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. Paula G said,
    March 30, 2007 @ 1:37 am

    I really love your theme. In fact I changed the colors & used it for my blog redesign. However, I can’t seem to solve a problem with ordered and unordered lists. The bullets get thrown off. See this latest post at The last bullet doesn’t show up at the beginning of the sentence but rather the 2nd part of it. I have posts where it is much worse because the glitch occurs earlier in the unordered list.

    Have you run across this? How have you solved it? I looked in the css file but nothing jumped at me. If you could help that would be great..less gray hair for me ;-)


  2. Hostgator said,
    May 13, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    OH My.. definately this is much better than the old almost spring that i using now.
    have to upgrade, have to…

    downloading… will try on this. cool :D …. thanks!!

  3. naisioxerloro said,
    November 29, 2007 @ 4:13 am

    Good design, who make it?

  4. Sateesh said,
    October 25, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

    This theme is very cool, after searching for some 3 column themes i found this is useful for my blog.
    But the only thing i want to know is, How can i change the width of the left & right sidebars..I want o put 160px both side bars remaining to the center posts. Can anyone suggest me where can i edit in Styles.css so that i will get both side bars 160px before pading please………

  5. ra8org said,
    October 29, 2008 @ 2:18 am

    Hi. Thank you for this theme. Very nice and simply to use … thanks!

  6. usws said,
    October 30, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

    Oh cool, a site that still uses Almost-spring (or a variant) with Wordpress 2.3.x. Was afraid to upgrade incase my theme couldn’t be used anymore. Ugh, but i will have some problems with the plugins.

  7. Carmen Isais said,
    December 11, 2008 @ 7:45 am

    This is a great, clean theme… I know there is an obvious answer to my question, but I’ve been working on this for a while now and can’t seem to figure out where to tweak the CSS to change the px dimensions on the placement of the top, “PAGES” menu.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks. C.

  8. ben said,
    December 13, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    Great theme – thank you!

    I have two questions:

    - any chance of updating to take advantage of 2.7 enhancements?
    - I’m trying to use this theme and Shashin 2.2 to link in picasa photos; however something in the .css doesn’t seem to play well and I’m having a heck of a time finding it; any help with that? (other themes it seems to work well, but not this one – however I much prefer this theme to all others I’ve found for layout, etc)

  9. ben said,
    December 15, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

    I got it figured out – again, great theme!

  10. btp said,
    January 8, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    Ben (and anyone else) interested in taking advantage of the updated comments functionality– I changed the wp files you need to update to do that, based on the explanation found at

    Assuming you haven’t done any hacking of the comments.php file, you can just extract the files in the zip file I created here into your /wp-content/themes/nearly-sprung/ folder.

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