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New WordPress theme: K2 (this is not an iPhone post)

I’ve been wanting to switch to the amazing K2 WordPress theme for quite a while now, but every time I looked at it, it got just a little too intimidating to install and set up. I mean, it’s not rocket science, but there’s more to it than your average WP theme.

Serendipity smiled upon me, though, a few weeks ago. Turns out that my friend and fellow Intel blogger Brent Logan is super active in the K2 support community (he’s the second most active poster in their support forums), and he gave me some pointers and cleared up some concerns I had about running K2.

First, he said, get the latest nightly build, as opposed to the latest “stable” release. He said the nightlies have been a lot better for him, in terms of stability and functionality.

Second, discover the joy that is K2 Sidebar Modules (which replace WordPress Sidebar Widgets). Once he showed me how they work (and he’s right, they are a lot more flexible than Sidebar Widgets – you can control which pages you want to display which widgets, etc.), I was ready.

All I needed was time to do the final tweaking – add my Google ads to the theme, make sure all of my plugins were working, etc. I’ve been toying with it for the last week or two, and now, I think it’s finally ready.

If you read TinyScreenfuls via my feed, you should really come check it out. Let me know what you think, and especially if something doesn’t work the way you expect it to.

And if you run WordPress, you really should try the K2 theme. It’s got “live” AJAX searching, archives, comments, etc. and generally looks awesome. :-) Thanks, Brent! :-)

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6 thoughts on “New WordPress theme: K2 (this is not an iPhone post)

  1. I was using K2 on my blog for a while before I switched to a simpler one called plainTxtBlog. I am still running K2 with some mods (mainly playing with the header and tabs) on another blog of mine (http://www.blogthatjanelikes.com), which I’ll be happy to share with you if you’d like.

    I do like K2 much better than that dark one you were running before.

  2. I agree with Martin–it’s much better than the dark one from before. I had K2 once before and liked how flexible the sidebar was. Again, it looks good.

  3. iWant iAn iPhone. iWant iTo iKnow iMore iAbout iThe iPhone. :)
    iLike the iWhite iBetter iThan the iBlack. iThank iU for the iChange.
    But iRead most of your iBlog throught iRSS. iLike.

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  6. Wouldn’t you know. As soon as I recommend going with the latest nightly, K2 releases their latest stable version (0.9.6) and then starts making major changes in the latest nightlies that are actually somewhat buggy (at least for me).

    The latest nightlies have some really cool stuff going on with the sidebar modules, but it doesn’t look like it’s quite there yet. I can’t control title or page visibility, two of the major advantages of sidebar modules over standard widgets.

    I’d spend some time trying to debug the issue, but being on sabbatical and all… 😉

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