Dragonskin WordPress Theme

Wrap your blog in the skin of a dragon! This is a dark theme that has a nice look for RPG and gaming sites. I originally developed this theme to go along with my D&D fan site. It features CSS-drive drop-down menus, support for multiple authors, and fluid width for flexible resolutions. (See below for full list of features and details.)

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Example Site Using Dragonskin
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  • Author profile pages that feature the authors as well as their posts.
  • Navigation bar with drop-down menus
  • Support for multiple colors
  • Header image support for site logos

Integrated Support for Plugins

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68 thoughts on “Dragonskin WordPress Theme

  1. I currently have this theme running in a test drive mode and can’t tell you how impressed I am with it, but I do have one question.
    How do I go about getting more than 2 posts on the front page?
    Thanks in advance

  2. It’s ok, I was thinking it’s in the theme files, but it’s not, it’s part of the settings and I’ve fixed it.
    Again, I want to tell you how much I love the look of this theme.
    It’s fabulous!

  3. Like the theme, but if I try to click on a single post, I get an error saying this
    “Parse error: parse error, unexpected T_OBJECT_OPERATOR in /home/content/b/i/l/billmecca/html/jerseydevil/wp-content/themes/dragonskin/single.php on line 27”

    sounds like an easy fix, but I have no idea? any help would be appreciated.

  4. I really love this theme but I’m not crazy about the links in the top bar. Is there a way to change it so that the links across the top are just pages as opposed to the options that come with it?

    Thanks in advance!

  5. Thanks. I am not sure about your problem with the comments not showing up, but if you want to get rid of the navbar, you can just delete everything in navbar.php or comment it out. If you remove navbar.php completely it will throw an error, but I’ll fix that for the next release.

  6. Oops, nevermind. If you’re using version 1.5 you should be able to just delete navbar.php and it’ll remove the navbar code.

  7. This is a fantastic theme. Thanks. It’s just what I was looking for. I’ve one question, though. When I try and add the RSS widget to the sidebar, all the other entries disappear. As you can probably tell, I’m a wordpress beginner so please forgive me if this is something obvious.

  8. Yes, if you’re going to modify the sidebar at all, you have to include all the stuff you want on it. So if you have an empty sidebar under “widgets” it will just use a default layout. If you start adding any widgets it will start with an empty sidebar and only display the ones you add. This allows you to remove the defaults.

  9. I am currently using Dragonskin and can’t get authors to display in Author in navbar, however everything is displaying as it should in the drop down navbar. My question is how do I get the authors name and/or names to appear in Author in the navbar at the top of the page?

    Thanks in advance because this is bugging the daylights out of me.

  10. I noticed that some sites with the theme had an empty Authors menu. You are the first one to ask about it though: so the truth is I really don’t know why it isn’t showing up. I don’t think it’s because of a difference in version. My guess is how the users are set up. If you go to your profile, maybe you can make sure you have your first name, last name, nickname, and display name set and see if that helps.

  11. Thanks, Angelo. Would you have any suggestions as to how I could get the RSS icon added into the sidebar? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I’m a writer and have a short story coming up soon in a magazine called Beneath Ceaseless Skies. As this magazine attracts a large online audience, I’m hoping to have my blog up and running soon. (I’m currently doing local testing.) Your theme fits the fantasy genre I write perfectly.

  12. Hi Angelo, Dragonskin is one of my favorite themes, but I would like to add a home link in the navbar to the left of pages What would be the code to add a Home link in the navbar that the user back to the homepage regardless of what page or category a user is on?

    And thank you again for creating Dragonskin
    R G

  13. R G: so how did you fix the problem with the missing authors section? All the navigation bar code is in the file navbar.php. To add a home button on that bar somewhere, just add a link similar to the ones already present. They should be wrapped in li tags (like wp_loginout).

    Colm: I think you can just use the text widget somehow. If you want to just include an RSS icon in the them, you could do so in the navbar.php file.

  14. Thanks Angelo, imported all of the settings from one of my other wordpress blogs that’s using Dragonskin.

    Thanks and will try both of the suggestions to see which works the best.

    Thanks again both of you.
    R G

  15. I’m still extremely new to writing code, in short most of it still all Greek to me and I’m still all thumbs at it. Any chance of you writing the code here so I can copy and paste into the navbar. Not lazy mind you, just still real crappy at writing code.

    Thanks again
    R G

  16. I’d be willing to make a 10 dollar donation on Friday. Know that’s not much these days but it’s all I can spare.

  17. Thank you so very much, I see where I kept making my mistake. I’ve saved both in the Dragonskin directory on my computer and have the home link on the navbar.

    If you have paypal let me know how I can make the 10 dollar donation or what other options are available.

    Thank you again and love it.
    R Gilbert

  18. Thanks, a donation isn’t necessary but $1 to show appreciation would be more than enough. Based on your suggestion I put a donate button under the screen shot. Thanks for using this theme.

  19. Hi Angelo, just gave you a donation thanks a bunch for adding the donate button under the Dragonskin theme, it makes it so easy to donate.

    Have a good one
    R Gilbert

  20. I have submitted Dragonskin 2.0 to the WordPress theme site, but they haven’t accepted it yet. I’m tempted to just post it here for now.

    Dragonskin 2.0 has a way to make color changes without downloading child themes. It is only a first step–you will have to make some very simple CSS changes by hand (colors only in a specific file). However, the next step will be to add an admin interface to select pre-made CSS files. After that, I will probably look into selecting colors directly through the admin panel.

    Dragonskin 2.0 will at least give people the ability to post/swap their css files if they want different colors.

    I have made no effort to institute any changes in the theme specifically for 3.0, because 3.0 is backward compatible and I certainly don’t want to make the theme unusable by previous versions until everyone has moved off. (Also, I’m not in entire agreement with the added complexity.) In the future I may use the custom menu feature of 3.0 to create the navigation bar.

  21. I was using your theme, but the pictures posts are now messing up the layout.

    This started happening with wordpress newest upgrade…

    Any hope of getting the newest version of your theme to fix the problem?

  22. I haven’t heard of any reports of this being a problem, and I haven’t experienced this on my own site. So, I doubt there is anything in my latest code that would fix your problem. But if you know how to use subversion and would like to get the latest of whatever I have, it’s over at http://code.google.com/p/dragonskin/. Version 2.0 that I was working on was rejected by WordPress because I had used some deprecated functions–which I’m glad because I was having a hard time keeping track of which functions they were deprecating anyway. I’ve been slow at getting back to it, because I really don’t want to release the next version until I make sure I fix all the issues with deprecated functions, a new admin interface for selecting different colors, and making sure the default settings are the most universal across all browsers and load the fastest.

  23. I absolutely love your theme! It’s perfect for my Warlock blog I started recently…I play World of Warcraft! I am however having an issue with my latest post having a huge gap under it so that you have to scroll way down to read the one before it and it is driving me insane! Is there a way to fix this? and please note that I am new to this and you’ll have to dumb it down for me ;)

  24. I just wanted to say thank you for making this theme! and to say again that I Love it! :D thanks you so much and I wanted to share my blog so anyone who wants to check it out here you go … http://kamilla.apotheosis-now.com/
    thank you again for making this theme and keep up the good work!

  25. Any way to get nested menus into the navigation bar? also, is there any way to customize what shows up in that nav bar based on either tag, post&page author, or individual category?


  26. I worked on getting reasonable menu nesting on the menu items two separate times, and put a bit of time into it, with no luck. It’s something I really wanted to do, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the CSS to both center the menus and nest them in a reasonable way. It would have to be able to keep the menu headers centered, the first level of menus centered, and then offset a submenu based on the parent menu. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but I certainly couldn’t figure it out any time soon.

    WordPress 3.0 has support for customized menus, which I do want to add. I haven’t had time to work on the next version of this theme much, but it’s definitely something I am looking into. Ideally, I’d want the default menu to show unless there was a pre-constructed menu.

  27. Version 2.1–I decided to go ahead and post my current work. I finally got the color scheme chooser in the admin section working, so I thought it was good enough to post. This version isn’t available at WordPress.org yet because it is rejected due to more strict code requirements.

  28. It looks like you have nested HTML comments, and typically browsers have not supported that. I’m actually surprised that Firefox does. If you look in navbar.php and searchform.php you’ll see where there are already HTML comments. You can make those files blank if you need to just remove all of it.

  29. I think it should be possible with some CSS changes. Maybe I’ll include that in the next update if I ever improve it enough to be validated against the newer versions of wordpress.

  30. Hi Angelo,
    I love Dragonskin and I just installed it (3.0 gold version) in my new blog.
    I noticed, however,that with firefox everithing is ok but with explorer the body of the post it is not black but gold , everithing is with a gold skin pictures.
    Are you aware about this problem, do you know how to fix this?

  31. Hey,

    thx for the great theme. But how do I change the header image ? I couldn´t find an option for it. Thx and best regards.


  32. The version that’s on WordPress’ site requires you to upload a GIF images to wp-content/themes/dragonskin/images/header.gif and it magically appears. The current version on this site works the same way most WP themes work–upload through the Appearance menu.

  33. Hey Angelo,

    thx for your quick answer. But your answer leads me to the question, why that version isn´t at WordPress ? I´ll download it from here anyways :-).

    Best regards

  34. WordPress disapproved my last 3 submissions of this theme due to coding standards. The last time it was only due to some small coding issues that won’t affect your usage. I had worked very hard through multiple versions and a number of days just to make the last attempt (version 3.0) before I decided to just give up for now. They’ve made it nearly impossible for a simple hobbyist like me to submit themes to their database as their requirements are a moving target.

    Here was my last attempt to submit dragonskin: http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2811

  35. I think this project is well dead but just incase how do i move the sidebar from the right hand side to the left in version 3.0 thank you!

  36. If you’re talking about the drop-down menu then it is modified under “widgets” called “Top Menu”

  37. There is a major difference in the way the menu bar is handled between 1.5 and 3.0. To update the menu you have to go to the admin panel -> Appearance -> Widgets and add things to “Top Menu” which will then become menu items.

    If you want something unusual that the widgets can’t create, it might be possible to copy navbar.php from 1.5 overwrite the one in 3.0–but it’ll be better/easier in the long run to use the widget area.

  38. OK how would I overwrite, There is no way to edit the Top Menu Widget.
    Overwriting however all of them are to the right of the search bar? So how do I center them?

  39. The “Top Menu” widget is modified by dragging and dropping items from the available widgets on the left over into the “Top Menu” area (after you open it up).

    I’m not sure that overwriting navbar.php will work. If you want to try, go to the 3.0 theme directory, make a backup copy of navbar.php (in case you need to put it back), and instead replace it with a copy of the navbar.php file in the 1.5 theme directory.

  40. Hi, this theme is exactly what i was looking for however is it possible to add a second sidebar to the left hand side? I would really appreciate any assistance with this. Many thanks !

  41. I haven’t been able to keep up with WordPress development, so I’m not sure how how answer your question. I don’t think there is any really simple way to add a sidebar. The images used in this theme are open source and/or public domain, so you might do well to use them with a more updated WordPress theme as a background image or something.

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