Themes

Earlier this morning, Brad Potter and I were engaged in a conversation revolving around the aspect that magazine/news type themes are on the rebound. I remember when they were all the rage but along with the news/magazine layouts came an increase in complexity. These types of themes decreased for awhile (more…)

Nathan Rice who I first came into contact with through iThemes and at WordCamp Dallas 2008 has moved on to a new venture called Modthemes. Modthemes is a fresh new venture that offers commercial GPL themes for WordPress with Bryan Hauer as CEO. Right now, there is only one theme (more…)

The other night, I participated in a conversation with a few other people on Twitter regarding iThemes. There was some talk that iThemes was losing momentum and that the company was stagnating. Others said that iThemes was not producing innovative themes and pushing the boundaries of WordPress. While we speculated (more…)

Are you having difficult styling category template files? According to Scribu, things are about to get much easier with WordPress 2.9. But using category-{id}.php in practice is not that fun: firstly, you have to leave a comment in the theme file so that you know what it’s for. Secondly, you (more…)

Over the past two years, I think I’ve spent a few hundred dollars purchasing WordPress themes for various reasons. The downside is, I’ve only used a few of them. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to buy something that looks great in the display case but no matter (more…)

The Carrington framework by Alex King and Crowd Favorite has published an extensive question and answer post on their development blog. The post covers everything from what the Carrington theme framework is all about, what makes it different from other frameworks, and the philosophy behind the framework. While a number (more…)

Adii of WooThemes mentioned a site I never heard of yesterday on Twitter called ThemeWars. The idea behind the site is that any blogger can submit an entry into their weekly design war. The war is a contest which decides what type of theme will be designed. Once that’s established, (more…)

Nathan Rice has been working on his own framework for a few months now to help give iThemes a solid base to work from. His framework is called Prodigy and the first public developer beta is out and ready to be tested. As it stands, this theme is not for (more…)

Justin Tadlock has released a new child theme for the Hybrid Framework called Critical. This theme encompasses the use of custom taxonomies that are now built within WordPress. However, Justin doesn’t like releasing his personal designs so he has released the theme as a blank slate allowing you to easily (more…)

Yesterday on Twitter, a number of WordPress faithful were passing around a link to a site called CommentBits.com. The site focuses on designs specifically for the comment section of a WordPress blog. I got in touch with Ryan Imel, the guy behind the service and received the inside scoop. Oh (more…)

Now that most of the big commercial theme operations have gone GPL, I’ve been wondering how I or their customers should contribute to their projects. I’m guessing the process is different for each company so if you operate a commercial GPL theme business, please respond in the comments so I (more…)

Commercial theme authors who switched their business model to be completely inline with the GPL just like the WordPress software are cheering today as some of them have made the first part of a list that is now on the WordPress.org theme repository page under the heading of Commercial. The (more…)