Pinoy WordPress Theme: Tiffany Blue

June 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

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Tiffany Blue is a theme for WordPress created by Filipino designer Ia Lucero, inspired by the official color of Tiffany & Co.

It started with the color I wanted to paint the walls of my room with. Of course I wanted blue. But something not too blue. I ended up choosing a very icy aquamarine (as noted by the man who did the painting), but continued to be fascinated by the remote regions of cyan.

Then I discovered Tiffany Blue and its reputation of all things luxurious and romantic. It is Tiffany & Co.’s official color (Pantone Matching System number 1837, the founding year of the company!), whose petite boxes contain strands of silver and drops of diamonds. Though for me, having the cute boxes would be enough.

Tiffany Blue is a runner up in the Sandbox theme design competition held a few months back. You can check out a live preview via sndbox.org’s theme switcher (select Tiffany Blue from the dropdown box). You can download the theme here.

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WordPress Theme Directory submissions require 100% GPL support

February 25, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress theme authors looking to submit their works to the official theme repository should take note of some specific guidelines with regard to the GPL. While it’s a given that your theme should have a GPL license, your website should also be in full support of the license. Matt Dunn shares that when he submitted a theme and got rejected, this was the message he recevied:

Thank you for submitting the Elegant Blog theme, however it has not been selected to be part of the theme directory. Themes from sites that offer or support non-GPL themes (matthewlyle.com) are not included in the directory.

His post serves as ample warning:

You must either create a separate website to house them, or remove any “support” of non-GPL themes from your website. This would include advertisements for something like the Thesis theme, ThemeForest, and also any paid themes that you’ve created in the past that are not GPL compatible.

It seems the folks behind WordPress want WP designers and developers to embrace the spirit of GPL completely, not just during the occasion that they create themes for the platform. That sounds like a fair price to pay to earn inclusion into the directory, though I wonder if using a “separate website” is a proper solution if promoting the GPL is the goal.

(Via WPLover)

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10 things coming in WordPress 2.9

November 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

We’ve talked about WordPress 2.9 quite a bit already, but Aaron Brazell of Technosailor has a comprehensive list of new features and things to expect when that upgrade notice arrives on your dashboard. He classifies each item according area: themes, plugins, users, and system.

Another important thing to note is that in WordPress 3.0, running PHP 5 will be a requirement. That’s not until a several months from now, but it’s good to be ready.

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20 WordPress theme frameworks

July 27, 2009 | 1 Comment

Codefusion Lab lists 20 WordPress theme frameworks that can speed up your theme development process. Some highly reputable WordPress theme designers are behind these frameworks, so you can be guaranteed of quality platforms to build your WordPress theme on.

If you’re not a theme designer, don’t fret: several frameworks have child themes you can use straight out of the box, or if you feel like using super-customizable, option-filled starter themes, this is the collection to check out.

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15 WordPress experts on the future of WordPress themes

March 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Ian Stewart of Theme Shaper has put up this year’s installment of the Future of WordPress Themes, which is a compilation of ideas and opinions from different WordPress theme designers, developers, and enthusiasts in general. This year, the following people have been invited to weigh in on this meaty subject:

There are a lot of things that can be done to WordPress to take its theming system to the next level, but if you’ll read the accomplishments of the designers/developers in the article, it’s staggering to see just how much they’ve already achieved! It’s been clear for a long time now that people want WordPress to be more than just a blogging system, even more than a publishing system. Themes are a large part of making that possible, because they’re the first step to changing the way a WP site presents its content, but it’ll take cooperation from other aspects of the WordPress system—plugins, widgets, and the core code—to undergo a real evolution.

That said, are you in favor of where WordPress is headed, or what these people believe WordPress should be headed, or do you wish WordPress were kept as simple as possible?

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WordPress Theme Directory moves to WordPress Extend

July 18, 2008 | 1 Comment

You might remember that the official repository of WordPress themes was once hosted at themes.wordpress.net, but unfortunately had to close down for several reasons. Today, WordPress Themes has reopened at a new location at WordPress Extend, a fitting parallel to the Plugins section.

Bringing the new theme directory under the WordPress “extend” umbrella allowed us to take advantage of all the infrastructure that has already been built up to support WordPress.org. If you’ve browsed through the plugin directory, you’ll feel right at home in the new theme directory.

Aside from having the privilege of being at the official site of WordPress, themes uploaded there will be more convenient to update for ordinary WordPress users, as they have done with the automatic plugin updater already built into the latest version of WP.

However, theme authors, keep in mind that you must meet several requirements to get your themes listed. As with the recent development on the old themes.wordpress.net, themes with hidden, paid, or sponsored links are not allowed.

In order to be added to the directory each theme must meet the following
requirements:

  1. A single zip file, with all of the files themes file included.
  2. There must be a style.css file containing:
    1. Name (which must be unique to the directory)
    2. Tags
    3. Version (in the format of x.x or x.x.x and must be unique to the theme)
    4. Image align classes: img.centered, img.alignright, img.alignleft,
      .alignright, .alignleft
  3. The screenshot file name must be screenshot.png, and be a
    real screenshot of the theme, not a splash screen.
  4. Licensing must be GPL compatible.
  5. No hidden, paid or sponsored links in the theme. Links back to the
    author’s site are fine.
  6. The theme must be your own original work.

Upload your WordPress theme now!

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Do you really need to pay for a premium WordPress theme when you can download these?

July 7, 2008 | 1 Comment

Best WordPress Themes shares the 10 Free WordPress Themes That Blow Many Premium Themes Away. Here’s the shortlist:

  1. Brightness
  2. Lightning
  3. Charade
  4. Thematic
  5. MassivePress
  6. The Morning After
  7. Overstand
  8. Thunderbolt
  9. The Unstandard
  10. Neoclassical
  11. Natural Power

Check out the rest of the website for more excellent themes that will fit your every need.

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WordPress 2.5 is Coming!

February 19, 2008 | 5 Comments

The WordPress community is buzzing about the WordPress 2.5 demo site, which is under heavy scrutiny, not to mention lots of malicious hackery. Still, it’s worth a look.

For those who don’t know, the developers are skipping WP 2.4 and heading straight to a version 2.5 release this March 10th. The Blog Herald has a great overview of all the things that need to be updated, be it themes or plugins, once WordPress 2.5 arrives. Of course, you can always check out the WordPress Codex page on the same topic.

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