DesignFolio Plus Giveaway

DesignFolio Plus is a beautiful and highly customizable portfolio theme great for displaying logos, websites, print work and much more. DesignFolio Theme

DesignFolio Details

Perfect for the design professional with little or advanced knowledge of HTML /CSS and WordPress, DesignFolio Plus comes with the following features:

  • jQuery Slider for Portfolio Items
  • Easy portfolio uploading (create a portfolio category and upload an image for each post and the theme does the rest)
  • Museo Sans headings using Cufon text replacement
  • Theme Options page with Flickr integration
  • Colorpicker to change colors of “The Stripe” and other text and links
  • Custom Breadcrumb Trails (utilizing the BreadcrumbXT plug-in)
  • Twitter Integration (utilizing the Twitter Widget Pro plug-in)

Using DesignFolio Plus, it is easy to set up an online Portfolio using WordPress. This is one of the most straightforward and easy-to-use Portfolio-style themes out there, designed and developed by popular WordPress theme developer Chris Wallace, whose high-quality themes speak for themselves.

You can check out a live preview here or view the theme details on (currently available for $30).

Free Hosting

firehost secure hosting

Now, a huge thanks to Firehost, the deal has gotten even sweeter. For 1 of the 5 lucky theme winners, they will receive 6 months of free secure hosting with no commitment to stay from Firehost. This is the perfect combination for anyone just starting out online or looking to do a serious upgrade.

How To Enter

We are offering up not just one, but five theme licenses. So you have a greater chance of winning. Simply leave a comment below explaining why you would like this theme and how it would make your wildest dreams come true.

The contest will run for one week and the winners will be chosen and then contacted via twitter (make sure and leave your twitter name) next Friday, July 31, 2009. Details about the hosting will be taken care of through Firehost. Good luck.


kyle steed redesign As a part of this new redesign I ran across what seems to be a very common, yet seemingly frustrating problem with setting your sidebar to the full height of a page (not just the screen). It made sense in my mind to simply set the height of the sidebar div to 100%. But oh no, all that gets you is a headache and a pocket full of lint. I tried everything from setting the body and html tag height to 100% to using a min-height of 100% on the sidebar as well, but no luck. I'm still not sure whether this is a browser problem or a CSS problem. In either case I knew I was going to have to do my homework.

Type the words "full height sidebar" into google and you'll get over 300,000 results. With that many pages staring you in the face it can seem a little overwhelming. But I knew I wouldn't have to look that hard, what with Googles superb job of site indexing and all. After reading through a few forums I started to realize the problem I was having. Since my sidebar is floated right it sets the height according to the content that is inside of it, not to the height of the page itself. So for example, if I only had three lines of text in my sidebar it would only span the height according to those three lines of text. I think that worked fine in my old design, as seen below,

kyle steed old site design

but with my new design using a dark background and a light grey sidebar it didn't look so pretty. And sure there are those out there who may say they like the sidebar to be cut short, but I think they're just being lazy.

Enter our hero, the magnificent, super-duper wrapper div. To be honest I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, at work I always wrap my content. But in this case it hadn't occurred to me. But low and behold, as soon as I wrapped my content and my sidebar and set the background color to match that of my sidebar and set the height to 100% it worked like a charm. That is to say on some pages. You see the next problem came when my sidebar would extend pass the content, then my content would have this ugly grey area underneath it. And that wasn't going to work since I'm using #ffffff as the background color for my content. But even if I changed the wrapper background to white my sidebar would end up looking cut short when the content extended longer than the sidebar, which was my original problem to begin with. UGH!

Cue sound of angels singing. While taking a break from the code, washing my face to be exact, it clicked in my brain what needed to happen. It was so simple. Why hadn't I seen it before? All that was needed was a simple background image repeated on the y-axis that matched my sidebar and to set the background color to white. Now it didn't matter the length of the content or the length of the sidebar, all my pages were covered. Yay!

So what do you think of the new design? Do you like it better than my previous theme? Would you like to see it in the WordPress theme directory?