We have a New Theme!

June 8th, 2007

Hi everyone – this is just a quick little note to say that the new Blix WordPress theme (version 2.2) is now available on our downloads page (here).

I’m actually using was using one of the new features of the theme to write this little blurb – it’s called an aside (if you’d like to see some asides in action, head over to the blix krieg theme test site).

When you download the new theme, just create a category called ‘asides’ and any posts you make using that category will auto-magically appear like this!

This iteration of blix krieg is a major, major overhaul of the theme – it’s taken me about 7 or 8 hours – I’ve tried to tighten up alot of the code to make the theme even more streamlined than the original, and I’ve added WIDGET COMPATIBILITY to the theme – if you haven’t learnt about widgets yet – well, let me know.

I’ve also widgetized all the little standard blix gadgets (like the calendar, links, categories etc) so that you can add new widgets without muffing up the original look of the theme.

As always, this is a drop in replacement – just install it over the top of your old blix theme and she’ll be apples 🙂

I’ll give another update about this theme after I’ve had a few celevratory celebratory (EDIT: might have been getting ahead of myself there 🙂 ) beers – it might look the same, but, crikey, let me tell you it’s very different ‘under the hood’ – those of you who are regular users will notice them.




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  • 1. Blogging without WiFi - s&hellip  |  June 14th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    […] also using this new “aside” that The Duck created. Pretty nice to have this feature — thank you. Bookmark […]

  • 2. fox  |  June 15th, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Hello Duck,

    My site has been acting strange and I simply clicked on the bottom to your reference link to encouragingly find you updating this and appreciate very much your work on making this continue to shine. Some people find it a hassle just to update their blog. You, however, need to update your theme as well as your blog(s).

    I have been having quite a success with your theme and feel right at home knowing it can grow with me. It makes for less fickleness about changing to another one especially when you have a known audience.

    A big thanks to you and the genius of the update process.

  • 3. DuckMan  |  June 16th, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks Fox!

    I appreciate your feedback immensely – you’ve got a great site by the way, keep up the good work!


  • 4. fox  |  June 18th, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Your welcome. Thank you for making us creative types a little more marketing savvy.

    I have come more and more to the realization that there is no nobility in being a starving artist. Heck it is simply just irresponsible and unconscious to not take responsibility for the value of your work if you can. However, I can be easily guilty of not wanting to “bother with ‘marketing’ because I just want to focus on blogging and content because all that marketing stuff is for greedy, slick opportunists looking to make a fast buck”

    You make it easy to begin to look at this as something simple, useful and available if we want it. I feel like you are a regular bloke and after seeing your video I know you are. 🙂 You make me feel like I too can be blogger responsible for the value of my blog, myself, and all the work I put into it.

    The funny thing is I feel that people averse to being rich who think if they apply your suggestions that they will start raking in the money like fall leaves probably don’t realize (myself included) that if they put in all their efforts they may only wind up breaking even. However, once you’ve broke even only then will you qualify for the possibility of making some real money.

    These are my impressions anyway. Does this seem to jibe with your experience.

  • 5. Weblog Tools Collection &&hellip  |  June 18th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    […] BlixKrieg 2.2 is a 2-column, widget-ready theme that is a drop-in replacement for Sebastien Schmieg’s famous ‘Blix’ theme. BlixKrieg supports asides and WordPress 2.2. […]

  • 6. tjpeople  |  June 20th, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Heya – great theme – just upgraded to 2.2 and to your theme.

    2 little questions –

    as you will site at my site I have heavily and i’m sure not very gracefully edited the header – but it works and i’m happy with it however…if you look just between the “MITM Voting Community” sub content and header one of the little grey fade style (that separate the posts from sidebar) thing is a little offset to the left. Any idea how to either remove it or put it back inline?

    Also is there a way to change the category that makes posts “asides” – i want it to be something like “side notes”

    Many thanks.

  • 7. theDuck  |  June 20th, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Hi TJ – I’ve just spent about half an hour mucking around with that trying to work out what you’ve done, but I can’t – sorry – I do think I have it sussed to a combination of two things –

    1. Your header image is 685, the width of the container is 690 (something you should address).
    2. One of your sidebar widgets (I think the search) is wider than the sidebar and is somehow breaking it.

    Any css whizz’s out there that can help?

    If you want to change the asides, go to index.php and find the line that looks like:-

    if(stristr($cat->cat_name,’asides’)) {$Aside_Flag=1;}} ?>

    and change ‘asides’ to whatever you’d prefer it to be 🙂



  • 8. tjpeople  |  June 20th, 2007 at 10:26 am


    i worked it out – i should have spotted it really.

    in the header file

    the width was 681 (i just copied the header from my old theme) and making that 690 seems to have solved the problem!

  • 9. SOLUTION: BlixKrieg 2.2 &&hellip  |  June 27th, 2007 at 1:28 am

    […] Blix Krieg is a WordPress 2.2.1 (and backwards) compatible drop-in replacement version of Sebastien Schmieg’s famous and highly customizable theme, Blix. Blix Krieg ads additional functionality like ‘asides’, widget compatibility and the option to easily integrate google adsense into your blog if desired. You can read more about the latest version by following this link. […]

  • 10. Lutz  |  August 25th, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Hi there,
    I’m very glad to see, that you’ve started to keep the development of the BLIX-theme going. It’s my favourite theme for my German “Standpunkt.e-Blog” (you may translate that as a kind of “Statement”-Blog). If possible, I will spend some time to help to improve BLIX. For me those themes are the most successful ones, that are translated in several languages. Authors of those themes have replaced the displayed messages by variables and packed the rest in this .mo and .po-files. So it’s absolutely easy for people to translate it for their needs and having still the chance to upgrade easily.
    The theme-author can put those language-files to the downloads and can be sure to get feedback from the world.
    Is there any chance, that you do the programming stuff for that feature?
    Another thing I’m waiting for is someone who makes BLIX fluid.
    But for now: Thanks for a great job. Cheers

  • 11. Aaron  |  December 28th, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Hey The Duck,

    I hope that you are able to see this comment because I can’t seem to connect with you via your contact interface.

    First, I would like to thank you for a great theme. I loved using the original and now I can actually keep my site updated.

    Unfortunately I am running into a few problems with your theme (v2.2) on my site: http://aarons.no-ip.org/

    As you can see on the home page the rendering is off. Everything is shoved off to the side. Do you have any idea what config changes I might try to remedy this?

    Also, I am having troubles getting the theme to hide listing my subpages along the top navigation. I have tried the usual adjustments in the sidebar.php file.

    I appreciate any feedback you may have,

    Thanks again!

  • 12. theDuck  |  December 28th, 2007 at 6:36 am


    WordPress broke alot of the features you are talking about in a recent upgrade.

    My suggestion would be to upgrade to the latest version of wordpress (2.3.1) and blixkrieg (2.3.1), and then apply your CSS changes one at a time to see where you might be making any snafu’s.



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