Who is This For?
The Erudite is a free, open source theme for writers. If you rely on superfluous visual design and/or content to distract your visitors from the shoddy state of your writing, move along, nothing to see here (literally).
For those still here, The Erudite is a theme for writers who want readers, not visitors, traffic, click-throughs, CPMs or what-have-you. Just the words that you put on the virtual page, alone and naked. Nothing to distract your readers from your prose. Scared?
Click the image to see a demo.
But The Erudite isn’t one of those minimal themes that might as well not have a stylesheet included. Features include:
- 960px (em-based) grid layout (inspired by, but not using, 960.gs)
- Non-bloggy home page, giving prominence to the most recent post and excerpts of the rest.
- Painstaking attention to typography
- Carefully crafted font stacks
- A dark theme option (new in 2.0)
- Menu uses WP 3.0’s new Nav Menu feature, or falls back to page or category-driven menus
- Dynamically created pullquotes
- Epigraph support (new in 2.5)
- Visual editor style (new in 2.5)
- Dynamically show & hide the secondary content that would ordinarily reside in a sidebar
- Pretty section divider fleurons
- A 3-column, widgetized footer
- Disabled threaded comments (they’re rubbish, but you can turn them back on if you must)
- Easy Google Analytics support (but don’t go crazy with your stats — write good stuff, the rest will take care of itself.)
- Ability to turn off theme credit in footer (but why would you do that to me?)
- Localization ready
Support & Customizations
I love that there are people who love this theme and want to use it but, due to the fact that I no longer have time to support this theme, I have closed the comments section on this page and will not answer emailed support requests. Please direct your queries to The Erudite’s forum on WordPress.org, and answer each other’s questions there if possible! This potentially expands the scope of support to the entire WordPress community.
If you need something changed, there’s this theme likely isn’t a good fit for you. It is an opinionated design and will not contain any more customizability than is currently offered. But, it is open source, so you can change and edit it to your heart’s content to make it do things it wasn’t originally designed for.
How to Use
First, you must download it: (or grab from the official themes directory)
The Erudite v3.2
- Install it (see the Codex if you don’t know how to do this)
- To achieve a pullquote, wrap the desired text in a span element with a class=“pullquote” such as below.
<p>This is a paragraph with <span class="pullquote">a pullquote</span> inside</p>
- Section dividers are inserted with an
- Associate a menu with the “Header Menu” theme location to have it appear in the header. (WP 3.0+)
- Most importantly, write. When you’ve done that, write some more.
- wp-Typography (must be installed to enable full justification)
- The visual editor will not work under Safari or Chrome, due to TinyMCE choking on the :first-letter selector. See my comment below for workarounds.
- Will not write for you.
- 1.0 Released (May 8, 2009)
- 1.1 (May 13, 2009)
- footer widgets are supported better
- links and archive pages now styled properly
- 1.2 (May 18, 2009)
- added a localization template file and instructions
- 1.3 (May 26, 2009)
- added preference for turning off dynamic “keep reading” functionality
- fixed improper display of pingbacks
- 1.4 (June 29, 2009)
- added preference for turning off dynamic header & footer show/hide functionality
- fixed typography surrounding nested lists
- 1.4.1 (July 13, 2009)
- fixed improper escaping of analytics code
- 2.0 (October 12, 2009)
- Dark theme option
- Option to choose category-based navigation rather than
- 2.0.2 (December 21, 2009)
- Bugfixes for homepage layout
- Slight code cleanup
- 2.5 (January 30, 2010)
- Matching visual style in the code editor
- Optional epigraphs
- Improved default image styling
- Dutch translation (props Dennis)
- 2.6 (May 7, 2010)
- Support for WP3.0 nav menus
- Belorussian translation (props Marcis)
- Option to disable visual editor styles
- Lots of code cleanup
- 2.6.1 (May 26, 2010)
- Better support for the upcoming WP 3.0’s custom menus. You can now explicitly set a menu as your “Header Menu”.
- Properly internationalized some strings that weren’t previously. If you’re a translator, update to the newest the-erudite.pot in the translations/ directory.
- Removed previous use of get_the_modified_author() in favour of get_the_author(). I have no idea why I thought the former was ever a useful idea.
- Added a Swedish translation. Props Fredrik.
- 2.6.2 (May 26, 2010)
- Added a Norwegian translation. Props Rune.
- 2.7 (June 20, 2010)
- 2.7.1 (June 25, 2010)
- 2.7.2 (July 8, 2010)
- added nonce for options updating
- removed old sandbox prefixes
- fixed errors on saving options
- 2.7.4 (Aug 11, 2010)
- Some typography tweaks, especially turning off full justification if WP Typography isn’t installed.
- Some code cleanup to avoid PHP notices.
- Added Brazilian Portuguese translation. Props Wellington.
- Added Italian translation. Props Gianni.
- Added German translation. Props Ulf.
- Added Russian translation. Props Chumakov.
- 2.7.7 (Nov 3, 2010)
- Added an option to allow page comments.
- Fixed a couple of PHP notices.
- Added a Spanish translation. Props Juanjo.
- 2.7.8 (May 13, 2011)
- Added Turkish translation. Props Server Acim.
- Updated Indonesian & Italian translations.
- Made some changes to make the WP.org theme directory overlords happy.
- Removed 3.0 back compatibility.
- 2.8 (July 26, 2011)
- Updated theme to work properly with child themes.
- Minor CSS bugfixes.
- 3.0.2 (Dec 14, 2011)
- Fix XSS security issue.
- Switch to Options Framework for theme options.
- Chinese translation. Props Zane Chin.
- Cleaned out lots of cruft.
- 3.1 (Jan 18, 2012)
- Rewrite font size and layout CSS to provide a saner experience when working with plugins and widgets.
- 3.2 (Jun 14, 2012)
- Instant previews for 3.4’s new Customizer tool (blog title and description)
- The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard
- Gruber & Mann’s blogging panel from SXSW ’09
- A List Apart: In Defense of Readers
- A Working Library
- Readability Bookmarklet
The Erudite is licensed with the GNU General Public License v2.0.