Dasblog themes

Mar 13, 2009 at 10:21 PM
Edited Mar 14, 2009 at 1:36 AM

This is my first experience with DasBlog and I'm having alot of trouble trying to manipulate the themes. I'm absolutely frustrated...

I need to get my dasblog to look as close to the layout of www.markfrancisband.com as possible. Sidebars are okay. The idea is to use the blog as the hoomepage so the owners of the page have a nice neat and simple way to update the front page body.

I'm using dasblog 2.1

I've tried to read the tutorials but they just endlessly confuse me. If someone could help me out it'd be great.

I also have Microsoft Web Expressions at my disposal.

Thanks in advance. Sorry so noob.

PS - I've looked at the macro pages and all, but it's not making any sence to me. I can upload and link what I've done so far but I don't want to "install" the theme because I've had the login box disappear and lock me out. All I can find to do when that happens is reinstall the program.

Coordinator
Mar 14, 2009 at 4:47 AM
OK,
I think I can help.

First the html at www.markfrancisband.com has some real syntax problems that needed to be fixed first.

I used the html source from www.markfrancisband.com as the basis for this site: http://dastext.net/ check it out, it is a custom theme running on dasBlog 2.2 with no dasBlog functions exposed exept login.

If this is what you want I will respond with the theme code and minor instructions to make it work, you can extend it from there.

Cheers
Tom
Mar 14, 2009 at 1:55 PM
That looks awesome. Perfect for what I need. I just want to be sure that the links on the toolbar will link to the website pages before I give it a go. Thanks alot, you're a life saver. :)
Coordinator
Mar 14, 2009 at 2:24 PM
OK,

The theme directory "band" is found here http://dastext.net/band.zip  (I don't expect it to be around forever!!!)

The site you see at http://dastext.net/  is setup for regular dasBlog content, the menus link to "content" posts in dasBlog. So there is a post named BIO for the menu item BIO.

This is the way a static menu used in a theme file will have to work, you will create a post that matchs your theme link or vice/versa, then you keep those links up to date with the changes as needed.

This is the way we are using dasBlog for www.dasBlog.info website.

Using a browser view the source for your sample site then view the source for the www.dastext.net site and then review the theme file "homeTemplate.blogtemplate" for the changes made to make this happen.

Remember a theme needs a matching theme "directory name", an updated "manifest" file, and a site specific set of theme files with the file "homeTemplate.blogtemplate" being the most important along with the related css files.

The minium set of dasBlog macro files needed to make this work is just four: <%newtelligence.adminBar()%>, <%newtelligence.loginbox ()%> and <%bodytext%> in the "homeTemplate.blogtemplate", then all you need in the file "itemTemplate.blogtemplate"  is two macros <%ItemBody%> and<%editButton%>.

Cheers
Tom
Mar 14, 2009 at 3:01 PM
Edited Mar 14, 2009 at 7:49 PM
Thanks so much for all the help. I figured out what I need to do from here. Feel free to visit the finished product http://www.markfrancisband.com/blog/

-Mary

Ps - You're really a life saver. :)