About this site's lack of design: Yes, it's supposed to look this way — I'm helping create a new sandbox theme for WordPress (see it on GitHub).

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Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977


Pardon Our Dust

If you’re visiting this site for the first time, and are seeing the default WordPress theme (aka Kubrick), please rest assured that a custom designed theme is hiding somewhere within the WordPress installation–WordPress is just having a bit of a tantrum lately, and has decided to keep reverting back to the default shortly after I reset the custom theme in the admin.

Those of you who are return visitors are hopefully missing the usual orange and brown goodness that has graced these pages for almost 2 years.

Hosting Woes

For the last few weeks, my homepage hasn’t been loading at all – Dreamhost didn’t seem to think it was a problem on their end (though I’d made no changes to the site between it working and ceasing to work). After going around in circles with them for too long, I uploaded a fresh install of WordPress, moved my plugins and theme directories, changed a few hard-coded absolute URLs, and things were working again. For about 5 minutes.

Artificial Intelligence?

Perhaps my blogging software is trying to tell me something? I’ve planned a redesign for well over a year, but other endeavors have taken priority (e.g. Sidebar Creative, Webgraph, Rounders, various client/consulting work, presentations, workshops and toying with things like Virb). I’ve also been seriously thinking about hitting the redesign over the last month or so–is WordPress now smart enough to read my mind? Or is my soon-to-be-replaced theme getting jealous? It’s creepy from where I’m sitting…

Separating Content From Presentation

Okay, so it’s not the use for which that phrase is intended, but in a way, it’s interesting to see my content without its custom skin. I’ve been reading through many of the articles I’ve written, and paying more attention to the text. Perhaps this is a normal issue with designers trying to objectively read their own content while getting distracted by their own designs–if you haven’t tried it, give it a shot sometime; it may help expose issues with your design, or your content, or at the very least allow you a fresh perspective on your own writing.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.


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9 comments on “Pardon Our Dust”

  1. Posted by kent on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    I have had the same problem with the theme resetting itself. I don’t know what is causing it, but one way to get around it is to rename your custom theme “default”…

  2. Posted by Stephen Collins on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    I always have that problem with WP. Have no idea why.

    But I’m just happy to not have to see “Pink for October’ when I tab through my bookmarks.

  3. Posted by Luke Dorny on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    What the…!?

  4. Posted by Natalie Jost on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    Hey, I noticed that with the new WP version. I’m not sure what the bug is, but if you rename your main template “default” it fixes the problem. It’s annoying, I know, drove me crazy for days until someone suggested this tip.

  5. Posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    @kent & @Natalie: I read that yesterday (as well as the wp-mobile plugin possibly being the cause, which isn’t the case for me), but I’ve been hoping to find a better way :/ Not that it’s a big deal to change, since I only have a few absolute URLs and paths, but still…

    Dear WordPress, please fix this or tell us how, thanks :)

  6. Posted by Matthew Oliphant on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    Hey, at least you’re blogging again.

  7. Posted by Matt Robin on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    You kept some orange! I like that…. ;)

    Actually, it’s interesting to me that you’re doing a redesign, you’ve had some problems with your WP-running on Dreamhost…and that sort of thing, because I’m also in the process of a redesign for my site at the moment, it is also hosted on Dreamhost, and I was starting to run into a bunch of problems with my CMS (okay, not WP, but Textpattern)…and well, to cut a long story short – I’m now learning about Expression Engine with a view for using that as my new CMS….with a new design….sometime…(probably won’t have orange in it).

    I’m sure you’ll have your new design up before mine breaks cover, and yours will rock of course. I’m looking forward to it Dan! :)

  8. Posted by Nate Klaiber on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.

    Can I have my design back now? he.

    As others have said…at least there is still orange.

  9. Posted by root on Sunday, June 15th, 2008.

    I have never understood Matt’s fetish for Kubrick. In these comments alone are half a dozen top designers whose work is being screwed up by a fault first identified over 3 years ago. Do you think WP cares? No way.