I’m a tad nervous writing this post, so bear with me. Today (November 26th) is my 33rd birthday, and I want to celebrate it by offering something back to a community that, even unknowingly, has given me quite a lot. I’ve been a WordPress fan for years now, and it’s such a pleasure to work with it that you’d have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers before I switched to something else. Since I started using the Genesis Framework I’ve found helpful tutorials, free child themes, snippets of code and a very good vibe all around. Because of all that, I decided a while back that I wanted to try my hand at making a free child theme, and I slowly started coding it, based on Genesis’ free Sample theme.
I messed up a few times, and I learned a lot from each of the times I messed up, which was the other point of this exercise. The theme’s design changed so many times (because I started by coding home page widgets even before I went to photoshop, despite knowing that I should have done it the other way around) that I’m sure I’ll have child theme ideas to last me a while (time to make them a reality is another thing entirely), and I tossed out a ton of ideas that just weren’t working. Each taught me something, either about what I should or about what I shouldn’t be doing and, like all the steps I’ve taken in my life, each contributed greatly to the end result. Said end result is actually something I’m very proud to offer you guys, but don’t let that stop you from offering constructive criticism if you’re so inclined. I’m very thick-skinned, and I don’t think we can evolve much if we don’t take each piece of concrit (and even most not-so-con crit) as an opportunity to grow.
This has been a couple of months in the making – working on this project on my free time when the definition of free time has somehow been erased from my dictionary, coupled with me lacking the knowledge to fully complete it without the need for research (again feeding off of those invaluable tutorials and code snippets) made sure of that – and I wanted it ready for my birthday. As usual, I work best when under pressure, and it was only at the last minute that I was fully satisfied with the end result. Then I had to think the name over so many times that I ended up going with a name that I love and that I have used before on unrelated things: Nameless.
Nameless is a mobile responsive Genesis Child Theme with a widgeted home page, 7 colour styles, 6 layout otptions, fixed with, custom header and threaded comments. I’d love it if you left me a comment when you download it (it is, after all, my birthday!) and I’d love it even more if you dropped me a line to show me if you end up using Nameless anywhere. If you happen to download it and then spot something I’ve done that I really should be doing in a different way, please, please don’t be shy about telling me so – have I mentioned I love criticism?
You’ll need the Genesis Framework to run the theme and, if you don’t already have it, StudioPress is having an awesome Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale (< that’s an affiliate link, by the way). Considering they hardly ever have any sales, if you’ve been on the fence now would be a great time to get it.
This is it for now – off to sleep (at 6am) so I can be up for my birthday lunch in a few hours!