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! 🙂
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
It’s been a while since I updated this site. Obviously my main focus is Binary Moon, but it’s nice to pop over here now and then, if only to see how WordPress.com has changed. There always seems to be something new going on.
Recently I have been quite busy because I am getting married shortly, but I haven’t let that stop me from working with WordPress. In the first half of this year I have:
- Released a new website called WPVote. This is a website that let’s people submit articles about WordPress and then vote on their favorites.
- Released a WordPress theme based upon WPVote, called Nominate.
- Released a feed aggregation theme called Accumulo
- Spent quite a bit of time working on my personal website, Binary Moon
On top of these I am working on a new website with my fiancé called Veggie Advisor. This site will be a web magazine about the health benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. The website is being built with WordPress and is using my theme framework, Elemental, as the parent theme. The design is constantly ongoing so it still has bits of Elemental in it.
See the title above. I don’t use WordPress.com very much, instead preferring to stick to my own website – Binary Moon . But sometimes I like to log in and see how things are changing here, so I’m always interested to see what is happening with the traffic stats, and it’s amazing to see that binarymoon.wordpress.com (ie this tiny little blog) still gets around 30 visits a day.
Ok, in the grand scheme of things 30 visits isn’t much, but it’s cool that it get’s anything!
So what am I working on at the moment?
Mostly a brand new WordPress theme framework which will form the backbone of future themes on Pro Theme Design. My plan is to make the “ultimate” theme, but only time will tell if I’m actually capable of such a feat – there’s some pretty strong competition around, with more frameworks being developed all the time.
I am also working on an updated version of TimThumb – my image resize script. TimThumb is a fantastic automated way to resize images without having to create loads of thumbnails manually.
I have recently been working with Darren Hoyt on a new version of his popular theme, Mimbo, and it is finally released to the public (release post here) as our first Premium theme, Mimbo Pro
The theme is available on the new blog design website – Pro Theme Design
So far the feedback has been really positive and we’re overjoyed at the reception. Hopefully things will continue this way 🙂
If anyone is interested in making some money out of our hard work then you can check out the affiliate page for more info.
I have spent some time recently working on an update to Regulus. In short the new features are…
- New colour scheme
- Various Bug Fixes
- Header link
- Home tab alterations (adjust the text)
- Support for tags
I have been talking to (pestering) the kind folks at wordpress.com to update the theme here, hopefully it will be online in the not too distant future.
You can read the full release post on my main site. If you have a self hosted blog then you can also get the download from the same page.
Over on Binary Moon I recently published 10 top tips for reducing your online readership.
In brief the points are…
- Excessive Ads above the fold
- Overlay & Expandable Ads
- Inline Ads (those double underlined ones)
- Del.icio.us/ Twitter in feeds with no opt out option
- Bad/ No navigation
- No/ Hidden archives
- Tiny/ Low contrast text
- Long lines of closely spaced text
- No individual post information
You can read the my thoughts about each of these points on Binary Moon