About Me

I’m Eric Schwarz.

Website designer in Marengo, Belvidere, Rockford, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, and Harvard

(That’s me sport climbing in Kentucky)

 

I’m a website designer, web programmer, website developer, or what have you.

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I’m pretty much a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to building a website for someone and I can manage every aspect of building a website.

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I develop all my website using the latest coding standards of HTML5 & CSS3 so that the website works great on desktop computers, tablets, and cell phones. On top of using the latest coding standards, I can build the website to responsive to any device width so that the code provides the optimum viewing experience no matter what you use to view the website. Javascript coding takes care of the things that HTML5 and CSS3 can’t take care of by themselves. Finally, but not least, I have extensive knowledge of building websites using the open source software WordPress. The beauty of using WordPress is that when I finish writing the code, I literally hand the keys to website over to you. WordPress is the ultimate tool for managing a website, even if you have little to no experience with maintaining website. However, if anyone runs into an issue that they can’t figure out I’m only a phone call away.


So if you’re in need of a website,
code fixed,
or just help doing something web related,
contact me using this form.

Comments

  • JH says:

    Great theme. Thank you for your labors.

  • Marc says:

    Hi … somehow after the latest update the fixed menubar disappeared and fades away into the deep nowhere when scrolling down the page … any clue for that? … thanks for help :) … and btw: brilliant theme!!! like it most :) … regards marc

  • Ima says:

    “Good Old Fashioned Hand Written Code”…. that is actually a WordPress template !! come on Eric, fess up !

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Ah, all that I mean by that is that the code is physically typed out and that I started from scratch to make a theme. A lot of themes use this cookie cuter design and adapt it suit their needs. I feel that these cookie cuter themes that these authors throw together just aren’t as good.

  • roshinichi says:

    Just started building my personal blog and your theme is the best I could find. Thanks!

  • Eric says:

    Just jumped into the blogging game, your template is great. I plan to get the full version soon.

  • Jo says:

    Hi,
    First off all I wanted to say I really like the Semper Fi Lite theme!
    Is it possible to post an embedded youtube video on the front page when having 3 columns next to eachother? I can’t figure out how to get it to work..
    Thanks for your help!

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Currently that isn’t possible to have a YouTube video on the 3 columns, once WordPress finally releases 3.6 I will work out code so that it can pull in many things, among them is videos just like your asking for.

  • Daggit says:

    Hello! How do i download the most current version? Thanks bunches!

    • Schwarttzy says:

      If your WordPress install is working fine it will automatically check for updates. There is a tab labeled “Updates” on the left side of the panel where you can run updates for the themes, plugins, and new WordPress version.

  • rhejie says:

    hai erick ,, pls help me to create my own website pls… :)

  • daggitbrown1 says:

    What is the most current version of adventure+, when will you have an update, and how can it be downloaded?
    Thanks!

  • Anatolt says:

    Thank for awesome theme

  • Hey Eric, I’ve got a fews problems with your Adventure theme. I do love the theme though!
    First of my menu in the header get’s screwed up if it exists out of seperate words. for example: Teaching Methodology (vakdidactiek) => will look like this => Teaching (space space space) Methodology (enter) (vakdidactiek).
    Also I can’t make add a category in a category. Say I’ve got WDKA => Project Activation => Teaching Methodology (vakdidactiek). Could you perhaps add such a function?
    The text in the About Me section gets spread out too much, is there something I can do about that?
    And lastly could you make it possible to be able to edit the sidebar more? Like change on which side of the screen it is, change it’s font and the colour of the font?
    For the rest I’m VERY satisfied with your theme and think it’s the best I’ve come across so far! So thank you very much!

    Michiel

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Hey Michiel,

      I would need to see a photo about those problems, you should use my contact me page so we can just email because it would be easier. As for the sidebar stuff look for it in the next update which I hope to work out this weekend.

      - Eric

  • Srecko says:

    Thanks YOU MY MAN. Croatia! Glina… ;)

  • Morten says:

    I am also a big fan of you Adventure Theme!
    Is is possible to make the background of the header transparent? Just like the sidebar?

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Not yet but I add it to my list to do, you can however get the premium version open the image with Photoshop or something and reduce the opacity right now.

  • Denitsa Asenova says:

    Hello, I am using your theme ‘Adventure’. My concern is how to switch the menu from the bottom to the top?
    Thank u in advance!

  • Robert says:

    Is there a way to get rid of the menu in the header?

  • Curtis says:

    Hello:

    I really like the adventure theme. How can I change the font on the header? Also, I want to use exponents in the title of the header, any ideas? I do not mind paying for an upgrade, but I do not know how. Thanks!

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Hey Curtis,

      The font in the header can be changed by going to the “Theme Customizer” which is linked in the admin bar. You don’t need the upgrade,but it would be much appreciated. Respond back if you have any trouble.

  • pseudus says:

    On the Semper Fi+ theme, how do I make the posts page normal and not 3-column?

  • Travis says:

    Hi Eric. Love your themes, but I am currently having an issue with the title replacer that uses an image instead with the Semper Fi theme. Whenever I select an image from the desktop or drag an image into the uploader, nothing happens. Any ideas?

    • Schwarttzy says:

      I have been getting a few emails about this problem and have no idea why it is yet. It could be a few different things, but I would recommend trying from a different computer. It works for me time and time again, even on other computers. If you send me an email with a temporary username and password I could try uploading it for you.

  • mishmatta says:

    Is it possible to remove the page title from the top of the page for the Adventure+ theme? If I leave the line blank, the tab shows a blank space instead of the page name. If I put the name in the title section, the tab shows correctly but the name shows up at the top of the page. I’d like to eliminate that.

    • Schwarttzy says:

      That is a feature I’ll try to work into the theme this weekend.

      • mishmatta says:

        Thanks Eric. Also, my theme background is very light (white). The sidebar words are white. I don’t know how to find the code for that, but is there a line i should look for to change the sidebar text to black?

        • Schwarttzy says:

          Well that is the point where you need the features on the premium theme to be able to change the text color.

          • mishmatta says:

            I thought I purchased the premium theme? $15?

            • Schwarttzy says:

              I’m sorry, a lot of the time I’m unaware who has and hasn’t purchased the theme. I just help them no matter what normally, just don’t tell anyone I need to get paid too. Anyway, I just looked and was shocked that I haven’t got that feature in the theme. I’ll be updating the theme tonight hopefully and will send you an email with the new code once it is done.

  • Hi there,

    just bought the Adventure+ theme. I like to use only a sidebar on the “Home”-Page. I setup a Sidebar in the theme options, but it doesnt work. What else can i do?

    Regards
    Volker

  • Emille says:

    Hey Schwarttzy,

    I am using the Semper Fi Lite theme as I am building a concept site for a sporting club – as soon as they are happy with the styling, I will be purchasing the full version to enable other features.
    I am wondering if in the full version, it is possible to have no front page at all, basically I just want to view the background. If I select no static front page, I just get a blank transparent bar – I want to remove that, is it possible?

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Ya I can give you hand with that, I might just make the a premium feature though so that there is no need for custom coding.

      • Emille says:

        Awesome, I will purchase full version.

        Also, I found of the lite version at lease, that the menus fade too quickly and it is sometimes hard to click a menu option, any way to extend that?

        • Schwarttzy says:

          If you dive into the CSS and edit it, other wise not. I’m a little unclear though what your talking about, might you show me a photo, or even better video, of the problem?

  • daggitbrown1 says:

    Hey Eric. I have looked through forums and pages looking for a way to edit page title text, then it occurred…. How can I remove the page title text from each page altogether?

    Thanks

  • sharon says:

    Hi, now I’m playing with the Adventure theme for another blog. Can you give me the HTML color code for the blue header? I’m trying to match the sidebar background to it. Also, is there a list of all of your themes somewhere?

  • Sophie Hilt says:

    Hey, awesome theme. I was just wondering if it was possible to make the header transparent, or semi-transparent. Maybe change the levels of transparency, and if so how?

  • daggitbrown1 says:

    Hi, I would like to know how can I change the title of each page to an individual image for each individual page and/or change color of only the title page.

    Thanks again!

  • Schwarttzy says:

    You need to add more posts to your WordPress for it to look right. The idea is that snippets 3 wide will display across the screen before starting a new line. Unless your screen is too small, then it will drop down to two and then one if the page determines it.

  • Hey Eric,
    Love your work. Question: how can I eliminate the month and day stamp that appears on each page?
    Thanks

  • daggitbrown1 says:

    Hey Eric, I am have some trouble navigating through a the editorial forms.
    Two questions for you. Would like to set up a reverse order on comments in a page. treating it as a review page with newest first. I downloaded Reverse Order Comments plugin but I cant find the area in the comment.php form it asks me to edit.
    to give you an idea http://westriverkayak.com/about/comments/

    Second, How can I change the title of each page to an image or change color of only the title page.

    Thanks again!

  • daggitbrown1 says:

    Hey, I enjoy the Adventure+ theme. I am have trouble with my meta tag, keywords mostly. There is no header.php for me to input my meta information. Did not realize that switching themes would remove my recent meta tagging.

    Could you advise me on this matter?

  • Azizah says:

    Hi Eric,

    Great Theme! I’m trying to remove the sidebar widget from the main page and the additional pages I only want to use it on the posts page. How do I go about doing this? Thanks! :)

  • Tom says:

    I love adventure theme, it is perfect for my blog’s homesteading topic but I can’t seem to find the option where people can post comments on my blog. Is it a problem on my end?

    • Schwarttzy says:

      It’s possible on your end, if you disable the comments from the page / post then there is no way for you viewers to comment. Go to the admin section of and open up the post as if you were going to edit the post / page. In the upper left corner of the screen you will see “screen options,” click and then make sure the box “discussion” has check mark in it. Finally towards the bottom of the page / post look for the box labeled “Discussion” and then make sure that “Allow Comments” is checked marked.

      If this doesn’t fix it there has to be an error(s) in the code on your server some where.

  • Eric,
    I am a WordPress user and activated your theme Schwartzy / Semper Fi. When I did so initially the banner bar at the top was transparent (I could see the background image clearly through it). I liked that, but thought I would try out the different colour options of blue, purple, green etc. Once I did that I could not return to the transparent banner bar, even if I de-activated and re-activated the theme. Help?

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Hey John,

      That was an error, but I didn’t realize that people would enjoy that feature. I’ll be sure to include that as an option in an update that I plan on doing soon.

  • Jan Deters says:

    Hello Eric,

    I’m from the Netherlands and maybe my English is not always as clear as I like to be. I’m new in WordPress so I have lots to learn.

    Very nice theme you’ve build! I have chosen it together with a friend to build her site with. And after that I think I will rebuild my own website too. What specially is great is that the menu is sticky when you scroll down. It is really very handy to browse with.

    I have a few questions and perhaps some ideas for you:
    - Is it possible for me to switch off all the things what has to do with blogging? With other words, I would like to use it as a standard website.
    Then I like to design one page for a contact form or put fields in for reactions/blogs. The text “by ……” beneath every page is then not necessary.
    - In the sidebar on the right you can switch all things off but the main page stays the same width, is that possible to change when I use no sidebar?
    - Could it be possible to change the background from the header and the footer like the pages?
    - Could it be possible to put the search bar in one line above each page, in this way the pages can be wider.
    - Can I switch of the fields: “Leave a reply” and “”
    - Is there a possibility to change the borderline colors?

    I really hope that you can give me some good tips or hope that it can be done.

    Any way, great design,
    Jan

    • Jan Deters says:

      - Can I switch of the fields: “Leave a reply” and “ Older Post Newer Post ”

    • Schwarttzy says:

      I will be working on an update that gives you a bunch of options for the Time, Author, and etc. The content is completely flexible, this theme is responsive in design, but if you want to make it wider than it is now… that would be very difficult and very low on my priority list for now. Changing the color for the borders will be in a future update, just not sure if this time around or next. Changing the background has always been possible, so I’m not sure what you are talking about here.

      Message me back if you have any more questions

      • Jan Deters says:

        With changing the background I mean the Header and Footer color. You have 3 options that are very dark.
        I think it is made with an image? If I could change the image (in combination with opacity) or perhaps a color with opacity that would help a lot. Perhaps if I now where the file to find I can replace it with another with the same dimensions en experiment a litlle. I’m familiar with FileZilla and Photoshop so that should not be a problem.
        The version I now use is version 2.2 that I have downloaded from the Dashboard on tuesday the 12th of february. That is the newest I can find.

      • Jan Deters says:

        Hai Eric,

        To let the Adventure them more look like a standard webpage with no blogging on it I have found in the index.php the subroutines to call for the Comment window and the Previous en Next window.
        I simply deleted it and that works fine for me. The only thing I’d like to remove is the ‘by admin’ on each web page but I can’t find it (yet).
        Could you and will you let me know where I can find that and switch it off (or remove displayed text)?

        • Jan Deters says:

          Hello Eric,

          Me again :-) I.ve already found the text “by admin” and Ive made’comment from it and it works. Now the website is not looking any longer as a blog site.
          Can I find the ‘page text color’, the ‘widget text color’ and the font type of both header texts in the style.css or in the theme-options.css?

  • Hello I’m constuyendo website with wordpress Adventure theme as a template seems very attractive. But I have several problems:
    – Can not create new “semitransparent rectangles” to include text and images. On the issue appear only three and I would need more.

    -In the tablet and mobile phone background image is cut off and how hard I try always moves

    – How I can remove the buttons and newer post older post?

    thanks

    • Schwarttzy says:

      The latest update let’s basically do whatever you want with newer post / older post and etc. The problem with tablets is because the person that wrote the web browser is wrong, I can’t fix their mistakes. Transparent images need to be a PNG file to work and I tested it a while back with it working just fine.

      Message me back if you have any questions, comments, or ideas.

  • Jen says:

    Hi Eric!
    I am loving the Adventure theme you created! I just wanted to ask you how I can remove the “Older Posts” and “Newer Posts” box at the bottom of each page.
    I want my viewers to use the menu bar at the top instead of being given the option to click on Older and Newer posts.
    How can I remove this? I am creating a website for a client; therefore, this is a time-sensitive matter.
    I hope to hear from you soon!
    Jen

  • Hi Eric, in the title banner may I use an image only instead of text as a title? I notice if I don’t use text, my uploaded banner image gets cropped way down:

    http://www.babybluemovie.com/startup/projects/baby-blue-start-up-funds-3/

    Thanks- Lovely theme.

  • Bruno Chesi says:

    Could you please explain what is being served that I paid $ 6 a few months ago for Adventure +.
    Your advertising talked about additional options but I did not have.

    • Schwarttzy says:

      There’s a new version out now that I’m unable to really reach all my old customers, but if you have purchased “Adventure+” in the past and contact me about it I’m give you the new code that automatically searches for updates now.

  • Amanda says:

    I LOVE THIS THEME!

    PS- Check the word “fasioned” in copyright section.

  • Nathan Lake says:

    Any idea when your next update to Adventure+ will be out? Will it include the ability to adjust the layout of each page independently?

    • Schwarttzy says:

      With-in the next few months I plan to completely rewrite the theme so that it is “Responsive.” Meaning that the theme will stretch to fit the smallest cell phone screen to the biggest computer screen without losing a thing.

  • Jon Swift says:

    Absolutely loving your theme, looks really good and definitely stands out from the others :-)
    Might just be chasing you in the near future as I’d really like mine personalized a little more…who better to ask than it’s creator.

  • ilo says:

    The adventure theme is amazing!!!

  • Nabu says:

    just purchased adventure plus, great theme!
    -how can can I change the post background, I’d like it to be the same as the sidebar and the menu background?
    -how do I change the post font color?
    -Also how can I make the sidebar a bit wider and the post more narrow?

    Appreciate your help.

    • Schwarttzy says:

      All the theme options are in the located under “Appearance” in your WordPress admin panel. As of right now you can’t change the width of sidebar but that will be in the next big update. As for changing sidebar background to the menu back ground that is some quick CSS coding I can do for you. I plan to include changing the sidebar menu background too soon.

  • Clanlong says:

    Hi Eric, your WordPress Adventure is really impressive. Maybe I should buy one for my website…

  • Raydeen Graffam says:

    would love to change the colors of the post background and the menu bar at the bottom… how do I do that?

    • Schwarttzy says:

      The newest version of Adventure+ does just that, and if the options aren’t what your looking for I’ll send you a new copy. I’m working out the kinks in my new shopping cart, so go to downloads and get the 2.0 version.

  • Jeremy W. says:

    I have been using the plugin “Better Backgrounds” to allow random background photos but it appears it doesn’t work with your Adventure 1.4.6 Theme. I’d love to see them work together since I love the translucent menus but want the random backgrounds. I’ve not be able to figure out on my own how to make these two play nice and any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

  • Gregory says:

    Eric, I love your theme, and have decided to use it. I am new to word press, creating my site. However, I am unable to change the color of the footer that caries the menu (The color doesn’t blend with my site). I have went inside the editor under footer and that didn’t help. Please, lead me down the road to solving my color issue. Thanks, Greg

  • Carlos says:

    Hi Eric. I liked very much your theme and I am using your theme at my site. I am using WPML to translate my site and I am getting your theme ready to be translated by that. I wonder if you don´t want to get those modifications to upgrade your theme and make it translatable using gettext functions (that’s what I am doing). Tell me if you want it, because I am using 1.4.2 but to add those changes to your development it would be better to work on the newer version.

    From what I have seen, as you are a theme developer, wpml.org gives you a free account to use and test their plugin. You just have to register there. I´ve seen people above trying to translate it to French and German. I will do to French and Brazilian Portuguese.

    Regards, Carlos.

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Sorry to take so long to decided on this but I couldn’t make my mind up until now. I like the idea of this code and would for my theme to be translated in as many languages as possible, but I really pride myself with the cleanest and lightest written code out there. If you look at the number of pages and code I use it is very minimal come paired to other WordPress Themes, which is why I do not want to add WPML to it right now.

      Now the upside to this is that if anyone want me to quick add in there language I will do this for free all the have to do is ask.

  • Matt says:

    Hey, I’m using your Adventure 1.4.2 theme, and I’m looking for a good Twitter plugin. I’ve tried using the Twitter app from Twitter, but it floats outside of the right hand column. Thoughts/suggestions?

  • adrian says:

    Hi Eric, i wanted to put an adsense on your theme, can you suggest a good plugin for it? thanks so much!

  • sabine says:

    I just updated the theme and now I have some trouble again. I can not see the titel of my blog and the menu on the bottom of the page also looks terrible.
    I have no idea what to do??

  • Hi, I also love this template, but after upgrading to the latest version today, when listing a category it no longer shows images in the listed posts. I liked it better before. How can I get this back?

  • Jerry Vis says:

    Hi, Love the theme! I was able to add my own background, only since I am using my blog for my photos, I thought even the background should be my own.

    I do have one question though, is it possible to move the title bar to the top of the screen rather than having it at the bottom?

  • Bartek says:

    Hi, at first- superb theme. I’m grateful to use it. I have small problem. How to make main page center after erasing sidebar?

  • Ruth says:

    Beautiful design. Thanks for your work.

  • priyanto says:

    hi. I really want using your theme but I use the “all in one adsense and yahoo ypn plugin” which pushes my pictures to the left or right out of the main column, How can I fix that, to wrap my pictures again. well I try to do that my self but if you have any idea? or maybe you have an adsesnse plugin that works well with your theme? thanks a lot…

  • anquaro says:

    hi, thank you for your design, it’s quite unique. but, how can I change the background picture if I choose this theme? Please do me a favour. Many thanks!

    • Schwarttzy says:

      All you have to do is change the image in the image folder in the theme, make sure you keep the name the same “02.jpg” otherwise it will not work.

  • Team Benito says:

    Hi Eric,

    just want to say thank you for your great looking theme!

    I’m using it now for my Geocaching-Blog (with some translations to the German language) and I really like it.

    Greeting,
    Jens – Team Benito

  • Joseph Toal says:

    Greetings Eric,

    Your theme is great and I’m using it in conjunction with Word Press and the Mike Dillard system which is amazing. I just wanted to thank you for the great work you did on this theme. I’m a business man, not a coder, and your theme assisted me in obtaining a theme congruent with my business approach. We are both adventurers in our own right! Good luck and I hope our paths cross one day! – I wish you all the best – Polar Bear Joe

  • http://www.lemarez.nl/wp-content/themes/adventure/style.css
    I saw your URL on the above style sheet. I liked http://www.lemarez.nl/ because I try to do similar things.

  • gail duncan says:

    love the concept want to stick one of my paintings in the background…
    Good job..

  • John Cooper says:

    Hello!

    I’ve been using your adventure theme and I don’t know how many people have complimented me on my website! Thanks a lot! However, today, it was “updated” and no longer works. I’m new to creating webpages and all the time that I took getting things to look right looks to be wasted. I’m sorry to complain, but is it possible to put things back to “normal” and just create a new theme such as Adventure2 or something like that? Thanks a lot.

    ~John

    • Schwarttzy says:

      Truly sorry to here that your having problems, but the update has a lot of new code which will make things a lot better in the long run.

      • Sabine says:

        hello today I got an uptdate from your nice theme and I did it, but now the background picture is no longer to see.
        Can you help me with this??
        Have no idea what to do. I would not like if I have to change

        Thank you
        Sabine

  • Thanks for this great theme !
    I just change the photo and colors (I prefer blue colors).

    http://didier.misson.net/blog/2010/07/31/on-change-de-look/

    Very good now.

    Thanks ;-)

  • Love the site and the theme. I am using it on mine, thanks for creating it.

  • Very good to see you man. thanks for the amazing theme.

  • stephane says:

    Hi Eric,

    I found the design of your site on WordPress. I have used it for my own site.
    So I have to congratulate you for this great design.
    I would like also to translate in french some of the title. Would it be possible?

    Thanks
    Stephane

  • Zach says:

    wow this is a pretty sweet looking site bro.

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