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Mesocolumn – Responsive Free WordPress BuddyPress Theme

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Mesocolumn is a blog, magazine, community and eCommerce free WordPress theme. You can choose a blog style layout or featured category magazine grid layout for homepage. The Theme is built with semantic HTML5 and CSS3 for modern browser. With the responsive layout, it will look good in any mobile device such as android phone, iphone or ipad. On top of that, the theme also support popular community WordPress plugin, BuddyPress and popular ecommerce WordPress plugin, WooCommerce. Need to setup forums? No worry, the theme also support WordPress Forums plugin, BBPress.

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Excellent Free WordPress Theme for Multisite

With the built-in theme options to control logo, favorite icon, colors, headers, background and many more features, it is a best compatible and suited theme for anyone running a WordPress Multisite. You can let your network users choose their own colors, fonts, headers and backgrounds according to their choice to customize their site.

With over 600+ Google web fonts to choose from and unlimited color schemes to play with. User can brand their own site with the logo and favorite icon uploads in theme options.

Want to built a Community?

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With the built in support for BuddyPress, you can setup instant community website using this free WordPress theme, no tweak or customize to template needed.

Want to sell your own products?

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The theme also support WooCommerce and JigoShop WordPress Ecommerce Plugin. With a customize grid based product layout with distinct short description, get those orders running in no time!

Using Adsense and Advertisement Banner

If you need to monetize your site, this free WordPress theme comes with built-in advertisement placement options such as 728×90 or 468×60 leader-board banner in top header, medium and large rectangle banner in right sidebar, single post top and bottom.

Each Category with own colors

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The theme had built in category color options which you can setup each category own unique colors. Let each of your category had it own distinct colors.

v1.6+, color options is in wp-admin->posts->categories->your category->edit category->select color. same goes for tag etc. for page, when create or edit page, there’s a add color metabox in right top side.

Built for Mobile and Desktop

Truly one of the best responsive free WordPress theme today. With its responsive mobile friendly design, its compatible with devices like Desktop, Tablet, small phone, i-Pad, iPhone, and Android Phones too. Try resizing your browsers to see different layout option.

People Love this Free WordPress Theme

I’m using Mesocolumn for designing my website as a delivery system of my lessons. Thank you, Richie KS, for creating this theme for us. You help not only me but also my students. I’ve also appreciated your quick response and great support.

Huriken

User at WordPress.org

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The best theme there is if you need a theme that works well with BuddyPress. Especially if you need widgets exclusively for the BP-pages. Highly recommended.

Janebletz

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I’ve used this theme for a Faq site. Perfect. An now on a new Forum website underco. with bbPress. No problem, no troubles. We’ve done some work in php for our needs, and the child-theme works.
OK with any new version of WordPress, and so with the theme.
So, 5 star 🙂

Alessandrarossi

User at WordPress.org

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Themes looks very nice and also responsive (no need to worry on mobile optimization!). There are a lot of features worth using as well. Thanks!

Motionape

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I have always loved the freedom to choose what I do with my theme without all the coding complications and payments. This Theme is by far the best!

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For more testimonial and reviews, go to the theme’s WordPress.org reviews page.

Here’s the theme full list Features

– BuddyPress, BBPress, Jigoshop and WooCommerce Ready.
– Page Templates for blog with excerpt, blog with full content, full width, sitemap and links.
– Logo and Favorite icon WordPress core built-in.
– 700+ Google Web Fonts with Font Previews to choose from.
– Color Options for each Category.
– Unlimited Color Choices for navigation, sidebar, footer and links.
– Featured Category Grid or Blog Layout in homepage.
– Unlimited Sidebar Featured Category Widgets.
– Google or any embed advertisement code in header, sidebar, post loop and single post top and bottom.
– WordPress Built-in Custom Header, Background and Menu Supported.
– Schema markup support *can be disable or enable.
– Custom widgets such as Featured category, Most Commented and Recent Comments.
– Localization Ready ( mo and po file inside language folder ).

Schema markup, addthis social sharing, social counter, twitter and flickr feed widgets are now under Social Jet WordPress Plugin

Don’t believe me?, check out the live demo in top right.

Mesocolumn How to (FAQ)

1. Using script code without shortcoder
For security reason, script type code is disable in theme options. to enable it read faq.txt
2. How to add Left Sidebar?
Download this zip and upload to wp-content/, if you already had meso-custom-functions.php in wp-content/, just copy paste the code into it.
3. Replace mobile menu with 2 dropdown mobile menu from previous version?
update to latest mesocolumn v1.6.5.1 via themes. download this zip
http://cdn.dezzain.com/1/2016/11/meso-dropdown-mobile.zip
and unzipped it, and upload the ‘meso-custom-functions.php’ into ../wp-content/
*if meso-custom-functions.php already exist, copy paste the code into it.
the double dropdown mobile menu should showed instead of mobile menu. clear cache etc first.

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1.6.5.1
WordPress 3.8.1
Version 1.6.5.1

- update to same version on wordpress reposity trac

Version 1.6.5

- tested with WordPress 4.4.1
- tested with PHP7 and reconstruct custom functions
- customizer now fully supported
- updated Google web fonts listing
- remove theme options. now using customizer api setting
- remove category color options. now on posts->category or taxonomy->edit category color
- remove page color options. now on edit page->page color option
- remove get_theme_option(), using faster setting query with get_theme_mod()
- remove 'sidebar banner setting' in new customizer setting
- remove dropdown mobile menu and added new mobile custom menu
- fixed image alt did not follow image alt text options in media setting
- fixed post author link with space in url
- fixed homepage featured category messed up if slider did not show up
- fixed top header advertisement shortcode issue
- new option for text count in homepage featured category
- new option to enable and disable first image grab for featured thumbnails
- new option separating article and breadcrumb schema options
- new custom post type multi widget
- new faq.txt

Version 1.6.4.1

- fixed woocommerce function error after updated to woocommerce v2.3.2

Version 1.6.4

- replace TEMPLATE_DOMAIN language string to theme slug 'mesocolumn' for theme submit guideline
- separate responsive css with style css
- fixed margin error for left and right in larger browser size
- add ins background transparent style to remove yellow background
- featured slider with post ID now support all custom post type
- cache categoy color for query optimization
- updated superfish js and css to latest version
- added font weight for font options
- added thumbnail, medium or large featured image option for blog and archive list
- added default blog or magazine style for blog post
- added image size option for featured category homepage
- added options to enable or disable built-in schema.org markup
- added options to enable or disable responsiveness

Version 1.6.3

- added microformat for Google snippet test passed
- fixed ads right widget shortcodes issue

Version 1.6.2

- Tested compatible with WordPress 3.8 and latest BBPress, BuddyPress, Woocommerce and Jigoshop
- added thumbnail and medium choice for featured category widgets
- added rtl style support
- added featured slider height options
- fixed buddypress random group function error bug
- fixed theme options->general reset bug
- fixed comment_template inside child theme issue
- validate HTML5
- update fontawesome to latest version and remove from theme. use netdna cdn source instead
- fix spelling error for advertisment.php file
- Right advertisement block and sidebar tab are now sortable via widget
- remove custom-functions.php in theme and moved to wp-content. read faq.txt

Version 1.6.1

- added tabbed for theme options
- optimize database save options into array with register_setting() for lesser db query *need to re-save all options
- replace h1 with h2 in archive/index page for seo purpose.
- logo and fav icon upload disable, now use full path url save instead.
- Remove/disable script insertion in theme options for security reason. Read FAQ #11 how to use script with shortcodes
- skip version 1.5.8 - 1.6 for theme review revision

Version 1.5.7

- Tested compatible with WordPress 3.7 and latest BBPress, BuddyPress, Woocommerce and Jigoshop
- Fixed language string not working in theme options
- Edit featured category option using category id to fix none-english and latin greek character slug bug
*you may need to resave the featured category in theme options
- Fixed missing BBpress login widget in Firefox
- Added support for jigoshop ecommerce plugin
- new option: disable or enable shop custom grid style
- Added 4 more Homepage Featured Category to total of 10
- Added category color support for woocommerce or jigoshop category
- removed front-page.php
- moved custom.css to wp-admin->appereance->custom css

Version 1.5.6

- remove remaining schema.org markup for header,sidebar and footer
- fixed homepage featured category with '&' in category name
*you may need to resave the featured category in theme options
- re-edit theme footer credits

Version 1.5.5

- moved custom.css to theme root for easier editor edits
- redefine functions prefix
- new option: control excerpt word count
- new option: editable read more text
- new option: hide and show comment close notice
- new option: related post count
- new option: enable or disable archives header

Version 1.5.4

- removed none gpl subtle background image *did not have any use in theme btw
- change theme footer credits link
- home featured category count now controlable via theme options

Version 1.5.3

- skipped version *ignore

Version 1.5.2

- removed addons folder and schema.php *both are now plugin dependable
- added 2 more featured category for homepage
- change featured image alt for better seo purpose

Version 1.5.1

- tested compatible with latest BuddyPress 1.8.1
- add compatibility with WordPress MU Sitewide Tag Imported Featured Images
- replace get_the_title with the_title_attribute in title html for images and links

Version 1.5

- starting from v1.5, addons folder will be in separate download to meet the requirement of theme submission in wordpress.org theme reposity.
- a simple download and drop the addons folder into theme will activate all the extra features

Version 1.4.4

- fixed missing google analystic in theme options
- fixed minor navigation css error

Version 1.4.3

- tested with WordPress 3.6+ and 3.7 bleed
- templating changes *clean install required - you need to delete previous theme and replace with the version (do not copy paste into current theme version)
- all extra component and features are now under addons folder *to pass theme guideline submission
- added addthis publisher id options
- update google web font list to latest

Version 1.4

- tested compatible with latest WordPress 3.5.2 and BuddyPress 1.8
- moved wp_enqueue_script() call to footer
- added option to enable WordPress breadcrumbs
- update twitter api functions
- added option to disable built-in Facebook Open Graph
- added 'page color options' similiar to 'category color options'
- fixed ie8 featured grid error
- update fancybox to latest version

Version 1.3

- update twitter widget and social counter with twitter api v1.1
- add global twitter dev api key and token setting in theme options
- remove lightbox rel in comment text

Version 1.2

- use category id string to store category color options
- fixed reset in category color options

Version 1.1

- follow Theme Unit Test Guideline
- fix buddypress sidebar
- theme check passed
- add child theme support

Version 1.0

- new release

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  1. Hi, i cannot translate “Related Posts” in the .po file. Is there a way to translate it? Thank you so much.

    Public CommentUserHi, i cannot translate "Related Posts" in the .po file. Is there a way to translate it? Thank you so much.
    • open lib/templates/related.php and edit the text or add this to functions.php

      function meso_custom_reltext() {
      return 'MY RELATED TEXT';
      }
      add_filter('meso_related_text','meso_custom_reltext');
      Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratoropen lib/templates/related.php and edit the text or add this to functions.php
      • Thank you so much!
        Another question: can i solve the problem of the blurry related posts thumbnails?

        Public CommentUserThank you so much! Another question: can i solve the problem of the blurry related posts thumbnails?
        • search this code in same file

          <?php echo dez_get_featured_post_image($thepostlink, "</a>", 250, 250, "aligncenter", "thumbnail",dez_get_image_alt_text(),the_title_attribute('echo=0'), false); ?>       
          

          replace “thumbnail” to “medium”

          Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratorsearch this code in same file replace "thumbnail" to "medium"
  2. I’m having trouble with the mobile menu. It was previously working fine but now fails to show when you click on it. It just redirects to http://www.mysite/#

    Could this be a caching related issue? If so, any ideas on how to avoid this?

    Public CommentUserI'm having trouble with the mobile menu. It was previously working fine but now fails to show when you click on it. It just redirects to http://www.mysite/# Could this be a caching related issue? If so, any ideas on how to avoid this?
    • seem to working fine to me on your site urbanfiction.

      Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratorseem to working fine to me on your site urbanfiction.
      • Yes, I tinkered with it for several hours after posting the comment and found it was a cache issue.

        Public CommentUserYes, I tinkered with it for several hours after posting the comment and found it was a cache issue.
  3. Hi Richie,

    I must say that this theme is fantastic. You did a great job. However, The category tabs on my website don’t show different colors like the way you have it. If you look on my site you’ll see what I’m talking about. How do I address this issue?

    Public CommentUserHi Richie, I must say that this theme is fantastic. You did a great job. However, The category tabs on my website don't show different colors like the way you have it. If you look on my site you'll see what I'm talking about. How do I address this issue?
    • need to use custom menu in wp-admin->appearance->menus->location->primary for the color code to work.

      Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratorneed to use custom menu in wp-admin->appearance->menus->location->primary for the color code to work.
  4. If I have two sites running the same theme and I want the second site to show the first sites categories in the primary menu – how do I do that and have it pull the colours through.

    If that can’t be done then I can manually add them but how do I manually set the colours on the primary menu?

    Thanks

    Public CommentUserIf I have two sites running the same theme and I want the second site to show the first sites categories in the primary menu - how do I do that and have it pull the colours through. If that can't be done then I can manually add them but how do I manually set the colours on the primary menu? Thanks
  5. Hi Richie,

    Can I know how to adjust the width of left sidebar, content & right sidebar?
    I tried to adjust them just now, but I can’t adjust the left sidebar.

    My idea is 22%; 51%; 24%

    Other than that, can I know why my 404 page only show left sidebar? How can I show both left & right sidebars to all my posts & pages?

    Thanks.

    Public CommentUserHi Richie, Can I know how to adjust the width of left sidebar, content & right sidebar? I tried to adjust them just now, but I can't adjust the left sidebar. My idea is 22%; 51%; 24% Other than that, can I know why my 404 page only show left sidebar? How can I show both left & right sidebars to all my posts & pages? Thanks.
  6. Hi Richie!!

    Thanks for your help, the theme is fantastic, so, how i can activate the search with the demo?

    Public CommentUserHi Richie!! Thanks for your help, the theme is fantastic, so, how i can activate the search with the demo?
  7. How can i add a full bar ontop of footer bar?

    I want to display partners logo just before the footer

    Public CommentUserHow can i add a full bar ontop of footer bar? I want to display partners logo just before the footer
  8. Hi Richie, I love your theme, your commitment and your support, I really do. The only thing that sucks is the search function for the support comments here. Sorry to say that, but you should know 🙂 Everything else – I’ve seen paid themes much much worse, with only 1% of your support. So thanks for all (except the search function 😉 ). Best, Stefan

    Public CommentUserHi Richie, I love your theme, your commitment and your support, I really do. The only thing that sucks is the search function for the support comments here. Sorry to say that, but you should know :-) Everything else - I've seen paid themes much much worse, with only 1% of your support. So thanks for all (except the search function ;-) ). Best, Stefan
    • agreed that the comment search is not optimal, might add some kind of support wiki or doc level for themes. considering… 🙂

      Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratoragreed that the comment search is not optimal, might add some kind of support wiki or doc level for themes. considering... :)
      • Yes, that would be a good thing.

        E.g. I tried to find your answer to the question, how to show the category description on the category page instead of in the primary menu.

        “category description” gave me a handful of threads, where this question is posted.

        But the only link I can click then are the names of the posters, and following that link I get pages where neither their names show up nor the question or the searched keywords … 🙂

        Public CommentUserYes, that would be a good thing. E.g. I tried to find your answer to the question, how to show the category description on the category page instead of in the primary menu. "category description" gave me a handful of threads, where this question is posted. But the only link I can click then are the names of the posters, and following that link I get pages where neither their names show up nor the question or the searched keywords ... :-)
        • the comment link permalink is the issue, latest wp version had this bug, seen some discussion on forums.

          Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratorthe comment link permalink is the issue, latest wp version had this bug, seen some discussion on forums.
  9. Please, how can I show the category description on the category page instead of in the primary menu? Thanks,
    Stefan

    Public CommentUserPlease, how can I show the category description on the category page instead of in the primary menu? Thanks, Stefan
    • you will need to delete the description in each item for the primary menu. and save category description on each category via posts->category, and add this to functions.php or child functions.php

      function meso_add_cat_desc() {
      $get_catdesc = category_description(); if($get_catdesc) {
      echo $get_catdesc;
      }
      }
      add_action('bp_inside_headline', 'meso_add_cat_desc');
      Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratoryou will need to delete the description in each item for the primary menu. and save category description on each category via posts->category, and add this to functions.php or child functions.php
      • Thanks a lot! Will donate as soon as the website with your great theme will pay it 🙂

        Public CommentUserThanks a lot! Will donate as soon as the website with your great theme will pay it :-)
  10. I have a strange problem with posting links to facebook: when I try to post a link, it will not automatically pull any images, so I have to use FB’s debugger to resolve this problem. Still, that’s OK.

    The problem however is: as a default image for the post, it does not pull the featured image (or any other image from that post), but an old one, from the very first post on the site. So, when I post a link separately, it is OK, as I have an option to choose from some images FB pulled, but if I post the link as a comment or in a message, where it uses the image it set as a default, it always goes back to that one old image, which is a quite annoying problem. Do you know what the reason could be, or anyone else encountered a similar problem?

    This is the latest one I have the same problem with:
    http://japanvibe.net/tokyo-2016-2-antiknock-2016-09-03/
    And if you check it with debugger, you will see what I mean.

    Thanks in advance!

    Public CommentUserI have a strange problem with posting links to facebook: when I try to post a link, it will not automatically pull any images, so I have to use FB's debugger to resolve this problem. Still, that's OK. The problem however is: as a default image for the post, it does not pull the featured image (or any other image from that post), but an old one, from the very first post on the site. So, when I post a link separately, it is OK, as I have an option to choose from some images FB pulled, but if I post the link as a comment or in a message, where it uses the image it set as a default, it always goes back to that one old image, which is a quite annoying problem. Do you know what the reason could be, or anyone else encountered a similar problem? This is the latest one I have the same problem with: http://japanvibe.net/tokyo-2016-2-antiknock-2016-09-03/ And if you check it with debugger, you will see what I mean. Thanks in advance!
    • you need opengraph plugin for it to pull the proper images.

      update
      i see you have opengraph enabled. but missing og:image:height and og:image:width, also the og:image is pulling more than 1 image

      <!-- WordPress Facebook Open Graph protocol plugin (WPFBOGP v2.0.13) http://rynoweb.com/wordpress-plugins/ -->
      <meta property="fb:app_id" content="1708958429365769"/>
      <meta property="og:url" content="http://japanvibe.net/tokyo-2016-2-antiknock-2016-09-03/"/>
      <meta property="og:title" content="Tokyo 2016 #2: Eternal B, Super Structure, Rockcrimaz, Numb, Fight It Out, Swag @ Antiknock, 2016.09.03."/>
      <meta property="og:site_name" content="Japan Vibe"/>
      <meta property="og:description" content="Tokyo 2016 is a 13 part series of photo &amp; live reports from September, 2016, documenting a deep dive into the city&#039;s various underground music scenes.  Af"/>
      <meta property="og:type" content="article"/>
      <meta property="og:image" content="http://japanvibe.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/introduction-600x300.jpg"/>
      <meta property="og:image" content="http://japanvibe.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/antiknock160903_41-600x400.jpg"/>
      <meta property="og:image" content="http://japanvibe.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/antiknock160903_20-600x400.jpg"/>
      <meta property="og:image" content="http://japanvibe.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/fightitout_160903-214x300.jpg"/>
      <meta property="og:image" content="http://japanvibe.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tokyo2016-600x100.jpg"/>
      <meta property="og:image" content="http://japanvibe.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/antiknock160903_44-600x400.jpg"/>
      <meta property="og:locale" content="en_us"/>
      <!-- // end wpfbogp -->

      not actually a theme related issue. need some tweak to plugin maybe.

      Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratoryou need opengraph plugin for it to pull the proper images. <strong>update</strong> i see you have opengraph enabled. but missing og:image:height and og:image:width, also the og:image is pulling more than 1 image not actually a theme related issue. need some tweak to plugin maybe.
      • OK, I managed to solve it: after you pointed out that it might be a problem with OpenGraph, I looked into its settings and I just had to remove the “Default Image URL to use” option (that I completely forgotten about). That one is supposedly for posts that have no featured image set, so I have no idea why it pulled that one for all the posts, no matter what..? Anyways, you was right, it was really a plugin issue. Thanks for the help!

        Public CommentUserOK, I managed to solve it: after you pointed out that it might be a problem with OpenGraph, I looked into its settings and I just had to remove the "Default Image URL to use" option (that I completely forgotten about). That one is supposedly for posts that have no featured image set, so I have no idea why it pulled that one for all the posts, no matter what..? Anyways, you was right, it was really a plugin issue. Thanks for the help!
        • Oh, one more question:
          Where can I set the image quality for the “Related Posts” section at the bottom of the posts? Now it seems to enlarge some small thumbnail, making it look all blurry.

          Public CommentUserOh, one more question: Where can I set the image quality for the "Related Posts" section at the bottom of the posts? Now it seems to enlarge some small thumbnail, making it look all blurry.
          • open lib/templates/related.php and edit

            <?php echo dez_get_featured_post_image($thepostlink, "</a>", 250, 250, "aligncenter", "thumbnail",dez_get_image_alt_text(),the_title_attribute('echo=0'), false); ?> 

            edit thumbnail to medium for one on top and one on bottom

            Member of DEZZAIN.COMAdministratoropen lib/templates/related.php and edit edit thumbnail to medium for one on top and one on bottom
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