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Adventure Journal WordPress Theme

Share your adventures with the world!

Adventure Journal is a free, fun, highly customizable theme design that takes full advantage of all of WordPress’s newest features. Adventure Journal allows you to select header art, backgrounds, and a one, two, or three column layout from the comfort of your Dashboard – no coding required!


  • Customizable layout – choose between 1 column, 2 column sidebar right and 2  column sidebar left
  • Custom header graphic – easily upload your own images for the header
  • Custom background graphic
  • Visual editor
  • WordPress  3.0 custom menus
  • Separate sidebars for Pages and Blog Posts
  • Custom font – Volkorn Regular

Works with:

  • IE7,  IE8 & IE9
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari

Designed for WordPress 3.0+


This theme is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).


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Frequently Asked Questions


> How do I get featured images to replace the site header?

First, go to Appearance > Adventure Journal and ensure the option for Use featured images as custom site header, if available is checked.

Next, navigate to the page or post you would like to set a featured image for. Remove any existing featured image, and click “Set Featured Image”.

Now, upload a new image from your computer to use as the featured image (it must be at least 940px wide). Set the new image as your featured image and everything should work.

Note: If you already have featured images uploaded and they are at least 940px wide but aren’t showing in your header, we’ve heard from numerous users that the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin can miraculously make your featured header images work. Give it a shot!


> Can I disable the Browser Update Helper?

Absolutely. We understand that some people are forced to browse the internet via carrier pigeon and stone tablet, usually by overworked, underpaid corporate IT people… so we’ve included an option for easily disabling this feature. Here’s how:

  1. From your admin, go to Appearance > Adventure Journal
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and uncheck the option Make the web a better, safer place
  3. Click “Save Changes”

That’s it!


> How can I use a different layout on specific pages?

Yes. As of 1.6, several page templates are included for changing the layout of specific pages. Simply edit the page you want to change, and select a new Template item from the Page Attributes box. When you save the page, it will have the layout you specified.

Please keep in mind that not all page templates are compatible with all layouts. If you select page template that contains more columns than your selected Site Layout, the extra sidebars in your page template will be empty.


> How do I remove or delete the paperclipped site title from header graphic?

As of 1.4 this can easily be changed from your site’s admin. Simply navigate to Appearance > Adventure Journal to choose this option.


> How can I make the crinkled paper background show up for ALL the posts not just the stickied posts?

As of 1.5 this can be easily set from your site’s admin. Simply navigate to Appearance > Adventure Journal and choose this option.


> My website seems to be running slowly after I installed the theme, what can I do?

Adventure Journal has been tested extensively on low end and shared web hosts so it’s likely another reason that your site is running slowly. We recommend you read this excellent page on troubleshooting or improving WordPress performance issues.


> How do I adjust the size of the header graphic?

As of 1.4 this can easily be changed from your site’s admin. Simply navigate to Appearance > Adventure Journal and choose this option.


> My category listings are showing &hellip at the end!

This was a bug in AJ 1.4. Please update to AJ 1.5 and this issue should be fixed.

A Note on “Adventure Journal 2.0-wpcom”:

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2012

We’ve been getting a LOT of support emails about “Adventure Journal 2.0” recently, and would like to help clear things up…

There is no official 2.0 version of Adventure Journal at this time.

“Adventure Journal 2.0-wpcom by Contexture” is not an official release! This is a specially customized version of Adventure Journal that has been tweaked by the awesome WordPress.com team to work with WordPress.com’s free blog hosting (some of Adventure Journal’s advanced features are not compatible with the WordPress.com service). As a result, “2.0-wpcom” has fewer features than the current, official 1.7.2 release.

The official 1.7.2 version is still available and includes all the features you love and rely on. If you have your own web hosting, you can easily install the official version of Adventure Journal from your WordPress admin (see further down for directions).

You may also have acquired the 2.0-wpcom version if you used DreamHost’s deluxe one-click WordPress installer (Dreamhost’s deluxe installer uses only the special, WordPress.com-friendly themes). If you fall into this category, you can easily install the official, full-featured version of Adventure Journal 1.7.2 by visiting your WordPress website’s admin and doing the following:

  1. From your WordPress Dashboard, choose Appearance > Themes
  2. Select “Install Themes”
  3. Type “adventure journal” in the search box, and press Enter on your keyboard
  4. Click the “Install” link under the Adventure Journal image.
  5. In the popup box that appears, click “Install Now”
  6. Click the “Activate” link on the page that appears
  7. You’re all done!

The trick is simply making sure that you are using 1.7.2 if you are hosting your own WordPress website. Although “2.0-wpcom” seems “newer” at first glance, it’s actually a completely different version with fewer features.

Finally, we ARE working on a new version of Adventure Journal, and it is a MAJOR update… so major, that we might release it as a completely new theme called Adventure Journal 2. Stay tuned :-)


Adventure Journal 2 Update!

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012

You didn’t think AJ was abandoned did you?

So here’s the skinny… we’ve been uhappy with the status quo for WordPress themes for quite a while. They’re messy, poorly coded, and far too reliant on obsolete technologies. To change all that, we’ve been working on a new, developer-oriented theme framework for WordPress. Our goal is to not only dramatically improve the quality of themes, but to fundamentally change the way themes are created.

The new framework, along with a whole accompanying website, is due out by the end of September. The new version of Adventure Journal will launch about the same time (afterward, we’ll be finishing that major overhaul of Page Security). So hang tight, great things are coming!

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857 Responses to Adventure Journal WordPress Theme

  1. Randy

    I just migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress, and I’m using the Adventure Journal Theme. Everything seems to have gone smoothly, but I’m having one problem with the view.

    On all individual blog entries, everything displays fine, but on the main blog page (http://leavingconformitycoaching.com/blog) the sidebar widgets are all at the bottom of the page.

    Can someone tell me how I can fix this?


  2. reagan joseph villanueva


    I am not a tech person. I am just curious how come I cannot use the two column. My posts and also the sidebars appear as one column. Please enlighten me on this matter.


  3. zack waterman

    Hi Matt,

    For some reason Adventure Journal has switched back to the default background of the wood paneling. Any suggestions why it won’t implement any new colors that I try to add under the appearance options?


    Zack Waterman

  4. Jamie Raskin


    I’ve read similar comments elsewhere on this feed, but the notification option tickbox titles at the bottom of the reply box overlap and get really messy. Any idea how I can fix this? Plus, I’d love to be able to insert a favicon. Any way to make it happen? Great theme!

  5. carro

    Hi, I just installed Adventure.
    Some things I would like to fix are:
    Same as Richard asked above;)Can’t seem to get back to the homepage after visiting the other pages!
    I can’t find a way to remove the comments from the pages. And the comments seem not to fit exactly in the box.
    Could anyone tell me how?
    Thanks in advance!

  6. Dave

    I have two issues with the current page I have:

    Problem 1:
    To create the problem perform the following steps:

    1. Go to home page, select any page to view by clicking on a title.

    a. Look at the top of the page…
    b. Look in the comments box at the options…

    From Hosting place:
    I see the problem with the two checkboxes.
    When I use the dev tool in Chrome, I see in your CSS:
    Notify me of follow-up comments by

    #commentform label {
    display: block;
    float: left;
    width: 55px;
    So, your CSS is forcing that box to be just 55 pixels wide.

    Any help woould be nice… I would like to fix this, what is the best way to correct this?


  7. Gabriel Kinder

    Is there a way to remove dates from posts in Adventure Journal?

  8. veronika

    Hello, I’ve just only started with making websites. I want to use my own logo, but I am not sure how to do it, how I did it it doesn’t work, please, can you help me?
    I did file like this: wp-content/adventurejournal_override.css which contains this text: and I put the file logo.png to the folder wp-content too. What did I wrong? Thanks a lot for your help:)

  9. veronika

    Hello, I’ve just only started with making websites. I want to use my own logo, but I am not sure how to do it, how I did it it doesn’t work, please, can you help me?
    I did file like this: wp-content/adventurejournal_override.css which contains this text: and I put the file logo.png to the folder wp-content too. What did I wrong? Thanks a lot for your help:)

  10. bruce graham

    Is there a map widget available for the adventure journal?
    Sorry for the question, but it is our first go at making a website.

  11. bruce graham

    Is there a map widget available for the adventure journal?
    Sorry for the question, but it is our first go at making a website.

  12. Becca

    Can you add columns to the pages?

  13. katherine Goh

    I can’t seems to integrate google map and my paypal button to my site. Can anyone help?

  14. Ruth

    I am trying to delete the site title from the header graphic but cannot seem to figure out how to do this!
    Please HELP!!

  15. Jamie

    Help! My sidebar disappeared! There one click, gone the next! Where did it go???

  16. Jamie

    Help! My sidebar has disappeared. Where did it go! It was there one click, gone the next!

  17. OAaSIS International

    I URGENTLY need to replace that pic of the bull.. I dont mind anything else… but I need to pt a pic of my foundation children in that space.. you know the big bull head with that foreign sand castle looks like a dsert..

  18. me


    I’m trying to use the Adventure-Journal theme at wordpress.com. I understand it’s a modified version, but I can’t see how to change the header image from the camel/pyramid to something more appropriate to my blog.

    I’ve tried using the ‘featured image’ option which works for pages/posts but the categories pages still show the camel/pyramid.

    Any suggestions ?

  19. Maik

    Can you fix the smiley support with your next update?
    When using smiles, all images are “display: block”, which forces WordPress to place the smilies in a new line.

    You can fix this by adding this to your css file:

    .post img.wp-smiley {
    display: inline-block;

  20. claireching

    is there by any chance this theme will be available for Blogger?

    thank you

    • Matt

      Hey Claire,

      Unfortunately, there are no plans on doing a blogger version at the moment. If there’s enough demand for it in the future, we might consider it, though :-)

  21. Mike

    Am using AJ 1.7.2 and have been for months. This morning, I noticed that the navigation/menu bar above the header image is no longer there. I tried re-installing AJ, but that did not help.

    Any ideas?

    • Matt

      My first suspicion would be that the menu was “unset”… take a look at your Appearance > Menus admin page and ensure it’s still selected in the drop down list there.

  22. Emerson Jane Browne

    Matt, two additions to my earlier query, that may help you help me troubleshoot.

    First, in case it makes any difference, I have only recently ported this blog over from Typepad and am still moving the images over.

    But the other thing I noticed is – Look at the font size of the post titles when they do not have the crinkled paper. They are huge!

    I have not done any tweaks to the CSS or PHP. I am using your theme pretty much as it is.

    Thanks again,

  23. Emerson Jane Browne

    Thank you for such a wonderful theme!

    The Crinkled paper is only showing up on scrolling through the posts. It is not showing up on older posts when I use a permalink, nor when you get to the older posts by clicking on a Category at the bottom of a post, using the Search function, nor by clicking on a Category or Comment in the sidebar. I cannot figure out why.

    I am running 1.7.2 on a self-hosted WordPress site. I have “Show crinkled paper on ALL posts” checked.

    Troubleshooting that I tried was:
    1. Saved it as Show Crinkled on Only Sticky Post. Then changed the setting back to All and saved it again. Problem still there.
    2. Checked it on Firefox, Chrome, and Safari – same problem on all of them.

    Hmmmmm… Any idea of what could be causing the problem?

    As long as you scroll straight through they are all on crinkled paper. And the excerpt page (if you click on a Category) shows the excerpts on it too. But as soon as you click “Continue Reading” you are off the crinkled paper.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

  24. Finn

    I would like my visitors to be able to sort posts ascending or descending in case they want to read the blog starting with the first post. Is there a button I can include to do this?

  25. Big John

    Why is custom CSs path not recognised? My path is:


    But this is not recognised and so how do I embed the file manually? Wich file I need to change?

    • Matt

      On some server configurations, the Theme Options page will falsely report that the file is missing. If the CSS file is loading correctly on your website, then you can simply ignore the warning message and everything will work anyway (the warning is only meant to help administrators, it won’t actually stop the file from loading).

  26. Peter


    I want to place my company logo’s on the bottom of each page (where the “powered by wordpress” text is) or in that general area is. can i do this? how do I do This?

    thank you


    • Matt

      This is totally possible, but you’ll have to get your hands dirty with some HTML and WordPress template files. \wp-content\themes\nouveau\footer.php is the file you need to edit :-)

  27. Randy King

    Love Adventure Journal. And I’m confused. What gets installed from the Dreamhost cache is 1.72, and the update is 2.0. So far so good, except that it SEEMS as if 1.72 has more flexible features than 2.0! For example, the ability to specify a custom CSS file is in 1.72 and not 2.0. The Theme Options tab seems newer and with a lot more choices in 1.72 than in 2.0. I find myself using both versions on two different websites and I have a preference for 1.72. Am I missing something?!?

    • Matt

      I know we’ve been chatting on the official WordPress forums, but for others who stumble here with the same question, this is what is going on:

      The WordPress.com team (the folks responsible for the free WordPress hosting service) have released a tweaked version of Adventure Journal that is meant to work better with their service. Because Adventure Journal 1.7.2 contains many features that just aren’t appropriate for a free service like theirs, they have disabled many of the more advanced features. Unfortunately, this is also the version that Dreamhost includes with their one-click installers.

      As of now, 1.7.2 is the newest OFFICIAL version of Adventure Journal, and contains ALL of the advanced feature. The 2.0-wpcom version is a special version, created by the WordPress.com team, with many advanced features disabled.

      If you’re website is self-hosted (such as Dreamhost) and NOT provided for free through WordPress.com, you can still download the official, full-featured 1.7.2 version from your WordPress admin or via WordPress.org.

  28. Jeff Aicher

    I’m having trouble getting a child theme to work. No matter what I do the original shows up in the header of the source. Is there a trick to customizing AJ?

  29. lee

    Hey, how come no word on the New Version?
    It was supposed to come out a long time ago.
    Also, someone claims they downloaded a 2.0 from somewhere, but they don’t remember where???

    • Matt

      2.0-wpcom is not an offical release – it’s a special version created by the WordPress.com team that provides better compatibility with their free hosting service.

      The 2.0-wpcom version has disabled many of Adventure Journal’s advanced features. The newest full-featured version is 1.7.2. A major, official v2 release is currently in production.

  30. richard


    I was wondering if anybody could help me making the header image a link to the homepage. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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