Quentin Fans, Meet Quintus

A long time ago, in a world wide web far, far, away, I was a fresh-out-of-school graphic designer who wanted to learn how to build more advanced websites (I’m arguably still in this situation). It dawned on me very early that HTML and CSS could only take me so far. Okay, in retrospect, HTML and CSS can take you surprisingly far. I decided to make a blog. The website you are now reading was born. The first iteration was run by a CMS that I created myself. It was a severely limited collection of PHP if/then statements and few MySQL queries. It was near unusable.

Shortly after the blog launched, I discovered WordPress. As naive as it may sound, I was thrilled to discover software which would run my website, and I could still ‘push pixels around’ on the front end. CMSs are commonplace these days, but in 2004, they were only just becoming accessible to someone with less than $10,000. Granted, WordPress 1.x was laughable if compared to today’s version and MovableType was already pretty awesome (but I was afraid of PERL), I was learning and this was eons ago in terms of the web.

At the time I decided to give back to the community. I knew a plugin would be out of my league, so I designed a theme. Quentin was born.

Quentin was a big surprise to me. It was surprisingly popular, due (I presume) to the fact that it was fairly early in WordPress’s life and it was linked on Matt Mullenweg’s blog. This site received a lot of traffic due to Quentin’s popularity, and I received a lot of questions and email about it.

To design a Theme for WordPress is a lot more complicated, but the real issue is that I no longer have the time to maintain a working theme in a responsible manner. Quentin has not been given the care it deserves. Rather that keep a page on my site that says Quentin is available, I’ve updated it to say Quentin is closed for business.

Quentin Classic is still available

I’ve kept the download link active. Quentin will continue to function on a site running WordPress, but it does not take advantage of some features that WordPress users may have come to expect. But it should still work and I encourage you to try it out.

Quintus now available at WordPress.com

Automattic has designed and is maintaining a fork of Quentin called Quintus. Currently it’s not available for download, but you can use it on any WordPress.com site.

Thanks for all your support.