Deep Blue WordPress Theme Released

Daniel Scocco

I am glad to finally release the first free WordPress theme by Daily Blog Tips. The plan is to release a new one every couple of months. All themes will be functional and optimized, since I know what bloggers are looking for when they download a theme for their site.


Deep Blue is an elegant theme created by Nathan Rice. The theme was specifically designed to include a 336×280 Adsense unit on top of the sidebar. Google confirms that this is the best performing Adsense format, so the layout should enable bloggers to monetize their site efficiently without compromising the user experience.

Nathan did an outstanding job creating many useful features for the theme, including:

  • Easy Adsense Integration: The theme comes with a ad.php file where you just need to paste your Adsense code and it will be displayed on the sidebar automatically
  • Search Engine Optimization: The meta and title tags are already optimized for search engines.
  • Easy Feedburner Integration: The “Theme Options” section inside the WordPress control panel enables the blogger to insert his Feedburner URL, which will be used all over the theme.
  • Customizable Sidebar: The sidebar already comes with a pretty “Popular Posts” section, and it splits automatically into two sidebars below it.
  • Expandable Menu Tabs: The tabs will automatically resize to match the size of the links on the menu.
  • Comments Styling: Author comments have a different style.

Update: Due to popular demand we have also included a theme version designed to display 6 125×125 ad blocks on the right sidebar. This version comes with an “Ads” folder inside the “Images” folder. You just need to place your banners there and update the ad.php file with their name. Below you will find a screenshot with the 125×125 ads.


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258 Responses to “Deep Blue WordPress Theme Released”

  • Steve

    Could not sort the Browse page. Tried to add the archive.php by selecting custom fields and choosing _wp_page_templae but it did not take. Anyone able to do this? Didn’t see Page Template as a choice on the right hand side under Page Parent.

    Anyway, ended up using the Dagon Design sitemap plugin. Worked well.

    Nice theme overall. Thanks for the effort.


  • Blog Oh Joe

    Would be nice if someone could port this theme to Drupal. 😉

  • Manish

    I saw that this template uses get_links() and this function has been deprecated. This shud be replaced with wp_list_bookmarks()

  • Коолекционер бизнес-идей

    Nice theme. I’ll recommend it for my friend. Her blog will be about success and this theme matches the success very mach.

  • Nancy

    Would someone be willing to share how they set up the 125×125 ad file and the google ad file? I’ve tried but nothing is working – and I think I just don’t have the code in correctly. I would love to see samples of these two files, using fake code – just so somone without a lot of coding ability can figure out the convention used.


  • oci

    Thanks Daniel, you are indeed God sent.
    I am on my way to resurrecting this blog and this theme is the best thing to have happened to it thus far.

    I owe you one, mate.

  • sheva381142

    I already uploaded all data in the folder, it works and still has error :

    “Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/ekuta/public_html/blog/wp-content/themes/new/ on line 3”

    What should I Do? Need a bit detailed explanation. I am newbie in wp.

    Thanks in advance.


  • Jawwad

    Thanks for the help Daniel.

  • Daniel

    Jawwad, here is the fix, add these lines of code to the stylesheet (style.css) file.

    #content img.wp-smiley {

    float: none;

    border: none;

    padding: 0px;

    margin: 0px;


    #content img.wp-wink {

    float: none;

    border: none;

    padding: 0px;

    margin: 0px;


  • Jawwad

    Daniel: I am waiting for your response. Please do help if you have a solution. Because it will be an overwhelming task to opt for a different theme for me now as I have moded it heavily to my needs and just stuck on this smileys issue.

  • Daniel

    jaywad, I will take a look into the smileys.

  • jawwad

    whenever i try to put a comment with a smiley in this theme it appears above the actual text (not aligned with the text on the line)that looks very weird. How I can correct it.

  • Daniel

    Jordi, different sizes could work depending on what you are aiming for. Just play with them.

  • Jordi Planas Manzano

    Very nice theme.

    What is the OK size for a logo image?

    Thank you in advance.

  • Bong (JB)

    I was impressive by the new look of a fave blog of mine so I followed the link here. Nice theme. I’m thinking which of my blogs should use it…

    Thanks. 😀

  • MoneyDummy

    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply!

  • Daniel

    Somehow your WordPress install is not recognizing the php call to the sidebar.

    Eliminate that line on the sidebar.php and make manual links to the categories, this should fix the problem.

  • MoneyDummy

    When I install the theme, the home page is blank and the bottom sidebar bears this message: Fatal error: Call to undefined function: wp_list_categories() in /home/.gestalt/moneydummy/ on line 18

    Am I don’t something wrong?

  • Daniel

    D.A., first of all you need to upload the banners via FTP to the ads folder.

    You will find these one on /wp-content/themes/deepblue/images/ads

    After that log into WordPress control panel, go to “Presentation”, then “Theme Editor”, then open the ads.php file.

    There you will put the name of the banners (e.g., company1.gif) on the lines that are already there, you just need to modify them.

  • D.A.


    I’ve got this theme for my brand new dental blog. I’m trying to figure out exactly how to put 125×125 ads in those boxes, but I don’t understand how.

    Could you give a detailed explanation perhaps for us wordpress dummies trying desperately to learn? 🙂

  • Daniel

    @Billy, I think you might need to customize the CSS a bit to insert gravatars.

    @Elizabeth, let me know if you manage to solve the alignment issue. You will also need to play with the CSS a bit to insert the technorati button and put it in the desired location. (my advice: technorati is getting useless).

    @Henry, you will need to open the header.php file and remove the call for the blog title.

    Here is the line you looking for:

    <div class=”title”><a href=”<?php echo get_settings(‘home’); ?>” title=”<?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?>”><?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?></a></div>

    Delete this line:
    <?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?>

    And put the call for your logo there.

  • Henry

    How would I change the main title at top left with a graphic? I have no trouble matching the background color, just would like to get my logo there.

  • neo

    Very nice theme. This is exactly the layout I have been looking for.


  • Elizabeth

    Well, except it looks fine in Firefox but not in IE7. The bottom two ad blocks are off-center. Any suggestions?

    Also, I’d like to add a Technorati button at the top next to the RSS feed button. I found the RSS feed section of the stylesheet, would I need to make a similar section for technorati?

  • Elizabeth

    Check out how awesome your theme looks in action!

  • Billy Dennis

    I love your theme, but I am having a booger of a time trying to figure out where to place the call for a gravatar icon in the comments. I’d like it to be within the body of the comment, but I can’t seem to find the exact location.

  • GP

    great themes, i will use deep blue with 125 x 125 ads in my new blog, thanks for sharing bro

  • Daniel

    @max, looks like a local problem them, cause pasting the Adsense code below the lines that are already there should work smoothly.

    @cindy, the banner images should be placed on the “ads” folder that you find inside the theme.

    If you are going to use another method (javascript, for instance) you can put that code directly on the ads.php file.

    You might need to rework some of the margins and alignments though.

  • cindy

    daniel: I want to add cj 125X125 ads in the given blocks, how do i do that? with their html or javascript code, their image is already there… or where should I host the image for say for other affiliates eg: seo book?

  • max

    i get this error when i put the code just below the lines .
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘

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