For the last several months I’ve been experimenting with the Twentyten theme to see how far it’s possible to bend the framework. The result is the Vidunder theme. The name “Vidunder” is a Norwegian word meaning “wonder” which can be used to describe a child prodigy – “vidunderbarn” – so I found it fitting for this theme. Vidunder takes what Twentyten introduced and builds on it to create a that is more of a premium theme than an offspring. Be that as it may it is free and available for anyone to use.
Vidunder started out as a Twentyten child theme but has now grown into a full theme by popular request. That means you now have two options:
- Get Vidunder as a TwentyTen Child-Theme
- Get Vidunder as a full theme from which you can create your own child themes
By using the Vidunder theme as a full theme you have the ability to create new child-themes using the same theme hooks and filters as in TwentyTen with the added features of Vidunder including more sidebar options, custom colours, Twitter integration and more.
Vidunder adds a long list of features and functionality to the stock TwentyTen theme shipped with WordPress. If you are using Vidunder as a child theme you must have the TwentyTen theme installed.
Vidunder was developed to provide easy customizability for the user. It repurposes some of the Twentyten features and adds new ones as well. See full feature list for details.
After installing and activating Vidunder you can customize several components:
- Background and general colour is set with the Background setting found under Appearance
- You can add a background image to the header using the background image function found in the same place as above
- The theme logo can be changed by uploading a new image under Appearance -> Header. The image is 87 x 87px
- If you don’t want a logo simply click Remove Header Image and the title shifts to the side
- To display your latest Twitter update in the header go to Settings -> General and add your Twitter account name
- To display author bio, gravatar and name go to Your Profile and add your name, website, bio and Twitter handle. The gravatar is dependent on you having a defined Gravatar attached to your email address. You can get a Gravatar by visiting www.gravatar.com and setting up an account
- The Custom Sidebar widget is to be used for content that needs to be displayed in the full width of the sidebar only (like images). For all other content use the Primary, Left, Right or Secondary widget areas
- The footer has four widget areas
- Custom background colour and general colour scheme
- Optional header background image
- Optional site logo in header
- Optional display of latest Twitter post in header
- Author box at the bottom of posts
- Display of the 2 latest related post at the bottom of each post
- Animated hide option for Author box and Related Posts
- Added sidebar features
- Author comment highlighting
IfÂ you are using Vidunder as a child theme let me repeat: It only works if you have the stock Twentyten theme installed. It also means it only works on WordPress 3.0 and above.
Vidunder is free of charge and comes with no warranties of any sort. Use it at your own leisure and risk. You are free to customize it and change it in any way you please.