Nearly-Sprung Wordpress Theme


This site is run using the wordpress blog software. While setting it up I couldn’t find a theme that I liked, so I decided to make my own.

Nearly-Sprung is a rework of Becca Wei’s “Almost Spring” using the same orange and green colour scheme. However I modified it to be a three column blog with fluid centre column, and optimised for vertical layout so its possible to not have any vertical scrolling on a 1024×768 screen.

Nearly-Sprung ScreenshotI have built in support for the following plugins:
-Sidebar widgets (two columns)
-Photopress v1.1
-Geo Mashup v1.1 (requires patch to enable map styles)
-Next/Previous Post in same Category plugins (Richard Maxwell v1.0 version)
-Viper’s plugin list Plugin

Also note that to have random header backgrounds, just drop in a 80 pixel high jpg starting with the name “headerbackground-” and it’ll automatically be picked up and used.

Feel free to download and use on your own site. The code is GPL except the header image supplied, which is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.


For Wordpress version 2.7, 2.8 and higher Nearly-Sprung Wordpress Theme v3.0.0
For Wordpress versions 2.6.x Nearly-Sprung Wordpress Theme v2.0.2
For Wordpress versions 1.5.x to 2.0.x Nearly-Sprung Wordpress Theme v1.0


-Only works with Wordpress 2.7.x, 2.8.x or higher
-Supports new Wordpress 2.7 comment threading and css styles
-Supports new Wordpress 2.7 javascript comment reply box
-Built in support for splitting pings / trackbacks from comments
-Fixed horizontal scrollbar problem for IE7 users
-Removed support for Official Comments
-Removed support for MK’s Trackping Separator Plug-in


-Fixed horizontal scrollbars appearing
-Changed width of the search box widget’s text box
-Anything inside the side columns that’s wider will be truncated
-Support for Wordpress 2.6.x (tested on wordpress 2.6.1, 2.6.2, 2.7.1)
-Partial Support for Wordpress 2.7.x (comment threading isn’t supported)


-Upgraded to support wordpress 2.6.x
-Upgraded to support Photopress 1.1
-Upgraded to support Geo-Mashup 1.1
-Added Tag Support
-Added Gravatar Support
-Added Settings page so you can configure wether to hide or show the header menu


-Initial Release
-Support for Wordpress 1.5.x to 2.5.x (tested on wordpress 2.0.2, 2.0.3)


If you want to edit the column widths, then first read this article. Then edit the top of style.css accordingly. You then need to change the widths on the following properties so that the links are the right width as well:
#leftsidebar ul ul li a
#leftsidebar ul ul ul li a
#rightsidebar ul ul li a
#rightsidebar ul ul ul li a

Secondly, the way that next/previous links for the main page has changed, you need to delete the following lines in index.php:

<?php posts_nav_link(”, __(”), __(’&laquo; Previous entries’)); ?>
<?php posts_nav_link(’ &#183; ‘, __(”), __(”)); ?>
<?php posts_nav_link(”, __(’Next entries &raquo;’), __(”)); ?>

and replace it with:

<?php posts_nav_link(’ &#183; ‘, __(’&laquo; Next entries’), __(’Previous entries &raquo;’)); ?>

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  1. TechZ said,
    August 1, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

    Now here’s a theme that WORKS! Its excellent, love the 3 column fluid layout, the green isn’t my fav, I would love if the color was optional, like 3-4 to choose from, but its very good nonetheless.

    Hope to see more Widget friendly themes from you guys :D


  2. Mike Sage said,
    August 3, 2006 @ 11:55 pm

    A great modification of a great theme, one question though, I am using IE and the left hand column is appearing on the right hand side obscuring much of the content. Is there anyway to fix this or is it just IE?

  3. Meredith said,
    August 4, 2006 @ 6:22 am

    I love Almost Spring, and I needed a three-column layout for one of my blogs, so this is perfect! My only question is about the green bar across the top. If one has sub-pages, these appear beneath the green bar, screwing up the layout. Is there any way around this? Thanks!

  4. Ricky said,
    August 4, 2006 @ 7:55 am

    Hey Guys, I’m glad you like my theme.

    Mike: I use Opera, Firefox, and IE 6 to test my site (and thus this theme) and It all seems fine. So I don’t know why it would screw up in your browser. Could you tell me what version of IE you are using? and what your screen resolution is? Have you tried force reloading the page (hold down shift while pressing the reload button)? incase you came to the site when I was fiddling with it.

    Meredith: Heh, that was always the case with me trying to find a theme, there was always one little bit that wouldn’t work, and for you, it seems to be your sub-pages :( I don’t know of an easy fix to your problem. The green page bar is done as a list, so maybe you could modify the CSS for the green bar to hide the sub-pages? Or maybe turn the bar off altogether? Another option could be to modify the bar so it works with sub-pages (I dunno how you would actuall accomplish this, maybe make the bar two rows?). Sorry I couldn’t offer any more help :(

    Anyway guys, today im leaving for South America for two months, so forgive me if my replies are not so forthcoming.

  5. Meredith said,
    August 9, 2006 @ 7:22 am

    Maybe I’ll get it worked out by the time you get back – thanks for the tip!

  6. Meredith said,
    August 9, 2006 @ 7:37 am

    Got it! I needed to modify the wp_list_pages code to exclude the relevant pages. Now “Nearly Sprung” is working perfectly for me…so far! Thanks!

  7. cindy said,
    August 9, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    I’ve always liked almost spring and had it installed as one of hte optional themes. But when I saw this, I knew I had to modify it for the default layout! Thanks, it’s lovely. Still working out my secondary colours though. I’m much too monochromatic…

  8. cindy said,
    August 9, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    Oh, I meant to mention, also. The link at the bottom for the “Design by” isn’t laid out correctly. Looks like perhaps you depend on a plugin? Although I notice the same problem on this page too. Hover over the name, you’ll see the link is “http:///” — not too useful!

  9. August 15, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    It works great but one thing — it caused photopress plugins not working anymore.

    Any ideas?

  10. Helen said,
    September 6, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    Am thrilled with this 3 column layout so far. But I have a problem:

    Numbered and bulleted lists display incorrectly in IE 6. The spacing between items is off, and with numbered lists it only repeats #1?

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