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Apathy Theme

[ Apathy Theme ] The Apathy theme displays your content via a crisp, three-column dynamic layout that is extremely lightweight and casual. The Apathy theme emulates a digital newspaper, with information presented in traditional newsprint format. Apathy validates as XHTML strict, and even better: Apathy displays with high fidelity in all modern browsers. If you are focusing on text-based content and strive toward coherent, concise presentation, the Apathy theme will serve you well..

Note: For a fixed-width version of Apathy, check out the Headline theme »
Check out a screenshot of the Apathy theme »


Apathy version 2.7 is officially released! The new version features a triple-loop, liquid-width, three-column layout as well as a completely redesigned code base and improved graphical interface. Further, Apathy 2.7 includes many new configuration options and provides detailed comments and installation instructions. Plus, Apathy employs strictly valid XHTML, nearly valid CSS, universal fonts, and browser-safe colors. Check it out!


Theme is old, bro. No longer in development. I leave it online for those who know. If you’re looking for an awesome theme for a live/production website, check out the WordPress Theme Directory. You’ll find some incredible themes that take better advantage of all the newer WordPress features.

That in mind, you are welcome to download and use however you would like. Please let me know if you fix it up and use it somewhere on a live site — would be super inspiring to see it. Now go forth and witness how awesome theme templates looked in the early 21st century.

Download Apathy ThemeVersion 2.7 ( 96.28 KB ZIP )


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26 responses to “Apathy Theme”

  1. D. Greene 2007/07/25 7:09 am

    Hey, I just installed your theme and I like it a lot so far, but for some reason my most recent post isn’t even displaying on the homepage. What am I doing wrong?

  2. Perishable 2007/07/25 8:26 am

    D. Greene — I see your recent post showing in both side columns. The side columns are meant for unique “side”-content, which is not meant to appear in the center column (unless you want to read it). All of this is explained in the Apathy theme’s information file (“Apathy-v2.7.txt”), which I highly suggest you read. Everything is completely customizable and should work like a champ once configured properly. Let me know if you need any additional help after reading thru the instructions. Good luck!

  3. Ok, well, I misread the help file initially and didn’t realize the sidebar posts don’t get displayed in the center part. Is there any way to simply get everything to display in the center bar as well? I realize this sortof defeats the purpose of the design but you know..

    I have a WordPress specific problem tho, I can’t get the standard excerpts to work at all – no matter what I do the entire post shows on the main page, under any theme.

    I’m really liking a lot of the features of this though, and so far enjoying it.

    One minor quibble: no links on the index.php page to RSS feeds for the whole blog.

  4. Sorry for spamming your comments like this, but one more thing while I’m at it: on my blog for some reason all the links within posts are the same color as the text, and I’m trying to figure out which div/a thing assigns that color and why it’s not working on mine. In any event, I have trouble ‘getting’ CSS sometimes :(

  5. Perishable 2007/07/25 2:02 pm

    Okay, let’s take care of the post links first. Open the style.css file, scroll down to “/* — LINKS — */”, and add this block of code:

    div.target a:link, div.target a:visited {
       text-decoration: none;
       font-weight: bold;
    div.target a:hover, div.target a:active {
       text-decoration: underline;
       color: #CC0000;

    This code targets post links specifically, and provides you with full control over link properties such as font-weight, underline, and color.

    Drop it in and experiment until something clicks, or simply leave “as-is” for some tasty link styles.

  6. Perishable 2007/07/25 2:15 pm

    Next, let’s show all side posts in the center column as well. This will require several edits, so prepare yourself and make backups if needed ;)

    In each of the following files

    archives.php (if used)

    ..comment out these two lines

    <?php if (in_category('x') && is_home() ) continue; ?>
    <?php if (in_category('y') && is_home() ) continue; ?>

    ..so that they look like this

    <?php // if (in_category('x') && is_home() ) continue; ?>
    <?php // if (in_category('y') && is_home() ) continue; ?>

    ..of course, category ('x') and ('y') as seen in the example will represent your two chosen categories.

    That should do it. Upload and enjoy!

  7. D. Greene 2007/07/25 6:42 pm

    It worked like a charm!

    I’ll be keeping this one, and tweaking it over time as needed.

    Thanks for all your hard work on this great theme!

  8. Perishable 2007/07/25 6:57 pm

    You are most welcome!
    Congratulations on the new theme!

  9. Is Apathy currently compatible with WordPress 2.3.2? My theme has gotten all goofy with the links since I upgraded!


    Daniel Greene

  10. Perishable 2008/02/03 3:00 pm

    Hi D. Greene,

    I thought it was compatible, yes.. however, if something seems goofy, please send me an email and let me know what’s up. I know you have been using my theme for quite some time, so I will do everything possible to help! ;)


  11. Gentleman Boxer 2008/02/12 11:32 am

    It’s a beautiful theme. I’ll most likely keep it. I was just wondering how I could include my blogroll, in one of the sidebars, however.
    Thank you so much for your great work.

  12. Gentleman Boxer,

    I am glad you like the theme! Looking at your site, I noticed that the lower portion of the right-hand sidebar appears beneath the page content. Is this intentional? Otherwise, to include your WordPress blogroll into one of the sidebars, simply open the theme’s index.php and locate either sidebar. The left sidebar begins with <div id="left">, and the right sidebar begins with <div id="right">. Within either of these blocks of code, place your call to the blogroll as follows:

    <?php wp_list_bookmarks('arguments'); ?>

    For example, a good place for a blogroll is in the left sidebar, immediately before the first <hr class="hr" /> element. Of course, feel free to experiment and decide the location that works best for you. Here is more information about customizing wp_list_bookmarks().


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