Jenny is a premium-quality, free WordPress theme handcrafted to perfection with focus on even minute details. This two-column, multiple-colour, fixed-width minimal theme puts great emphasis on typography. It uses few icons and limited colours with lots of white space for creating an elegant design. (Jenny has been included in WordPress’ free themes repository. That speaks of its quality.)
Jenny Version 1.5 Last Updated on 29 September 2011 to make the theme compatible with Internet Explorer 9.
Multiple Colour Schemes
Jenny offers you three colour schemes–default blue, plain grey and a combination of red and grey. You can easily switch between the three themes from the theme options page.
Cufon Font Replacements
It makes use of Cufon to use special fonts in headings and a few other places. Even if Cufon fails to get initialized, the theme retains its beauty with more generic fonts.
Great Support For Images
Images are often the loose end in many WordPress themes. Not with Jenny. There’s no possible way you can break the design by adding images. It will scale large images to fit the width of the content area (535px on normal pages and 880px on full pages, without sidebar).
If you have set feature image of a post, it is displayed on home page. If the image is equal to 515px or wider, it is used above the headline as a large image. Smaller images are used as thumbnails, left-aligned inside the post content. On all other index pages such as category, author and tag archives, only small thumbnails are used to enable faster loads.
Jenny is also designed with stress on perfect display of galleries. An attachment template means that gallery images have their well-designed page with a comment form.
Given that most themes have 600px wide content area, it’s suggested you use 600px wide images in posts when using an image to fill the entire width of content area. Jenny will take care of scaling it to meet the design requirements. This way you won’t be losing out if we ever choose to make the content area of Jenny wider, or if you want to switch to a different theme.
JQuery-Enhanced Archives Template
Jenny comes with an archives template which shows last 50 posts, monthly and category archives. All of them are neatly stacked using jQuery. The user clicks open the desired archive and browses to content. This helps in keeping the page clean.
Full Page Without Sidebar
Jenny offers you a full-width page template without the sidebar. It should come handy in creating distraction-free special pages. Use custom styles to unleash the potential of this page template.
Related Posts Thumbnails
To help you engage your readers, the post pages showcase related posts based on the tags of the post. These are displayed with thumbnails at the end of posts.
The theme can be easily customized using the theme options page in your WordPress admin. The options page allows you to set your Twitter and Facebook profiles along with a custom feed URL. You can also remove the extra feeds such as for categories and tags here. It also allows you to add web analytics code and ads on post pages.
With Jenny, you can start showing ads on posts pages without the need for any plug-ins. Just paste the code in theme options page. It’s a very basic arrangement, but should be more than sufficient for most users.
Jenny makes sure that your website confirms with the basic SEO requirements. All pages with duplicate content have have a “No Index” tag to prevent being added on search engines. However, it’s highly recommended to use a good SEO plug-in to help improve your website’s search engine ranking.
The theme supports two custom navigation menus–one for the header and the other for the footer. Use WordPress’ navigation settings page to create and assign the menus for the respective positions.
Basic WordPress Features
It supposts custom header and custom background functions. You can set a header image or text easily.
Custom CSS Styles
Jenny comes with some pre-configured CSS styles that will help users to enhance the content on their blogs and websites. However, you must know basic HTML for using these styles. You can also use your own CSS styles by saving them in the Jenny Theme Options page’s Custom CSS Styles box.
.intro, .intro1, .intro2, .intro3 : These classes can be used for writing intros in the post or highlighting some text inside the copy. Intro1, Intro2 and Intro3 offer you plenty of choices.
.half1, .half2 : Use these classes to divide the content area into two. Use half1 for the first column and half2 for the second.
.third1, .third2, .third3 : Use these classes to divide the area into three columns. Third1 for the first column and so on.
.quarter1, .quarter2., quarter3, .quarter4 : Use these classes to divide the area into four parts; .quarter1 for the first column and so on.
.column : To ensure that there’s no error due to floating columns, wrap all your column divisions in a division with
Supports All Major Browsers
It works with all versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera web browsers. It doesn’t ignore the devil–Internet Explore. The theme’s design doesn’t break in IE6 and it’s higher versions. The theme uses valid HTML and CSS.
If you find this theme useful, do care to send a few dollars via PayPal to pritam [AT] speckygeek.com. That will keep me motivated enough to continue working on the theme and improve it further. Also, spread the word about it on Twitter, Facebook and other places.
Version 1.5 (15 November 2010)
- Contact page added.
- Upgraded to latest WordPress layout tags.
- Improved theme options page.
Version 1.4 (19 October 2010)
- Fixes error in theme options page.
- CSS validated.
- Other minor glitches fixed.
Version 1.3 (16 October 2010)
- Error with comment avatar fixed.
- Comment form made more customizable by using comment_form tag.
WordPress Consultation: Due to the large number of queries and support requests that I receive, I will be able to answer only a few of them. If you want a guaranteed reply, please avail of my cost-effective WordPress website and theme consultation service, just $25 an hour. Write to me at pritam [AT] speckygeek.com.
Add Missing Characters in Gnuolane
Are you looking for the missing characters in the Gnuolane font? Jeff Navarro offered us the following solution to add basic latin and other characters.
What we are going to do is re-compile the embedded font, and include the correct characters this time.
- Get free version of Gnuolane from http://www.dafont.com/gnuolane.font and download it to your hard drive.
- Go to http://cufon.shoqolate.com/generate/
- In the “Regular Typeface” field, browse to your newly downloaded Gnuolane file (there is only one weight in this free font, so ignore the other 3 variants). The file name should be “gnuolane free.ttf”
- Important: Where it next says “Use the following value as the font-family of the generated font (optional)”…..that is not optional for us. Enter “Gnuolane” (without quotes).
- Make sure the box is checked for “EULA allows embedding”, i.e., yes, you have permission to do this.
- Check only the boxes for “Basic Latin” (the default) and “WordPress Punctuation” (very important!). You may check any other boxes if you are sure you want those extra characters, but I cannot confirm Gnuolane has all of them. Don’t check more than you know that you need, or else your new font file will be unnecessarily large.
- Any other settings can remain at the default unless you are sure you want to change them. Check the final box (acknowledge Terms)
- Click “Let’s Do This” and download the file to your hard drive.
- Rename your newly downloaded file to “Gnuolane.font.js” if necessary.
- Upload this Gnuolane.font.js file to blogroot/wp-content/themes/jenny/includes/js (replacing the same-named file already there)