Reddleby Automattic

The basic elements of Reddle’s layout were inspired by an older theme called Rubric but there’s really nothing basic about its minimal layout. Everything about the design adapts to how you want to use your blog and what you want to use it for.

Want to you use your blog for a simple one-column link blog? A two-column business site with a custom header and no posts? Reddle can do that. It even adapts its layout to visitors reading your blog from a device like an iPhone.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

The default layout for Reddle (seen above) is fluid<. That means the layout will stretch to fill your browser window no matter the size. But if you add a Custom Header Image to your blog or a Custom Menu, Reddle will snap to a fixed layout.

Reddle sporting a custom header image and menu

Even though Reddle would then have a fixed maximum width it’ll still shrink to fit your screen, even all the way down to something as small as an smartphone screen.

Reddle layout as it appears on a smartphone

You can accomplish something similar on every browser if you don’t want a second sidebar. Just take all the widgets out of your sidebars in Customize → Widgets and Reddle becomes a one-column blog!

Formatting your Post Formats

Reddle also provides support for two additional Post Formats: Image Posts and Aside Posts. Aside Posts are ultra-minimal. They don’t have a title or tags. Image Posts will highlight the first image in your post along with a short excerpt. You can see them both in the above screenshots.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. The main column width in Reddle maxes out at 440 when the layout is fixed.
  2. The sidebar maxes out at 284 when the layout is fixed.
  3. The custom header image is 1120 by 252.

This theme is available for download to be used on your WordPress self-hosted installation.

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