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 don’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? 🙂



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. hi,
    how can I install Yoast Tweetback PlugIn in this? I can’t find the code needed to change and adapt.
    Pls help me.


  2. does anyone have an updated theme that will work with 2.7? I have not been able to test functionality that much, but it looks like the comments are broken under 2.7 any help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. hi,

    im having a slight problem after i installed “intense debate”

    now i have TWO “comments” headings.

    how do i remove the one provided by hemingwayex?

    i would really really appreciate if i could get your feedback about this problem…

    check out any post on http://sumuse.grinlink.com

  4. sorry to bother you again… but i fixed it!

    it was in the “Single Post” php file.

    thanks for the wonderful work on the theme!!

  5. Very nice looking Theme.


    There is no information regarding the compatibility with the latest wordpress version ( now at this moment wp 2.8.2)

    It would be nice if this theme is in constant development.

    The final release (hemingwayex1.5) really says that it will never be any update from now and wordpress just announce that it already stopped support for wp2.x branch.

    Very sad.

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  7. impossible to put a drop-down menu
    which would be compatible with IE8 on Vista. (menu won’t drop-down visibly)

    I have tried a lot

    do you know one?

    Thanks a lot if you know that issue ant tell something.

  8. yokser :
    do you have HemingwayEx in white version) ?

    no white version no.

    I tried final 1.5 and another version too.

    Where is the white version please?

  9. @Rick/@yokser: Did you try going to HemingwayEx’s options and selecting the white CSS? It’s there. You can look at HemingwayEx theme’s style folder. There is also a blue/black theme.

  10. there seems to be a problem with wordpress 3.0
    The Open Navigation drop menu does not work properly.

    I’ll have a look at it.

  11. I think the dropdown is great. Thanks for keeping the Hemingway theme updated and alive, it’s one of my favorites.

  12. Is there a way to have the top slidebar open by default rather than closed? I do not know how to edit a template so I might need some very explicit instructions. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  13. Hey, thanks for this awesome update of Hemingway! I love what you’ve done with it.

    One addition for folks out there who want to design a different static home page. I needed a way to edit the page.php that didn’t change the design of all of the pages. I have some photos I want to have cycle using wp_cycle on the main page but not the others. I solved this in the original Hemingway by adding a php file called homepage.php and altering the page content as needed. I know others have done this elsewhere but it has such a clean look I know quite a few people prefer to put photos on the main page. Cheers.

  14. I would like to use the latest HemingwayEx white template, but unfortunately the menu still causes problems when using IE 6.

    I’ve already tried both the 1.7 and 1.8 versions of the template, on WP 3.0 and 3.0.3 and the result is still ‘a black bar under the shaded gray navigation menu’. FF, Opera, Chrome and Safari all work well.

    Surprisingly, there are websites (e.g. http://robin.babylone.free.fr/ or http://nalinmakar.com/hemingwayex_demo/), where the template works properly. Nevertheless, in the case of the site which I’m currently working on (http://paulsmeets.eu/), as well as for http://www.nalinmakar.com/hemingwayex/ it just won’t work.

    I would appreciate any guidance with fixing the bug.


  15. Does the theme clash with mootools-based plugins? I was using Lightbox M for picture/video overlays and it no longer works. The links that should pop out the overlay window now simply jumps to the linked picture/video. I switch back to the default TwentyTen and several other themes (include the old Hemingway), and they all worked with the plugin.

  16. I think I found the problem. It was the standard mootools/prototype clash. If I remove prototype from the theme, then my mootools-based plugin works; but the slidebar, which is obviously prototype-based, wouldn’t work. And I think a previous poster already mention how to go with jquery instead to avoid using prototype.

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