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A walkthrough on how I make my contained themes! Part 1: What is a contained theme?

updated November 12th 2015

Whazzup! This is Aoibara, the mun of amxthystus here! Today, I am here to teach you how to make a contained theme!

So click the read moar if you wanna learn something new today!

What is a contained theme?

Contained themes are a new trend on tumblr, especially on the RP side. It can take many tears and sweats to make one, but once you make one, it is rewarding. Why? Because contained themes often do not exactly like one another, and are pretty much a one of a kind-ish theme just suited to all your needs and fancy!

First, I will teach you the basics of how a contained theme looks like, using my examples, as well as comparison of which theme to use to make your own theme! So, we won’t be doing any actual heavy duty coding or whatnot as I want to make this simple for everybody and to explain what a contained theme has usually!

The Anatomy of a Contained theme

Alright. Lets take a look at some contained themes, and lets see what we can see which are similar.

Sooooo, Aya, what do you see similar there in these four themes I have made so far? ovo

~ -writes them down in fancy handwriting-

  • Each have their own image background, with a ‘box’ to contain the theme.
  • Descriptions are preferably placed in the ribbon tabs.
  • Most links are jumbled, in a form of a symbol, and have hoverover titles.

Yep! What my muse, Ayanami said was the pretty much the basic of the basic anatomy of a contained theme! well i actually taught him this and that so yeah Now I will explain why each of the similarities are for. And you can also look at my page to play around and learn how a contained theme is like!:

  • The background is each unique, and not done by the color sliders of the theme. So, basically, you will need an image editing program like Photoshop or GIMP! If you don’t want to pay lotsa money for Photoshop then I highly recommend GIMP as it is what I would call the freeware ver of Photoshop!
  • Descriptions are often not in the description box we see in the customization option when we do our themes, and are usually in the html code using tabs. If the description is directly on the background, it often doesn’t blend well which is why we use ribbon tabs to make it visually appealing. The ribbon tabs by dxrkthemes is the most popular, and it is my favorite to use as the font is rather easy to read and most easiest to customize! Oh and the size for the text is really reasonable.
  • I usually jumble the links because first, it is funner and it gives me more freedom to match the links with my themes, and second, alot of the contained theme codes I have used often have limited amount of links, and I tend to have at least 6 links. So I highly recommend you practice and learn how to jumble links in this tutorial by unseenmockingjay!

So…There are so many contained theme codes? Which one to use?

And that is a good question! I have so far used the contained theme codes by Octomoosey and fastcst, and have edited my own hollywhood theme! I will lay out each one of the themes, and describe their difficulty of editing, and pros and cons!

Octomoosey Theme #36

Difficulty: Easy

Pros: This is the code I would refer to if you have difficulty editing codes, or just don’t feel ready to go wild with the html. Octomoosey also has a tutorial on how to set your container and everything properly in the theme description.

Cons: The font-awesome symbols can sometimes have the symbols you aren’t looking for, and can be a bit limited. So if you want to use your own text symbols, you would need to tinker with the code a bit there.

fastcst theme

Difficulty: Medium

Pros: When you feel ready enough to touch the codes, this is the code you can start using. fastcst has alot of explanation on their FAQ about the code, as well as explanation in the code itself. So, it is a good starting ground when you want to tinker with the html!

Cons: Not friendly for popup boxes. This is the reason why I switched my theme to a hollywhood theme, because if you try to put popup boxes, it will only show the portion of the popup, matching with the size of the theme and pretty much screws everything up. Idk how to exactly explain it but next time I will get a visual explanation on what happens.

hollywhood theme

Difficulty: Hard

Pros: Hollywhood themes are simple, so they become incredibly easy to edit, like adding values to edit your quote posts, tags, etc. easily. Hollywhood theme #30 400px and #52 are the most often edited codes. I use #52. I will make a tutorial on how to edit a hollywhood theme in the future for this chain of tutorials.

Cons: This isn’t very beginner friendly unfortunately, because you will be spending 99.9% of your time in the html area rather than the customization area. So basically, you will need to know where to touch when you want to make a Hollywhood contained theme. Also, I noticed alot of people struggle coding with the pagination to stay in place and not slip out when the screen is bigger or smaller. (Actually, if anyone has an answer to this issue, please inform me as I am having issues as well.)


Soooo that is all for today, and I will teach ya guys how to make an appealing background image for your contained theme next!

I hope this will give you an idea on what kind of theme you want, and I hope some will find this tutorial useful!

If you have any comments, con crit, go ahead and drop one by reblogging, fanmailing or asking me. The only rule is no anon hate!

Stay tuned for the next guide!


Fort Dodge, Iowa
Population: 25,206

“By the second marriage another son was born whose untimely death, and the facts that surround it, make up the chief theme of this story.  We first heard of Lott in Iowa, in the spring of 1843, at which time he was acting the role of an Indian trader at Red Rock, in what is now Alarion county, Iowa. At that place, it is said, he did a thriving business until the nth of October, 1845, at which date, according to the treaty of 1842, the Sac and Fox Indians bid adieu to Iowa, and moved beyond the Missouri river.

So well pleased was Lott with his success as an Indian trader that in the summer of 1846 he moved north from Red Rock, and located on the North bank of Boone river, near its mouth. Here he expected to carry on a thriving business in traffic with the Sioux Indians, but for some reason he did not get along so smoothly with them as he did with the Sacs and Foxes at Red Rock. There are no less than three reasons set forth as the origin of the trouble between Lott and Si-dom-i-na-do-tah and his band of Sioux Indians.The author of the Historic Atlas, in his sketch of Humboldt county, states that the Sioux chief informed Lott that he was an intruder; that he had settled on the Sioux hunting grounds, and that he gave Lott a certain time to get off. That his refusal to go by the time set brought on the raid upon his family and stock. The Union Historical company, in their sketch of the Indian chiefs of Iowa, make the same statement.If the Sioux chief made this statement to Lott, he either uttered a falsehood, or else he did not know what he was talking about. Lott may have been a bad man, but he was not an intruder, nor had he located upon the Sioux hunting grounds.

Ex-Lieutenant Governor B. F. Gue, in his “Historic Sketch of Iowa,” says that Lett’s cabin was the headquarters of a band of horse thieves, who stole horses from the settlers in the valley below the mouth of Boone river, and ponies from the Indians above it. and that they ran them across the state east to the Mississippi river, and sold them. Mr. Gue seems to think that it was this wrong- ful taking of the Indian ponies that brought the wrath of Si-dom-i-na-do-tah and his painted warriors upon the Lott family. There is still another traditional story to the effect that Lott had sold the Indians whiskey, upon which they became intoxicated and while in that state the destruction of the property and the death of two innocent members of the family was the result of their acts of cruelty.

Amid these conflicting statements it is next to impossible to get at the exact cause which brought about the trouble, but it is certain that the horrible attack was made, and that, too, by a band of Sioux Indians who were miles beyond the borders of their hunting grounds, and intruders upon territory already ceded to the United States by the Sac and Fox Indians, and open for settlement.”