Tempera Theme

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We had to follow a very strict recipe to get Tempera just right. We started with a very solid framework of over 200 settings, added a very light user interface, threw a couple of mobiles and tablets to give it that responsive elasticity, added over 50 fonts, weren’t satisfied so we poured all the Google fonts into the mix, then scattered 12 widget areas for consistency, dissolved a slider and unlimited columns into a customizable Presentation Page then mixed it in as well.

We then sprinkled all post formats, 8 layouts including magazine and blog, powdered 40+ social icons and even blended in a customizable top bar for extra density.

We also made it translation ready and gave it RTL language support for some cultural diversity. The secret ingredient was love and we might’ve spilled too much of that.

But now Tempera has just the right feel and the right texture and is exactly what your empty WordPress canvas needs.

For useful information on theme customization and a list of the most frequent questions we receive, do read the FAQs.

For those of you wishing to achieve more theme customization than what is allowed by the integrated control options, we recommend using child themes instead of manually editing theme files. This feature is pretty well documented by WordPress and has the main advantage of keeping the theme update-able. While any changes done to Tempera’s files are lost on each theme update, a child theme is a separate (partial) theme aside Tempera and is not overwritten in an way.

How do I install?

The theme is available in the WordPress themes repository.

You can easily install it from within WordPress. See our theme installation tutorial for more information.

How do I update?

The easiest and simplest way is to use WordPress’ automatic update functionality to update the theme to the latest version using a single click.

If you absolutely want to perform the update manually, the procedure would be to:

  • export the theme settings using the built-in export functionality
  • switch your site to a different theme (a Twenty-something should be fine)
  • from Appearance > Themes, delete the theme
  • re-install the theme (if you don’t remember how, follow our installation tutorial)
  • re-activate the theme
  • you should find all settings as you left them; if anything goes wrong, use the export you made before to restore the settings

If FTP is comfortable for you, you can also simply re-upload and overwrite the existing files with the latest version.


Where are the FAQs?

Scroll up the page and click the FAQs button to navigate to the theme’s FAQs section.

WordPress and theme options part II – the fracture


As you might know by now, themes in the official repository are no longer allowed to implement a theme options page. All new themes were required since early this year to implement support for the Customizer and some weeks ago this rule became mandatory for themes already published in the repository as well.

We’ve given this a great deal of thought and we decided not to transfer theme options to the Customizer interface. We built our themes settings to fit and work in a certain way and we feel the Customizer structure just isn’t right for them.

To be able to continue providing theme updates, we will be moving the theme’s settings page functionality to the newly published Cryout Serious Theme Settings plugin – which the themes will start recommending right in the dashboard (so it’ll be easy to find and install).
This change will apply to Parabola, Tempera and Nirvana at their next update. To access the theme settings, you will need to install this plugin.
The change will not apply to Mantra (for which we have different plans), nor Zombie Apocalypse (which already uses the Customizer).

Read the rest

Tempera 1.3(.1) becomes multilingual


Tempera decided to spend her entire vacation going to summer school. The most important feature she brought back is support for WPML and Polylang multilingualism. You will now find all of Tempera’s custom text fields in Polylang’s translations section.

The second important change is the inclusion of the WooCommerce compatibility child theme code and styling. This should improve handling WooCommerce content, making the use of the separate child theme unnecessary. For the rest of the changes see the changelog… Read the rest

Tempera 1.2.7 wakes up from hibernation


It’s been a long three months of freezing winter (with massive amounts of snow in places), but Tempera is now well rested and ready to return to fighting with the higher forces.

During this first round the fight consists of mostly localization and styling fixes, with a touch of Google fonts, new translations and some IE quirks. The pièce de résistance is, of course… Read the rest

Tempera 1.2.3/4/5/6 fights the system


No, we haven’t lost our mind; this is not a reverse countdown (a countup?). And we did not release a quadruple-update-in-one either.

This cryptic title deserves a decent explanation and it’s actually simpler than it seems: it appears I was overconfident on the Wordpress review process last time. While they did wonders then and managed to verify and approve two updates in the same day, the sun doesn’t always shine… in fact it got terribly dark after that. Worse still… the sun changed.

Never mess with mantra they say (or was it nirvana…) Read the rest

Nirvana is now LIVE and you are a part of it!


Our latest WordPress theme, Nirvana, is now Live and available to download and install directly from WordPress.org. Now there’s absolutely no reason not to check it out.

Follow us after the jump for the celebration and the full changelog since the theme’s brief but intense existence. Read the rest

Tempera 1.2.2 to the rescue


It’s not been long since the last Tempera update; unfortunately, independent of us, it has not been a successful one. The broken theme archive on Wordpress’ servers has plagued and ruined several websites without an easy fix.

Fortunately, we’ve been awake long enough to submit a new update. And the review team guys have been kind enough to already approve and publish it. So here it is, the Tempera 1.2 update (hopefully with all its files in place)… Read the rest