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Q: What's better than a new theme on Thursday?

A: Scotch. And also, infinite new themes.

I'm pleased to introduce our latest (and greatest!) theme: Chameleon. It's not much to look at on the surface. But like the crafty creature with whom it shares its namesake, there's far more than meets the eye. A leopard can change its spots, and you can now completely redecorate your Outside Blog — Chameleon supports complete and transformative customization via CSS.

After selecting the Chameleon theme, you'll notice a new "CSS Styling" menu item. This allows you to provide custom CSS which will be used to beautify your existing Outside Blog. As a bonus, you also have access to your uploaded header and sidebar images. Simply use {{ header_image_url }} and {{ sidebar_image_url }} — these special tokens will be automatically converted to URLs.

Is this theme incredibly geeky? Yes. Writing CSS requires a high level of competency in web development. Can you use this theme without knowing anything about CSS? Yes! As people start to develop and share themes, you'll be able to spruce up your Outside Blog without lifting a finger. Know a "tech guy"? Ask for some help tweaking the appearance of your Outside Blog. Looking to go hog wild? Hire a local developer to craft a custom design for you.

Chameleon is still in beta. HTML in overhead bins may shift during the flight. Documentation is non-existent. But a mountain is climbed one step at a time, assuming you don't have a helicopter. You now have the unprecedented ability to harness the incredible power of an Outside Blog while simultaneously maintaining your own unique look and feel. Enjoy!


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Realty Dot Com ( - Charlotte, NC

Thanks for the info.

May 28, 2009 06:56 AM #12
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

POW!!!!  That's what I'm talking about!  :-)  Looks like is may be time for a CSS post....  This is great Jorgen, nice job!

May 28, 2009 06:56 AM #13
Kim Dean - McKinney, TX
d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own

Umm...can you write in English? Just kidding - CSS is over my head at this point, but I have a sneaking feeling that I may be learning more about it in the near future.

May 28, 2009 07:00 AM #14
Bettina Settles
Greenwood, IN
Your Indiana Connection

OK...of to the trenches...and off to more learning.


May 28, 2009 07:14 AM #15
Jorgen Hahn
Seattle, WA

I've used the new theme to refresh the look of my Outside Blog at I know that we've got more than a few CSS-savvy members in the "rain", and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

May 28, 2009 07:24 AM #16
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

Well, I have a feeling I will be reading more CSS posts in the future, Jorgen.  I'll have to up my "tech geek" factor to find out more about it.  I'm just starting to get the hang of html code right now (at least, just enough to be dangerous and get myself out of some sticky situtations).

May 28, 2009 08:47 AM #17
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I think I need a translator for this one, or a secret decoder ring.

May 28, 2009 09:27 AM #18
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Thanks for giving us some design flexibility, Jorgen. I'm looking forward to playing with this.

May 28, 2009 09:57 AM #19
Christianne O'Malley
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Reno, NV
Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno!

Omigosh - this is awesome. I have a Wordpress blog with CSS. I am going to figure out how to implement it! Woot!

May 28, 2009 10:10 AM #20
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Jorgen: This sounds interesting and a little intimidating at the same time.. I will explore this.. Thanks !!!


May 28, 2009 11:10 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Cool, Jorgen. But not sure i have time to try to take on yet another learning experience. We'll see. Maybe I'll wait til others try it and get the kinks worked out.


May 28, 2009 01:32 PM #22
Jeff Corbett
BoomTown - Charleston, SC

This is sweet...

May 28, 2009 02:16 PM #23
Connie Betz
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE
Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I can't wait to play with this!  You guys ROCK!

May 28, 2009 02:23 PM #24
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Ok Jorgen My head is officially spinning Gotta look into though for sure. thanks for giving me more learning

May 28, 2009 02:37 PM #25
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Jorgen -- Very cool and I'm sure end users will appcreciate the visuals.

May 28, 2009 03:54 PM #26
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I am such an IDIOT when it comes to tech things. Anything technical,and I mean ANYTHING, and/or electrical, involving math, reconciling bank statements, even folding laundry . . . I'm a dolt, with a capital D.

I don't like changing burned out light bulbs, if that gives you a clue on how I can't stand electrical work.  The only thing I know about my car is where the key goes and sometimes I can even remember the correct side the fuel tank is located.

I can switch on my computer, and the first time I bought a laptop, and couldn't get Internet, I took it back to the Geek Squad, only to have them laugh AT me (not with me) when that little button at the top was orange, and when pressed it changed to blue -- which meant I had Internet access.  DUH!!

I am a red-head, but I SWEAR I think I must have some really deep blonde roots.

So when you said Thursday was for SCOTCH . . . I thought we were going to have a drinking game started!

However, I'm a GREAT Real Estate Agent!  And I will TRY to learn this new thing, goobledy goo, so I can impress people with my techno-savy skills.

(Seriously, I'll just end up paying Kyle, my web guy, to do it!)

I wrote a blog just to prove the point:  LOL of the Day . . . Goes to ME!

Things STUPID people do with their computers.  A funny read!


May 28, 2009 04:22 PM #27
Norma Brandsberg
Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496 - Forest, VA

Never came tell what these AR bloggers will come up with next!

May 29, 2009 02:48 AM #28
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Alright,, I've got to check this out.  Always something new.  Thank you.

May 30, 2009 02:00 AM #29
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Jordan, I know about CSS on KompoZer and know how important it is to be sure the appearance is the same across the multiple platforms on the web, so thanks for this! Also, thanks for a terrific 2009. We know you have been working hard behind the scenes to make AR better all the time. Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2009 02:33 PM #30
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

This was truly an interesting concept.  Thanks again for the heads up on it.

May 12, 2011 10:47 PM #31
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