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I’m proud to announce the release of my first Free WordPress theme; Busby

Busby is a clean personal blogging theme with it’s own options panel built with the UpThemes framework. I’ve been working on this for a while now, it’s quite a different experience building a theme which will be released publicly rather than one for my own or client’s use. There are a lot more things to take into account and lots more testing to do.

As with any first release, there will be some bugs to work out (if you find any, please let me know) and I have some more featured planned to add to the theme – custom widgets for things like displaying twitter and some shortcodes. I will update the theme as and when bugs are found and I plan to submit it to the WordPress theme repository.

Photos used in the demo are by my friend Tom Eversley, check out his portfolio if you need a creative / photographer.

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Features List

  • 2 Column Personal Blog Theme
  • Theme Options Panel
  • RSS Subscriber number displayed using FeedBurner
  • Twitter, RSS and Facebook icons
  • Featured Post Slider
  • Built-in SEO Options
  • Import / Export Settings
  • Upload logo or display as Text
  • Built-in Pagination
  • Insert Footer Text
  • Insert Tracking code (analytics etc)
  • Complete Typography control (size & font using Google Web Fonts )
  • Dark and Light StyleSheets included

Theme Options Panel

Busby was built with the UpThemes framework which is available under a GPL license for anyone to use, so many thanks to them for providing it. Here are some screenshots of it :

License

This theme is released under the GPL 2 License which means it is free to download and use for yourself or clients and modify it anyway you see fit.

Support

I will try to provide support via the comments here but can’t guarantee my timely reponse, please also see the WordPress.org support forums. If you require custom WordPress work, please get in touch.

Credits

Thankyou to the following who I have used various pieces of code from:

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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214 Comments

  1. Ben

    Hey Oli – theme looks great. Good job!

    I particularly like the cleanliness of the design, and the colour choices work really well.

  2. WOW! Nice job Oliver. I like the clean materialistic feel of the theme.
    It deserved to be featured on LatestWP’s Crème de la Crème section on the front page.

    Here’s a link to the post:
    http://www.latestwp.com/2011/08/04/introducing-busby-an-awesome-new-free-wordpress-personal-blog-theme/ 

    You can also find it on the home page as well.

    Cheers! :)

  3. I am looking at using your theme for our site.  I currently use bueno from woothemes.  Can I show true view of the post on the homepage as I do with my site currently http://shortdailydevotions.com.  What I mean is,  if I make the h4 tag and then put in quotes, it shows in the post on the homepage instead of all the text looking the same and not showing the correct spacing and sizing.  I hope that makes sense

  4. Oli, I have searched through a lot of free themes lately and this is by far one of the best I have come across, infact this looks a lot smarter than quite a few paid themes, great work!

  5. I love the theme! And thank you so much for allowing it to be free. I’m just having trouble making the posts show up as full text instead of summary. I have the Reading settings to display as full text but it still shows only a summary. Any ideas?

  6. Do I need to get the UpTheme framework in order for this to work? I’ve uploaded it but I keep getting 404 errors. It tries to reach /wp-admin/admin.php?page=upthemes automatically when my WordPress installation is on a subfolder. The theme files is installed on it’s correct folder.

  7. Anonymous

    Incredible theme! :) Wondering where to find the code to enlarge the header image. Anyone? Thanks a bunch Oliver! Loving the theme!

  8. Hi! :)

    I’m in love with the theme, but I really want to know how I cand configure it to show the complete posts on homepage. Could you help me with that?

    Thank you!

  9. This is snazzy! and thoughtful too. I’ve searched for ages and haven’t found something as friendly and easy to understand as this one. 

  10. Gechangyue

    谢谢你的模板

  11. I get these errors when trying to install through uploading in the Admin panel

    Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/home/fusion/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2011/09) isnot within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/nfs/c03/h03/mnt/53650/domains/fusionlife.org/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/home/fusion/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2011) is not within theallowed path(s): (/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/nfs/c03/h03/mnt/53650/domains/fusionlife.org/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/home/fusion/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2011) is notwithin the allowed path(s): (/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin)in/nfs/c03/h03/mnt/53650/domains/fusionlife.org/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/home/fusion/public_html/wp-content/uploads) is not within theallowed path(s): (/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/nfs/c03/h03/mnt/53650/domains/fusionlife.org/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/home/fusion/public_html/wp-content/uploads) is notwithin the allowed path(s): (/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin)in/nfs/c03/h03/mnt/53650/domains/fusionlife.org/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/home/fusion/public_html/wp-content) is not within the allowedpath(s): (/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/nfs/c03/h03/mnt/53650/domains/fusionlife.org/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/home/fusion/public_html/wp-content) is not within theallowed path(s): (/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/nfs/c03/h03/mnt/53650/domains/fusionlife.org/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/home/fusion/public_html) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/home/fusion/public_html) is not within the allowedpath(s): (/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/home/fusion) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/home/fusion) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/home) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/home) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restrictionin effect. File(/) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2087Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect.File(/) is not within the allowed path(s):(/nfs:/tmp:/usr/local:/etc/apache2/gs-bin) in/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2096 Unable to create directory/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2011/09. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

    Thanks for your help.  Looks like a great theme.

  12. Anonymous

    Amazing theme

  13. Thanks for your beauti theme
    in translate theme to persian in http://www.1mohammadi.ir
    but in settings, every time i go to setting, slider setting reset to defaults options.
    if you add another colors to theme it made more beautiful

  14. Thanks for your beauti theme
    in translate theme to persian in http://www.1mohammadi.ir
    but in settings, every time i go to setting, slider setting reset to defaults options.
    if you add another colors to theme it made more beautiful

  15. and if you change the nav menu style it’s betther
    nav menu is very simple and not coordinate with theme

  16. and if you change the nav menu style it’s betther
    nav menu is very simple and not coordinate with theme

  17. Rohan

    Loved this theme. :) Simply awesome.

    I just want to ask you, what if I want to change the color of the circle behind date displayed.. (The yellow color)
    I want to change that color to other color. Please. :)

  18. How about building that out as a Headway Child Theme?  Email me grant@headwaythemes.com 

  19. Hello Oli, I was wondering if I can include a video preview inside a post. Thanks a lot! Love the theme! ;)

  20. Hi! nice theme! i’ve been using it but i wanna change the color of that line at the top i don’t know how, please if you can help me i’ll be so thankful :)

    thanks and greetings

  21. Loving this theme!
    I wasn’t aware of upthemes before this. Really like the ability to control things through the admin panel instead of diving into php files.

    I noticed that upthemes has a layout section that is not showing up in the busby admin panel. How can I turn that on to do some adjusting (would like to make it a touch wider).
    Thanks!
    Jeff

  22. Very nice and fast theme!

    Is there a way to have an alternative one column page (not post) without the widgets showing so I use the full width?

  23. Hi Oil, first of all, amazing theme, truly amazing, the option to handle typography in the backend makes me drool, can’t really believe that this is not standard in wordpress already.

    I would like to know how to add other text areas besides widget titles and headings to the typography interface, i saw the link at the bottom to create your own settings, but how do i connect my new “custom selector” to an html value? For example, i would like to redefine how standard text look like, also the “quotes”, could you please help me out? It Would be really nice if the custom selector also included color.

  24. Alessandro

    Nothing to do :-(
    Wordpress 3.2.1 (italian version)
    Server Linux
    Webserver: storm
    PHP: 5.x
    Permission on all folders 755 (tryed with 777 and 750 too)

    Via wordpress, I choose busby1.zip and I install your theme. All ok. No error message. But when I try to preview… “you do not have sufficient permissions to access this page” (in italian, of course). But what page?
    Obviusly I tryed to:
    - copy via FTP folder busby1
    - rename busby1 to busby
    - delete (both via wordpress and via FTP) theme and/or folder

    Nothimg ;-(
    I don’t know what else do…
    Do you think can you help me?

    Thanks.
    Alessandro

  25. Hi Oli,

    I have installed this theme on my blog. How to change the body text color of the post? I can see that the default is not dark?

    Can you please advice.

    Thanks

  26. Is there a way to make the summaries of the postings show up on the front page, instead of just the titles?

  27. Hi Oli,

    I’ve installed the theme in my blog and I noticed that there’s no image displayed on the slider? Kindly advise, thank you.

  28. Great theme. Thanks for free :)

  29. ITS A NICE DESIGN & I M USING FOR MY PERSONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPER BLOGS

  30. good theme, Just like premium theme.

  31. Really like the contrasting colors between the navigation and the content area. Very nice. I’m going to see if we can use this for our blog! The admin area is very easy to use too.

  32. Hi Oli,

    in this options : Facebook icon visible Show or hide Facebook icon in the theme are two choices visible and visible. I think corret will we hidden and visible.

  33. TA

    Hi there,

    i have used your theme on my website but css is not working fine can you please help me with this problem?
    sharinx.com

    you can see it here!
    Thanks

  34. It seems a great theme but doesn’t work well in wordpress 3.5.1. At least in my installation

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  37. Thank you! already downloaded it.

  38. Hello,

    Thank you for this amazing job. However I am facing problems with the “undefined” date. I tried ti change the format but it remains undefined, any idea to fix it ?
    my blog is : http://www.voyagercestcool.com/

    thanks !

  39. how nice template, i really like this template but i had 1 problem with the date at my main page why it became “undefined” how can i fix it?

    • Oli

      People with the undefined date problem are using the blogger theme which I didnt create – I just made the WordPress version so I dont know about that problem.
      You should see the person you downloaded it from.

      • I face this problem but I fix it by going to settings then language there will be 4 section for time under the language section
        changed the third one to be a full date not only for clock.

        I need help because the slider doesn’t move. :(
        I love the template Please help

  40. Hi Oli, love this theme and have got it installed at http://www.pistenetwork.com, but there seems to be a problem with the alignment of the sidebar and black boxes appearing in the main content (which may be from the sidebar). Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

  41. I like the theme – great job! I did notice what I think may be an issue. If you disable the Up Themes SEO then your page and post titel tags are not getting formatted correctly. I have Wrodpress SEO (Yoast) installed so it could be a conflict? Not 100% sure. I suspect that there’s something not quite right in the up_title() method.

    Good stuff anyway and I like the up theme base too – very easy to work with.

    beren

  42. Great template!! I have one question though.. How do I increase the width of the blog? (I want the side column to be the same width as it is, but I need to increase the width of the main column where the posts go..) My photos doesn’t quite fit, so I need more space! :) I’ve been playing around with the code but can’t seem to find the right part where I can edit the width. I would appreciate some help! :)

  43. Hey many thanks for the theme! I wanted to know how do I add more social media icons to the already existing list in the top right corner! Any help would be appreciated.

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  45. Is there any way to make the sharing / social media buttons from the jetpack plug in visible on the posts? I’ve been trying for hours – but it seems like it’s not supported. Any idea?

  46. Hi,

    it’s really a great theme. I love it!

    But I´ve a problem with the post template for galleries: content-gallery.php

    The number of announced photos isn’t correct and it’s using the wrong preview photos of the gallery. Have a look here: http://www.sg-traktor.de

    You can see it at the post !Da reiten sie wieder ! The preview is wong, if you click at the topic and watch the single post, everything is correct.

    Can you help me???

    Greatings from Hamburg
    CHRISTOPH

  47. Hi,

    I have just changed to your theme – thank you for providing! I LOVE it!
    Just wondered if you could recommend what the perfect image sizes should be, to be used in the slider, and also in the posts as I cannot find this information anywhere!

    many thanks
    Charlie

  48. Hi there.
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    I haven’t edited any of the pages – all I did was add a pic, but with or without the pic it’s still awry.
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    Cheers
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  51. Hello, I have two problems:
    - i need 2 sliders in the homepage (Spanish and English). I’m using WPLM plugin to translate. There’s any way to create a second slide? or choose the elements to show in the slide?
    - I want the circle with date just in posts, not in pages. Can i do that?

    Sorry for my poor english, and thank you very much.
    Marcelo

  52. Amazing template!!! I’m using it in blogger but I have a problem… It is inconsistent the number of post in the main page… Some times it shows 3 post, some times 6 post… It does not happen in the older pages..

    Could you help me??? Thanks

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