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Notepad Chaos 2.1 Coming Soon


I’m doing a round of fixes and updates for this theme which should be live here soon. I’ll also be applying some of the same edits to the Desktop Chaos theme (since they’re 90% the same). Check back for updates here in the coming week.

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“Notepad Chaos 2.1 Coming Soon”

  1. Avatar May 28th, 2010 at 10:05 pm Linda Says:

    Hello, I’m using your theme on one of my blogs and I love it. Really its a lot of fun and makes me feel like i’m doing a hard copy journal. I was wondering if it’s possible to change the background for the seasons? Is this allowed? If so how would I do this. Thanks for any help. Your art work is beautiful

  2. Avatar May 29th, 2010 at 1:40 pm Bob Says:

    Love the theme. Maybe a way to control the arrangement of the widgets more?

  3. Avatar June 3rd, 2010 at 2:33 pm Leonie Says:

    I absolutely love this theme. Is there anyway of making the website look the same as you make the web browser smaller? As I noticed that when you do this, everything bunches up.

  4. Avatar June 6th, 2010 at 12:07 pm Candice Says:


    Great theme, bit i’ve got one slight question.
    How do you add more elements to Pages?


  5. Avatar June 9th, 2010 at 6:24 am :: g3n :: Says:

    great…i am waiting for the new updates..=]

  6. Avatar June 22nd, 2010 at 9:03 pm Kelly Says:

    Is there a way to move posts to an archives page so that only the most recent remain on the home page?

  7. Avatar June 27th, 2010 at 12:41 pm Thomas Says:

    Any news on the time frame of when 2.1 is coming out?

  8. Avatar June 29th, 2010 at 8:03 am Arman Says:

    Evan, i like your theme very much. I just wanna ask, in your plan to update this theme, is that any customization to control display the recent post? if we can control how many post should be shown in recent posts, it will be more awesome.. Thanks you !

  9. Avatar June 30th, 2010 at 3:44 pm Claudia Says:

    This is a awsome theme!!!!Congratulations for it ;)

  10. Avatar July 15th, 2010 at 1:55 am janet Says:

    Hello, I find this the most beautiful theme, one question, how do I add a quick email subscribe to my blog???

  11. Avatar July 19th, 2010 at 6:02 am Stephen Marcus Says:

    Evan love your theme, and my mother is using it for her blog.

    Here is a bug fix to incorporate into 2.1: when dates are from previous years right now the year does not display, which is a little confusing. Replacing the content of the date-tab div in all the files with the following results in a display of “full version of month name / date” for the current year (as now) and “short version of month name + date / year” for previous years (e.g. “Dec 14 / 2009″):

  12. Avatar July 19th, 2010 at 6:19 am Stephen Marcus Says:

    oh, I guess the html/php did not render for obvious reasons!

    trying again with it escaped:

    <div class="date-tab"><span class="month"><?php if (date("Y")==get_the_date(‘Y’)) {the_time(‘F’);} else {the_time(‘M’); echo " "; the_time(‘j’);} ?></span><span class="day"><?php date("Y")!=get_the_date(‘Y’)?the_time(‘Y’):the_time(‘j’); ?></span></div>

  13. Avatar September 1st, 2010 at 11:27 am tho Says:

    Hey, i tried a 2 column modification

    now ill wait for 2.1 to remove the pages Postit!

  14. Avatar September 2nd, 2010 at 8:38 am Alex Says:

    I really like this layout! Can I use it on blogger too?

  15. Avatar September 2nd, 2010 at 10:26 am tho Says:

    yes, for sure – i will modify 2.1 as soon as i get the timeslot!

  16. Avatar September 4th, 2010 at 8:00 pm Amanda Says:

    I too am wondering about displaying the year on the posts tab. I’m also having a bit of trouble doing any sort of customizing (or just plain editing content) to the right sidebar. When I access my widgets, it shows the right sidebar as completely empty – yet clearly it is being displayed.

    I enjoy this theme very much, I just need a bit of assistance in making sure it works best with my site’s purposes.

    Thanks! :)

  17. Avatar September 5th, 2010 at 12:00 am tho Says:

    Hi Amanda – you can find the Code in Columns.php

    <a href="”>



    I also tried to change the BG- but the graphic on the top it is on the same Layer which makes it abit difficult.

    Anyway- i hope that helps!

  18. Avatar September 5th, 2010 at 12:06 am tho Says:

    Oh im sorry – code wont dislpay:
    just edit columns.php andsearch for

    span class=”listMeta”
    php the_time(‘G:i’)
    php the_time(‘F’)
    php the_time(‘j’)
    php the_time(‘Y’)


  19. Avatar September 7th, 2010 at 10:20 pm Amanda Says:

    @tho – Thanks so much for your help, but I feel like I’m in a bit over my head here! It’s probably scary how little I know about this, but honestly…I’m not really sure where to even find the columns.php. Knowing that, if I’m too much of a novice to make this change I promise I can take the truth! :)

    Thanks again!

  20. Avatar September 8th, 2010 at 5:33 am Amber Says:

    Put this theme on a friends ‘blogger’ blog. Date is showing as undefined. Tried all things suggested, but still not working. What to do?

  21. Avatar September 15th, 2010 at 12:55 pm Unapologetically Mundane Says:

    Veeeeeeeery cool and professional-looking theme. I’m dying for the new release with threaded comments!

  22. Avatar September 20th, 2010 at 12:58 am orjin krem Says:

    I really like this layout! Can I use it on blogger too?

  23. Avatar September 23rd, 2010 at 5:53 am Claudia Says:

    I use this wonderful template for my “Blogger”blog, but I can’t show the post’s date!
    There’s the word “Undefined” and not the post’s date!

    (Sorry for my awful English…)

  24. Avatar October 6th, 2010 at 9:57 am Robert Says:

    This was exactly the theme I was looking for. Can’t wait for your updates to come out…

  25. Avatar October 9th, 2010 at 11:00 am Birgitte Necessary Says:

    How do I add text (or ads etc) under the Categories postit note. When I add a text widget it displays WAY at the bottom of the page and I’d love to have it display right under the Categories post it so people can see it without having to scroll way down. Thanks! Love the theme!!!

  26. Avatar October 11th, 2010 at 7:30 am Mon Says:

    this is a beautiful theme!! i love it and it was exactly what i was looking for. if i have issues with css or need some advice, can you offer that as support?

  27. Avatar October 17th, 2010 at 1:07 pm Ada Says:

    I use this wonderful template for my “Blogger”blog, but I can’t show the post’s date!
    There’s the word “Undefined” and not the post’s date!
    I need help to fix this error by being wordpress theme, the blogger must be suppressed. But the blog does it all work correctly with this template. Only the date is uncertain.

  28. Avatar October 26th, 2010 at 10:32 am Tephra Says:

    I installed the OpenID plugin for WordPress, how do I get the option to use OpenID for comments to show up in this layout? I have less than 24 hours experience with WP but am unafraid to make changes if I have clear instructions. :)

  29. Avatar November 6th, 2010 at 11:11 am Kat Says:


    I downloaded your awesome theme to use for my school blog. SOmehow I deleted the information in the What is this space? field in the right column. I keep trying to play around with it to fix it. I can’t seem to access that space to write something in it. It is now just the sentence WHat is this space? with nothing written below. HOw can I write in that space. I appreciate your help. Thank YOu

  30. Avatar December 3rd, 2010 at 2:34 am david Says:

    Can you please convert this theme to work on SMF? It would be awesome to have it for SMF 1.1.x and SMF 2.0

  31. Avatar December 13th, 2010 at 12:00 pm Patrick Says:

    will 2.1 be released?

  32. Avatar December 15th, 2010 at 1:22 pm JoãoBrasileiro Says:

    Please, what is the widget that you used for the banner. I’m not able to install any plug-ins will be accepted.

  33. Avatar December 29th, 2010 at 10:04 pm Cherrish Says:

    Hello! I am in love with this design, but I’m new to wordpress and I’m having trouble making this my theme. I downloaded it to my desktop and copied the CSS, but all it shows is the blue background, no graphics of any kind. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you!

  34. Avatar January 27th, 2011 at 1:01 am Dawn Says:

    When I add anything to Column 2, the recent posts starts in column 3 at the end of where column 2 ends. Is there any way to fix this? I really LOVE this theme and don’t want have to change it.

    Thanks for any help!

  35. Avatar February 2nd, 2011 at 12:33 pm van Says:

    hi…i love the design of your template. in fact im using it on my blog and i get good comments about it. the only problem i have is that it doesnt show the little share buttons (twitter, facebook, etc) beside the comments link..

    maybe i just deleted some information..but id really like to know how to show that on the page..

    thanks for any help!!

  36. Avatar March 9th, 2011 at 7:11 pm Слава Says:

    очень красивый дизайн

  37. Avatar March 11th, 2011 at 8:13 am Abigail Says:

    Thanks for this wonderful theme! I get so many complements on it (and I always give credit where credit is due.) I can’t wait ’till the update comes out!

    Thanks so much!

  38. Avatar April 2nd, 2011 at 7:31 pm Beth Says:

    How do you keep the number of blog posts showing on your welcome page limited (like showing just the most recent 3-5), instead of showing all of them that you’ve written?

  39. Avatar April 4th, 2011 at 12:09 pm Paula MacGregor Says:

    really lovely looking design, but I cannot figure out how to use it with WordPress – such a shame as I cannot find anything else I like.

  40. Avatar May 28th, 2011 at 7:21 am Beth Jones Says:

    Hi, I’ve posted several times here to try to get help with this theme. How do I get my Aweber form at the top of the page and how do I limit the blog posts showing on the first page to just 5 instead of 10? Please email me or post here! Thanks.

  41. Avatar June 15th, 2011 at 6:17 am Martin Lér Says:

    Would you be so kind and can you prepare your theme to be localizable? It’s quite painfull to replace all textfields again and again.

    If you can get (i’m not sure if it’s easily possible) date/time localization from WP, it would be very kind too.

    BTW you should set comment field as tabindex 5, not 1. After tabing from website field now it jumps to search field instead of comment field.

  42. Avatar June 15th, 2011 at 12:33 pm Melissa Vigil Says:


    I’m using your Notepad Chaos them on my blog through edublogs. I accidently deleted the page that was connected to “What is this place?” How do I direct a new page to that area? Right now it is blank and I would like to have a that filled in.

  43. Avatar July 6th, 2011 at 2:43 pm Ian Says:

    Love this theme.

    I made some great hacks to it so that the first bit of article is only 400px wide, and anything below the second column stretches out to 610px so there’s not a lot of white space on the right down below.

    It’s on the comedy site of Deb Aronin, (no, it’s not porn, it’s comedy)

    I absolutely positioned the side columns and relatively positioned the container:

    #container {
    position: relative;
    height: 239px;
    margin: 0 auto;
    width: 960px;

    .side-columns {

    Then added a tranparent.png image to each tempate file (index.php, home.php, single.php, page.php) right below the “column 101″ div:

    <img src="” class=”col-1CheatImg” align=”right” />


    I also modifed all the fonts using Google’s font APIs to make the whole site look hand-written along with a few other design changes. More to come.

    Thanks for your great theme!

  44. Avatar July 6th, 2011 at 2:44 pm Ian Says:

    Oh, the cheat img css:

    .col-1CheatImg {
    margin:0 0 20px 20px;

  45. Avatar July 7th, 2011 at 11:45 pm Torsten Says:


    I Want to use the Geolocation Plugin but seems not working with this great theme. Has anyone ever made this work?

  46. Avatar August 4th, 2011 at 11:37 pm Surfia Says:

    Really nice template! Looking forward to the 2.1 release.

  47. Avatar August 10th, 2011 at 12:30 am jacob Says:

    cool :-B

  48. Avatar September 15th, 2011 at 6:59 am sabine Says:

    hi there! I love this theme but it seems I am to “stupid” to use it for my blog – I just started a blog and I am not used in this things – what a pitty! but really, great work!!! best regards from spain, sabine

  49. Avatar October 6th, 2011 at 4:23 pm VANESSA LANE Says:

    I’m a grandma & a little naive as to how use this…perhaps a quick tutorial might help me…anyone? i do love what I see so far…

  50. Avatar October 20th, 2011 at 1:10 pm Jaime | FlatKnees and Fotography Says:

    I LOVE this theme. Great work, it’s amazing. I don’t use WordPress but I still love it.

  51. Avatar October 21st, 2011 at 1:00 am Roelof Wobben Says:

    I love this theme but I wonder why I can’t take care that on different posts on a page are displayed.

    I hope someone can help me.
    For me this is a stopper for suing wordpress on my site.


  52. Avatar December 2nd, 2011 at 1:37 pm Draste Says:

    updates for 3.2.1 and higher will come?

  53. Avatar January 15th, 2012 at 8:18 am atanasia Says:

    i love this theme and i use this in my blog.
    Wish the new version will come

  54. Avatar January 17th, 2012 at 9:08 am mgl Says:

    Estoy esperando ansiosamente esos cambios. Saludos

  55. Avatar January 22nd, 2012 at 11:47 am blackrose Says:

    wonderfull theme, I use it, but can I personalize the font of “what is this place” box? I want tahoma, like text.
    Thank you

  56. Avatar February 4th, 2012 at 9:47 am ste Says:

    thanks!!! GRAZIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  57. Avatar March 6th, 2012 at 10:44 pm Võ Quốc An Says:

    Do you have any theme for blogspot of google?

  58. Avatar April 17th, 2012 at 7:41 am Brooke Chao Says:

    Found this beautiful theme and installed it. My only complaint is that it has an archives.php template, but it doesn’t appear to work! When I go to, all I get is a 404 error, despite having *years* of posts.

  59. Avatar April 22nd, 2012 at 10:58 am vasjot Says:

    how do you use this theme to put it on the blog

  60. Avatar April 22nd, 2012 at 10:58 am vasjot Says:

    how do you use this theme to put it on the blog

  61. Avatar April 30th, 2012 at 1:10 pm spitt10 Says:

    Hi Evan,

    I’ve just downloaded your theme and like it very much. I can’t see how to edit the text in the ‘What is this place’ menu. Is it also possible to delete it from the homepage if I decide not to use it?

    Many thanks for your help.

  62. Avatar May 9th, 2012 at 11:25 pm Barb Says:

    I have two questions, and I hope you can answer them.

    1) What is this place about?
    From the code, it seems to be something that takes text from the about page (assuming one has created one). Is that correct? If so, that isn’t working. Otherwise, what is supposed to go there?

    2) I had to comment out the meta links in column 3 in the columns.php code. One would just typically delete that widget. However, nothing in the widgets section of WP admin does anything to the 2 columns. If you add widgets, it adds them outside the template, meaning to the right of blog posts in the 2 column sections, but beneath the already established columns designs and content.

    3) I have checked the setting in admin to have posts only have a summary on the home page, but your template still has the full posts. What can we do so that only summary of posts are on the home page? And designate how many characters to make the summaries.

    I am using the latest WP version: 3.3.2
    I don’t have the template live yet as I would like to resolve the above issues.


  63. Avatar May 31st, 2012 at 9:40 am Stephen Bateman Says:

    Can’t wait for it to be released thanks.

  64. Avatar June 24th, 2012 at 8:50 am Nig Says:

    Using it on a multisite installation, I cannot control the columns as there is no access to editing the code. Also, the ‘What Is This Place’ does not use any page content, but remains blank.
    Also, I can’t get rid of the Misc Debris section either. Without some control over the the two columns of widgets, this theme, despite being very good looking, becomes irritating.
    There are many questions in these comments, and I appreciate that you are very busy, but it would be nice to see some answers as well.

  65. Avatar October 9th, 2012 at 10:50 pm Jo Ann Says:

    i really love this theme (notepad v2). just wondering if there was any documents around that you know of to help me make the theme the way i want?

    thanx. also since its been 2 years since v2, i am assuming that there is not going to be a 2.1 ;-)

  66. Avatar October 10th, 2012 at 10:27 am Jo Ann Says:

    Barb, i think you can remove some of the links in that area and replace them with your own. i used this a few years and setting up again now.

    I think i am gonna try and keep a log of the changes i make to the page and post them here if i can

  67. Avatar October 20th, 2012 at 10:24 am Samantha Says:

    I really hope you’ll show some good updates for this theme soon because it really deserves it.

  68. Avatar October 25th, 2012 at 3:14 am sentimancho Says:

    As said by Samantha, this theme is really nice, but 2 years since the last update… Hope the dev. on this theme is still under prograess, I tweak a lot this one on my website.

  69. Avatar October 29th, 2012 at 6:47 am nicetrotter Says:


    I really love your work. When do you plan to release a new version ?
    What about mobile and web responsive versions ?

    Many thanks

  70. Avatar October 30th, 2012 at 3:15 pm Fred Sentimancho Says:

    Very nice blog top header. I love the colors and curves

  71. Avatar October 31st, 2012 at 11:30 am robe de grossesse Says:

    When I shall open my blog, I would not hesitate it is the one who pleases me best

  72. Avatar November 6th, 2012 at 7:20 pm Sarah Says:

    Very nice blog, i love the graphics of your blog and what you do

  73. Avatar November 7th, 2012 at 2:04 am ecole de coiffure Says:

    Really nice template, great blog.

  74. Avatar November 15th, 2012 at 4:42 am constructeur 44 Says:

    beautiful and original template, thanks.

  75. Avatar November 24th, 2012 at 12:10 am gurpreet Says:

    do you have this theme for blogger?

  76. Avatar December 5th, 2012 at 4:52 am nail bar Says:

    Really nice template, great blog. thanks

  77. Avatar December 31st, 2012 at 3:51 am pan Says:

    love your template!

    i would like to add +1 or “like” button in EVERY post.
    I cannot do that, since the +1 or “like” gadget goes at the end of the posts for ALL the blog.

    Any hints on how to do that?

    Thnx a lot!

  78. Avatar February 5th, 2013 at 6:47 pm Sarah Says:

    Hi- ANYONE

    How do you make a website with this?

  79. Avatar February 11th, 2013 at 3:05 am john Says:

    hi Sarah, this is a wordpress theme, so you need to now about wordpress, very easy, use google or youtube.

  80. Avatar February 15th, 2013 at 6:19 am hossein rezaei Says:

    thanks for share it
    please visit my blog

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