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Scott from recently was looking into the challenge I created, and was hoping to have something ready in time despite the fact that BloggingPro has never once featured any of his previous submissions to the WordPress theme community.

When I searched for myself and realized he was right, we had never once featured one of this themes, I felt horrible, as Scott has been a big player in making simple, content centric themes for WordPress.

I thought that to rectify my horrible oversight, I would feature all of his currently released themes today.

A light theme, easy to customize and build on, Barthelme is fluid and two column. It contains some great integrated features and options which you might like:

  • Theme options menu within the WordPress admin menu, featuring
    • control over fonts and font sizes
    • ability to alter layout and text alignment
  • Intelligent browser titles (e.g., “Barthelme «”)
  • Widgets friendly, ready to use
  • Hack- and error-free CSS
  • Standards compliant XHTML 1.0 Strict validation

You can read all about Barthelme at’s Theme Page, as well as see images, thanks to a flickr gallery of what it looks like, both on the user and admin side.

Honestly, my favourite theme from Scott, is blog.txt. It is a two column, elastic theme that is lightly styled and very clean and professional looking.

On his site he says:

An elastic, two-column layout for WordPress 2.0+. It’s styled, but light with less than 300 lines of CSS. With its (somewhat) unique theme options, you can easily make blog.txt into something resembling a CMS.

Just like Barthelme it is standards compliant XHTML 1.0 Strict with hack and error free CSS. Check it out at

A three column theme for WordPress that really does not have much wrong with it, partially because it is one of the leanest themes I have ever seen, especially for a three column theme.

It is not one of my favourites, but the simplicity gives itself to being easy to customize, which is a very important aspect of a theme in my opinion. It is XHTML 1.0 compliant as well.

Check it out at

Another of my favourite themes from is Simplr. It is mainly a one column theme, with a two column footer. It displays one story and looks good doing it. It is light on colours and graphics which means it is all about the content.

As with the rest, it is XHTML 1.0 valid, and has error and hack free CSS. Check it out at

Last, but not least we have veryplaintxt, which is as the title states, very plain. A simple theme that again lets visitors concentrate on the content, and the simplicity makes it easier to cusomize.

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All of these themes show how simple, yet effective a WordPress theme can be, and how with some time and effort you can make something clean, lightweight, and effective. Check out all the themes, and keep an eye on Scott, who is working on some new ones, which will hopefully be out soon.

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  1. Aaron B. Hockley says: 6/29/2006

    I’m a happy plaintxtblog theme user… here’s my incarnation:


  2. cindy says: 6/29/2006

    Oh yes, he’s got some lovely themes. I hadn’t realized how many of them remained in my multi-theme offerings :) They’re very clean and good looking and customizable..which I intend to do once I find some time. I especially like Barthelme.


  3. Scott says: 6/29/2006

    David: Thanks for the terrific write-up. Very thoughtful and appreciated. I’ve been a follower of this site since I began blogging and think it’s great.

    Looking forward to the results of your challenge. (Fingers crossed…)


  4. David ) says: 6/30/2006

    No problem man, you deserve it. Hopefully you will get some of the recognition you deserve. You have a great group of themes there.

    The challenge is not going as well as I hoped it would, due to the lacking energy I talked about in my rant article, but we will see…there is still one more day of submission time.


  5. Rainy says: 7/8/2006

    I have always liked clean and elegant minimalistic designs, I am using Scott’s theme for my blog of course. :)


  6. Al says: 7/15/2006

    Blog.txt looks a lot like Barecity, sort of remake, if not stealing.


  7. Scott says: 7/15/2006

    Al, you’re an idiot.

    Barecity is a fine theme. But really, come on, you’re kidding right?

    Please don’t go around suggesting people are “stealing”.

    For your consideration:

    Barecity vs. The Simple Life


  8. mysurface says: 1/28/2007

    Yeah ! I am a blog.txt theme user too, I like it when I first saw it and i use it without switching to other theme until today.


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