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Genesis 2.0 Release

It seems that my favorite themes like Optimize Press and Genesis are being updated at the same time. Theme developers are certainly keeping us on our toes and giving us a lot of eye candy to look at!

This week Genesis 2.0 was released. If you are already using Genesis you can upgrade the framework through your WordPress dashboard or you can download the files and ftp them up if you prefer.

I’ve updated my framework to Genesis 2.0 on a couple of sites that are not using a child theme without any problems at all.  As always, I would suggest that you take a back up just in case you have a hosting or plugin conflict.   If you are using Genesis with a child theme I’d suggest that  you upload Genesis 2.0 together with your child theme and export of your posts to a test site to see all is working well.

What’s new in Genesis 2.0?

Genesis 2.0 is an improved framework for this popular WordPress theme. It has integrated new web standards into it to keep up with the change in technology and user needs.   Let’s have a look at the major changes in the framework.

genesis 2 wordpress theme

HTML5

Genesis now incorporates HTML5 standards.

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is the new version of HTML if you like. It is just a change in web design standards. Some important features that you should note about using HTML5 is that it is responsive ,that means the code responds to the user’s device to display information. In short, Genesis 2.0 is mobile friendly and will display well across platforms and devices.

Another aspect of HTML5 is that unlike HTML there are now attributes that you can incorporate into the theme design for display of commonly used elements like video and audio. This means that it makes it easier to integrate these items in your theme without having to use separate code or plugins.

You can read more about html 5 in full techie speak here 

By incorporating the html5 features in their themes Genesis users are assured that moving forward their theme will be easier to use and will require less plugins for common uses.

Schema.org

For the last few years a lot of plugins have been released to display rich snippets. The microdata from Schema.org is read by the major search engines and Google has said that

“rich snippets can make your site appear more prominently in the search results so you may see an increase in search traffic”

This is good news for SEO types and for Genesis users as the up to date framework supports the use of this microdata quickly and easily.

Secure

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I so wish that more theme developers would take the care that the team at studio press does when they release a new theme. Brian and the team regularly hire experts at WordPress security, to inspect the code and review it for security flaws.Mark Jasquith had that task for the Genesis 2.0 release and said this “..from a security standpoint, Genesis 2.0 is at the top of its class”.

Miscellaneous

There are some other miscellaneous changes in Genesis 2.0 that users will enjoy and notice in the difference in load time on their site. The but the main changes encompass the use of HTML5 and Schema.

Themes

To celebrate the release a new theme has been released called Sixteeen Nine as well as an upgrade for the existing eleven40 theme.   Other upgrades to their existing themes are being rolled out over time.

Regrets

One of my regrets was that I didn’t update my blog using the Genesis framework when I did a refresh of the look this year. I think it’s time for a change now 🙂

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25 Pinterest style themes to get you pinning!

I’ve written before about Pinterest plugins so I figure it’s time to talk about Pinterest WordPress Themes.    Pinterest just gets hotter and hotter in the social media space.   Nowadays everyone is looking for a Pinterest style website.    Pinterest style sites can look especially good when you have clear direction for your site, ie it is organized appropriately and when some thought has gone into the images that will be uploaded.   The types of  Pinny clones that I tend to like are fashion related, photography, food blogs and video tutorials.     What style  do you like?

I’ve wandered around cyberspace this week “pinning” all my favorite Pinny style clones.     Yep, “Pinny” is my new word for Pinterest coz I can’t be bothered typing it all the time 🙂

There are a ton of  Pinny clones out there,  some better than others like always 🙂     I’ve rounded up 25 of my faves from reputable and established theme designers for your pinning pleasure.   I have included one free theme but the majority are premium themes.

Phew!

This is just a selection of the themes available (more are probably being made by the little Pinny elves as we speak!)

Endless – Infinite Scrolling WordPress Theme, $45

http://themeforest.net/item/endless-infinite-scrolling-wordpress-theme/2085634

Features:

  • Infinite scrolling just like Pinterest
  • Lightweight 
  • 3 Blog template styles to choose from
  • Includes 3 fully customizable retro badges
  • Custom Twitter widget 
  • Custom Category dropdown widget
  • Link color selector
  • Custom Slider and Custom Post Types
  • Templates for Contact Page  & Portfolio Template
  • Social networks enabled
  • Easy logo replacement

Brick & Mason Premium Photography and Blog Theme  $45

http://themeforest.net/item/brick-mason-premium-photography-and-blog-theme/245497

Features:

  • Google custom fonts library
  • Slideout sidebar
  • Infinite scrolling
  • Unlimited color options
  • Dark and light skin options
  • Easy logo customization
  • Full width page template included
  • Advanced jQuery animations and effects

FolioGrid Pro, $39

FolioGrid Pro

Features:

  • General settings area
  • Styling options
  • Social media
  • Sidebar manager
  • 1 click installer to get going fast
  • Ads manager to monetize your site

The Style WordPress Theme, $39

http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/thestyle/

Possibly the cheapest of all the Premium themes because the Elegant Themes price allows you to download ALL their themes in the members area.

Features:

  • Enriched options panel: colorschemes; upload custom logo images, control featured posts and much more.
  • navigation panel 
  • The layouts tab  to adjust the structure of your site
  • The Ad Management panel 
  • Color Options Panel
  • SEO ready
  • The integration tab allows you to input code into various areas in the theme. 

Evolution 2 – 49 EUR/ download

http://superthemes.org/themes/evolutive/

Features:

  • Widget ready
  • Dynamic menu (up to two levels)
  • Fluid Ajax Grid

FacePress Community Content Sharing, $45

http://themeforest.net/item/facepress-community-content-sharing/1861805

This is my favorite Pinterest clone style WordPress theme.   It has loads of features and mimics a lot of the native Pinterest functions. I particularly like the color styles that it has.

Features:

  • Enable User following.   If you wish you can have an Author page with data showing posts from followed users, following users and a timeline ala Facebook
  • You can use the liquid full-width version or the fixed size layout.
  • Registered users can upload posts directly from front end.
  • Registered users can edit their  profile from their personal account page which has avatar upload, password change and other personal data
  • Unlimited number of custom posts and assign for them different features: papers, people, locations, portfolios, galleries, etc.
  • You can attach documents – great for demos and files to be downloaded
  • Map – suitable for locations markers,
  • Program builder – suitable for events and calendar,
  • login and registration forms
  • Enable the “Like” feature

Helious Grid Style Portfolio Creative Template, $40

http://themeforest.net/item/helious-grid-style-portfolio-creative-template/438263

Features:

  • 2 Skins (Light & Dark)
  • You can upload your own font
  • Contact Form Manager.
  • Built-in SEO plugin
  • Grid base Portfolio page styles
  • 7 Custom Widgets
  • Twitter feed
  • Maps
  • Flickr photostream
  • Full screen Image Gallery with uploader support multiple images uplaod
  • Styled typography and flexible page columns
  • Shortcodes
  • Style shortcodes ex. image frame, dropcap etc.
  • Blog template
  • Unlimited sidebar creation
  • PSD included

AutoFocus 2.0, $25

http://fthrwght.com/autofocus/

Features:

  • Flickr integration
  • Front page image crop editing
  • Optional portfolio style layout with square images
  • Clean typography and grid
  • A theme options page for easy customization of colors, post, formatting, etc.
  • Optional Featured Posts section for featuring posts and displaying them front and center
  • Widgetized sidebar areas
  • Support for Video and Gallery embedding via oEmbed
  • Custom short code styling 
  • 2 additional & optional ad-spaces for banner and widgets
  • custom logo option
  • A per-post sliding Gallery of attachments option

Gridnik – Elite Portfolio WordPress Thene, $35

http://themeforest.net/item/gridnik-elite-portfolio-wordpress-theme/145673

Features:

  • Flexible layout to fit any sreen size!
  • 9 color schemes
  • 15 font options via google fonts directory
  • 20+ shortcodes including tabs, sliders, twitter, flickr and collapsible content
  • Built in tutorial documentation + 6 videos to get you started.
  • Ajax powered, working contact form
  • 10 Custom widgets
  • Most liked projects
  • Individual galleries for projects
  • Import/Export theme settings for easy backup
  • Built in ShareThis Plugin
  • Built in  “like”  feature (facebook style)

Zoho – WordPress Grid Portfolio, $40

http://themeforest.net/item/zoho-wordpress-grid-portfolio/842485

Features:

  • Grid Foundation
  • Unlimited color schemes.
  • 16 unique pattern options.
  • 11  Page Templates
  • Demo Home Page with Excerpt
  • Templates including: Standard Page Template, Full Image Page Template, Mosaic Image Page Template, No Image Page Template, Contact Page Template, Full Width Page Template, Standard Single Page Template, Gallery Image Single Page Template, Mosaic Gallery Template, Archives Page Template
  • Suits Video & Images
  • 5 Unique Blog Layouts;  Standard Blog Layout + Right Sidebar, Wide Image + Right Sidebar, Wide Image + Left Sidebar, Standard Blog + Left Sidebar, Small Images + Right Sidebar
  • 3 Single Page Layouts
  • iShare Premium Media Plugin Included!
  • Twitter, Latest Post custom widgets.

Reflex – Dynamic Grid Portfolio + Blog Theme, $40

http://themes.mdnw.net/?theme=reflex

Features:

  • Theme Manager (built on OptionTree)
  • Filterable dynamic grid layout
  • 9 Page templates.
  • Over 40 Font Replacement Options, including selections from Google Fonts API and Cufon.
  • Typekit, FontSquirrel, and Google Fonts support
  • The ability to change thumbnail and module sizes on the fly.
  • Lightboxes, galleries, slideshows, shortcodes
  • Shortcode library for columns, analytics, and more
  • Optional widget overlay area at the footer
  • Traditional blog templates
  • Video (YouTube, Vimeo, and more) supported in the lightbox and inside page templates.

Bookcase – WordPress Portfolio Theme, $40

http://www.designcirc.us/bookcase/


Features:

  • Interactive Portfolio
  • 70+ Google Fonts
  • XML and SQL files included to load default content.
  • 5 Featured Section Textures
  • Light and Dark Skins
  • 5 custom WordPress widgets
  • Theme Options Panel
  • Fluid width layout
  • Custom Post Types, Custom Image Upload Fields
  • Contact and quote request form toggle
  • Unique features slider
  • Shortcode Buttons – one click and your done.
  • Child Theme Support

WordPress Grid Theme, $59

http://www.apptha.com/category/theme/wordpress/grid-theme

Features:

  • Tableless Design
  • Upload logo and images easily
  • Grid design layout
  • Featured image for post
  •  Loads content while scrolling – infinite scrollingUpload logo
  • Set infinite scroll

Gridlocked: Minimalistic WordPress Portfolio Theme, $50

http://themeforest.net/item/gridlocked-minimalistic-wordpress-portfolio-theme/245947


Features:

  • Grid-Based Design
  • Dark & Light Colour Schemes
  • Filterable Portfolio (can be used as homepage or site section)
  • Tumblr-style Blog (can be used as homepage or site section)
  • Post Format Support (Asides, Images, Galleries, Quotes, Links, Standard, Audio, Video)
  • Built-in “like” system
  • 2 Custom Widgets (Twitter, Flickr)
  • Simple Theme Options
  • Page Templates (Archives, Full Width, jQuery Contact Form)
  • Custom Login Logo & Custom Default Gravatar Support
  • Shortcodes (Columns, Buttons, Toggles, Tabs, Alerts)
  • Layered PSDs

FlexFolio: Premium Portfolio Theme $35

http://themeforest.net/item/flexfolio-premium-portfolio-theme/1616168


Features:

  • Ajaxified pages
  • Filterable Portfolio
  • Minimalistic Style
  • Custom Theme Options
  • Video support: YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
  • 3 Custom Skins: Dark, Light and Purple
  • Easy page layout changing for Portfolio items
  • PSD files
  • Shortcodes: Columns, Quotes, Toggles, Tabs, Lists, etc.
  • Easy customization
  • Custom Twitter widget

Lens Theme, $40

http://designerthemes.com/themes/lens/

Features:

  • 3 Photo/Portfolio Layouts – masonry, masonry w/ title bar and mini thumb grid
  • 3 Gallery Layouts – full screen, stacked and slide bar
  • Dark and Light Skins
  • Post Editor Extras (buttons, columns, callout boxes, tabs, & more)
  • Filterable Portfolio
  • Unlimited Photo/Portfolio Pages
  • Built-in AJAX Contact Form
  • Multiple Shortcodes
  • Theme Options Panel
  • Upload a Custom Logo, Favicon & Gravatar
  • 4 Custom Widgets
  • 7 Widget Areas
  • Pagination Navigation
  • Layered PSD Files

Construct Theme, $45

http://designerthemes.com/themes/construct/

Features:

  • Post Formats (Standard, Image, Gallery, Video)
  • Aligned Layout Option
  • Breadcrumbs Navigation
  • Numbered Pagination
  • Homepage Slider (homepage options)
  • Theme Options Panel
  • Upload a Custom Logo, Favicon & Comment Avatar
  • Filterable Showcase
  • Unlimited Color Schemes
  • Threaded Comments
  • Shortcodes & Editor Extras (sitemap, tabs, toggles, accordion, buttons and more)
  • Custom Latest Tweets Widget
  • Custom Search Widget
  • Layered PSD Files

Hoarder $50

http://themeforest.net/item/hoarder-responsive-wordpress-blog-theme/2919551

Features:

  • Multiple Homepage Layouts (3 Col, 2 Col + Sidebar, Blog Style)
  • Responsive Design
  • Color Control (via Color Picker)
  • 4 Custom Widgets (Twitter, Flickr, Video, Ads)
  • Post Format Support (Image, Aside, Galleries, Standard, Quote, Link, Audio, Video)
  • Page Templates (Archives, Full Width, jQuery Contact Form)
  • Custom Admin Login Logo
  • PSD
Socialike Responsive Theme $40
http://themeforest.net/item/socialike-responsive-wordpress-blog-social-pages/722133

Features:

  • Responsive design
  • 5, 4 or 3 columns
  • Responsive lightbox
  • Social media pages (Twitter, Dribbble, Flickr, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Lastfm)
  • Shortcode generator
  • Unlimited sidebars
  • Unlimited colors
  • 27 background image options
  • font-face (28 heading/menu fonts)
  • SEO -friendly (Page titles with h1 tag, breadcrumbs, pagination, next and previous post/page links, related posts, clean semantics)
  • contact form
  • Social icons
Fotos  $40
http://themeforest.net/item/fotos-photography-masonry-blog-wordpress-theme/710827
Features:
  • Masonry or carousel layout
  • built in post formats (video, standard, quotes etc)
  • Organize images into galleries of categories
  • password protect galleries
  • Shortcodes
  • Blog templates
  • Custom widgets
  • Theme option panel
  • easily upload logo
Pinboard $39 (single licence) $59 (developer licence) $69 all themes
http://themify.me/themes/pinboard
Features:
  • Multisite integration (users can signup and post).
  • Responsive layout
  • Auto stacking layout
  • Option to choose infinite scroll or numbered page navigation
  • Lightbox gallery
  • 3 post layout options (small, medium, and large grid)
  • Custom welcome message
  • Recent comment list with commenter avatar on homepage
  • Custom header menu
  • Optional RSS and search form
  • Social media icons
  • 4 footer widget columns
  • Custom footer text
  • Animated back to top button
  • 7 theme skins
  • Child theme support
Vivo WordPress Theme $45
Features:
  • Responsive design
  • Filterable portfolio
  • Portfolio manager – add images or embed video
  • Different background on each page
  • unlimited colours
  • Display all portfolio items or just specific portfolio categories on a page
  • Theme Options
  • custom widgets
  • contact form
  • shortcodes
  • WordPress Post Format support
  • Page templates
PhotoLux WordPress Theme  $45
http://themeforest.net/item/photolux-photography-portfolio-wordpress-theme/894193
Features
  • Unlimited Sidebars – dynamic sidebar generation functionality
  • fullscreen image slideshow
  • font management
  • advanced styling buttons
  • unlimited gallery pages
  • black and white image effect for gallery (WoW!)
  • SEO fields
  • Easy page layout creation
  • Option to disable right click
  • Full width background image option –  globally  or you can set different ones to the different pages
  • Easy logo replacement
  • Separate portfolio section
  • AJAX contact form
  • Sociable Icons section in footer
  • Comments with reply functionality
  • PSD Files
  • A bonus widget included – Portfolio Posts Loader displaying the latest items in the sidebar with lightbox preview
Notebook WordPress Theme  $39 (for all themes with membership at Elegant Themes)
Features:
  • Theme options
  • shortcodes
  • Full width page
  • Page templates
  • Blog templates
  • Unlimited color schemes

Graphic Theme, FREE

Graphic Theme WordPress

Features:

  • Search Engine Optimized
  • grid layout

If you like this post  on Pinterest style themes head on over to the Pinboard closest to you and ………pin it!

 

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Gorgeous, Clean and Free

Just a quick post today.

I wanted to give you a heads up on some gorgeous free WordPress themes that I found the other day.

Usually, I prefer to use a premium WordPress theme for sites that I build.    I have so many WordPress themes that I often forget what I have, which is a pain 🙂     I realize that not everyone wants to buy a premium WordPress theme and has an obsession with all things WP like me 🙂     Sometimes funds are tight or you are just not sure which theme  to invest in.  When that happens people usually look for a free WordPress theme.

There are free WordPress themes in the WP repository but, to be honest, most of them don’t tickle my fancy at all other than the new default theme TwentyTen which I think is pretty good for a default theme.   There are, of course, a number of  designers that offer free themes to the WordPress community.

Problem is with these themes that:

  • they often contain several links in the footer.   It’s fine to link to the designer but you could end up with a theme linking to Home Loans, Cat Kennels and god knows what else!
  • Some of those links are encrypted as well.    Do you really know what they contain?    I know one theme that I tried had links to a cpa offer through the developers affiliate program.  Do you want your site associated inadvertently with an Acai Berry CPA offer.   Best to check it before you use it 🙂
  • a lot of the themes remind me of the 70’s.   Yes, I am that old 🙂 some days I even feel it!  The colors are glary the images are glittery and all in all they remind me of a fancy dress night rather than a professional website!

So I was super happy to find some free WordPress themes the other day that are well designed with clean, simple lines and available in a multitude of  designs for sites on:

  • blogging
  • magazine
  • affiliate
  • news
  • ecommerce; and
  • photoblogs

Not only are these free themes but they are, in fact, premium themes.    The designer of these themes has decided to run out the old models which previously sold for over $400 as a package and GIVE them away.

You do have to opt in to an email list to receive the download links for the free wordpress themes.  I think that is a worthwhile price to pay because these themes are divine.

Download the themes from RichWP.

P.S. I’m not an affiliate for these themes, this is not a paid review – I just  like them 🙂

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WordPress Default Theme is Finally Getting Sexier (a little bit)

One of the things that I really hate when doing a WordPress install is staring at the default Kubrick theme.   Don’t get me wrong.  I’m sure the Kubrick theme was pretty exciting stuff in its day but that day has long passed.     In case you are wondering the current default WordPress theme has a plain blue header and single right sidebar.   Of course, you can change the color of the header and the header text but frankly it still looks boring and dull when compared with the exciting free and premium WordPress themes available.

With the introduction of  WordPress 3.0 the guys at Automatic finally decided that a change in theme scene was in order.   After much decision making (no doubt committees were formed and coffee was consumed!) a new theme was decided on as the default which is called Twenty Ten.

Now, Twenty Ten basically looks like the Kubrick theme with a new header and page navigation.   You can see that it still has the right sidebar so not a lot has changed at first glance.

But it has changed enough to make it a good default WordPress theme.     The theme design overall is plain but it is clean white theme with attractive fonts.   The site title and tag line are now displayed above the header and there is now navigation below the header.  This will be  a feature that a lot of new WordPress users will be happy with.

The backend of the theme also gives the new user options to customize the theme without knowing any coding or too much fiddling about.

If you go to Appearance/Background once you have activated the theme you will see that you have options to change the color of the background, the display, or even upload an image.

If you go to Appearance/Header you can also choose one of the many default images that are installed with the theme or upload your own.

All in all, I think WordPress have done a pretty good job with the new default theme.   They have a theme that is cleanly styled with just enough options for a new user to quickly customize and make their own unique blog.