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Charlene WordPress Theme V2 Beta Out

It’s taken forever, much longer than I’d hoped or thought but I finally have something to share in regards to the Charlene WordPress theme.

It’s in beta and it’s up on GitHub. Honest, have a look

I’ll write a more comprehensive post regarding this version but here’s what I’ll say for now. The theme has been completely reworked from top to bottom, this is not to be considered an upgrade from V1 or older. It is however very similar with most of the same features so the transition should be fairly painless.

Here’s what’s on tap:

  • HTML5 and Responsive
  • Post Formats Included
  • No more theme options
  • A few sensible customization options using the theme customizer
  • New default font
  • Same content focused layout

You can see the demo here, it will be updated as I push new changes.

Which brings me to my next note. As mentioned above it is available on GitHub and I have enabled support for the GitHub Updater, so if you’re feeling brave and would like to give it a go please feel free but I do not recommend running it on a production site just yet. That said, if you do happen to play around with the theme a bit I would love to get your feedback, you can email me jeremy[at]

That’s all for now.

Update 7/30/2014

I’ve been pushing some pretty steady updates over the past week, we’re getting closer. If anyone out there has taken the leap and activated the theme I’d love to get your feedback.

Update 09/10/2014

Charlene V2 is now considered stable. I’m hoping to have it approved for .org within the next week or two but for now you can grab a copy here and/or see a demo here. All feedback is welcome and appreciated!

Find Me on Facebook

No literally, find me… from now on I’ll link to the Facebook home page, you take it from there. Deal?

Because hey, that’s what it sounds like you want me to do.

Charlene Theme Redevelopment Underway

Three and a half years ago, give or take six months I released my first freely available WordPress theme. Being a bit less than confident at the time I never pushed it to the theme repository on but it managed to get a bit of attention with somewhere around 8000 downloads to date. It’s still available at but as the notice clearly states, it’s not been updated for at least a year.

Well… I’m making an effort to change that. I just downloaded a fresh copy, opened it up in Coda and plan to get to work immediately. It’s going to be a major update and will most certainly take a bit of time, a lot of things have changed since including the way I code. That said, I plan to push it to GitHub as soon as I’ve got something solid so if you’re interested you can always follow along there.

Last but not least, if you’re interested in adding your two cents or have suggestions, feel free to drop a comment below. As I mentioned above, it is still available for download so go ahead grab a copy or just view the demo and let me know what you think.

(Oh and no need to comment on the code needing to be stripped, reformatted and brought up to date – that’s already #1 on the list.)

Bringing in 2013 with Twenty Twelve

It’s been a goal of mine for some time to get back to where I started, building with WordPress and writing about the process. (Well, to really get back to where I started you’d have to include a bout with Cube Cart but I’d rather not.) I realize it’s a bit cliche to be writing about goals on the first day of the new year but I figured now is as good a time as any to really try and focus on making this happen.

I will of course continue to work as Papertree on all of the various WordPress and non-WordPress related projects that myself and some very reliable “partners” are lucky to be a part of, but this year I’d like to jump back into a few strictly WordPress development projects all on my own.

So with that, I decided to ring in the New Year with a quick little child theme taking the new Twenty Twelve theme for a spin. It’s nothing fancy but I think it will serve it’s purpose well. I have to say that Twenty Twelve is worth a look, if for no other reason but to learn. Along with the new “look” you’ll see that I’ve also set up a services page (strictly WordPress) detailing the type of project I’m looking to get involved in. So if you’re heading into the new year with a project that requires a reliable and experienced WordPress developer, drop me a message and we can chat.

Happy New Year!