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New Theme: Kent

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My latest theme – it’s awesome!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

It’s the first Thursday in November, and with NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo kicking into gear, isn’t it fitting that our first new theme of the month, Kent, is especially for writers?

Kent Theme

Kent Theme

Crafted by Pro Theme Design, Kent is a premium theme with a clean and simple layout that directs a reader’s focus on your content. The main menu is hidden and out of the way by default, and your readers can “open” and “close” it with a click of a button. Kent also features an optional widget area in the footer, larger than average font sizes for ease of reading, social profile links, and the ability to personalize your site with your Gravatar and a custom header image.

Kent Menu Demo

Kent Menu Demo

If you like to write — blog entries, poems, short stories, articles, and anything in between — Kent just might be the theme for you! Learn more…

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New Themes: Traveler and InfoWay

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It’s another Two Theme Thursday here on WordPress.com, with Traveler and InfoWay taking the spotlight.

Traveler is a full-screen, flexible, and highly visual theme, built by Pro Theme Design for documenting your travel adventures.

Traveler

It features a huge custom header image, single-column and block-style (Masonry) layouts, and looks great no matter what device you pull it up on, be it a smartphone or a big desktop monitor. Related posts are included after every post to keep your readers engaged, while the footer widget area keeps itself visually balanced, according to what widgets are used.

Traveler is a premium upgrade for your blog. Get more information on the Theme Showcase, or preview it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Whether it’s a trip around the world, or simply adventures in your head, Traveler will carry you through.

Looking for a sleek and solid theme to best reach your…

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New WordPress themes

I am a WordPress theme developer, so I often release new themes. In fact I have released 2 themes in the last 2 months.

What many people don’t seem to realise is that I work full time, and so don’t have vast amounts of time to offer to these sorts of things – so being able to finish two themes in two months is something I am quite proud of! :)

Exhibitor

The first theme is Exhibitor. Exhibitor is a gallery or portfolio theme. Designed for artists to show off their work Exhibitor offers both a way to display Exhibits, and a way to update people on your latest projects/ thoughts using the blog displayed content.

Exhibitor is my first theme to use WordPress new custom post types feature. Custom post types are used to display the Exhibits allowing the format and management for the different portfolio items to be separate.

A unique feature for Exhibitor is the colour scheme choices. A colour wheel in the theme admin allows you to pick the overall colour scheme, changing font and border colours from a single point with no technical knowhow.

If you need a clean portfolio or gallery design then you could do a lot worse than take a look at Exhibitor.

Byline

Byline is a magazine/ newspaper style theme. Its unique feature is the ability to customise the colours of the individual categories giving your website a modern look and giving each category it’s own distinctive style.

The theme has a flexible homepage design that allows you to create and arrange things in almost any way you see fit. You can arrange your freshly coloured categories in any order, or you can insert widgets underneath the featured content area. In the future there will be plugins released that allow you to customise the layout even more.

Elemental

Both Byline and Exhibitor use Elemental as their parent theme. Elemental is a WordPress theme framework that allows me to create new themes much more quicky – avoiding having to do all the boring repetetive stuff, instead focusing on the interesting innovations. In addition, if I want to add new features to a website, I can add them to Elemental – and all of my themes will update instantly. Bonus!


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Elemental Hub and Elemental WordPress Theme Plugins

Recently there has been a lot of development work happening in relation to my WordPress theme framework, Elemental.

The goal of Elemental is to create an awesome theme that will work equally well as a theme, or as a WordPress theme framework. Many frameworks look boring and are hard to style without creating child themes, and Elemental is the antidote to this.

Elemental Hub

To show the cool things that Elemental does, and to keep people up to date on the different developments that are happening, I created ElementalHub.

ElementalHub is a blog on which I talk about developments and updates as they happen, keeping people bang up to date, and hoping that I can get some feedback on changes and how they are received.

Elemental Designer

I have also been thinking about the future for Elemental, and have come to the conclusion that the best way to extend it is to use plugins. I want to make the theme more focused on your website, and have the advanced/ niche content come through in child themes and plugins.

As such I have released the first, of many, plugins for Elemental, called Elemental Designer.

Elemental Designer is a plugin created to allow you to change the look of the theme without doing anything technical.


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there was 1 new post, growing the total archive of this blog to 29 posts.

The busiest day of the year was February 9th with 40 views. The most popular post that day was About.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were binarymoon.co.uk, hoiantoday.info, webcache.googleusercontent.com, en.wordpress.com, and stumbleupon.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for binary moon, regulus wordpress theme, regulus by binary moon, wordpress regulus, and site:.wordpress.com theme: regulus by binary moon blog at wordpress.com..

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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About October 2005
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Amazed this blog is still getting visitors July 2009
2 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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Regulus – New WordPress theme released November 2005
1 comment

4

Regulus update November 2007
2 comments

5

A sub page for the about page January 2006

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