To install, run nikola theme -i gruberwine

The GruberWine Theme


This theme is based on Zen-jinja, at least visually. But it takes most of its cues from two well-known blogs: John Gruber's Daring Fireball, and Dave Winer's Scripting News. Hence the name.

What That Means

There are two key specialisms that come from those sites. First, Daring Fireball-style link posts are supported. If your post includes a URL in the link metadata, then your post's title will link to that URL, instead of being the permalink for the post. The post's timestamp will be its permalink.

Second, Winer's titleless microblog posts are supported. If any of the following conditions are true, the title will not be displayed:

  • the type metadata is set to micro
  • the title metadata is blank
  • the title metadata is set to "NO TITLE" (as is the case for posts imported from WordPress without titles).

What happens if both of those interact? To be quite honest, I haven't tried that! I expect it to behave as a microblog post; in other words, Wine(r) will win over Gruber.

Extra Functionality

There are also two new templates:

  • post_list_with_expansion.tmpl is used where list_post would otherwise be used. If the post's title is not to be displayed, as for microblog posts explained above, then it displays the posts content.
  • posts_today.tmpl displays the posts published today, in chronological order (not reverse-chronological).

If you want to see it in action, visit my own site,

Using it

As for the Zen themes, you must use the type of NAVIGATION_LINKS in

Suggested Configuration:

        ('/index.html', 'Home', 'fa fa-home'),
        ('/archive.html', 'Archives', 'fa fa-folder-open'),
        ('/categories/index.html', 'Tags', 'fa fa-tags'),
        ('/rss.xml', 'RSS', 'fa fa-rss'),
        ('', 'About me', 'fa fa-user'),
        ('', 'My Twitter', 'fab fa-twitter'),
        ('', 'My Github', 'fab fa-github'),

Issues? Questions?

You can report issues with this theme and request help via GitHub Issues (themes repository).

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