Ahimsa featured on WordPress themes
January 18th, 2009 by ravi

I am not quite sure what it takes or means to get “Featured” at WordPress’ theme page, but FWIW Ahimsa is currently listed there. Download while its hot ;-).

Ahimsa Featured

37 Responses  
  • it's featured, but incomplete writes:

    I downloaded the ahimsa template, but the zip file is missing a template file (index.php), and the style.css file…not very usable. Any advice? Thanks.

    • ravi writes:

      It looks like something is messed up at wordpress.org. If you download the file using the “Download” link from the “Featured Themes” main page, it works fine, but if you get it from the theme’s page (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ahimsa) you get the incomplete zip file. I have written to the folks at WordPress asking about it. In the meantime, please download the file from this site or from the “Featured Themes” section at WordPress. Thank you.

  • Ben writes:

    Hi. I am just starting on WP. I love your theme, but it didn’t work when I got it from wordpress.org (seemed to be missing some files). When I got a copy from here it worked fine. Thanks!

    • ravi writes:

      Ben thanks for the comment. Please see above regarding the zip file issue. I hope to get a response from WordPress folks soon on this.

  • Anna writes:

    Hello, i download your theme. Its fantastic for my web,but i need to put an image header on top. Between the name of the blog.

    How can i do it?

    Thanks :)

    • ravi writes:

      Anna, you have to modify the theme code (using the Theme Editor) to add images to the header. It is not very difficult. If you wish you can contact me via email (code (at) ahren.org) and I can help you with it.

  • chrome writes:

    I modified Ahimsa a fair bit to fix a few things I’m not fond of. You can check it out on my site.

    * I don’t like the fade out of the sidebar when you navigate to a page that has it disabled. I added some php to the header.php template to disable it on load, rather than after it loads.

    * I ended up disabling the fade effect.

    * The static background makes scrolling slow on slow machines. I replaced it with a single colour.

    * I kind of liked your choice of colours, but have experimented with a little less crazy scheme.

    * The ‘Add Comment/Trackback/Comments Feed’ box got in the way of content too often, so I changed them to capsules. I’m not 100% with that solution, because they look like buttons but the date/time isn’t a button. Its confusing, so I’ll probably change it to a plain style.

    * The semi-transparent bar at the top is awesome. I added an admin link there. It makes so much sense! Why don’t other themes do this?

    One problem that I’ve noticed with your theme (and my variant); if a sidebar is visible on load, if you look below it, the bottom of the sidebar lines up with the bottom of the content just fine. If you hide it then show it again, it no longer lines up. Weird.

    • ravi writes:

      I noticed your next comment which says you are no longer using the theme :-(, but if you decide to return to it, let me know and I can help with various fixes. Some thoughts on your comments above:

      * I too have noticed that restoring the sidebar makes it not line up to the bottom anymore. I have some guesses on why that happens, and hope to have a fix soon.

      * The sidebar fade effect on disabled pages was intentional… the idea was to hint to the user that the sidebar is available, but hidden. If your header.php hack didn’t work as well as you would like, let me know, and I can give you custom mods.

      * Adding the admin link to the top menu bar is a good idea — in earlier versions of the theme (that I did not release) i actually had that in place! I will bring it back, given your feedback.

      * I am playing with how the theme looks in Opera and IE right now and expect to have a fix release within the next 3-4 days.

      * I too am not entirely happy with the prominence of what I call the “Actions Box” (Add comment/Edit/etc). In a future release, I am hoping to also make it collapsible, with a simple icon that the viewer can click on to access the options.

    • Pinaet writes:

      Dear Ravi, How to manage top menu bar? I wanna add new page to it. I get confusing. Please help.

      • ravi writes:

        Pinaet, there is no top menu bar for pages in Ahimsa. Are you using a plugin that provides this feature? Or are you referring to the semi-transparent black bar at top with the links for the RSS feeds? Please clarify (or point me to your site). Thank you.

  • dholm.com writes:

    New theme, new plugin…

    I decided it was time to change the theme of my blog again, I get the urge ever so often when I get bored with the old one. Normally I spend 30 minutes or more on WordPress’ theme site before I can decide but this time I hit the jackpot on the fi…

  • gabby writes:

    can i have the tags and categories visiable by default on my posts?

    • ravi writes:

      Gabby, that’s not easily possible with this version of the theme. I can make it a feature in the next release. Can you file a request at:


      In the meantime, if you are really keen on it, find sections such as the below in index.php, single.php, and page.php (using the Theme Editor section of the Admin pages):

      <div id=’postcats-<?php the_ID(); ?>’ class=’postcattags postcats’
      style=’display: none; opacity: 0;’>

      And change them to say:

      style=’display: block; opacity: 1.0;’

  • Curtis Larkin writes:

    Love this theme. Truly wonderful creative work.

  • iyank writes:

    you know, this is awesome.. I really like it..
    thanks ravi..

  • ravi writes:

    Curtis, iyank, thank you greatly for the kind comments. It’s such comments that make this sort of thing a pleasure!

  • wai writes:

    Thanks for sharing. Theme is so great. But, lightbox effect does not works, please fix it help me. now, i use WP 2.7.

    Thanks again.

    please help me at wanyfr@gmail.com

  • Sanjay M writes:

    This theme definitely deserves to be featured its among the best I’ve seen… please have a look at my site and see if you like the modifications. Its pretty ideal for my site that I just started for my baby son… thank you very much!

    • ravi writes:

      Sanjay, thank you and your header background looks great, as well as the font choices (which are very appropriate for the content!). My best wishes to Abhinav.

  • Dimka writes:

    nice theme!! ;) good job1

  • Sanjay M writes:

    what a nice surprise that you visited – thanks for your feedback and wishes! :)

  • Kelly writes:

    Hi :)
    I think your theme is really beautiful! I am so sad that IE pretty much ruins it :( Any fixes for rounded corners in IE yet? Also, I’d like to have a wider space in the title area, where would I modify the theme to get that effect? Anyway, great job!

    • ravi writes:

      Kelly, thank you for the comment. The problem with rounded borders in IE is that I am using the CSS3 border-radius (or equivalent attributes in WebKit/Gecko = Safari/Firefox) to render them. Unfortunately, IE does not support any such thing at all. To do this in IE, I would have to completely change the code, abandon using the CSS properties, and instead play games with corner transparent images or even uglier stuff with tables. That feels like a step backwards. I realise that 70+% of the world still uses IE and I wish there was an easier way to support IE than to regress my design. I will keep racking my brains on this one… if I do make some changes to solve the problem, I will post the info on this blog.

    • ravi writes:

      Also, when you say wider space in title area, do you mean that you want the title area to be wider than the rest of the content? If so, that would take a bit of work. Let me know if you decide to return to this theme and I will give you some hints on how to get that done.

      • Kelly writes:

        Wow, quick response! Thanks :) I was thinking the space where the title is, like on this page where it says “Ahren Code” and then the yellow line. My title is bit longer and it looks squished. I’d like to move the yellow line and the tag line over a bit to make more room for my title. I hope that made sense…

        • ravi writes:

          Kelley, sorry for the late response… my blog comment notification email was not working due to a mail server error, so I didn’t realise there were comments piling up. In my title I have the name appear without being squished by using “&nbsp;” between “Ahren” and “Code” (that’s non-breaking space). If you want a better solution than that, write to me (code [at] ahren {dot} org) and I can give you info on how you can set the width of that section.

  • Bryan Haddock writes:

    I LOVE YOUR THEME… it is SO FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!! The way you’ve put together the fonts, colors, stylesheets, VERY SWEET!!!

    Thank you!!!

  • Melissa writes:

    I have to admit when I first saw your theme at the WP site I thought, “oh my, those are soooo not my colors.” lol I didn’t like the theme at first, but then when I read that the colors were modifiable, I fell in love. It’s simple yet effective. It’s not too simple that it makes a site dull, yet it’s unique enough to keep the reader interested.

    It reminds me of a box of crayons for adults, and I mean that as a compliment. :)

    I love the theme and look forward to many many hours of tweaking it. So far it is the only one I’ve tried and I have yet to find another that appeals to me more.

    • ravi writes:

      Melissa, thank you for the comment and I do take it as a compliment. The customisation features are set for more improvements (including possibly font settings, and definitely a dynamic colour management interface that I hope will be fun and easy to use) for version 2.4.

  • rosenkrieger writes:

    First of all – THANK YOU!

    I think I have found my new theme, as I need more space for my content and my current theme just wastes so much on sidebars and space left/right. I just started customizing the colors to my liking and thats really easy to do with the skin support in your theme.

    The only thing I need to figure out is how to put my logo (PNG graphic) in the header instead of the Blog title. Then I am gonna switch and see how my readers react ;-)

  • Dennis writes:

    I have tried so many themes until my eyes start to bleed :P
    But then i found ahmisa. :D

    i’m using on http://www.orientista.org

    Thanks for this!

  • Uma writes:

    Awesome theme, Ravi! I would like to ask, is there a way to add a top menu bar (similar to the rounded corner style of the theme)? Thank you :-)

    • ravi writes:

      Hello Uma, thank you, and regarding the menu, do you mean a menubar like I have on this site, under the header, or do you want to add one right at the top of the page with rounded corners?

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