10. January 2010 by Mads

Some time ago I decided I wanted a new theme on my blog as I got tired of the old one. So, I started looking/searching for a nice theme for BlogEngine that I could use. After about 15 min. I had found ALL themes for BlogEngine on the web…very disappointed! I don’t know why, but there is very few themes for this blog engine out there. Why? I really don’t know, because it’s actually pretty easy to make them. Basically what I found was this: http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/page/themes.aspx which have 4 links to sites that have some themes each. It’s NOTHING compared to Word Press.
As I got through the first 3 links on the link above I got more and more sad. Then I got to the 4. one http://www.jankoatwarpspeed.com. This blog didn’t had a nice theme as a download, but it had a really nice looking theme on the blog it self. Through Twitter I contacted Janko Jovanovic which is the owner of the blog and creator of the theme. I asked which theme the theme were based on and he told me it were made by himself. Dammit, were my first thought :) I then asked if he would share the theme with me and he said that I could get inspired by it. So I did. :)

Making my own theme

So, I knew how my theme were basically going to look (it’s still not finished and will get even further away from Janko’s design as I figure out new stuff I want on my blog over time), now I just needed to figure out how to make a theme in BlogEngine. I found two links which is basically what you need to know to make a theme for BlogEngine. First a video by Al Nyveldt about how you create a theme and secondly the documentation of BlogEngine to figure out which snippets you need to insert to get the right stuff on your pages in the theme.

http://www.nyveldt.com/blog/post/BlogEngineNET-Creating-Themes-Webcast.aspx
http://blogengine.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=ThemeCreation&referringTitle=Documentation

Besides the above links, I also looked a lot in the source of the “Standard” theme that ships with the BlogEngine source code.
After some hours I had a pretty cool theme, at least I think :)

Next step

The next step to improving my blog is to Search Engine Optimize it. I will use the IIS SEO Toolkit from Microsoft which ScottGu blogged about a few weeks ago. IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit.

As my blog is right now, as I’m writing here, the SEO kit tells me the following, which is what I have to work on now :)
Let’s see how many of these I can make go away, hopefully a lot. I’ll blog about the result later on.

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