The Erudite 2.5 Released

The Eru­dite 2.5 has been released, with a cou­ple of real­ly nice new fea­tures. I had a request to include epigraphs in the theme, which per­fect­ly match­es The Eru­dite’s empha­sis on typog­ra­phy and con­tent. Have a look at the image or check the demo site:

I also learned this month from WP core team mem­ber Andrew Ozz that it’s pos­si­ble to style the visu­al edi­tor. Now you’ll have a much bet­ter idea of how your prose will look before you press Publish:

You’ll also note above how easy it is to add an epi­graph to your posts.

Final­ly, thanks to Den­nis Meu­len­steen for pro­vid­ing a Dutch trans­la­tion. If you have a trans­la­tion you’d like to con­tribute back to The Eru­dite, let me know in the com­ments or get in touch.

To down­load, go to the WP Themes Direc­to­ry or, if 2.5 isn’t avail­able there yet, to the project page.


  1. Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Won­der­ful, even if the styled visu­al edi­tor does’n real­ly work well in Safari. Is it pos­si­ble to dis­able it?

  2. Matt
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    @Mau­r­izio Com­ment out line 17 in functions.php to dis­able the visu­al edi­tor styles. Or just use the HTML editor.

  3. Posted March 8, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink


    Down­loaded the theme from Word­Press and its great, real­ly good ide­ol­o­gy behind it. Even bet­ter, it was free but it did the job and got me to come to your site.

    I don’t think its par­tic­u­lar­ly suit­ed to my type of busi­ness but i don’t care and i’m gonna use it anyway.

    I want­ed more con­trol of the fonts and posi­tion­ing though (para indents) and won­dered who i can access the CSS file.

    Thanks and great work,


  4. Posted May 27, 2010 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    If I may ask, how I can add epi­graph on the theme? I mean do I need to hack the tem­plate? Since I don’t see any func­tion on the dash­board (or I missed something?).

    Thanks and regards,

  5. Matt
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    @Cahya Epigraphs are attached to posts, not the theme. You add one on the New Post screen.

  6. Posted May 27, 2010 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks Matt, I’ve always XML-RPC post­ing so I missed that part. Sorry.

    I just try the new release…, since I still learn about so style cod­ing, I want to take a note of CSS sam­pel on the blog and wrap it using <pre><code>sampel code</code></pre>, but it seemed the code got messed and not wrapped at all.

    I don’t know, on the pre­view using WLW they should be got wrapped, but after pub­lished, they no longer wrapped.

  7. Matt
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    @Cahya Code inside a <pre> ele­ment will not wrap. <pre> pre­serves white­space and will not wrap until you enter an explic­it return in the text inside. You can over­ride this behav­iour with the white-space:pre-wrap; CSS dec­la­ra­tion, but not all browsers sup­port it.

  8. Posted May 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink


    I think I shall try with wp-typog­ra­phy with cautions 🙂

    Btw, I would like to help for a trans­la­tion into Indone­sian Lan­guage. I knew how to trans­late a .po file (with poed­it), but I nev­er works with .pot file.

    Can you send me a .po file to trans­late, or any­thing else I could do for the translation?


  9. Matt
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    @Cahya all you need to do is copy the-erudite.pot to yourlang.po and go from there. There should be a readme file in the trans­la­tions fold­er that explains this and more. 

  10. Posted May 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks a lot, now I fin­ished my transala­tion for “The Eru­dite” lang file into Bahasa Indone­sia (Indone­sia language).

    You can check about it here:

    Thanks for pro­vid­ing us a nice theme 🙂


  11. Kelsey
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Permalink


    Your theme is fan­tas­tic. After search­ing through hun­dreds of options I fell in love with it, great job!

    I was won­der­ing if you would­n’t mind shar­ing which type­faces you use, exactly. 


  12. Matt
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    @Kelsey Just search through erudite.css and look for “font-fam­i­ly”.