Simple, stylish and light template for WordPress. “Life is Simple” is a text- and image-oriented with good typography: it’s all about the content here! Functional and powerful inside, clean and lightweight outside. Easy to use and modify. Clean and understandable code, valid XHTML. SEO friendly, optimized for the search engines. No images or javascript, CSS only – reduces traffic and loading time.

Future belongs to large screens and high resolutions, so the theme is wide enough and capable to display a big-sized images.

Currently available in 5 languages: English (default), Bulgarian, German, Canadian French, and Persian.

    With

  • two columns
  • right sidebar
  • flexible width
  • menu bar
    Supports

  • widgets
  • gravatars
  • languages
  • build-in support for plugins
    Compatible with

  • WordPress 2.5 and higher
  • Firefox, Opera, Safari, IE7+ and other browsers

Provided by Easy Design and Chereshka.

Demo

Well, you’re actually looking it right now — this site uses the “Life is Simple” theme! For better preview please take a look at the Demo category.
 

Download

Installation

  1. Extract the downloaded archive.
  2. Upload the life-is-simple folder to your /wp-content/themes/ directory.
  3. Activate the theme through the “Themes” menu in WordPress’s admin panel.

 

Changelog

  • v1.3.5 (current version) – 14.12.2010
  • v1.3.4 – 19.02.2010
  • v1.3.3 – 05.02.2010
  • v1.3.2 – 30.01.2010
  • v1.3.1 – 22.01.2010
  • v1.3 – 18.12.2009
  • v1.2 – 08.12.2009
  • v1.1.3 – 23.11.2009
  • v1.1.2 – 17.11.2009
  • v1.1 – 11.11.2009
  • v1.0 – 01.11.2009

 

Language support

How to activate an additional language – learn here.
Currently available languages are Bulgarian (bg_BG), German (de_DE), Canadian French (fr_CA), Persian (fa_IR), and of course English (the default one, don’t count it). Both .po and .mo files are included in the package. If you find out any spelling errors or other inaccuracies, please let me know. If you have an idea how to work with translation software (such as Poedit), you can translate the theme in your own language using my files and templates. It’s easy actually, and you don’t need to be a wordpress developer. Also, I’ll really appreciate that!
I know the source files don’t look at their best, but I’ll fix them as soon as possible. Anyway, everything works!
 

Plugin compatibility

“Life is Simple” follows the standarts and works fine with all kind of plugins. However, it is specially modified to support the following ones:

  • WP-PageNavi (mirror)
  • Comment Notifier (mirror)
  • Comment Info Detector (mirror)
  • Twitter for WordPress (mirror)

I recommend you to install (and use) at least the first two of them.
 

I hope you enjoy it. All comments and mostly critiques are welcome! Please share your ideas and opinion. Help me to improve the theme. Thank you!

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1. Comment by Victor

14/Nov/2009 at 03:36

It looks nice, I will try it. Later I’ll let u know my first impressions.

2. Comment by ipotpal

27/Nov/2009 at 08:12

Great theme! Great design, great colors

3. Comment by gina

10/Dec/2009 at 02:49

Very beautiful theme (presently using it for my photo/blog site), but I was wondering if you could tell me quickly how to change the icon.png?

Much appreciative of your work and help. :)

4. Comment by admin

10/Dec/2009 at 05:37

Thank you, gina! Greetings for your blog too!

Just replace the file icon.png (originally placed in life-is-simple/images/ folder) with yours. For best results use a .png file sized 16x16px.

Pleace notice, you might not be able to view the changes immediately. You should refresh your browser and clear the browsing cache. However, the icon is already changed!

5. Comment by gina

10/Dec/2009 at 05:56

Thank you kindly, and so it is.

I didn’t realize it would take so long, which is why I had asked to make sure I did it correctly.

Thank you for getting back to me. :)

6. Comment by ake

31/Dec/2009 at 14:00

simple ‘n very cool theme,thanks.

7. Comment by trick

26/Jan/2010 at 05:56

thanks for your templet , it’s what I search for indeed.
but may I have a question,
why I link to my another page (means not homepage), the footer have not auto reposition?

8. Comment by admin

26/Jan/2010 at 06:15

Hello trick, glad to hear you liked it!

I’m not sure what’s the case here, can you show me an example of your problem (URL or screenshot)?

9. Comment by Carsten

12/Feb/2010 at 11:26

Nice to see the language option on the front page. :-)

10. Comment by Saad Tazi

16/Feb/2010 at 05:33

Hi, Thanks for the theme.
I created a french translation, here – please feel free to use/add it: blog.fruitsoftware.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/life-is-simple.fr_FR.zip

11. Comment by michael dreves

25/Feb/2010 at 13:10

thanks for a beautyful theme. now in use at my blog.

12. Comment by Oleg

28/Feb/2010 at 06:24

Hello, really great theme thank you very much!

But please explain how to remove :

# Meta
* Log in
* RSS Feed
* Comments RSS

Before thanks for answer.

13. Comment by admin

28/Feb/2010 at 08:23

Thanks Oleg, happy to hear that!

Now, follow the steps:

1. Open sidebar.php.

2. Find the following paragraph:

<li><?php _e(‘<span>Meta</span>’, ‘life-is-simple’); ?>
<ul>
<?php wp_register(); ?>
<li><?php wp_loginout(); ?></li>
<li><a class=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ? rel=”nofollow”>” title=”<?php
_e(‘Syndicate this site using RSS’, ‘life-is-simple’); ?>”><?php
_e(‘RSS Feed’, ‘life-is-simple’); ?></a></li>
<li><a class=”<?php bloginfo(‘comments_rss2_url’); ? rel=”nofollow”>” title=”<?php
_e(‘The latest comments to all posts in RSS’, ‘life-is-simple’);
?>”><?php _e(‘Comments RSS’, ‘life-is-simple’); ?></a></li>
<?php wp_meta(); ?>
</ul>
</li>

3. Delete the whole paragraph and save the file. Now you have removed
the “Meta” widget.

14. Comment by Oleg

28/Feb/2010 at 11:53

Now all is OK!!!
thanks!

15. Comment by kenge labe

21/Mar/2010 at 18:44

i would highly reccommend this theme to anyone on wp, great job guys…

16. Comment by ThaVinci

21/Mar/2010 at 20:18

He there, I love your theme – only I don’t seem to make the navigation work. I want to change the order (it isn’t by ID-order) and want to skip pages on the 2nd level (a ‘thank you page’ after Contact, for example… Any help would be great!

17. Comment by admin

21/Mar/2010 at 21:50

Hey!

The order is by ID.

For hiding the subpages (a.k.a child pages), open sidebar.php and find this:
< ?php wp_list_pages('title_li=&sort_column=ID' ); ?>

Then add &depth=1, and make sure it looks like:
< ?php wp_list_pages('title_li=&sort_column=ID&depth=1' ); ?>

You can also change the order by setting another value to sort_column. For more info simply check here.

18. Comment by ThaVinci

21/Mar/2010 at 23:42

Super Mr Admin! Tanx a lot.

19. Comment by tracy

4/Apr/2010 at 15:09

Great theme. I’ve made some modifications and one of the great features of this theme is how easy it was to do so. Very straightforward and clearly written. Bravo. It’s in use for my new site, Ubuntu is not Scary. Click my name to see it.

20. Comment by Louis

28/Apr/2010 at 07:39

Hello, first-off, great theme. I’ve already used this at my blog. However, I can’t seem to enable the the navbar on my blog. Please guide me. Thanks much :)

21. Comment by Chris

2/May/2010 at 05:06

I love the way it resizes images. Can I increase the maximum upper limit, and can I reduce the amount of ‘empty’ space on the left? Thanks!

22. Comment by Chris

2/May/2010 at 08:38

Following on from my previous question – I see that you tell us to go to ‘settings’, ‘media’, and there you can set max width’s for ‘medium’ and ‘large’ sizes. But it’s not clear to me how these are used. I just set ‘medium’ max width to 800, and ‘large’ max width to 1200 – but what next? I have linked to an image that is 1200 wide, but it still “maxes out” at 851 on the actual screen, when I make the screen very wide. I want to display an image that is about 1200 px wide. Thanks!

23. Comment by Tracy

2/May/2010 at 11:20

The reason it maxes at 851 has to do, in all likelihood with the margin and padding settings in ‘content’.

In order to display larger images, or to change the empty space at the left, you will have to go into the stylesheet and make some adjustments.

If you decide to do that, I suggest you keep track of the changes you make so that if something messes up you can go back to normal settings.

24. Comment by admin

3/May/2010 at 01:01

Thanks for helping me with this, Tracy! :)

Chris,

You can increase the max size of the images by increasing some values in your style.css file.

Here they are. In “POST” section:
.post-content { max-width:740px;
And in “POST – Images” section:
.post-content img { max-width:115%;

Some notes about that. The “real” size of the images is based on both values above. If your screen is wide enough, then the post content is at its maximum of 740px, and the image is 115% of 740px… which is exactly 851px, I believe ;)

However, if you’re going to increase these sizes, you should start from this one (placed in the beginning of your style.css file):
#wrapper { max-width:1280px; }

Just try and test until it works for you. Good luck :-)

25. Comment by Chris

3/May/2010 at 06:43

Thanks for the input – I will play tonight. Can you give me some insight into the purpose/use of the ‘settings’ / ‘media’ / ‘Medium Size’ and ‘Large Size’ parameters? Thanks!

26. Comment by admin

3/May/2010 at 15:07

There are a few ways for adding images in your posts. The size parameters under the “Media” settings concerns only the case where you insert images via your WordPress system (in the post editing screen: “Upload/Insert” -> “Add an Image”).

When going to insert an image, you’ll see some options. By default there are four sizes for the image: Thumbnail, Medium, Large, Full size.
I hope you have an idea what “Thumbnail” is, and is used for. “Full size” is the original image uploaded by you. It is not resized.
“Medium” and “Large” are defined by you, in order to fit your needs. When you upload an image, the system will automatically resize it into 3 different sizes: Thumbnail, Medium, and Large. This is just for your convenience, so you don’t need to do all that stuff (resizing, saving, uploading) by hand. Of course, if the original uploaded image is smaller than the set value of any of these parameters, it won’t be resized and will be unavailable. As example, if “Large size” is limited to 800px, and you upload an image sized 700x400px, then “Large” size will become unavailable in the “Add an Image” screen.

Also, here you can find some useful information:
codex.wordpress.org/Using_Images

27. Comment by Chris

3/May/2010 at 17:17

Perfect! thanks. I am carefully sizing and optimizing my images outside of wordpress, so these parameters don’t apply to my images (but I will also try using this method as it seems very convenient).

Another question; some of my images are presented with a small gray border around them. Others are not. Modifying the alignment seems to have removed this for some but not all images.

Anyway – I love the theme and will continue to use it.

28. Comment by Chris

6/May/2010 at 00:04

I figured out how to remove the border – there is an ‘advanced’ tab on the image handler, and if you type ’0′ into the border field, the border is suppressed.

I do have a more complex question. I’m really liking this theme because of the way it handles images. What I don’t like so much is something that almost all themes do, and that is, dedicate space on the right to the ‘menu’ (home, navigation, etc). Once you scroll down half a page or so, you end up with a lot of ‘white space’ on the right. How easy would it be to convert the menu to something that sits at the bottom of the page, ‘in line’ with the main body of the page (rather than a sidebar)?

29. Comment by The Sacred Books

8/May/2010 at 01:51

Thanks for a the theme! It’s beautiful. Cheers!

30. Comment by admin

10/May/2010 at 02:47

@Chris,
Well, in principle you can do that, but it’s really a complex, and not that easy as changing size of the images. Also, there are some (not much actually) themes that uses a horizontal and bottom placed sidebar, just as you want it.

31. Comment by kiddlee

16/Aug/2010 at 08:46

It’s a great artwork, i like it very much

32. Comment by Sitha

18/Sep/2010 at 08:11

How did you add those logo on the right side bar. ??? Thanks in advance.

33. Comment by Sitha

18/Sep/2010 at 08:13

Oh..yeah, one more thing, How do i add a LOGO, or banner on the top of the page???

34. Comment by Serge

12/Oct/2010 at 15:54

Hello and thanks for a great theme!
One question: please look at your contact page, is it possible to stick footer to bottom of the screen on such short pages?

35. Comment by Jos

20/Nov/2010 at 18:18

This is a very nice theme!
I looked at a preview on my wife’s blog.
Is it possible to remove the standard placed grey border around an uploaded picture?
Since I’m not a programmer could you show me what code I have to remove so there will be no more borders placed around any picture please?

and can you tell me what the max size is for uploaded pictures, I think I’m going to need around 800 or 1000 px on the longest side, is this possible?

many thx in advance, Jos

36. Comment by Jos

22/Nov/2010 at 13:53

Never mind, found it myself ;-)
Thx anyway

37. Comment by José

1/Dec/2010 at 12:32

Nice Theme

I want to use the [sourcecode language]… tag to show source code on my posts but it doesn’t work. How can I include this option with the theme?

Kind regards. Jose

38. Comment by عبدالماجد

1/Dec/2010 at 17:02

hello . you can add persian language on your theme by my translated file . please download and add to theme . thank you
up.iranblog.com/Files000/cb6d87a67c3047f0a7e9.zip

39. Comment by admin

1/Dec/2010 at 18:22

Hello José,

This is an interesting question. However it is a general WordPress issue, that said it has nothing to do with the “Life is Simple” theme itself.

You can do that manually, read here.

Or via plugin. After a quick research I found many of them, and the following two seems to be good enough: Preserve Code Formatting; WP_CodeShield.

Regards.

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