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Urban: A Free Wordpress Theme › Paul Bennett

Urban: A Free Wordpress Theme

Urban is a free Wordpress theme from Paul Bennett, based around the idea of having posts displayed in a timeline. It features a scrolling timeline, inline loading of posts, pages, images and Youtube videos, realtime search that displays results as you type, tracking of your recently viewed pages, and other footer modules including twitter updates and last.fm recently played tracks.

Try the live demo.


Urban gives you several ways to represent your posts: Display the excerpt (default behavior), display an image, or display a Youtube video.

Displaying an image is a similar process to that of my previous theme, Viewport, however now there is no need to re-size your images manually, Urban will automatically do it for you! So:

  1. Write the article as normal.
  2. Click the ‘Add an Image’ button and upload your desired image.
  3. Copy the image link from the list that appears, click ‘Save all changes’ and close the overlay.
  4. Scroll down the ‘Write Post’ page to the ‘Custom Fields’ tab and in the key field enter ‘lead_image’ (minus quotes).
  5. Paste the image link you copied previously into the value box and click ‘Add Custom Field’.

That's all that's required, now your post will be represented by an image which the reader can expand by clicking the magnifying glass that appears when they roll their mouse over a post.

Displaying a Youtube video is even easier! Simply:

  1. Write the article as normal.
  2. Scroll down the ‘Write Post’ page to the ‘Custom Fields’ tab and in the key field enter ‘youtube’ (minus quotes).
  3. Paste the complete Youtube link you from your browser address bar into the value box and click ‘Add Custom Field’.

Urban will then go and grab the video screenshot for you, and users can watch the video by clicking the magnifying glass that appears over the post.

When you're done your 'Custom Fields' tab should look a little bit like this:


Other Options:

Urban offers some advanced options that blog owners may choose to activate. These are explained in more detail on the 'Urban Settings' page that will appear on your Wordpress Admin page when the theme is activated.

These options are:

  • Enable tracking (no personal data is stored)
  • Enable Last.fm
  • Enable Twitter
  • Enable Spell Checking


Download the Urban theme (.zip ~760kb).

Questions and Comments:

Limited support is available, just leave a comment on this page and I’ll see what I can do.

If you like what you see here, and would like to talk about what I can do for you, get in touch!

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your download link is not working please check it... i want to download this theme....

For those wondering about the background... it's in the css... if you save your bg as bg.jpg and put it in the images directory... it should show

Awh, I wish the link worked.

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urban.zip (780) received following error message on attempt to install : Unpacking the package…

The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Invalid archive structure

hey there.

I use your theme for a while now. but got some problems showing all the thumbs. it seems that the site stops loading before every thumbnail is loaded.

any suggestions?

thanks so much for this awesome theme.


download not working any help please.

How to download, please help i want to use it...

the download link is not working bro.. :) btw, very nice themes.. :)

Very nice theme ty very much

got it, thanks!

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Hi Paul.

Like very much your Urban theme but download won't start from here.



The Downloadink won't work

Just choose "Save as" and then rename the zip-file. The name is corrupt caused by the "." Just change the name of the file into "urban.zip" and you're fine. Hope this will help!

I think the admin of this website is in fact working hard in support of his
web page, because here every information is quality based data.

Awh, I wish the link worked.

not dl it :|

Right click "save as" does NOT work. How many comments about this zip do you need before you fix it???

Cannot download it. Any help?

Hi, thanks to erik for hint with right klick on download button --- it worked, so i can check and test this gorgeous theme :)
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Can't download it...is somebody can mail me the theme ? Thank you !

Looks very cool. I'd love to try it out. The download link is broken, though.

Download link is broken!

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big fan of your theme. twitter changed it's api recently, any chance of helping to update the get_twitter calls? (If I get it done myself I'll post it up here folks).

your site and your theme doesnt even work and you lack support on the themes main selling point. FAIL

@cy jeong Download with right click "save file as"... Try it on a windows machine, on mac i get an error al the time :(

I have followed your steps, but the thumbbnails does not apear.
I use Webpress 3.4.1
Please i need help

Hi, I was downloaded "Urban" but it is not work. I mean, It is damaged... how can I do...

Dir, Sir...
I saw just now "PalleA"... which mean I downloaded file. Thanks two... my English is so bad...

Dir, Sir...
I saw just now "PalleA"... which mean I downloaded file. Thanks two... my English is so bad...

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explaining all on the topic of that.

I can not download "Urban theme"... please help...

I have been trying to find a link to download your "Urban" wp theme but having no luck. If you could give me a link I would be so greatful.

Thankyou, Lorrie

Right click on the download link and choose save link then the download works. The file seems to be packed wrongly so unpack file and rezip it - then it works nicely.

tema indirilmiyor lütfen güncellermisiniz...

esta dando erro no php pra baixar este theme :/

your download link is not working please check it... i want to download this theme....


The theme isn't available there are PHP errors. Please help

I love the theme but I too am having a problem downloading it. If you could check it out and see what the problem might be that would be great! Thank you! Can't wait to start using it.

Urban: A Free Wordpress Theme now I can not download the theme. Please help

Where can i find the custom fields?

El tema está genial... de hecho lo voy a utilizar en mi sitio...

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cant download the file. please fix it soon

Also in older Internet Explorer the backcolor for the pages is black and you can't see anything

It does not work in Opera Browser? can it be fixed?

This is perfect for my website http://photo-sketch.me/ , but the problem is I see it does not work in oor my inspera ftallation and other sites i found using it. The post does not open, and the plus sign only appears on the first post. Any fix for this?

Right click to "Download" and save to your computer :) that's all

i found a site where the urban theme can downloaded: http://www.askmizo.com/Downloads/

Can anybody upload a working version since the download link doesn't work :(

download doesn't work.

Hi. I've got this problem when I'm installing Urban theme:PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature.
Hwat should I do? I see for first time that kind of notification.

Download doesn´t work :(

Hi. I ran across your theme and am interested in using it, but could not get the download to work. I'm getting a PHP error. Are you still sharing this file?

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Another great template from you my friend. Kudos for your efforts.

I agree with ErlKoniG, we need a way to make the background resize when the browser is resized, too. E-mail me at battousai386 (at) gmail (dot) com if you know how to. Thanks!

the youtube customfield doesn't work?


Hi, is this theme working with the last version of WordPress in Italian? Is it possible to add ratings?

hi, i just tested this one out.. the lead image displays on the first post but the succeeding posts don't show the images anymore.. what's the fix?

really like the theme!! I'm going to be doing a project that will be a straight 24 hours, is there a way to edit this theme to make it an hourly timeline?

If You want the custom fields to work don't forget to put the video or picture inside the postt!
That fixed it all for me..

Can I somehow translate the months to my language (Portuguese)?

Hello everyone. It would be very interesting to make a change that allows to size the background image according to the size of the monitor that displays the site. I think it would be helpful to everyone, anyone is able to achieve it?

Thanks to all

also, when you klick on the "comment" link or open a picture,ypu can't close the pop-up window that opens - the demo has the same problem...

Custom fields not working at all.
Can I somehow translate the months to my language (Swedish)?

Thanks for any help you can give me

I just wanted to say thank you. This is a really easy to use nice looking template. The comments section took care of the one question I had about how to turn on the custom fields. So again Thank you.

Well, ive spent about an hour looking at this now "lead_image" works fine, its just how you link the image for mine to work i had to use "http://llewellyn-jones.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSCF1533-1024x769.jpg" and as you can see, works perfect.

Having the same problem as @brayoz i have created the custom field "lead_image" and have the url directed to "http://llewellyn-jones.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSCF1533.jpg" i have updated, re-posted etc, same problem, no thumbnail for images

theme still not working, doesn't create thumbails from images, creates from yt videos but you can't see them.

@Bart Cornelissens 3

the image is called bg.jpg and is located in wp-content/themes/urban/images ?

Above the YEAR and MONTH row is it possible to insert a new row for DATES ?? I will have loads of posts per month although content will be very less per post.. This will complete the theme for me..


Custom field are not working , please advice.

put the image inside the themes/urban/images and name it bg.jpg

bg_image still doesn't show up -> did set the persmissions to 777, even recoded some css. Still no bg-image on the screen. Anyone out there who has the solution?! thx

hi i tried using this theme for my offline portfolio on a local server. i was able to add the custom field lead_image to every post but when i go to the timeline it's still white. anything im doing wrong?

How2: show your custom fields again in wordpress-admin:

There is a panel near the top of the screen when you are editing a post that says "screen options".

You can check to enable the custom fields again on that panel.

Custom fields tab are not added when installing the themes, please help, because i would love to use this theme

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Youtube doesnt work with the custom field, it's only a white area with the titel... hmmm..

can you help me?

Custom field are not working , please advice.


The background image was not working. I set the permissions to 777 and it worked.

Hi. I love this theme. How can I make the background image in full screen as in the demo? Sorry, but they are just starting out.

How can I add custom fields??

Where can i find the custom fields?

is it possible to change the list of months to year? how can i do that? thank you

Hi! Please tell me how can I add header image to the theme?

I need a coustomization of the list of months in the main page.

My localization is es_ES latin an i need show the list of months in spanish language.

Do you help me please

I love this theme, but is there a solution to the not working lead_image, like more people commented? I've got the same problem.

Download is not working??

i tihnk its cause some videos have ads in the front and those are the ones that dont play.. i noticed that..

Hey, is there some reason some youtube videos play and some don't?

is it possible to make the arrows on the time line scroll? i ask cause i have a couple post in the same month and my viewers to the site cant see my old post till the next month comes us. thanks - great theme.

the youtube videos aint working once u hit the magnifying glass.. any solutions to fixing it?

Any new update?

nice informative post, thanks for sharing ··

I REALLY like that background, where do I get it?

image:lead no works ????? help me

For those wondering about the background... it's in the css... if you save your bg as bg.jpg and put it in the images directory... it should show


thx paul


Hi Paul,

Like many others, I seem not to have the option to add a background image or a custom field. Please update us on this issue as I would love to use your theme if this can be fixed. It is certainly the best I seen. Very unique.

Many thanks

hi very nice theme but it seems can crash very easily, if i open my blog using IE, my browser got hang

in Firefox i can't close page and post display

Awesome theme!
But I can´t find any custom fields, nor any way in the control panel to load a background image. Am I missing something?


I like the demo of this theme, but can't seem to figure out how to fix the timeline (and dates of posts);

none of the pictures show up on the main page and there doesn't seem to be an option to fix them please help me!

ciao, bellissimo tema. E' possibile variare la catalogazione dei post?? Ovvero ordinarli per categorie e tag?

Amazing theme! thank you!

I can't use the urban settiengs.. any updatE?

Same here, no custom field option. Also cant work out how to add background image, can you help please? L.O.V.E. this theme!

WordPress 3.1.2 support? I freshly install version 3.1.2 on local environment using XAMPP. I tried to use this theme, no custom field option, can not access to 'Urban Settings'. Any fix or update.

youtube video don't work , home page don't display image and video , please fix it and tell me how to do , thanks.

have a problem with this theme. The "lead_image" doesn't work. Images aren't shown on main page. Why? :-(

I've downloaded the theme and uploaded it to Wordpress. Its activated and all my posts are in the new theme but I can't find any way in the control panel to load a background image. Am I missing something?

Could you get rid of the __MACOSX directories in the zip file?

Hi Paul,

The question is that i don't manage to display the picture of any post with the custom field : 'lead_image'... that's it !!


Hello! I love this template and I'm using but I've a problem that the images/videos doesn't show on the site... here's the site:


as you can see in the "Me cago en dios" entry there isn't no image :( what could it be?

Hi Paul! Great theme.. not sure what i am doing wrong, i copied the theme into the directory, choose the theme, and all i get is a blank white page with the main about post. how do i get the theme to work? am i missing a step?

I don't even see the webpage correctly? All i get is a white page with no pictures and no pages. doesn't look anything like the theme? am i missing something?

Hi there.

I absolutely LOVE this theme. It is far superior to any other themes I've seen. I want to use it so badly but am having a few problems. It seems none of the javascript is working. I can't get any of the movement to work. The only error anything has shown me is in functions.js, saying:

Uncaught TypeError: Object # has no method 'livequery'

I'm not sure what to do. Thank you SO much for the theme. It really is the best one I've seen. And thanks for any help you can give.


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srederique 8 years ago

Your theme is exacly what for I looked, thanks.
But (there is always a but...) the following code, placed in the single.php file doesn't seem to work:

'Pages: ', 'after' => '', 'next_or_number' => 'number', 'echo'=> 1 )); ?>

Is there something to do to activate the display of the "pages number " ?

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denis 8 years ago

how much more for solving images and videos problems?

The timeline spanish translate problem:
in functions.php in 465 line I change this:

echo date('F', strtotime($arrmonth));

for this:

echo date_i18n('F', strtotime($arrmonth));

and now the month is in spanish but the pop ups with the number of post and comments no work.

The timeline spanish translate problem:

in functions.php in 465 line I change this:

for this:

and now the month is in spanish but the pop ups with the number of post and comments no work.

Hi Paul,

I can,t translate to spanish the month of the timeline. In the files of the theme there isn't the month list, and I change the english month names of the wordpress locale.php and class-simplepie.php to spanish and no work. Where is the month list?, How I can translate the timeline to Spanish?

thanks, great theme.

hi paul,

try to set up your wonderful theme URBAN
but there are some problems with lead_image and youtube
are there any problems known with wordpress 2.9.2?

tahnx in advance for any hint

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Hi Paul,

I'm having a weird error when viewing my site in IE, that a few clients have reported also. The homepage loads fine, but when you click on one of the posts in the timeline, the screen just turns black (rather than displaying the post). I haven't had any problems in firefox, safari or opera.


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Does the youtube feature still work with 9.2? I can't get it to work. Photos working fine though.

Hello, I'm using the latest build of wordpress. I just installed this theme to a fresh website. The theme is up but when I try to add a photo per the directions above it doesn't display the photo in the timeline. It just displays a white box. Is there a trick to get this to work? Perhaps a certain file format?

Jeff Walker 8 years ago

Hello, I recently installed the latest version of wordpress to my site. The theme is running however I can't post pics or video. I follow the instructions above but the pics and/or video don't show up in the timeline. Do they have to be a certain format. Are the directions about correct??

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Hi there, have a problem. Am trying to implement Youtube following manual above.
The movies show but have no sound. I run a local install at this point.

Als my Twitter is not showing anything. My username is entered without the "@" sign.

please help!

Sharon 9 years ago

Two questions, if I may. How do I exclude child pages from the main navigation menu, but link to them from other pages? I have quite a large site, so the navigation needs a lot of organising. Secondly, sometimes when I open a page it tends to 'freeze' and I have to keep reloading; any idea what's causing it to do this? I'm using Firefox, if that helps.

I'm Using The Theme In http://squarerootofpi.tv/blog/

BTW ... Awesome Work! Also With Viewport. Keep On!

Is It Possible To Embed A Video From Vimeo Or Other Flash Animation ?

i Suppose There Is A Way ... But I'm Not A Programmer Or Any ... i Know Just A Little About HTML

Would Be Nice If You Can Help


Hi Paul,

I tried re-downloading the Urban theme, but then it says that the 'Stylesheet' is missing... Ca you help?

Hi Paul,
love your work, and favored it for my site. I use Urban and have problems setting up video.. I did as you explain here, but nothing comes up on the post. Now, I'm a noobie at this so I only did exactly the actions you mentioned above for a new post. Tried writing youtube in the Custom field name and the browser link in the value section. In the value section I tried both a vimeo and a youtube link, would a vimeo video also work?
Final question: when will your new theme be available?

I installed the urban theme and i love it but as you can see here http://badbug.blogsite.org/ the lead_image nor the youtube tag aren't working to display a post image. Can you please help (if you need I can provide the user and the password).I really vant these theme to work.

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rheuvink 9 years ago

Hi Paul,

Thnx for the great urban theme. I really love it. I managed to migrate my >150 posts from joomla to wordpress and have installed the urban theme. For all the articles i've configured a lead image, so the complete timeline has images, this looks amazing. I ran into the problem that the website gets to big.
On the net i've found an updates version of timthumb.php, so i managed to get the lead images down to round 15kb a peace. But stil 150*15kb is large load for a website.
Is there any way to cut the timeline in peaces? (ie max 50 posts, of all posts 1 year --> with button 'older posts'??)
Thnx for any help!

Great site!! Just wondering if there is a way to increase the max posts it will show. I kind of went nuts and loaded about 30 posts/ images and it only shows a few before returning to the beginning..

Hi I have a problem. The slider and the menu are not working. What can I do ?

Elgatha 9 years ago

I just wanted to let everyone know that, i figured out the timeline issue with URBAN. check to see if you are running php4 i switched mine to php5 and now it works like a dream. hope this helps you guys out who are having issues with the timeline.

Elgatha 9 years ago

has anyone here figured out why the timeline in URBAN doesn ot work, it only displays December 1969, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sharon 9 years ago

Hi, just wondering how I would go about changing the background image? Also, is there a Twitter plugin that I need to use for this theme? I get an error message when I try to test it with Twitter enabled.

Also experiencing the December 1969 problem. Any ideas?

Michael 9 years ago

Coooool, very very very cool theme! I like it !

Hello Paul and everyone, my timeline displays 1970 and only january as month. As anyone find a solution on this? The theme is great!

When I upload the theme I get this error:
Warning: file(/home/markg12/public_html/messenjaz.com/wp-content/themes/urban_1.0_3/style.css) [function.file]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/markg12/public_html/messenjaz.com/wp-includes/theme.php on line 180

Warning: implode() [function.implode]: Invalid arguments passed in /home/markg12/public_html/messenjaz.com/wp-includes/theme.php on line 180

Is there anyway to find that skateboard image?

Thank you.

such a great theme for photoblog! I found this 3hrs ago, and voila i've created my own photoblog named "PHOOD" (stands for Photo-Food :) http://phood.umifadilah.net

Just great, great job.. very happy now :)
Thanks Paul for making my photoblog looks cool..

Elgatha 9 years ago

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Elgatha 9 years ago

HI, I recently downloaded Urban to my word press and all i get is december and 1969 can you help with this. I love this theme and would like to continue using it.

Hi, great theme. I was having some issues with it, hope you could help? My images are not showing up, nor is a background, its just all white. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Any help is appreciated, thx.

wow! nice theme never seen before!!!
great work !
but ( XD) i think there is a problem inside ViewPort 1.0.
If i try to find something for example the word "hello", the page with 6 results dont have the slide, like normal post!
but i have more of 6 posts with the word "hello" ...i can see only the more 6 recently posts.

hope to be understandable :)

Patrick 9 years ago

Hi Paul!
I'm writing to you, because I have a one question to you. I will talk about timeline. It's great think for me and it's working without problems, but I want to change a language of this theme and the last think to do on my list is translate the names of month to my language. Where can I find it? Sorry for my bad english.

PS. I can't wait for your new theme. When you publish it?

Hi Paul,

I love this theme... best I've seen so far and am currently using it on blog.I do have two problems and a question. P1) When I click on the bottom button "Hot" (I could send you a screenshot of it if you like), it scrolls up codes about missing links, error line:XXX... Do you know why it's doing that? P2) I followed the instruction to display my "lead_image" for my posts but they do not appear on the homepage, it only shows the title and the bottom is white. And lastly, Q) Is there somewhere or a way in the theme where we can add advertisement? That sums up my message... again Paul, nice job on this theme!!!

Hope this gets to you soon,

Thank you,


wrong url, must be www.peterduif.nl/wordpress/


tnx for your great theme. I really love it.
I`m going to use it as a personal blog..

made a modification to the background . still busy with the css.
But most important is that i managed to solve the overlay problem (proud of it cause i`m not a programmer :) ).
Just have a look at http:// www.peterduif.com

Gr Peter

extruendo 9 years ago

it could change the timeline and insert categories or titles of articles?

jules 9 years ago

Hi paul, tasty themes and many thanks for your free share quality.
But same mistake, the timeline.. Why some people have different date ?
For me only january 1970.

Well it looks like it stripped it anyway. Oh well, you can probably figure it out from that.

I did realize a downside to this method: The "back" links persist to pages that are permalinked, i.e. viewed individually/direct-linked, and not pulled up as overlays from the main page/timeline. I haven't put much thought into the options yet, but I'm sure there's a way to determine whether the page is pulled up as an overlay using the php/javascript functions and insert the "Back" links accordingly.

Okay, here's the code again, with spaces inserted around the tags to keep the blog from stripping them:

Add this to the top of single.php:

function clearoverlays() {

Then find where you want the BACK link to appear in the single.php file (I put mine next to the comments at the top right). Note there are TWO sections for the header area of the post; if you put it in the first one your link WILL NOT SHOW UP. Keep scrolling down the page and you'll see the same code repeated for the header - time, comments, tags/categories. Again, use the second one.

To make the link, put in:

The class="back" is optional, it simply refers to a new class I created in the stylesheet to tweak the border styling of the link.


sprocket87 @ gmail.com

Update: looks like it stripped out the HTML code I had in. If you need more detail, email me at sprocket87 @ gmail.com

I also put the wrong link in to my blog to see this in action. Should've been: http://www.jkingweb.com/blog


I, like many others, was having issues with the post overlay not clearing when clicking on the background every time. Pressing ESC on the keyboard worked better but not 100%. The only surefire guarantee was to click the page title link at the top left, which would reload the entire page, not clear the overlay.

Looking through the functions.js file, I don't see why it's NOT working (my javascript is VERY poor), but I came up with an alternate method that, so far, works 100% of the time.

All I did was add a link to the top of the single post template that says "BACK". When you click on it, it calls the clearoverlays(); function. It works every time in my testing. Although I'd prefer it if the background click-to-clear method worked reliably, this is at least an alternate method for the user to go back instead of refreshing the page.

Since I suck at Javascript, I couldn't figure out how to call the clearoverlay(); function (that lives in functions.js) from within the single.php file. So I just put it inline as follows:

function clearoverlays() {

Then I found where I wanted my "Back" link to be in the post (mine is just to the right of the Categories at the top of each post), and I created a link with a property of onClick="clearoverlays();"
It looks like this:


The class just refers to a new CSS class I added to the stylesheet to control the font. I also drew a pink 1px border around my BACK link and put a vertical divider | in to separate it from the categories.

You can see it in action on my blog: http://www.jlkphotos.com/blog
If for some reason the HTML of this post doesn't show up you can email me: sprocket87 @ gmail.com

You could alternatively use an image (big gray X or something) instead of a text link to go back. You could also put this link in at the end of your post as well, to let people go back that way too.

I also added this code to the page.php file so it works the same way there.

Thanks to Paul for the awesome work with this theme! Hopefully you can get the background click thing sorted out, but I hope this workaround is helpful for some people.

Love the timeline theme, but like many of the other posters - have the date issue with the timeline. Mine is DECEMBER for all my posts, and the only year is 1969. Have any of the other commenters figured this one out? I'm on WP 2.8.6 btw, but it sounds like issues existed since 2.8.4 anyway.

Great theme though - and I hope I can get it working. ;)

Paulo 9 years ago

Really nice theme Paul! Just one question, how do I put an image set a big image for the background?

Hi paul,
I have exactly the same problem as the others but to me it appears the date is 1970 and the month is January
(it's the same problem that astrodelmattino) .

My wordpress version is 2.8.5
Do you know how to solve this problem?

Many thanks,

Loving the theme so far....although I am one of the several getting the bug with the Month being all the same. I was wondering if there is a way to make the post/pages wider? So that they would fit a larger image within the post. Also was wondering if it is able to be changed so that the thumbnails on the front page could be larger as well. Thanks again.

check out this article - it will help you a lot with date issues :)


Hi Paul,
When u upgraded WP to 2.8.4, did you try creating a new entry for a date in the past? Did that work for you? I've also tried importing data into WP - via xml but still have the same display problems, OCTOBER 2009. hmm

the most awesome excellent handsome beautiful theme i've seen!
It goes beyond the old looking blog and forward into future website design.
I appreciate the 800*600 article display
All the content are organized in an urban way! really cool!
I come from China, if you like to visit the country you can contact with me!
Good luck Paul!

Hi Paul,
I appreciate your work very much! I really like this design and programming work. My Problem is, that the theme does not show the static sites, older posts or last.fm stuff. The Links are shown, but there is no popup window for the content. Do you know this kind of problem?
This morning I will upload this theme to my wordpress. I tried it on my local webspace.

Thanks for all


Hi everyone, still working on the timeline issues - I upgraded the demo to Wordpress 2.8.4 today and there are no problems so we can rule that out as a possibility.

@S - the overlay should be cleared when clicked on although I agree it doesn't always work. Not really sure how to remedy that is the Javascript couldn't really be more optimized :/

thanks for awesome theme!
I have figured out a little trouble and I would like to ask you, if you can help me fixing it... If you go to post/page and then you want to go back to timeline, if you are clicking at background (out of thickbox/lightbox window), cursor becomes hand and clicking doesn't hide the post/page window.
Using ESCape works after 3 or 4 attempts...

I am spotting this issue when browsing your demo in IE, Chrome and Firefox too...

Is there any possibility to add (in future version or update) somewhere little "close" button, as you have here, at your site? Mabye in top right corner of thickbox (lightbox)?

Thanks for perfect share! Your work is awesome.

dear paul,
i have mostly the same problems like delano.
i uploaded all my posts more or less on the same date. I set the correct date for each post in wordpress (which is shown correctly in wordpress) and the posts are all in correct order but the timline only shows october 2009 .Can you please help me on this? Because this timeline is the beauty of it. would it also possible to integrate
the original youtube frame instead of the link? your theme is very exeptional therfor i hope you can help me on this. thanks. remy

Hi Paul,
I'm pretty new to wordpress and really like your 'Urban' theme - its fantastic. I'm having some problems though with managing 'date' entries. I have wordpress 2.8.4 and I would like to add some entries from my portfolio ranging back to 2004. Each dummy entry I put in is displayed as a new instance of 'OCTOBER' 2009 (this month). And it doesn't recognise the 'Published on' change that I make on the RHS of the edit screen. I've even tried entering the data in MySQL at the dates I want but wordpress still doesn't display it as 2004, 2005, etc its always a new entry of 'OCTOBER' 2009.
Any help appreciated - thx.

paul I have the same problem as the others but to me it appears the date is 1970 and the month is January. how to solve this problem?

Hi Paul.

I'm having trouble with the Urban timeline overlapping when I add more than 100 posts. After the 100th post I'm troubled with more than one timeline; of which the posts are no longer searchable.


Love the theme, I did have a question or two. On my blog it only seems to show one month for the blog posts even though they span several months. Also I was wondering if there is anyway to make the picutres/exerpts larger on the home page?

Michael 9 years ago

I love the theme... can't get the video to work though. Also, when someone posts a comment, it's sort of stuck at that point. Have to click on the blog title to come out of the post... ??

Love your work by the way. It's truly exceptional.

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I really want to use URBAN as a theme for my design portfolio on wordpress, but I can't get the dates to show correctly. I have installed/reinstalled the theme and wordpress on my server several times and the year still reads as "1969" and the month is always "December." I have tried changing the publish date under the publish immediately tab on the post and the date is still always the same. Any suggestions? I am really impressed by your work, btw. I am a print designer and know very little about the programming end, but your stuff is awesome, Good work.

Hey Paul,

Super awesome theme! I am however experiencing a minor hiccup with the time line, it shows 2 December 1969's! It may be because I am running off Wordpress MU and there is a plug-in that is conflicting with it, but I'm not certain of it.


hey Nick, how did you get the timeline displaying the right date? Mine displays 1969 as start year (and only year) and every month is december. No matter what date I post the blog.

The timeline theme that you have recently released is really great. I have a
few questions regarding the theme: Is it possible to interchange the dates
on the posts? (Example: having posts dated back to 2005, and then from there
on having the timeline continue to present day.) Also is it possible to link
the images? So when a user clicks the image, the image links to an external
website. One final question, when a user clicks on an image is there a way
that the image can be blown up and isolated, basically viewing that image at
a larger size on its own?

Hi, I am trying to locate the link to view previous posts - instead of finally figuring out to use my arrows on the keyboard. Is a previous/next post link available? How do I insert such?


Hi Paul,
What a great theme! I downloaded it and tried it on my blog: http://blog.spacemonkeys.nl. Looks great. But I do have a few problems with it. Hope you can help me out. I'm not a programmer, so..

The timeline doesn't display the dates. Do I have to change a setting somewhere?
The lead image only seems to work when i've uploaded the image to my wordpress, but not as a link to an outside address.
And when i try to post a youtube video it doesn't display the video screenshot. (I embedded the vid in the post and used the url in the custom field tab.)

And would there bea way to have the background as a slideshow?

Really nice work. Looking forward to the next theme Not Just Another Theme. Maybe we could get in touch. My site needs a redesign and I was looking just a desktop site like that.

Many thanks,

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