Sorry about the redesign thing…

I had a scheduling hiccup so I couldn’t roll out this new design the way I wanted to. I’ll post again when I start working on the new design. I’ll basically be redesigning the whole site live. Maybe I’ll make it into a ‘thing.’ Hmm…

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  1. Posted Aug 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    You know we are waiting with baited breath.

  2. Posted Aug 20, 2009 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Hey Alan,

    I commented here, since there are already 775 comments for AutoFocus 1.0.1. AutoFocus is great! I ran the W3C validators on my site with AuoFocus 1.0.1, and while the code is valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, there are 36 CSS level 3 errors. I sometimes make typos and use the wrong CSS property-value combination, so the CSS validator is a major help in debugging. Maybe these CSS errors are a source of some AutoFocus theme difficulties. I was planning to fix them myself, like I have for several other WordPress themes, but if you’re actively maintaining AutoFocus, I may hold off.

    Great work, and best regards,

  3. Posted Aug 20, 2009 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Allan,

    Sorry I misspelled your name the first time by leaving out an “l”. By the way, some of the CSS errors are things like -moz-opacity, but I’m not worried about those. I see something on line 194 that reads “float: rightt” with two “t”s, so something’s *not* going to float. I bet things will work better with these little typos fixed. I love the CSS validator!

    Best regards,

    • Posted Aug 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Brett,
      Yeah I haven’t run the last few versions through the CSS Validator. I will definitely include that in the next update.

      • Posted Aug 22, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

        Sure thing! I remember tearing my hair out trying to fix a CSS problem, and the CSS validator pointed me right to the cause – a typo. That experience turned me into a big validator fan.

        Best regards,

  4. Posted Aug 23, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    hello alan,
    thank you for creating that amazing theme for wordpress it allows pennyless photographers like myself publish their photos with a nice and clean layout. cheers for that.
    i do have a question, i’m not sure what im doing wrong, but the latest thumbnail always comes out in the main page covered with a part of the photo on it,
    i don’t really know how to explain it try to check it yourself if you can sometime….
    I’ve seen different blogs made with your theme and figured i must have done something wrong….
    barak, israel

    • Posted Sep 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Barak,
      Sounds like you either need to upload a larger image or maybe a landscape orientated image instead.

  5. Posted Sep 16, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Hi Allan,

    I did a little addition to your great theme.
    Photographers are often in great need to change their background color to black postwise, because some images don’t go well with white background.
    Luckily the font colors used in the posts go pretty well with black background, so we don’t need more than changing the body background color.

    So I made a header-black.php, which differs only in the body class import line, which now looks like this:
    <body class="” style=”background:black” >

    I also needed a conditional header import based on a tag in the single.php file:

    I had to set the container and the comment background (textarea) to transparent, fiddle with the alt comment boxes’ opacity, and I think it’s quite fine now.

    I’m not a programmer by profession, though. So it’s surely a primitive hack, but I think it’s worth considering to include in some later release.



    • Posted Sep 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Sounds great Balint! Not a bad idea either, Maybe I’ll do somthing similar to a future version of AutoFocus.

  6. Posted Sep 23, 2009 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Another addition for Flickr users.
    The problem is that you cannot link back the big image to the flickr photo page. However, this is a requirement for flickr users. So I constructed a small function which echoes a link into the copyright message over the big image. You can store the link in any custom field you want.

    function insertFlickrLink($flickrKeyName) {
    global $post;
    $flickrLink = get_post_meta($post->ID, $flickrKeyName, true);
    if($flickrLink) {
    echo ‘- see it on flickr‘;

    You can see this working on my page:

    • Posted Sep 23, 2009 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      sorry, php code is not really getting through, but you got the idea :)

  7. carl
    Posted Sep 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Hello Allan! I don’t know if I’ve missread somehow but I can’t get the autifocus theme to work. In wordpress(,com), I can’t find a upload button to upload the autofocus folder. How do I do it?

    best regards,


  8. Anushe
    Posted Sep 29, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    hi allen,

    you’ve been told many times but once more, what a lovely, minimalist theme – just what i’ve been looking for – fantastic thanks. i have a question – what .php file does a default new page pull up…i’m putting in a gallery using shortcode [gallery] and would like to get more thumbnails across the page. can you please advise which file i can ammend to do thi (a totall newbie incase you hadn’t guessed). thanks,


  9. Posted Oct 16, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I’m confused – is this the updated site??

    • Posted Oct 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      No. I had a day off, and was going to use it to redesign my site, LIVE. But since then I haven’t had a free enough moment to revisit the idea. I’ll post about it when I have a solid date for it. Should be interesting — to us geeks anyway.

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