Simplish version 2.6

Posted by – February 12, 2011

Simplish version 2.6 adds the controls for a custom header image. Despite repeated claims, this did not have to be done over Josh‘s dead body. This must have been the single most requested feature in the nearly 3 years the theme has been around.

You can check the other fixes and features added in the detailed change log.

Download Simplish version 2.6 here (.zip, sha1:26adde6a95e32fea784ecf56f556ca5d68090b95), update it in your admin panel, or get it from the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.5.2

Posted by – January 25, 2011

For many folks, Simplish 2.5.2 will be the first new version since 2.4, because versions 2.4.1, 2.5, and 2.5.1 were never made available in the wordpress/extend/themes directory. So at last, a new version is available for automatic updates in your WordPress admin panel. It should be noted that this release is a major delta since the last wp/extend public release (v.2.4): It contains everything in the change log since Aug 9, 2010, to be exact.

Version 2.5.2 has all the fixes and features noted in the posts for 2.4.1 and 2.5.1, and adds an updated Greek localization courtesy of Demetris, and a couple fixes for ol and ul list layouts, ensuring that numbered lists are, in fact, displayed with numbers and that all lists have enough bottom margin to prevent crowding the element below them.

Download Simplish version 2.5.2 here (.zip, sha1:38732623e9e0f405157f8758baf38a1a2cd2ca86), or get it now in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.5.1

Posted by – January 18, 2011

Introducing Simplish 2.5.1!

Neither of  the 2.4.1 or 2.5 versions were officially released in the Themes Directory, so for many users, 2.5.1 rolls up several months of changes, fixes, and enhancements.


  • Use WordPress’s body_class() to automatically generate CSS classes for content
  • Use post_class() for same reasons
  • Rename ambigious #page element ID to #content-wrapper
  • Standardize use of wp_link_pages() for intra-article pagination
  • Add sticky post styling
  • Replace deprecated use of include() with get_template_part()
  • Cleanup places where floats need explicit clearing
  • Adopt the comment_form() function and stop hand-building the comment form
  • Comments on Pages
  • Standardize the inner link to #comments like every other wp theme on the planet
  • Give the widget sidebar a name
  • Improve and complete excerpt handling
  • Initial Post Thumbnail/Featured Image support
  • Add custom background image and color support and theme admin interface
  • Use the_widget() where possible in default sidebar
  • Improve single-image view (image.php template)
  • Replace deprecated get_links_list() with wp_list_bookmarks()
  • New Turkish tr_TR locale courtesy of Default32

Check the complete changelog for more details.

Download Simplish version 2.5.1 here (.zip, sha1:44ea012de16b4a50a3ba1fb67efd74136390b7b9), or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.4.1

Posted by – August 6, 2010

Simplish version 2.4.1 is a minor update that streamlines some HTML5 bits and adds and updates localizations.

Highlighted changes:

  • Add basic ARIA landmark roles support
  • Add Russian (ru_RU) localization (courtesy Michael Sgibnev)
  • Update Greek (el) localization for new v2.4+ strings (thanks to Demetris)

Download Simplish version 2.4.1 here (.zip, sha1:8f7e3ac0709076b60127b648c9d669835446a9ab), or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.4

Posted by – June 17, 2010

Simplish version 2.4 is here, hand-in-hand with the new WordPress 3.0.

First and foremost: This release is not compatible with earlier versions of WordPress. Use it only with WP3.0 and up.

Only minor refinements are apparent to the eye: You won’t see the word “Trackback” in the comments area anymore, and the former “Pages” list in the default sidebar is now labeled “Navigation” to accommodate the optional custom menu. Just beneath the surface, the theme now outputs HTML5 where once there was XHTML 1.0.

Highlighted Changes

  • HTML5 output
  • Support new custom menus
  • New CSS reset
  • Suppress the inline gallery style — remove a validation stumbling block
  • CSS updates for gallery styling, efficiency
  • Use automatic feed links for uniform & dynamic header metadata
  • Rewrite and modernize functions.php — better child theme override support
  • Replace/remove deprecated WordPress function calls

Check out the change log for a complete list.

Download Simplish version 2.4 here (.zip, sha1:65dcb73e219d6ea20a3363554e76e2033a5b4db0), or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Next Simplish

Posted by – May 23, 2010

The current Simplish development sources incorporate a growing list of changes, most of them aimed at compatibility with and exploitation of features in the upcoming WordPress version 3.0. Testers and developers can hg clone the in-progress code, but note that it will run only on the latest WordPress v3.0 betas, or svn tip, and should be used only for testing and development.

Simplish 2.3 continues to be the official release for stable WordPress (v2.9.2).

Simplish version 2.3

Posted by – May 13, 2010

Freshened off a four-month break, a new Simplish massages the visuals just enough to mark version number 2.3. The latest changes burnish corners into gentle curves, erase extraneous divider lines, and multiply the multilingual mix with a new Belarusian (be_BY) localization.

The various *border-radius CSS techniques for turning corners don’t command the obedience of wayward Internet Explorer. While we tested some special border-radius techniques for IE, corners there remain square. Level 2.1 CSS validators will squawk at bits of the new CSS, while browser-specific mutations of same add typographical insult to standards-abandoning injury. Still, we feel those bevels are pretty sporty.

Another appearance tweak removes the bottom border that formerly underlined h4 headings.

Download Simplish version 2.3 here (.zip, sha1:3f8255653b4215c82f704700185f04f806c73c83), or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

New Belarusian translation

Posted by – April 20, 2010

Marcis G was kind enough to provide a new Belarusian localization for Simplish. Since we haven’t yet officially released a version of the theme including it, you can find the .po and .mo files in the Issues list if you need Simplish in Belarusian right away.

Simplish version 2.2.3

Posted by – December 22, 2009

The latest minor update to Simplish bumps it to version 2.2.3, and it brings a little change to the handling of Categories in the post meta box, spearheaded by Demetris. The theme now specifically checks for the category name Uncategorized, so if you’ve renamed your cat ID #1, it will be displayed on posts in only that category. Previously such posts would show no categories, as though the post were “Uncategorized”.

This change is tiny, but more details can be found in Issue #19 at the Simplish project site.

Download Simplish version 2.2.3 here (.zip, sha1:ac92c5a8d1168d69aafd94fa43c1dd880cac01ce), or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.2.2

Posted by – November 22, 2009

Version 2.2.2 replaces calls to a few deprecated WordPress functions with their current cousins. No visible differences are introduced. This update ensures compatibility and maintainability atop the latest (read: recommended) and future versions of WordPress.

Many thanks to Demetris for the bulk of the patches included, and vigorous testing with the WP_DEBUG setting, which now gives Simplish the all-clear.

Download Simplish version 2.2.2 here (.zip, sha1:ce3e147c277cdcb2aac934fd9f0ec2bd20b8f6af), or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.