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. Heidi said,
    January 28, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    the link for changing the widths on the sidebar dont work – can you post instructions? I love this template but the sidebars are much too narrow for my needs….

    thank you!!

  2. Nora said,
    February 4, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    Thank you for Nearly Sprung – I have one question though: is it at all possible to show nested pages on the top bar? When I tried, the sub-pages are non-clickable and the headers of the columns are only partly visible.

    • Ricky said,
      March 16, 2010 @ 9:38 am

      To answer you’re question: No, it’s not possible with the current theme.

      Long answer:
      As you can tell, the current set up doesn’t play nice with nested pages. To be honest, I don’t know of a good way to show them.

      Make the top bar two lines instead of one?
      -I find that ugly.

      Have a drop down showing the sub-pages?
      -It’s not obvious what the sub-pages are without seeing all the drop downs first.

      Have all the sub-pages shown after the parent page on the same line?
      -Only works if you don’t have too many pages.

      Finally, I personally don’t have the time to add the feature to the theme. However I am more than willing to patch in someone else’s solution to this problem.

  3. Sarah Kemp said,
    July 29, 2010 @ 2:09 am

    Really pleased with the theme, but I can’t find how to get photos into my pages. In other themes there was featured image below page attributes when editing pages. Can anyone help?

  4. Katie said,
    August 4, 2010 @ 3:13 am

    Hi, i love your theme and have been using it for some time now, I just have one question, this is probably very basic but i’m are having trouble editing our blog so that the excerpt comes up instead of the full post, we don’t have our blog as our homepage if it makes any difference and thanks for the great theme btw!

    • Ricky said,
      January 12, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      From what I can remember, you need to put the text <!–more–> where you want the excerpt to stop when creating your post. That’s what I do.

  5. Quexinos said,
    November 5, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    Hi I have a question, I can’t get any comments to show up on pages. They work on posts but not the pages. Any ideas why?

    • Ricky said,
      January 12, 2011 @ 11:57 am

      Hmm, It looks like the theme doesn’t support comments for pages. Sorry :-(

  6. Ricky said,
    January 12, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    As per the instructions in the post the background image starts with the name “headerbackground-”. Just delete that file and create your own header file. As long is it’s name starts with “headerbackground-” it will be picked up by the theme.

    • andrew moody said,
      January 17, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      Yes, thank you, I did read the instructions but still can not find where, within the random header, that I need to delete and replace. Please advise. -thanks again

  7. dRailer said,
    August 10, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    Like the theme, using it for my blog too. Thank you for navigation fix.

    Regarding the random-header.php file, did you write that? I’m trying to figure out how to make that header image a link to the main/home page.

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