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Enough talk, let’s go:

  1. Grand Prize: Mat Wiseman for Aleksandr
  2. First Runner Up: Vladimir Agafonkin for Gaia
  3. Second Runner Up: Natalie Jost for Fireplay
  4. Third Runner Up: Piotr Delawski for my wishful thoughts

Rounding out the top 10:

  1. Block Rocker
  2. Green Dream
  3. Jekyll’s Lab
  4. Blueprinted
  5. Blue
  6. Glass

Remember, we’re all winners in this competition. Quite literally, every submitter will be getting a 1-year FoingBLOG hosting package.

I will be contacting the winners soon with information on how to collect their prizes.

Congratulations to all the winners and the Textpattern Community!

]]> Wed, 01 Aug 2007 11:39:59 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-08-01:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/f28ef7dd22c9d275c1b58e362d88352a
Results Coming Soon Judging is currently in progress and the results will be posted on 8/1/2007 so please stay tuned.

I’d again like to thank the fantastic team of judges for their support:

]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2007 22:36:20 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-20:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/005d07ba9fb016f809edfea8ea5e9f04
Minim [1] Minim is quite minimal, very flexible and aims to put content at center stage.

]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2007 18:37:17 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-14:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/9369f5d5f707a14a7c275b754fc8b42b
Life Sat, 14 Jul 2007 18:27:51 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-14:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/185d7ae7f9ef3ff889b47f5465ead8cf Awesome Topic Sat, 14 Jul 2007 18:22:08 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-14:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/370aa820f8be55dc55ea222c0145cb80 Gaia [1] Gaia is a Textpattern template with a clear focus on content and simplicity beside beauty and elegance. It is carefully crafted,
thoroughly tested and provides wide customization capabilities.

]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2007 00:47:45 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/34b0e6ca4a6a6685103bc199988e4ff4
Palpable [3] Palpable is a clean multi-author blog with a consistent baseline grid.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:46:53 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/2b09795235e0c05cbbfe9951587d2b0c
Green Dream [3] Green Dream is Ivo Toman’s second submission of Textplates ’07 and is a clean, green template.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:40:39 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/cedca60456905eb1f8600b8a0ee19d48
Glass [1] Glass is an easily customizable template with a sleek transparent design.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:29:21 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/d695a466c4f935be85dc39413638781c
Soren Soren is a lightweight, open-air, blog-style template. It is based off of last year’s White and Wild template by Rob Sable.

The most recent article is showcased with a massive article image (optional), while the three previous articles are subordinate on the front page, with an extremely short article summary off to the side. Updates which will include various color schemes, added functionality, and a multiple author styled variation are coming. Stay posted at

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:16:58 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/662a16835242a3701a33d4cfb42c2bec
Web Writer 3 Web Writer 3 is a mashup/evolution of a template first created for Textpattern RC1 nearly three years ago.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:08:12 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/1f66acb2c74d20f32e42a141823ff38b
my wishful thoughts [23] The ‘my wishful thoughts’ is a great female blog template. Besides the standard blog features it allows you to have a beautiful video blog. Additionally, it is very flexible – almost every block of content can be moved to other place or removed completely. Although it may look quite complex, it’s really simple and accessible.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 14:37:57 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/5967f3113f6e41f3de510db2ade13936
Blue [7] Blue is a simple, standards compliant blog template.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 14:32:35 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/9822728fe9ea1a6578dd6f59a68253c1
Waffle Cone Waffle cone is a delicious template with a mint-chocolate color scheme.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 14:23:19 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-12:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/fde6fb605ca38870972579d2a198faa4
Competition Closed [2] Textplates ’07 has officially come to a close. I’m happy to say that the extension was very successful and resulted in over triple the original submissions.

The new templates will be appearing over the next day or so as their demo sites are prepared and published. Details on judging and the results announcement are also forthcoming.

Thanks to all of the great submitters, sponsors and anyone who helped by publicizing or otherwise participating in the competition. You’ve helped make Textplates ’07 a huge success.

Stay tuned for the results.

]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2007 03:52:02 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-11:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/5cd4549a62dfa2a0d6137f54169184c2
Roowhaline [5] Roowhaline is clean and neat template. It’s also very flexible and well-documented.

]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 20:59:15 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-11:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/7ef47c7dc7f2dcaddc5c2ddbb70eb54f
Aleksandr [16] Aleksandr is a template created in the free, flexible, elegant and easy-to-use spirit of Textpattern.

]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 20:54:30 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-11:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/b367f68bd84d188f776627c2853b078b
Yellowmint [3] Yellowmint is a template that “has nothing to do with its name”.

]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 20:42:45 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-11:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/5860fc5d4d67ff3170299eea4d8b3220
Fireplay [18] Fireplay is sort of a corporate style template with the option for
comments. It’s not really a blog but could be used as one. The
default style is dark gray but there is a style switcher to allow for
the lighter version as well. In the zip I’ve also included a PSD in
case you’d like to change the logo or create a new color scheme!

Version 1.1: Increased contrast for “Dark” template.

]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 01:45:49 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-10:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/95f8ad18da56fc03413c3915027c9f80
off the top of my head [2] Flexible with fixed positioning. You can insert icons to
reflect the mood of your post.

]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 01:39:20 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-10:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/5bb23c1ed477f905d81ad0033fbe77ed
Lenka [5] Lenka is a simple, sleek & standards compliant blog

]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 01:32:41 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-10:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/b380215f41c104535bc73ba63d05b117
TXP Minima [3] TXP Minima is, as its name suggests, a minimalist template including photo and video gallery sections.

]]> Tue, 10 Jul 2007 21:06:46 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-10:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/8dc9c414659ff1ec4fbc9f0afe133ad0
Block Rocker [3] Block Rocker is a design heavily influenced by the grid focus found in Transcending CSS by Andy Clarke, and the content focus of people like Garrett Dimon.

]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2007 19:31:38 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-05:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/bfeebc2becee873fe08bd157c2ce02ab
Slate [1] Slate is Sam Brown’s second template of Textplates ’07 and is a clean light-on-dark template.

]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2007 16:32:36 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-04:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/67d0a66cf3be09a97da36452d080c948
One Week Left...Again Get those templates in, we’re only a week away from the end of the extended deadline of 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, July 11th.

When you’re template is finished, send ‘em to and include:

  • The attached, zipped template (including screenshot 125×125)
  • Path to demo of template
  • Your Name
  • Your Homepage (if applicable)
  • Your Comments
]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2007 14:00:17 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-04:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/575e9c2a66a7a7fef437e5e4eda4303e
P&T [7] P&T is a very clean light-on-dark template with many personalization options.

]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2007 13:47:40 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-07-04:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/20f2407587e2aed8b05620813ced6f9c
Sit down please [3] Sit down please is a blog template featuring a styleswitcher for multiple color schemes.

]]> Sat, 30 Jun 2007 15:24:11 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-30:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/6a1b9393cf86f4228db6abf6d8e841fa
Textplates '07 Extended [6] The competition ended yesterday evening with only 11 templates (a couple of them are awaiting their demo site creation). The flood of last-minute submissions I was expecting never came and I was left futilely refreshing my email deep into the night.

I would like to at least be able to give away all of the prizes, so I’m extending the deadline an extra two weeks until 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, July 11th. For those who have already submitted your templates, thank you for your contributions (and punctuality). You may submit revisions or updates until the new deadline or why not get started on a second submission?

Please help spread the word: post about it on your blog, tell a friend, whatever you can do. If you’re unfamiliar with the CMS, feel free to contact me for some tips or check out some of these helpful articles.

]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2007 13:34:16 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/2c1bfd9152f51dab2482490f9df7c11f
Flexy [3] Peter Moulding’s second template (the first was Texty) is another customizable one featuring loads of display and layout options.

]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2007 22:53:46 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/fc1e6fd0945435fd1ce325e56921c48a
Maple Leaf Forever [2] A great, flexible three-column template with a maple leaf motif by Mark Rogers.

]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2007 22:47:02 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/95ee9e6d1809bdb71ae01a7a5458a91c
Terra Firma [3] Terra Firma is clean template by Sam Brown with earthy green and brown tones.

]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2007 18:49:18 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/55dedd78806203983941d93e47157be8
Grasslands [4] Grasslands was created with soft greens and simplicity in mind inspired by warm spring rains. It is a simple no-frills design that focuses on the content.

]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2007 00:05:45 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/11e726762702ecac73e212c96681907a
Blueprinted [14] Blueprinted is a template for Textpattern designed by Natalie Jost. The look and feel of the site is based on Blueprint Magazine with it’s ample whitespace, decorative typefaces, and clean lines.

]]> Tue, 26 Jun 2007 08:06:35 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/e299f60227b8480f58bb3658f8f6ea24
Jekyll's Lab [6] Jekyll’s Lab is a simple blog template featuring valid,
tableless, semantic XHTML 1.0 Strict and a quaint look.

]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2007 14:01:47 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-25:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/1a017195f7ee1b56cd0689a2fcbf601a
The Pink Life [6] The Pink Life is a colorful template by Fran García

]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2007 12:48:16 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-23:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/037ea6ed7c8683fd8b66d7d508e573c5
LightPattern [12] LightPattern is a minimalist template by Zoltán Dragon featuring a flickr stream and linkblog.

]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2007 12:15:21 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-23:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/7a0ad59a6c8dd9a946ab5060ecdff495
One Week Left [10] Get those templates in, we’re only a week away from the closing of the competition!

When you’re template is finished, send ‘em to and include:

  • The attached, zipped template (including screenshot 125×125)
  • Path to demo of template
  • Your Name
  • Your Homepage (if applicable)
  • Your Comments
]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2007 13:43:37 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-19:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/27403223ca1df6fcf5037c31bb07f744
Links for Prospective Submitters If you’re interested in entering the competition, but aren’t familiar enough with the Textpattern CMS, here is a list of resources that should cover the basics:

]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2007 01:06:50 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-14:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/f9906fc5a4296e6fc20f5b20eb55ebd7
Textplates Badges [3] Have your own website or blog? Help publicize Textplates by adding one of these badges.

]]> Sun, 10 Jun 2007 03:45:14 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-10:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/2e1b31b97b33f732616ab9d2aaf85962
And we're off... [1] The first template is in, say hello to Texty, and with the opening template comes the introduction of new feature at Textplates, the Template Browser.

No need to worry about whether or not a preview is down or moved, the templates in the browser will be available forever.

Stay tuned for more updates and check out the forum.

]]> Sat, 09 Jun 2007 02:19:33 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-08:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/6c5a5587797802be072d466b673369dc
Texty [4] Texty is the first template submitted to Textplates ’07 and was created by Peter Moulding. The template includes a variety of themes (Bright, Cloudy, and Off Colour) bundled into a clean style-switcher.

]]> Sat, 09 Jun 2007 02:06:42 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-06-08:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/4791f6a897995ac84b38ce52877c4ae6
The Judges [1] The Textplates ’07 judging panel includes some of the best designers and developers in the web world and I would like to thank all of them for volunteering their valuable time.

]]> Sun, 20 May 2007 17:24:10 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-05-20:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/eb47df147501f5baa2ddb84c4efa17cb
Welcome to Textplates ’07 [7] The 2nd annual Textpattern Template Competition, Textplates ‘07, is finally here. The competition is back with a brand new website and some amazing prizes ($11,000 worth) that are sure to make it even better than last year’s.

To recap, last year saw over 40 submissions with 100,000 downloads and counting, and over a million hits. Since then, the Textpattern community has grown even more and I’m hoping we can top all those numbers this year.

Our fantastic sponsors have provided some truly exciting prizes. SiteGround again stepped up as the featured sponsors, tossing a new 1.66GHz Mac Mini into the pool. Also, Foing is providing a slew of hosting packages for the first 50 submitters and an awesome “Lifetime” account to the winner. Check the prizes page for more information.

The competition will run from today Wednesday, May 16th to June 27th, giving you slackers six weeks to get something in. During this period, I will be posting some tutorials and “How-to’s” to guide those of you who are still unfamiliar with Textpattern or its templating system. Grab the feed to stay up-to-date on all the competition happenings.

I will also announce more details regarding the judges (there are some great volunteers) and rubric in the coming days.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me or post in the forum.

Good luck to everyone.

]]> Wed, 16 May 2007 00:32:34 GMT Tom Fadial,2007-05-15:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/2eba6b9738f0d5cec2c4f3bb072c7e40
A Customized Preview Section [15] Garrett already has a great article about previewing your posts in Textpattern by creating a private section. However, by creating one more page template (or adding some conditional statements), you can create a specialized admin section with just the stats and information you need.

My template for this website is set up pretty cleanly so I was able to quickly set up a new page template and modify a few forms to get the features I wanted.

Adding these features and other modifications will be a lot simpler if you build your templates to use “misc” type forms as includes. An example template for a “Preview” section can be found below.

<txp:output_form form="Temp_header" />
       <div id="page">
<txp:sitename /></txp:link_to_home></h1>
              <txp:article_custom form="preview" 
section="preview" />
              <txp:output_form form="Temp_sidebar
_preview" />
              <txp:output_form form="Temp_footer" />

Another useful addition I made to my preview section (other than having a customized sidebar with important information) is a “Bookmarks” area. Using the “Links” content section, you can add and output site-related bookmarks that will only be seen in your preview section.

By adding the following code to your customized sidebar and modifying your existing link output tag (if you’re using it) to exclude your special category, you can have your own admin bookmarks.

<txp:linklist form="bookmarks" category="bookmarks"
 limit="10" wraptag="ul" break="li" label="Bookmarks"
labeltag="h4" />

I’ve set up an example section if you want to see what’s possible.

]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2006 02:08:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-04-05:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/88d06906e0633ec858e0d6e57ea3f38a
Installing Your New Template [1] Although Ryan’s online documentation was built for his GiftWrap template, most of the information included is quite general (such as plugin installation) and should be very useful for those who are having trouble installing other templates.

]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2006 19:14:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-03-01:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/247125a5b267a486f9e655887db189d5
Widescreen [34] Widescreen is a gorgeous photoblog template that is the first (and only) in the competition.

]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2006 02:50:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/309add6354669daec7843f8d091d1fa2
White and Wild [15] “The White and Wild theme for Textpattern is actually more than a simple theme. Its a fully developed Textpattern site including a home page, archives page, links page, about page and contact form. It uses a revolutionary new install process – the theme is installed as a standard Textpattern plugin. All forms, pages and styles are added in seconds. Even the required sections can be setup automatically by running a SQL script provided with the install.

Other features:

  • Installing the theme does not overwrite your existing Textpattern installation.
  • Several commonly used plugins are already integrated with the theme.
  • The stylesheet is organized and commented for easy updating.
  • Tested in current versions of Firefox, IE and Opera on Windows and Firefox, Safari, Camino and Opera on OS X. “
]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2006 01:02:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/a4c066bb4c771d24b0e6f262b370e503
TheDrive TheDrive is a simply-designed but feature-rich template.

]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2006 00:59:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/958ed2d2cc5c7195d997c2696d6e3cf0
ColorSplash [7] “A basic but colorful blog template.”

]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2006 00:56:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/0720a8cd39cb6fe2cb01e319133222bb
minimalist [4] “minimalist is a small, simple and stylish blog template.”

]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2006 00:54:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/6ef08c648ea4b36951e664f51f2a7863
Second Skin [15] Second Skin is a colorful blog-style template.

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:34:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/14e0dfcc7168678316fde9e24fbdc568
Giftwrap [9] “Giftwrap is a beta version enhanced theme for the Textpattern Content Management System that bundles in a few wicked plugins and includes one heckuva tutorial. Quite simply—it’s the easiest of the easy Textpattern themes to install. Aside from the simplistic install, Giftwrap boasts in-demand features such as asides, gravatar support, customized archive pages and more! And the theme is installed without altering a single piece of code! Just copy and paste!

Giftwrap is not just a competition piece, it’s an ongoing effort to create the most user friendly and feature rich Textpattern template available.”

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:34:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/07a0bd19d394b5978c3283aa4ce5a7b9
OW! [4] “OW! is a neat, light-built, straight forward-installation template for Textpattern, specially designed for users with no code knowledge. The default code was not changed and the only graphic support needed is available with the installation.”

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:24:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/09744a88f2e28ef888807c3d713b4425
Just Maybe [4] Another submission by Sam Brown, Just Maybe is a very simple blog style template.

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:20:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/085f19c721d0d78d45046858c946e9da
Juanes [5] Juanes is a collaboration between Jasper van den Ham who did some design “touch-ups” and Darice de Cuba. The template is very simple and clean and creates a nice “paper” effect.

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:15:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/8ed9bd9b8f4796e596dd384db758ff75
Core [2] Core is a colorful “light-on-dark” blog template.

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:01:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/30001d8340432f8d6822e1277c10fdbd
Charcoal Lite [19] A simple, dark template with three columns.

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 20:56:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/571db718859a58c8c18dbc44b75cac01
Roses Another stylesheet-only template, Roses is a simple and warm template that “honors the Zen Garden concept of how much can be done with CSS alone.”

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 20:46:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/bc3668230cdb2d81c6b18f79e4671c2c
SimpleNewspaper [4] SimpleNewspaper is just that…a simple newspaper-style template.

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 20:40:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/4f5012cf2f8cdfa27ea7fced4cda5f05
Serene [21] “Serene is a flexible Textpattern template, designed for maximum
accessibility and convenience for the reader. It looks clean and has some nifty features too.”

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:14:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/701f490a4d5e0a1b8802eb5fdc2ed2ab
Big Pencil [3] “BigPencil is a simple yet visually pleasing template”

]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:10:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/72e4e639aa8dc9ec32fb3ab8a8142cb0
Sangre Brillante [1] Sangre Brillante is a bold template with an interesting typographic style.

]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2006 15:34:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/b279f06dee4623d7c14055ecc0128f1a
CataShelf [2] “CataShelf is a template set for those who want to use Textpattern to manage review, opinion, or something related to that.”

]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2006 15:28:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/80b73f7a0a942a33d33a5938d7b8f17a
Hot Pink [4] Hot Pink is an easily customizable theme that integrates the increasingly popular footer navigations.

]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2006 15:21:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/c3bcffa5e73b4a56befd331ee45943b0
GreenLine [2] GreenLine is a “Limey” blog-style template.

]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2006 15:12:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/abdc3c5941934b6d725818df1d3e67ca
nominality [4] “nominality is minimalistic in nature while maintaining good style and keeping within web standards. It’s dark colours and white text are sure to keep visitors interested.”

]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2006 15:09:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-27:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/b2cc8af144864c3285af425152e5b972
TextPattic [4] TextPattic is a simple, feature-rich template that incorporates the Textpattern theme.

]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2006 23:28:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/443de98689688138ab4f908a9551c176
Profilo [6] Profilo is a clean and simple “company profile” template.

]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2006 23:23:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/7fb84bc165bf7e82ef8b682af573afdf
Spectral [2] Spectral is a “light on dark” template with countless color variations.

]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2006 23:17:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/b29e5628d2e03397832f1cec85f2a48e
Sapphire [9] Sapphire is a smooth template that is meant to be a “near drop-in replacement for Textpattern’s default installation”.

]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:10:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/93e7c10bd88a095e2c2898e33067eea2
Leaves [4] Juanjo has created another template based on the default page templates and forms. Leaves only requires the new stylesheet and a few images.

]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2006 14:59:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/dc95bb3f047de90737bacbff38ee49a2
h1 h1 is another easily customizable template with the ability to easily apply a new color scheme and change the entire look of the site.

]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2006 01:36:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-24:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/994b769628d85729c992e8a32f0b8ed3
SKYTheme [4] SKYTheme is a light and airy template that I’m sure many will enjoy.

]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2006 23:47:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-24:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/3d11e60cbb1eecfb10a93ea587ebb530
Prayer Garden [3] Prayer Garden is a flexible template with a liquid layout and an easily customizable theme.

]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2006 23:37:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-24:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/2561ff1d12855f699e447d9de6e95387
In The Woods [7] It seems that Textplate-Fever might be catching on as many competitors find themselves submitting multiple templates.

In The Woods is a dark and earthy template with an appealing style.

]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2006 10:57:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-23:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/c153977221c8fa835cca4ec90daa7e84
USB [10] Juanjo’s submission is unique in that it maintains the default Textpattern page templates and forms. The entire template is composed of a few images and the new stylesheet.

]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:55:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-22:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/8768da0c55ab6a4790a4ae907e2897b2
Corner Store [13] Tom MacWright’s submission is the first non-blog template of the competition.

]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2006 11:11:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-21:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/4085b8689b3b94b2d03d9ae04dd86007
Simple Talk [11] stdmedia’s submission is a vibrant template with a creative layout. The designer has also added some features including a navigation bar that have not yet made it into the online demo.

]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2006 11:33:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-17:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/8670a88555678bf641d7bbbf1f17f1bb
Edelweiss [6] Birgit Zimmermann’s submission is a colorful and clean template that I’m sure will be very popular.

]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2006 22:11:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-14:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/14a714bba5c3082e76e805a71510b473
Che Guevara [16] This is a colorful blog template currently featuring the cuban politician, Ernesto Guevara but it seems very easily customizable.

This template was not originally designed by Marko Mihelcic. It was created by “” for

]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2006 23:08:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-02-03:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/015c401984a0d739d02012d13473b798
Fishy [20] Ryan Arrowsmith’s template is inpired by a community fishbowl at his job.

Our fish, Howard and Gretta, always seem so happy even as dozens of strangers watch their every move.

]]> Sun, 29 Jan 2006 01:10:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-28:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/8979ede028d09d9501076f1e3d7446db
Text My Pattern [8] Jacob’s submission is a unique design that features his own illustrations and a very warm theme.

]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2006 21:54:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-26:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/70de0fe3dc2c8631d853ce9484986965
Yakuza [14] Marko is going crazy designing porting templates and Yakuza is his third submission to the competition. The theme is inspired by the Japanese culture and the Japanese mafia called the Jakuza.

Update: This template was based on andreas01 by Andreas Viklund and will therefore not be entered in the ompetition.

]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2006 12:28:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-25:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/3876294fb9d3664b547eb75baf6c5f71
Rented Space [1] Ryan Arrowsmith’s second submission is based on the musical “Rent” and includes images from the recent movie.

]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2006 14:20:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-22:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/2c54c387b83c30e6708f1996d5957703
Desperate Housewives [15]

“As most Americans, I have been sucked in by the ladies of Wysteria Lane…especially by Bree. She’s funny, charming, always looks elegant and, most importantly, a red head (or a ginger as Cartman would call us). I thought this set should be simple, warm and understated. As with Bree, the focus should be on the content not the glossy package. :)” – Ryan Arrowsmith

Being one of the first three submitters, Ryan wins a year of free hosting from Glyph Solutions

The package includes 150MB storage, 1.5GB Bandwidth, unlimited FTP and email accounts, mySQL databases and subdomains powered by cPanel.

]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2006 15:15:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-21:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/3079b2ca776ac9c44d1ba54555b1b724
Vintage [2] Another submission port by Marko, Vintage is an interesting template based on the “Vintage Festival” picture.

Update: This template was based on andreas01 by Andreas Viklund and will therefore not be entered in the ompetition.

]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2006 15:06:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-21:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/aa0e39400a67e84eedfb7975c1f7e7c3
GreenRind [7] GreenRind is a colorful template designed by shishira using Position Is Everything’s Pagemaker.

Being one of the first three submitters, shishira wins a year of free hosting from Glyph Solutions

The package includes 150MB storage, 1.5GB Bandwidth, unlimited FTP and email accounts, mySQL databases and subdomains powered by cPanel.

]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2006 15:20:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-18:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/db23bd411549768b012683fef5a77f87
War of the Worlds [3] Marko Mihelcic has made ported the competition’s first template based on the War of the Worlds movie.

Being one of the first three submitters, Marko wins a year of free hosting from Glyph Solutions

The package includes 150MB storage, 1.5GB Bandwidth, unlimited FTP and email accounts, mySQL databases and subdomains powered by cPanel.

Update: This template was based on andreas01 by Andreas Viklund and will therefore not be entered in the ompetition.

]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2006 15:06:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-18:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/30b92173b77fbf4ac2e21144f03ba461
How To: Templating with Textpattern Templating in Textpattern is almost painfully easy, so this tutorial is for all of you who used “I don’t know how” as an excuse:

Go about making your layout as you usually do whether you code it from the ground up or have another approach. It is important to accommodate all aspects of the layout so that certain items such as comments and blogrolls are a part of the design and not an afterthought.

Once you have completed your design, connecting it to the CMS is a cinch. Let us take a look at some areas of a typical template that might need to be integrated.

The Header

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>My Template</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="base.css" />
<link rel="alternate" href="" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0"/>
<link rel="alternate" href="" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom 0.3" />

The typical template header would need to be a little more like this to attach it to the CMS:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title><txp:page_title /></title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="<txp:css />" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<link rel="alternate" href="<txp:feed_link flavor="rss" />" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0"/>
<link rel="alternate" href="<txp:feed_link label="XML" flavor="atom" />" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom 0.3" />

The Page Title

<div id="header">
	<h1><a href="/">My Template</a></h1>

Would become:

<div id="header">
	<h1><txp:link_to_home><txp:sitename /></txp:link_to_home></h1>

The Posts

<div id="content">
	<h2><a href="#">Lorem Ipsum Dolor</a></h2>
	<p class="postmeta">Posted Jan 4th to the "Sample" Category ~ Leave a Comment</p>
	<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit.</p>

The posts would require two changes to work properly. First, we would replace their location in the page template with an article output tag like this:

<div id="content">
	<txp:article />

Then, we would modify the “default” article form to match our template:

<h2><txp:permlink><txp:title /></txp:permlink></h2>
<p class="postmeta">Posted <txp:posted /> to the "<txp:category1 link="y" />" Category ~ <txp:comments_invite /></p>
<txp:body />

The Sidebar

The tags for basic blog functions such as a recent articles list or search form can all be found inside the administration panel. For example:

<div id="sidebar">
<h3>Recent Articles</h3>
	<input type="text" name="search" />

Would become:

<div id="sidebar">
	<txp:recent_articles break="li" label="Recent Articles" labeltag="h3" limit="5" wraptag="ul" />
	<txp:search_input label="Search" button="Search" size="15" />

Presto, you now have a finished Textpattern template, now submit it already!

]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2006 20:20:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-14:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/bbbfe679bb8d34a34c3fb41d866f90d6
Textpattern Resources [8] If you’re interested in entering the competition, but aren’t familiar enough with the Textpattern CMS, here are a list of important resources that should cover the basics:

]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2006 20:53:00 GMT Tom Fadial,2006-01-11:d1edb83dbca8eace68fa070959830c8c/538e476b62fd0c961094d8df2a00b4f5