It’s finally done. The first incarnation of AvenueK9′s BuddyPress theme is hot off the keyboard and available for download/hackery. It’s far from perfect… and just before I started styling the BP home theme, I already started getting ideas for a newer, fancier theme. Eh. So what’s this got that the other ones don’t? A fixed width. I know that concept is rather vomit-inducing, but I really wanted to focus on continuity between AvenueK9.com and its *VIP* section. That included maintaining the container width sitewide. Since that site was optimized for those old, crappy 1024×768 monitors, the 980-pixel-wide design was carried over to theme its BP counterpart. Other changes include some switched content — mainly the masthead/logo, main navigation, login section and search box. Enjoy!
So I’ve been tinkering with the default theme and came up with this. It’s just another simple rework of Andy’s *awesome* BP 1.0 theme, but it’s got a fixed width, some switched content and the AvenueK9.com color scheme. This was also my first attempt at trying to customize a BuddyPress theme, which wasn’t all too hard. Granted, I didn’t read up on the docs for the proper ways of customizing, so my approach may be entirely wrong — especially, since I read the contents of the custom-sample.css file a bit too late — but it still works. If you want to know how to style a BP theme, it’s dead simple: copy the default theme, change the description of the style.css file, customize, upload, switch theme. Done. Down the road, I’m planning on creating something more unique/fancy/ajax-y, since the Skeleton theme is a great blank canvas to start off with.