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New Responsive WooCommerce theme Sooperstore released

04 September 2012 comment icon0 | Categories: commercial themes, featured, theme news

Ok it’s pretty embarrassing how long it’s been since I posted a blog update here. My last update was early July saying that a new theme was on the way “within a week” if I recall correctly. Well fast forward a week or 8 and I’m happy to announce that Sooperstore has finally been released!
We actually released another theme in the interim which I’ll come back to you another time. Right now I’m excited to share details of Sooperstore.
What’s the skinny on Sooperstore?

It’s a WooCommerce theme. What’s WooCommerce? Only one of the best WordPress ecommerce plugins on the planet (along with it’s distant relative Jigoshop).
It’s responsive. A lot of time has been spent tuning the hell out …

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5 Stunning Responsive WordPress themes

17 April 2012 comment icon1 | Categories: commercial themes, featured

While responsive web design is a relatively new phenomenon, the WordPress theme development ecosystem has exploded with a plethora of stunning responsive WordPress themes over the past few months. It’s one of the things that I really love about the WordPress community – the speed at which theme developers themselves are so responsive 🙂 I’ve been doing a lot of work on my own responsive WordPress themes lately and have personally looked under the hood of many of the themes listed here. I can tell you that pretty much any of these themes are coded to an excellent standard and would serve as an excellent basis for your own websites. Rather than give you a …

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High Performance WordPress – Part 4

16 November 2011 comment icon20 | Categories: featured, performance, tutorials

Alrighty folks, if you’ve been following along with the High Performance WordPress post series you will by now have experienced the awesomeness of a WordPress website running on nginx. If you’ve not been following along what are you waiting for? Go check out the following posts first:

Part 1 – VPS Setup
Part 2 – nginx/mysql setup
Part 3 – WordPress setup & tuning on nginx

Today we’re going to sqeeze even more performance out of your trusty little VPS by configuring and tuning an opcode cache for php.
What is an Opcode cache?
PHP differs from languages like Java and the .net framework in that it is an interpreted language meaning that each time you call a PHP script, the …

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High Performance WordPress Part 3

02 November 2011 comment icon32 | Categories: featured, performance

Hey folks I’m back with Part Three of the High Performance WordPress guide. If you’ve not done so already, be sure to check out Parts One and Part Two which will take you from a position of having no server to a fully configured VPS machine running the kickass nginx web server and mysql – or a LEMP environment as those in the know like to call it.
Today, we’ll proceed with setting up WordPress on our shiny new VPS server.
Create an nginx Virtual Host
First things first, let’s smarten up our nginx configuration to make things play nice with WordPress. I’ve learned to love nginx conf files. In the beginning it was a bit different from …

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High Performance WordPress – Part 2

26 October 2011 comment icon13 | Categories: featured, performance

So it’s taken much longer to push out Part 2 of the High Performance WordPress post series but it’s back and hopefully won’t have as big a gap for Part 3! Last time in Part 1 we got you as far as selecting a VPS host (still loving Linode!) and your OS selection (Ubuntu 10.10).
Today, we’re going to dive into getting your shiny new VPS machine up and running on the most kickass, hottest web server stack making big big waves in the WordPress community and further afield. First, let’s take a look at what we hope to achieve:

OS setup – Optimizing Ubuntu as a web server.
Web Server Setup – nginx setup and configuration – …

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Rooling: a new Commercial WordPress theme for law firms

10 October 2011 comment icon0 | Categories: commercial themes, featured, theme news

So this one has been a while coming. Today I shipped Rooling – a new commercial WordPress theme designed specifically for lawyers, law firms, attorneys, Lionel Hutz wannabes – you get the idea. I’ve spent the past few months building a pretty decent framework for my own custom WordPress themes. Nothing groundbreaking really, just pulling together lots of little code snippets from around the WordPress ecosystem. I’ve got it to a point that I’m very happy with the mechanics of how I put together themes and ensuring the code quality is on a par with the most well known theme shops out there. I intend following up with some further posts in the coming days …

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Should Custom Post Types live outside of themes?

23 August 2011 comment icon2 | Categories: featured, opinion

Wow it’s nearly a month since my last post! My head is still buried in pixel pushing for some new WordPress themes I’m working on – one of which I hope to publicly release in September – more on that in the coming weeks. One thing that has struck me in a big way over the past few weeks of WordPress development is some of the inherent constraints of Custom Post Types. It is perhaps best explained with a very real example scenario that I’m sure happens all the time.
Take your typical WordPress theme consumer Bob and his wonderful Acme Theme 2010. NOTE: The actors and themes real names have been changed in this post to protect …

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How do you build WordPress themes?

29 July 2011 comment icon0 | Categories: featured, opinion

I’m knee deep building some new WordPress themes at the moment but am coming up for some air to throw out a question to all you WordPress theme building pros – How do YOU approach building WordPress themes?
When I first started building websites Geocities was the platform of choice for anyone who wanted a hosted platform for managing their website if they didn’t have a shared hosting account. If I remember correctly, most shared host accounts also offered about 20MB of disk space and writing a contact form in PHP3 was about as exotic as it got! WordPress wasn’t even a glint in Matt’s eye at that time 🙂
Things have changed quite a bit in …

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New free WordPress eCommerce plugin JigoShop released – jaw drops

31 May 2011 comment icon19 | Categories: featured, theme news

Jigoshop from Jay Koster and the rest of the Jigowatt team shipped it’s first public beta today. Jigoshop is a free eCommerce plugin for WordPress. As someone who has played with just about every eCommerce plugin for WordPress, and who does a lot of work with other eCommerce platforms like Magento, OpenCart and Prestashop, I couldn’t wait to take Jigoshop for a spin. WordPress eCommerce plugins to date have always come up short in key areas like UI design, core Admin UI integration and at best were just ok – and a worst a maddening heap of crap.
I’ve just spent the last hour playing with Jigoshop.
Well let me tell you boys and girls – eCommerce …

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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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