Carrington JAM 1.0, a new Carrington theme for developers, is now available!
What is JAM?
JAM stands for “Just Add Markup”. Carrington JAM is a completely stripped down theme skeleton, including just essential WordPress theme template tags and the Carrington file structure. It hardly includes any XHTML markup and no CSS at all. It is not an appropriate theme for end-users.
Who Should Use It?
Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers… (and designers)
Carrington JAM is not intended to be used in its current state; instead it is a base for developers and designers to build their own themes on the Carrington CMS theme framework for WordPress.
Where Do I Get It?
We’ve added a Themes page to this site, which includes download links. Carrington JAM is also hosted on Google Code, for anyone who wants to grab it directly from SVN, get the latest code or check out recent development changes.
Carrington JAM includes some new template naming conventions that will also be appearing in the next version of Carrington Blog. These include the ability to introspect a single post/page content for general templates (header, sidebar, footer, etc.) on single post/page pages. The included READMEs are updated accordingly.
Why Is This Needed?
The Carrington Blog theme is intended to be a friendly theme for end-users. However some of that friendliness was also adding various complexities that made it more difficult to see exactly how the framework functions.
Developers love templates – with JAM, you can simply drop in your own XHTML markup and CSS, and use the power of the Carrington engine to build a unique and flexible custom theme.
We use the Carrington framework for all of the themes we build at Crowd Favorite, having a “blank slate” to start from is often handy. We thought others might find it useful for the same reasons.