Archive | February, 2011

Theme News Roundup 27 February

27 February 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

WordPress 3.1 hits the streets
It was a big week this week in WordPress land with the launch of WordPress 3.1 – read our coverage.
Let the exodus from Tumblr to WordPress begin
Ok this might be a bit premature. Tumblr ain’t going anywhere in the near future. But given it’s recent constant problems with downtime I can see more and more people making the switch in the near future. Well this week, that process got a whole lot easier due to the formal release of Post Templates in 3.1 and really nifty app from WooThemes called Tumblr 2 WordPress which helps you move from… erm… Tumblr to WordPress. Mashable have a nice post on their experiences with …

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New theme shop BioThemes opens

23 February 2011 comment icon2 | Categories: theme news

Hot on the heels of the WordPress 3.1 release today comes a new theme shop from none other than John O’Nolan (member of the core WordPress UI team) and all round WordPress genius (have you seen the WordPress 3.1 admin area – it’s all nice and shiney and much cleaner under the hood thanks to John and the team). Anyway, John along with Gilbert Pellegrom recently took the wraps off BioThemes and announced their beta launch.
If we need further evidence of the continuing evolution of WordPress theme development from being basic aesthetic skins to much more sophisticated “applications”, John provides it in spades in the announcement post.
We’re a premium WordPress theme company focused on innovation …

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WordPress 3.1 Released

23 February 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: wordpress

So today is the day that WordPress 3.1 is finally officially released. Originally codenamed “Django” earlier today, Matt quickly changed the name to Reinhardt to prevent mass confusion with the Django project (nice catch Matt). This one has been a while coming and what was initially intended to be a minor release has actually turned into a pretty exciting one with lots of goodies for WordPress users. For more on what’s new check out WPCandy’s post from earlier today, the WPBeginner post and also check out the official release post. Post Types, the .com style Admin bar and the Internal Linking feature are killer features that for me will only serve to boost WordPress popularity …

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Theme Newsround

19 February 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

Kicking off a new weekly feature on themesforge is our weekly Newsround of what’s happening in the WordPress theme community. Oh and we’ll also throw in some links to stuff we’ve come across during the week that might have happened weeks and months ago but that we think you will be interested in!
So without further ado.
Genesis 1.5 Released
A new version of Genesis hit the streets last week and of particular interest is the Genesis Grid Loop which allow theme designers to quickly create grid based layouts for content sections. StudioPress published an advanced tutorial earlier this week too – definitely one worth checking out.
Organic Themes – Approaching Theme Design
WPCandy Posted a video from Organic Themes …

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Gawker redesign inspired Qawker Free WordPress theme released

15 February 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

This one just popped up on my radar just now. Sahas Katta of Skatter Tech had some free time last weekend and put together a pretty cool Gawker redesign inspired wordpress theme called Qawker. Sahas claims to not be a professional web designer or developer but from looking at Qawker and the previous work done on Skatter Tech they bloody well should be!
Great work Sahas!

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New free WordPress theme Nublu released

15 February 2011 comment icon3 | Categories: theme news

Blogohblog.com (love that domain name!) have just released a new free WordPress theme Nublu. As the name might suggest – this new theme is blue!
From the blogogblog guys:
This is a sleek blue colored theme that comes with a configurable slider, drop-down menus and Cufon-enabled headlines. The theme also sports a twitter bird that will sing out your latest tweet from your Twitter.com account. Nublu has automatic thumbnail generation, as long as you have a picture uploaded with your post. WordPress 3.0+ menu system is integrated into this theme for easy customization of your navigation menu.
Nublu Theme is totally free to download and has been tested with all the major browsers.
I think Nublu features particularly nice typography – …

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WooThemes map the WordPress theme ecosystem

15 February 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

We missed this last week but thought it was really worth a shout today. WooThemes created a wonderful illustration of their take on the WordPress theme ecosystem. The illustration is called “WooVille” and features a run down of who’s who in the WordPress theme world. It’s clear a lot of time and effort went into creating this. I absolutely love it – it shows the true creativity of the WooTheme team outside of just theme development which is cool.
I’m sure some theme shops may take offence at their representation in WooVille but they really shouldn’t. I love that there is a Starbucks on the ground floor of StudioPress HQ – I’m sure Brian loved it …

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Getting Started with the Genesis Framework Part 2 – Creating a custom homepage template

07 February 2011 comment icon13 | Categories: featured, tutorials

 
So when we left off with Part 1 of a Getting Started with the Genesis Theme Framework we had taken a look at some of the really basic building blocks of a Genesis child theme and had got you setup with a basic custom child theme. Now it’s time to take us a step forward. Let’s start with our website homepage. As you know most blogs follow a pretty standard layout format -usually a main content area and a single sidebar either to the left or the right of your main content (and most commonly to the right).
Well if you’re building a corporate website you will probably want to break out from that layout for …

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WordPress.com starts offering Commercial WordPress Themes

03 February 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

Well this is certainly big big news for the WordPress theme community!
Automattic announced earlier today that it is to start offering commercial WordPress themes to wordpress.com users. The story has been picked up amongst all the big tech blogs.
Matt has also posted the back story to the new commercial Marketplace over on themeshaper.
We had suspected early in January that Automattic would be making a big splash in 2011 in the theme community over on the wpcandy.com Future of WordPress themes post and Matt has hinted before that something like this would arrive some day and now it’s here.
For the moment it looks like this is very much a live experiment and I’m sure it won’t …

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What will WordPress look like in 5 years?

02 February 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: opinion

Here’s a scary thought.
It’s just over 5 years since the release of WordPress 2.0.1 – holy moly 5 years!
For anyone interested or who’s long enough in the tooth to have been using WordPress back then, here’s a quick reminder of what WordPress 2.0.1 actually looked like.

Quaint eh?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how far WordPress has come in the past 5 years. I mean back in 2006, WordPress was an excellent blogging tool – but for me, the Joomla project which was also in it’s infancy back then was superior for general website development.
Fast forward to 2011 and things are very very different. WordPress has evolved and grown exponentially in that time and for me …

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