PinBlack Theme


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Unashamedly inspired by Pinterest, PinBlack is a new theme which is perfect for photo and product style bogs where the posts are represented on the home and archive pages as thumbnails. The theme is responsive to browser size and will adjust accordingly. Of course it also supports custom menus and all the usual core WordPress features. Posts and static pages have a right aligned sidebar.

UPDATE 26/6/12 – An update to PinBlack was just accepted to the WordPress directory. The update fixes a problem the theme had with resizing in IE and on the iPad.

Charles has been building and promoting websites and services in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and China for nearly 20 years.

18 thoughts on “PinBlack Theme

  1. jen says:

    I and seemingly hundreds of others are having a problem with this theme, a “loading” behind the front page posts (in my case category since I have a static front) – there seems to be no plugin relation…

    1. Charles says:

      HI Jen, can you explain your problem with some more details? I am not sure what you mean. Also can you tell me where I can see the hundreds of other reports of this problem. I havn’t seen those. Thanks.

    2. Dan says:

      Same problem here … “Loading” text and a spinning loading graphic behind the front page posts. I’m in a local dev environment (MAMP) so not sure if that’s an issue.

  2. David says:

    I also have the same Loading graphic behind the thumbnails in the static home page of this theme. I have other sites done earlier in the year and they don’t have the same problem. It is this image: loading.gif that is not closing after the page is loaded.

    1. Kris says:

      I think there is a jQuery conflict. Try to deactivate plugins in your wordpress admin and see what plugin is causing the conflict.

      1. Hi,

        as Jen mentioned it is not related to plugins. Got the same issue on my site, all plugins deactivated.

        It’s a pity as I use this theme since the beginning but this bug annoys so planning to replace the theme


        1. Kris says:

          Ok, here is a simple solution to remove the loading graphic on your site, download Simple Custom CSS wordpress plugin then go to Appearance -> Custom CSS and add this code, #loading{display:none;}

          1. Olaf says:

            Thanks Kris, worked like a charm!

            (hope it didn’t had effect on other parts of the sites though)

  3. steve says:

    Can someone help me? In the main demo i’ve seen of this theme, it show’s different sizes of thumbnails images on the pinboard.
    like in the photo above.

    So please how or where do you change what size is shown for each image? As at the moment their all displaying EXACTLY the same size in a tiny little box, even if the picture is 600px height//width etc.

    I’ve tried changing Settings > Media > from 150px/150px

    i’ve tried selecting post type / image
    i’ve tried setting a featured image within the post… still the same tiny thumbnail view.

    Anyone got any help with this i cannot be the only person who’s noticed all the thumbnails are all the same tiny sizes? Compared to the image above showing this theme off?

    Also does this Spining Gif behind the thumbnails ever stop turning? i noticed there’s so many people who’s mentioned this and the theme’s still available to download with this error?

    1. Charles says:

      Steve, the width of all the thumbnails will always be the same, but the height should change if you are using images of different dimensions, eg. potrait vs landscape. Does that not happen? Can you share a link to your site?

  4. kera says:

    Dear Charles;
    can you tell me, is it possible to demonstrate categories instead of posts?

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Kera, you mean display a grid of categories instead of posts on the home page? There is no template for this, but you could do something like this using the full page template, though you’d need to create your own tiles etc.

  5. kera says:

    Thank Charles,
    yes i mean that, if you have a gallery website, doesn’t it better to show categories instead of posts?
    I don’t know what you mean of full page template, get me some information.

    1. Charles says:

      Right, go it. You can of course create categories for all posts and then link to these from the main menu, but there isn’t a template with this theme that will display a with thumbnails for each category. You could create one, but the theme doesn’t have one included. The home page just shows all the latest posts.

      When you create a page (not a post) you can choose the template that is used for that page (see right hand side of page edit screen) and you could choose the full width template and use that to display tiles which you create to represent each category. You could then set this to be the home page under Settings > Reading.

  6. danny says:

    i do not want ALL of my posts to go on the homepage. can i hide a post from going on the homepage?

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Danny,

      There is not simple way to do this. The only way to achieve this would be to customize the home page template so it only showed posts from a specific category, and then add those home page posts to that category.


  7. Judy Howard says:

    Will there be a future version where there is a sidebar. I know the previous theme did. It would be nice to see a Sidebar feature.


    1. Ed says:

      Hi Judy, this is one of our oldest themes and in all honesty this theme is unlikely to get any further updates. I am personally a fan of the masonry style post layout so I’m sure we’ll do more of these in the future, but based on a more up to date framework. Sorry that’s not what you wanted to hear, I just figure best to be straight up.

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