 at 1:14 pm }

Good question, David. Anyone know if this theme would be compatible with the 2.5 update, of is it just something I should try?

112 Graham { 03.18.08 at 3:48 pm }

Hi there , Ive just uploaded the theme to a new WP2.5 site and all seems ok , Ive being messing with the style etc and all is dandy ;)

113 David Chartier { 03.18.08 at 3:54 pm }

Great to know Graham! I wonder how many of the plug-ins I use will have such a seemingly flawless transition.

114 Thomas Strobl { 03.18.08 at 4:04 pm }

Hi Chris,
I use your Neoclassical theme on my econo-blog http://www.weissgarnix.de, in German, thus completely translated into German language, also the hard-coded pieces. Everything is perfect in Firefox browsers, but in IE7 I run into the following trouble: when using a widget plugin called “postlists”, which does nothing else but allow to put placeholders for categories into widgets and then display configurable lists for that category in the widget (most recent, most read, …), then the first widget gets displayed in the sidebar, though incorrectly formatted, and all following widgets fall off the side-bar into the footer, and are also incorrectly formatted. It somehow looks as if the CSS-styles for the IE do not work. However, in Firefox, as I said above, everything is just fine. Any idea? – I am not a programmer, hence completely clueless … thanks.

115 Graham { 03.18.08 at 4:09 pm }

Yes i think its going to take some time before all plugins work but it seems the ones I copied over from other installs have all got up dates ready for 2.5 or that they work already… I’m just playing with the automatic plugin update feature at the moment !!! if this works as it should then I will probably save considerable development and maintenance time. So in future I can build even more sites with this brilliant theme and every impressive WordPress platform. (sun)

116 Scott Rouse { 03.18.08 at 5:07 pm }

Excited about the transition to 2.5. Should be fun!

117 Thomas Strobl { 03.18.08 at 7:25 pm }

in the meantime I found out myself, what the issue was. For users of the “Postlists”-Plugin from René Ade: you have to set the fields “before” and “after” in the configuration screen of the Plugin to “” and “” respectively. Otherwise your blog will look superbly in Mozilla, but shitty in Internet Explorer …


118 Rick Beckman { 03.18.08 at 9:33 pm }

johnette — Sorry. If you want to follow the directions closely, open up header.php.

Then, find the code . On a new line after that, add the MyBlogLog code.

Also, because you are editing via the admin panel, don’t worry about the “upload” bit in my previous comment; simply save the file after you’ve made the edit, and you’ll be on your way!

119 johnette { 03.19.08 at 12:06 am }

Hi Rick,

In the header.php section in my admin, i only see one entry with the word ‘body’ that i’m supposed to be looking for and it says body class=”custom”, i tried entering after that and it didnt work. Was this the wrong place?

120 Luke { 03.23.08 at 11:24 pm }

Neoclassical is another beautiful theme. Are you going to put out a “style guide” for it like you did with Cutline, showing all there different types of image & text handling/formatting it can do? Reading those posts of yours on the Cutline site changed how I wrote my blog posts (most notably they got me to switch from the WYSIWYG editor to the “do-it-by-hand” editor).

Looking forward to seeing your premium themes!

121 maria diestro { 03.24.08 at 4:37 pm }

for some reason.. i have my comments to be moderated but it doesn’t seem to work. the comments show up right away.. when i log into the admin i do not see an approve in the comments area.. i just see unapprove. I have it checked off in the moderation section to have comments approved by admin. what am i missing?

122 Madzzoni { 03.24.08 at 5:14 pm }

Hello again Chris.
Your “custom.css” function is a bless to coders. Makes it so easy to fit ones needs. I just made a “Black & White” edition of the nice NeoClassical theme for my Blog at Madzzoni.dk, – think it looks great with this “Black Coat” on too ;-) – i’ve done both an English and a Danish version.
I’ll like to rename this customization to NEROClassical (with credits of course!), – if that’s OK with you?
Thx in advance.


123 publicidad por Internet { 03.25.08 at 5:27 pm }

Great WordPress theme Chris,
the 2 sided columns and the text are really clean and organized for the theme,

124 Alana { 03.29.08 at 7:11 am }

I love that this theme sticks to the most basic elements of design and is completely customizable. Nice job.

125 raf { 03.30.08 at 3:06 pm }

hi chris, and thanks for the theme, i like it…

i’d like to have a banner clickable and directing to the frontpage, and i’d like to delete the title and subtitle of the blog from the frontpage…

how to?

126 Armando Macedo { 04.01.08 at 9:36 am }

The theme is wonderfull! It will run with WordPress 2.5? Please.

127 Scott Rouse { 04.01.08 at 10:30 am }

I have recently switched my site over to 2.5 with this theme and had no problems whatsoever.

Thanks, Chris!

128 Heinakenka { 04.01.08 at 1:47 pm }

It seems that the 2.5 Galeery reature does not work properly with this theme.
The “main” image is visible but not the small browsing images. My guess is that this has to do with the narrow text area so there is no space for those small images. But I’m only guessing. Could be something to do with the theme code but anyway it is not working 100%.


129 Scott Rouse { 04.01.08 at 1:59 pm }

Hmmm… I haven’t tested the “gallery” function yet. Guess I should give it a try.

130 raf { 04.02.08 at 4:47 am }

i have two posts in my blog…

just the second, but only in the front page, appears to be totally in bold… but if i go to read it clicking the “more read” link, it appears ok…

my site is www seriex it

i do not use sticky plugin…


131 tom { 04.02.08 at 10:00 am }

Two quick things I need help with…

I upgrade to WP2.5 and now my footer isn’t showing up. Also, in “sidebar 2″, the “Save Changes” button isn’t visible. Any suggestions as to what needs fixed?

132 Paul McNelis { 04.03.08 at 1:44 am }

Is it possible to use this theme and remove the left column? I don’t need 3 columns, but I love this theme!

133 Chris Pearson { 04.03.08 at 10:34 am }

Tom — Have you checked your /neoclassical theme folder to make sure footer.php still exists in that directory? It simply looks as though the footer file is not being called from your template files, and it just seems more likely that footer.php either doesn’t exist or is corrupted somehow.

Regarding the “save changes” button—that’s a WordPress administration panel issue that has nothing to do with the theme. Sorry I can’t provide more assistance there!

Paul — It is certainly possible to transform Neoclassical into a 2-column layout, but I’m afraid the level of technical detail required to make the changes exceeds what I can reasonably produce here.

Madzzoni — I dig it… Nice work!

134 Graham { 04.03.08 at 11:57 am }

Hello Chris !!! Good to see you back :) . A while back you talked about the neoclassical theme becoming a basis for a whole range of variations some free – some to pay for . Is this this still your plan or are you upto something else ? ;) . I have used and hacked ‘neo’ for a whole range of sites and wondered if you have done anymore work on this theme etc ??

135 daren { 04.04.08 at 3:30 pm }

Thanks for the theme… love the rotating pics and your notes in explaining them. Big Help! :)

136 German { 04.05.08 at 2:55 am }

Hi Chris

Say I want to have two different color links in each sidebar, how do I do that?

The right sidebar links, like the blogroll, do not allow and I am not sure which of the wp-includes files should I look at.

The problem I am having is that the global link is good for the sidebar but too light for the content area.


137 Chris Pearson { 04.05.08 at 11:08 pm }

Graham — That’s still the plan, and as luck would have it, I’m also up to something else, too… Have you checked out my new Thesis Theme yet?

I’ll also be updating Neoclassical to take advantage of some features that WordPress 2.5 offers, and I expect that new version to debut before the end of the month.

German — How about an example here… Let’s say you’d like to change the color of links in your content area to #b31616. In order to do that, simply add the following declaration to your custom.css file:

.custom .format_text a {
    color: #b31616;

Once you’ve done that, you can hone in on the sidebar colors. You can style both sidebars in one declaration, like so (let’s say we want them #268017):

.custom .sidebar a {
    color: #268017;

Or you can style each one individually (perhaps #268017 on the left, and #283abd on the right):

.custom #left_bar a {
    color: #268017;

.custom #right_bar a {
    color: #283abd;
138 Graham { 04.06.08 at 9:17 am }

Great news Chris !!! I have just joined your new theme and have downloaded it . Can’t wait to start using it but after looking at it – its just a variation on the Neo theme but i guess its better underneath knowing you !!! keep it up … ;)

139 Chris Pearson { 04.06.08 at 11:30 am }

Graham — Actually, Neoclassical is a marginally “dumbed-down” version of Thesis, which is more extensible, more flexible, and quite a bit smarter than the theme you see here.

That said, both themes certainly have merit, but I created Thesis with the notion that I would be able to provide the ultimate site framework moving forward. The associated price tag, which is currently pretty cheap within the premium theme market, is only there to support future development efforts on the theme.

Thanks for giving Thesis a shot, though, because there’s no way I could make it happen without users like you!

140 Graham { 04.06.08 at 2:39 pm }

Chris – I dont think I would have made the transition into WordPress as well as I have without finding cutline and the work you have done since. It has been an inspiring time and everytime I start a new project I look forward to running with such a sound and well built framework as your last 4 themes have provided.
All the best for the future and hope you can now afford to be more prominent and provide more insight – now you are monetising your worth !

141 Rick Beckman { 04.06.08 at 8:21 pm }

I’ve looked everyplace I can think of, but I can’t find any official mention of what license this theme is released under, aside from it simply being “free.”

What I’d like to do is release a heavily tweaked version of Neoclassical that has been mashed-up with and includes GPL material, so of course my final product has to be GPL.

Is that something I can do with Neoclassical, provided the “open education” link remains intact?

142 Chris Pearson { 04.07.08 at 7:47 am }

Graham — Thanks very much!

Rick — The theme is released under a Creative Commons 3.0 Share Alike license, which means that you’re free to make modifications and distribute it, so long as the original attribution remains in place (just as you have described).

Of course, it would have been helpful if I had actually included the license.txt file in the Neoclassical download, huh? :)

143 Graham { 04.07.08 at 8:16 am }

Chris – if one hacked the theme so much that it hardly resembled the original theme at all could one just link to you at pearsonified.com saying it was originally designed / developed by you. Instead of having a link to the open education site. ??? One would still be referencing you the designer but not the one you set in the theme!!!
Of course there can be a open edu. link elsewhere in the site but not exactly in the footer .

144 Chris Pearson { 04.07.08 at 8:29 am }

Graham — That is totally fine with me. I appreciate any and all linkage :-D

145 Graham { 04.07.08 at 8:38 am }

So just to be totally sure and correct – at what point in difference does the theme need to be before I link to you instead of the open edu link at the footer.

146 Chris Pearson { 04.07.08 at 8:51 am }

Graham — There really is no specific point at which this occurs. If you’d rather link to me, though, that’s great!

147 Graham { 04.07.08 at 9:14 am }

Brilliant thanks – I’m on with a new project setting up a site for a middle school in the UK using this theme and thought it would be better linking to you !! Thank you for replying so promptly.

I wonder if there’s mileage in having a post where users of the Neoclassical theme could show off their take on it – showing what one can do with your theme … just a thought.

148 Chris Pearson { 04.07.08 at 9:48 am }

Graham — A user “gallery” is a feature that is long overdue on this site. Now that I’ve launched the new DIY Themes marketplace, you can expect more active updates around these parts, and one of the first updates will be a sweet little gallery.

Thanks for reminding me about this much-needed feature!

149 Rick Beckman { 04.07.08 at 6:56 pm }

Chris: Hmm, perhaps I’ll consider dual-licensing my modification, just to cover all bases. Thanks so much for your permission!

And wow, combining together the best of two different themes is turning out to be trickier than I thought — the end result will be all the more appreciable, for me, I suppose!

150 Sicarii { 04.09.08 at 7:04 am }

Thank you very much for this theme, Chris. Love it!

I’ve customized it to my liking, shifting both sidebars to the right, and adding a navigation menu in place of the rss icon. What a great framework to work with, and I must say it was really fun and easy to customize it, unlike some other themes I’ve used previously.

151 Jennifer { 04.13.08 at 10:51 am }

I am considering using this theme, because the layout and changing headings are very useful. But before
I download it, can you tell me whether I will be able to change the fonts plus their colour and size. I would prefer bolder , more colourful and less wordy – somewhere between this one and your own Personified site.

152 Jennifer { 04.13.08 at 10:56 am }

eh, sorry that was supposed to be Pearsonified, which I like very much because it does not overwhelm with loads if info.

153 Graham { 04.14.08 at 1:49 pm }

Chris – The 404 warning page has stopped working and instead dumps all the pages of the whole site onto one page.
Out of the few sites using with Neo as its theme and two are both doing the same !!! So if there is a broken link it renders a page but dumps the whole of the sites pages onto one page
See http://wadsworthquads.com/madeuppage and kirkburtonmiddleschool.co.uk/madeuppage
This is very strange as have only found one other person as yet with this error and he fixed it by copying the archive pages from the default theme into his theme… Ive tried this but to no avail.

Hope this makes sense and can hopefully find a way round this bug!!!


154 Saitia { 04.25.08 at 10:56 am }

I’ve been using Neo for a few months now, and we were too busy with other stuff to notice that the date (and time) was not showing up on posts. I’ve been in the index.php file, the code is there, but is being ignored apparently. As an experiment I’ve to make the “by author” tag disappear, just to see if changes were be implemented. No change. . . I’m stumped. The WP for Dummies is no help on this either. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks!
I want to put the date and time a post is published up with the author

155 Wayne { 04.28.08 at 3:30 pm }

Hi Chris,

Was messing around trying to make a caption for images in the posts area in Neo and got totally lost…

I was trying to make something that would align left below the image where ever I put the image. When you have a moment would mind putting together something that will show me how to do it, or, if you already have it up somewhere, show me where its at. Thanks.
BTW, I see WP has a new version, 2.5.1 or something, still good w/Neo?

156 Matt { 04.28.08 at 8:08 pm }

I’ve added Neoclassical to our list of the best WP themes available on the net (www.bestwpthemes.com). It’s a sensational theme. Keep up the great work.

157 Priscilla { 05.08.08 at 4:02 am }

I’ve been using Neoclassical for a few months now and I still love it, but I really miss having threaded comments. Do you know of any threaded comment plugin that will work with this theme?

158 Sarah Klass { 05.19.08 at 11:34 pm }

I just noticed a comment further up about having to resize pictures to fit in to the narrower central area with the 3 column theme. What is the maximum width a picture could be to fit in, as that may be a factor in switching themes for me – I have an awful lot of pictures in my existing blog posts….

159 Sarah Klass { 05.19.08 at 11:49 pm }

Nevermind that last question, I think I found the answer (425 pixels?) when I read further down. I also have to say that I love the way everybody here helps everybody else out! When I have a go at uploading this theme to my blog, chances are I will be back with some questions….!

160 S. Dale Knight { 05.29.08 at 9:09 pm }

What a beautiful theme.

161 S. Dale Knight { 05.29.08 at 11:18 pm }

I love this theme. I also love K2. Is there a really simple-minded tutorial for making a WP theme into a K2 Style?

162 danielk { 06.05.08 at 12:23 pm }

I’d like to thank you for this great template.
I have a problem that I cannot work out. I can see it perfectly in Firefox, but not in Explorer. where the right sidebar appears in bellow the left sidebar.
The blog is at http://www.traslasierramix.com.ar/

163 ConorwithoneN { 06.24.08 at 12:24 pm }

I have a problem with the theme in that I cannot access my About page – it seems I am not alone – found the same problem in an unanswered problem posted in the WordPress support forums:


164 Chris Pearson { 06.24.08 at 1:48 pm }

Conor — I just checked your site, and I was able to access your about page without a hitch. Is the site behaving the same way for you?

165 ConorwithoneN { 06.24.08 at 1:57 pm }

Thanks Chris, just got it sorted. I watched your video on improving SEO and when I changed my permalink settings to postname, it all started to work. I think it would be useful if some of the people posting their frustrations over on your main blog posted their solutions as there’s much to be learned from other people’s failures (and successes!).
Many thanks for your help – I am salivating over your Thesis theme. If I can get enough interesting content on my blog, I shall be sure to upgrade.

166 Victoria { 07.02.08 at 9:00 am }

I really like this theme, and would like to use it, but I have one question: is there a way that I can post to the third column and not just use it for widgets?

167 Newcomb { 07.16.08 at 11:03 am }

Chris, I like your Neoclassical theme a lot and am trying to build a site with it. I’d appreciate your help in making some pages be 2 columns while others are 3 columns. The 2-column page would lack the right sidebar.

I don’t know much about php or WordPress, but I do know how to be methodical.

My 1st attempt was to create a copy of your page.php file (since it was subtitled “Page Template” in the WordPress Theme Editor), named it neo_2cols.php and placed the /* Theme Name: neo_2cols … etc */ at the top, so that it would show up in the “Templates” drop-down section on the Write–>Page in the WordPress dashboard, which it did.

That way, I could select “neo_2cols” for the pages I wanted to be 2 columns and “default” for the pages I wanted to be 3 columns.

Then I deleted the line in the neo_2cols page, because the left_bar.php had been called for a couple lines above, making me think this get_sidebar() must be for the right sidebar. And I saw that sidebar.php started with the div id=”right_bar”.

Alas, deleting get_sidebar() messed up the page.

So I edited custom.css to include:
#content2columns { width: 653px; padding: 0 1px; float: right; }
#content_inner2columns { width: 635px; padding: 0 9px; } and
(From your June 4, 2008 reply to Guera and your June 20, 2008 reply to Jeff on this post, it appeared I didn’t need to start the #content2columns id as .custom #content2columns.)

Then I substituted the new ids into the neo_2cols.php file in place of the content and content_inner divs. All this did was move everything into the left sidebar. I wouldn’t have minded this if the center page column had widened. Instead, it remained unchanged at 445px; the right sidebar stayed at 190px.

So I edited the custom.css to include:
.sidebar2columns { width: 0px; float: left; }
and substituted this in place of class=”sidebar” in the sidebar.php file, which I renamed sidebar2cols.php. In the neo_2cols.php file, I then amended the get_sidebar line to say get_sidebar2cols() etc.

But all page content & widgets were in the left sidebar. And the main body column and right sidebar remained at 463 and 190 px respectively.

Is it even possible to remove the right sidebar in Neoclassical?

I’ve been reading your entries about Thesis Theme and its flexibility, but I couldn’t find any mention of how to make it both 2 and 3 columns.

I’d really appreciate your help here.

168 Daniel { 08.22.08 at 4:04 pm }

Hi Chris Im using your theme and is excellent, but is there a way I can Hide the blog title and description, leaving just the Headers Images to show but with the title still showing when I minimize the page or in the upper part of the window?

169 Dale { 08.22.08 at 10:31 pm }

We love the Neoclassical Theme but I noticed that the right sidebar is showing up at the bottom of the page and under the left sidebar in IE 6 and IE 7. Is there any way to fix this? It looks fine in Safari and Firefox.

170 Chris Pearson { 08.22.08 at 10:41 pm }

Dale — You’re using a WordPress Text widget in the left-hand sidebar, and that’s screwing everything up. By default, WordPress inserts a lot of janky markup in text widgets, and if anything goes wrong, you’re going to end up with negative layout effects in IE, which is a more sensitive browser.

I recommend discontinuing the use of text widgets, and this should solve your problem.

171 Dale { 08.22.08 at 11:12 pm }

Thanks. I wasn’t that keen on the text widgets anyway.

172 Moll { 08.24.08 at 5:47 pm }

Hi Chris, Thank you for this wonderful layout! It’s so easy to read and I love the simplicity. :)

I just had one question…at the top of the page where the blog name and rss links are, how do I replace my blog name and description to say…a logo??

I’d really appreciate your help, thank you so much again for the Theme! I love it!

173 Dante { 10.05.08 at 6:13 pm }

Chris, just one question. how can I disable the grey border that appear around the images?? I just cant find the way to do it.

174 PIF { 11.07.08 at 1:52 pm }

I want to have the category description displayed when a category is selected in Neoclassical.

Looking over other themes I have, I found one that did display the description.

This code works in the theme NewsPress (in the index.php file) located just below the h2 declaration:

What code and where would I insert it into Neo’s index.php to achieve a listing of the category description?
Thanks in advance,

PS: I have Neo running fine on local host with wp 2.7.2 beta

175 PIF { 11.07.08 at 2:00 pm }

It may be a while before Chris comes back, so what you need to do is edit the .css file.
one declaration is for the header image:
#rotating_image img {
display: block;
border: 10px solid #eee;
for no border change to border: none;

176 stone { 11.11.08 at 1:31 am }

Looking over other themes I have, I found one that did display the description.I just cant find the way to do it.

177 krizz { 11.22.08 at 6:20 am }

Hi! I’ve just downloaded the neoclassical theme with 3 column and I was wondering what version is the one I have from the dowload button . I seen that this post is a year old, isn’t it?

I would know if the theme is an updated version or not…
I’m not good with code and It would be annoying to make all my modification to personalyze this theme in structure and graphic and then discover that some features are “old”.. cause than I can’t adjust the code by myself… well the less is to adjust the better is.

Sorry for the stupid question… Please let me know.

178 Rick Beckman { 11.22.08 at 5:36 pm }

krizz: Neoclassical hasn’t been updated since version 1.1, the version you most likely downloaded.

Chris, its developer, has been focusing his attentions on the successor to his Pearsonified themes collection: Thesis.

Comparing Thesis to Neoclassical is like comparing apples to oranges, but Thesis definitely takes the spirit of Neoclassical (beautiful typography, ample whitespace, etc.) and amps it up countless levels.

179 Pet memorials { 11.24.08 at 9:27 pm }

Hi! I’ve just downloaded the neoclassical theme with 3 column and I was wondering what version is the one I have from the dowload button . I seen that this post is a year old, isn’t it? Pet memorials

180 Albert Marino { 12.04.08 at 7:08 pm }

Love your theme! Trust me, I wasted 2 days finding just the right theme; there is only one problem. IE seems to have issues with the theme, or maybe it’s something else, have you run into this problem before?

181 Reality Raver { 01.16.09 at 10:37 pm }

The theme looks great now I have downloaded it. Clean and uncluttered. Thanks. Maybe if I make some money from my blog I will buy thesis.LOL

you derserve the success you are achieving.

182 Nicole Gustas { 01.19.09 at 9:06 pm }

Much like everyone else, I know this is free, and I don’t think you owe me support in any way.

I need to make a color tweak to the vertical rules between the columns in order to bring our blog in line with other elements of our visual identity. However, I can’t find the spot where I can manage these vertical rules. Can anyone tell me which CSS sheet it’s on, or let me know the code snippet so I can find it myself?

Thank you!

183 madzzoni { 01.20.09 at 6:23 am }

The vertical rules is an .gif background file in the /images folder. You need to edit that file, -or make a new one


184 gary little { 01.20.09 at 1:58 pm }

Chris Garrett helped install NeoClassical and the theme for me is great. I also have been looking at Thesis. Is it possible to incorporate Thesis and NeoClassical together?

185 Chris Pearson { 01.20.09 at 6:33 pm }

Gary — Thesis is a separate theme that offers way more options, flexibility, and fine-point detail than Neoclassical. Because WordPress only allows for one active theme at a time, the two cannot really work together.

186 Nathan Waddell { 01.21.09 at 3:53 am }

*disclaimer* not a programmer. no clue what i’m doing re: code.

quick question: trying to use the the navigation widget, but it doesn’t replace the default navigation in the left sidebar. is there a way to remove the default navigation?


187 Nicole Gustas { 01.21.09 at 4:43 pm }

Madzzoni: thank you!

188 Wayne Mumford { 02.13.09 at 3:38 am }

Hi Chris,

Still using Neo but will going to Thesis one of these days. For now I am staying put till I have time to roll the site over to Thesis.
I do have question if you don’t mind.
How do I place Adsense and similar code so it will show up at the bottom of my posts? Ideally it would be between the post itself and the comment box. Will Neo do this?
While I’m thinking about it, is there a way to expand the center column to hold 450px without breaking the 3 column layout?

Thanks again-

189 Marcis Gasuns { 02.14.09 at 6:52 am }

Have installed your theme on 2 of my blogs – amazing theme.
But there seem some problems arise in IE7 with WP 2.7.1.

190 Chris { 03.03.09 at 8:51 am }

Chris – thanks for the work on this theme, I love it.

However, I am having problems on IE7 – anyone know how to fix them?

191 Claude Michaud { 03.03.09 at 6:28 pm }

Just a quick note: On March 2, 2009 I found your theme…I have been looking 3 or 4 years. Knew what I needed and what I like. Neo shall be on my site…starting March 2.
(Chris, can a mod be done to make Pages show content fullwidth/no sidebars…)

192 Claude Michaud { 03.11.09 at 11:52 pm }

Adding to #191…
The pages that would show content fullwidth are in the Navigation below Home. Only those listed and the odd page that would be added would show fullwidth. (Home not included)

193 Marcelo (Brazil) { 03.15.09 at 2:25 am }

Olá, I loved this subject, however to adapta it mine blog, I had a problem: the box of text was of the size of an image of 480 of width, and the Neoclassical is a little lesser, and all the photos are exceeding the line. I obtain to arrange this?

194 Claude Michaud { 03.15.09 at 3:25 pm }

Marcelo, love your website. For my site, I wish to hide the sidebars on Pages that are in the ‘Feature’ but when the sidebars are hidden the content should show the width of the Header.
Need the code/script (if is page)and the exact location for the code. Hope you can help me…
(see #191 and #192) Thanks.

195 amri { 04.09.09 at 6:06 pm }

How to remove “navigation” at the top left bar and change the left bar and right bar background color.

196 wild { 05.09.09 at 3:44 pm }

Love this theme and on the one hand I would like to enhance the subitems under “Navigation”, e.g. legal notice etc. On the other hand “Home” should be removed. If this is not possible I want to delete the whole Navigation-Part – but how?
Thanks for help!

197 Rene { 06.11.09 at 12:41 pm }

It doesn’t render well in safari, any fix for this? You can view it here: http://www.vatsalyaproject.com

198 seo { 07.13.09 at 5:06 am }

Great article definatly work on the theme

199 Ben Hebert { 08.11.09 at 2:52 pm }

Hey I am having trouble right now and could really use help immediately. I switched to the neoclassical theme because it’s probably the best looking one out there.

However when I activate the theme none of my posts or columns show up. My site is http://www.socialcidal.net please help by responding here or via e-mail and I will get back to you immediately.

The preview of the theme shows everything coming up perfectly but it doesn’t work out. Help.

200 Saundra { 08.18.09 at 9:30 am }

Chris, I love the neoclassical theme.

It gets a 404 Error on the About page under Navigation. How can I fix that? Yours works fine.

Thanks, Saundra

201 Promosyon Tekstil { 08.22.09 at 1:19 pm }

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202 Vijay { 08.23.09 at 2:13 pm }

Great Theme Chris, after some 100+ experiments, I finally found the layout I was looking for.
Thanks again my friend…!

203 Julia { 08.31.09 at 10:53 pm }

thanks for the theme, Christ, i really love it… but can you teach me how to customize the width of the content area? I want to make it wider (although it’ll make the sidebars narrower)… waiting for your help.. thanks..

204 Betsy { 09.16.09 at 4:10 am }

Hi Chris, thanks for this great theme! I’m using it on my blog and have customized it a bit. Now I have a problem that I can’t solve… I need help! When i click on a post title and go to the post itself, the first few lines of that post change into a link, that links to my homepage?! I just can’t find the problem! Can you help? Thanks again!

Love, Betsy.

205 Chris Pearson { 09.16.09 at 12:54 pm }

Betsy — When you edited your header area, you mistakenly left out the closing </a> after your header image, and that’s what’s causing the problem. Add this back in, and everything will be fine.

206 Umar { 09.17.09 at 2:56 am }

Hi Chris Pearson, I am trying to use you theme with a background strip, so i want to remove the light grey border around the header iamge,
Please tell me ho to do that….Please Please Please…..

Thank you

207 Umar { 09.17.09 at 3:32 am }

O hey… I just found out how to remove that border but I still cant move the rotating header upwards to match my background upper line,

208 Saundra { 09.17.09 at 3:43 pm }

I just realized I didn’t leave you my website. The 401 error on the About page under navigatiom is at http://www.gotteethguide.com

Thank you, Chris.

209 Robert { 10.10.09 at 10:59 pm }

I have the same issue as Saundra It gets a 404 Error on the About page under Navigation. How can I fix that?

I love this them, but cannot use it unless I get this issue resolved.

210 Jimmy { 10.12.09 at 1:22 pm }

Thanks for the nice theme!

Can you help me with a couple of things though?

1. My “contact” page won’t appear in navigation menu. http://jesusactionfigure.org/contact/ If I add any pages, they just don’t show up in nav. I tested with other themes and it does show up then.

2. How do I modify the blog roll stuff?


211 sam { 10.23.09 at 11:52 pm }

In the post, all the menus vanished in firefox. In IE, the menus are appended at the end of the post. Please help me. Thanks.

212 Carol { 10.28.09 at 10:26 pm }

Hi! Love the theme but also having the Nav problem w/the About page? Any solutions yet?

213 Joe { 11.02.09 at 6:20 am }

Whew, i already upload and activate it on my new blog.

Thanks Chris.

214 Gigi Gerow { 11.03.09 at 9:10 am }

Hello Chris
I am interested in the video that ConorwithoneN mentioned…about permalinks? Where can I find that video?

215 mathan { 01.06.10 at 3:24 am }

Hello chris,
In my blog i am using thesis theme it’s more flexible to use and easy to customization.

216 Rick Beckman { 01.06.10 at 3:40 am }

You’re absolutely right there, mathan. Neoclassical is an excellent theme in its own right, but it’s definitely a remnant of a past time. Now there is pretty much just Thesis, and it seems to be getting better all the time. Chris did an excellent job besting himself!

217 River Rance { 02.03.10 at 1:03 pm }

Hi Chris,
I’m using the Neoclassical theme because after looking at so many redundant and boring themes I found Thesis which lead me to Neoclassical(when $ avail will be upgrading to Thesis). I’m a newbie with a blog…my purpose is to create an info site for future and current clients. I’ve gotten only as far as you can see. Current problem is how to edit the left column “about” so I don’t get “page not found”. Not sure how to insert copy to fix the broken link (http://fittraining123.com/about/)thanks in advance and also for creating neoclassical.

218 River Rance { 02.03.10 at 1:05 pm }

Oops, the broken link should be http://fittraining123.com/about/

219 Rick Beckman { 02.03.10 at 1:06 pm }

Create a page that has the permalink “about” and you’ll be fine. Other than that, edit the sidebar to point to your actual about page.

Chris programmed Neoclassical with the assumption that about pages would simply be called “About,” which isn’t a terribly unreasonable expectation, but it does lead to problems when a page with such a permalink doesn’t exist. Thesis makes no such assumptions; you’re sure to love it. :)

220 River Rance { 02.03.10 at 1:42 pm }

Thanks for the quick reply! Helps to keep me moving along.

221 River Rance { 02.03.10 at 7:34 pm }

Sorry Rick, not quite sure how to go about that?

222 Rick Beckman { 02.03.10 at 8:01 pm }

Editing your about page’s permalink can be done right underneath the box for naming your page on the page edit screen.

Modifying the link in the sidebar itself can be done via the theme editor, likely the sidebar.php (or sidebars.php, I forget which) file.

223 madzzoni { 02.10.10 at 7:13 pm }

“It’s Not about what the NeoClassical theme can do for You, – It’s all about what You can do with the NeoClassical theme!“
NeoClassical is still a awesome, easy-to-customize WPtheme for your WordPress website!
I just make a XL Edition, see it her:

What do U think?


224 mauvi3 { 03.20.10 at 7:49 am }

I’ve been using your theme, Cutline, and I still love it, but I’m intrigued to give it a try to neoclassical–if only it’s available on wordpress.com :(

225 Florence { 05.16.10 at 3:52 am }

Can we make this two column keeping either the left or the right column?

226 metin { 06.09.10 at 6:44 am }

Hi, Thank you beautifull theme. I just wonder if it is possible to have the main bar little bigger? like, keeping the right bar little smaller and make the main bar bigger instead?
Thank you again for your prompt respond.

227 Rod Howell { 06.14.10 at 6:59 am }

Chris. I really like the theme you have created and am thinking of using it foe my Blog. Can I put a video smack bang in y=the middle immediately under the header / banner?

228 Rod Howell { 06.14.10 at 7:00 am }

Chris, I reallyt like your theme and am thinking of usin g it for my Blog. Can i put a video immediately below the header / banner?

229 metin { 06.17.10 at 7:38 am }

Hi, it is awhsome template. The only thing I wonder is, how I can adjust the layout. (right side bar is 120 and main content 600 and left side bar 160.

I am even willing to pay for it. I liked your design so much. I can use it for everything.
thanks. and hoping to hearing you soon.

230 Jay { 07.13.10 at 5:38 pm }

Wondering how to change the color of the posts font? It looks like it should be in the #content_inner css but it doesn’t do anything. Any help would be totally appreciated!



231 Jay { 07.13.10 at 5:42 pm }

just an addition to my question, all the tags in the #content_inner section of the post seem to be wrapped in a span tag which I cannot for the life of me locate to change. That seems to be what I’m after.

232 James { 08.28.10 at 3:25 pm }

Cool theme, I will try it on my personal blog. Great work, Thanks, Keep it up.

233 Tom { 09.04.10 at 7:16 pm }

Great WP theme, thanks!

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235 beewee { 09.23.10 at 2:34 am }

Hi Chris, is it OK if I port this theme for using it with the Geeklog CMS?

236 Caitie { 09.30.10 at 10:57 am }

Hi Chris,
I just transferred my blog over to this theme and am still having a few issues. I am SO NOT an html wiz whatsoever, I usually leave all that stuff for my bf to do. I was wondering if there was any way to change the font color on the sidebars of my various links, as well as my title at the top (not my header image). It would be amazing if you could help me out, I am going a little crazy!

237 Sazeeb { 10.13.10 at 5:02 pm }

At first i would like to thanks Chris Pearson.Great job!!Its really awesome template.I think I’m gonna use it.

238 Anthony { 02.02.11 at 10:00 pm }

Hello! Just started using your theme and I love how it looks. Perhaps you have answered this question elsewhere but I can’t find it. How can I remove the “Neoclassical Theme for WordPress” from the rotating images?

239 Naeem { 07.20.11 at 11:37 am }

reallyt like your theme and am thinking of usin g it for my Blog. Can i put a video immediately below the header

240 Chris Pearson { 07.20.11 at 11:44 am }

Naeem, you can certainly add a video beneath the header. All you have to do is paste your video embed code at the bottom of the header.php file.

241 Mesut { 07.26.11 at 8:28 pm }

Hi Chris. I’d like to thank you for this great template. It is plain as I like it and flexible. If you are quite good at the codes you can change it whatever you like. My question is how I can add post thumbnail? The thing is If I add small size image to the top of the posts like 50×50, is it possible to get post title and post content on the same line like website below? http://filehippo.com/software/antimalware/
Thanks for your helps

242 Joseph { 08.17.11 at 3:48 pm }

Neoclassical theme is Great, am currently using the two column version by Costa Fong on my Blog.
I will be learning CSS very soon that i can make a lot of customizations to the Theme.

243 Nameless Dude { 09.15.11 at 10:11 pm }
244 supaman { 09.30.11 at 2:45 am }

I am SO NOT an html wiz whatsoever, I usually leave all that stuff for my bf to do. I was wondering if there was any way to change the font color on the sidebars of my various links, as well as my title at the top (not my header image).

245 Marie Gronley MD { 10.31.11 at 6:00 pm }

I’d like to buy the Thesis theme but I am not sure if it will work with my existing website that is built on the genesis theme. Can someone tell me if this is user friendly and point me to a video as to how to install? Also will it undo my entire site or just enhance it? I went to sign up but need to know these answers before I commit to buying the theme – it sounds great!

246 yasserelkady { 11.17.11 at 10:55 pm }

I’ve been using your theme, Cutline, and I still love it, but I’m intrigued to give it a try to neoclassical–if only it’s available on wordpress.com :(

247 rob { 11.29.11 at 5:51 pm }

Nice clean crisp theme. I like it a lot. and you are correct about content being uncluttered and obscured by fluff people do not want to see.

248 Long { 12.13.11 at 9:44 pm }

Good themes structure, easy to customize, I like it! Using this theme is suitable for me. But, I have some problems about
- How to make the comment pagination, and as well as Threaded Comments?

249 Fretz { 09.18.12 at 12:29 pm }

Downloaded this theme and I so love it. Thank you for making this elegant theme FREE. God bless you! :)

250 pasivni zaslužek { 10.06.12 at 3:22 pm }

Just downloaded the theme and it look pretty darn good at my website. Thanks.

251 Mike { 12.01.12 at 8:38 pm }

Awesome theme! I use this on many of my projects because of how easy it is to use.

252 Satish { 12.15.12 at 12:43 am }

So, it all started here with Neoclassical. I use Thesis now but the origin should have in some way related to this theme.

253 Damilare Bakare { 04.09.13 at 8:40 pm }

thanks for this amazing theme thanks very much