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  • mike 2:56 pm on August 11, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , v0.3   

    Hey, You can check out Buildpress demo … 


    You can check out Buildpress demo here at http://demo.webdevcodex.com
    You can test buildpress by logging on to the admin side http://demo.webdevcodex.com/wp-admin
    (user : test, pass : test)

    You can download it from
    http://buildpress.googlecode.com/files/buildpress0.3.0.rar (just extract it to your wp-content/themes) directory
    Activate theme Buildpress from Appearancefrom your WordPress Admin. (you`ll notice a subpage Buildpress in “Appearance”)


    • Rudolf Lai 4:33 pm on August 11, 2009 Permalink

      Very amazing.

    • Jake Spurlock 2:46 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink

      This is pretty rad, way to go.

    • Micheal B. 7:33 am on August 13, 2009 Permalink

      Thanks Rudolf and Jake

      Although the system tends to do the pretty basic things, there are couple of features in the pipeline to be implemented which can make the system to use WP’s complete Theme ‘ing’ capabilities.

  • mike 2:42 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Hello Everyone, WordPress is great and … 

    Hello Everyone,

    WordPress is great and I have never enjoyed coding like this before ๐Ÿ™‚
    Buildpress development is going very good.
    The latest version has lot of changes and new enhancements

    1. Completely revamped “more organized” UI
    2. Every Theme has 4 areas where a User can modify in viz “Layout”, “Design”, “Color”, “Typography”
    3. Buildpress now uses a “6-Color Scheme idea” to power its theme colors etc. There are already predefined color-schemes to choose from including ones User’s can create (still working on, the creation of new schemes).
    4. Contains “Custom Header module (AJAXED upload+Cropper)” but currently disabled as I haven`t been able to decide how to use this feature
    5. Themes look good, usable and completely Customizable ๐Ÿ™‚

    Todo : Edit (which will be over in a day or 2)

    Code Optimization is being done as coding is being done.

    Cheers guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rudolf Lai 7:42 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink

      Any patch so that we can see?

    • Jane Wells 12:12 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink

      Hi Michael. Can you please post the updated patch so people can test it out? Thanks. Also, looking back at your original application, you were planning a drag and drop interface. The last build I saw (at midterm) only used form elements for selecting sidebars, etc. Does your current version have drag and drop functionality for restructuring things after the elements have been selected?

      • Micheal B. 7:22 am on August 7, 2009 Permalink

        Hello Jane,
        We (me and my mentor) decided to scrap the drag-drop interface since we thought it wouldn`t be feasible and instead developed a better yet simple version which includes a variety of selectors to create a theme. We decided to change the scope of the project as required so we can offer much more flexibility in creating a theme.

        I have just deployed a demo site with the latest version, just trying to make some security changes so people can view the system without abusing it, if this won`t work, I`ll post the source code here.

        I`ll be continuing to develop this project even after GSoC, so I`ll try to enhance this application as per the community requires.

        Sorry for the delay Jane.

  • mike 3:59 pm on July 20, 2009 Permalink
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    Hello, Firstly thanks to my mentor, the… 


    Firstly thanks to my mentor, the administrator of WordPress.
    Secondly, about Buildpress,

    I have just embedded the Custom Header Option in Builder UI. It isn`t any Custom Header script, but a custom one, integrated to the Builder itself, showing a live preview of your crop ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lil tweaks left, also we will be cleaning up code to WP standards.

    Lets hope we can release an alpha version of the complete system in the coming week ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers Guys

  • mike 10:06 am on July 13, 2009 Permalink  

    Buildpress v0.1 Build 

    It hasn`t been a great week as of yet,but lets hope the coming weeks are any better.
    Finally I have got a nod from Mr.Andrew and so here are the updates

    Buildpress v0.1.1 Updates
    It is first and foremost a completely dynamic Theme Builder + Framework (for the devs)

    Edit : Modified the color picker as suggested by Scribu.

    Download Here – Buildpress v0.1.1

    Features :

    • Buildpress Builder UI Features.
      1. Width of the theme (750px, 950px, 100%)
      2. the general coloumn layout (2cols,3cols and many permutations incl. 1sidebar or 2sidebar)
      3. Banners top and bottom (useful for text, ads)
      4. Theme Style (theme css Repository, can add custom css too)
      5. Widget Style (widget css repository, can add custom css too)
      6. Color Scheme (Dynamic color scheme for the whole Theme + Widget Style)
      7. h1,h2,h3,p – font,font-size,colors
      8. Custom Theme Background color
      9. Live Preview of your Theme
    • Add/Save Theme
    • Ability to define custom callbacks to render the famous WP Loop, page, archive, single, comments etc
    • Repository ofย  Theme Styles and Widget Styles. Ability to create custom CSS styles based on our CSS Framework.

    The progress is going well, we are planning to include more user oriented functions and strengthen our framework for other devs to create a good repo for theme creation.

    Waiting for your precious feedback ๐Ÿ™‚ And please let me know if you find any bugs.

    • scribu 12:15 pm on July 13, 2009 Permalink

      I’ve created my first BuildPress theme. It was pretty straightforward, except for the color picking:

      – the preview didn’t get updated after choosing a new collor
      – when I pick a color in the color picker, the outside input should be filled automatically.

      This was done on Firefox 3.5 under Ubuntu

      • Micheal B. 3:44 pm on July 13, 2009 Permalink

        Hey scribu,
        thanks for your feedback

        actually the color picking does work, you need to click on the [ok] icon in the color picker.

        The system isn`t complete yet, uploading background images, cropper etc are in the pipeline.
        I hope it seemed simple, the idea is to make it as simple as possible with features.

        Thanks once again.

  • mike 11:15 am on July 6, 2009 Permalink

    Ok, Here is the update. I`ll be soon p… 


    Here is the update.

    I`ll be soon posting a link to the very early dev version of Buildpress (need to confirm with Mr.Andrew).
    The latest updates include

    working Create New Theme (with the Buildpress Builder UI)

    • features 8 differnt types of layouts (2 cols, 3cols with 2 fully widgetized sidebars + Top and Bottom Banners)
    • 3 types of page size (viz fixed 750px, 950px and liquid – 100%)
    • Customizable Fonts, colors and sizes (for the demo only h1,h2,h3,p are featured). More customizations will be included.

    Completely AJAX powered,

    • working Delete Theme action
    • working Activate Theme action

    The “Buildpress Builder” which is the UI that will help create layouts, has 2 panels viz Panel-1 = layout of the theme, Panel-2 = Cosmetics of the theme. (currently the panels are populated with just test variables, you can play with em :))

    Buildpress uses the WP options table instead of an own table to store individual theme settings. This will help it perform much faster since the options are autoloaded at start of WP.

    I am currently working on a bit of the cosmetics for rendering themes. Will post a link soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mike 1:36 pm on July 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Hello Everyone, I have been working on … 

    Hello Everyone,

    I have been working on “Buildpress” (the name we thought for our addon) from the past week. We have made a lot of progress. Bits and pieces of code which was scattered are all going through integration.

    Probably, I will be releasing a working prototype of the app once Mr.Andrew gives a nod.

    Actually the update list is quite a lot. I think, its better if you guys see it before I post some documentation here ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mike 7:03 pm on June 20, 2009 Permalink
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    Hello everyone, This week hasn`t been v… 

    Hello everyone,

    This week hasn`t been very productive in getting the UI ready. But we have made significant progress in finding a solution with other aspects of the system as to how to export to WP theme.

    Currently I am trying to write a parser that can convert the UI output to WP theme output.

    I am kind of lil behind schedule, hope to make up quite a lot in this week.

  • mike 8:34 am on June 12, 2009 Permalink
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    Ok, here is my update, Last week has be… 

    Ok, here is my update,

    Last week has been a lil slow but productive.

    1. Added ability to have 4 different sidebars to the layout (top, bottom, left, right)

    2. Ability to have different amount of columns in the content area.

    3. Added ability to change font size, font color and font of headers, paragraphs for the theme. A color picker has been integrated for simple choice of colors for different headers and paragraphs.

    4. Still working on how the data needs to be ported to build a theme structure. I and my mentor decided we`ll use the database to store the options and pull out respectively (although still pondering on more options)

    Need to do this week
    1. Create a skeleton Theme for WP on which Buildpress will work.

    2. Need more cosmetic changes. As of now only fonts, font colors and font size has been integrated. Need to integrate background color and other css stuff

    Thats all for now ๐Ÿ™‚ later

  • mike 7:47 am on June 5, 2009 Permalink

    Hey Guys, My PC got infected and had to… 

    Hey Guys,

    My PC got infected and had to reformat my harddrive :(. Installed Windows 7 RC, working fine as of now. Anyways regarding the update, Started work with Builder (BuildPress :P), me and my mentor decided to keep the builder simple which takes users input in steps.
    jQuery CSS Framework couldn`t satifsy our needs, since it does not have a complete set of classes for us to use.

    For Now :
    1. Stepwise Builder proposed and implementation on full swing. 3 Steps, 1st Step – Structure of template, 2nd step – Cosmetic changes for template (colors, fonts), 3rd step – port to wordpress

    2. Integrated YUI Grids with the builder.

    3. As changes are made with the builder, preview of the layout is shown in real time. (needs more polishing)

    To do in the coming week:
    Decide on how to compile the layout to wordpress theme format
    Decide on a proper cosmetic changes CSS Framework


  • mike 11:25 am on May 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Theme Scratchpad   

    Hey, Guess I am lil late at posting Upda… 

    Hey, Guess I am lil late at posting Updates. Really sorry Jane, my Exams just got over and I have completed my graduation ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here is my Update

    • Jane Wells 4:44 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink

      Please post your updates here on this blog as text, not as links. Backup mentors will be checking this blog, not following links to personal blogs. Thanks.

      • Micheal B. 4:44 am on June 1, 2009 Permalink

        Okay Jane, Here is my Update


        We initally decided to use “YUI” framework to power our builder but due to compatibility reasons and the lack of flexibility. Check the here. Due to this, we decided to build a custom YUI Grid Builder Theme ScratchPad Builder which will be powered by jQuery. I have already begun work and will be soon posting an online demo of the builder as it progress goes about

        For now,

        1. User can select the size of the template page i.e (100%, 974px,750px)
        2. User can modify sidebar position and size (i.e left or right + size of sidebar)
        3. User can add additional columns to content.

        Although, code cannot be still ported to WordPress theme format. But the builder helps to create a skeleton of the Theme and then it will be converted to Wordpess Theme Format.

        Currently YUI Grids CSS is being used to define the layout for the themes and for the cosmetic looks, jQueryUI CSS Framework will be used.


        1. The primary issue is, porting the theme to WordPress theme format, which I am wondering as to how to go about.
        2. How much customization to offer ? This is very important as every User has different ideas and different needs.

        Planned for the Coming Week

        1. Try to make a proper feature list.
        2. Try to use a better CSS Framework for cosmetics if possible.
        3. Look for Alternatives on how to export to WordPress Theme Format.

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