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  1. 1
    Patrick Says:

    I installed the theme and get the email message:

    A user tried to go to\\\’\\\’ and received a 404 (page not found) error. It wasn’t their fault, so try fixing it.

  2. 2
    keith Says:

    Hi Patrick,

    That message is there to inform you when someone clicks a broken link on your blog.

    There should be one more line in the error message that says:

    They came from

    You might try going to that page and checking for a broken link.

    Let me know if the problem persists.

  3. 3
    Evan Says:

    Very sharp theme. Love it. This seems to be the one them I have,though, that doesn’t work with Guestbook Generator. With this theme, my Guestbook page appears blank (aside from the message asking people to sign the guestbook). None of the entries appear. If I switch to another theme, the guestbook entries reappear. Any ideas? Thanks.

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    Evan Says:

    Figured out my problem. I needed to reselect “Guestbook” in the right hand column under “Page Template” on the “Write Page” part of the admin area. Not sure why it showed in the other templates without doing this.

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    keith Says:

    Hi Evan,

    Thanks for the compliment.

    Glad to see you got the guestbook problem resolved. Strange it was showing in the other templates.

    Let me know if you have any other problems.

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    Caledonia Says:

    This layout is absolutely beautiful and just what I was looking for in a Christmas theme. Thank you so much!

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    Julie Says:

    I adore your new Christmas theme for wordpres! It is SO gorgeous!! I am using it on my site right now. Thank you for making this theme!! It is stunning! I just love the way it looks on my site.

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    Keith Says:

    To Caledonia,

    Thank you for the compliment! I also read what you said about Vermilion Christmas on your blog. I appreciate that as well!

    To Julie,

    Thank you for the exuberant compliments! BTW - I like the way you did your site title and domain name. Pretty cool.

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    beth Says:

    I love this theme, but I’m waiting on you adding more since a friend is using this one. :)

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    Keith Says:

    Well then you’re in luck. I’m releasing a new one later today.

    The appearance is very different from Vermilion Christmas - it’s simpler. But I think the overall design is a little better than VC.

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    Nate Says:

    Love this design. I just barely got my site going, so a Christmas theme would be my very first theme. I was looking for the perfect one, and yours was it! It’s great to be able to give the site a Christmas theme and keep it looking great at the same time. But since I just started the site, I’m still looking for a main year-round theme. Have you done any more that aren’t Christmas themed? I’ve looked through tons of Wordpress themes, and can’t find one that looks as good as this. And heaven forbid I should create my own. (It wouldn’t be pretty.)

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    Keith Says:

    Hi Nate,

    I’m happy you like the theme and I appreciate your comments - thank you!

    At the moment, the only publicly available themes I’ve designed are Vermilion Christmas and this one. So, no I haven’t designed any that aren’t Christmas themed.

    I may design some standard themes sometime in the future.

    A few people seem to really like this theme. I suppose, if people are interested, I could design a version of the theme that isn’t Christmasy. We could keep the same general layout, but remove the Christmas trees and maybe change the color scheme.

    Let me know what you think.

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    Caledonia Says:

    If your looking for hints… I’d love a winter, snowy theme for after Christmas!

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    Nate Says:

    Quote from Keith: “I suppose, if people are interested, I could design a version of the theme that isn’t Christmasy. We could keep the same general layout, but remove the Christmas trees and maybe change the color scheme.”

    Yeah, that would be great! In fact, I was trying to do that very thing. I was taking all the graphics of your theme into photoshop, and trying to do the same design with a different color scheme that’s not themed for any season, but I just don’t have the skilzz :-( . Anyway, I think that’s a great idea. Exact same theme, just different colors, and design on top. I wish I had the skills necessary, I’d try to do some and submit them to you, but I’m just not that good.

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    Nate Says:

    In fact, you could really hit it big with a whole year theme package. You should do one for all the seasons/holidays/whatnot, and release it as a whole theme package. I think you’re on to something here. Simply because judging from the quality of this theme, you do much better work than any of the themes I’ve seen on the wordpress community theme viewer. I’ve honestly looked through them all, trying to find one I like, and yours tops them all.

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    Keith Says:


    I think you must be able to read minds. ‘Cause I was just thinking about doing something like this. Not necessarily a “theme package” but doing a theme for each season and themes for several holidays. And I like Caledonia’s idea of doing a snowy winter theme.

    Keep the feedback coming. This is very helpful.

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    Nate Says:

    I agree that Calendonia’s idea is good too for all those folks who would like a wintery theme, but don’t celebrate christmas. (I guess, if you really want to join the PC club.)

    Where did you learn to create the themes, do you have a great deal of background in css, and web design in general?

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    Keith Says:

    The Christmas season lasts 1 month whereas winter lasts several. So it just makes sense to have a general winter theme. Political correctness? I hadn’t really thought of it like that. I am definitely a “Merry Christmas” type of guy. :)

    As for learning to design themes, I just kind of picked it up. I have no official training in css or web design or anything like that. But I’ve owned many websites and I’ve always created my own designs.

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    Nate Says:

    Cool, well you do a great job. And yeah, the winter theme would more be for the reason you mentioned, but I get yelled at for not being PC all the time, so I guess that’s just another little reason. I too am a “Merry Christmas” type of guy.

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    Gina Says:

    Beautiful theme. Thank you so much! :)

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    cooper Says:

    I am using it but I have the same problem,

    I installed it last night and this morning I have over two hundred emails most of them saying this
    ” from Wonderland or Not hide details 12:57 am (11 hours ago)
    Wonderland or Not ,
    date Dec 9, 2006 12:57 AM
    subject Bad Link To /wp-content/plugins/broadcastyourself/broadcastyourself.js
    mailed-by —–I took this out but it is my host—
    A user tried to go to —– and received a 404 (page not found) error. It wasn’t their fault, so try fixing it.ftp://wonderla@– number—”

    I’m confused because there is no such link on my blog( to user plugins broadcast me etc etc). Some of the emails list other links but this is the most prevelant. It is odd because routinely I only get fifty hits overnight and I have revieved hundreds of these and they keep on coming.

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    cooper Says:

    it is the most aesthetically pleasing Christmas theme out there though so I hate to remove it.

  23. 23
    cooper Says:

    Sorry you can delete the above comments.
    I had over two thousand emails most eluding to the broadcast you php… I know that I don’t get 2000 hits in ten hours so finally i just deleted the broadcast plugin as when I followed the links on the plugin itself the pages were gone or hacked.

    So far it has been fifteen minutes without an email and that has been the longest so far so I am going to assume that was the problem.

    Thank you for a gorgeous template.


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    Mike Says:

    Excellent theme! Just one quirk I found. If you enable widgets for the sidebars, all the title underlines disappear. I did a little digging and found you had specified the underline as ‘.space’ in the CSS file, however when widgets are on, the titles don’t have that attribute (obivously)

    I solved the problem by adding the space CSS to the #sidebar ul CSS section so it now looks like this:

    #sidebar ul {
    list-style-type: none;
    margin-left: 0px;
    padding-left: 0px;
    margin-top: 0px;
    margin-bottom: 16px;
    background-image: url(images/sidebar-underline.gif);
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-position: left top;
    padding-top: 2px;

    Now it works great. An excellent theme! Now I just need to figure out why IE7 doesn’t ‘expand’ the page for Live Comment Preview. Works in Firefox. Go figure.

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    Keith Says:

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the comments. I’m glad you like it!

    Although the missing title underline isn’t really a quirk - I made a conscious decision to remove them when widgets are enabled.

    The problem is with IE6. Creating the .space style was the only way I could get the underlines to show up consistently in IE6.

    The way you styled #sidebar ul works great in Firefox and IE7, but if you check it in IE6, you’ll see that on some titles the underline appears and on others it doesn’t. IE6 frequently has problems like that.

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    Mike Says:

    Figures - I had upgraded to IE7 and happily left IE6 behind. Hopefully everyone else follows suit! Of course they really need to be using Firefox :)

    Its amazing how badly IE6 handled CSS.

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    gutielua Says:

    I have problems with the images using the wordpress plugin “photopress” if you select one image on my post. The page appears with error.

    Please help me!

    Tnx in advance :

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    Keith Says:

    This isn’t something that Vermilion Christmas should have any affect on. I’ll look into it further to figure out what the problem may be.

  29. 29
    Keith Says:


    I just looked at your site and the plugin appears to be working now. Did you figure out what was causing the problem?

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    gutielua Says:

    Tnx Keith!

    Something strange happends I don’t know why…

    By the way i have a little question, why the post doesn’t accept the tag [div] [/div], the images appers to left and not centered.



    p.d. 1 your theme rocks!!

    p.d. 2 may you can add the snow effect also on your themes.

  31. 31
    Keith Says:

    Well I’m glad it’s working now. As for your question - I answered it here:

  32. 32
    Jenn Says:

    I love this theme. Thanks for doing the work and sharing it with us all. Merry Christmas and God bless!

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    Keith Says:

    You’re welcome Jenn - Merry Christmas!

  34. 34

    A nice theme. I had to do a little tweaking of the sidebar to get the navigation I wanted (I prefer to have my links in categories, but it can be done without too much editing). There was also a minor issue with the count-down on my server, so I removed it (also the theme will be active until January 6, so having “-12 days to Christmas” may look a little odd ;-) ).

    With regard to the e-mailing of 404s, that - as far as I can see - can be disabled by editing the 404.php-file (basically removing the commands that trigger the server to e-mail you) - if you are a private blogger, it’s not essential to be alerted. I assume that the function is there for the sake of commercial users who need to know if something on their page is broken.

    I should perhaps end by noting that this part of the world (Västerbotten, North Sweden) is without snow this December. First time in 50 years according to the meteorologists. The reindeers are not happy.

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    gutieua Says:


    I found a small bug on this theme works fine for Internet Explorer 6 and Firefox, but not for IE7:

    For IE6 & Firefox:

    For IE7:

    Also, the plugin photopress not works fine if your are logged on the blog, if you log out the plugin works fine again.

    Also, what i need to do to remove the underline on blog title and title post?


  36. 36

    I’ve installed the theme but the left-hand column shows up at the very bottom of my blog page. I cannot figure out what is causing it. I even did a ‘test’ post with zero pictures or anything that may cause the margins to be off-kilter and looked at it in a window by itself and still the lefthand sidebar sits at the bottom of the page. Can you help me?

    PS This is one of the prettiest templates I’ve ever seen. Gorgeous!

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    Keith Says:


    I will probably take the 404 broken link alerts out in the next update.

  38. 38
    Keith Says:


    I am aware of this bug. But, I’ve only seen it occur when your browser’s bookmarks are open. In fact, if you “drag” the bookmarks left and right you’ll see the bug disappear and reappear as you drag. I think this is actually a problem with the way IE renders CSS, but I will attempt to fix it in the next update. I’ve also seen this occur in IE6.

  39. 39
    Keith Says:


    I take it you’re using IE6? That browser has all sorts of problems with rendering all-CSS designs. I tested this theme pretty thoroughly in IE6 to avoid these types of problems, but unfortunately it still occurs occasionally.

    Try this to fix it:

    1. Open style.css

    2. Find #sidebar

    3. Add clear: left;

    Hopefully this will fix the problem. Let me know how it goes.

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    Mike Says:

    Just my 2 cents but I like the 404 not found alerts. Sometimes you don’t realize you included a bad link. Maybe just include an option or easy way to disable it but would hate to see it removed entirely, though at some point I’d guess it should be a plugin, not part of a theme (I haven’t Googled - I expect a plugin like that has already been written)

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    Keith Says:


    Thanks for sharing your opinion on the 404 alerts.

    And you know what? I completely forgot about this… there already is a way to easily disable the 404 alerts. You just delete the file named 404.php. That’s all you have to do and the 404 alerts will stop.

    I designed Vermilion Christmas to work just fine without 404.php, I just forgot to tell people that. :mrgreen:

    The only downside is that the file not found message is not as friendly to visitors.

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    That totally fixed it! You’re a saint. Not only did you create this awesome theme, but you also support it. That fix is probably something should already know but I’m not very well versed in blog design/programming. Thanks so much!

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    Sirdar Says:

    I really like the vibrant colours. I am using it for the holidays. I am not hosting…yet but do you have any plans to make the theme without the trees? That way someone could use it all year round.

    I just read some more comments and I see that others have asked that same question. Hope you do make this and others like it. You’ve done a great job!!

    Also, how would I get my profile on the sidebar?

    Great theme!!

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    Nate Says:

    You should set up some way for users to donate a little cash or something. I don’t know about others, but this is a great theme, you support it well, and I’d throw down a few bucks to say thanks. ;-)

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    Nate Says:

    p.s. I forgot, is there a way I can subscribe to these comments? I’d love to keep updated.

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    Nate Says:

    Don’t mean to post so many times in a row, but my theme just broke. In IE6, the footer seems to be completely gone now. No login links or anything. In Firefox, the whole background has gone green! And the footer is missing. See This is nuts, I didn’t really change anything. I was trying out an IM wrapper, but all I did was make a test post, and paste a link in the post. Then it was messed up. So deleted the post, and it’s still messed up! Hmm…

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    Nate Says:

    Ok, now I’m just cluttering up your comments. Sorry for that. Just wanted to let you know I fixed my previous problem. It had nothing to do with the IM wrapper I tried out. Previous to that I was trying out a plugin, and had pasted a little bit of code in the side bar. After deciding I didn’t like the plugin, I deactivated the plugin, but forgot to delete the bit of code from the sidebar. I deleted the code, and it’s back to normal. Sorry again for cluttering the comments!

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    Blips Says:

    Thanks for a great theme, the only widget ready theme for christmas I like.

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    Keith Says:

    I’m glad you like the theme. I’ve noticed the comments from other WordPress users and I’m thinking of releasing a none-seasonal version of this theme. But if I do create one there’s no guarantee that it will be available on That’s up to Matt Mullenweg. About the profile in the sidebar - are you referring to the author description?

    I really appreciate the donation suggestion, but it’s not necessary. :)
    To subscribe to the comments just use this feed. About the plugin problem - I’ve made that exact same mistake a few times myself. But what’s really ugly is when you make a mistake that causes the entire blog to seemingly disappear with nothing left but a completely blank screen. I’ve done that as well.

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    Nate Says:

    Thanks Keith, yeah, finally woke up to the whole RSS world. Just slow to catch on I guess. A blank screen! Wow, how’d you pull that off?

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    guppyman Says:

    My wife has been using this theme thru the Christmas season, but the bug for change is starting to hit her… I am thrilled you are thinking about a non-Christmasy option… Can’t wait to see what you do…

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    Jef Elf Says:

    I really like the theme, however I have a problem when trying to add the shoutbox plugin to the sidebar ( The comment box protrudes in to the post area on the right. I am not sure if the shoutbox was specifically designed for the right hand side, but editing the php of the shoutbox attributes does not fix the problem. I had your theme installed on my site ( but had to remove it due to this problem.

  53. 53
    Jef Elf Says:

    I really hope that you can help since my site is Christmas themed. thanks much for sharing this gorgeous theme.

  54. 54
    Keith Says:

    Hi Jef,

    This should fix your problem…

    Open wp-shoutbox.php

    Scroll down almost to the very bottom where you see this:

    /* CSS for shoutbox */
    div #shoutbox {
    overflow: auto;
    height: 30em;
    border-top: 1px solid #999999;
    border-left: 1px solid #999999;
    border-right: 1px solid #ccc;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc;
    margin-top: .5em;
    margin-bottom: .5em;

    Just below that, add this:

    #shoutform input {
    width: 120px;
    #shoutform textarea {
    width: 150px;

    Hope that helps :)

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    Jef Elf Says:

    That worked just great! thanks much!

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    Nate Says:

    Hey Jef Elf,
    I was just looking at your site, and noticed that your sidebar is pushed all the way to the bottom. I once had this problem, and Keith posted a fix to it a little ways up in the comments. Just do the following:

    1. Open style.css

    2. Find #sidebar

    3. Add clear: left;

    It fixed it for me. Just thought it might help you out.

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    Jef Elf Says:

    that looks a lot better - thanks again for the top-notch service and for such a great theme for my site.

    I swapped out the main-menu.gif with the one from your other Christmas theme since I thought it added a little extra christmas feeling to the menu.

  58. 58
    Keith Says:

    Thanks for helping Jef Elf out with the sidebar! :)

  59. 59
    Nate Says:

    No prob, you already provide such great support.

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    Jef Elf Says:

    As I said above, I switched the main-menu.gif, and up until today it was aligned properly, but now it is knocked to the left. Can you please take a look and see what I need to add to my css or whatever to get it to be centered, and not over to the left?

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    Jef Elf Says:

    I don’t know if it was the cause of the main-menu.gif moving, but I upgraded to 2.0.7 today, and noticed the fact that it was not centered adter the upgrade. The only files I replaced were the affected ones in the upgrade:

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    Keith Says:

    Those files probably didn’t cause it. Have you added anything new to the sidebar? At the moment, I’m not sure what could be causing that. I looked at your site a couple of days ago and, like you said, it looked just fine. I’ll look into it some more.

  63. 63
    Keith Says:

    When did you add the King Pages Widget? I noticed that it has an html error in it that might be causing the problem. It’s an unclosed h2 tag. It seems to be messing up the appearance of everthing in the sidebar after the error. For example, notice how the font for the “pages” links has changed to Georgia. They are suppose to be Verdana. In IE the error is more obvious and even seems to be affecting the footer.

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    Keith Says:

    I also just noticed that at the beginning of the sidebar there are <ul></ul> tags immediately after the first ul tag. Those shouldn’t be there. They may also be responsible for messing up the main menu image. Click the “Valid XHTML” link at the bottom of your page and you’ll see there are quite a few possibilities for what’s causing the problem.

  65. 65
    Jef Elf Says:

    I disabled almost all of the widgets, replaced the sidebar.php and footer.php with brand new fresh versions, disabled a lot of the plugins that were causing xhtml errors, but am still seeing the main-menu.gif knocked to the left.

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    Jef Elf Says:

    I have it down to 0 xhtml errors, and the main-menu.gif is still knocked to the left. Sorry to spam your comments, but I would appreciate any help you might be able to give me.

  67. 67
    Keith Says:

    I’m not sure what to tell you. I just checked your site again using multiple browsers and 2 different computers and the main-menu.gif looked absolutely perfect in all of them.

    What browser are you using?

  68. 68
    Jef Elf Says:

    oops- erased the cache and it looks great once again… I will be sure to check xhtml validation after adding any plugins from now on. thanks again for the great service and themes.

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    natalie Says:

    Beautiful template. I downloaded it with no problem. Thanks so much!

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    Ken Says:

    I enjoy the Vermilion Christmas WordPress theme very much.

    Could you please apply your creativity to the Valentines Day holiday and come up with a Valentines Day theme by, say, early January?

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    Sexy Sadie Says:

    Are any newer version of this one.

  72. 72
    Keith Says:

    Yes, Vermilion Christmas has just been updated. :)

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