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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8 Free BuddyPress Themes

December 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

Looking for a good, free BuddyPress theme for your site? WPMU.org has compiled a list of the best ones out there. From dark to light to Facebook lookalikes, these free BP themes should get you started on social networking for free:

  • Blogcaster
  • Malleable
  • Unplugged
  • Cosmic Buddy
  • Fishbook
  • Jukt Micronics
  • Jet Green Theme
  • BP Nicey

The pool isn’t so large right now but as with WordPress, expect BP themes to blow up in the next few months and become a thriving business all the way into highly specialized and premium themes. This is only the beginning.

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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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Three Truly Unique Themes

September 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

I’ve come across three unique themes for WordPress a few days ago. Turn your blog into Twitter, a contact manager, or even a “coming soon” page before your site actually launches.

These aren’t Pinoy made but they’re definitely worth checking out. Malay n’yo, you might actually find them useful!

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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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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Baller Basic

May 7, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Baller Basic WordPress theme

Baller Basic by Jorge Cosgayon is a highly customizable 2-column theme that has 5 widget areas, 4 color schemes, 3 featured post options, and blog post layouts, and more.

One of the strengths of the theme is the powerful Features functionality, allowing you the ability to choose from one three ways to feature your posts via the FFN Carousel plugin: using a single category, using custom fields, or emulating a Magazine functionality.

The post boxes come from Derek Punsalan’s The Unstandard theme, while built-in support for other plugins include FFN Carousel and WP-PageNavi.

Download Baller Basic

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More on the Automattic Theme Team

April 16, 2010 | No Comments Yet

More details emerge about the newly-formed Automattic Theme Team, led by Ian Stewart. In his newest post at ThemeShaper, now the home of all things A-theme-team-related, he explains their goals for themselves and the WordPress community. Here’s one of six:

Every WordPress.com user should feel like there’s a theme that fits them perfectly, that is exactly how they want to present themselves to the world, that they’re excited to show to their friends.

The team would also like to encourage the best coding practices and reinforce the spirit of giving back to the whole community, helping WordPress theme authors (premium or 100% free) and WordPress theme users alike.

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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 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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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Dark Folio Dimensional

February 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

Dark Folio DImensional theme

Dark Folio Dimensional is a black and gray 3-column theme with support for TimThumb, WP-PageNavi, Sociable, a contact form, and a theme options page.

Can be use in both personal and blogging websites with a Dark background that is created with a three dimensional columns and a widget ready. It works in all major types of browsers.

View Demo | Download Dark Folio Dimensional

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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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The Secret History of Kubrick

January 11, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The Huffington Post has written a piece on Kubrick, the default WordPress theme since 2005. Tina Daunt interviewed its creator, Michael Heilemann, and tells how his theme “changed the internet”.

Perhaps Kubrick’s biggest contribution is that it has brought cyberspace closer to the realization of one of its earliest and most consistent ideals. Web designers and theorists have long talked about the democratization of publishing on the Internet, the fact that the web puts anyone with a computer on an equal footing with the elite that traditionally has owned the printing presses. In many ways, though, it was a meaningless democracy until the people with laptops had the ability to design and to package their work in the same way traditional media has always done.

No better time than now to take a look back at a fascinating part of WordPress history, especially since a new default theme this 2010 is being planned. When that day comes, we’ll definitely miss you, dear Kubrick!

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Discuss the future of the new Default WordPress theme

December 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

There’s been talk about changing the Default WordPress theme (called Kubrick, for those who aren’t aware) when WordPress 3.0 comes out, around the middle of 2010. It’s gotten a lot of people excited, but the details aren’t set in stone yet. As with most things in the WordPress development timeline, Jane Wells and the rest of the team are asking the community to sound off on what the next Default WordPress theme should be like.

Should it be a new framework? Should it be an updated Kubrick? Should it have two sidebars or three? Should it come with a boatload of customization options? Should it stay minimal? There are a lot of questions to ask and answer.

Already there are a lot of ideas in the forum thread, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to chime in. Eventually there probably will be more structure to the decision making process such as the community polls we had for various WP features, but this free-for-all is a great way to get started, to get all the ideas out there. Jump in, the water’s great!

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Ulap

November 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Ulap WordPress theme

Ulap is a 3-column black and white theme created by Val Villar and Dan Matutina. It’s a release of the current design of their Philippine design blog, Plus63.net.

Ulap is the theme used over at the Filipino Design & Creativity Blog: Plus63.net. Ulap is “cloud” in Filipino, it’s a fitting name for a theme that believes content is king. Whites, light greys and blacks are the main swatches of the theme – a take on Cirrus, Cumulus and Nimbus clouds. The basic blue for the links represents the sky. The theme was created by Val Villar & Dan Matutina, with an Attribution Creative Commons License.

Download Ulap

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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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Include child themes in the WordPress Themes Directory?

November 11, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Patrick Daly examines the possibility of including child themes into the official WordPress Themes Directory, including previous discussions on it.

The inclusion of child themes in the official WordPress Themes directory is good idea because it gives themes greater flexibility and makes theme management easier for users. There’s a few problems to overcome before allowing child theme submissions into the directory, but nothing a little more brainstorming can’t resolve. I think with enough support from the community we could get this implemented rather quickly (who can even know what that means though?).

It will definitely mean modifications to the way to integrate them alongside the usual parent themes, but that’s what child themes are doing anyway—they’re changing the way we look at themes. If WordPress can officially push for this feature by way of the official theme directory, it’s a great step in easily developing themes on already available theme frameworks.

Meantime, check out Themelets, a site that features everything on WordPress child themes.

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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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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Binary Silver

September 16, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Binary Silver WordPress theme

Binary Silver is a one-column white and yellow photoblog theme created by Estan Cabigas. It’s got three widgetized areas in the footer and is optimized for several ad formats. It works with WP 2.7.1.

As a photoblog, I designed this theme to have a simple layout and, most importantly, make the photo stand out. There’s lots of white space and well appointed text blocks.

Download Binary Silver

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Pinoy Pride

August 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Pinoy Pride WordPress theme

Pinoy Pride is a dark, two-column WordPress theme sporting the famous yellow stars and sun found on the Philippine flag, created by Kaiser Mangampo.

This theme is 100% free and have Philippine Flag design. It has Stars that represent Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Sun that represents the provinces that fought against the Spanish Oppresor.

Download Pinoy Pride

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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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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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How to set dynamic body IDs/classes in WordPress

May 28, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Perishable Press lists 9 different ways you can “label” your <body> element using PHP and WordPress—very useful for development themes with special features depending on where you are in a WP site. A lot of them are derived from theme development experts and popular theme frameworks like the WordPress Sandbox.

The 9th way must be mentioned here: when WordPress 2.8 comes out, things will become much easier since it now has the body_class() function. More info about that here (since there’s no page on the Codex for it yet).

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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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Force WordPress theme CSS changes immediately

May 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Theme authors: if you’ve been tweaking a WordPress site’s CSS file, the changes you’ve made usually don’t immediately show up for the blog visitors without a forced refresh. The reason: web browsers usually keep cached copies of site files. Mark Jaquith has a neat fix that allows you to grab the latest version of the CSS file and override the cached one automatically.

Just use this line of code in your header.php file:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/style.css?v=<?php echo filemtime(TEMPLATEPATH . '/style.css'); ?>" type="text/css" media="screen, projection" />

This automatically updates the ?v= part every time you modify the file. Boom. Now everyone instantly sees your changes.

This should also work for other files like your Javascript files.

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Designing for WordPress screencast series

May 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Alex Denning of Nometech.com has launched a screencast called Designing for WordPress, a three-part series that teaches you how to go from a static HTML web design to a full-fledged WordPress design, all in glorious video.

Designing for WordPress is something that a lot of people want to learn how to do. But don’t know where to start. Why? There aren’t too many great tuts out there for people wanting to get started with WordPress theme design. In this screencast we’ll be converting HTML to WordPress: a great place to start for any aspiring theme developer.

If you know a fair amount of HTML and want to go into WordPress theme design, this video should be a good place to start. Watch out for the succeeding parts too!

(Via Hack WordPress)

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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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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: 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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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Unsilenced

February 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Unsilenced WordPress theme

Unsilenced is a light but grungy 2-column magazine WordPress theme by Jorge Cosgayon.

Unsilenced lets you specify a Category to act as a Magazine; sub-categories will act as individual issues, and will be displayed at random, or depending on the order that you set. Note that the Magazine category doesn’t really do anything — it just sets you up with a category to put your “Issues” under; it’s these subcategories that are really doing the work.

Download Unsilenced

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15 WordPress themes that clone famous sites

February 3, 2009 | 2 Comments

Shade Pro WordPress theme and WordPress.org width=

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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WordPress Theme: Cutline

January 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Cutline WordPress Theme

Cutline is a clean, black and white WordPress theme that’s flexible and easy to customize.

Recognizing the need for a stable and strong theme platform for the popular WordPress blog software, Cutline was started in 2006 under the Tubetorial banner. Cutline is a future-proof, easy-to-customize design for WordPress users.

The theme comes in several variants:

  • Cutline 2-Column Right
  • Cutline 3-Column Right
  • Cutline 3-Column Split (right and left sidebar)
  • Cutline 2.2 (2 column, black and white, grid-based)

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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.

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Transcript from Matt Mullenweg interview on GPL WordPress themes

December 23, 2008 | 4 Comments

Update (12/27/08): Part 3 is up.

Update (12/23/08): Part 2 is up.

The other week I wrote about Automattic pulling 200 themes from the WordPress theme directory. Since then we’ve been waiting for an official word from Matt Mullenweg and it couldn’t have come in a better form: a live interview on the WordPress Weekly Podcast, hosted by Jeff Chandler. For those who weren’t able to listen to it, here’s part 1 of the transcript courtesy of WP Snippets.

One of the big questions regarding the team’s decision is: “why do they have to approve themes based on the content and links on MY site?” It’s a pretty sound question because a website is a pretty big leap from a theme. Well Matt likens it to WordPress endorsing Expression Engine, a paid CMS solution, on their website:

First of all, you can do whatever you like on any website. There’s nothing built in WordPress that’s going to you. I am not even going to tell anyone or tell you that you should change things. But WordPress.org is sort of a community hub where we’ve tried to promote the open source stuff.

So, just like I wouldn’t want to, I don’t know, umm… let’s say a commercial CMS, Expression Engine. Ok… I wouldn’t have links advertising Expression Engine on WordPress.org. I wouldn’t have links advertising other things that are not on open source, even ones that actively violate our license.

Here’s another burning controversy: is Automattic doing this to keep the profitability of WordPress to itself?

JC: Ok, so here’s the next question: Why is it that so many people within the inner circle of the WordPress community believe you and Automattic don’t want anyone else profiting through or around WordPress? It seems to be this notion, primarily from those who make a living selling premium themes.

Matt: *laughs* Well, I have said it before that it’s hard to convince anyone that the way that they currently making money is wrong, *laughs* you know, if you are paying your bills with the way you’re making money, you’re going to find ways to rationalise and… sort of believe in that. There are, at every WordCamp, there will be 100 people there, and there may be 20-30 there making their living from WordPress right then.

And it’s all sorts of different things: sometimes it’s developing sites, like their agency is a site developer or designers; sometimes they’re provide training services – education; sometimes they’re just working for a company and being like the sort of full time WordPress guy.

But if I had to estimate, there are probably tens of thousands of people out there that make their living either with or on top of WordPress, and that’s not even counting bloggers. If you talk about a network like Digg or ??? or TechCrunch or something, also built entirely on top of WordPress.

So I’m totally for that. And you know what, honestly, the GPL is very commercially friendly. It was designed to allow commercial enterprises to thrive. You know some people say it doesn’t work, but you only have to look at one, the growth of WordPress, and two, the grown of the open source world in general for the past thirty years to say ‘Wow, this is actually a very, very powerful force.’

Bottom line here is, don’t make free, GPL-compliant WordPress themes and submit them to the directory if your only motive is to get people to buy proprietary WordPress themes. (Helpful hint: you can make money from WordPress in many other ways. If it’s specifically themes, take a look at Brian Gardner’s Revolution Two. He gives away high-quality themes for free but charges for support.)

Matt and the gang are just trying to keep the WP community a good one.

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How to implement WP 2.7 threaded comments feature

December 17, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Aside from the admin redesign, threaded or nested comments is one of the biggest new features in WordPress 2.7. Problem is, if your theme you’re using doesn’t support it yet, you won’t be able to enjoy it!

Thankfully, will.ph has written how you can use comment threading in your WP site.

The feature has been integrated in my theme since 2.7-Beta1 was released, yet only now did I realize that my reference was a bit too technical, even for me, that I decided to write another howto that is simplified. Before jumping in, I would highly advise to disable any comment threading plugin, including Disqus, to avoid any unwanted hiccups. Of course, the decision to do this is all up to you.

Thanks Will!

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WordPress theme directory updates policy, removes 200 themes

December 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

Spectacu.la reports that over 200 themes have been removed from the official WordPress theme repository a couple of days ago, and this is the notification they got:

Links to spectacu.la will no longer be approved, as a result this theme has been suspended.

Looks like Automattic has updated its policy for theme approvals:

Themes for sites that support “premium” (non-GPL or compatible) themes will not be approved.

That means it’s not enough for your theme to be GPL compatible. If you’re simply associated with premium WordPress themes, your free and open source WordPress themes could suffer as well.

More discussion at Justin Tadlock’s site. Is this fair or is this getting to be too harsh?

(Via WPLover)

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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.

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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.

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Be sure to add these CSS declarations to your WordPress 2.5/2.6 stylesheets

August 20, 2008 | 1 Comment

Versions of WordPress 2.5 and 2.6 have added arbitrary new CSS classes for styling uploaded images (WP 2.5) and their captions (WP 2.6). The WordPress Codex has a page that provides CSS declarations you can add to your custom theme if you’re not too familiar with tweaking your stylesheets.


.aligncenter,
div.aligncenter {
   display: block;
   margin-left: auto;
   margin-right: auto;
}

.alignleft {
   float: left;
}

.alignright {
   float: right;
}

.wp-caption {
   border: 1px solid #ddd;
   text-align: center;
   background-color: #f3f3f3;
   padding-top: 4px;
   margin: 10px;
   /* optional rounded corners for browsers that support it */
   -moz-border-radius: 3px;
   -khtml-border-radius: 3px;
   -webkit-border-radius: 3px;
   border-radius: 3px;
}

.wp-caption img {
   margin: 0;
   padding: 0;
   border: 0 none;
}

.wp-caption p.wp-caption-text {
   font-size: 11px;
   line-height: 17px;
   padding: 0 4px 5px;
   margin: 0;
}

Also check out the links posted for more help on CSS, HTML, and WordPress blog design in general.

(Via)

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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.

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