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Serendipity Themes for Magazine / News Style

Post by vavai » Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:04 am

Hi all,

Is there any S9y themes build with magazine style ? I've searched various s9y themes in Spartacus and the web but found nothing similar.

It would be nice if there is a S9y themes for magazine. Revolution News by Brian Gardner is a nice sample for Wordpress Themes. It has a commercial license.

I found another nice free Wordpress themes with magazine style, Mimbo Magazine Themes.

I really appreciated if anyone can ported the Mimbo magazine themes. I'll give a small gift :) to anyone who ported Mimbo themes.

PS : I need this themes for personal and community, not for commercial stuff.
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Post by carl_galloway » Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:34 am

The Mimbo template would be a great one to have avail for s9y, it could use a lot of the code developed for the Hemingway template to make it work exactly the way you want it - but it's probably a reasonably big project to undertake so someone with more time than me would be needed. Sorry I can't help, but if anyone wants to know how Hemingway is put together so they can give this a go feel free to email me.

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Post by yellowled » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:38 am

carl_galloway wrote:it's probably a reasonably big project to undertake so someone with more time than me would be needed

I can't promise anything since I'm swamped at my day job currently, but I'm into porting currently anyway. So if I can find some time this week, I'll give it a shot. Don't expect anything, though :)

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Post by vavai » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:56 am

Carl & Yellowled,

Thank you for the response. I can wait for a nice s9y themes, off course.

If mimbo themes successfully ported, it's really help me :D

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Post by yellowled » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:03 am

vavai wrote:I can wait for a nice s9y themes, off course.

If mimbo themes successfully ported

That's a big "if", I guess. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it will definitely take some time, and I'll definitely have to email Carl about it :wink:

I may have to make some compromises with this due to the different approach s9y and that other blog engine have towards constructing the code output. We'll see.

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Post by Don Chambers » Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:45 pm

This type of template is next on my to-do list. I already use some of the code in custom template I did for someone else, and I can tell you that it is a lot of effort.

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Post by carl_galloway » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:58 pm

Yeah, hemingway took me at least 3weeks almost full time, a lot of effort and hardly anyone uses it. Matthias I got your email but I won't be able to look at it seriously until tomorow.

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Post by Don Chambers » Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:35 am

Sorry Carl - I didn't mean to imply that I was using Hemingway code... I'm not. What I meant is that I have some of the code worked out for this sort of template. But what I have in mind is vastly different. Ain't gonna happen any time soon.

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Post by carl_galloway » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:29 am

Huh? Sorry Don, no idea what you're talking about, sono need to apologise.

I wouldn't expect you to use the Hemingway code anyway, it's too restrictive although the logic in index.tpl is quite nice and should give a few ideas for other types of templates, but if anyone wants to use the Hemingway base go ahead, I have no monopoly on s9y coding.

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Post by Don Chambers » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:22 pm

My misinterpretation Carl!!! That's what I get for trying to think logically on 3 hours of sleep!! :lol: :lol:

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Post by yellowled » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:54 pm

carl_galloway wrote:Yeah, hemingway took me at least 3weeks almost full time, a lot of effort and hardly anyone uses it.

Which is such a shame, since it is a milestone in s9y templating. Maybe it's too complicated for the end user without much template knowledge, I don't know. But it is a masterpiece which can serve as a code base for a lot of complicated things ... well, as far as I understand it at least :lol:

carl_galloway wrote:Matthias I got your email but I won't be able to look at it seriously until tomorow.

Take your time, I have plenty of other things to do for this. I have implemented trackbacks, comments, commentform, and both contact form variants since my initial email. Plus, the single entry view is already operational. Of course, there's still a lot left to do, but it's looking good already :)

I'm still not sure this is a 100% portable, but the original's code is very good and it's easy to work with, so I'm positive this will turn out good. Maybe just 95%, we'll see :)

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Post by judebert » Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:54 pm

Oh, I'm sticking my foot in it now.

I developed the newsbox plugin for exactly this problem. It pulls entries from its own categories, removing those categories from the front page at the same time.

Frankly, this looks like a bunch of newsboxes, each assigned one category and configured to show only one entry, arranged with some pleasant CSS in a template supporting a menu bar, like BulletProof. (Each menu bar item is either a "page" or a category -- I'm not sure what a "page" is.) Additionally, it looks like the front page is configured to display 0 entries.

There are still some (possibly unfixable) problems with newsboxes. Serendipity can't tell they're on the front page, for instance, so the karma plugin won't add rating bars or statistics to the entries in newsboxes. The CSS it emits is rudimentary; you'd want to provide your own (in which case it won't emit CSS at all).

But if you were trying to get a magazine-style site up quickly -- you could do a lot worse than BP + newsboxes, and spend a lot more time on it.
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Post by yellowled » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:49 am

judebert wrote:Frankly, this looks like a bunch of newsboxes, each assigned one category and configured to show only one entry, arranged with some pleasant CSS in a template supporting a menu bar, like BulletProof.

Basically: Yes. It's got a header with an integrated search box, which is pretty easy to implement in smarty. We'll get to the menu later, and the footer is, well, a footer. Inbetween is what we usually call a "mainpane" in the s9y world. It's split into content and sidebar. The content area is split up in three parts. The top part shows the latest entry from category A. Below that is the left part showing "teasers" of the latest three entries from category B, and the right part showing teasers of the latest entry from categories C, D, and E, respectively.

My biggest problem so far is how to pull articles from one category only using only smarty. Any hints?

judebert wrote:(Each menu bar item is either a "page" or a category -- I'm not sure what a "page" is.)

Seems like that's what those people from the other blog engine's world call static pages :-) Actually, the menu is a fancy dropdown menu (javascript) which also shows child pages (they call them "subpage", if I remember correctly) of those static pages ("page").

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Post by Don Chambers » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:58 pm

yellowled wrote:My biggest problem so far is how to pull articles from one category only using only smarty. Any hints?

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{serendipity_fetchPrintEntries}


See here: http://www.s9y.org/78.html

I am also working on a newspaper format.... it may, or may not, turn into something for public release.

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Post by yellowled » Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:05 pm

Don Chambers wrote:

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{serendipity_fetchPrintEntries}


See here: http://www.s9y.org/78.html

Can you (or anyone) be a tad more elaborate on that?

Don Chambers wrote:I am also working on a newspaper format.... it may, or may not, turn into something for public release.

Ah, okay. So you'll be mentioning it again and again over the next couple of months, and never actually finish it? :wink: :-P

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