Testing a port of the Kubrick 1.2.5 template.

There was a request in the ExpressionEngine forums for someone to convert a template called Kubrick 1.2.5 from WordPress over to ExpressionEngine so I figured I’d take a whack at it. You can see what the original Word Press version looks like here and you can see my attempt at converting it to EE here. I’ve only done the main index so far, but I hope to have the whole thing completed by the end of this weekend, possibly sooner if my copy of The Sims 2 doesn’t arrive. SEB won’t be switching to that template anytime soon, but once it’s done I’ll make it available for download to anyone who wants it. I may leave it available as an alternate SEB template for those folks who like it. If there are any other templates out there that are free to modify for use in other systems you guys would like to see me convert then just drop me a line and let me know. Meanwhile, put this one through it’s paces and let me know what you think.

12 thoughts on “Testing a port of the Kubrick 1.2.5 template.

  1. I actually used Kubrick on a friend’s blog (running WordPress) and I do like it a hell of a lot more than the standard WP template that comes out of the box.  The CSS makes a lot more sense and is intelligently modularized and the template itself makes a lot more sense and is excessively commented.

    I was thinking of going Kubrick on my blog, but I’m running the latest CVS version (1.3 a2) which doesn’t play as nicely with the Kubrick system.  I’ll just wait till it’s officla for 1.3 and most likely switch over.

    Awesome job converting it!  smile

  2. I should have recognized that the RippleWeb template was similar. Had I realized it was already converted I would’ve just pointed them to you instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

  3. I like your port, Les.  As I stated previously, mine is really hacked up because I really don’t know what I’m doing…  big surprise

    Anyway, your port would be a great addition to the upcoming template site I’m trying to get off the ground.  cheese

  4. Just thought I’d mention that I’ve got the comments page working, though again with some compromises.

    I see now why this was such a confusing template for folks as there’s a lot of small PHP snippets outputting different text depending on things like if comments are present or not or if they’re allowed or not. Alas, the conditional checking built into EE at the moment doesn’t allow for quite the same flexibility as straight PHP so I’ve had to drop some of these flourishes.

    I’m debating offering two versions of the template to folks: One that uses nothing but native EE tags and one that would require turning on PHP parsing so it can use similar PHP snippets to provide the same functionality.

    Still, it looks pretty good overall.

  5. Learning slowly to get using my copy of Expression Engine I will be happy to build my new site around your port of Kubrick, thanks a lot for your effort!  smile

  6. This reminds me of how I’ve been meaning to move on from Greymatter. The template in question here is similar to how my page is laid out too. I still haven’t decided what I want to use for the new blog though. I need someone to just tell me what to use and get on with it.

  7. It really does come down to what you want to do and how much you’re willing to spend. If you’re only running a single blog with a single author then MT, pMachine, or WP would be probably your best bet. All three can be used for free, have plenty of the most common features, and active support communities. A lot of folks forget that pMachine is still out there and still being developed. It’s a good starting point for folks who aren’t sure if they need something like EE.

    My biggest complaint about WP is that the templates aren’t separate from the code. You’re literally taking your template and inserting PHP function calls where you need database content. This can be somewhat confusing if you’re familiar with packages like MT, but it does make for a very powerful and flexible way to build a website as you can use PHP code at will. This allows you to build any features it doesn’t already provide on the fly if you know how. That single index.php file also handles the main page, comments, and archives requiring only the single edit to style the whole site. If you’re familiar with PHP, or want to be, and don’t mind setting up a new install for every blog then WP is certainly worthy of considering. I’m just not overly fond of how it does templates at the moment or the need for multiple installs for multiple blogs.

    If your needs are such that you would probably need to buy a license to use MT then it becomes more of a situation where you’d compare it to EE. Back when MT was free I wouldn’t even consider EE, but with the advent of the licensing it’s now worth looking at what each gives you for your dollar. This could get rather lengthy, though, so if you really want me to do a good comparison of the two let me know and I’ll write a full-fledged entry on it.

    Suffice it to say that if your needs are such that you’d have to go with the $99 MT license then I’d suggest you give EE a good look. If you could get by with the $69 license then it becomes a tougher call as EE doesn’t have a price level to match that. You can download a test install of EE to play around with for a couple of weeks if you want to try it out.

  8. Textpattern is also a clean and small package, something between blog and CMS, but still in gamma version, and you have to write your templates. Have a look at textpattern.com

  9. Thanks Les. I guess it should be easy for me seeing that I just want something that’s simple to use. I’m not to worried about tons of features and I just have one blog. The one thing missing in Greymatter that has me looking is a simple way to do an automatic RSS feed. I have so many visitors that bug me about this, but it’s just not that simple with Greymatter. My needs are basic. Write posts with a simple system to insert links, images, and pop-up image windows. A way to ban IP’s for comment SPAM and a fairly simple way to get everything including comments from my current blog to the new one, including a similar design. It seems that MT would be my logical choice at this point. I’ve had this bookmark on my bookmark bar for the page on MT’s site that deals with migrating from Greymatter. I just need to jump in I guess. I will give someone ten dollars to do it for me grin

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