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Platformate Theme at ColorLabs

Platformate is a magazine-style theme that keeps your blog personal. Have you ever wished to have a unique, one-of-a-kind design for a personal WordPress blog? A touch of magazine block elements showing popular posts in the front page while having other posts remain as usual blog date-ordered lists? Along with automatically generated fancy thumbnails that are displayed at a pretty sidebar to show your latest posts? There is Platformate for you, your blog’s total makeover. You can take a look at some features of the theme here, some theme screenshots here, and see the demo here.


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Arthemia and WordPress Localization

So, what about localization? “Although WordPress displays in U.S. English by default, the software has the built-in capability to be used in any language. The WordPress community has already translated WordPress into many languages, and there are Themes, translation files, and support available in many other languages.”

WordPress in Your Language

To get WordPress in your own language, read this post from thoroughly and download any available localized WordPress that you want. There are 58 languages available for you. After that, simply upload all the files and you will find everything in the WordPress Dashboard panel is now in your own language.

If you still see English texts in your WordPress Dashboard, do a double-check and analysis. Open your wp-config.php file in a text editor and search for:

define ('WPLANG', 'xx_YY');.

xx_YY is your language code, for example: de_DE for German, id_ID for Bahasa Indonesia, or fr_FR for French. If you did not find that command there, you probably downloaded the wrong file.

If you did and you don’t want spend your valuable time re-uploading the whole package, read this post regarding manually installation of wordpress language files. For me, uploading a total of 4MB files is somewhat time-consuming. Why? Because there are only 3 files that needed to do the whole translation. (Shouldn’t I tell you this in the first place?) :) Read that post and search for .PO and .MO file for your local language and do manual installation.

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ColorLabs Themes: Photo Credit

These images are used as thumbnail examples in sample posts and are licensed under the Creative Commons for commercial work. Click the picture to get to the original author.

Please welcome the magnificent Candi Borobudur, the unique traditional house of Bataks, and the one-of-a-kind Kecak dance and sculptures from Bali. Feel the spirit of Monumen Nasional Jakarta, the beauty of Taman Laut Bunaken, and the 1883 gigantic explosion of Gunung Krakatau. Meet the tribal Papuan villagers and the beautiful Kalimantan dancers. Welcome the tasteful Indonesian fried rice, harmonic angklung instrument, stunning batik arts, Bandung city light, Bogor souvenirs, and last but not least, the former Bandoeng Technische Hoogeschool, Institut Teknologi Bandung.

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TimThumb Thumbnail Generation

If you still have problems getting the thumbnail automatic generation working, please read this tutorial. I spent a lot of my time creating this tutorial, including screen shots for some significant steps, and adding narrative text to each image. Please consider reading the whole instruction again, again, and again because I found out that there is 90% possibility that you missed one spot and there are many occurrences one say that he/she did not missed anything but ended up saying “Ah, yeah, I forgot that one.” :D

The CHMOD 777

Upload and activate the Arthemia theme. Then, the first step is to make the scripts and cache folder writable. You can either try ’777′ writable or ’755′ writable. Some web hosting company prevent you making any folder ’777′ writable due to some security reasons. But, I suggest you to try with ’777′ writable first. I use FileZilla to do the FTP work because it is free and has a lot of features. To make the folders writable, simply right click the folder name and select ‘File Attributes’ and a dialog box will show up.

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Arthemia Premium at ColorLabs

Arthemia Premium is magazine style theme for WordPress. Arthemia is unleashing the power of WordPress to become a simple-yet-powerful CMS (content management system) with the automatic thumbnail generation feature and theme administration panel. A fresh and awesome blend of a blog and a magazine, for you. You can take a look at some features of the theme here, some theme screenshots here, and see the demo here.


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