mnml galleria has come into existence simply because I wanted to build my own gallery from scratch. currently, siiimple.com is working off of the fabulous "snapshot" theme designed and developed by the incredibly talented Elliot Jay Stocks.
For me, the first step in theme development is conceiving of a design that I’ve never really seen before. So many themes look so similar, and after awhile, they all run together and to me are very boring and dry and blog-like. So many have jquery slides for slideshows, are broken into two, maybe three columns with the side bar always perfectly organized on the right side alongside the row of advertisements…etc, etc. Not that I’m completely dismissing these themes – some are very, very nice, of course – I’m simply saying I don’t want to create a theme that looks like everyone else’s theme.
So with mnml galleria, I think I’ve accomplished that. This is a theme with options. In the administration back-end area – the layout can be configured in three different ways – ranging from 720px width to 960px width. The images resize automatically to fit the custom width. Each layout is based on a grid (Thanks again Vladmir Carrer for his work on The Golden Grid – a great source of my inspiration!), and each layout has a front-end feature that allows users to choose from 5 different color schemes. This theme is literally packed full of options and functions. I don’t use a single plugin.
Built on Elliot Jay Stock’s "Starkers" http://bit.ly/18LPYf
Designed with Vladimir Carrer’s Golden Grid http://bit.ly/B8q8G
Multiple Layout/theme Options (3) – 720px, 840px, 960px
Multiple Color Schemes (5) – Minimalist, Cream White, Dark Night, Simple Stripes, Baby Blue.
Images automatically resize using TimThumb built into the theme – no tweaking required. Download nearly any size image and the theme crops and defines the image automatically.
Custom Write Panel allowing you to link a source of an image directly from the write panel in the back-end.
Twitter integration – showing your twitter followers in the navigation menu.
Mootools slider that slides open to reveal the sidebar, which is Widget ready.
Custom breadcrumbs built into the theme.
Custom Browser Specific Detection
Easy Feedburner URL integration – simply copy and paste your Feedburner Url in the theme’s admin panel.
Custom 404 page that can be altered and updated in the Widget area.
This theme has just been released as a free theme…if you enjoyed it, we would love it if you spread the word and offered a link back!
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Thanks and enjoy.