NeoBox is no longer being active­ly devel­oped or sup­port­ed; I high­ly rec­om­mend the The­sis theme frame­work for all Word­Press blogs!

Wel­come to NeoBox, my first & (thus far) only Word­Press theme release. Cur­rent­ly no demo blog is set up, but NeoBox has­n’t gone “gold” yet and is still being active­ly devel­oped to fit my vision for it.


An excel­lent theme … Thanks for shar­ing it. gestroud

I made the deci­sion that NeoBox should be as future-for­ward as pos­si­ble with­out load­ing the theme up with back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty code or styl­is­tic hacks for sub-par browsers. I real­ize this lim­its my audi­ence, but I do not fore­see chang­ing my mind about this.

NeoBox requires at least Word­Press 2.5 or lat­er as well as PHP 5 or newer.

Styling was done pri­mar­i­ly using Fire­fox; no guar­an­tees are made about oth­er browsers, espe­cial­ly Inter­net Explorer.



  • Two wid­getized side­bars with a cen­ter con­tent section
  • Con­tent sec­tion sup­ports media (e.g., pic­tures, Flash) up to 425px in width
  • Improved gallery short­code handler 
    • XHTML-valid
    • Thick­box support
  • Micro­for­mats support 
    • hAtom on posts
    • vCard on author infor­ma­tion (posts & comments)
    • rel-exter­nal on out­go­ing links
    • rel-nofol­low on redun­dant inter­nal links
  • Ful­ly designed theme hierarchy
  • Tags dis­played on posts
  • Quick access to Next/Previous nav­i­ga­tion at the top & bot­tom of posts and archives
  • Ran­dom head­er images
  • Ample white­space
  • Avatar sup­port if enabled in Word­Press’ dis­cus­sion options 
    • No plu­g­in required
    • “Iden­ti­cons” used if no gra­vatar is available
  • Sup­port for an option­al custom.css file in the theme direc­to­ry, to allow for future-proof cus­tomiza­tions of the styling
  • [code]alert[/code] and [code]note[/code] para­graph class­es for impor­tant or infor­ma­tion­al box­es in posts
  • Hier­ar­chi­cal head­lines — Adding head­ers to posts? Start with [code]h3[/code] to main­tain the seman­tic flow of content
  • Extreme seman­tics — A vari­ety of mean­ing­ful class­es are added to the [code]body[/code] tag of every page as well as to each post and com­ment con­tain­er [code]div[/code]. The class-spe­cif­ic styling oppor­tu­ni­ties this affords is unbe­liev­able. For exam­ple, if you want­ed, you could add to your custom.css file code which would style posts in a cat­e­go­ry called “Hodge Podge” but that would only affect it when it’s being viewed dur­ing a cer­tain hour of the day!
  • And more!

Plugin Compatibility

  • Bri­an’s Lat­est Com­ments — Styling & place­ment in the left side­bar when wid­gets are not in use
  • Com­mentLuv — Styling 
  • Flick­rRSS — Styling & place­ment in the left side­bar when wid­gets are not in use
  • ShareThis — ShareThis but­ton appears along with post meta infor­ma­tion on sin­gle post & page dis­plays, if auto­mat­ic out­put is dis­abled in the plug­in’s options
  • Sub­scribe to Com­ments — Styling
  • WP-Super-Cache — Mes­sage warn­ing users of Lock Down, if enabled in the caching options

Change Log

  • 0.6 — 2008/06/26
    • Sup­port for WP-Super-Cache’s “lock down” fea­ture; a mes­sage is dis­played to new users warn­ing them that their com­ments may not appear for a bit, until the cache is refreshed.
    • Added [code].foreign[/code] to style for­eign words or phras­es using an appro­pri­ate tag ([code]p[/code], [code]span[/code], and so on). By default, for­eign text is shown italicized.
    • Renamed numer­ous files to main­tain a con­sis­tent file nam­ing schema.
    • Cre­at­ed page-links.php, a page which can be used to dis­play your com­plete list of bookmarks.
    • Post meta infor­ma­tion & next/previous nav­i­ga­tion have received some styling updates. This still needs some work to be wonderful.
    • An icon now appears next to the author byline.
    • Some com­pat­i­bil­i­ty has been added for the ShareThis and Flick­rRSS plugins.
  • 0.5 — 2008/06/05
    • Removed options pan­el (no longer needed)
    • Removed FreeRice banners
    • Extreme­ly seman­tic code (thanks, The Sandbox!)
    • Silk icons sprin­kled throughout
    • Added cat­e­go­ry descrip­tions (if present) to cat­e­go­ry archives
    • Added author descrip­tions (if present) to author archives
    • vCard micro­for­mat­ting present through­out, where applicable
    • hAtom sup­port for posts
    • Next/Previous nav­i­ga­tion at the top & bot­tom of posts and archives
    • Tags are now dis­played on posts
    • Bri­an’s Lat­est Com­ments sup­port — just acti­vate the plu­g­in and it’ll work (unless you are using widgets)
    • Avatars enabled on com­ments, no plu­g­in required
    • Styling present to sup­port the Sub­scribe to Com­ments & Com­mentLuv plugins
    • Improved Gallery handling
  • 0.4 — 2008/05/25
    • Removed hard-cod­ed options from functions.php
    • Intro­duced new Design-pan­el options page w/ nonce protection
  • 0.3 — 2008/05/22
    • Replaced Word­Press’ built in code for han­dling the Gallery short­code with code from the Clean­er Gallery plu­g­in.
    • XHTML valid­i­ty improved, main­ly thanks to the new gallery handling.
  • 0.2 — 2008/05/21
    • Slow & steady does it!
    • 404.php opti­mized and hope­ful­ly made both acces­si­ble and useful
    • Word­Press gen­er­a­tor meta infor­ma­tion removed from header.php
    • Theme cred­it added to footer.php
    • Misc. CSS tweaks 
    • custom.css file added; instruc­tions for using this file are con­tained with­in the file itself. Nev­er over­write this file if you have added cus­tom code to it!
    • sitemap.php & archives.php opti­mized. archives.php now dis­plays a tag cloud.
    • Acces­si­bil­i­ty “Go to Top” link added to footer.
    • ban­ners added below con­tent pages. It’s a wor­thy cause and should be sup­port­ed, but if you want to dis­able it, the option is at the top of functions.php
  • 0.1 — 2008/04/13
    • Ini­tial pub­lic release — NeoBox is still essen­tial­ly Neo­clas­si­cal; how­ev­er, Sand­Box’s seman­tic class­es have been enabled on the BODY tag as well as comments.


NeoBox is a com­bi­na­tion of two themes; one of which was licensed under the GPL while the oth­er was licensed under a Cre­ative Com­mons Attri­bu­tion-Share Alike 3.0 Deed.

Basi­cal­ly, that gives you free­dom to of course use NeoBox on your blog, but also to tweak it and to release your ver­sion of it as well — pro­vid­ed it is licensed under the GPL and the same or sim­i­lar Cre­ative Com­mons deed. If you release a theme based on NeoBox, please pro­vide attri­bu­tion by link­ing to this page as well as to the devel­op­ers of its major base ele­ments (see Cred­its).

If you are using NeoBox on your site, you are under no oblig­a­tion to cred­it any­one for the style, but a link back to here and those list­ed under “Cred­its” some­where on your site would be a nice treat.

NeoBox in the Wild

If you are using NeoBox, I want to thank you by link­ing to you here. I may not notice that you are using my theme, so feel free to let me know!







2 responses to “NeoBox”

  1. fikirbozan Avatar

    Thanx for the great theme.

  2. Rick Beckman Avatar

    fikir­bozan: Glad you like it! Let me know if there’s any way it can be improved. I’m very open to feedback!

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