Ever since I first installed the Hemingway theme on my wordpress blog, I have been a big fan of it. I love tinkering with it and every now and then I keep adding something new or changing something here or there in the theme. I have finally decided to make my modifications available to others for download as well.

So, I introduce HemingwayEx, a simple extension of Hemingway theme for WordPress blogs. I have tried to keep the original essence of the Hemingway theme and added some new features and fixed some small issues. This theme comes with an options page and is widgetized.

HemingwayEx 1.9.1 has been tested with WP 3.1.4.


Here are some of the main features of HemingwayEx:

  • Widgetized: This theme is best used with Widgets. Out-of-box, it works only with widgets. This version removes the support for Hemingway Blocks. To have the option of using Hemingway Blocks instead of widgets, please stick with v1.1. By setting an option in v1.1, you can select whether you want to use the original blocks system of Hemingway themes or use widget enabled sidebars.
  • WP 3.0 Menus: Out-of-box support for WP 3.0 Menus. Also, has a fallback mechanism in case you haven’t defined any menus or you aren’t using WP 3.0 yet.
  • Options Page: You can go to Presentation -> HemingwayEx Options and set various options that give you more control over how the theme works for you.
  • Font Size: I have had some people complain about the small size of the theme. Though I like it and I have kept it same, I have provided a simple javascript tool that can be used to increase/decrease the font size of the theme. It is located just below the search form.
  • User Styles: The theme allows user to easily modify the theme’s CSS to their liking. It also comes packaged with a few CSS themes.
  • Comments: IMHO, comments are handled in a very nice manner. I love the comment numbering and you can have them displayed in ascending / descending order. Also, support has been added for WordPress Gravatar API.
  • Updates Notification: You will get automatic update notification in HemingwayEx Options page when a new update is out.
  • Dynamic Slidebar: Just like the Hemingway Bottombar, I have added a HemingwayEx Slidebar that gets displayed when the user clicks on an ‘Open Navigation’ button.
  • XHTML validated
  • Post and Page Navigation: The single post pages display links to previous/next posts. Similarly, the homepage can be paginated.
  • Out-of-box support for some plugins



Click thumbnails below to view larger screenshots:

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Latest version: 1.9.1

I have tested the latest version of this theme with WordPress 3.1.4. I used Firefox (version 2x, 3x on Ubuntu/Windows/Mac OS X), IE (5/6/7 on Windows), Safari (Mac OS X) and Opera (Windows). It seems to be working fine.


You can see latest version of HemingwayEx in action here.

Release Notes

Informal list of changes is maintained in a README file.


Download HemingwayEx v1.9.1.


Installation is very simple. Just download the zip file and upload the ‘hemingwayEx’ folder to themes folder in your WordPress installation. Goto the Admin Menu -> Presentation -> Themes and select the theme.

Once installed, you can go into Presentation -> HemingwayEx Options and customize the theme further to your liking.


If you are upgrading, you will need to reset/uninstall the previous version of HemingwayEx first. If you donβ€šΓ„Γ΄t you might find the display mixed up. Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Goto HemingwayEx Options page and note down you settings.
  2. Now upload the new files for HemingwayEx theme.
  3. Click reset button at the bottom of the HemingwayEx options page.
  4. Refresh the HemingwayEx Options page and set the options to what they were before. Also, set more options if new settings have been made available.


If you liked HemingwayEx and have found it helpful, consider supporting it. If nothing else, how about buying me a beer/coffee? πŸ™‚



Please note that even after spending quite some time on this theme, I have little experience with PHP. I mostly play around with it and learn as I code. I have been using this theme on my site for sometime now and I have not had any problems, but if some issue does come up, please don’t hold me responsible. I would like to know about the bugs that could be fixed and some other features that could be added, and I would work on it, time permitting.

274 Replies to “HemingwayEx”

  1. There were a couple of bugs that I came to know about 30 mins back. I have fixed them.

    One bug wasn’t displaying the About Entry section properly in IE and the other was overwriting data that it shouldn’t have.

    If you downloaded the zip, you can get the new files and update style.css, single.php and functions.php.

  2. Awesome update, Nalin!

    The only bug I’ve run into thus far is if you change the excerpt length to anything other than 75, the widgets don’t work. The only way to get them back is to do a reset/uninstall.

  3. In IE6, when you click on open navigation, nothing shows up, however if you change the font size while it is opened everything will then appear.

  4. vomitgod, Thanks for brining that up. I have fixed the issue and uploaded the new zip. Things will work fine now. I have made changes to functions.php.

    Jeremy, I checked with IE6 and didn’t see that issue.

    Folks, Thanks for the feedback, but I would appreciate it if you could use http://nalinmakar.com/forum next time.

    p.s. I am beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t have removed the <i>beta</i> tag. πŸ™‚

  5. Nalin – thanks again for all your hard work! I can confirm that the widget issue appears to be rectified by using the new functions.php file.

    See you in the forums! πŸ™‚

  6. Many Thanks to your HemingwayEx. I love it very much.I’m a chinese student and studying CSS.
    The Original CSS setting is beautiful. But cannot use in the other code ,simply like: traditional or simplified chinese.
    My MAMA and my boyfriend hate the text in the blog was shown very much. This make me unhappy. But I didn’t know how to change the text form on the CSS.
    BTW: There is one problem when using Safari to view the website. The comments form and the “Add comment” button is superposed.
    Many Thanks.

  7. And there is one more question.Using IE 7 to view the blog.
    There is a question on the navigation bar. It’s cannot show the sidebar!

  8. I just wanted to say thank you for making this theme. The original Hemingway was nice to start but didn’t give you much room to expand it. This version you have created has just about everything I wanted in this theme. Thank you once again, now maybe I can finish building my site, rather than trying to rig a theme.

  9. Hi, I am not able to get Twitter on the sidebar. Had already installed the plugin for twitter but could not get it to work on your theme. Any advise? Thanks!

  10. Hey Nalin,

    If you want the top navigation bar to show up correctly in IE, then you can add the following to the CSS file:

    #navigation ul li a {

    Currently, the highlighted item just displays as black & white in IE. This is because the transparency doesn’t have any affect unless you apply some positioning CSS to the element.

    If anyone else is interested, I also made a post on how you can get the paging links to work on your homepage (located here).

  11. Thanks a lot Nalin for this update, this makes HemingwayEx just the perfect theme I wanted ! I was looking for a few month for different versions of Hemingway working nicely with widgets, seems like you did the best around here πŸ™‚

    I’m modifying it a bit now, trying to get a not-so-black theme, near the Hemingway4U look (but not green…). I’ve themed EventCalendar and Now Reading to match the current HemingwayEx colors, if somebody is interested.

    moggy> Thanks a lot again for the Paging links, this is exactly what Hemingway was missing in my opinion : a simple way to navigate around posts…

  12. I install this theme and i have a problem i see this error,

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ELSE in C:\wamp\www\wordpress-2.2.1\wordpress\wp-content\themes\hemingwayEx\functions.php on line 815

    Can somebody help me?

    Sorry for my english

  13. I love this theme! I do have a question: when I click ‘Open Navigation’, the underlying navigation menu at the top appears only briefly, then vanishes and I’m left looking at a black space. Any ideas of why this is happening?


  14. Just saw the reply to the ‘Open Navigation’ issue, above. I downloaded the theme today, so assume that problem is now gone……?

    Thanks again – this is an awesome theme – best I’ve seen!

  15. Hmmm…..hope a solution comes along soon…..it really is an awesome design!

    Other question: when in WordPress editor, I’m unable to see the Bottom Right Sidebar box where I can drag a widget. I tried changing the screen resolution which allowed me to get to the Bottom Middle box, but still can’t get over the Bottom Right. Any suggestions?


  16. Great theme! Question, with widgets enabled I can only drop widgets into the slidebar 1-3, and after many attempts I was able to drop widgets into #4 bottom, but I can’t drop them into 5 and 6, which leaves that default text that reads “you shouldn’t be seeing this”. Any suggestions?

  17. Yay, new update! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to see if I can get some time to go through the updates and such. Is it possible to include a changelog or something at some point if possible please?
    The forum looks spiffy by the way!

  18. I know what you mean, brokencode! πŸ™‚ I keep thinking I should change my site design (have been using HemingwayEx for months now!) because, well… one is supposed to… but everytime I search for some new theme, there’s always something missing (HemingwayEx is my gold standard) and I end up realising (again) how much HemingwayEx has to offer!

  19. Hi Nalin, excellent work on HemingwayEX, I really love it. I found a bug when using a search, if you place Asides or About Page block in Bottombar, on Search result pages Asides Block will return full list with complete posts, and About Page block will display full posts of search results ….

  20. If anyone wants to use jQuery instead of script.aculo.us for the top slidebar, then you can replace the contents of slide.js with the following:

    (I’m using jQuery’s noConflict option here just to make sure there’s no conflict if you are still using prototype for anything)

    $(this).fadeOut(500, function(){
    $(this).fadeOut(500, function(){

    Then you can also remove the references to prototype.js, effects.js, and behavior.js from header.php. Finally, go and download jQuery, upload it, and add a reference to it in header.php

  21. Hi Nalin,
    thanks for your template, for me is very nice (for my type of website).. I’m an Italian computer programmer … and actually I use version 0.95 beta, modify for italian language.
    I will upgrade to new version soon as possible, with italian translation …

  22. My comments are showing up in every single one of the posts and pages, not just on the post they were left on. It is theme specific to HemingwayEx. Any ideas? Tried to follow the code to see what was happening, but can’t find it.

  23. Hi Guys,

    Thanks a lot for appreciating and liking this theme. I have been away from this site for a long time now and I think that is going to be the case for the near future as well…

    I will be coming out with a small update for the theme though, so please come back and check in a few weeks.


  24. Hi Nalin/null.in
    Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear that you will be extremely busy with other things, but best of luck! πŸ™‚ Will this update allow Hemingway-Ex to work with 2.3?

  25. hi people,
    this is a great themes, the best!!! but i have many problems after the installation in my word press 2.0
    a first problem concern in java script for open slide bar and therefore open the hide menu…. in my site doesn’t work and i don’t know why!!!!
    the problem can be visualized in my url

    thank’s for your support

    emanuele from rome

  26. Nalin, I found another HemingwayEX bug regarding Google Webmaster Tools. If you submit your website to Google and track it through Webmaster tools, you will get 404 for every single page you have on your website. Thing causing this is Text Size tool (just under the search bar), which points to index.php which doesnt exist for every single post. I managed to fix this by manually changing the link (in theme’s header.php) to # instead of index.php, but it would be nice if this issue is fixed for next ver. of HemingwayEX….

  27. Hey,

    Greta work. I justtrie dto use the Thickbox plugin with HemingwayEX (1.0) and it works great, EXCEPT…that Thickbox breaks the navigation slider feature. Is it a Scriptalicious conflict maybe?

    Anyideas how to fix?

    Thanks again!

  28. I recently upgraded from .95 beta to 1.0 – now the Navigation slider/pane won’t work. I followed the instructions above w/ the reset, but the navigation panel stopped working in both IE and Firefox. I removed 1.0 and tried to reload .95 and the same issue exists. I’m bummed because I love this theme!!! I hope there’s a fix for my issue.

  29. hi, i just donwloaded the theme ytd and realise that “In IE6, when you click on open navigation, nothing shows up, however if you change the font size while it is opened everything will then appear” issue is still there.

    But all seems fine on firefox.

    Any solutions to that?


  30. Beautiful theme I appreciate your work. I would like to know is there any way to add custom blocks in bottom bar or in open navigation bar, same as you have added “Links” and “Subscribe” blocks to your bottom bar?

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