WordPress Themes – Paid or Free?

January 31, 2013 | No Comments Yet

There is a reason why users have to pay for some while being allowed to have access to others for free.  The general logic is that there is something that can be gained from the paid versions which cannot be offered by the free version.  In the subject of WordPress themes, this might just be debatable.

Determining the most suitable theme for a blog would really depend on the purpose and contents of the blog.  It is possible to find the exact theme for a blog among the free versions and that would be just fine.  It is likewise possible to find the right theme among the paid versions, pay for its use and that would be just as fine.  It all boils down to how fit the chosen theme is and how willing a blog owner is to spend on the development of the blog.

The main opposition towards free themes is the higher possibility of having similar themes with other blogs precisely because they are free and can be used by anyone.  Although this is essentially true, blog owners can still make free themes work for them by putting appropriate widgets and including unique images that would differentiate them from the others.  Free themes comes highly recommended for blog owners who are just trying to get the feel of it.  This avoids paying for something that will only turn out as a passing fancy.

Many paid themes are admittedly superior in looks not by being overly garish but more so because of their understated simplicity and naturalism.  In the same manner that that naturally-looking make-up is the most difficult to achieve in women, an unforced elegance in blogs also require more work from designers thus the price.   So which is better between free and paid WordPress themes?  The best answer lies in the intent of the blog owner.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Classique

February 14, 2011 | No Comments Yet

Classique WordPress theme

Classique is a dark, 2-column, coffee-themed WordPress theme by Alex San Diego. No demo is available, but it’s fluid width, widget ready, and even contains PSD files to customize.

Download Classique

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WordPress Theme: Duotone

January 31, 2011 | No Comments Yet

You might remember the smart, color-matching photoblogging theme released by Automattic called Monotone. As a holiday gift to WordPress.com users, an updated version called Duotone has been released, with the following new features:

  1. Manually choose your blog’s background color instead of automatically doing so
  2. Edit three widget areas at the bottom of the theme
  3. Display EXIF data from your photos

WordPress.com users can enjoy this theme instantly, but for self-hosted users you’re not left out: download the theme here. View the demo here.

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WordPress Plugin: BuddyPress Template Pack

January 18, 2011 | No Comments Yet

BuddyPress Template Pack transforms WordPress themes into BuddyPress-ready ones. This makes getting into BuddyPress a whole lot easier.

Now you can use BuddyPress with your single site installation of WordPress, and you can keep your existing theme. Seriously, could BuddyPress have made it any easier for you to add social networking to your site? I know I can’t wait to try it out this weekend, how about you?

Just follow the steps once the plugin is installed, and if you want to go back, rest assured that none of your theme files are modified. The plugin requires the BuddyPress add-on, which also comes as a plugin. Your WP install should be at least version 2.9.1 too.

Download BuddyPress Template Pack

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WordPress Theme: Motion

October 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Motion WordPress theme

Motion by 85ideas is a dark, 2-column blue and green theme with a watercolor-on-paper texture and transparency. It contains 5 widget areas in the header, sidebar, and footer. This theme is also available for WordPress.com users.

Download Motion

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WordPress Theme: Kirby

October 22, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Kirby 2010 default WordPress theme

Kirby by Ian Stewart started out as an idea for the next default WordPress theme when version 3.0 comes out. It’s a white, gray, and black theme with large text, ample white space, and what looks like a modern retelling of the default theme Kubrick we’ve come to know and love. There are two sidebar areas and four widget areas in the footer.

So I made the Kirby Theme. Actions speak louder than words, right? In the same way, code speaks louder than ideas. What better way to show off your ideas for a new Default Theme than to actually code one up? I get a fun project and you get a new Theme.

It has indeed been adopted by the WP development team as the new default theme and is now called Twenty Ten. It’s going through several tweaks until it’s fit to be called the predecessor of the great Kubrick. If you don’t want to wait until WP 3.0 to come out to use this theme, it’s available right now in the Themes Directory.

View Demo | Download Kirby

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7 popular features for a better WordPress theme

August 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

ForTheLose.org lists 7 useful “trends” that designers/developers might want to incorporate into their future WordPress themes:

  1. Tabbing System
  2. “Featured” Post Display
  3. Post Thumbnails
  4. Cross-Browser Transparency
  5. Animated Dropdown Menus
  6. Modal Boxes
  7. Theme Options Pages

The term “trend” doesn’t seem too descriptive in this case. Yes, these features are popular right now and any theme author could attract more users by incorporating them, but they’re popular for a reason, and that’s because they actually improve one’s experience while using the theme—whether as a blog reader or a webmaster.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Midnight Makoy

July 8, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Midnight Makoy

Midnight Makoy is a dark, 3-column WordPress theme by Yan of FubarGenre.

Midnight Makoy started as an alternative design for the Himantayon Pro theme, which I created for Himantayon.com back in August. I used more or less the same design elements as in Himantayon Pro, but with an entirely different color scheme. Here’s hoping you’d like it.

It uses a blue and dark gray color scheme and supports the Gravatar and Pagenavi plugins. Download and preview the theme here.

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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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Premium theme frameworks reviewed

April 9, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Technosailor reviews in depth the four most popular premium theme frameworks: Thesis, Headway, Genesis, Builder. Criteria range from pricing to performance to compatibility with various WordPress (even BuddyPress) features.

[…] based on the stress test and criteria I outlined earlier, the best framework is Genesis with an 84%. Thesis comes in with a 76%. Builder garners a 74%. Headway needs the most improvement and only gets a 55%.

It’s a long read, but if you’re a serious website developer, a good theme framework can make a big difference in getting things done. My only wish is for a matrix comparison of all the themes, not just the conclusion above, so it’s easy to figure out who’s strong in which area.

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WordPress Theme: Herald

January 15, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Herald WordPress Theme

Herald is a three-column, dominantly gray WordPress theme originally created by Brian Gardner for The Blog Herald several years back. Now it’s being released as a free WP theme by Performancing Themes.

Sporting a grey-dominant color scheme, with red and blue highlights, the Herald Theme looks clean and crisp, with a wide main content area, and two sidebars to the right. The middle sidebar us wide enough to contain an ad block of 125×125 pixel buttons or a 250×250 banner, and supports featured posts, which will display only posts from a defined category or tag. Each sidebar block and footer column can be customized using widgets for easy drag-and-drop rearranging.

The theme was created with different ad dimensions and WordPress 2.8+ in mind. Download Herald

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P2 Theme updated

November 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The minimal, no-fuss microblogging theme P2 (descendant of Prologue) has been updated, which now has easier customization (including child theme support) and accommodates post types (ala Tumblr).

One of the first areas we thought could be improved was the ease of customization. Most people like to add their own personal touch to a theme, currently P2 is hard to customize beyond the standard design. We’ve added new options to allow you to hide the sidebar and even set a unique header image. All these options allow you to personalize your own P2 to match your tastes.

We’ve also introduced post types into P2. Now you can post different types of content and have them formatted and displayed in a way that fits the content beautifully. There are settings for standard posts, single images and galleries, as well as links and quotes. Selecting which post type to use is as simple as clicking the correct tab above the post box.

WordPress.com users can now enjoy the new version while self-hosted WordPress.org users can grab it here, while its page at WordPress Extend hasn’t been updated yet.

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WordPress Theme: Debug

October 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Debug WordPress Theme

The WordPress Debug Theme is not your run-of-the-mill theme. In fact, it’s not really a theme at all. It was made by Joost de Valk specifically for debugging your current WP installation by printing out important variable values, URLs, server settings, SQL queries, etc. Not only is it suitable for developers, it’s convenient for anybody running a WordPress site and wants to check up on it.

Download WordPress Debug Theme

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WordPress.com blogs now use mobile themes automatically

October 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WPTouch WordPress Mobile Edition

WordPress.com users can now serve mobile versions of their blogs thanks to modified version of WPtouch and WordPress Mobile Edition. People with more capable mobile browsers, such as iPhones and Android-based phones will use the first theme, while other mobile devices will use the second theme.

Mobile visitors greeted by WPtouch will get easy access to posts, pages, and archives. They’ll get fancy AJAX commenting and post loading. If you are using a custom header image, it will be scaled to size and displayed at the top of your blog. When viewing your blog on other phones, the focus will be on loading the blog quickly while displaying the important information about your content.

More details about the mobile themes here.

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WordPress for freelancing and project management

July 16, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WPCandy has a great guide on using WordPress as a project management application. It’s part of a series for helping freelancers get on their feet with easy-to-use tools such as WP.

There are three suggestions in the article, namely:

The creative uses for WordPress never run out, do they? But between booking systems, link directories, and comics publishing, it seems using WP for project management is the most relatable application so far.

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Official word on WordPress theme licensing

July 3, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The great debate on the GPL (GNU Public License) and its pertinence to WordPress themes has been going on for months, but it seems the issue may be finally be laid to rest, thanks to the response of the Software Freedom Law Center on the matter.

Matt Mullenweg quotes the whole thing on the WordPress Development blog, but he has a a one-sentence summary for it too:

PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, artwork and CSS may be but are not required.

Of course Matt points out that a WordPress theme would be pretty useless without graphics and CSS, and therefore now that they’ve launched the Commercial Themes Directory, they’re requiring 100% compatibility with the GPL. Meaning everything, including graphics and CSS, must have no restrictions on usage. Again, the GPL license does not require themes to be free of charge.

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Official WordPress Commercially Supported GPL Themes Directory launched

July 2, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s the big lesson on the opening of the official WordPress Commercial Theme directory (also under WordPress Extend): it’s possible to make money off a commercial theme while still having a GPL license, which in turn, means you’re supporting the WordPress philosophy of making everything accessible to everyone.

While our directory is full of fantastic themes, sometimes people want to use something that they know has support behind it, and don’t mind paying for that. Contrary to popular belief, GPL doesn’t say that everything must be zero-cost, just that when you receive the software or theme that it not restrict your freedoms in how you use it.

So now that’s all cleared up, time to submit your premium theme—although I think we should stop using the term for good and use commercial instead, especially since there are a number of the “premium” themes that are free. Here’s the list of guidelines for the theme directory:

  • Distribute 100% GPL themes, including artwork and CSS.
  • Have professional support options, and optionally customization.
  • Your site should be complete, well-designed, up to date, and professional looking.
  • Include a haiku about yourself to be included.

A haiku? Now there’s a requirement you don’t see everyday.

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dotMobi WordPress Pack

May 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The dotMobi WordPress back is a jampacked suite containing themes, widgets, and plugins that you can use to make your WP-powered site fully compatible with mobile devices. All courtesy of the dotMobi network.

The pack contains the following functionality:

  • Mobile switcher to detect mobile visitors and provide an appropriate experience
  • Base mobile theme for quick-and-easy XHTML-MP compliance
  • Extended mobile themes so you can unleash your mobile creativity
  • Transcoding and device adaptation to optimise the mobile experience
  • DeviceAtlas integration for world-class adaptation
  • Mobile admin panel for when posts can’t wait
  • Mobile ad widget to make you some money
  • Barcode widget to help users bookmark your blog

Wow, they really thought of everything, from site appearance to administration to monetization. The Web is going mobile, so why not add these extra features since dotMobi makes it very easy for you to do?

Download dotMobi WordPress Pack

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How to make any theme a blank framework

April 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Ian Stewart of ThemeShaper has an article showing people how to turn any WordPress theme into a blank theme framework. Using the template parameter in the style.css theme declaration block is key.

Now we get to my point: the template parameter turns any theme into a Parent Theme—a blank framework—when you make that Child Theme the active one. All you have to do is select that new Child Theme in the themes panel of your WordPress admin. The Child Theme is now using all the template files—header.php, index,php, sidebar.php, etc.—from the defined Parent Theme and none of the CSS of the Parent. WordPress looks for the CSS in the Child Theme directory. Try it yourself. It works right now in WordPress and let’s you modify any theme with CSS alone.

As mentioned in the article, you can just pick a parent theme, such as Kubrick, the current default WordPress theme, as your parent theme, then only override certain parts of it without having to re-code everything from scratch. It’s a great new feature in WordPress 2.7 that you should check out.

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WordPress Theme: P2 (the new Prologue)

March 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

P2 new Prologue WordPress theme

Remember the Twitter-for-WordPress theme called Prologue? Well it recently got a revamp and has been released as P2 (ala Kubrick and K2).

Here’s the overview of what’s new in P2:

  • Threaded comment display on the front page.
  • In-line editing for posts and comments.
  • Live tag suggestion based on previously used tags.
  • A show/hide feature for comments, to keep things tidy.
  • Real-time notifications when a new comment or update is posted. (If you have a Mac, you know what we mean when we say it’s Growl-like.)
  • Super-handy keyboard shortcuts: c to compose a new post; j to go to the next item; k to go to the previous item; r to reply; e to edit; o to show and hide comments; t to go to the top; esc to cancel.
  • Helvetica Neue for you modern font lovers.
  • Plus more to come! Keep an eye on the news blog for updates.

And as always, there’s:

  • Hassle-free posting from the front page.
  • RSS feeds for everything: the entire prologue, each author, each tag, and any search.
  • A feeling of supreme awesomeness because you’re using a sweet theme custom-made by Automattic.

P2’s tagline is “Faster Blogging”, which you can find at the live demo site. As of now, the theme is available to WordPress.com users only, but a version for self-hosted users is in the pipeline, so be patient.

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WordPress Theme: Mojo

February 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Mojo WordPress theme

Mojo is a dark, black and yellow WordPress theme with unique horizonal scrolling behavior on its front page, perfect for portfolio-style websites.

– horizontal mootools slider for the frontpage
– built in Sweet titles ( js and css ) by Dustindiaz.com
– built in options panel

The Mojo WP theme supports all plugins, tested in every browser: IE7, IE8, Opera9.*, FF3.*, Chrome, even IE6 shows it the right way.

Download Mojo

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15 WordPress themes that clone famous sites

February 3, 2009 | 2 Comments

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WPZOOM has a list of 15 different WordPress themes that look almost exactly like famous sites out there, including:

  • ESPN
  • The New York Times
  • Facebook
  • Apple
  • BBC News
  • Digg
  • Twitter
  • Gmail
  • and WordPress!

If you’re running a blog that covers any one of these products, or would like to echo the look and feel of these nicely-designed sites, check out these themes here.

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WordPress Theme: Too Newsy

January 29, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Too Newsy WordPress Theme

Too Newsy is a clean, light, 3-column WordPress theme from Performancing Themes.

The theme features widget-ready sidebars, which can accommodate several different image dimensions (suitable for button and banner ads). The theme also supports the default CSS alignment and caption classes in WordPress 2.6 and above, and it is the first Performancing Theme to support new WordPress 2.7 features out of the box.

Download Too Newsy

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Gormspace

January 8, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Gormspace WordPress Theme

Gormspace is a clean, light, 3-column WordPress theme by Will Garcia.

…I’ve decided to release also the theme that I’m currently using. It is a 3-column theme based loosely on Whitespace by theundersigned.net. Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict. NOT widget-friendly. Of course, I had to remove some of the items in the sidebar that uses plugins that I can not integrate. Well, all of the plugins will be integrated in the next release.

Tested on WordPress 2.6+ and is proven to work.

Download Gormspace

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JaypeeOnline gives away $900 worth of premium WP themes

December 1, 2008 | 1 Comment

JaypeeHabaradas of JaypeeOnline is giving away over $900 worth of prizes in his Christmas Giveaway. Here are the prizes at stake:

3 Revolution Two Pro Plus Memberships (each worth $149.95) – courtesy of Brian Gardner.
2 Mimbo Pro Single-License Copies (each worth $89.99) – courtesy of Darren Hoyt
2 FlexxTheme Single-Use Copies (each worth $79.95) – courtesy of Cory Miller
2 WP-Member Plugin Singe-Site Licenses (each worth $27.13) – courtesy of WP-Member.com
2 Elegant Themes Membership Licenses (each worth $19.95) – courtesy of Nick Roach

Deadline is on the midnight of December 30, 2008, US Pacific time. Read the blog post for the full mechanics of this contest.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Maginoo

October 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

Maginoo WordPress Theme

Maginoo is a blue, 2-column WordPress theme created by Davao-based website design company Padd IT Solutions.

Maginoo is a WordPress theme tested on the latest version of WordPress, two columns, adsense ready with advertising blocks, right sidebar, cross browser compatible with IE, FF, Opera, Flock & Safari, valid XHTML & CSS, Ajax tabbed sidebar and widget ready.

Download Maginoo

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Revolution premium theme goes open source

October 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Visit Revolution Two, the new site of the free, open source themes.

Revolution, the WordPress theme by Brian Gardner that very well started the premium theme craze, is going open source. An announcement at Gardner’s blog says that by October 31, all of the Revolution themes will no longer be available.

By November 1, a new Revolution site containing GPL licensed themes will be launched. And Jason Schuller will team up with Brian Gardner on the new project.

This is Brian’s explanation for the changes being made to the Revolution theme project:

This one is really simple – more than anything, Jason and I want to develop a resource and community that is perfectly aligned with WordPress. Both he and I have been fortunate enough to leave our day jobs within the past year and have developed our own media companies. None of that would have been possible without the existence of WordPress, which is solely built and supported by the open source community.

It only seems fair that we abandon our current premium theme models, and begin a new way of doing business. I contacted Matt and Toni to see if they would be gracious enough to carve out some time to meet with us, so we could ensure that our business model was in compliance with standards set forth by the authors of the GPL license as well as with WordPress.

This sounds like great news, especially in light of the recent discussion about the ethics of premium themes.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Una

September 25, 2008 | 1 Comment

Una WordPress Theme

Una is a 2-column, slightly grungy WordPress theme created by Dino Latoga. It won the best free custom theme in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards.

The front page shows the latest post with it’s accompanying large graphic image which helps attract readers more than the usual large text titles. Below the latest post is a list of the 3 other recent posts with each post accompanied by a nice thumbnail image. Each section title is supported by a nice subtitle. The comments and trackbacks are divided to produce a clean and organized look.

It’s widget- and Gravatar-ready and requires Twitter Tools and the Advanced Excerpt Plugin, so be sure to read the instructions first.

Download Una

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Is WordPress getting too “fat” and vulnerable?

September 18, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Vladimir Prelovac has written a very insightful critique about the direction of WordPress development. He states several concerns with what this piece of blogging software is turning into. First we have bloat:

But more importantly, I have noticed that WordPress is not developing “far” anymore, and it started going “wide” instead. By this I mean there are less inventions and new technologies with every update. There is just more functionality that relies on current existing technologies.

[…]

WordPress started out like Google, but is now becoming more and more like Yahoo. It stopped going “far” and started becoming fat (”wide”). It is becoming slow and clumsy.

Second, we have security issues, most notably with WordPress plugins. Jeff Chandler at Performancing suggests the WordPress community could adopt phpBB’s plugin validation system.

All in all, Vladimir wants WordPress to focus on speed, simplicity, and security in future WordPress versions.

You’ll find Matt Mullenweg’s answers in the comments section. He mentions WP 2.3 is a lot more bloated and insecure than WP 2.6—better beware of this fact for those who haven’t upgraded! He also says he’s aware of speed issues, hence the integration with Google Gears, and the constant drive towards improving the backend:

I’m obsessed with speed. On the backend WP has done a ton to speed itself up, as evidenced by the fact that it now runs the largest blogs in the world. More than 1.6 billion pageviews a month are going through WordPress.

As for plugins, this is what Matt had to say:

There are some automated things we do to watch out for bad stuff but ultimately I think we need a human team of volunteers to keep an eye on plugin changesets. Is this something you’d be interested in helping out with?

What do you think? I think that as long as there is a strong community backing up WordPress, such issues will never go unnoticed. I can only hope that this same community continues to help out with new initiatives, such as plugin and theme inspection.

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Interview with Matt Mullenweg and Joseph Scott on the WordPress Theme Directory

August 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Ian Stewart of ThemeShaper has interviewed Matt Mullenweg and Joseph Scott about the recently reopened WordPress Theme Directory. You’ll get a good idea of where WordPress theming is headed—for example, automatic theme updating just like plugins—and the general vision behind the official theme repository and its guidelines.

The WordPress theme directory addresses all of these, and as a bonus allows us to do a theme update mechanism like we have for plugins and give theme authors a canonical place to track their distribution.

Since there have been over 150,000 downloads in less than a month it seems to be working.

Read the whole interview here.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Aoi Midori

August 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Aoi Midori WordPress Theme

Aoi Midori is a dark, 3-column WordPress Theme created by Asrai. It has special features like recent post excerpts and post image thumbnails, so be sure to check out the instructions.

It’s named Aoi Midori ..obviously because of the color scheme. Blue Green translates to Aoi Midori in Japanese. Yeah I suck at naming things. smiley You can change the color scheme if you know CSS. You can make it Pink, Orange or Red..whatever works for you.

Download Aoi Midori

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What’s coming in WordPress 2.7

August 6, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The new features planned for WordPress 2.7 are spreading around in the blogosphere, so here’s what to expect:

Proposed New Features

This is a WordPress Codex article on what will “definitely be in 2.7”. Since it’s in the Codex, it must be pretty official.

Features Planned for WordPress 2.7

This is a report from Weblog Tools Collection based on the discussions at the Codex and informal meetings in the IRC. As WordPress Garage has noted, it appears that WP 2.7 will be “heavily based on existing plugins”. See also Quick Online Tips

WordPress 2.7 Theming May Change Everything

This is a project by Ian Stewart on Parent and Child Themes. He’s put up a Trac proposal and it seems to be working well with the bleeding edge version of WordPress.

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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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WordPress 2.6

July 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

After 3 betas and one release candidate, WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” is here. Automattic also put up a short video tour of the new version:

Discussed in the WP 2.6 announcement post are the highlighted features we’ve all been expecting for a few months now:

  • Post Revisions: Wiki-like tracking of edits
  • Press This!: Post from wherever you are on the web
  • Shift Gears: Turbo-speed your blogging
  • Theme Previews: See it before your audience does
  • and many other smaller features and improvements

Ryan Boren discusses in depth SSL and Cookies in WordPress 2.6, which I’m sure is the first of many blog posts to tackle the new stuff under the hood.

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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 Theme: Monotone

May 8, 2008 | 1 Comment

Monotone WordPress Theme

Made especially for WordPress.com photoblogs, Monotone is a unique theme that matches its color with the first photograph in each blog post.

Monotone takes the first image attached to a post and samples colors from it for use in the surrounding layout. The result is a customized beautiful photo blogging theme for all WP.com users.

Those who are dying to use this theme on self-hosted WordPress blogs will need to wait since theme author, Noel Jackson, says it will be available to the public “pretty soon”. But you can access the theme files through SVN.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Mag On Wood

May 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Mag On Wood WordPress Theme

Mag On Wood is a 3-column, magazine-style WordPress Theme with a wood background. It supports widgets and various ad dimensions. This is the second time we’ve featured a theme by ChiQ Montes here on WordPress Philippines.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Coffee Prince

April 18, 2008 | 5 Comments

Coffee Prince WordPress Theme

Coffee Prince is a 2-column WordPress theme inspired by the Korean drama of the same name. It’s very girly and makes use of pixelated graphical elements overflowing with kawaii-ness (cuteness).

This theme was designed by Alyssa Bithao, also known as Ayei, of Kawaii Feenque. You can check out her other equally kawaii themes in her free WordPress themes page.

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WordPress Theme: FreshPress

April 9, 2008 | 3 Comments

FreshPress Theme

FreshPress is a light, 3-column WordPress theme inspired by the new WordPress 2.5 administration interface.

The theme features a “Featured” article on the main blog homepage, along with showing more featured articles next to it. You can customize the theme to your delight and use it on as many blogs as you desire.

While this theme is completely free, the makers (FreshPress Themes/Weborithm) would like the footer credit link to stay intact, or have it removed for a donation of $5.00.

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What should the next WordPress Default Theme be? Share your ideas and win premium themes!

March 20, 2008 | 6 Comments

If you agree with that the current WordPress Default Theme is outdated both in looks and features, then head over to ThemeShaper and share what you think the next default theme should be like.

Either leave a comment or write your own blog post about the ideal next default theme for WordPress. You stand to win premium theme licenses courtesy of iThemes. The deadline is on March 24 at 10:00pm central time.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Zine Style

March 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

Zine Style WordPress Theme

Zine Style, as the name suggests, is a magazine-style WordPress theme by ChiQ Montes.

It’s my first time to Release a Magazine Style WordPress Theme, and no this isn’t a premium theme at all. You get to download it for free. This theme has a lot of room for content mainly because its design is subtle yet effective on the eyes.

It follows the look of most premium magazine themes out there, which is a very “in” trend and proves WordPress be useful for more than just blogging.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Wowza – World of Warcraft WordPress Theme

February 7, 2008 | 4 Comments

Wowza - World of Warcraft WordPress theme

Wowza is a free World of Warcraft inspired WordPress theme by Kevin Codamon, a Filipino problogger and the editor in chief of Level Up! Games Philippines.

The theme has 3 columns, a customizable header, widgets support, and of course, fancy images revolving around the World of Warcraft.

You can download and preview the theme here. Looking forward to the Starcraft 2 theme!

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