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. Shane said,
    September 10, 2006 @ 5:04 am

    Wow, what I great theme! I love your theme, it’s just what I was looking for!

  2. cindy said,
    October 27, 2006 @ 9:20 am

    This theme is not displaying correctly in IE7, the left sidebar blanks out. I’m working on what the problem is, but if anyone else figures it out before I get a chance, please post!

  3. Ricky said,
    October 30, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    Hey Guys,

    The 3 column layout code in CSS has alot of workarounds for various bugs in IE. I can only assume that IE 7 has fixed some of those bugs, and now the fixes themselves are causing bugs. Ugh.

    I can’t look at it in the immediate future as I have 2 months of work to catch up on (oh to be back on holiday).

    Thanks for the feedback guys, when I have a chance to work on the theme Ill see to squashing the bugs mentioned above.

  4. cindy said,
    November 1, 2006 @ 7:21 am

    I’ve resolved most of the IE7 problems in the theme, if you check this entry:

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Might copy my over there as well to be sure I spot it…

  5. Ricky said,
    November 28, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    Ok, I’ve googled about the problem, and have got a css fix for IE7, thanks goes to

    copy and paste the block below in style.css after the block labeled “/* Essential Layout (IE Fix) */”

    /* Essential Layout (IE7 Fix) */
    *+html #leftsidebar {
    left: 150px; /* RC fullwidth */

    I intend to release a newer version of the theme, with this bug fixed as well as others mentioned above.

  6. Jeff said,
    December 10, 2006 @ 8:24 am

    This is a great theme with what appears to be what I’m looking for. Keep up the good work in developing this theme. There are very few themes with fluid and optimized for 800 x 600 and 1024 x 678 px. However I have 2 concerns :

    1) Has the problems with IE7 been fixed in the download link, or should I need to go and manually modify the style.css as described above? I just downloaded it…

    2) I’m still new to blogging and Wordpress, so this might be a dumb question…lol, but how do I edit the headers and the site title because the green color of the title (I have a long title) blends with the header graphic and makes it hard to distinguish…Of course I’m going to modify the header anyway, but is the only way to do it is to use Photoshop?


  7. Ricky said,
    December 11, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    Heya Jeff,

    1) You will manually need to modify style.css for now, I expect to update the download before new years though.

    2) If you have a long title, then you will need to edit the header image itself to be less wide so though don’t clash. If you need to change the colour, then you will have to edit the colour in style.css and print.css.

    Hope my answers help.

  8. Atif Khan said,
    December 23, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    Awesome theme. I have been using the Almost Spring them for some time. I wanted to get a 3 column theme to utilize the screen space better as I am not really targeting people with 800×600 layouts. This fits me perfectly. Checkout my site. Also, if you need any help with this theme, I will be glad to do stuff.

  9. OptionPundit said,
    March 4, 2007 @ 2:08 am

    Hi Ricky,

    I was looking for a new look for my blog and i found yours. I must say I liked it and did modification to adjust to IE 7 as well. Thanks for sharing such wonderful theme.

    I noticed that your have some other good things in your site i.e. “Previous”, “Next”, and also photopress…can you or someone who is using this, share how to get plugins for that?


  10. Ricky said,
    March 8, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

    Check out my “About” link (, It has a list of all the plugins used on this site.

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