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New Responsive WooCommerce theme Sooperstore released

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...

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5 Stunning Responsive WordPress themes

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 :)...

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High Performance WordPress – Part 4

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 -...

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High Performance WordPress Part 3

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...

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Well Hello There!

Hey there thanks for stopping by! ThemesForge is all about WordPress Themes. We don’t make ’em - but we pretty much live ’em, breath ’em, review ’em, rant about ’em and hope to keep you the you the discerning reader fully up to date about what is going on in the WordPress themes ecosystem.

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The importance of testing themes

04 April 2011 comment icon4 | Categories: development

Today I read one of the best blog posts I’ve read in a long time about What’s Wrong with commercial WordPress themes by Martin Vlachynsky Vicenik (sorry Martin for getting your name wrong!) over on the Foliovision blog. Martin delves deep into the bowels of some of the most popular commercial WordPress themes to reveal how poorly optimised queries in some of the themes Foliovision have used have ended up having a huge performance cost in the form of overly expensive DB queries. Martin also does an excellent job of providing lots of information about how to test your themes performance and some excellent tools and plugins to help with the process. WooThemes and Elegantthemes are just about as big as they get in commercial themeland so this should serve as a wake up call for ALL theme developers to pay more attention to your themes source code. Seriously, go read it now.

Refresh going well – normal service will resume shortly!

29 March 2011 comment icon0 | Categories: about

Hey gang,

Just a quick note to let everyone know that our refresh is going well and nearing completion. We’ll be rolling out the incremental changes in the next day or two and normal less irregular posting service will resume shortly thereafter!


Time for a refresh

20 March 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: about, opinion

So March has been super busy for me. As a result, posts have been thin on the ground the past few weeks – sorry folks. One thing that I’ve been itching to do is to refresh themesforge.com. Our current theme is a custom theme we put together around our relaunch back in late 2009. WordPress has changed massively in that time and we’re looking a little bit stale at this point. It’s time for a shakeup! At the moment I’m planning on building a new Genesis Child theme but have not 100% committed to that road just yet. I’m taking a bit of time this week to confirm that decision. One thing I’d love to do is to document as much of the refresh process to continue our Genesis tutorial series in much more depth – so it’s 95% likely we’ll go the Genesis route.

I’d also love to get some time in the next month or two to then port this current theme over to Genesis and release it as a GPL theme. Stay tuned for more news later this week folks.


Theme news roundup 7 March

07 March 2011 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news

So it’s been a busy week here at themesforge towers so we’ve been trawling through the feeds and catching up in the goings in WordPress land over the past week and cherry picked our highlights from the fast moving WordPress themes world.

Groupon WordPress plugin released.

While this is not a theme story it certainly spiked our interest. WPMU reports on the release of a free plugin developed by Groupon to allow WordPress users to integrate with the Groupon affiliate system. I think this will be really useful to anyone using WordPress to run deal driven websites. I guess it’s now time for a Groupon theme clone (if it doesn’t already exist!)

StudioPress launch Pretty Young Thing on WordPress.com

It’s great to see the Genesis framework can now be run on WordPress.com. Since the announcement a month ago that commercial themes were being rolled out on WP.com it was only a matter of time before Genesis showed up in there. Thankfully it’s been sooner rather than later 🙂

Brian and the StudioPress crew announced that their recent new commercial theme – Pretty Young Thing is now live in the WordPress.com Commercial theme directory. WooThemes also launched Crisp into WordPress.com.

If the install numbers for the first 2 premium themes launched on WordPress.com directly reflect sales then I think WP.com Commercial sales are off to a very bright start!

Swiss Government website launches with WordPress

A swiss Government website focusing on Sports education launched a well put together WordPress powered website running a custom theme and available in 3 languages. A really good example of how WordPress can be used as much more than a blogging tool.

8 Commercial WordPress Themes for Restaurant websites

Having recently completed a theme for a restaurant a can vouch for this list having pretty much the best themes available for restaurants who want to run a website using WordPress.

Joomla Templates powerhouse RocketTheme launches the Gantry Framework

Anyone who has used Joomla extensively in the past will have heard of RocketTheme – in Joomla land they are akin to WooThemes or StudioPress and produce very high quality Joomla templates. Of late, they have been dabbling in the WordPress theme market and I’ve been watching with curiosity as to how this works out for them. Knowing a little bit about both communities I think there are have been big differences traditionally between WordPress theme shops and Joomla template shops. It’s interesting to see one of the big boys bring something new to the game. Well they’ve released a WordPress port of their Gantry framework which looks very interesting. Time to go play with this.


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 the app. I think the real secret sauce of the Tumblr community, the community itself and it’s re-blog and bookmarklet features will mean that many will not make the move just yet. Plus WordPress really needs to raise it’s game on that front.

50 Corporate Sites running WordPress

DynamicWP has an impressive list of 50 great looking corporate sites powered by WordPress – definitely check them out.

WPCandy Postcast New Episode

I really wish there were more WordPress podcasts. Kudos to Ryan for getting another episode out the door.


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 and quality. Despite all the things that have changed since we started work, two things remain the same in the premium WordPress theme business: Themes which are identical in all but name, and innovation which is conspicuous only by its absence. You’re bored of get-rich-quick theme companies popping up and peddling the same old magazine themes, so are we. We’re here to try and do something different.

John continues:

For want of a better description; we’re not just building themes, we’re building applications. We aren’t interested in making more premium blog templates – there are plenty of other companies who already do that better than we ever will. We’re interested in exploring what sort of platforms we can build on top of WordPress itself. We’re not going to release loads of copies of the same theme with a few different colours and images. We’ll only ever release one theme in any niche that we’re exploring, and then we’ll keep on developing it. Just like companies who build desktop or mobile applications.

This is really exciting and refreshing to hear! As we predicted at the start of the year, I think this kind of direction is definitely what is needed more in the WordPress theme ecosystem and I look forward to exciting things from BioThemes in 2011 and beyond.

The best of luck to John and Gilbert.


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 even more than pre 3.1. For more on Post Types check out Otto’s post from late last year explaining exactly what they are.

I actually had some trouble actually getting the auto-update link in WordPress to appear – it wasn’t there like it normally was/is. A quick google gave me this set of instructions which worked flawlessly.

The overall UI has gotten a refresh aswell which feels a bit more responsive too thanks to the revamp the WordPress team have given the admin markup and CSS. So what are you waiting for? Go update to 3.1!

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 about how the guys approach theme design from WordCamp PHX – a must watch for anyone getting started in the theme shop business.

Theme Foundry is hiring

Fancy a job working with a leading WordPress theme shop?

ThemeShaper gets a lick of paint

ThemeShaper continues to evolve into it’s new role as the home of the Automattic Theme team. Also Toolbox 1.1 dropped this week.

WPTavern is back!

After a few weeks off the air, Jeff had a great interview with Lance Willett – Head Theme Wrangler at Automattic – some really interesting stuff covered in the interview – another must listen for anyone interested in WordPress themes.

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!

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 – an area that I think is vastly improving weekly in the WordPress theme community.

Kudos to Blogohblog!