Starting Aquoid

After my anguished lament in my last post regarding not having enough time to blog, I had an epiphany. I felt deadlines should be worried about, but that shouldn’t really stifle other creative urges.

Why are you worrying about You-Know Who?
You should be worrying about U-No-Poo – the Constipation Sensation that’s gripping the nation!

– Advertisement for Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling.

I had been wrestling with ideas about releasing my page layout as a WP theme. Then Koke doused my aspirations with cold water, pointing out how this theme was nowhere close to acceptability. So I thought. And then I thought some more. And then I saw this really well crafted WP theme based on Vista called Inanis Glass. And then it hit me – what if I make a theme just like that for the Aqua interface, but with different flavours – Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard? And that started Aquoid. In due course of time I hope to have themes for all and sundry, starting with:

There are several challenges involved, like testing this out on all browsers, testing over various connection speeds and bad machines and so on. But for now, it is back to my daily job.

And yes, check out Aquoid.

2 Responses to “Starting Aquoid”

  1. Can you show me how to rip interface like ?

    • Toan,
      Unfortunately I haven’t written any tutorials for this, but I plan to write one. To create / modify any WordPress theme you need to have a basic understanding of how a theme works, though I must say it is easy to develop an understanding.

      You can actually go to your WordPress admin screen, then navigate to Appearance -> Editor. You will see the files included for your theme there. Typically a theme has the following:

      – header.php – This defines what appears at the top of your page

      – sidebar.php – This is for the sidebar

      – footer.php – This is for the bottom of the page

      – index.php – This puts together the header, sidebar and footer.

      You can edit these files and make changes as you feel fit. WARNING: You might break your theme if you are not careful while editing your files. Also, if you change the files then you will be responsible for updates yourself – the auto-update feature of WordPress will not work. For tutorials you can see the following sites:

      Official WordPress website


      For advanced concepts like theme options


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