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New free WordPress theme Nublu released

15 February 2011 comment icon3 | Categories: theme news (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 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 …

Read More 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 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 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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Quality Control WordPress Theme

12 January 2011 comment icon8 | Categories: featured, theme news

Siobhan over at WPMU posted the other day about some of her favour plugins and themes of 2010 and included the fantastic Quality Control WordPress theme on her best of post series.
Sadly, according to Siobhan the developer is in the process of passing the theme over to a commercial theme company. The developer, Spencer Finnell used to update his blog on the development of Quality Control, which I would assume he must no longer do. You will also see a link to what looks like the themes new home at
While the theme has since been removed from the official WordPress theme directory, it is still available in the official WordPress subversion repository and whoever …

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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

11 January 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

Congratulations to Yoast for putting together a fantastic post detailing the anatomy of a WordPress theme. In one nice infographic Yoast basically lays out the building blocks of every parent WordPress theme. It explains the role of each file simply and clearly and while it seems like something that should have been around a long time ago on the WordPress site itself – it wasn’t and I think it will be a big help for anyone getting started with WordPress theme development.

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The case for a better WordPress theme uploader

11 January 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

Today saw a fantastic post from Siobhan over at WPMU about why you should never rely on google search results when it comes to downloading WordPress themes. Seriously guys, this post is a first class education for anyone who downloads and plays around with WordPress themes – free or premium – and the things you need to be on the lookout for. I knew that dodgy practices were widespread but the findings of Siobhan’s research are astonishing. 8 of the top 10 sites in Google’s search results for “free wordpress themes” contained encrytped dodgy code and/or very poor theme standards.
Google gets over 200,000 searches per month for the phrase “free wordpress themes” (as estimated by …

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Quick tip – WordPress plugin for theme developers – Theme Check

06 January 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

Honestly, if you make themes – you need this.
Go get Theme Check.

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Happy New Year and a missing final Theme Tip!

06 January 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: 24ways, theme news

A very Happy New Year to you all!
I’m just back from vacation and just noticed that the final post in the 24 Theme Tips series failed to post correctly on December 24th! Blame some early pre-Christmas celebrations 🙂
Anyway I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas vacation. We’re looking forward to lots of exciting new developments in the WordPress theme community in 2011.
Ok gotta run, there is a missing Theme tip post to hunt out and post 🙂

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The future of Premium Themes – another perspective

24 December 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

WPCandy has a very interesting post today about the future of premium themes. The post has some very valid points and certainly taps into many of the changes going on in this space at the moment. Go check it out. I posted my thoughts on future of premium themes in the post comments and also reproduce them below for your convenience in edited format.

Yes, the quality of free themes has sky rocketed.
Yes, users now have much more choice.
Yes, WordPress users now expect more for less.

But there’s a really big big difference between 2010 and 2007 – the size of the market. WordPress has grown exponentially in that timeframe. The percentage of users who buy themes …

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WooThemes release Listings – jaw drops

21 December 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

WooThemes have just launched an absolutely incredible WordPress theme called Listings.
Quite simply, this is the single most impressive WordPress theme I’ve ever seen.
The WooThemes guys have clearly invested a huge amount of time and effort to create a very special theme.
Actually, calling it a theme is a bit of an understatement.
In my opinion, Listings takes WordPress itself to a whole new level.
Listings exploits more recently added WordPress features like no other theme has done to date; namely Custom Post Types and Taxonomies. I’ve been waiting for one of the big boys of theme development to release something like this and it’s no surprise that it’s WooThemes who have been the first to release a theme …

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