Category: changelog

Simplish version 2.1.12

Posted by – October 7, 2009

Simplish 2.1.12 fixes two minor sidebar styling issues, and updates the URL pointing to this site.


  • Spacing from sidebar element bottom to next element’s h2 consistent. (Noted especially on Search element.)
  • Spacing below tag cloud widget, if any, matches normal element spacing.
  • Footer links and blog info in style.css use new URL (

Download version 2.1.12 (.zip, 95KB), or see it soon in the WordPress Themes Directory.

Simplish version 2.1.11

Posted by – September 19, 2009

Simplish v2.1.11 applies a single CSS change to hide the “search for:” text on the default sidebar search.

Download Simplish version 2.1.11 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.1.10

Posted by – September 4, 2009

Simplish v2.1.10 makes one change to the styling for pre elements, removing the outline border box.

This release simply serves to get the very-slightly-different code we’ve run since the 2.1.9 release out into daylight.

It has had the benefit of production use and testing up to the latest WordPress svn tip (inclusive of the current release, 2.8.4, of course).

Download Simplish version 2.1.10 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.1.9

Posted by – May 26, 2009

Simplish 2.1.9 is available, bringing just a few minor updates along on the roughly-monthly schedule:

Download Simplish version 2.1.9 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Deleting your existing Simplish install directory and replacing it wholesale, rather than overwriting it, will help prevent any possible template conflicts resulting from the file rename.

Simplish version 2.1.8

Posted by – April 19, 2009

A minor update that adds a Swedish, Sweden (sv_SE) localization, adds a few missed strings for translation, and makes more appropriate use of en dash (“–”) rather than the minus (“-”) character.

  • Add sv_SE localization files for Swedish. Thanks Clement Durand.
  • Update el localization files for Greek. Thanks Demetris at
  • Switch most page-visible minus literals to &ndash; entities. Thanks Demetris at op111. (For compatibility, the minus convention is maintained in <title> elements.)

Download Simplish version 2.1.8 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.1.7

Posted by – April 7, 2009

Hello, World!, or καλημέρα κόσμε!

The latest work on Simplish tried to scratch out the last un-gettext’d strings in the theme and finally generate a localization template (.pot file). The internationalization infrastructure is now in place, and Simplish is ready for translation into your language.

2.1.7 ships with a Greek (el) localization provided by Demetris from To activate a translated version of the theme, follow these instructions to set your WPLANG and make WordPress run in your locale. If a .mo file for the locale exists in the simplish/languages subdirectory (true only for el right now), the theme will load it.


Download Simplish version 2.1.7 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Adding your own language to Simplish

To translate Simplish into your language, use the included languages/simplish.pot template to generate a .po file with the letter-encoding for your locale (e.g., fr_FR for the “French, France” locale). Then provide a translation for each string, saving the resulting .po and .mo files in the theme's languages subdirectory.

You can place a pointer to your translated .po file in the comments for inclusion in future versions of Simplish, or send them or a pointer via email. Given demand, we'll add features to the git repo available at git:// to make for easier collaboration, but for now, git-format patches to add your translation will certainly be warmly received.

Farewell, valid Galleries

Unlike earlier versions, 2.1.7 uses the built-in WordPress gallery shortcode function instead of a custom version. This enables the settings for number of columns and other layout options that previously didn't work with the custom gallery implementation. Unfortunately, unlike the former sp_vallery() function in Simplish, the core WordPress gallery does not emit valid XHTML.

We expect WordPress's gallery shortcode will be changed to create valid XHTML at some point. Until then, any page/post including an image gallery will be invalid markup, unless a plugin or other workaround is used. The Cleaner Gallery plugin by Justin Tadlock has worked well for us.

Changes in version 2.1.7

  • Move most view-bottom prev/next navigation out to an included template, prevnextnav.php.
  • Delete the sp_vallery() function & don't filter WP core's gallery shortcode.
  • Wrap user-visible strings with gettext _e() and __() macros.
  • Change post byline to use a dash (-) to avoid issue with context of "at" in multiple languages, in absence of support in themes for gettext "contexts".
  • Stop using CSS text-transform: uppercase in archive headings to avoid issue with accented characters in uppercase in many non-English languages.
  • Add languages/ subdirectory and code to get locale files from there.
  • Generate gettext .pot translatable strings template.
  • Add el.^(po mo) localization files for Greek locale. Thanks Demetris at

Simplish version 2.1.6

Posted by – February 20, 2009

The 2.1.6 release of Simplish contains two fixes for problems discovered in version 2.1.5:

  • Default sidebar Pages menu now honors admin panel page Order settings
  • Footer text is once again properly aligned on the vertical

Note that any Simplish ≥ 2.1.5 is compatible only with WordPress versions ≥ 2.7.

Download Simplish version 2.1.6 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.1.5

Posted by – February 5, 2009

Simplish 2.1.5 spruces up support for WordPress version 2.7 features, and is only compatible with WordPress versions ≥ 2.7. The changes are focused on complete support for features, removing compatibility code for older WordPress versions, and fixing a few bugs.

  • Auto-generated post classes (and “sticky” post support): Use post_class() everywhere but the page template
  • Fix a dangling </a> that slipped into the 2.1.4 release (validation)
  • Fix excess vertical spacing in content area ol / ul li elements (thanks Demetris @
  • Eliminate some redundant or over-specified CSS rules for ol / ul li elements
  • Switch to new table styling, derived from Gesso, and eliminate code adopted from Blueprint. Remove Blueprint license file and NOTICE note.
  • Use new wp_logout_url() in sidebar logout link
  • Replace manual includes with new get_search_form()
  • Remove the ocomments.php file, and much compatibility code from functions.php (removes support for wp < 2.7)
  • Replace wp_list_pages() calls with new wp_page_menu() to allow in-function “Home” link

Download Simplish version 2.1.5 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

Simplish version 2.1.4

Posted by – December 12, 2008

Simplish 2.1.4 is an update to support WordPress 2.7, including the new threaded comments feature.

  • Support WordPress 2.7′s threaded comments.1
  • Add compatibility comments template for WordPress ≤ 2.6.5.
  • Link to comments goes to heading of comments list (instead of to first comment in list).
  • Fix silly feed:// typo in (default) sidebar syndication links (thanks
  • Fix “comments” id and class to not have same name (introduce “commentslist”).
  • Use smaller 32×32 gravatar for comment author.

Download Simplish version 2.1.4 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.

1 – Threaded comment support has not yet been added to WordPress-mu, the software this blog and the Simplish Demo run atop. Until it is, you can check out Simplish’s rendition of threaded comments at a test site.

Simplish version 2.1.3

Posted by – November 27, 2008

Another little gift for the holiday: Here’s a new production edition of Simplish. This is the one you should be using on your real site, you know, where you don’t run pre-release software like Simplish 2.1.4RC, or WordPress 2.7-beta…

Version 2.1.3 is a tiny update that contains just one change: a contributed header background graphic (thanks to both Anonymous and Demetris) that’s 10x smaller than the original, down from ~2.7 Kilobytes to a super-slender 256 Bytes.

In other words, this update is definitely not a big deal. But it does trim the theme’s only image down to a size smaller than… most of your blog posts, and might help (a very little bit) with bandwidth or page load times if you’re using Simplish on a very-busy site.

Download Simplish version 2.1.3 here, or see it soon in the WordPress themes directory.