Semper Fi



Thanks for your interest in Semper Fi!

Thank you for your interest in the WordPress Theme “Semper Fi Lite.” I hope that you enjoy it and that I can continue to create these beautiful themes for years to come. But, if you could take a moment of your time and have you become acutely aware that I’m creating this Theme and other themes free of charge, and while I’m not looking to get Rich, I really like creating these themes for you guys. Which is why I offer additional customization of “Semper Fi Lite” when you support me and install the standard version, “Semper Fi.”

If you would like to support me and my theme just click the add to cart button above and complete the checkout process.

Thanks again,
Eric Schwarz

Customizing Semper Fi

More features exist in this theme than this old video shows.

How to Install

The WordPress Theme Semper Fi Lite files and folders in zip format can be downloaded by clicking on this link. The standard version of the Theme Semper Fi can only be downloaded after you have completed the checkout process. If you have any trouble obtaining the standard version after purchasing it, contact me using this form.

  1. Download Semper Fi in a zip format and leave it as is.
  2. In your admin panel go to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes
  3. Select ‘ Upload’ from the top menu (It is right next to the ‘search’, ‘featured’, ‘newest’…)
  4. Browse your computer for or
  5. Click and Upload.
  6. Be sure to Click “Activate” if prompted.

Now, under your Appearance Tab, in the Themes directory you should now have your new theme under the name “Semper Fi” or “Semper Fi Lite.”


Semper Fi Theme Features Lite Standard
100% Responsive WordPress Theme ? ?
Clean and Beautiful Stylized HTML, CSS, JavaScript ? ?
Featured Images for Posts & Pages ? ?
Change the site Title and Slogan Colors ? ?
Google Analytics & Site Verification ? ?
Upload Your Own Background Image ? ?
Choose from 4 different Background Paper Images ? ?
Upload your own Background for the Paper Image ?
Multiple Menu Banner Images to Choose ? ?
Google Web Fonts for Title, Slogan, Post Title, and Content ? ?
Upload Your Own Custom Banner Image ? ?
Comments on Pages only, Posts only, Both, or None ? ?
Option to have dates on posts to not display. ? ?
Option for Social Icons in the menu. ? ?
Option for search bar in menu. ? ?
Upload Your Header Image ?
Upload Your Own Logo ?
Change the Link Colors in the Menu ?
Choose you own Hyper Link Color ?
Favicon to be Easily Implemented on Your Website ?
The Ability to use Custom Fonts from Typekit ?
Remove my Mark from the Footer with the click of one button, instead of digging through the code to remove it. ?
Personal Support on Technical Issues You May Run Into ?

Semper Fi Lite Version Information

1.9 Forgot a bit of code in the CSS that would just waste bandwidth.
1.7 Added code to the theme so that search engines can understand when a post was published. Brought back featured images into individual posts and pages, but you have to enable from the theme customizer. Dropped some code I thought I would use but never got around to it. Finally I fixed the google analytics, not sure what happened, but it is back along with adding site verification.
1.6 Fixed the issue where comments wouldn’t display.
1.5 Fixed an issue with comments, SEO plugins, and add complete control over commenting.
1.4 Minor fixes that show up in the header the theme options are blank.
1.3 Included Google Web Fonts for the Title, Slogan, Menu, Post Title, and Content. I also cleaned up the “Theme Customizer” menu so that it makes more sense.
.9 Just a mix up in the code that would cause some errors in version .8
.8 Decided to rewrite the theme over again, completely from scratch, after having an amazing thought. The responsive website movement is because the vast number of different size resolutions of screen that we view the content. This amazing thought came to me that I could base everything off of em, which is the average width of one letter on your screen. Unlike using pixels to decide how the website displays where you have no idea what the end users font size is, using em give you a relatively good idea. Doing it this way I have optimized the readability of website based on how the user want to view the website. I also cleaned some code up to lighten the load on browsers and bring a more unified experience whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
.7 Small update to add in a new feature and rewrite some of the code. The new feature allows for someone to choose from 4 different choices for the white background that looks like paper. This feature is located under the “Background” tab on the “Theme Customizer Page.” As for the rewrite of the code, I decided to have the Style.CSS file leave partially unfinished and have the default choice, or the choices currently chosen, finish the file Style.CSS with the missing code in the Header of the page. By choosing to leave the code out, browsers such as in firefox, chrome, IE, etc. will only see the CSS code once and won’t have to write over and duplicate entries. Basically it keeps things lighter and cleaner.
.6 Quick update to add some more features to the theme along with a better “Theme Information” page. It is now possible to choose one of three different banners on the Theme Customizer page. I plan to add even more choices in the future for the banner, and on a side note you can upload you own with Semper Fi. Added in the ablity to easily change the color on Site Title and also the Site Slogan on the Theme Customizer page too. I have removed the file “theme-options.php” from the theme and the that was in there has been move to the file “functions.php” which is in the same folder. Finally the javascript file “background-size-preview.js” which handled the background changing on the Theme Customizer has been rename to “customizer.js” becuase it makes more sense since adding a bunch of code.
.5 Initial Release

Semper Fi Version Information

7 Same stuff as in 1.7 Semper Fi Lite, but special stuff for you guys soon.
6 Same stuff as in 1.5 Semper Fi Lite.
5 I have add the option to Upload a Header Image, a Banner Logo, Just the menu at the top or bottom, Google Web Fonts, orgainzed the “Theme Customizer Menu,” adjust the margin from the top of the page to content, and fixed a bunch errors & issues. I wasn’t able to have the sidebar make it into this update, but will be in the next update coming soon.
4 Semper Fi, the standard version received a similar update to “Lite” in .9 including the same new features and small rewrite of some code. Theres no real difference between the two except for the additional features.
3 Semper Fi, the standard version received a similar update to “Lite” in .7 including the same new features and small rewrite of some code. It too now includes 4 different choices for the white background that looks like paper, but unlike “Lite” the standard version of Semper Fi allows you upload your own image also. Semper Fi also had the same rewrite of code so that the code basically leaves Style.CSS uncomplete and has the final bit of code added in the header based on either the default choices, or the ones currently chosen in Theme Customizer. All in all the point is to reduce the footprint of code, and the possibility of downloading unnecessary content.
2 This is the first update after the initial release of the “Lite” version of “Semper Fi” and includes a bunch of changes for the better. Both “Semper Fi” and “Semper Fi Lite” now use Theme Customizer instead of Theme Options to customize the page, allowing for the administrator to visually see the changes to the website before the changes take effect in real time. I have included all the promised functionality into the theme with this update, except for a custom logo which will be in future update. Which means you can change the color on the Links, Menu, Title, and Slogan for now, and more in the future. This update also includes the ablitiy to choose from the three standard options for the banner, but unquie to the Semper Fi you can upload your own image for the banner, where as you can’t in Lite. Finally, with this update I have added in the ablity for you quickly remove the footer that says “Good Old Fasioned Hand Written Code by Eric J. Schwarz” from the theme.
1.1 The initial release.

About Semper Fi

Thank you for using my theme “Semper Fi” because without you I wouldn’t be able to make these beautiful themes for WordPress. I dedicate this theme to my Grandfather, Eldon Schwarz, for his strength and courage in WWII. He is the sole survivor of the crew aboard the B17 Flying Fortress #44-6349, of the 483rd Bombardment Group, in the 840th Bomb Squadron and a prisoner of war from August 7, 1943 – November 5, 1945. I miss you Grandpa.

This theme began with me reading a newspaper from May 8, 1945. Just holding it I could sense that a lot time and planning went into simple things like font, layout, and especially choosing the paper’s material. I marveled at the quality that clearly went into this paper. Even with how old the newspaper was, it makes modern newspapers just seem like a mere shadow of themselves clinging to their former glory.

Because of that I decided that I had to create a theme that feels like a newspaper, rich with details and fine quality. From hidden luxurious floral patterns, images that create the nostalgia of finely crafted paper, to incredibly detailed shadowing, but most importantly, the ability to respond to any width screen. “Semper Fi” is a completely flexible theme able to stretch from 300 pixels wide, all the way to 1920 and beyond. Images, galleries, quotes, text, titles, they all move fluidly to respond to any thing you through at it.

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