New Theme: eGamer

Posted on November 10, 2008 by in Theme Additions | 40 comments

I have completed another theme today entitled eGamer (Elegant Gamer). This theme was created with video game bloggers in mind, however, it can certainly be adapted to any niche. Within the theme you will see many features geared towards gamers, however, I have given a lot of control over the theme’s functions via the theme options pages, which makes many of these features optional.

1. Video Embedding/Recent Videos Display

I have added video embedding, which functions similarly to eVid. When you make a post you can add a custom field with your desired video embed code (taken from a video streaming website such as youtube). This video is then displayed on your single post page below the rest of the content in its own box. You will also notice a “Recent Videos” section on the homepage. This sections searches through all of your posts and gathers any post that has a Video custom field. It then automatically displays the most recent video on the homepage. This feature is optional, and can be turned off from within the theme’s options menu.

2. Author Post Ratings/Recent Reviews

Many video game blogs are used to review new games. For this reason I have added a basic author rating system. Whenever you make a post you will notice that a new section has been added below your text editor entitled “eGamer Rating settings.” Within the field just type a number between 0 and 5. Once you assign a rating a star-rating image is generated and placed on your post page below the title. You will also notice a “Recent Reviews” section on the homepage. This box searches through all of your posts and gathers those that have a rating assigned to it, and then displays the most recent 4 posts. This feature can be turned off from within the theme’s options page if you don’t plan to have any review posts.

3. Optional Blog Style Post Layout

Similar to StudioBlue, I have added an optional blog-style post layout. This can be turned on and off from within the theme’s options menu. You can switch back and forth whenever you like.

4. Thumbnail Images

For each post you can assign a single thumbnail image. This thumbnail image is automatically resized, cropped, and paced throughout the blog. Instead of adding a “custom” field I have placed a custom write panel.ย  Whenever you make a post you will see a field below your text editor titled “eGamer Thumbnail Options.” Simply input the full url to your image and save your post to apply a thumbnail.

5. Featured Articles

You can choose featured articles for your blog which will be displayed through a javascript scroller on the homepage. These are set to rotate automatically, and can also be rotated by mouse click.

6. Three-tier Dropdown menu

I added a dropdown menu to the theme, and have also added an additional tier.

7. Advertisement Options

The theme comes with two optional advertisement areas. There are four 125×125 banner image spots that can be displayed in the sidebar, as well as a single 468×60 banner that is displayed at the top of the page. The banner images and URL’s are managed via the theme’s options page, and both nodes can be turned on and off at any time.

To learn more about the theme you can check out the features page, or the live demo. More themes are on the way, stay tuned! I am also looking into bringing some fresh talent to Elegant Themes to help bring a greater variety of style and innovation.

I hope everyone is doing well, as for me, all this talk about video games is making me excited. Time to go buy Fallout 3! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  1. You never fail to amaze me Nick! very very impressive and job well done.

  2. Oops, I think you forgot advertising space and the screenshot you released with this is for studio blue…

  3. Very nice ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like the featured posts slider.

  4. That’s another amazing theme! Congratulations!

  5. Nick you really making great themes. Good luck mate, this is pure genius design you have produced.

  6. thats hellaa NICE!!! Very cool.

  7. @Hollywood

    Thanks for the heads up, I changed the screenshot image from StudioBlue to eGamer. I also added a note above about what advertising options are available with the theme.

  8. looks great and you make them fast ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Oh, it’s wonderfoul! Thank you very much for this masterchief!

  10. Awesome theme, comes right in time as I am about to add anew sub blog on my domain name for Online Games and PC Games stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Silky smooth theme Nick.. U are great designer..

  12. I think the text on the pages are wrong. The heading tag is a bit high and the line spacing of the text could be a bit higher.

    Apart from that an awesome theme and I’ll be joining the club soon!

  13. Hi there.

    I had a question.. I give chmod 777 for “cache” folder, and all files on the wp-content/themes/eGamer/, but where is the problem..

    When I add eGamer thumbnail on the news, this file called thimthumb don’t generate me images. It’s possible, that will be fault my websever ?

  14. You are absolutely amazing!

  15. @Adam, please use the support forum for support issues. There are a number of things that could fix the problem, but I need more information. Please post your URL on the forums.

  16. Hey Nick,

    this theme will be featured on the site for sure! What a great piece of art. Congratulations on your success.


  17. i dont understand how can i add the feature option and video !

  18. For full installation instructions please refer to the readme file that came with the theme. In the future, please post support questions on the forums.

  19. Amazing. Love the look. These are the best coded sites on the net.

  20. Unbelievable what you can do with a WordPress blog!

    I can’t put into words how impressed I am with this service. I’ve used 5 themes so far and each time I put up a site it’s actually fun to put the features to use.

    So far, this theme is my favorite. Any chance you could add some more skins to it?

  21. Excelent work.

    But as a guy as allread said – when you try and insert a thumbail it doesnt generate (Preview) on the post.

    And, When you put on a ‘Video’ the ‘Play Video’ appears above the review/post. Could you update on these?

    • Hi Lewis,

      Please use the support forum for support issues. I really need more information to help you.

  22. This is PERFECT ONE. Yahooo. Supper.

    Please Please 3 Cloumns. Update theme 3 coluns

  23. this theme it’s amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰ thx

  24. Theme looks amazing!! thanks

  25. I sent the Admin an E-mail through the Contact Us form but have yet to hear back. I want to know if this theme works with the latest version of WordPress, 2.9.x ?

    Does the creator for these themes create only one version then move on or is there on going support and upgrades for the older themes?

    • All themes are compatible with the latest version of WordPress, and are continuously upgraded for newer versions.

  26. My website is not showing thumbnail images plz tell what i do now..?
    in the thumbnail path we have to place the image url or something else?

    • If you need assistance please open a thread in the support forum and we will help you out.

  27. Great theme for gamers or technical blogs. Is this theme updated for WP 3.1?

  28. Hey I love the theme but currently I am using the “TheSource” theme. I was wondering if you could email me and let me know what I need to use from the eGamer theme, which I have as well, to add the “Author Rating” system as it is very well done. I would just change the CSS or something but I would want it to be a widget really or custom text in my sidebar. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

  29. How to select featured articles, which will be displayed?(From where I can find relevant option?)

  30. Very functional and interesting pattern. thanks for post!

  31. These are really very nicely done, but is not the only gamer sites, but also for, say some info portals. Thank you very much for the ideas!

  32. The themes are very nice and customizable for the latest version of VP. You only have to modify the code, header and footer, while the rest is working perfectly. Thanks a lot for authors.

  33. Great theme for games blog. I want to know whether it is working with wp 4.3 and woocommerce ?

    • All ET themes will work with the current version of WordPress. They SHOULD also all work with WooCommerce but I haven’t personally tested this theme with WooCommerce.

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