Archive | August, 2010

Why WordPress needs a vibrant Premium Themes economy

05 August 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: opinion

While browsing wordpress.org this evening I thought I’d take a dig around the most recent free themes submitted.
I gotta tell you guys – what I saw wasn’t pretty!
I stopped looking after about the 30th theme going back to late May. I can safely say that of the 3o themes I looked at – I could not see myself using 2 of them – and that was me actively wanting myself to use as many as possible.
What I observed was interesting in itself.

Most new WordPress free theme submissions from the past few months are quite simply – crap.  (sorry to anyone reading this if you’re theme is on that list).
Of the ones that are of a …

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Carrington Build WordPress Page Layouts – this is big

03 August 2010 comment icon3 | Categories: theme news, wordpress

I spotted a tweet from Andrew Nacin this evening mentioning a new project from Alex King which has just gone live called Carringon Build.
This project is huge news for WordPress developers, website owners and theme designers.
In a nutshell Carrington Build is a full featured drag and drop layout control system that hooks directly into WordPress. But describing it like that is like describing a Porche as being a fast car – it just doesn’t do it justice.
This thing is definitely one of the more exciting WordPress innovations I’ve seen in recent times.
My only concern at the moment is the whopping $499 price tag that it currently comes with.
[UPDATE: Alex has clarified in the comments below …

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Great new wordpress theme – Portfolio

03 August 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

So I was having a few brews over in the WordPress Tavern earlier today when I stumbled across a new wordpress theme called Portfolio.
The full details of the theme can be found on the main Portfolio Theme details page.
After taking Portfolio Theme for a quick spin in the themesforge labs I must say I’m impressed.
Devin from wptheming.com has put together a really solid WordPress theme that utilises the new WordPress 3.0+ custom post types functionality to create a slick Portfolio manager that incorporates a featured image feature.
I could see many different uses for this WordPress theme but I think it will particularly suit any freelance designer or web agency who wishes to create a simple …

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