How to modify the Modularity Lite 1.2 from Graph Paper Press

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If you don’t know this theme yet, you should check it out at Graph Paper Press.

Modularity Lite is Thad Allender’s freebie version of a larger framework. I was customising this theme for Jerry Hyde’s site recently, and thought I’d take some notes to share with you.

UPDATE January 2011: This article gained a lot of attention since it came out in January 2010. Code changes dramatically with each release, which is why I’ve written an updated version for Modularity Lite 1.3. This article is about version 1.2. Tweaks may NOT work in later versions.

How to add your own Background Image

The background image gets loaded via the style.css file in the following line of code:

/************************* GLOBAL STYLES ***************************/
body {color:#eee;background: #111 url(images/bg.jpg) no-repeat center fixed;}

The full path to the default background image is wp-content/themes/modularity-lite/images/bg.jpg. Change it to your heart’s contempt!

How to add your own Logo or Header

have a look at the header.php file and find the following section:

<!-- Begin Masthead -->
<div id="masthead">
<h4><a href="<?php echo get_settings('home'); ? rel="nofollow">/" title="Home"><?php bloginfo('name'); ?></a> <span><?php bloginfo('description'); ?></span></h4>
</div>

Delete the <h4> and <span> tags and replace them with a link to your logo like this:

<div id="masthead">
<img src="http://yourdomain.com/yourlogo.jpg">
</div>

If you’d like that logo to link to your home page, wrap it in a link like this:

<div id="masthead">
<a href="<?php echo get_settings('home'); ? rel="nofollow">/" title="Home">
<img src="http://yourdomain.com/yourlogo.jpg">
</a>
</div>

Image Sizes

If you’re hosting images in places other than your website (say Flickr) you may find that those images are too big for your layout. Rather than fiddle with that, let’s have imgaes automatically resize when they’re wider than your theme.

Have a look at the style.css file and find the /* Floats & Images */ section, under which you’ll find these three declarations:

img.centered...
img.alignright...
img.alignleft...

The last value on each line ends with

max-width:950px

Change that to a smaller value and your images will be resized automatically. You may also want to add

heigh:auto

to each line so your images don’t get squashed. I don’t know which image alignment you’re using when you embed an image, so for safe measure, amend all three of them. As an example, here’s the first line of code in its entirety changed to 500px width:

img.centered{display: block;margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto;max-width:500px; height: auto;}

Slowing Down the Slideshow

The slideshow is generated in Java Script. Have a look in your functions.php file and look for a code block under the heading // Load Dom Ready Javascripts – it looks like this:

jQuery("#slideshow").cycle({
speed: '2500',
timeout: '500',
pause: 1

In it, you’ll find two parameters:

  • SPEED which is in fact the cross fade duration,
  • and TIMEOUT which is the duration of each slide.

1000 is about 1 second, 2000 is 2 seconds, and so forth. Play with those and see what happens. If you’d like cuts instead of corss fades, change the SPEED parameter to 1. The PAUSE parameter doesn’t seem to do anything so leave it alone.



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155 thoughts on “How to modify the Modularity Lite 1.2 from Graph Paper Press”

  1. Hmmmm… interesting!

    The thumbnail links to the full post which – like you said – does not seem to include the picture. The only thing I can think of is that it may be the Featured Image. If you edit your post, see if that option comes up on the right hand side and delete it.

  2. Hi Jay, I can’t seem to find a featured image field in the edit entry page. Very strange. I’ve added another post and the issue has popped up again. The image it chooses seems to be at random (it chose the 4th image down in the previous post, now it’s chosen the 3rd image). Is there anything in the coding that might be causing this?! Thanks for any insight you might have…

  3. I can’t reproduce the issue on my system. Must be something in your code – can you post an excerpt here – say a couple of lines before and after the_content()?

  4. hi jay
    How u doing…
    I need your help once again for my wordpress blog. the navigation shows correctly in IE and Opera browsers but seems piled upon one another in google chrome, firefox like browsers. How can i fix it.
    Hoping your suggestion if there is any
    Thanks

  5. Hi Nitin, doing great – thank you for asking 😉

    I’ve had a look on both IE and Firefox and I can confirm your problem… but I’m afraid I have no idea how to fix that or why this is happening. Have a word with the friendly folk at Graphpaperpress – maybe they can help you out.

    Good luck and all the best!

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