blue_moon400Blue Moon is a magazine style WordPress theme with lots of features.

  • Navigation above or below header
  • Glider panel for featured content
  • Featured category panel
  • Post excerpt with thumbnails on front page
  • Automatic support for WP-Pagenavi
  • Enable/disable comments on pages
  • Dynamic semantic classes for body, post & comments
  • Admin bar at top of page when logged in
  • Ad/banner areas in header, main content, sidebar & end of posts
  • Incorporates WP custom header API so that you can change header image withour editing any files
  • Preview in admin options. See the changes without reloading your site
  • Everything is controlled from admin panel. No file editing.

That’s a whole lotta features.

Custom Header Image


Admin Options


Once you’re logged in an Admin Panel will appear at the to of every page. This give you easy access to the main WP admin functions. This feature can be turned off in the admin options.

This option allows you to use your own header image (1000×125 pixels). You can upload a much larger image and crop it to fit the header area and automatically it uploads it. Couldn’t be easier, plus you can reset the header back to the original theme header.

admin_panelClick the image on the left to see a larger image of the entire admin options page.

As you can see there are a load of options that can be modified without ever touching the theme files.

The featured video, 300×250 ad block and category list will stay in place even when widgets are enabled in the sidebar or you can selectively turn each one off.

You can even turn off the footer links if you don’t want them.

Page Templates

Blue Moon come with custom page templates to create an HTML sitemap and an AJAX enabled FAQ page.

Demo Site


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Version: 1.0
Updated: July 26, 2009
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Copyright & License

Blue Moon is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPL).

2009 © Bud Griffin

  • Kevin says:

    Thanks, this looks awesome, going to give it a try on the test blog.

  • JoeFlip says:

    Hey Bud,

    I found this site searching for something else and man I’m glad I did!

    I have a site in idle because I could not find a theme that would go right, yours has what I was looking for PLUS more.

    Great Job! Thanx

  • Wow, it’s hard to believe this started as a Artisteer theme! Awesome job and thankyou very much!

    I wish I knew how to code as well as you..:)


  • WP Themes says:

    This was created with Artisteer ? Wow, I’m going to have to start using that program…looks great

  • Scott says:

    Hi Bud,

    Found your site from the Artisteer forum. I just wanted to thank you for your explanations/tips/tutorials on creating Theme Options, as well as widgets! Very cool. I’m not a programmer but have had my fair share of hacking at WP hooks, php, etc. I feel a little more confident with your short tutes.

    Were you inspired by the Mandigo theme btw?

    Also, how much time do you spend on your themes in Artisteer? Is it a quick job then you spend the majority of time tweaking/customizing?

    Thanks and your themes look great. I’ll download to see how you added your theme options code :)



    • admin says:

      Glad things where helpful. I’ve never seen the Mandigo theme until I looked it up just now. I usually get ideas from several themes and try to integrate them into the Artisteer structure.

      I usually spend a half hour to an hour (max) getting the layout, fonts etc the way I want. Once I export the theme, I almost never go back to Artisteer. I adjust everything in the CSS file.

      As for the options page, I dumped Artisteer’s a long time ago. I use the options page from some open source theme that I can’t even remember the name of anymore. Plus the Blue Moon options work with WP 2.9. The Artisteer options page has a problem with latest version of WP, it adds extra backslashes every time you save the options which really messes up the footer links.

  • Scott says:

    Hi Bud,

    Thanks for the reply. Without sounding lazy, would you mind sharing your source for the options page. I know you said you can’t remember the theme’s name. Would your Blue Moon theme have these options?

    Basically, I’m not a php guy but can hack my way around wp loops. However, I’d love the ability to be able to change headers, put Adsense on certain pages or posts, stuff like that.

    Is it best to download one/all of your themes and just look at how you added the code in functions.php and the relevant pages, like page/single/index.php? It sounds like you create arrays then add a line of php to where that array will output html…is that more or less it?

    Sorry for the long set of Q’s. Basically, I’m looking to learn more about tweaking and creating options pages without getting lost in the code! lol


    • admin says:

      The easiest way to is to look at any of my themes. They all use the same options panel. Presently the Artisteer footer option has a problem with WP 2.9. adds extra slashes to the links. I didn’t notice it at first because I automatically replace it. I think I got the admin options from the early Revolution series of themes.

  • Sydney Hoover says:

    Hi Bud,
    Thank you so much for your generosity. I found your site when looking for info on Artisteer, which I love but find it’s limited.

    I really like your Blue Moon theme, and I tried it on my site, but no matter what change I make the header title still shows Blue Mood WordPress Theme.

    Any thoughts? I even have a screenprint of my custom header changes in the Blue Mood admin, but I didn’t see how to attach it.

    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and themes.


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