The Erudite WordPress Theme

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,
  • 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, 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)

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  • 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 <hr> element
  • 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.

Recommended Plugins

Known Issues

  • 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) 
    • Fixed a bug out­putting WP 3.0 nav menus
    • Fixed an issue with drop caps in Safari & Hoe­fler Text (affect­ed Safari Mac & iPad)
    • Removed dep­re­cat­ed func­tion calls
    • Added a Pol­ish trans­la­tion. Props Paweł
    • Added a French trans­la­tion. Props Vermont
    • Added an Indon­sian trans­la­tion. Props Cahya
  • 2.7.1 (June 25, 2010) 
    • Cou­ple of missed i18n string. Props Markus.
    • Added Ger­man trans­la­tion. Props Sebas­t­ian.
    • Dif­fer­ent js vs no-js strat­e­gy to avoid FOUC.
  • 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 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 Eru­dite is licensed with the GNU Gen­er­al Pub­lic License v2.0.


  1. Posted May 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted May 11, 2009 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Nice and neat, indeed. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Posted May 11, 2009 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    this is some­thing! congratulations!

  4. Posted May 11, 2009 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Thank you! The theme is just the one I’ve been look­ing for! Sim­ple enough, yet style-dri­ven, true gem for all writ­ers. Thank you for such a gift!

  5. Matt
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words all.

  6. John Myrstad
    Posted May 11, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Very nice theme idea and execution 🙂

    John Myrstad

  7. Boz
    Posted May 12, 2009 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    There’s so much beau­ty in this world, and this theme is part of that.

  8. Posted May 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I real­ly like this, styl­ish and some­thing I’d like to test out and imple­ment as a com­plete style change of my blog.

  9. Posted May 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Is it WP 2.7 com­pli­ant? I do not see thread­ed com­ments in the demo.

  10. Posted May 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    @Uth­full It sup­ports thread­ed comments—sorta. If you would have read through the Fea­tures sec­tion, you would have seen:

    Dis­abled thread­ed com­ments (they’re rub­bish, but you can turn them back on if you must)

    Thread­ed com­ments are use­ful in some cas­es, but not most. They also do not fit well with the over­all direc­tion of this theme.

  11. Stéphane Marigny
    Posted May 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink


    Con­grat­u­la­tions ! Great Job !

    I would like to use your theme. But I have to trans­late it in french. Do you allow it ? How can I do ?

  12. Posted May 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    @Matt : I’m so sor­ry that I missed out on that point. I real­ly don’t know about the use­ful­ness of thread­ed com­ments as a fea­ture but this theme is just spec­tac­u­lar. Bet­ter than any of the pre­mi­um themes I see float­ing around. Great job!

  13. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    @Stéphane Oh, it’s def­i­nite­ly allowed — this is open source, after all. I’ve updat­ed the theme to include a .pot file which elim­i­nates the most painful part of the process. Look in the /translation direc­to­ry for the erudite.pot file and some instruc­tions on how to go about translating.

    Let me know if you have any success!

  14. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    @Uth­full Not a huge deal, easy to miss one item. Thanks for the compliments. 🙂

  15. Posted May 19, 2009 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the beau­ti­ful theme and for the foot­er improve­ment in 1.2. I am fid­dling with it today as an alter­na­tive for my book group’s web site migra­tion from HTML and YahooGroups.

    I not­ed that, in both FF 3.0 and IE6, the bul­lets are moved out such that while the text is aligned with the pre­ced­ing para­graph, the bul­lets jut out to the left. Since bul­lets are usu­al­ly indent­ed, I pre­sume this is a style choice rather than a bug. Can you point out where in the CSS code this could be changed for users that pre­fer the tra­di­tion­al approach?

    See my sam­ple page at

    Sep­a­rate­ly, in an insert­ed table, the text shrank. Where too might that be mod­i­fied in the style sheet?

    While your theme was not intend­ed for a group pur­pose, I hope our exam­ple spurs some thoughts on how this could accom­mo­date a group of writ­ers and com­menters. Again, thanks for offer­ing it.

  16. Posted May 19, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    @ArcherTC Yes, the bul­lets are lined up that way on pur­pose. If you care to know some of the rea­sons why “nor­mal” is wrong and the way I’ve done it is “right,” see Mark Boul­ton’s Five sim­ple steps to bet­ter typog­ra­phy — Part 2.

    How­ev­er, if you feel a need to change it, prob­a­bly the best way would be to add a margin-left: 2em; to line 129 in erudite.css.

    As for the table thing, yeah, I for­got to include styles appro­pri­ate for tables, as I nev­er thought of using them. I’ll address that in a future release, but in the mean­time you could insert the fol­low­ing code in the erudite.css file somewhere: 

    .entry-content table {font-size:1.6em;}
    .entry-content table p {font-size:1em; text-indent:0;}

    As for the use, a book club sounds grand and cer­tain­ly in keep­ing with the spir­it of the theme.

  17. Posted May 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi there. Love this theme! On the home­page of the blog in your exam­ple site, I saw that you had the three most recent posts dis­played hor­i­zon­tal­ly. How did you do this??

  18. Posted May 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    @Lou Under Set­tings → Themes, look for the options that says “Blog pages show at most ____ posts.”

    I’m guess­ing yours is cur­rent­ly set to 1. To repli­cate what my demo site does, set it to 4. Increas­ing mul­ti­ples of 3 (7, 10) can also look nice.

  19. Posted May 21, 2009 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    How can I insert an image into the head­er? I want the title “float­ing” over a con­crete lan­scape, cus­tomiz­ing my site, if it’s possible…
    Thank you.

  20. Posted May 21, 2009 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Sor­ry… I for­got to tell you this is a beau­ti­ful theme, the one I real­ly need. Thank you 😉

  21. Posted May 21, 2009 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    @Revan­gel This theme has­n’t been set up for head­er cus­tomiza­tions, so you’re going to have to under­stand some basics of CSS to do so. W3Schools has some good CSS tuto­ri­als to get you started.

  22. Posted May 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Ok, Matt. Got it!
    One last ques­tion: is it pos­si­ble to dis­able de “pul­lquote” to show the entire text at once? I use to write poems and I like to include pic­tures and/or draw­ings to make them more sen­si­tive. Now, if I do so, I only see the pic­ture (300x300) and just one line of the text… 

    Thank you very much,

  23. Posted May 22, 2009 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Spec­tac­u­lar theme. I’ll use it on my fresh new blog.

  24. Posted May 22, 2009 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    @Revan­gel If you know any­thing about edit­ing JavaScript, sim­ply com­ment out or remove the stuff under “set .entry-con­tent to height of first para­graph, add view more link” in common.js. Oth­er­wise, I’ll prob­a­bly add a pref­er­ence for this in the next update, as I know there are some con­texts in which it’s not useful.

  25. Posted May 22, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Stun­ning­ly sim­ple and beau­ti­ful. Thank you!

  26. Posted May 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Matt. I’ll be wait­ing for that update 😉

  27. Posted May 25, 2009 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    The Eru­dite is a great theme. Thanks!

    How­ev­er, I’m hav­ing a prob­lem with the for­mat­ting of track­backs: The infor­ma­tion is being writ­ten at the far left side in the top of the page. See, for instance:

  28. Posted May 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Matt —

    This is a great theme! I only had one ques­tion about it and saw you already answered it ear­li­er. Thanks for cre­at­ing this for free & keep­ing up with sup­port­ing it! You rock!

  29. Posted May 28, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Bril­liant !! This one is one among the few finest, much need­ed themes I have seen…!

    Job well done

  30. Posted May 28, 2009 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I final­ly got to imple­ment­ing the theme on my web­site. As Ricar­do has point­ed out, the track­backs / ping­backs has an issue. There is anoth­er issue that I faced while cre­at­ing lists. I start­ed with an ordered list. In one instance, I decid­ed to cre­at­ed an unordered sub-list. But even though the list was UL, it showed num­bers instead of bul­lets. When I removed the bul­lets from the sub­list and decid­ed to space them out with line breaks with­in that par­tic­u­lar instance of the ordered list, it dra­mat­i­cal­ly changed the font of the text seper­at­ed by line breaks in a point / instance of a list. I’m hop­ing you under­stood what I said oth­er­wise I could imple­ment it or show it with some screenshots.

  31. Posted May 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for ver­sion 1.3. Ping­backs now show correctly.

    Great theme!

  32. Posted June 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Matt — I’m using your theme for my first weblog, great work! Just one ques­tion at this point: 

    I notice that the ear­li­er entries on my home page aren’t show­ing up hor­i­zon­tal­ly in three columns. Seems like they did before I upgrad­ed to 1.3 — has some­thing changed there? I’ve got “show at most 4 posts” set currently.

    I’ve messed around a bit with the main CSS file for foot­note pur­pos­es, so it’s pos­si­ble I may have caused this. Just thought I’d ask if you’d changed the default lay­out for the home page.


  33. Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    @Uth­full Sor­ry for the slow reply, but at least the ping­backs have been fixed now.

    As for the lists, I don’t recall set­ting styles for nest­ed lists, so things might be a bit wonky, yes. Send me a link to the offend­ing page and I’ll have a look when I have a chance.

  34. Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    @Robert Noth­ing changed in 1.3 relat­ed to that. I had a quick glance, and you def­i­nite­ly delet­ed some nec­es­sary bits in the erudite.css file. You need the line that starts with .home div.home-post.

  35. Posted June 12, 2009 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Wow, great theme! I love the white space and typog­ra­phy best. What a great design. I will be using it for my arti­cles as well as pho­tographs… noth­ing to dis­tract the view­er. Thanks again!

    I have one ques­tion for you. Would it be too dif­fi­cult to have the menu always vis­i­ble and remove the tab? Please let me know, thank you.

  36. Posted June 12, 2009 at 9:25 am | Permalink


    I have a ques­tion. If I wan­na add Adsense-ads in my posts, the nice graph­ics of the first let­ters doesn´t show as they are sup­posed to. Any sug­ges­tions on how to fix this?


  37. Roger
    Posted June 13, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Is it pos­si­ble to have SHOW MENU as defaut ?

  38. Posted June 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Mike, Roger: This may be added in a future update.

    Andre: The first let­ter for­mat­ting tar­gets the first let­ter in the post. Any­thing like adsense at the start of your post will inter­fere. If you need help with this, feel free to con­tact me. My rates are quite reasonable.

  39. Posted June 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Permalink


    It is a great theme, very clean and clear.


  40. Posted June 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt,

    thank you for your answer.

    In order to trans­late your theme in french, I’ve down­loaded the lat­est ver­sion of the theme.

    I’ve edit­ed the .po and the .mo. But when I place the .mo file ( in the same direc­to­ry as The Eru­dite, the but­tons “Show menu” and “Fur­ther Infor­ma­tion” disappear. 

    What’s wrong ?

    Thanks for your help !

  41. Posted July 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    @Matt : Thanks for yet anoth­er update Matt! I just can’t thank you enough for this theme. It just keeps get­ting bet­ter with each and every revi­sion. I did not fol­low up with the lists error as I feared that it could have been the result of my own fool­ish­ness and the WP edi­tor. I saw the changel­og list­ing some­thing relat­ed to nest­ed lists being fixed. I hope you found what I had tried to con­vey to you. Once again, thanks a lot. This is tru­ly a work of art. Maybe you could post an alter­na­tive, dark­er (black, gray, white) stylesheet as well (as an option with­in the theme pan­el). Thank you.

  42. Tychotesla
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    This is a fan­tas­tic job you’ve done. Thank you very very much!

  43. Posted July 13, 2009 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    The Ana­lyt­ics code does­n’t seem to work — I’ve past­ed my usu­al code into the box on the set­tings page, but when it’s out­put in the page there looks to be some sort of escap­ing going on:

    var gaJsHost = ((\“https:\” == document.location.protocol) ? \“https://ssl.\” : \“http://www.\”);

    And no page hits show up on Ana­lyt­ics (it’s entire­ly pos­si­ble no-one is vis­it­ing the blog, but I would expect at least my own vis­its to show up).

  44. Posted July 13, 2009 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Hmm, in fact the escapes dis­ap­pear when past­ed into a com­ment, per­haps a clue? I’m going to try dou­bling everything:

    var gaJsHost = ((\\“https:\\” == document.location.protocol) ? \\“https://ssl.\\” : \\“http://www.\\”);

  45. Posted July 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    @Rob: Hmm, right you are. I can’t believe it’s tak­en this long for some­one to notice this!

    Any­way, the hot-off-the-press­es v1.4.1 has addressed that issue.

  46. Posted July 14, 2009 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    I have some prob­lems with eru­dite font-size look my page ( ) Is dif­fi­cult to see the text, I know it has to be with erudite.css but I can’t fix it, Could any­one help me please?

  47. Posted July 14, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    @Fernando: I don’t see any issues on the page you link to.

  48. Posted July 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Hav­ing a prob­lem with the first let­ter (the big one with the back­ground) show­ing up funny…

  49. Posted July 31, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    This Word­Press theme is very beau­ti­ful. Thanks for the hard work.

    Some word­press themes uses cus­tom fields to place images in the posts. I would love to see such a fea­ture. Any­way it‘s a great theme.

  50. Posted August 1, 2009 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    @Yup­pie Thanks for the kind com­ment. I hear you re: cus­tom fields and images—they make work­ing with a theme much eas­i­er. But, since the focus of this theme is on writ­ing, it’s not a fea­ture that I think I’ll add.

  51. Posted August 1, 2009 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    I’d like to add my Web host under or next to the “word­press / eru­dite link, how do I do that?

  52. Posted August 2, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    @roger You’ll have to edit the footer.php file.

  53. Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    The tem­plate is fan­tas­tic. But the brown head­er and foot­er are so drea­ry. I real­ly want to change the col­or to, say, pink. Where are you hid­ing the col­or codes? You were so clever about skirt­ing the style issues on the style sheet. Please let me know! And how about the back­ground of the page? xo

  54. Matt
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    @Tina You can edit the CSS to your heart’s con­tent in the “erudite.css” file inside the css/ direc­to­ry. If you fan­cy some help with that, my rates are quite rea­son­able and I’m easy to con­tact.

  55. Nico
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Fatal error: Call to unde­fined func­tion post_class() in … 


  56. Matt
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    @Nico the post_class() func­tion was intro­duced in WP 2.7, so you’re obvi­ous­ly using a ver­sion pri­or to that. You should upgrade, as 2.8 is the cur­rent version.

  57. Posted August 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great theme. 

    I under­stand the focus of this theme is on writ­ing, but I often add some embed­ded video to my posts.

    If the video(or I guess any flash object) is embed­ded to the lat­est post, it just over­lays all oth­er posts on home page. (You can see that error on my web­site home page http:\\

    It appears fine if the post is opened sep­a­rate­ly. The issue is only when the post has embed­ded video on home page (when posts are shrunk to only dis­play brief­ing). Is there any work-around?

  58. Matt
    Posted August 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    @Bri­jesh Under Appear­ance → The Eru­dite Options, check the box to dis­able ‘Keep Reading.’

  59. Posted September 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Permalink


    I love your theme, it is real­ly beautiful.

    I am trans­lat­ing it to span­ish and edit­ing the .pot it seems that this line can not be replaced:

    %s wrote:

    I want to trans­late “wrote” to “escribió”.

    Salu­dos from México 🙂

  60. Matt
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    @Jos Try to make sure you hang on to the %s por­tion. Your name is sub­sti­tut­ed for the %s. Does it work then?

    Also, if you get a trans­la­tion work­ing prop­er­ly, I’d love it if you could send it to me for inclu­sion in the next version!

  61. Posted September 4, 2009 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    @Matt: Please, check out this image, I think there is noth­ing missing.

  62. Matt
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    @Jos Well shoot. My expe­ri­ence with trans­la­tion is all the­o­ry and no prac­tice, so I’m afraid I can’t be of much help to you. :/ Good luck!

  63. Posted September 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the theme. I’m a jour­nal­ist and writer — and I like it. I made a ger­man translation. 

    Just one ques­tion: I don’t get my fav­i­con dis­played. How should I do that?

  64. Posted September 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Fav­i­con is online, just one line of code. Very nice theme!

  65. Posted September 17, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    This is a gor­geous theme! I love it, it is exact­ly what I am look­ing for. 

    I am try­ing to move the “show menu” to the left instead of where it sits on the right. I can’t fig­ure out where the “show menu” details are located. 

    Thanks for your help!

  66. Matt
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    @Edgar Glad you got the local­iza­tion and fav­i­con work­ing for you. 🙂

  67. Matt
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    @F.E. You’re look­ing for: #menu-toggle div in erudite.css

  68. Posted September 18, 2009 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    @matt — Thank you for your theme!
    One sug­ges­tion for a com­ing ver­sion: It would be nice to place also cat­e­gories in the menu. On my site I did it with pages and linked them to the cat­e­gories pages.

  69. Matt
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    @Edgar You’re wel­come. 🙂 Your sug­ges­tion is quite good actu­al­ly, and should­n’t take too long. Stay tuned, it might just happen.

  70. Hef
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    I was forced to remove jQuery effects because the menu and side­bar does not remem­ber its state, and this does not good.

    If in the next ver­sions this fea­ture will be added, am will be glad put it back.

    Thanks you!

  71. Posted September 25, 2009 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt

    Superb theme this although I have made some tweaks 🙂

    Thanks for all the hard work — hope my con­tent does it justice!


  72. Matt
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    @Gra­ham Nice­ly done. You’ve def­i­nite­ly made it your own.

  73. Posted October 15, 2009 at 4:25 am | Permalink


    I real­ly like this theme. After a long time using quite loaded and image heavy themes on my blog, this one is like a breath of fresh air. I espe­cial­ly like the fonts and styles.

    Con­cern­ing the fonts, I am fac­ing a pecu­liar prob­lem. Wher­ev­er I have used bul­lets or num­bered lists, the font is becom­ing dou­ble the size of normal.

    Can you help me with this please.
    The exam­ple is here:

  74. Posted October 15, 2009 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    And 1 more thing I have noticed that the cap­tions of images that I link to in picasa are a larg­er font than the con­tent mak­ing the whole thing look weird.

  75. Posted October 15, 2009 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Sor­ry about the mul­ti­ple posts. I want­ed to add to the pre­vi­ous issue of the image captions.
    The cap­tions I am talk­ing about are not the stan­dard image cap­tions which you would insert with an uploaded image.
    These cap­tions are basi­cal­ly in the tag and have their own style defined the the Picasa-Image-Express plugin.
    The prob­lem is that this par­tic­u­lar under the image (linked to an image in my picasa account), does­nt seem to apply the font size to the , instead tak­ing the font size from the erudite.css file here .entry-con­tent p, .entry-con­tent li, .entry-con­tent dt, .entry-con­tent dd {font-size:1.6em; margin-bottom:.75em;}

    All the oth­er style ele­ments are tak­en by the except the font size.

    I hope I made enough sense for you to under­stand cause I am real­ly not a devel­op­er and may be sound­ing like gibbrish.

    Your help would be appreciated.

  76. Matt
    Posted October 15, 2009 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    @Abhi­lash This is a free theme, and as such I’m not promis­ing sup­port, although I try to be help­ful when and if a prob­lem aris­es. If you tell me what the par­tic­u­lar prob­lem is and pro­vide a link that demon­strates the prob­lem, I might be able to help. Oth­er­wise, just explain­ing it is pret­ty pointless.

  77. Posted October 15, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt, Con­grat­u­la­tions for this awe­some theme!

    I’d like to ask you a question:

    - is there a way to turn off the dynam­ic keep read­ing func­tion only in select­ed posts? or, if not, a way to enable it only in some posts (after dis­abling it in the gen­er­al options), like using the tag that uses the dea­f­ult word­press func­tion for the “read more”?

    Thanks again for this awe­some theme,

  78. Posted October 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    The issue I am fac­ing is this.
    I use picasa for stor­ing images that I use in my blog. I use a plu­g­in called Picasa-Image-Express (PIE) to link to those images in posts in the form of a gallery. The images that have cap­tions, is where I am fac­ing a problem.

    I am attach­ing a screen­shot of one such post with a PIE gallery in it.

    As you can see the cap­tion text is very large. Fire­bug tells me that the style defined in PIE’s style sheet says test-size:11px but it is not get­ting applied to this tag. Instead Eru­dite’s tag style is get­ting applied but only the font size. The font face is still com­ing from PIE’s style sheet.

  79. Matt
    Posted October 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    @Will That’s not func­tion­al­i­ty I’m inter­est­ed in adding, sor­ry. Since the “keep read­ing” func­tion­al­i­ty only ever applies to the most recent post on the home page, there’s no rea­son why tog­gling the theme option as you see fit won’t do what you want.

  80. Matt
    Posted October 15, 2009 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    @Abhi­lash Just edit PIE’s style sheet and throw an !important after the 11px. It’ll over­ride the post styles.

  81. Posted October 16, 2009 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I put in the !impor­tant into the PIE stylesheet next to the font-size, how­ev­er the font size still seems to be com­ing from Erudite.

    /* containing a caption */
    font-size:9px !important;
    padding: 0;

    Fire­bug shows:

    pie-caption {
    text-align:left !important;

  82. Posted October 16, 2009 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    the font-size:9px; line in fire­bug has a strikethrough, not show­ing in the pre­vi­ous comment.

  83. Posted October 16, 2009 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    @Matt Sor­ry my mis­take. It’s fixed now. Thanks from your help and the awe­some theme.

  84. Posted October 16, 2009 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    @Graham Dell
    I would like to cus­tomize my head­er and foot­er with my own images. Could you tell me how you did it?
    I would real­ly appre­ci­ate it.

  85. Posted October 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    How can I change the css file? I want to put some colour, some­thing like my blog ( Thanks.

  86. Posted October 20, 2009 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    This is a won­der­ful and very clever theme. I love the typog­ra­phy! Smart quotes, no less, that’s pret­ty cool. 

    I have some ques­tions, all relat­ed to hack­ing the theme a little.

    1) How do I alter the typog­ra­phy of the pull-quotes? I’d like them to be non-caps, and flush left rather than jus­ti­fied. Where is the code, so I can play around with it?

    2) The previous/next nav­i­ga­tion links, which in the theme are below the com­ments sec­tion — I copy/pasted the code to just below the post itself. You can see what I mean here:

    But the new links are more left-indent­ed than the orig­i­nals below them. How do I play around with this?

    3) I played around with the head­ings in category.php, and end­ed up using h4 and h5. How­ev­er, on you can see that there’s a whole lot white space below the h4 head­ing. Is there any way I can tweak this? Ide­al­ly with­out break­ing oth­er times that h4 (or maybe it’s space before h5) is used in the theme, of course…

    I’m quite hap­py to wran­gle with code, I just need to know where to look… I’m used to Atahualpla, which uses con­fig. pan­els to do a lot of the com­pli­cat­ed stuff…

    Thanks again for the theme,

  87. Posted October 20, 2009 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    ok, I answered ques­tion no. 1, by find­ing the erudite.css file. Now here’s anoth­er one … is there any way I can have quo­ta­tion marks auto­mat­i­cal­ly insert­ed at the begin­ning and end of the pull quotes?

  88. Posted October 20, 2009 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Me again 🙂 Ignore ques­tion no 3 in my orig­i­nal post, I found the answer in the .css file…

  89. Gabe
    Posted October 21, 2009 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    I just signed up for word­press and came across your beau­ti­ful theme. I love the sim­ple design and the typog­ra­phy is amaz­ing. I just had one ques­tion. I was won­der­ing if there was a way to keep the 2 col­umn design of the first post. I’ve read that you cre­at­ed the theme for text but I would love to keep the 2 columns going. Thanks for such a great theme.

  90. Posted October 22, 2009 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I need a lit­tle help with 2 changes that I am try­ing to make:

    1. I would like to replace the default title and descrip­tion with a logo

    2. I would like to put 3 links to my feeds in the head­er to the right of the title and description.

    Can you guide me on this.


  91. Posted October 22, 2009 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, this is a ques­tion about the nav­i­ga­tion (previous/next) links at the bot­tom of each post. Is there any way to lim­it those to just posts in the same cat­e­go­ry as the post that is being viewed? The rea­son — if I have one cat­e­go­ry as my nov­el that I’m work­ing on (which I do), and anoth­er cat­e­go­ry for arti­cles and rants in gen­er­al (which I do), I’d like to _not_ have posts from oth­er cat­e­gories appear­ing on the nav­i­ga­tion links below a post.

  92. Matt
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    @David For things like this, the codex is your friend: and . Pay atten­tion to the in_same_cat argument.

  93. Matt
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    @Abhi­lash Every­thing you’re look­ing for is in header.php.

  94. Posted October 24, 2009 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Hi, Matt

    Is there a way for me to make the tem­plate show 2 “extend­ed” posts in the home page instead of just one?

  95. Posted October 26, 2009 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Matt, I made a com­ment way back in May and I haven’t changed my mind on that.

    This is indeed a tru­ly fan­tas­tic theme. I’m using it for a writ­ing site and it looks absolute­ly fantastic.

    I’m a typog­ra­ph­er from way back, before DTP days. Your atten­tion to typog­ra­phy makes this theme stand out from pret­ty much every­thing else that’s avail­able. I’ve hacked it a bit here and there to try and fit in with the way I use typog­ra­phy with­in my writ­ing, how­ev­er the under­ly­ing robust­ness of the code has meant that noth­ing got broken.

    An excel­lent theme.

  96. Matt
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    @Will If you look on line 10 of home.php, you should see: if ($first == 1 && !is_paged() ). Change the 1 to 2 and you should be off to the races. I haven’t test­ed it, nor do I guar­an­tee that it’ll work.

  97. Matt
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    @Boz Thanks for the kind words, glad it’s serv­ing your writing. 🙂

  98. Gabe
    Posted October 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Hey Will, I have been try­ing to keep the first 2 posts “expand­ed” as well. I think I fig­ured it out. Go to line 11 of home.php and change “if ($first == (1)” to “if ($first == (1 AND 2)” It’s worked on my blog. Hope­ful­ly it will work for yours. Hey Matt thanks again for an awe­some theme!

  99. Posted October 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I would like to read all the com­ments after no. 71 by Gra­ham to take a look at some of the cus­tomiza­tions made by oth­ers, but this page only shows 71 and there are no pages to the com­ments either.

    How do I see the com­ments beyond no. 71 on this page?

  100. Matt
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    @Abhi­lash Thanks for point­ing that out. You should be able to see every­thing now.

  101. Posted November 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi, First of all con­grat­u­la­tions on this won­der­ful work. I am glad to have come across this. I am using this to build my web­site. Two fea­tures I wish you could add is 

    1. abil­i­ty to group posts under a page — mak­ing nav­i­ga­tion easy. I have done it part­ly for my site thou i am not an expert coder

    2. A good table of con­tents dis­played as a wid­get on right or to open up like head­er on top as anoth­er but­ton. This will make it com­plete in all respects.

    I will be adding cred­its to your won­der­ful site too (Don’t wor­ry what you see now I am hid­ing it till i launch)

    Thanks a lot.


  102. Matt
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    @Rohin For #1, what you’re start­ing to do is the way to go. For #2, you could put a pages wid­get in your foot­er, but mov­ing stuff like that to the top is pret­ty much against the point of the design. Good luck with your customizations.

  103. Posted November 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for tak­ing the time out to vis­it my web­site and pro­vid­ing your thoughts. Just a request. Is it pos­si­ble for you to add sep­a­rate options for dynam­ic show /hide for head­er and footer?

    Also What i mean’t by TOC was TOC for a par­tic­u­lar page kind of Wiki like. Where head­ings and sub­head­ings can appear as a TOC on the page or on the side. or above for that matter


  104. Posted November 15, 2009 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Is it pos­si­ble to use the Keep Read­ing effect on any oth­er page apart from the home page? I have start­ed to look at doing this for my prose section.

    Thanks once again


  105. Matt
    Posted November 15, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    @Rohin Sor­ry, the way this is cur­rent­ly set up will only work with the first post on the homepage.

  106. Posted November 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Permalink


    Can you please take a look at my web­site. I have used a pul­lquote on my lat­est post and it is over­lap­ping with the rest of my post. Am I doing some­thing wrong ?


  107. Matt
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    @Rohin You need to under­stand what you’re doing when you edit CSS. You changed: .hidden .pullquote-display {display:none;} to display:block. Change it back to get rid of overlapping.

  108. Posted November 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    @Matt Thanks a lot for the help and par­don my igno­rance at the basics of css. The more I am run­ning my hand through your theme the more I am appre­ci­at­ing your hard work. Thanks once again for such a beau­ti­ful theme.

  109. Posted November 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I have it installed with tweaks to the CSS for img wrap­ping on old posts. I turned the block quotes into off­set blocks of text with a box around it. This lets me tell the read­er if I am off­set­ting text or intro­duc­ing a quote; that means that the b‑quote option means indexed and off­set as opposed to always being a quote.

    I like your design and phi­los­o­phy, and I hope to cre­ate a menu option that turns the cat­e­gories into mul­ti-lev­el menus. That should be easy if I find an example. 

    You have done the hard work, and I think it is fan­tas­tic. Thanks.

  110. Posted November 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I am fol­low­ing the com­ments to get ideas on cus­tomiz­ing your design. But I cant seem to see com­ments beyond 71 until I post a com­ment myself.

  111. Matt
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    @Steve Glad you like it and that you can make it suit your needs.

  112. Matt
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    @Abhi­lash I would say that you’re crazy if I could­n’t repli­cate it myself. I’ll have to look into it.

  113. Posted November 25, 2009 at 1:00 am | Permalink


    Thanks again for the soft­ware! Tweaks I made: I want­ed my cat­e­go­ry codes to con­sti­tute a main menu with sub menus being gen­er­at­ed from sub-cat­e­go­ry codes. All of this I want­ed dis­played in the top head­er. An easy change which I had to make was to change your java code and retrieve the cat­e­gories and orderby=slug. In that way, the main menu is not alpha­bet­i­cal but ordered by slugs. In this way, I was able to con­trol the lay­out of the menus. I also made it so that only the date (not the time) shows on posts. If I write some­thing at 3:00am (while the rest of human­i­ty sleeps), then I might want to keep that to myself!


  114. Abu
    Posted November 28, 2009 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Why the com­ments form is not show­ing in the pages? The “Allow Com­ments” is allowed.
    Thank you

  115. Matt
    Posted November 28, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    @Abu Add a cus­tom field of “com­ments” with a val­ue of “com­ments” to the page to get the com­ment form. It has­n’t been tested.

  116. Posted December 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for ver­sion 2.0 with the new categories-menu. 

    One ques­tion: Is there a chance to dis­play fotos in teasers (though I know that the theme is dom­i­nat­ed by text).

  117. Matt
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    @Edgar You are free to make what­ev­er changes you want to the theme — that’s the beau­ty of open source. If you don’t know, it’s not that hard to learn! (This is how I got my start with Word­Press: cus­tomiz­ing oth­er peo­ple’s themes.) 

    For post images, you might want to look at Justin Tad­lock­’s excel­lent post Every­thing you need to know about Word­Press 2.9’s post image feature

  118. Posted December 4, 2009 at 9:18 am | Permalink


    when I make cer­tain posts, I find that the keep read­ing link does not appear but for oth­er posts it appears. Is there a con­di­tion when the Keep read­ing post will appear or not?


  119. Abu-Laila
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your most beau­ti­ful theme. Very much appre­ci­at­ed. I won­der if you could help. Why the we com­ments func­tion­al­i­ty are not show­ing on pages when enabled? I’d be rate­ful if you can email me your reply. Thanks again

  120. Posted December 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I went through loads of themes before find­ing this one — just what I was look­ing for — such an amaz­ing­ly clean and attrac­tive design. Thank you so much!

    PS Sor­ry but, like Gra­ham above, I could­n’t resist mak­ing a few tweaks! 😀

  121. Posted December 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Must have had a real­ly out­dat­ed cached copy of this page :S Gra­ham’s post from Sep­tem­ber was the lat­est com­ment when I sub­mit­ted mine :S Oh well. Any­ways, thanks again! 😀

  122. Matt
    Posted December 7, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    @Aaron Cheers, glad you liked it.

  123. Posted December 17, 2009 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    Great theme you got here. I recent­ly con­vert­ed my blog theme into The Eru­dite and it suits me very well. Thanks for the great design, and thanks a lot for your gen­eros­i­ty by releas­ing it FOC

    One thing, though. I could­n’t acti­vate my usu­al Meta wid­get on Eru­dite Foot­er 2. I dragged it to Foot­er 3, switched place with anoth­er wid­get with­in Foot­er 2 and Foot­er 3, but none of the above worked. What could be the prob­lem, please? Thanks again.

  124. Matt
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    @Jules Thanks for the kind words. I’m afraid I have no clue as to your wid­get prob­lems — I’ve nev­er seen any­thing like that before.

  125. Posted December 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh well, nev­er mind. No big deal. I’ll just type in the login URL through the address bar. Yeah, I’ve nev­er encoun­tered such prob­lem before, too. Not sure what could’ve caused it.

  126. Posted December 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Update: Prob­lem solved. I deac­ti­vat­ed The Eru­dite theme, dragged in the Meta wid­get while in oth­er theme mode, and switched back to Eru­dite. It’s there alright.

  127. Posted December 18, 2009 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I’m using your theme on my blog, and it is beau­ti­ful. I’m also using the shad­ow­box JS plu­g­in. As soon as I acti­vate the shad­ow­box plu­g­in the text from the first post on the home page dis­ap­pears com­plete­ly. If I click the read more but­ton the posts expands and all of the text is vis­i­ble. If I “put away” the post the page goes back to the reg­u­lar lay­out and all of the text stays vis­i­ble. How­ev­er, if I refresh the page the text once again disappears. 

    A link to my page is includ­ed and I am leav­ing the shad­ow­box plu­g­in run­ning so that you can see and recre­ate this issue. Thanks for any insight you might have!

  128. Posted December 21, 2009 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    Sor­ry to both­er you again, but I sud­den­ly have a prob­lem sim­i­lar to Robert Wood up there. The ear­li­er entries on my home page did show up hor­i­zon­tal­ly in columns ( I set it to 3 blog posts, and they showed up like your demo). How­ev­er, when I insert­ed the pul­lquote tag in my lat­est entry, I noticed the hor­i­zon­tal col­umn of pre­vi­ous entries below the home­page entry had changed. I’ve tak­en a look at erudite.css, it’s still the same. I even re-loaded the file again, but the same prob­lem remain unchanged. Any ideas, please?

  129. Matt
    Posted December 21, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    @Bon­nie sor­ry, a quick look did­n’t show me any prob­lems like you mention.

  130. Matt
    Posted December 21, 2009 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    @Jules For some rea­son, your home­page isn’t load­ing a class of home on the home­page, and I have no idea what that might have to do with a pul­lquote. How­ev­er, I’ve been want­i­ng to refac­tor some of my home­page tar­get­ing log­ic for a while, which I’ve done now. Go ahead and down­load it on the project page (it won’t be on the WP themes repo for a few days or so).

  131. Posted December 22, 2009 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    I’ve down­loaded The Eru­dite v2.0.2 (the zipped file name states it’s v2.0 though), reloaded and rein­stalled it, but the same prob­lem per­sists. Any­way, thanks for your kind atten­tion. I’ll wait for the next release.

  132. Matt
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    @Jules Your erudite.css file has not been updat­ed to the newest version.

  133. Posted December 23, 2009 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Matt, I have updat­ed the erudite.css file with the lat­est ver­sion (down­loaded from the project page). I’ve re-loaded it sev­er­al times, replac­ing the old file. It’s still not work­ing, though 🙁

  134. Posted January 6, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    thanks for this most excel­lent theme! It was love at first sight. Final­ly a refined theme that puts con­tent before, before uhh, well, before all that oth­er stuff!

    I have a Dutch (non tech­s­peak) trans­la­tion for you. Don’t know if you want to pack­age it or some­thing? Let me, know, OK? I’ll sign for updates as long as I am using this theme. Chances are that will be for the life of my blog!

    Thanks again,
    Den­nis Meulensteen

  135. Matt
    Posted January 6, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    @Den­nis emailed ya.

  136. Posted January 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt! Thanks so much for this super love­ly theme. It’s def­i­nite­ly one of my favourite themes for WordPress!

    I’ve noticed that the entry meta does­n’t show up for the main post. Do you know if any­thing could’ve trig­gered that?

  137. Matt
    Posted January 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    @Eunice Try upgrad­ing to the newest ver­sion (2.0.2). It should resolve your problem.

  138. Posted January 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it has­n’t resolved my prob­lem! I would try to give you more infor­ma­tion, but I haven’t changed any­thing at all! Weird!

  139. Matt
    Posted January 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    @Eunice I checked, and you’re still run­ning 2.0 on your site. Try delet­ing The Eru­dite and rein­stalling it.

  140. Posted January 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Ahh, I just noticed that the one I’ve con­tin­ued to down­load from this site isn’t 2.0.2 but 2.0. I got the newest ver­sion off of the theme direc­to­ry! Thanks, Matt!

  141. Matt
    Posted January 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    @Eunice Ahh, that would be a prob­lem. I appear to have neglect­ed to update the down­load link with 2.0.2. That is now fixed.

  142. Tom
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Permalink


    I love the theme, man. Nice work. Exact­ly what I was look­ing for. 

    Was won­der­ing if there is any way to put some text above the para­graph that has the wood­cut style first let­ter. I like to use epigraphs in my text. Any ideas?


  143. Matt
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    @Tom Con­grat­u­la­tions on hav­ing the first tru­ly excel­lent fea­ture request! That is def­i­nite­ly some­thing that would be good to put in the next version.

  144. Tom
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Hey glad you found the sug­ges­tion use­ful. For now, I’m pret­ty hap­py with using a block­quote at the top. This elim­i­nates the wood­cut alto­geth­er, but is bet­ter than the alter­na­tive. Keep up the good work.

  145. Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    The pre­vi­ous prob­lem on my blog has been fixed already (after down­load­ing the right update of Eru­dite). Thanks, and have a nice day 🙂

  146. Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Tom — A fan­tas­tic idea to have epigraphs in the theme.

    Matt — It would be great if you can get your hands around the same.

  147. Melanie
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi there … I absolute­ly LOVE the theme but am hav­ing some trou­ble adjust­ing the font size for reg­u­lar posts (I sim­ply like to make it a bit small­er). I’m tin­ker­ing away at the css file but don’t seem to achieve any­thing. Any hints would be much appreciated!

  148. Posted February 2, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Quite the most beau­ti­ful and spec­tac­u­lar theme I’ve ever had the plea­sure of using. 

    Thank you.


  149. Matt
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    @Jon Thanks for your kind words! Glad it suits you.

  150. Posted February 7, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I real­ly like the Eru­dite theme, although I have tweeked it a bit, but there is one thin that real­ly bugs me (yes, I am a perfectionst…):
    When click­ing either ‘show menu’ or ‘fur­ther info’ using Google Chrome, the blog title sec­tion jumps a bit to the right, and back again on sec­ond click (and only on the home page, not while brows­ing an arti­cle page)

    Sort of ruins the very pro­fes­sion­al over­all look of the theme…
    Is it fixable?


  151. Matt
    Posted February 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    @Finno The prob­lem you were expe­ri­enc­ing is due to scroll­bars appear­ing when you click the show/hide things. I doubt it’ll be a prob­lem now that you have more con­tent, but here’s how to force ver­ti­cal scroll­bars.

  152. Posted February 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    have you test­ed the theme using mac os x and safari? the drop cap first let­ter is not cen­tered on the dark back­ground and so the top of the let­ter is cut off

  153. Posted February 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful! It’s the per­fect theme for my site 🙂 Thanks A LOT for the “hard work”!

  154. Posted February 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink


    I am cur­rent­ly tak­ing a meta­da­ta course which requires us to keep a weblog. I have searched the Word Press themes for awhile now and Eru­dite is exact­ly the style and for­mat I have been look­ing for.

    Only prob­lem, I am not able to acti­vate a com­ment func­tion. It remains at “com­ments off.” Is there a way to turn the com­ment func­tion on?

    Because of class require­ments, we need to use a theme that has “post com­ments” capability.

    I am not pro­fi­cient at all when it comes to CSS style sheets and not for sure what to do to get the post com­ment func­tion activated

    Any sug­ges­tions or advice would be great­ly appreciated.


  155. Posted February 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink


    First off beau­ti­ful theme! Very liberating! 

    I had ques­tion con­cern­ing the cat­e­go­ry page. 

    As I look at the category.php tem­plate I see that it has infor­ma­tion present to dis­play a “read more” or » after the excerpt as well as Meta infor­ma­tion, date, author, com­ments, etc. Yet as I look at the demo and blogs that use this theme, none of this is present. 

    Is there a rea­son that this is not dis­played? Thank you for your response.

  156. Matt
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    @Antho­ny Thanks. The info is not dis­played because I did­n’t like it there. You could edit the CSS (or make a child theme to bring it back in a man­ner that suits your purposes.

  157. Matt
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    @Greg I’m not sure where your prob­lem lies, but The Eru­dite works just fine with com­ments. The only thing I could imag­ine is that you’re using pages instead of posts, which don’t allow for com­ments by default.

  158. Posted March 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    This is a gor­geous theme, and I’m using it right now. I have a cou­ple of ques­tions, though.

    1. The com­ments on this page don’t fol­low the post­ing sequence, i.e., my response to K.L. Richards­son came before K.P. Kin­caid’s com­ment, so I was won­der­ing if there’s some­thing I need to tweak so that the order of the com­ments actu­al­ly reflect the sequence in which they were posted.

    2. On my home page, the bot­tom left post has a weird link in place of the plain “Read more”. Is it because the text breaks off in the mid­dle of a blockquote? 

    Thanks so much for your time and help!

  159. Matt
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    @Hay­den As for #1, there does­n’t appear to be a prob­lem. As for #2, it looks like WP Typog­ra­phy is insert­ing a span inside the title attribute. Before I put out a fix, you can eas­i­ly just turn off the “Wrap acronyms (all cap­i­tals) …” fea­ture in WP Typog­ra­phy’s settings.

  160. Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the fix for #2. It looks okay now. 🙂 

    As for #1, the reg­u­lar order of the com­ments should be K.L. Richards­son — me — K.P. Kin­caid — me. Right now it’s KLRKPK — me (in response to KPK) — me (in response to KLR). Was there a glitch in WP itself that messed up the com­ments sequence? I pre­viewed the same post with the com­ments using oth­er themes, and the sequence came out okay.

  161. Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the fix for #2. It looks okay now. 🙂 

    As for #1, the reg­u­lar order of the com­ments should be K.L. Richards­son — me — K.P. Kin­caid — me. Right now it’s KLRKPK — me (in response to KPK) — me (in response to KLR). If you look at the com­ments’ times, they’re off. 

    Was there a glitch in WP itself that messed up the com­ments sequence? I pre­viewed the same post with the com­ments using oth­er themes, and the sequence came out okay.

  162. Posted March 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    @Matt: I had so much fun work­ing with your theme and have got it almost close to what I want­ed. except a cou­ple of issues. I write a lot of poet­ry which some­times does not adhere well to the web­site lay­out. I some­times feel it would be great to have a two col­umn lay­out for writ­ing my columns with pic­tures and also the abil­i­ty to add Foot­note to my blogs in case I want to refer to some oth­er web­site or blog, but then again thats just me. 

    How­ev­er I have a ques­tion for you? Come word­press 3.0 a lot of tweeks are being made, as to how menu are man­aged and how the images are managed(Some of the changes came through in 2.9.2). Would you be updat­ing the theme to incor­po­rate these new fea­tures? Would love to use an updat­ed ver­sion which use these enhanced features.

  163. Matt
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    @Rohin There are a bunch of foot­notes plu­g­ins out there, but I’m not going to offer a two col­umn lay­out in this theme. You are, of course, free to hack/change it how­ev­er you like.

    As for future WP fea­ture com­pat­i­bil­i­ty, I’m not real­ly inter­est­ed in adding post thumb­nails, as I can’t see them fit­ting in with the phi­los­o­phy of the theme. I will like­ly add sup­port for the new menus from 3.0 though.

  164. Posted March 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Great thanks! Look­ing for­ward to the new fea­tures and changes. Also could you sug­gest a good relat­ed post plu­g­in that would gel with the theme. I used a few but none gel into the theme. They look glar­ing. I used one [Con­tex­tu­al relat­ed post plu­g­in] which was very decent and sim­ple. Some­how it rec­og­nized epi­graph as a sep­a­rate sec­tion or some­thing and I had two relat­ed post list on the post. One next to the epi­graph and the oth­er at the end of the post.

  165. Posted May 3, 2010 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Hi. This is a great job!!! First of all sor­ry about my Eng­lish. Sec­ond, I did a bit of mod­i­fi­ca­tions on your theme, but since I’m still learn­ing web devel­op­ing and I don’t know how to change stuffs, I’d like to ask you how could I take the caps and indent behav­ior on WP edit page, I did dis­able it through css appar­ent­ly on the blog, but could­n’t dis­able it on the admin sections.
    Thanks for your attention.

  166. Posted May 17, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    There is one prob­lem with for­mat­ting trackbacks.

    erudite.css, line 193

    li.comment, li.pingback {position:relative; border-left:1px solid #aaa; margin:1.2em 0 2.4em 12em; padding-left:2em; min-height:6em;}

    li.comment, li.pingback , li.trackback{position:relative; border-left:1px solid #aaa; margin:1.2em 0 2.4em 12em; padding-left:2em; min-height:6em;}

  167. Matt
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    @koras huh. I was­n’t aware that any­one still used track­backs. This’ll be released in 1.6.1 in the not-too-dis­tant future.

  168. Posted May 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Actu­al­ly it’s the best word­press theme I’ve ever used.

  169. Posted May 19, 2010 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Beau­ti­ful theme, exact­ly what I was look­ing for as a writer.

    I am slow­ly going through the Word­Press 3.0 beta’s, and am curi­ous if there will be any issues with this theme and 3.0?

    Thanks for all of your hard work!

    Kind Regards,
    Bryan J Zimmerman

  170. Posted May 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    i am cur­rent­ly on ver­sion 2.6 — i love the theme in every respect but one: “pre­view­ing” a post does not work for me at all. i sim­ply get an emp­ty page and i don’t know why. any­body else expe­ri­ences that issue? this is very bothersome…thanks!

  171. Matt
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    @finnegan Sor­ry, that’s not any­thing I’ve been able to reproduce.

  172. Posted May 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for an excel­lent theme!

    I am pro­vid­ing Swedish lan­guage files for The Erudite:

  173. Posted May 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I love your theme and try it on my blog.

    But I found that on entry-meta class the author’s name does­n’t show up, but every­thing else (date, time, cat­e­go­ry, tags) were show nicely.

    Can you help me to guess whats wrong, since I’m not so famil­iar with theme editing.


  174. Posted May 26, 2010 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Sor­ry for the ques­tion before, it seems that only post that post­ed from XML-RPC client (e.g. WLW) were hav­ing this issue, a post direct­ly from word­press dash­board has no issue at all.


  175. Matt
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    @Cahya Ah, inter­est­ing. I’ve heard the same bug report a cou­ple of times in the past. Good to know.

  176. Matt
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    @Fredrik Thanks Fredrik! Your trans­la­tion has been bun­dled with 2.6.1.

  177. Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    please refer to com­ment 151 about fixed scrollbars:
    I just upgrad­ed Eru­dite, and need to add this tag again, but can­not for the life of me find the cor­rect file to alter…
    Which file needs the fix, please…?

  178. Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a beau­ti­ful theme, Matt.

    I’m hav­ing a small prob­lem. One of my post titles begins with a dou­ble quo­ta­tion mark, like this: 

    “Title”: sub­ti­tle

    It’s show­ing up like this-

    Title”: sub­ti­tle

    Any idea how I can get the first dou­ble quote mark to show up? 

    Thanks again!

  179. Matt
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    @Finno you’re look­ing for erudite.css in the css directory. 

  180. Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    re: com­ment 178 above — I fig­ured it out! It was an issue with the typog­ra­phy plu­g­in that their FAQs addressed. Sor­ry to both­er you, and thanks again!

  181. Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Great theme!
    How do you change the col­or of the first let­ter in each post?

  182. Boz
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Dave (post # 181) — alter the erudite.css file to change the col­or. Under /*Posts*/, you’ll see an item: .entry-con­tent > p:first-child:first-letter … where you can make the changes.

  183. Posted May 30, 2010 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Hi, Thanks for your reply!

    Do you know how I could make all the posts on the home page the same width as the first post. (I want to have just one post for each “row”)

    I want to do that since I will be adding video for each of my post… 


  184. sheri
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m using this mag­nif­i­cent theme and I love it but …

    IE6 peo­ple (forced to use IE6 from their places of employ­ment! ugh!) are telling me they can­not see a “post com­ment” but­ton and thus are unable to leave comments.

    Any­one else deal­ing with this issue? Any fix­es? I’m not much of a coder but I can man­age if it’s … sim­ple enough. Thanks for any help.

    And thank you again for this amaz­ing theme.

  185. Evan
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Great work! One ques­tion: in the visu­al edit­ing win­dow when typ­ing a post, the first let­ter is replaced with the wood­cut and then no fur­ther edit­ing can be done there for some rea­son. I can switch to html, fin­ish the open­ing line and then switch back to con­tin­ue, but I can’t write the first line in the visu­al window.
    I assume I’m miss­ing some­thing? Thanks 🙂

  186. Vermont
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt,

    Thanks for your theme. I did a French trans­la­tion, which I uploaded here :

  187. Matt
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    @Evan Noth­ing from my theme would cause that. Did you recent­ly upgrade Word­Press? If so, try clear­ing your cache.

  188. Jody
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Great theme! I’d like to know how to remove the bor­der from images. Thanks!

    - Jody

  189. Daniel
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Hey! Thanks for cre­at­ing such an awe­some theme. I just have a few things that might be use­ful for improvement:

    1. Theme does adapt to zoom well. After a few lev­els of zoom­ing (in or out) using the brows­er, the head­er starts to dis­play incor­rect­ly. Behav­iour occurs in Safari 4 on Mac.

    2. Let­ters of drop caps are not cen­tred inside their box. I think some­one already com­ment­ed on this. Behav­iour occurs in Safari 4 on Mac. Strange­ly enough, this does not occur on the iPhone, so I’m think­ing it might be a brows­er issue.

    3. While the top menu shows the child pages, if you have many child pages under a par­ent page, it makes the menu rather large. Not so much a prob­lem if the menu is hid­den, but still visu­al­ly unap­peal­ing. Per­haps an option to not dis­play child pages in the menu, or hav­ing child pages move into a sec­ond col­umn on the menu after a cer­tain num­ber is reached?

  190. Matt
    Posted June 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    @Daniel 1) is an edge case that I don’t care that much about and 3) will be addressed if you use the new menu sys­tem in WP 3.0. The goal of this theme has nev­er been to sup­port com­plex nav­i­ga­tion, but rather get­ting most things out of the way of reading.

    As for #2, I’ve seen it hap­pen occa­sion­al­ly, but I haven’t been able to repro­duce suc­cess­ful­ly. Odd.

  191. Posted June 13, 2010 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Hey @Matt, thanks so much for this theme. I love its sim­plic­i­ty and it suits my web­site — nice clean con­tent, no fun­ny stuff.

    I have one ques­tion: Is it pos­si­ble to have wid­gets show­ing on the right hand side, under the post details? I’d like to have a sec­tion of relat­ed posts and a few oth­er lists.

    Thanks again for your work!


  192. Bruce
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I am a writer and I love this tem­plate, but even writ­ers need to post a few images or YouTube videos. 

    Matt (or any­one), do you have exam­ples of blogs that have cus­tomized your tem­plate to hold images? 


  193. King
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Very nice theme, I like it alot. Nice plain theme with the func­tions it needs!

    But when I put in my Google Ana­lyt­ics track­ing code at the Theme Options, it’s also placed at the left bot­tom of my web­site. It does add it just before the tag, but also plain right before the tag.

  194. King
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink


    It does add the code just before the tag, but also plain right before the tag.

  195. King
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    @myself myself

    Adds code before the “body” tag, but also as plain text right before the “/body” tag.

  196. Matt
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    @King Did you include open­ing and clos­ing script tags? Oth­er­wise, it works fine in my testing.

  197. Posted June 18, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    just upgrad­ed to WP 3.0,
    is there any way I can have my 5 cat­e­gories in the top menu appear as pop-up menus, where all arti­cles with­in a category/menu would be list­ed when clicked?


  198. Evan
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    After upgrad­ing to 3.0, I’m see­ing an “extra” bar under­neath the main menu at the top of the page. It appears to be a repeat of the dark back­ground behind the main menu. 

    Is there an option I need to turn on or some­thing I need to switch around to have every­thing work­ing for 3.0?

    Thanks for your time and work 🙂

  199. Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Evan said: “After upgrad­ing to 3.0, I’m see­ing an “extra” bar under­neath the main menu…”

    I’ve got the same prob­lem. There are two divs “menu”, one is empty.

  200. Posted June 20, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I real­ly love your work, so many pos­si­bilites to make dif­fer­ent look­ing blogs and websites.

  201. Matt
    Posted June 20, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    @Evan & @koras: That was a log­ic bug in how I’m han­dling the menu fall­backs. If you use a nav menu it’ll dis­ap­pear. A ver­sion with a bug­fix will be out shortly.

  202. Matt
    Posted June 20, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    @Finno There is of course a way, but you’re going to have to fig­ure it out for yourself!

  203. Matt
    Posted June 20, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    @Luke It’s pos­si­ble, but I’m not going to do it as I don’t think it fits with the phi­los­o­phy of the theme. But, it’s open source, so go for it!

  204. Posted June 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this update (2.7)! And please — keep this theme sim­ple! No side­bars, no graph­ics, no places for ads… no oth­er dis­trac­tors — theme for read­ers not watchers 😉
    On my site there’s no place for read­ers comments:)

    Maybe you can think about columns in pages view but I am not sure if it is good idea… Any­way this theme is exact­ly what I was look­ing for 🙂

  205. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for Pol­ish translation!

  206. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink


    Recent­ly made the jump from an old MT site to Word­Press — found your them and have to say that it’s incred­i­ble. Right up my alley in style and layout.

    I’ve been play­ing with some minor tweaks to get to know both your them and WPs CSS lay­out and have run into a conun­drum. I would like to keep the pri­ma­ry con­tain­er locked to the left and have been play­ing in the Lay­out set­ting it to position:absolute; left:8em. The down­side is that doing so caus­es the Foot­er and Foot­er-tog­gle to float near the top of the page. I’ve searched for the best spot to cor­rect this but so far tri­al and error has­n’t worked. Is there a sim­pler spot that I can set the con­tain­er to lock to the left or can you point me in the direc­tion of where I can con­fig­ure the foot­er to lock to the bottom?

    If there isn’t an easy answer (I’m try­ing to remem­ber CSS after not touch­ing it for sev­en years), that’s fine. Though if you’re still con­sult­ing I would be will­ing to pay for an hours worth of work.

    Again, many thanks for this theme!



  207. Posted June 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Nev­er­mind — found the trick — I was using the wrong property. 

    Thanks again for such an excel­lent product!

  208. Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I love the theme, just stum­bled upon it when search­ing for a theme for a new blog. I’m in the process of trans­lat­ing it to Ger­man (will share when done) and noticed issues in comments_custom.php, see
    — date not using WP for­mat for dates
    — ‘wrote’ not translatable
    — l18n of the date-time seems to come from WP, not the the­me’s, as it’s always using the Ger­man ‘um’ instead of my pre­ferred ‘–’ (see the date-time of the post for how I pre­fer it).

  209. Benjamin Pan
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Just a quick ques­tion, is there any chance that in the future, you can make make the nav­i­ga­tion menu and foot­er sta­t­ic, sep­a­rate­ly? I’d like a sta­t­ic foot­er but dynam­ic head­er (menu).

  210. Matt
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    @Ben­jamin Not in the plans for now, nope. You could always fig­ure out how to do it yourself!

  211. Roger
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    v2.7.1 does nopt show up in the theme sec­tion of the word­press backend.
    I dowloaded it from your site but the instal­la­tion failed because the fold­er already exist…

    Any help?

  212. Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    can I adjust the num­ber of posts on the front page, and if so, where do I that?


  213. Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I am using it. Thank you.

  214. Posted June 30, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Your theme had changed the way I looked at a web­site. Quite Inspi­ra­tional. I had adopt­ed your theme for myself ear­ly on, and Now I have tak­en the next step of cre­at­ing my very own per­son­al theme (I don’t think its good enough for a pub­lic release) and have uti­lized some of your bits.

    Thanks for intro­duc­ing me to a whole new dimen­sion to web design.


  215. Matthias
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    This is a tru­ly great theme; thank you for shar­ing. I have one ques­tion, though: while I per­son­al­ly love the ini­tial cap, it’s not a good fit for the web­site I would like to use the theme on.

    Could you give me a hint as to where to look to “turn it off”? I know PHP, so a gen­er­al point­er where the text gets processed might be enough.

  216. Matt
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    @Finno It dis­plays accord­ing to the WP set­ting in Options → Reading.

  217. Matt
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    @Matthias It’s using the CSS :first-letter pseudo-selector.

  218. Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Incred­i­ble! That’s what I want, awe­some WP theme.

    Thanks for your work, guys!

  219. Posted July 3, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks guys! It’s a awe­some theme, I’m using it on my Weight Loss in LA blog.

  220. Posted July 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt, 

    I am lov­ing this theme, but there’s a caveat:

    In Chrome and Fire­fox, the Post Meta­da­ta does not dis­play on the archives page although it does dis­play on indi­vid­ual posts and on the first post on the main page. In IE, it shows in the archives as well as on indi­vid­ual posts and the first post on the main page. (You can see this in action at my web­site.) I’ve spent all day work­ing on this puz­zle (and even called in rein­force­ments!) and I can’t seem to solve it.

    I would very much like read­ers to be able to see meta­da­ta when they are brows­ing the archives so that they can decide if they want to click through! (Addi­tion­al­ly, I would love the option, in a future edi­tion of this theme, of enabling a keep reading/put away on the archives page so that read­ers don’t have to browse away.)

    Any idea of what’s going on here?

  221. Matt
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    @meloukhia It’s basi­cal­ly some CSS stuff. I nev­er cared for meta data on the archive pages, so I left them off.

    But, try adding the fol­low­ing lines to erudite.css;

    .archive #content {width:90em;}
    .archive .post {width:54em;}
  222. Posted July 4, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Matt, thanks for the answer to meloukhi­a’s ques­tion. I had want­ed meta data on the archives pages with­out real­iz­ing it. Works perfectly!

    Thanks for a splen­did theme.

  223. E
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    I was going to update to the lat­est ver­sion, but I noticed it’s not set up to update direct­ly through the word­press con­trol pan­el. Is there any­thing to be con­cerned about sim­ply over­writ­ing the exist­ing theme files with the new version?

  224. Matt
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    @E The folks haven’t approved the update yet, so it won’t show up in your con­trol pan­el. Over­writ­ing is only a prob­lem if you’ve made modifications.

  225. Daniel
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure if this is the result of your theme, a plu­g­in, or a bug in Word­Press, but for some rea­son pages that have an amper­sand (&) in the title will cause the fol­low­ing to dis­play in the browser/tab title: &

  226. Daniel
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Oops, should be this: <span class=“amp”>&</span>

  227. Posted July 11, 2010 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Con­grat­u­la­tions and thank you for an excel­lent theme!
    One thing I have noticed, when using plu­g­ins that place con­tent before or after the main page con­tent (for exam­ple social book­marks, sexy­book­marks, etc.) For some rea­son they recog­nise the epi­graph as a sep­a­rate piece of con­tent — plac­ing items below both the epi­graph, and main body content.

  228. Posted July 11, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink


    I’m mak­ing some tests to use this amaz­ing theme. But I have a problem:

    First Cap­i­talls (the big ones) does­n’t show in sin­gle and home pages. Just in the excerpts.

    Sor­ry about my pour Eng­lish (I’m from Brazil).

    Thanks for this great theme!

  229. Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    I am using your theme. I using the foll­wo­ing plu­g­ins too.
    1. Akismet
    2. Google Tranliteration
    3. Share and Follow
    4. PB-Tweet

    I think PB-Tweet has done some­thing, the rss feed shows some error.

    Please Help me. I dont know wat to do with this.

    Advanced Thanks
    Kailash C

  230. Matt
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    @Daniel Yeah, I get why that’s hap­pen­ing. There’ll be a fix in the next ver­sion. For now, find line 15 of library/epigraph.php inside the theme and replace this

    $epigraph = apply_filters('the_content', $epigraph);

    with this:

    $epigraph = apply_filters('the_excerpt', $epigraph);

  231. Matt
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    @Kailash I have no idea. I very much doubt it has any­thing to do with my theme.

  232. Matt
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    @Welling­ton Ini­tial cap­i­tals rely on good browsers. They won’t play nice­ly on IE 6 or 7.

  233. Posted July 13, 2010 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    That worked like a charm! Thanks!

  234. Posted July 13, 2010 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Hi, Matt.
    I think the prob­lem is not the brownser. I use Chrome and Fire­fox, not IE.

    Ini­tial cap­i­tals only worked at ‘home’ and ‘pages’, not at sin­gle posts nei­ther when you clicked ‘keep read­ing’ button.

  235. Posted July 13, 2010 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    By the way, there’s my site:

  236. Posted July 13, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I had the same prob­lem, @Daniel! Solved!
    But there’s anoth­er: rat­ing stars is shown above epi­graph, instead of below the post title. I think this is an easy iss­sue, but I don’t know the sollution.

  237. Matt
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    @Welling­ton Well that’s sim­ple enough. Your social bar is muck­ing it up. Any plu­g­in that inserts con­tent at the top of a post will do this.

  238. Posted July 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Excel­lent theme. I’m thrilled with this. Thanks so much.

  239. Posted July 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Very, Very nice theme, I love it!
    One Question..
    Now, In the main page, Titles are not showed com­plete­ly, I mean it shows only a part of the “long titles”, I want to change this to show titles completely.

  240. Posted July 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Sor­ry to make “sec­ond” com­ment, I for­got to ask.
    Is there any way to remove “By ” in the bot­tom of the posts ? and any­way to “edit” info bar ?
    Sec­ond (Third!) ques­tion is, How can I edit foot­er details ? For exam­ple I want to remove “Archives”.

  241. Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    @nima1024 Com­ment 1: look at the erudite.css file and you’ll see that the h3 tag is used for the entry titles. Change the h3 prop­er­ty to a small­er size (under /* Typog­ra­phy Base */).

    Com­ment 2: To get rid of the word “By” go to WP admin, then to Appear­ance -> Edi­tor and select the “single.php” file to edit. On about the 15th line, find the words ” ‘By %s’ ” and take out the “By”. Update your file. That’ll fix the sin­gle post.

    Do the same in “home.php” and I guess also “author.php”. That should fix that.

    Not sure about the third ques­tion. Will post the answer if I work it out before Matt answers.

  242. Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    @nima1024 — Look­ing at your site, you aren’t going to be able to fit your titles onto one line any­way — they’re far too long. Titles are meant to be short.

  243. Posted July 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    @nima1024 Sor­ry — lack of atten­tion to detail in my pre­vi­ous post. It should read:

    Com­ment 1: look at the erudite.css file and you’ll see that the h3 tag is used for the entry titles. Change the h3 prop­er­ty VALUE to a small­er size (under /* Typog­ra­phy Base */).

  244. Posted July 14, 2010 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Thanks Boz,
    I tired that at first but no result, I also change the code to this:

    h1,h4,h5,h6 {font-family:inherit; font-weight:normal; letter-spacing:.05em;}
    h2,h3 {font-family:Gerogia; font-weight:normal; letter-spacing:.05em; font-size:3.6em;}
    h1 {font-size:3.6em; line-height:1.333; margin-top:1.333em;}
    h2 {font-size:2.4em; line-height:1; margin-top:1em;}
    h3 {font-size:13.5px; line-height:1.143; margin-top:1.143em;}
    h4 {font-size:1.8em; line-height:1.333; margin-top:1.333em;}
    h5 {font-size:1.6em; margin-top:1.5em;}
    h4, h5 {letter-spacing:.1em;}

    All head­ings changed unless h3, Even I merge h2 and h3 togeth­er but no result.

  245. Posted July 14, 2010 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Matt, solved cap­i­tals issue: I think any plu­g­in that shows any­thing at the top of the posts, like WP-Rat­ings or social but­tons hides the cap­i­tals. Tip: put it below the posts or just don’t use it.

    Thanks a lot for this theme!

  246. Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Hi, Matt.
    There’s my Brazil­ian Por­tuguese trans­la­tion. Thank you for the theme:


  247. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Hi, Matt.

    I have anoth­er doubt:

    I write short sto­ries but also I write poems. The inden­ta­tion in the para­graphs is quite incon­ve­nient for poems, but I don’t want to change the inden­ta­tion for fic­tion texts because I real­ly like that.
    Any suggestion?

  248. Matt
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    @Welling­ton First­ly, thanks for the Brazil­ian Por­tuguese trans­la­tion! It’ll go in the next release.

    As for poems, you’ll need to write some cus­tom CSS. to suit what you want. If you use a “poem” cat­e­go­ry or tag, the post will get a CSS class that you can hook onto.

  249. Posted July 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Any way to move the Cat­e­gories and Search fea­tures to the top of the page rather the foot­er w/o man­u­al­ly chang­ing the source/CSS?

  250. Julian
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Amaz­ing theme Matt, great work. And easy customizable.
    Just one ques­tion: how does the script deter­mine how much of the first post should be shown and when to show the “keep read­ing” jquery slider?
    I want to adjust that but it’s not in the CSS so I assume it uses JS? Thanks Matt!

  251. Posted July 20, 2010 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Neat and smooth theme. Weldone

  252. Matt
    Posted July 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    @Julian JS indeed. I basi­cal­ly show the first two block-lev­el HTML ele­ments in the post. I fig­ured that made a nice pseu­do-excerpt. You’ll want to hack on js/common.js lines 9–18 to make changes.

  253. Matt
    Posted July 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    @Jeff nope. Hack away!

  254. jr
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Very nice theme!
    You got linked on twit­ter via smash­ing mag­a­zine. (Font­Friend)

    Win­nipeg represent! 😉

  255. Posted July 29, 2010 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    I am new here. I pur­chased host­ing space from godad­dy, reg­is­tered domain through them, uploaded word­press 3.0 and your the-eru­dite lates you have given.
    now what to to do to get start­ed.… how to acti­vate it?
    please give some direc­tion to set the ball rolling.
    I will remain obliged.

  256. Posted July 29, 2010 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    @Dr.S.S.D.Pandey: You need to read at the top of this page under the head­ing: “How to Use”.

  257. Posted July 29, 2010 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    @nima1024: Sor­ry, I don’t know. I’m just a code tin­ker­er using an amaz­ing theme, not a hard­core coder. 

    I made those sug­ges­tions because I hacked around the css to make sim­i­lar changes to my site and found those things worked.

  258. Posted July 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi guys, fan­tas­tic theme, love it!

    I’m writ­ing the blog in two lan­guages, and would love to be able to do one small styl­is­tic change. ATM the first let­ter of a post gets replaced by a funky image. I would love to be able to do the same for the first para­graph of the trans­lat­ed text…

    You can see what I’m talk­ing about here:

    I’d like to have the “H” in the sec­ond para­graph in the same for­mat­ting as the “W” from the first.

    Help? Thanks!

  259. Posted August 7, 2010 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Love the theme, but hav­ing a lit­tle issue in WP 3.0.1 in the edi­tor, and I think it has to do with the theme itself. When I type the first let­ter of my post, it shows in the WYSIWYG using the drop-let­ter font. So far so good. But then you can’t type any sub­se­quent let­ters. The workaround is to switch to HTML mode, but I doubt that this is the pre­scribed usage.

    I was just won­der­ing if this is hap­pen­ing to any­one else.

  260. Posted August 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt. I’m hav­ing a prob­lem that was described by Bon­nie Shull in 2009[1] involv­ing the first post dis­ap­pear­ing on page load. I use Shad­ow­box as well. Any thoughts? If you give me a hint at where I could start play­ing, I’m com­fort­able with jQuery and JS … maybe post up a fix.



  261. Posted August 8, 2010 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    After installing a Face­book Like plu­g­in, I get this error mes­sage on top of the dash­board page. Is this relat­ed to The Erudite?

    “Warn­ing: unse­ri­al­ize() expects para­me­ter 1 to be string, array giv­en in /hsphere/local/home/finno/ on line 205”


  262. Posted August 8, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    @Finno — def­i­nite­ly not. THat’s all the face­book plu­g­in. Switch themes and you’ll like­ly see the same error.

    @Soma Design — an amend­ment to my bug report in com­ment 259[1]: the WYSIWYG issue does not hap­pen in Fire­fox, just Google Chromi­um. I’m on Ubun­tu, incidentally.


  263. Posted August 9, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    @Matt: I fig­ured out why the first para­graph dis­ap­pears when Shad­ow­box is installed[1]. In line 17 of common.js, you add a class ‘hid­den’ to the first .entry-con­tent item on the page, which is fine as long as noth­ing else imple­ments a ‘hid­den’ class. I would sug­gest pseu­do-name­spacing at least the most com­mon­ly used css class­es. In oth­er words, instead of hav­ing a class ‘hid­den’, name it ‘eru­dite-hid­den.’ Or, if you only use hid­den for this sin­gle pur­pose, assign the style of ‘overflow:hidden’ to this entry direct­ly with the jQuery style function.

    Per­son­al­ly, I think it’s more man­age­able to name­space css class­es in a plug­gable frame­work. If you have pub­lic git or svn repo, I’d be hap­py to sub­mit a patch.


  264. Matt
    Posted August 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    @James Name­spacing the .hid­den class sounds like a fine idea. The Eru­dite is on GitHub if you want to patch it. Oth­er­wise I’ll get to it soon-ish.

    As for the WYSIWYG issue, it’s noth­ing I’ve been able to dupli­cate. The only thing I do there is add a stylesheet, and there’s no way that would pre­vent you from writ­ing. It’s pos­si­ble that one of your plu­g­ins is caus­ing an issue.

  265. Julian
    Posted August 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    hey matt is it pos­si­ble that you can only use one pul­lquote per page? it only shows me one.
    to achieve mul­ti­ple, would you copy the css code and rename it or there any oth­er fix for this?

  266. Posted August 10, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo, Matt. I’m so hap­py I met “The Eru­dite” on the day I start­ed “Word­Press”. I’m just 4‑day old on this plat­form, but I’m sure I could hard­ly ask for more as a ves­sel of my writ­ings on the WEB. Your excel­lent work leaves very lit­tle to be desired… which I would (bold­ly and thank­ful­ly) enu­mer­ate here as your loy­al user/admirer:
    1)Most of the right col­umn seems to lie down idle (on all post­ings & pages).
    … I’d pre­fer no col­umn to too lit­tle info with long blank space. It would be nice for me to have ‘dis­able right col­umn’ in the Eru­dite Options.
    2)Header/Footer back­ground col­or fixed on black and unchangeable.
    … To have ‘change col­or’ in the Eru­dite Options might be just anoth­er fan­cy super­fluity which you (along with the eru­dite) dis­dain, but a sim­ply worth­while addi­tion too, I’d imagine.
    3)The help­ful nav-back­/­nav-for­ward but­ton only avail­able on post­ed articles.
    … Let me first thank you for plac­ing this nice aid at the bot­tom of each “POST”; and then allow me to wish how won­der­ful it would be on each “PAGE”!
    Please for­give me for pos­si­bly bark­ing up the wrong tree as a novice user of Word­Press. As for the “page-up/­page-down tabs” I cov­et­ed above, you could see an axam­ple (I man­u­al­ly added) on the fol­low­ing page (the site is still under con­struc­tion and not open to the world, so type in…
    user=“public” passwords=“amnemonesaga”
    to come and peep at it):
    Thank you again for the authen­tic flair of your author-ori­ent­ed finesse!

  267. Posted August 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink


    very nice work. Some sug­ges­tions from a user:

    1. Would be nice if one could choose some col­or for the stripes (I’ve done em blue)

    2. A place­hold­er for a logo would be nice.

    3. I rec­og­nized, that under head­ings in the text theres a mar­gin miss­ing, if you care about typo 😉 I did half the top mar­gin now. (look at

    Thank you. Wait­ed a long time for a clean, but nice and func­tion­al design.

  268. Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Just gonna throw in my two cents on the theme. I just got my blog up and run­ning last week. This is by far the best free WP theme I’ve ever come across. But, with every com­pli­ment there must also come criticism.

    1. I’d love to be able to turn off the new para­graph inden­ta­tion, and the big let­ter at post’s begin­ning glob­al­ly and/or per post. I post writ­ings as well as audio and video, and this would be a very wel­come fea­ture for that.

    2. I would pre­fer to have the index page as a nor­mal top to bot­tom stream like most oth­er blogs. The lat­est post on top and old­er posts in the grid below style works great if you’re only doing writ­ing, but as I said, I am not.

    I’ve nev­er worked with CSS before, so it would be real­ly great if this were worked into the theme as an option. But if you’d rather, I’m sure I could fig­ure out how to change the CSS if you gave me a few pointers.

    Keep up the good work, and make some more great themes!

  269. Jon McCulloch
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink


    Why are you crit­i­cis­ing at all?

    It’s plain this is a theme for writ­ers.

    “I post writ­ings as well as audio and video”

    It’s plain this is a theme for writ­ers.

    “The lat­est post on top and old­er posts in the grid below style works great if you’re only doing writ­ing, but as I said, I am not.”

    It’s plain this is a theme for writ­ers.

    How can you crisi­cise it for not doing some­thing it was nev­er intend­ed to do?


  270. Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s a theme for writ­ers, but I just want­ed to post my thoughts. As far as I’ve found, there are no oth­er free themes out there that are this focused on design, so I’d like to adapt this one to my purposes.

    Per­haps I should’ve used obser­va­tion or sug­ges­tion rather than criticism?

  271. Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi you all, love­ly Eru­dite devel­op­ers. I am try­ing to set up the theme on a blog I’m going to start, but, being also a rel­a­tive WP novice, I can’t fig­ure out a cou­ple of things. Specif­i­cal­ly: Is it pos­si­ble to add wid­gets to the bar *on top*? If yes, how?


  272. Posted August 16, 2010 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    I’m sor­ry. I am a total noob.
    But this theme is real­ly great. I fell in love with it immediately.

    I have a prob­lem, though. How do I remove the bor­der for the images? And when I use Google Chrome, a there is a line in the post that seems to expand hor­i­zon­tal­ly so that oth­er words can’t be read.

    Thank you very much.

  273. Posted August 16, 2010 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    hey, I found a rem­e­dy already 😉

    thanks you so much for your theme. i so love it.

  274. Posted August 16, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    The theme I was look­ing for!!! Thanks for mak­ing it. Just start­ed using it and still tweak­ing myself, but I’m total­ly hap­py with it.

  275. Posted August 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Love love love the design — so much so that I need to hack it apart!

    Matt — is there any easy way of hav­ing every entry like the first entry on the home page, ie the tem­plate does­n’t intro­duce the 9 grid wide box­es for posts2, 3, 4… and just keeps each one as a 24 grid wide one? I am dis­play­ing 10 to 50 words of text and a sin­gle pho­to with each and every post, and want to dis­play them all in a line on the front page.

    Eru­dite is excel­lent and I real­ly do want to use it!

  276. Posted August 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    He, thanks for all your work! I real­ly appre­ci­ate it.

    A ques­tion, long enu­mer­a­tion dosen’t look very well — is there a way to make them look bet­ter? Maybe reduc­ing the spaces between the lines..


  277. Posted August 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    @Frank: You can reduce the lead­ing (spaces between the lines) through the css file. 

    You would­n’t want to reduce it by too much though, as well-spaced lead­ing is what makes text read­able when you’re using typog­ra­phy-based design.

  278. thomas
    Posted August 20, 2010 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Def­i­nite­ly, this is some­thing I’ve been wait­ing for — excel­lent design, pure read­abil­i­ty. Keep up the good work!

  279. Posted August 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    @boz thanks for your help, but I think i’ll stay with the spacing 🙂

    Anoth­er Ques­tions, is there a Way to do multi­ble pul­lquotes? I’ve got a very long text with mutible quotes worth a pullquote.


  280. George
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I recent­ly found this theme and I’m extreme­ly impressed by it. I’ve been play­ing with it the past few days, and there is one issue I would like to ask about. 

    From time to time I would like to use a large image (eg 800 pix­els width). On the front-page, there is a white-over­lay which cov­ers the right-hand part of the image. When I press the “Keep Read­ing” link, the page expands and the white-over­lay is turned off. Is there a way to adjust the CSS or javascript so that I can avoid the avoid this white-over­lay on the top page? I’ve moved the “meta data” to the bot­tom of the arti­cle, so there is noth­ing on the right-hand part of the screen to inter­fere with larg­er images. Thanks.

  281. Posted August 27, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt. I’ve just installed the new release of your theme (which I fol­low and real­ly love), but I’ve got a sil­ly prob­lem that I’d like to solve: Since I’ve updat­ed the theme, the title of my blog links to a dif­fer­ent URL than the home page ¿?
    I’ll explain mself: My blog address is, but if I’m read­ing one indi­vid­ual entry and want to go to the ini­tial page, I touch the title and it takes me to (for­get­ting /pensamientos). Why is this so? How can I solve it?
    Thanks in advance and have a great friday!

  282. Matt
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    @George Turn off the show/hide func­tion­al­i­ty if you want wide images.

  283. Posted September 4, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Is it pos­si­ble to use more than one pul­lquote in an article?

  284. Aden
    Posted September 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Such a great theme–is it alright if I port it to Expres­sio­nEngine? It would­n’t be for wide release, just my own use. (EE does­n’t real­ly have the same them­ing func­tion­al­i­ty Word­Press does.)

  285. Matt
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    @Aden Port away. It’s GPL, mean­ing you can hack on it as you please.

  286. Matt
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    @Roland Only a sin­gle pul­lquote is cur­rent­ly pos­si­ble. I may revise this in the future.

  287. Posted September 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    thanks for this beau­ti­ful theme. just what I was look­ing for!

  288. Aden
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I saw the GPL license–still want­ed to ask per­mis­sion before I messed around in some­one’s sand­box. Guess it’s the upbringing 🙂

  289. Matt
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Am I an idiot? I can not fig­ure out how to increase the font size on all posts, nor can I fig­ure out how to increase the font size of nor­mal text with­out mak­ing the Ini­tial larg­er as well. Where in the CSS file should I be look­ing for the font-size that affects only the post text blocks and noth­ing else?

  290. Posted September 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi and thank you for the exce­lent theme. I’m new to word­press and The Eru­dite is per­fect for what I want to transmit.

    I want to know how can I put a right and left side­bar with wid­gets in the eru­dite theme. It is posible?

    Thank you again…

  291. Leslie
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    This is, indeed, a won­der­ful theme. Thanks so much. 

    But, I’m hav­ing the same issue that Evan was hav­ing (com­ment #185). When I try to type some­thing new in the visu­al edi­tor, only the first let­ter will appear. If I try to edit an old post in the visu­al edi­tor, it either 1) deletes pre­vi­ous char­ac­ters as I type, as if I’m press­ing back­space rather than typ­ing new words or 2) will replace the cur­rent char­ac­ter with the one I type, result­ing in the last char­ac­ter chang­ing constantly. 

    This is hap­pen­ing in Safari 5.0.1, but when I select the theme option to turn off visu­al edi­tor styling, it’s not a prob­lem (obvi­ous­ly). I’ve tried it in Fire­fox 3.5.2 and the visu­al edi­tor does not have these issues, but it also does­n’t dis­play the ini­tial block letter.

  292. Posted September 17, 2010 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Gor­geous. Still mess­ing around to get it *just* how I’d like, but yes, this is what I’ve been after for my writ­ing. No fuss, no dis­trac­tions, but still beau­ti­ful­ly smooth!


  293. Adnan
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Your theme is real­ly won­der­ful. Thanks alot for giv­ing us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to use this theme. 

    In the demo site, there is a quote just below the head­er. How can I place one in my site? Did miss any option in the theme? I am not a code-guy. So I could­n’t fig­ure that out. Can you please tell me?

    Thanks again for the beau­ti­ful theme!

    Just a sug­ges­tion — in future you can release this theme with dif­fer­ent colours or you can put an option with some pre­de­fined colours so that user can eas­i­ly can have vari­a­tions of erudite!! 🙂

  294. Matt
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    @Adnan Every post has an option­al epi­graph. If your most recent post has an epi­graph, it’ll appear up there.

  295. Adnan
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Matt, I did not observe that option. Thnax alot!

    By the way, is there any way to remove the bor­ders from the smi­lies only, but not from the oth­er images/pictures which are in the posts?

  296. Posted September 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink


    This is a great theme. Thank you for mak­ing it free.

    Please how can I remove “by author” in posts?

  297. Posted September 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I love this theme, but won­der if there could be a way to cus­tomize the accent col­ors or images. For instance, I want to remove the stripes from the head­er and lead char­ac­ters on each post and instead have a sim­ple grey back­ground (same as “Show Menu” and “Fur­ther Infor­ma­tion” links) or change the col­or alto­geth­er. I wish I were more pro­fi­cient in CSS, but I unfor­tu­nate­ly can’t fig­ure this out!

  298. Posted September 27, 2010 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Matt, thank you so much for cre­at­ing an absolute­ly beau­ti­ful theme. It does encour­age writ­ing — so I would say your design is genius. I’ve made a few tweaks, such as col­or and a head­er image, to add con­ti­nu­ity from pre­vi­ous designs, but your theme speaks for itself. I’m very grate­ful for your work.

  299. Posted September 27, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I have a mild anom­aly going on that I can’t fig­ure out: 

    one of the post blurbs (‘Con­quest of Death’, far left, third row) has dropped down a click. If you could help me cor­rect this, I would be much obliged.

    Thank you.

  300. Matt
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    @Bruce Not see­ing the prob­lem. Either it rec­ti­fied itself, you fixed it, or I’m miss­ing something.

  301. Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Well! Maybe I need new glasses!

    On my com­put­er, down on the bot­tom row, the post entry, “The Con­quest of Death” is one notch down in its own row.

    That’s curi­ous that you don’t see it.

    I’m going with the the­o­ry that it’s not a problem!

    Thanks for get­tng back to me.

  302. Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks matt for the theme. It’s per­fect for my per­son­al blog. Sim­ple and elegant

  303. Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    FYI, the lat­est ver­sion of Eru­dite on the Word­Press theme serv­er is 2.7.2, but 2.7.4 is appar­ent­ly released. Please let know about the upgrade!


  304. Posted September 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I thing this is a bug with the Eru­dite theme:

    The blog I have is in a subirec­to­ry. The full url is In the Word­Press gen­er­al set­tings, I have that url in both the site URL and the Word­Press blog url.

    If I click on the link at the top of any site admin page, I get tak­en to the blog home page, as it should. The link at the top of the home page ought to be the same as the home page. But it is not. It only has

    My guess is that the php code that picks up the blog url is not grab­bing the entire URL from wher­ev­er the gen­er­al set­tings are stored (in the mysql database?).

  305. Matt
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    @Kirk First­ly, don’t con­fuse and Easy to do, but they’re def­i­nite­ly not the same. Sec­ond­ly, I’ve sub­mit­ted the 2.7.3–2.7.5 to the themes direc­to­ry, even though they’ve reject­ed them because of their sud­den stan­dards, which I’ve writ­ten about.

    Now, as to your error with sub­di­rec­to­ries, that’s a known issue and will be fixed in the next update, which will prob­a­bly might also get reject­ed from the theme direc­to­ry, but will be avail­able here.

  306. Posted September 30, 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    @Matt: Thanks for the clar­i­fi­ca­tion. I was­n’t pay­ing much atten­tion to the .org/.com thing.

    It’s great to know that the sub­di­rec­to­ry prob­lem is known and will be fixed. As for the theme require­ments, it’s a shame because I depend on the update notice. But I’ll be check­ing here for notifications.

    Thanks for Eru­dite! I’ve tried a lot of themes. This is the most ele­gant. And my blog is a read­er’s blog, not an ad compaign. 😉

  307. Posted September 30, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I just updat­ed to the lat­est ver­sion and am happy.

    I love this theme, I do indeed.

  308. Posted October 1, 2010 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    Hi, Eru­dite is show­ing a blogroll with some entries point­ing to Word­Press. The blogroll is that part of theme or Word­Press? How can I edit it?

    I am using word­press 3.0


  309. Posted October 1, 2010 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    I’m also a fan of this won­der­ful theme and changed the head­er to a slid­er with dif­fer­ent pic­tures. So it is a bit more entertaining.
    Thanks again

  310. Posted October 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    This is a mar­velous theme–really well thought out and ele­gant. Thank you! I’ve just start­ed blog­ging and this is exact­ly the sort of thing I was look­ing for (

  311. Posted October 2, 2010 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    I am so excit­ed to have found your theme. I adore it. One prob­lem I’ve just noticed is that when I click on my head­er, it does­n’t link back to, but just links to Not sure how to fix this.

  312. Posted October 2, 2010 at 6:22 am | Permalink


    This is a mar­velous theme. I have two ques­tions that I am hop­ing are sim­ple enough:

    1. Is there a way to make the point size on foot­note super­scripts a lit­tle bit smaller?

    2. Is there a way to add link descrip­tions to the link page template?


  313. Posted October 2, 2010 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Sor­ry to dou­ble post, but I just tried to upgrade to 2.7.4 and there seemed to be a prob­lem with the “keep read­ing” link on the home page. I saw the link, but the text in the main post on the page kept flow­ing down the page any­way, mak­ing the rest of the page unread­able. I had to rein­stall 2.7.2 and so I can’t show you what I mean. I did check to make sure that the “dis­able keep read­ing” but­ton was unchecked in the options.

  314. Posted October 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt, a lit­tle more info on my prob­lem above… I def­i­nite­ly have installed the theme in the right place: And the head­er link worked fine before I installed the update to v. 2.7.4, tak­ing me to Now it takes me to, and I’m com­plete­ly baf­fled as to how come it changed, and how to cor­rect it all. Every­thing else works, the posts show up in the right sub­di­rec­to­ry, as do the pages, every­thing works fine. Just not the head­er link.

    Thanks again,

  315. Posted October 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Matt, dis­re­gard my posts please. I’ve just done a bet­ter search of the com­ments here and found your response (no. 305) to my issue. I look for­ward to the new ver­sion com­ing out!
    Cheers, and thanks again for this bril­liant theme. I’m in love!

  316. Posted October 3, 2010 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Um, just won­der­ing, are you able to give an esti­mat­ed time for the new ver­sion with the updat­ed head­er link bug fixed? Even if it’s a very, very, very rough estimate?


  317. Posted October 5, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I won­der if any­one can help me with this–I’m try­ing to embed some mp3s in my post. I’m doing a post on the “taste” for com­pres­sion and mid scoop­ing in music, and I’ve made some exam­ples. when I pre­view them, they won’t play–it says I don’t have per­mis­sion. Any suggestions?

  318. Posted October 7, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, I’m try­ing to get my fav­i­con to show on every page. I’ve added this code:

    to header.php right under this line:

    <link rel=“pingback” href=”” />

    So the fav­i­con shows up on the main page, but none of the oth­ers. Have I put it in the wrong place?

  319. Markus Toni
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    I am just anoth­er dude, enchant­ed by your awe­some Eru­dite. It is real­ly the best I’ve found after installing WP3.

    But just one question:
    Maybe I am blind, but is there any pos­si­bil­i­ty to edit erudite.css direct­ly in WP’s edi­tor (just like the style.css) w/o ftp? This would real­ly ease tweak­ing the design.

  320. Matt
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    @Helene If you’ve put your fav­i­con in the root direc­to­ry (and it’s called favicon.ico), a sim­ple <link rel=“pingback” href=”/favicon.ico” /> should do the trick.

    As for your sub­di­rec­to­ry install issues, You can down­load the ver­sion on this page and upload via FTP to fix that. It won’t be avail­able through the auto-update func­tion for a good while yet, because sub­mit­ting to the themes site has become a mas­sive pain in the ass as of late.

  321. Matt
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    @Richard The “Keep Read­ing” thing was prob­a­bly caused by a cached CSS file. Try open­ing in a dif­fer­ent brows­er or doing a hard refresh after upgrading.

    As for your oth­er questions:
    1. has been addressed in the most recent version
    2. I did­n’t even real­ize there was a link tem­plate (I based this off of the old­er Sand­box theme). You’ll want the get_bookmark_field() func­tion. Call it like echo get_bookmark_field('link_description', $bookmark_id);

  322. Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Matt!

  323. Posted October 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Matt!

    Thanks for get­ting the new ver­sion to us so quick­ly! Much appre­ci­at­ed. Head­er link works beau­ti­ful­ly now. 

    Still work­ing on fav­i­con, not show­ing up as yet. I’ve added the code to header.php, and uploaded the ico image to every fold­er pos­si­ble now with­in public_html/musicallyspeaking/ and it’s still not show­ing up. Serves me right for think­ing I can play with the big kids.

  324. Posted October 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I worked it out! I final­ly have my fav­i­con dis­play­ing exact­ly where I want it to. Thanks heaps for this bril­liant theme and all your work.

  325. Posted October 10, 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I’m real­ly sor­ry to ask, but I tried to work this out on my own, researched it as much as I could, and I think I need to ask you if you can help me.

    The font sizes were per­fect, just like on this site’s exam­ple
    Yes­ter­day, I edit­ed the set­tings for one of the plu­g­ins (Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu), saved the changes, and all of a sud­den, the font sizes changed, as if I’d zoomed out. I’ve since deac­ti­vat­ed and delet­ed the plu­g­in, deac­ti­vat­ed every plu­g­in in fact, re-uploaded the theme files, and noth­ing I do seems to get the read­abil­i­ty back. I’ve been read­ing the sites you’ve list­ed under “Inspi­ra­tion” above, and I can’t find any clue to get­ting the typog­ra­phy back to how it orig­i­nal­ly was. Any help will be great­ly appreciated.

  326. Posted October 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Matt, for the won­der­ful theme. I am web design­er and would like to start learn­ing Word­Press theme devel­op­ment. I would appre­ci­ate any tips you might have good resources to learn from, such as books or sites. 

    Thank you,

  327. Posted October 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    GREAT theme! Real­ly good instruc­tions and I love it. One thing I can’t fig­ure out. It is sup­posed to be a sin­gle col­umn theme, and not have a side­bar. And I see that there is not “real­ly” a side­bar, but it looks like there is. See on my site: on the right side, it has the meta­da­ta: author, post date, etc. I’d like that to go away or just be some­where else, so that my sticky post fills the entire page. Right now it only looks like it’s fill­ing 2 columns. Can I elim­i­nate what appears to be an emp­ty side­bar? Thanks!

  328. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt, first off great theme and thanks for tak­ing the time to do it. I’ve been tin­ker­ing with it for about a week now for my new site ( but I cannnot for the life of me fig­ure out how to make the text for my dif­fer­ent pages go wider to the right. The text on my pages is pret­ty nar­row because I got rid of the side­bar but I can’t fig­ure out how to widen the text to take up that emp­ty space. Any advice you or any­one else on here has would be HUGE for me…thanks

  329. Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Richard…my ques­tion (right above yours) address­es the same issue! I haven’t been able to fig­ure it out either…hopefully we can get an answer here. please post and let us know if you fig­ure it out in the mean­time as well!

  330. Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    @Richard: I looked at your site and see no rea­son to make the text wider. Doing so would make it hard­er to read. White space is a good thing and should be respect­ed, espe­cial­ly in a theme such as this that empha­sis­es good readability. 

    Hav­ing said that, if you real­ly want to adjust the width of the text you would sim­ply edit the CSS ele­ment that con­trols the width.

    In this case you would change the width locat­ed in the fol­low­ing ele­ment of the erudite.css file.

    #con­tain­er, #head­er, #foot­er-wrap-inner {width: 96em; margin:0 auto; position:relative;}

  331. Posted October 21, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    @ Emi­ly: I have fig­ured it out (or I should say some­one fig­ured it out for me) I had a devel­op­er friend look at it and he made the change but I don’t know what he’s done yet. He just went in and changed the style sheet him­self but he’s been too busy to explain to me what he did. Once he has time to sit down and explain it I promise I’ll let you know what he did ASAP

    @Pete: I’m going to look and see if that’s what he changed. I think you saw the site after he had already widened it so that’s why it looked good already. Thanks for the advice though, hope­ful­ly it will help Emily

  332. Posted October 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    @Richard Beit­ey
    I access the page on 22 Oct 0100 hrs GMT. On my 19inch wide screen, it looks painful to read. With a 1 inch wide screen bor­der, the text width is wider than an A4 edge to edge.

  333. Posted October 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink


    To remove the side­bar you’d have to edit the stylesheet. In the erudite.css file you would add dis­play: none; to .entry-meta.

    For exam­ple, the line should read:

    .entry-meta {position:absolute; top:5.1em; padding-left:2em; width:22em; right:-36em; border-left:1px solid #aaa; display: none;}

    This will hide the side­bar. I would not make your sin­gle col­umn text any wider. That makes it hard­er to read. If you hide the side­bar, Ide­al­ly you might want the whole site to be 2 colums but such a change is fair­ly involved and you’d need to know CSS.

    - Pete

  334. Posted October 27, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Many thanks for mak­ing this theme avail­able — I’m using it and lov­ing it.

    How­ev­er, there is one small thing: I’m not crazy about the slant­ed lines in the back­ground of the head­er. I’ve been look­ing at thew CSS sheets to change it, but can’t find it. 

    Any help?

    Many thanks, again,

  335. Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Nev­er­mind. Found anoth­er more suit­able. Thanks.

  336. Rafal
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    i have some prob­lem. I want have a clas­si­cal-post-view. Where i can change css.home-post to clas­sic view?

  337. Posted October 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink


    This is very odd. I have just put up a new post, which has pushed what was pre­vi­ous­ly the cur­rent post to the first “post sum­ma­ry” spot. How­ev­er, not only is there no excerpt vis­i­ble, but the let­ter which appears as the drop cap, which is an O, is not the first let­ter of the post, which is an S. More, the post in ques­tion has more than one para­graph and no graph­ics. So I am won­der­ing if you know why it might be behav­ing this way.


  338. Posted October 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Sor­ry, one more thing I for­got to add: As far as I can tell, there is no html code or any­thing else oth­er than text in the post that is not dis­played properly.

  339. K.Noguchi
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Very cool!!
    I love this theme 😀

    Thank you.

  340. Jay
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt,

    On the home page in the old­er posts sec­tions the links don’t func­tion. Is there a way to make that work. I have been through almost every file and I either missed it or there isn’t a way.

  341. Matt
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    @Rafal I have no idea what you’re talk­ing about — I can’t read your mind and the assump­tions it contains.

  342. Matt
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    @Richard Not sure what’s hap­pen­ing there — best guess is that you’ve entered the ‘O’ char­ac­ter in the man­u­al excerpt for the post accidentally.

  343. Jay
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink


    I have anoth­er ques­tion. Is there a way to turn off the meta sec­tion in the foot­er? I have been look­ing and can’t find that either.


  344. Posted November 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink


    That was it! Don’t know why I did­n’t see the O there when I was scour­ing the post page to try to fig­ure out what was wrong myself. Many thanks.

  345. Michael
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, great theme!
    I am try­ing to run a pho­to­blog using your theme but I’d love to make the con­tent col­umn slight­ly wider to accom­mo­date the photos.

    I’ve changed the width of #con­tent to width:70em. This helped to make it wider in the sin­gle page, but it does­n’t show up on the index page. It stays the same width. Is there some­thing else I should change?

  346. Posted November 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for releas­ing the ver. 2.7.7, I find a new section/option at option page:

    Word­Press thinks you should have com­ments on pages, which The Eru­dite thinks is a mis­un­der­stand­ing of what pages are. Check this to dis­agree and allow com­ments on pages.

    I would like to trans­late it, but I don’t see any sec­tion on .pot file which state this part.

  347. Matt
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    @Cahya It’s in translation/the-erudite.pot on lines 380–385.

  348. Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    How do I get that “Noti­fy me of fol­lowup com­ments vie e‑mail” option that you have on this blog?

  349. Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    iron­i­cal­ly i for­got to check the box in this case. this com­ment is to give me the chance to check the box on this post so i get notified.

  350. Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt.
    First excus­es for my bad English

    The Eru­dite theme is exact­ly what i was search­ing for since a lot of time, so thanks for this great job!

    Just three lit­tle questions:

    First: The but­tons “Show menu” and “Fur­ther Infor­ma­tion” does­n’t appears (i’m using the french translation)

    Sec­ond: what do i have to change to have only two columns (and not three as actu­al­ly). I pre­fer hav­ing two columns and a real sidebar 😉

    Third: How can i change the bum­bre of posts on the “lat­est posts” showed on the first page!

    I’ve ser­ached for answers in the pre­vi­ous posts, but my eng­lish is real­ly too poor!

    Hope you’ll under­stand me

    Thanks in advance, and once again, a real­ly good stuff 😉


  351. Corona Smith
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Hel­lo, this is a love­ly theme, thanks for cre­at­ing it!

    I have a small prob­lem though, I just updat­ed to the lat­est ver­sion and now by default if I leave a page or post with no title, it actu­al­ly says ‘NO TITLE’. This pre­vents the use of a blank title as a fea­ture, for instance if I want to make a sticky post into a head­er for the blog etc…


    Thanks in advance…

  352. Posted November 7, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I am try­ing to com­bine “The Eru­dite” with “Dis­qus Com­ment Sys­tem”, but I found that the font became small­er that the default one (about the same size as font on the com­ment perma­link sec­tion of “The Erudite”.

    I have tried to edit the CSS of Dis­qus, but no luck, the font size even did­n’t change at all. I think the Dis­qus read the default font-size some­where in Eru­dite’s CSS but sure­ly not the font of com­ment section.

    I viewed it at clas­sic word­press theme, there is a nor­mal font size (not small­er). Well, just let you know it.

  353. Posted November 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I broke the theme by past­ing some HTML code into Foot­er ‘About’ Blurb, and now nei­ther page nor Options page of Theme in WP admin pan­el don’t show cor­rect­ly (don’t even load ful­ly, but get stuck on this code) Please tell where in fold­er struc­ture of WP can I delete/edit files theme options.

  354. Posted November 8, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    What a beau­ti­ful theme, apt­ly named. I’d real­ly love to use it for all my word­press sites (and two more lit­er­ary and cul­tur­al sites I’m mov­ing from xhtml) but at least for some of them I need the ‘old­er posts’ to dis­play in three columns like the front page. Is this possible?

    Yes, I do find time to write as well. 

    Many thanks for the hard work and gen­eros­i­ty — and patience with the mil­lion-and-one tweaks we all want.

  355. Posted November 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    exel­lent theme! thank you for hard work 🙂

  356. Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    In com­ment 354, I realised I was ask­ing too much, for which apolo­gies. Instead, I set about think­ing how I could fit the mate­r­i­al of a large, cul­tur­al site into your ele­gant design. All of the mate­r­i­al is cur­rent as far as the user is con­cerned, so I don’t want “archives,” as such. It hit me in the mid­dle of the night that sim­ply by mod­i­fy­ing the tags CATEGORY ARCHIVES to CATEGORY, and chang­ing ‘Old­er Posts’ and ‘New­er Posts’ to ‘Con­tin­ue’, that would do it. I still haven’t fig­ured out how to get rid of Date and Time; a lit­tle more hunt­ing in the haystack is required…
    The site, has been up for years in xhtml, but I’ll let you know when it’s trans­fered to Word­Press and The Erudite. 

    Thanks again for superb and gen­er­ous work.

  357. Posted November 10, 2010 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Re com­ment 356, got rid of the date and time, plus author vcard. Looks even more ele­gant now!

  358. Posted November 10, 2010 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt,

    Thanks for the theme.

    I’ve got a prob­lem: when I read the arti­cles from the fourth one, the foot­er ani­ma­tion does not work prop­er­ly any more.
    Here’s the page:

    I tried with the orig­i­nal .css and .js but it’s the same. Do you have an idea of which file is concerned ?


  359. Posted November 10, 2010 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Fixed 😉

  360. Matt
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    @Cahya The way I’ve designed things in The Eru­dite to use rel­a­tive, em-based font sizes does not nec­es­sar­i­ly play well with oth­ers. You would need to make some CSS edits in order to prop­er­ly sup­port some­thing like Dis­qus or IntenseDebate.

  361. Matt
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    @Coro­na Find functions.php and delete/comment out the line with add_filter( 'the_title', 'erdt_empty_title' );

  362. Matt
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    @loudogg You’re look­ing for the Sub­scribe to Com­ments plugin.

  363. Posted November 11, 2010 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Like most, if not all women who love Vin­tage Hand­bags Whole­sale, name­ly pur­chas­es here and there they are very nice, but also a chal­lenge. Choose a hand­bag is not eas­i­er with every pur­chase of the task, espe­cial­ly if you want a design­er hand­bag you, some­thing like a Guc­ci or Pra­da. Mak­ing a Louis Vuit­ton pay off a shelf and, as it is eas­i­er said than done, because there are many things each woman con­sid­er before buy­ing or oth­er acces­sories for this ques­tion should be. Some of his clothes, shoes and acces­sories in your wardrobe should be con­sis­tent and go with what’s going to buy, after all, a unique hand­bag every appear­ance of beau­ty, for it is only a part (not before some key) looks like the pack­ag­ing. If the rest of the clothes do not match, do not tell the dif­fer­ence when you hold a stock or not, you will be as bad as any oth­er bag.

  364. Posted November 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I can’t find rea­son why on my blog home page menu has so much free space between links to pages:

    Click drop down menu link on the left and help me please:)

  365. Posted November 14, 2010 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    I’ve tried to use exter­nal CSS, well I tried with px instead of em, on the first load­ing it seems the font get right, but after com­plete load­ing, the font back to get small again.

    Its okay, I’ll take my time, thanks for let me know about the rel­a­tive font size.

  366. Matt
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    @Paul The menu up there was­n’t real­ly designed to hold that many pages. You do know you can use the new WP 3.0 nav menu fea­ture to selec­tive­ly list the pages you want to show in the menu, right?

  367. Mark
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Lov­ing your theme, but I’m cur­rent­ly hav­ing issues with links in ‘dark’ theme — they are unread­able because the hyper­text turns dark. Have I inad­ver­tent­ly changed something?


  368. Matt
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    @Mark That should­n’t hap­pen. You’ve most like­ly edit­ed your CSS or there’s a plu­g­in inter­fer­ing. In any case, I can’t help if you don’t give me an example.

  369. Posted November 19, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Haven’t touched the CSS, but I did change the theme option yes­ter­day from ‘dark’ back to default ‘white’ because posts were unread­able with hypertext.

  370. Corona Smith
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    @MAtt Thank you very much sir! That worked a treat. 

    Best wish­es


  371. Linh
    Posted November 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I love this theme. But I am hav­ing some prob­lems with it. The posts after the 1st post, those that are con­densed and showed par­tial­ly at the bot­tom do not work for me. I get repeat­ed errors like this instead of an excerpt of the posts: Warn­ing: call_user_func_array() []: First argu­ment is expect­ed to be a valid call­back, ‘generic_plugin’ was giv­en in

  372. Posted November 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    @Linh — are you using any third-par­ty plug-ins? 

    If you are, then dis­able them, clear your cache and see whether that helps.

  373. Posted November 22, 2010 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Hi. Great theme.

    I would like to use the show/hide func­tion to only scroll ver­ti­cal­ly the first post: mean­ing that the over­flow should be ‘hid­den’ only on the y axis.

    I tried with ‘overflow‑x:visible overflow‑y:hidden;’ but it does­n’t seem to work the expect­ed way (is adding hor­i­zon­tal scrollbars).

    I also tried chang­ing the default (xy) in the javascript func­tion, but same results.

    Where should I look?

  374. Linh
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    @Boz: Thanks! I deac­ti­vat­ed most plug-ins and it went back to nor­mal. And I could then re-acti­vate the plug-ins that I real­ly want and it’s still ok :).

    A few more questions:
    1) I think we should­n’t use the excerpt abil­i­ty in Word­Press Post edi­tor? It seems like Eru­dite deter­mines the per­fect amount to cut off from your posts to make things look good?

    2) The con­densed posts (the ones after the first post), if they start with a pic­ture or an audio play­er, is there a way to show that first? Or is it always text that gets shown on the homepage?

  375. Linh
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Anoth­er question: 

    3) Is there a way to have more than 1 post shown in full before the rest that are con­densed at the bottom?

  376. Corona Smith
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    @linh Just make your post a sticky, then the whole thing will show at the top. I use this and leave the title blank (see mat­t’s com­ment above to do this with lat­est ver­sion). You can see how I’ve used stick­ies here (site under con­struc­tion):

  377. Posted November 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey, first of all, thanks a lot, great theme, I spe­cial­ly like the typo !

    A prob­lem I meet :
    I’m try­ing to put a SWF inside the head­er, and it keeps not working.
    Is there some spe­cial way of putting swf inside a php matrice, or is it per­haps some­thing else ?

    The page you can actu­al­ly see at is using an iframe, which is not what I would like for many reasons…!

  378. Posted November 24, 2010 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Clear design and nice typog­ra­phy. Thanks for shar­ing this theme! Greet­ings from Ukraine!

  379. Posted November 24, 2010 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo. The unread­able hyper­link prob­lem is still there in ‘dark theme’, which is a shame as I’m rather fond of it. And the lay­out of posts beneath the last/first one seems to be a lit­tle ‘eccen­tric’, in Google Chrome, Explor­er and Fire­fox. In either dark or light theme.

    Again, I haven’t touched the CSS file — or any oth­er files. Promise.

    Any help grate­ful­ly received.

  380. Andreas
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink


    Thanks for the great theme. Is it pos­si­ble to show both pages and cat­e­gories in the head­er menu? Or can the cat­e­gories menu be placed in a sidebar?

    Greet­ings from Germany

  381. Matt
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    @Mark A quick look at your page shows that you’ve past­ed HTML with inline styles sur­round­ing your links. Eg: <span style="color: #333333;">Butch Bak­ery</span> is on your most recent post. Beware of copy and past­ing into the visu­al edi­tor. The “cleanup” but­ton in the sec­ond row might help, or switch over to the HTML tab and edit it yourself.

  382. Matt
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    @Andreas Using the WP 3.0 cus­tom menus, yes, that’s possible.

  383. Posted November 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, fixed the dark hyper­link prob­lem by fol­low­ing your advice. 

    Still a bit stumped by the odd lay­out of post­ings on home page issue. Per­haps a plu­g­in issue?

  384. Posted November 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Does any­one know how I can edit the code so that the first ini­tial char­ac­ter of the post remains enlarged and high­light­ed even if I add a pho­to to the begin­ning of a post?

  385. Posted November 25, 2010 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo MATT, I use this theme on my group blog. It works amaz­ing­ly. Thanks for your work!

  386. Posted November 25, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi, regard­ing my pre­ced­ing com­ment, I fig­ured out the prob­lem: I had «mar­gins» instead of «paddings» around the «.entry-con­tent». I went back to padding it and it solves the issue.

  387. Posted November 26, 2010 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Hey, I’m done mak­ing an hybrid between your theme and some ele­ments I designed. It is a web­site for a sec­ond hand book­shop in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land :

    Thank you one more time for your great work, it is clear, effec­tive and elegant ! 

    Best regards !

  388. Posted November 27, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I found your theme a few days after I start­ed my web­site. I have been using it non-stop since then. Every cou­ple of weeks I check through dozens of dozens of themes, to see if any­thing has come close to match­ing what you’ve done with The Eru­dite, but noth­ing has come even close! Keep up the good work, mate. This is tru­ly the best theme I’ve ever seen in its cat­e­go­ry (there’s a great one called Aut­o­Fo­cus for pho­tog­ra­phers, but for writ­ers this is the best). Keep up the good work!

  389. Posted November 27, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I have oth­er questions:

    1. Is it pos­si­ble for the head­er menu to close (hide) only after an explic­it click? Now it clos­es on page reload, but as I plan to put there links to archives (per date, per cat­e­go­ry and per tag) I would love for it to stay open until I click back on «hide».

    I checked the «common.js»: I think the if ($(this).hasClass('hide') ) is always true on page reload, but I have no idea of javascript :-/

    2. What does the func­tion under «gener­ic theme option func­tion. set sec­ond para­me­ter to TRUE to add con­tent for­mat­ting» do? If I set it «true» appar­ent­ly it inverts the «show/hide» func­tion (i.e. the menu is open and the «#menu-tog­gle» says «Show» and vice versa).

    Thank you very much, I real­ly love your theme.

  390. Posted November 28, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Dear Matt. Thank you for your theme. I love its phi­los­o­phy and simplicity. 

    My knowl­edge of edit things is lim­it­ed and I need a link to the Home­page. Can I solve the prob­lem with­out edit­ing the header?.

    Sor­ry for the igno­rance and thank you again.

  391. Posted November 28, 2010 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I realy love it ‚but my host serv­er does­n’t run PHP 5 or later,so I can’t sue the“wp-Typography “.

  392. Posted December 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I dis­cov­ered your theme a few days ago and I absolute­ly love it. I might actu­al­ly stick with the blog now that it looks like some­thing some­one might like to read!

  393. Josh
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, thank you for this theme. I just recent­ly start­ed using it and have a ques­tion. How do I stop it from auto­mat­i­cal­ly indent­ing each para­graph? I am a newb when it comes to HTML but if you tell me how to edit it I could fig­ure it out. Thanks!

  394. Posted December 4, 2010 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo again. Can any­one answer my ques­tion about what to do about the hap­haz­ard and over­lap­ping lay­out of post excerpts on the home­page? Pret­ty please? I’ve scanned through the already post­ed queries and not spot­ted any­thing sim­i­lar. Is it like­ly to be a plu­g­in problem?

  395. Posted December 5, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Matt, I’m con­tin­u­ing to use Eru­dite across my web­sites, will post a list when fin­ished. Won­der­ful theme, thanks.

    One prob­lem with Chrome (on Ubun­tu in my case). It ren­ders links much small­er than oth­er browsers, and reverts link to low­er case. Also part of the text tends to ‘bunch’ until refreshed in Chrome. I’ve looked through the eru­dite css to no avail. Any ideas?

  396. Posted December 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    @Mark – if you’re using third-par­ty plug-ins and are hav­ing prob­lems, you should dis­able them, clear your cache and see whether that solve the problem.

  397. Posted December 6, 2010 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    @Boz, thank you, that solved my prob­lem too. Chromi­um does­n’t seem to like WP-Typography.

  398. Daniel
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, I saw your theme on, and I think its won­der­ful, but i’m hav­ing a prob­lem with Local­iza­tion; i’m brazil­ian and i’m plan­ning to use your theme in my lan­guage (WP is in Eng­lish), I know that it already have a trans­la­tion for it, but I don’t know how to imple­ment it; There’s the .po file, .mo file, and the .pot file that shown as a Pow­er­Point file (that I can’t open) but I don’t see an option to trans­late the orig­i­nal theme lan­guage (eng­lish) to mine, brazil­ian por­tuguese. Could you give me a step-by-step?? Thanks
    p.s.: at the moment i’m using WP local­ly to try the theme and imple­ment some plugins.

  399. Posted December 8, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt,

    May I add my con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks to those already expressed? My eyes say “thank you”, too.

    A quick question:
    In May 2009, you answered a query from ArcherTC abut bul­lets by sug­gest­ing he add “mar­gin-left: 2em;” to line 129 in erudite.css.

    That was a few releas­es ago. Is that still the best place to put it? (I know lit­tle about CSS.)



  400. Alex
    Posted December 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I have one easy ques­tion- How do I get the quote the you have on top of the page just under the header?

    Appre­ci­ate your time, cheers.

  401. Posted December 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    @Philip & @Boz: I was hav­ing a sim­i­lar prob­lem with Google Chrome on Win­dows 7, words being hyphen­at­ed twice, even in the mid­dle of a line.

    Rather than remove the WP-Typog­ra­phy plug-in, I just turned off the hyphen­at­ing. That did the trick.

  402. Posted December 10, 2010 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    @Roger Thanks for the Wp-Typog­ra­phy suggestion. 

    It did­n’t work for me on Ubun­tu, alas. I think it comes down to what text, images and links you have as it works quite well on my text-only sites.

    What did work was chang­ing the erudite.css re jus­ti­fy. I think the line is

    .entry-con­tent p {text-indent:1em;text-align:justify}

    That’s line 132 on my text editor

    I’ve cer­tain­ly stress-test­ed Eru­dite and I find it prob­a­bly the most robust as well as beau­ti­ful themes out there.

  403. Posted December 10, 2010 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    >What did work was chang­ing the erudite.css re jus­ti­fy. I think the line is
    >.entry-con­tent p {text-indent:1em;text-align:justify}

    That’s use­ful to know. Thanks.

    What did you change it to?

  404. Posted December 10, 2010 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    @Roger apolo­gies for not being clear­er. I think this was it beforehand
    .entry-con­tent p {text-indent:1em;text-align:left}

    I changed it to 

    .entry-con­tent p {text-indent:1em;text-align:justify}

    Do a search for text-align 

    It took me a while and some tri­al and error to find it.

  405. Josh
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I was won­der­ing if some­one knew how to help me with adjust­ing the inden­ta­tion set­tings for this theme? Cur­rent­ly each new para­graph after one of my head­ings does not indent while every oth­er para­graph does. I would like to know how to indent each para­graph if I want­ed to and also how not to indent them. Thank you.

  406. Posted December 11, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    >@Roger apolo­gies for not being clear­er. I think this was it beforehand
    >.entry-con­tent p {text-indent:1em;text-align:left}

    Gotcha. Thanks again.


  407. Posted December 11, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Fur­ther to my ques­tion about where to put ““mar­gin-left: 2em;” , I’ve done some read­ing and had a play.

    It seems to work OK when put it in line 168, which now reads:
    “.entry-con­tent ul li, .entry-con­tent ol li {text-indent:-.5em; padding-left:.5em; mar­gin-left: 2em;}”

    I might need to play some more if I start using ordered lists.


  408. Posted December 12, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink


    I’ve been work­ing with the theme and I still like the sim­plic­i­ty. How­ev­er, I still have two prob­lems with posts/ pre­view­ing posts in the categories:
    a) How can I delete the head­ing “Cat­e­go­ry archieves” when I select a category
    b) How can I embed Videos and html tags/ Link in the pre­view of arti­cles? Prefer­ably, I’d like to dis­able the pre­view option completely

    Thanks for your help!

  409. Posted December 13, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Hi every­one, I’h hav­ing prob­lems mak­ing a Child Theme for The Eru­dite, has any­one else suc­cess­ful­ly made one? 

    I’ve used this as a guide, I’ve triple checked every­thing and all seems to be cor­rect with the set­up. The child style sheet is load­ing (it’s view­able in the word­press edi­tor) but is not being used. 

    I think the prob­lem stems from the fact that The Eru­dite’s stylesheet (in themes/the-erudite/style.css) has the line in it that reads

    “File here for WP iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­pos­es only. This CSS file is not loaded by the theme at all. See css direc­to­ry for theme CSS

    I see the stylesheet that is used, that’s stored in themes/the-erudite/css/erudite.css . How do I make a child theme that over­rides this stylesheet, rather than the unused one?


  410. Posted December 14, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Hi there..

    Thanks Matt for the won­der­ful theme..

    one quick question:
    how can i add a home but­ton on the only has about button.. 

    any help is much appre­ci­at­ed.. thanks in advance

  411. Posted December 14, 2010 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    @acap1992 — What you need is a func­tion of word­press itself, rather than the Eru­dite theme. 

    I’m not a coder, so can’t real­ly advise you here.

    I do know that if you click on the blog title it will take you back to the home page of the blog, so would be best to check out the word­press doc­u­men­ta­tion to find out how this is coded.

  412. Posted December 14, 2010 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    @ Chris Stoneman

    I was won­der­ing how to do this as well but had­n’t got around to imple­ment­ing the documentation. 

    Per­haps the answer might be that if you’re cre­at­ing a child theme of anoth­er child theme (Eru­dite), you treat the direc­to­ry struc­ture of the Eru­dite as that of the main theme and set up your child theme in a direc­to­ry under that? You then make sure your hard­cod­ed paths point correctly.

    That seems to be log­i­cal giv­en the cas­cad­ing nature of the child theme concept.

    If I get a chance to actu­al­ly get­ting around to imple­ment­ing this in the next few days, I’ll post the results back. Unless some­one else has an answer.

  413. Posted December 14, 2010 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    @ Chris Stoneman

    Now writ­ing about the pos­si­bil­i­ties ere made me want to go and try out my the­o­ry. And I dis­cov­ered I was basi­cal­ly right ;-).

    This is how I did it: 

    1. make a dupli­cate of erudite.css stored in themes/the-eru­dite/c­ss/ and call it erudite‑2.css. This will become your par­ent theme. Save it in the same direc­to­ry as the erudite.css file. No need to cre­ate a new directory.

    2. for the sake of con­sci­en­tious­ness, also make anoth­er dupli­cate of the erudite.css for back-up in case some­thing goes hor­ri­bly hor­ri­bly hor­ri­bly (can I empha­sise that enough) hay­wire. Maybe call it erudite-backup.css.

    3. Open the erudite.css file.

    4. Insert the fol­low­ing at the top of the file after the open­ing com­ments but BEFORE any of the code:
    @import url(“erudite‑2.css”);

    Now save. This will tell the erudite.css to refer to the erudite‑2.css as its parent.

    5. Make your required style changes to the erudite.css file and save. Any changes will over­ride the equiv­a­lent style in the erudite‑2.css (the par­ent css file).

    6. Test as per the instruc­tions in the guide you referred to in your post.

    Any­ways, hope that works fer ya. It worked for me. I hope the instruc­tions are clear enough.

    Now to fig­ure out how to cre­ate child templates …

  414. Posted December 14, 2010 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    @ Chris Stoneman

    Prob­a­bly also a good idea to make copies of your mod­i­fied erudite.css as well and store it some­where else so it does­n’t get over­writ­ten when an update of the Eru­dite theme comes out. 

    When a new ver­sion is released, just go in and rename the new ver­sion of the erudite.css file as erudite‑2.css and then copy in your pre­vi­ous­ly saved mod­i­fied erudite.css file.

    The key is to know where your files are and which ones need to be replaced when a new ver­sion is released. Might be best to make a note of this and save it along­side your back-up copy of the mod­i­fied erudite.css.
    You would­n’t want to lose all your hard work …

  415. acap1992
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks Boz

    prob­lem solved.. i use this Quick Page/Post Redi­rect plu­g­in from wordpress..

    the link is here

  416. Matt
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    @Chris Yeah, the way I have things cur­rent­ly set up does­n’t play nice­ly with a child theme. To load your child the­me’s stylesheet, try adding this to a functions.php file in your child theme:

    add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'erdt_child_css');
    function erdt_child_css() {
    	wp_enqueue_style('erudite-child', get_stylesheet_uri() );
  417. Posted December 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    @Boz — thanks so much for your exper­i­men­ta­tion, much appre­ci­at­ed! I had an attempt to fol­low your exam­ple, but my aim for a child theme is to make things sim­pler and I did­n’t want to over-con­fuse things.

    @Matt — I’ve added this and it seems to work, but now I’ve realised that the Inter­net Explor­er stylesheet’s aren’t load­ing when my Child Theme is select­ed. I’ve tried copy­ing them (ie6.css, ie7.css & ie8.css) into my child theme fold­er, but that does­n’t work either. Is there a line of code I can add to the functions.php file in my child that points ie users towards these par­ent stylesheets?

    Thanks so much for your help

  418. Will
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I just want­ed to point out one tweak that oth­ers might use. If the brows­er win­dow is small­er than the lay­out, and one scrolls to the side, the shad­ed head­er and foot­er do not extend leav­ing the tog­gles dan­gling (and in the case of the foot­er, you loose text to the white). If you think that’s a prob­lem, you can fix it by adding a min-width to the wrap­pers in the css file:

    #foot­er-wrap, #head­er-wrap {min-width:96em;}

    Thanks for the work on this theme!

  419. Posted December 30, 2010 at 1:48 am | Permalink


    thanks you for an excel­lent work. I use The Eru­dite in my blog and I like it very much.

    I write in Span­ish, and I made some lit­tle changes to the trans­la­tion. But I can­not change the “Post com­ment” title in the com­ments but­ton. I tried using Poed­it to change it for the Span­ish word “Pub­lí­cala”, but the but­ton still show­ing the Eng­lish text. How can I fix this?

    Thanks in advance!

  420. Posted December 30, 2010 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Not sure if this is a theme issue or not, it seems very plu­g­in spe­cif­ic (but does­n’t seem to be a prob­lem for oth­er word­press users:
    I have the “Sexy­Book­marks” plu­g­in loaded, which works fine, with the excep­tion of the face­book icon, which seems to do some­thing funky with a dou­ble quote .
    I strong­ly think it’s the plu­g­in, but does any­body else use it with Eru­dite and have the problem?

  421. Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:06 am | Permalink


    I’m using Sexy­Book­marks with­out prob­lems. Face­book and oth­er icons look fine.

  422. Posted December 30, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Jorge!
    I guess that the prob­lem is in anoth­er plu­g­in some­where, so I’ll have a look around

  423. Posted December 31, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink


    I solved my prob­lem. Was a cor­rupt trans­la­tion file. Noth­ing relat­ed with the theme.

    I changed some details, i.e. the upper­case in the titles (I love the low­er­case 😀 ); men­tions to dates, cat­e­gories and com­ments in the archives; supress the author’s name (I’m the only author) and oth­ers. The com­ments in this page are very informative.

    I’m very hap­py with your theme. Thanks!

  424. Posted January 5, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Is it pos­si­ble to show epigraphs on pages?

  425. Posted January 5, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Ok I found how, just have to add “” after “” in “page.php” 🙂

    I love this theme, thanks a lot 😀

  426. Posted January 6, 2011 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Love the theme. It does so much for me. Thanks.

    I’ve a habit of drag­ging ref­er­ences from Zotero into blog posts. See, for exam­ple,

    Now on my pre­vi­ous plat­form, the html cod­ing that came over with the ref­er­ence did a rea­son­able job of for­mat­ting the ref­er­ence (and some oth­er Word­Press themes see to ‘cope’ with them). How­ev­er, your theme seems over­writes that for­mat­ting. Any idea where I might start look­ing to fix that.

    Regards, peter

  427. Ulrich Mohrhoff
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    First many thanks for mak­ing this beau­ti­ful theme avail­able. (I haven’t yet uploaded the site I’m using it for; at present it’s on a vir­tu­al serv­er accessed via XAMPP.) One sug­ges­tion: The top switch tog­gles between “Show menu” and “Hide menu”. Should­n’t the bot­tom switch also tog­gle between “Show fur­ther infor­ma­tion” and “Hide fur­ther information”?

  428. Posted January 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Fur­ther to my pre­vi­ous fault, has any­one been suc­cess­ful in cre­at­ing a child theme for The Eru­dite? As men­tioned above, I have had trou­bles in get­ting Inter­net Explor­er to read the IE6, IE7, IE8 cus­tomised style sheets, once the child theme is activated.


  429. Matt
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    @Ulrich That is entire­ly appro­pri­ate anal-reten­tive feed­back, giv­en my tone regard­ing this theme. 🙂 I’ll prob­a­bly address this in the future.

  430. Matt
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    @Peter I can’t real­ly speak to com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with 3rd par­ty tools like that, par­tic­u­lar­ly when they out­put rub­bish HTML with embed­ded inline styles. Sounds like a use­ful tool, but past­ing any­thing oth­er than text into WP’s WYSIWYG edi­tor will almost always intro­duce a world of pain.

    Best sug­ges­tion: wrap your ref­er­ences in a div ele­ment with a spe­cif­ic class (eg … notes … ) and use that as a hook to hang some cus­tom CSS off of.

  431. Posted January 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    Love ‘The Eru­dite’, but I’m hav­ing an issue. I think it’s relat­ed to this:

    ‘Will not write for you’

    Each time I go into the post/page com­pos­ing area, I can only type the first let­ter, then I can­not type any­thing else. Even if I hit the space bar, it jumps to the bot­tom of the page. Odd, eh?

    I’m not sure if this is con­flict­ing with any­thing else, but it’s stop­ping me from using it. Even when I com­pose in HTML, the code does not con­vert and it dis­ap­pears. Is this some­thing that was fixed, that I’ve missed?

  432. Jay
    Posted January 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I am hav­ing the same issue as Ryan S. Although I can com­pose in HTML and it works just fine.

  433. Posted January 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    @Ryan & @Jay

    On the face of it, it sounds like it could be one of a few issues. I’ve nev­er had any issues in any browsers except IE, which I avoid like the plague to do any­thing on anyway. 

    In order to solve this issue, you’ll need to go through and test alter­na­tive solu­tions. Try this process:

    #1: Theme: it may not be the theme — it might be WP itself. Try switch­ing the theme and see if anoth­er one works. That way you can see whether it’s a theme prob­lem or a WP prob­lem. Then go to step #2 below.

    #2: Brows­er: which one are you using to try this? If you’re using IE in any flavour to do this, there’s your prob­lem prob­a­bly. IE tends to make itself incom­pat­i­ble with every­thing, includ­ing WP.

    Try using anoth­er brows­er to see if that is indeed the issue. If not, then go to the next step.

    #3: Are you using third-par­ty plu­g­ins, over and above those required for Eru­dite? Usu­al­ly, that’s the major cause of most problems. 

    Switch off all your plug-ins, flush out your cache and test to see if you can do what you need to do. If you are able to, then switch on your plug-ins one-by-one, flush out your cache and and test again. Keep doing this until you find the plug-in that’s caus­ing the issue. Dis­card this plug-in, as it’s nev­er going to be of any use to you with this theme.

  434. Posted January 11, 2011 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    @Boz — no it’s def­i­nite­ly the theme. It’s a huge bum­mer because I love it Mr. Matt, and now that I had to switch back to my old theme, I real­ly miss Erudite.

    But unfor­tu­nate­ly it’s impos­si­ble to add posts or pages and that sort of defeats the purpose…

    you’ve got a guar­an­teed user if it gets fixed. Thanks for your hard work!

  435. Daniel
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I was won­der­ing if it is pos­si­ble to lever­age the show/hide func­tion­al­i­ty pro­vid­ed in this theme for things oth­er than the menus and top post. What are the ids or class­es that need to be used, and how should they be used in html?

  436. Posted January 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Just anoth­er extreme­ly hap­py cus­tomer writ­ing to thank you for The Eru­dite. It’s a beau­ti­ful theme and I’m very grate­ful you made it available.


  437. Matt
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    @Kirstin Thanks! Glad you’re enjoy­ing it and using it to get some writ­ing done.

  438. Matt
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    @Daniel It’s not real­ly mod­u­lar like that, unfor­tu­nate­ly. jQuery is pret­ty easy to learn though — just look at what I’m doing, do some Google search­es, and you could be on your way faster than you’d think.

  439. Matt
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    To all strug­gling with not being able to write a post: it’s some type of bug at the inter­sec­tion of WebKit (Safari, Chrome) and TinyM­CE (the visu­al edi­tor that WP uses).

    There are 3 ways to han­dle this:

    1. Use Fire­fox.
    2. Switch to the HTML tab to write. Switch back, if desired, once you’ve reached the sec­ond para­graph. (Only the first para­graph chokes.)
    3. In your theme options (Appear­ance → The Eru­dite Options), check the “Dis­able edi­tor style” option. You won’t see a WYSIWYG pre­view any more, but you’ll be able to write.
  440. vito
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve checked the demo and I’ve down­load the zip file …

    But I can’t see the ‘Fleuron.png’ image appears in the demo page …

  441. vito
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    ups.… i find the fleuron!
    (sor­ry, my bad …)

    Thank you Matt / Somadesign
    The Eru­dite is such a nice theme,
    Tons of thumbs up !


  442. vito
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Matt, I’m not a php coder,
    would you please show me how to make your eru­dite link in the foot­er opened in new tab ?

    (Do you allow me to do this?)


  443. fbe
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    I’ve some prob­lems with the dynam­i­cal “keep reading”.
    I’m test­ing “the eru­dite” in locan and not only, and with the tag “” the only thing that I see is an under­lined link “Read More” that isn’t dynam­i­cal, open the page of the post like click­ing on the title, and it’is real­ly ugly to see. I tried it with dif­fer­ent ver­sions of word­press, because I thought it may be a ver­sion prob­lem, but it isn’t. Do you know some­thing about this problem?

    Thank you for your work, I real­ly love this theme! 😉

  444. Matt
    Posted January 24, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    @fbe I have no idea what you’re talk­ing about. You like­ly tried to paste some HTML that was stripped out. Besides which, with­out a pub­licly view­able exam­ple, I can’t pos­si­bly be of help.

  445. Matt
    Posted January 24, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    @vito It’s open source, so you can do what you want. You just need to learn some HTML (look in footer.php). Mak­ing links open in a new window/tab is gen­er­al­ly held to be a bad prac­tice by usabil­i­ty experts, so I’d rec­om­mend against it.

  446. Posted January 25, 2011 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    First of all, I love your theme!

    I’ve recent­ly switched to using Chromi­um under Ubun­tu, and not­ed it does­n’t dis­play the cor­rect font, just a gener­ic Serif font. In Fire­fox on the same machine it does use the cor­rect font. Any ideas?

    Addi­tion­al­ly, to fur­ther clean-up the page, would you con­sid­er adding an option to ini­tial­ly hide the com­ment box, and only show it on request? Or even the entire com­ment section?

  447. fbe
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Hi mat, I’m sor­ry. I made a test on the online page:

    In the test, I see “Read More” (not keep read­ing.. i don’t know why) and it isn’t dynamic. 🙁

  448. fbe
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    I tryied it even on a vir­gin copy of word­press and the eru­dite, with­out edit­ing the css and oth­er files: it’s the same.

  449. Posted January 26, 2011 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    @fbe You’ll need to have a whole lot more text before it’ll show the dynam­ic “Keep Read­ing” option. With this lit­tle text, it shows the com­plete text, so obvi­ous­ly it can’t be split up!

  450. fbe
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Daniel,
    I made a new test. See what hap­pen now with more text… the same thing. (and I don’t know why I don’t have the arrow -> and the “read more” instead that “keep reading”…)

  451. Matt
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    @fbe You’re using the built-in “insert More tag”. The Eru­dite does­n’t sup­port it. Take it out, and then it’ll work.

  452. fbe
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you Matt! 😉

    Anoth­er ques­tion: is there a way to define how many lines have to be shown before the “keep reading”?

  453. mythago
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Won­der­ful theme, using it (with attri­bu­tion) now.

  454. Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    This is a won­der­ful theme, just per­fect for my blog. I am new to word­press and code but I hope to even­tu­al­ly insert a pho­to into the head­er for just a hint of col­or. Thank you.

  455. Posted February 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I installed JWplay­er plugin
    on my blog WP 3.03. After a few test posts, I noticed the html code for the play­er got messed up on the front page sum­ma­ry. Any fix / workaround for this? Thank you.

  456. Posted February 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    A few days ago, my Eru­dite broke up. The show/hide func­tion don’t work and the posts in home are incor­rect­ly aligned. Any idea?

  457. Matt
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    @Jorge Your WP install is hav­ing issues — the jQuery library isn’t load­ing prop­er­ly — it’s like the file has been delet­ed from your serv­er. Try going to Dash­board → Updates and click “Rein­stall Automatically”

  458. Matt
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    @Alfred Sor­ry, I can’t real­ly speak to plu­g­in compatibility.

  459. Posted February 8, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink


    I did it, but don’t work. What file must I to look? Can I copy & paste it from anoth­er Word­Press installation?

  460. Matt
    Posted February 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    @Jorge Maybe try using the Google libraries plu­g­in — it’ll load jQuery from the Google CDN for you.

  461. Posted February 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot, Matt! It works fine.

  462. Paul
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I would like to put nice RSS icon on head­er, on the right side of it (icon is ready and wait­ing). I know that I must use div but I sim­ply don’t know how. After few fail­ures (prob­a­bly wrong div def­i­n­i­tions) I decid­ed to ask ques­tion here 🙂

    In near future I would like also add link with icon to ser­vice because it is some­thing in The Eru­dite phi­los­o­phy: mak­ing blogs easy to read, also on ePub read­ers with ePa­per screen.

    When I will see how to add one icon, adding next should­n’t be a big prob­lem for me. I hope 😉

    Thanks for your great job Matt 🙂

  463. Posted February 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I love this theme. I just start­ed my first blog — opin­ion edi­to­r­i­al and it’s got­ten nice reviews from the few read­ers who have checked it out. One ques­tion, how do I pop­u­late the menu with sep­a­rate icons? For instance, if I want one option to be Lat­est News, a sec­ond icon to be Opin­ion Edi­to­r­i­al, a third to be Rub­bish, how do I do that?

  464. Daniel
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    I was won­der­ing if it’s pos­si­ble to add things to the meta box locat­ed to the right of blog posts. I’m guess­ing it has some­thing to do with php? I’m think­ing of adding a share plu­g­in in that space.

  465. Posted February 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink


    I love your theme, and I’ve been using it for a while now. Any­way, I real­ly think it’s not up to your theme to decide how much text I want to show on my homepage.

    I would like the excerpts for posts use the “more” tag I add man­u­al­ly in every posts. Addi­tion­al­ly, it would be great if the dynam­ic “keep read­ing” func­tion for the lat­est post take man­u­al post sep­a­ra­tion in con­sid­er­a­tion, I mean show the excerpt (until the “more” tag) and then, on click, show the whole post.

    Please add that to your theme, by default or in option! And thanks for that great theme 🙂 !

  466. Posted February 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi, MATT.

    I did­n’t know how to do this:

    “Asso­ciate a menu with the “Head­er Menu” theme loca­tion to have it appear in the head­er. (WP 3.0+)”

    I sim­ply can’t access the cus­tom menu options, that I used in my old­er theme. Could you help me?

    Thanks! (I trans­lat­ed the theme for Portuguese).

  467. Adrian
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    Hel­lo! I will use your theme in my new blog, but I was won­der­ing how may I add more fleu­ron’s to a post? It just seems to add one to the end, and none between para­graphs. Thank you!

  468. Matt
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    @Adri­an Use an <hr /> element.

  469. Matt
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    @Welling­ton In the admin, go to Appear­ance → Menus. There should be a “Theme Loca­tions” box that you can use to asso­ciate a menu with the Head­er Menu. If you haven’t cre­at­ed a menu yet, you’ll need to do that first.

  470. Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    Hi, Matt.

    This is the prob­lem: when I use The Eru­dite the menu option is truncated.
    This is my menu when The Eru­dite is not activated:
    And this is with The Eru­dite activated:

    It’s like there was an error that pre­vent­ed the menu options to be shown.

  471. Posted March 2, 2011 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Dear Matt,

    Is the lat­est ver­sion of The Eru­dite com­pli­ant with the new Word­Press 3.1? The rea­son I ask is that when­ev­er I click on a cat­e­go­ry link, or a tag link, it gives me a 404 error.

    I have put the link to my site in the web­site box above.

    Is there some­thing I have done wrong?

  472. Matt
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    @Welling­ton Not real­ly sure what’s going on there. Looks like a stylesheet isn’t load­ing. Maybe try a hard refresh after acti­vat­ing the theme?

  473. Matt
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    @Dwayne Sor­ry, every­thing works fine on my end. Try vis­it­ing Options → Perma­links and re-save. Oth­er­wise, one of your plu­g­ins might be mess­ing things up.

  474. Posted March 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I’ve changed the theme and cleared the brows­er (Fire­fox). Noth­ing. The menu options does­n’t apear to be fine. It just hap­pens with The Eru­dite theme.

  475. Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    You’ve got a cool theme and I’ve been using it for the last sev­er­al months You can see it here:

    I have a fea­ture request for the next ver­sion of the theme. Cur­rent­ly the only place that user can search through the site is either from the 404 page or from the foot­er (if the site own­er places the search wid­get there0.

    Nei­ther of those places are exact­ly the most intu­itive loca­tions for a vis­i­tor to find a search bar. Would it be bet­ter if there was a search bar loca­tion in either the top menu or beside the site title?

    Here’s a screen­shot:

    Obvi­ous­ly, not all site own­ers would want this func­tion­al­i­ty, so it would prob­a­bly be a check­box option in “The Eru­dite Options” panel.

    Thanks a bunch,

  476. Posted March 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Hel­lo Matt! I am cur­rent­ly using your superb theme and I was won­der­ing what part of CSS would I have to mod­i­fy in order to extend the width of the foot­er wid­gets with just a few pix­els? Thank you!

  477. Posted March 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Matt, if I turn perma­links to the ‘default’ set­ting then it works per­fect­ly. The set­ting I cur­rent­ly use %post­name% or what­ev­er, used to work per­fect­ly. So I assume it is as you said, one of my plu­g­ins is screw­ing it up (dun­no how it would, though). Any­way I will mess around with it and report back if I find what is caus­ing it.

  478. Posted March 18, 2011 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, I’m leav­ing a com­ment just to let you know I love your theme.

    I’m new to WP and blog­ging, I real­ly appre­ci­ate your work, thank you.

  479. Posted April 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I just recent­ly switched to your theme because you under­stand the impor­tance of keep­ing it clean and sim­ple for writ­ers. Thank you! 

    I also have cre­at­ed this web­site with the dis­abled in mind, and I need two things:

    1. Can I change the over­all font size to some­thing a lit­tle big­ger, and pos­si­bly have the option of a col­or change?

    2. On the right hand mar­gin where there is some sort of wid­get, can this be changed to two sep­a­rate box­es, on on top of the oth­er where I can put a text re-siz­er on top, and a snip­pet of text that explains the pur­pose of the web­site beneath it?

    Thank you and cheers!


  480. Yousuf
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Stun­ning theme indeed. The Eru­dite inspired me for the first time to be seri­ous with my blog­ging venture.

    One ques­tion:

    I have a sticky post, below that are my recent three posts. How can I make it two instead of three?

    Once more thanks for the theme — it’s an awe­some, fan­tas­tic theme for writers.

  481. Matt
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    @Lynn I’m glad you enjoy it. You’re more than free to mod­i­fy the theme to do what you’re ask­ing for — it’s open source.

  482. petros
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    its very rare the feel­ing of qual­i­ty typog­ra­phy, espe­cial­ly when it comes to WP. Congratulations.

    also i want to ask:
    i need to change the link appearance.
    i want only on mouse over the link to be underline.
    in any oth­er case, the link to remain sim­ple text. 

    can you help me with that?

  483. Posted April 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink


    thank you for a beau­ti­ful template…that is FREE!!!! this is an awe­some theme. you have done amaz­ing work!!!

    i of course have been tweak­ing it to my own pref­er­ences. I have read thru this web­sites com­ments and doing quite a few google search­es to accom­plish the changes i want to make.

    i have man­aged to get the cat­e­go­ry archive page to show titles only, i would like to have the spac­ing between title links much clos­er. i am guess­ing it is a css edit, but i can not for the life of me fig­ure out where or what i need to change in the erudite.css file.
    i removed this line from the category.php page to remove the excerpts of my entries< ?php the_excerpt(__( ‘Read More →’, ‘eru­dite’ )) ? >
    and now i have a huge spac­ing issues between titles

    i also have anoth­er spac­ing ques­tion altho in a dif­fer­ent section-
    after remov­ing the com­ments sec­tion from my entries i now have a spac­ing issues with the next/previous links, ris­ing up into my post


    if you or anoth­er can help me i would be most appreciative!

    thank you again for cre­at­ing this beau­ti­ful theme!!!

  484. Posted April 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink,, div.attachment {position:relative; margin:0 0 3.2em; min-height:21.6em; clear:both;}
    i changed the above to the below, mak­ing the div post its own sec­tion and changed the 21.6 em to 4.6 em,{position:relative; margin:0 0 3.2em; min-height:4.6em; clear:both;}

    this is how it looks now much more acceptable:)

    not sure if that is how you would do it but i did get that fig­ured out so far…still work­ing on the oth­er spac­ing issues

  485. Posted April 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Anoth­er prob­lem with Chrome: small-caps option to title seems not be work­ing fine. Does any­body have the same problem?

  486. Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    i also have anoth­er spac­ing ques­tion altho in a dif­fer­ent section–
    after remov­ing the com­ments sec­tion from my entries i now have a spac­ing issues with the next/previous links, ris­ing up into my post


    if you or anoth­er can help me i would be most appreciative!

    thank you again for cre­at­ing this beau­ti­ful theme!!!

  487. Posted April 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    i am hav­ing trou­bles with the cat­e­go­ry list­ings show­ing a link with a sin­gle title or with the last title in a list of titles:
    exam­ple: sin­gle entry
    exam­ple long list of entry titles:
    i sure could use some direc­tion to fix this.

    i also have trou­bles with spac­ing of the nav­i­ga­tion buttons/links previous/next that ride up into my posts

    thank you for any help offered

  488. Posted April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    i have dis­cov­ered, ( i did­n’t look before) that in IE it all works nicely..the spac­ing issues are gone.
    In Safari and Fire­fox the spac­ing issues remain.
    and the issues with the last or sin­gle title hav­ing no link, works in IE!
    this sur­pris­es and baf­fles me… if any­one know how to help i would appre­ci­ate it greatly!

  489. Posted April 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt et al, 

    I would like to learn how to show pho­tos for the recent entries on the main page. I am an illus­tra­tor as well as a writer and I love the Eru­dite theme. But, there are times when I only add an illus­tra­tion and no text—as when I am doing dai­ly sketches.

    But, when I do that I just have an emp­ty post. Is there some way I can show a thumb­nail of the image? 

    You can view this at: . You will see a recent post titled, “dai­ly sketch”.

    Thank you for any help.

  490. Posted April 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Matt, I’ve been using Eru­dite for a cou­ple of months now and I real­ly love it. But I’d love to see what the oth­er peo­ple who use this theme are doing with it. Is there an … “Eru­dite Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter” for lack of a bet­ter term so we can all check each oth­er out?


  491. Posted April 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I would be inter­est­ed in Ken’s request as well. Per­haps a forum that we could mod­er­ate ourselves?

  492. Matt
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    @Ken Inter­est­ing idea. I’ll be frank and say that I won’t be spend­ing time on one — I sim­ply don’t have time for it at this point. If some­one else wants to create/curate one, I’d be hap­py to send peo­ple their way.

  493. Matt
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    @Jay That area is an excerpt in WP par­lance. A post with no man­u­al­ly cre­at­ed excerpt will have one cre­at­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly from the first 55 words or so of the post after strip­ping out all HTML tags, includ­ing your image. Cre­ate a man­u­al excerpt includ­ing the image and you’ll be all set. Of course, the size of the image for the excerpt will need tweak­ing to fit properly.

  494. Posted April 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Say, Matt, some­times you have to be the change you seek 😉 

    I don’t know much about how to cre­ate that kind of com­mu­ni­ty but I’m sure I’d learn a lot if I try. And if Paul has ideas for self-mod­er­a­tion, well, the more the merrier? 

    There are issues, of course, with pri­va­cy. Maybe peo­ple could vol­un­tar­i­ly join if such a forum were cre­at­ed for them? 

    Any­way, you know how to reach the par­ties who are interested. 


  495. Posted May 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt, thanks for the won­der­ful theme, I tried using it a while ago, but there were prob­lems with the lay­out… but the new ver­sion is sim­ply gorgeous!

    How­ev­er, I’m real­iz­ing that while you are on a sin­gle post, the first let­ter isn’t cap­i­tal­ized and shown pret­ty as on the home­page… fun­ny thing is that on the visu­al edi­tor it appears so! Is this a bug/omission?

  496. Mukesh
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Any­one use this theme and a social shar­ing plu­g­in? If so, which plu­g­in works the best with this theme? Social share but­tons are a must nowa­days and sur­prised to see this theme (which is geared towards con­tent writ­ers) not sup­port it OOTB. One would think that a con­tent writer will want to let his vis­i­tors share their con­tent with oth­er people…who would­n’t? Actu­al­ly the right thing would be to include sup­port for it native­ly as most of the plu­g­ins either don’t work with this theme or if they do work, they don’t fit well with the design. Adding native sup­port for shar­ing a writ­ers’ con­tent will be huge success.

    Oth­er than that obvi­ous over­sight, this theme is very well designed and devel­oped. Kudos!


  497. sart
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Thank’s … very nice theme

  498. Max
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi, MATT!
    Can you help me to make that the head­er would always be deployed (with­out but­ton “show/hide)?
    The foot­er I want to leave with but­ton “show/hide”.

  499. Max
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Hi, MATT!
    So, can you help me with the header\footer?

  500. Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    @Ken — I’d be inter­est­ed in help­ing out with this also. Per­haps we could just set up a wiki, as it seems that most of the requests are help requests that could be answered by those of us who have played around with Eru­dite, rather than a gen­er­al discussion.

    I’d be more than hap­py to fig­ure out a struc­ture for the topics.

  501. Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi there!
    I love this theme and I mod­i­fied It in order to be more XIX­cen­tu­ry-news­pa­per style. You can see the result in the web­site linked to my name.
    Just to thank you the devel­op­ers for this great work 🙂

  502. Mike
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 2:50 am | Permalink


    Hi, can you help me with the menu dec­o­ra­tion like on your website?

    Pls, send me code to

    Thank you!

  503. Patrick Fitzgerald
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    I have some very sim­ple ques­tions that could­n’t answer, and that my Word Press class did­n’t pre­pare me for. How do I change “admin” on the left side of the first page to my name? How do I change “Uncat­e­go­rized” in the same place to a dif­fer­ent cat­e­go­ry? And how do I add a copy­right nota­tion at the bot­tom of the page?

    Eru­dite is a dis­tinc­tive, spare theme. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this is my first Web site, and I’m hav­ing a lot of prob­lems. That class I took real­ly was­n’t much use.

  504. Posted May 19, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    @Patrick Fitzger­ald

    Those are ques­tions relat­ed to Word­Press, not to the Eru­dite theme. 

    If you want basic help with Word­Press, go to the Word­Press for Begin­ners doc­u­men­ta­tion at the Word­Press site:

    The copy­right nota­tion can be insert­ed man­u­al­ly into the footer.php file or you can find a plu­g­in that will insert a copy­right notice at

    Whether or not they’ll be com­pat­i­ble with Eru­dite is anoth­er mat­ter, but there should­n’t be any problems

  505. Posted May 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chris, I see that a new ver­sion of Eru­dite is avail­able (2.7.8). Could you update the changel­og for us so we can see what’s different?


  506. Posted May 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Quick ques­tion: is it pos­si­ble to make the text align­ment of new posts jus­ti­fied, and if pos­si­ble, by default?

    Very nice theme by the way…


  507. Posted May 21, 2011 at 12:40 am | Permalink


    See the notes at top of this page that Matt has com­piled for us to get the most out of The Eru­dite theme. In these, he says:

    Rec­om­mended Plugins
    * wp-Typog­ra­phy (must be installed to enable full justification)

  508. Posted May 21, 2011 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Hi, In the ‘Settings/Reading/Blog shows at most x posts’ set­ting, if I select 4 it works fine. Select 7, and there are emp­ty gaps where post 5 & 6 should be, and an extra 2 appear below (as here How do I fix this?

    Also, the num­ber of posts I choose to dis­play on the home page becomes the num­ber that are dis­played on the cat­e­go­ry pages. How do I set these val­ues individually?


  509. Posted May 21, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    @Chris, great the right col­umn in you web­site. Could you send the code? Thanks!

  510. Posted May 21, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    @wellington its this with some css to move it to the right posi­tion. Works great after a bit of ini­tial set­ting up!

  511. Posted May 21, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    @ Boz

    I saw that note, but the prob­lem is that I can’t install the lat­est ver­sion of wp-Typog­ra­phy because it requires Apache 5.0 and my host is on Apache 4.3.9 (if I’m not mis­tak­en). And I can’t find a old­er ver­sion on that plug-in…

  512. Posted May 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    @Chris, I think I have not to much knowl­edge about css to make those changes… They took no effect. Do I have to replace the side­bar code by the code that it’s shown in that link?

  513. Posted May 22, 2011 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    @wellington you’ll need basic knowl­edge of CSS to make it work. Go to home.php and write after the line ‘while ( have_posts() ) : the_post’ ). Then under that, copy the code from the link. Go to your erudite.css file (in the css fold­er) and paste at the bot­tom .home­re­cent­posts {position:absolute; top:23.1em; padding-left:2em; width:22em; right:0em; border-left:1px sol­id #aaa;} .

    And then change the val­ues to move it around on the page! good luck.

  514. blokty
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this beau­ti­ful theme.
    It would be nice to have the abil­i­ty of activate/deactivate the ele­ments of the foot­er (“About”, etc.), and the abil­i­ty of insert­ing small cap­i­tals (for exam­ple, after the drop cap).
    I think that the first para­graph of “About” should not be pre­cede by indent ? Am I wrong ?
    (The pul­lquote is in my opin­ion not very good look­ing, but I use Pull This (with “font-size: 2.1em;”) and it’s very nice.)

  515. Posted May 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    A very prac­ti­cal and clean tem­plate, thanks for the con­tin­u­ing hard work. Would love to know if any­one has worked out a way to change the auto­mat­ic indent­ing of first lines of para­graphs. I would need clear instruc­tions! This fea­ture does­n’t look so great for lists or poet­ry. Thank you.

  516. Sergiy
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Nice work. Exel­lent typog­ra­phy, calm design, com­pact menu — what else does a writer-blog­ger needs in a template?

    A ques­tion. How do I change the font of the blog title in the head­er? I have found a font that I’d like to use, and I assume I have to upload it and do some CSS work.

  517. Posted May 31, 2011 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Hi! I’m glad you appre­ci­ate my work 🙂 I’ll post here the code ASAP! It could be great to have a forum or a wiki (a wiki it’s better).

    Do you know how to cre­ate a cus­tom side­bar in the right? As dis­played in your site? Greetings!

  518. Posted June 12, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I have three quick questions:

    1. I have been notic­ing that com­ments on old­er posts of mine seem to be auto­mat­i­cal­ly turned off. I would like that not to hap­pen. Is this a fea­ture of Eru­dite? Is there some­thing I missed some­where in the settings?

    2. If you look at the com­ments on this page at my site, you will see that the links to the sources of the ping­backs run into each oth­er because they are so long. Is there a way to make that not happen?

    3. I have looked and looked, but I can’t fig­ure out how to do this: Is there a way to make the font size of foot­note num­bers a half to one point size smaller?


  519. Posted June 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    @Jack It’s a Plug in called Advanced Most Recent Posts, have a look at my pre­vi­ous comments. 

    What code did you have to change in Header.php to add your cus­tom header?


  520. Posted July 3, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I wish there was a way I could go back and edit my pre­vi­ous set of ques­tions to add this one:

    On my home page, one, one of the excerpts that appears below the cur­rent post is con­sis­tent­ly out of place, leav­ing a blank spot. I can­not fig­ure out how this might have hap­pened or how to fix it.


  521. Matt
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I hate for it to come to this, but I’ve closed the com­ments on this page. From the sup­port sec­tion above:

    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. Please direct your queries to The Eru­dite’s forum on, and answer each oth­er’s ques­tions there if pos­si­ble! This poten­tial­ly expands the scope of sup­port to the entire Word­Press community.

    I was­n’t respond­ing to most ques­tions in this com­ments sec­tion. Mov­ing ques­tions over to can’t be any worse, and might be better!

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