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Lonestar WordPress Theme (Style for simpleX)

My site, BitFreedom, uses the simpleX theme.  This theme is nice and simple, and best of all designed to be customizable.  It really saved me the trouble of creating the “Lonestar Theme” from scratch.  I also started using it for other sites, and it quickly became obvious that with a few simple modifications I could easily just drop a CSS file into the directory and have simpleX automatically pick it up.

Some time ago (July 2010) I emailed the author with my changes so he could put them into the next version of the theme.  However since the next version seems to be a long time coming, I’ve decided to post my changes here.

So here it is, my simpleX patch (along with the Lonestar style):

Lonestar Screenshot
Example of the Lonestar Theme


  1. Copy the functions.php file over to the simplex theme directory (overwrite).functions.php.orig is a copy of the original (version 1.3.3)
    functions.php.patch is a diff between the two
  2. Copy the contents of the css/ directory over to the simplex/css/

This directory contains an example of a custom theme.

Dragonskin Child Themes

Latest News: As of November, 2010, these child themes are no longer necessary.  Instead, Dragonskin version 2.1 and later supports selecting a preset color from the WordPress admin area.

The Dragonskin Theme now also had child themes to give your site the skin of a different colored dragon. The child themes should be included in the download for the theme, and are simply used to modify the color scheme. You select them just as any other theme.

Note: The WordPress repository did not support child themes when I uploaded version 1.5.  Therefore, they will not be included in that package.  Please download them from this page below (added).  My intention for the next version is to include all of them in one package with an switching tool on the admin menu to select the one to use.

Dragonskin Gold

Dragonskin Gold Screenshot
Dragonskin Gold

Download Dragonskin Gold 1.5

Dragonskin Green

Dragonskin Green Screenshot
Dragonskin Green

Download Dragonskin Green 1.5