Saturday, 19 October 2013

After some days of Apache Roller experience I created my own first theme for it.

I picked the most popular theme from Wordpress (look here) called "LightWord".

As Wordpress themes are PHP based it is practically better to save a live preview of the theme (see here) and combine it with all resource folders (like images, scripts etc.) from the downloaded PHP theme.

The final result (running Apache Roller 5.0.0.RC2).

The new Apache Roller theme features:
  • categories as animated drop down main menu
  • subcategories navigation
  • archive
  • recent entries
  • ...

Please give it a try and post feedback (e.g. when you now how to make a categories-breadcrumb navigation -  see Weblog.vm...)




2010-12-17: V0.9.1: added styles for comments and comment form

2011-01-21: You can find the latest version under


  1. Congratulations, it looks really good! I'll give it a try in the few days.

  2. Willi Buntscheck19 October 2013 at 21:23

    Thanks Ralf,
    the theme is looking good - very helpful. I just integrated it into my own blog -Willi

  3. Hi Ralf,
    Nice work on the "LightWord" theme! I think this is the ONE area Apache Roller isn't strong - professional looking themes. Did you adapt a PHP theme for Roller by translating it into Velocity?
    I am not familiar with Velocity. However, I contributed the following multi-domain case study:
    (I hope you don't mind me pasting the link here)
    Best regards,
    Chris Dodunski.
    P.S. I am hoping to make it up to your part of the world in 2011. Italy and Scandanavia are high on my 'places to visit' list. Great music from up your way too... Roxette, Ace of Base, A-Ha, etc. Morten Harket is a wonderful vocalist.

  4. Could be clearer on the license. Given it's from the Wordpress world (GPL) it's presumably not something that can be included into Roller and redistributed. The style.css is defined as GPLv2.
    Also noting that there is no license defined by BitStream in vera.js.

  5. I tried your your new theme. It is very terrific, but it seems the links of the tag cloud don`t work.
    Do you know why?
    Best regards

  6. the tag cloud is not working, yet. Seems to be a problem with Roller 5.0RC2. Trying to find the problem in the next days. It is NOT a problem of the theme.

  7. Tag cloud problem fixed. Download fixed version from SVN. It was a missing tag-specific template...

  8. I just applied the theme to a test roller server, and on the server I see the theme just fine, but if I access the blog externally the theme does not work and the pages are shown in plain text. Any ideas why this would happen, I don't have this problem with any of the other themes?

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