Usability, MVC, ASP.NET

5. Dezember 2008 02:30
by Henrik Stenbæk
5 Kommentare

New theme preview site is up and running

5. Dezember 2008 02:30 by Henrik Stenbæk | 5 Kommentare

I have created a new site for the purpose of previewing BlogEngine.NET themes. Please find the site at:

This preview site supports navigation in the different themes: meaning that one is able to se every aspect of the theme and not just the first page.

I haven’t uploaded all the themes I have created yet, but I will do this during the next couple of days and update every link in the original blog post on this site..... In the mean time please the a look at the almost finished cellar-heat-dark theme.

I’m also working on a dedicated theme site - based on the Wordpress theme CSS Gallery adapted for BlogEngine.NET...


As soon I have it up and running I will remove all themes from this blog and create a dedicated site for the themes.


Any suggestions and comments are welcome..

15. November 2008 08:52
by Henrik Stenbæk
9 Kommentare

New BlogEngine Theme: iNove

15. November 2008 08:52 by Henrik Stenbæk | 9 Kommentare

Yet another Wordpress theme found its way to BlogEngine.NET. iNove is original created by mg12.


Theme highlights

This theme is by first look very "simple" - but when one getting to know it better it have some very nice formatting.

The comments list has this cool formatting where all comments posted by administrator is "reversed":


The top menu is also cool:


Related post is also nice formatted:


Please notice

Its seems that the widget drag and drop is not working on IE. They are working fine with Firefox (do I need to say more!?!).


November 16, 2008
    Search on Search formatting added to css

Preview and download

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15. November 2008 02:57
by Henrik Stenbæk
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arthemia theme ready for BlogEngine

15. November 2008 02:57 by Henrik Stenbæk | 18 Kommentare

CropperCapture[64] Today I have finished adapting Arthemia 2.0 theme by Michael Jubel for BlogEngine.NET. The theme is using cleocn's code for displaying the first image in summary view and Al Nyveldt's code for saving theme preferences.

I'm not sure this could be considered a valid BE 1.4.5 theme: it isn't supporting widgets.

Setup this theme

1. Add descriptions to categories


Go to the categories tab of the admin page and add descriptions to all categories.If you don't want  category to show up in the list simply start the description with an :

Its not possible to have the categories sorted in a custom way.




2. Select categories for Headline and Featured

After logging in, go to the homepage and click the show/hide link next to the Theme Settings text. Select the category to use for the headline and featured section on the FrontPage.


The headline section will show the latest post in the headline category.

The featured section will show all posts in the featured category.

I think its a good idea to create a specific category for the featured items and then manually add/remove the posts you want to show in that section. Only this way you will be able to make sure that the same post will not show up more than one time on the FrontPage.

3. Recent comments

Go to the control section and set the number of recent comments to 4 - remember to scroll down and click the save settings button.


Known errors

The problem is “a minor” bug in the theme ;-)

The Headline and feature will not show if the most resent blog post is not published – when you log-in you will se the unpublished items and the headline/featured will show up again. Until I have the time to fix this please use this workaround:

When writing blog posts that will remain unpublished for some time: set the blogpost date/time to 1/1/2000. Remember to set the date back to the current date when you decide to publish the post.


November 19, 2008
     PostViewFull.ascx changed to use <asp:PlaceHolder ID="BodyContent" ... ></asp:PlaceHolder> and therefore now supporting [ UserControl: ~...]

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11. November 2008 21:27
by Henrik Stenbæk
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Work in progress

11. November 2008 21:27 by Henrik Stenbæk | 3 Kommentare

I decided that I would post a little preview from my workbench, since I would not have a lot of time for free-theme creation for the next couple of weeks: I’m struggling with a tight deadline – somebody (mostly me) - need to deliver 400 hours of work before 15th January 2009. So instead of using the nights for theme adapting I have found myself writing Factories and Interfaces all around the clock.

First the good news

as mentioned elsewhere on this blog. I already have finished 90% of the work for BranfordMagazine – and it’s so cool! Please take a look at the screen shoot:


Currently I'm struggling with the category list on the right - the category list is one of my favorite I-don't-link-BlogEngine-elements - together with a lot of the other widgets elements. Before BE 1.4 a theme adapter (or designer) could decide "that this theme will not support this element" when it was to difficult to style; but after the widget-zone every "nice-add-on" need to render correct! Anyway: I have managed to get the BranfordMagazine theme to work without changing anything within BlogEngine.Core, its all rendered from the /Theme folder ;-)

Now the "bad" news

Last Sunday I ended out giving up on last weeks poll winning theme ZinePress. Right now I really can't remember what it was that make me give it up:


Beside that the tag cloud isn't a cloud; it's more like a list ;-) And the footer is looking strange..


It is mostly the calendar - but also the first row: I could get any <blog: controls to render correct! I just came to think that some google ads maybe could look nice.. LOL

Anyway if somebody reading is dying for getting this theme - let me know and I will give it a second try.

2. November 2008 08:03
by Henrik Stenbæk
6 Kommentare

BlogEngine.NET Theme of week 44/2008: PortraitPress

2. November 2008 08:03 by Henrik Stenbæk | 6 Kommentare

CropperCapture[50]As voted by you. Here it is the theme of week 44's poll, PortraitPress is the winner.  Original designed by Magnus Jepson for Wordpress

Interesting to se that nearly on one wants the Lemon Twist theme – that’s actually surprised me.




Theme highlights

Your able to change header photo:


Create a picture size of 187 x 172 pixel

Save it to \themes\portraitpress\images\

name it: "portrait.jpg"

Click yes to replace the existing portrait.jpg image

Refresh your browser with [ctrl]+[F5]


(by the way: say hallo to Celina, the youngest child in my current collection)


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