Basic Simplicity 1.4.1 Released

Posted January 26th, 2010 by Michael Janzen and filed in Theme

I just finished the next version of Basic Simplicity. I’ve made a few changes that should make it easier to use the theme including support for a full file path for the header background image.

Upgrading? – Watch the upgrade video

Upgrading should be fairly easy but you’ll need to know two things. Backup your current older copy of Basic Simplicity (especially if you made edits to the core theme files, like the index.php file) and you’ll need to fix the header background image. Everything else should be seamless. If you run into trouble please let me know.

New Features

  • Added full URL to header image.
  • Added javascript for nested inline comment reply form.
  • Improved nested comments formatting.
  • Added multiple page support using <!–nextpage–> tag.
  • Added show/hide function to make it easier to hide the posted by, tags and add comment link.
  • Housekeeping, changed is_home() to is_front_page().
  • Housekeeping, changed get_settings() to get_option().

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the search form on 404 page
  • Added stripslashes to the custom css
  • Fixed bug in bottom widgets to allow multiple widgets

As always I’d like to hear what you think and if you run into any bugs or other weirdness. Thanks and enjoy Basic Simplicity 1.4.1.

17 Responses to “Basic Simplicity 1.4.1 Released”

  1. Sol says:

    Hi there,

    I installed Basic Simplicity a month or so ago, set up the site and then just upgraded to 1.4.1. It work great, except for a couple things (I’m a beginner at this, so forgive me).

    1. I had inserted a short blurb about our co-op in the index.php that, before I did the upgrade, that showed up above the posts on all the pages. That was perfect. I backed it up like you said. When I did the upgrade, the text moved along with it – ie. when I open up the Main Index Template (index.php) in editor it is there and in the same spot, but it’s not showing up on my website. Any ideas?

    2. The main reason I upgraded was I saw that the new version allows you to hide the posted by, tags and add comment link. I see how to do that in “edit basic simplicy”, but I’m wondering if I can just do that on the pages and not the blog posts? I’d still like the posted by, tags and comments on the blog posts.

    Thank-you. And great work on the theme. I love using it.


    • Michael Janzen says:

      Hi Sol,

      #1 Double check that the editor is opening up on the right version of Basic Simplicity. There is a drop down in the upper right of the page that lets you switch back and forth between themes. It should default to the newest version. The only other thought I have is that you might be looking a cached page in your browser or served up through a plugin like WP Super Cache or even the host server (but that is rare).

      #2 I wrote up a ‘how to’ article that explains how to edit the meta info under the title which includes a bit about how to show/hide things on post and pages. I think this might help you do what you need until I bake it into the next version.


      • Sol says:

        AHA! I forgot to install the theme in the editor. Oops.

        Now it’s working great!

        As for changing the meta info under the title, I’ll give that a try when I have more time.

        Thanks for your help!

  2. Hi Michael. I’m stumped with this. No header image and I think I’ve followed the video but I’m not sure because I don’t hear any sound.

    My blog is at

    and the header image is at:

    Just where Basic Simplicity thinks it should be. When I view the page source from the browser, the image name is not included:
    #header { background: #eeeeee url(‘’) left no-repeat; }

    Then I tried putting the image into the site root and alttered theimage location in basicS . Still no image and I got the following strange duplication in the page source:
    #header { background: #eeeeee url(‘’) left no-repeat; }
    #navbar { background: #cccccc; }

    Do you have any ideas on fixing that or how to install the previous version of BasicS. I have it installed on another blog but am afraid it will overwite my widget setup.
    Sorry for the long post!

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Hi Allan… yeah not sure what happened to the sound in that video. Working on a fix.

      It looks like the URL is messed up in the second example, with the image at the site root. Try pasting it in again.

      Sorry for the trouble.

      • Hi Michael. I’ve repasted the link but it seems that there is something gone badly wrong because the system is somehow generating a double link. The page source at the moment is:

        #header { background: #eeeeee url(‘’) left no-repeat; }

        I’m not particularly keen to redo my whole widget and plugin setup but do you think it would help if I upload a new copy of BasicS over the top of the existing one, or would the problem be a database one, do you think?

        I could e-mail you the access codes to the Dashboard so that you could take a look, if that helps.

  3. mariam says:

    Hi Michael,
    me calling from Frankfurt again, this time I have started a personal blog with the upgraded version of your theme, as I enjoy using it. The snag I have run into: I wonder why I keep ending up on the search-results-page when I insert the more-thing into a post. could it have something to do with the fact that I altered the search-results-page in the index.php?

  4. mariam says:

    Hi Michael,
    now I see that not only the read-more, but also the title-link ends up on the search-results-page. I seem to be the only one with this problem? Should I download the theme again and have a new go, what to you think?

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Hi Mariam,

      I did some testing and couldn’t duplicate the problem I see on your website. But I have an idea that might fix it. Try going to Settings > Permalinks and save your settings. You don’t need to change anything but by saving the permalink settings it will update them and possibly fix the linking problem.


  5. mariam says:

    Hi Michael,
    I suddenly realised what the mistake was: I had messed around with the perma-links. I have set them back to the original position and realise that I should first read up on that subject….
    Sorry for the trouble!

  6. mariam says:

    Hi Michael,
    sorry, me again: I would like to get rid of this bit: Kommentare deaktiviert, which appeared under the title when I disabled comments for the static pages. I read up about handling the meta-code on your page, no solution. Is this another WP-thing which I will just have to live with? Or do you have an idea what I should do?
    Thanks you and kind regards

    • Michael Janzen says:

      It’s a fix in the upcoming version of the theme. But you can do it now.

      Find this in the index.php file (Appearance > Editor)

      <div class="meta-addcomment"><?php comments_popup_link(‘Add a Comment’, ‘1 Comment’, ‘% Comments’, ‘commentslink’); ?></div>

      Replace it with this:

      <?php if ( comments_open() ) : ?>
      <div class="meta-addcomment"><?php comments_popup_link(‘Add a Comment’, ‘1 Comment’, ‘% Comments’, ‘commentslink’); ?></div>
      <?php else : ?>
      <!–comments off–>
      <?php endif; ?>

  7. Mariam says:

    Hi Michael,
    thanks, I tried it out and got this response: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /mnt/web7/53/51/51643051/htdocs/mariam/wp-content/themes/basic-simplicity/index.php on line 26

    I put the original code back in and the page is well again. But I have the feeling that the bit of code you sent would shut off all comments?

    What I would like to have would be comments on the blog-page und no comments on the static pages. I was able to get rid of the “comments closed” on the bottom in the comments.php-page. But there is the translated statement “Kommentare deaktiviert” on the top of the page, under the topic-line, which I did not translate, so its definitely something to do with WP, German version.

    Could you help?
    :-( Mariam, puzzled

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Hi Miriam,

      Here is a better/simpler way to hide the message at the bottom of the page. In the Custom CSS field add the following:

      .nocomments {visibility:hidden;}

      To hide the message at the top you will need the interim index.php I’m working on for the next release. I’ll send by email.


  8. Mariam says:

    Hi Michael,
    sorry I late: thanks a million for all your help – It worked fine and all is well! Ganz herzliche Grüße aus Frankfurt!

  9. mailewo says:

    your template is very clean,it seems so good, i like it.thank you, Michael Janzen. you are the best wp-theme designer.

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