Unstandard Theme, WordPress 3.0+ ready

Finally. Neglected but not forgotten, the Unstandard WordPress theme update is available for download. The jump from version 1.2.1 to 2.0 includes a complete re-write and supports post thumbnails (no more fiddling with custom fields), custom backgrounds and nested menus. The design has been modified slightly but still includes multiple color options as child themes […]

Earmarked WordPress Theme

Before launching the Bespoke WordPress Theme, I was running a custom theme on 5thirtyone.com which I called Earmarked. Over the course of its use, I received a number of inquiries regarding the release of a paid version. It was because of these inquiries that I entertained the idea of a premium theme service of my […]

Happy new year, introducing Bespoke for WordPress

If you’re reading this update through your feed reader, you’re missing out on the fact that 5thirtyone.com is sporting a new look — I’m eating my own dog food so to speak. I call it the Bespoke theme, and you can grab it for yourself over at Themetie. The decision to release Bespoke (a first), […]

Easy thumbnails for The Unstandard (or any theme)

One of the most requested features by The Unstandard WordPress theme users was a easier method for photo thumbnails on front pages. After exploring a few options including using the baked in WordPress media image re-sizer, Raul’s code snippet to be added to functions.php, and various plugins and scripts, I decided to go the route […]

“The future of WordPress themes”, what do you think?

Ian Stewart (ThemeShaper) has compiled a collection of responses from 15 WordPress theme developers in response to the question: "What is the future of WordPress themes?" My response to the question challenged the idea of distribution & updates vs. design and new adoption: [...] I hope for a major push in the distribution model to […]

Grid Focus first WordPress.com theme release of 2009

Grid Focus was announced as the first new theme release for WordPress.com in 2009 via Almost Productive. Self-hosted WordPress users can continue to download the theme for modification and use from the official Grid Focus page. If you have always wanted to try WordPress, but shied away from the thought of setting up your own […]

Viewzi, rich interactive search results for WordPress

As much as I prefer WordPress as my blogging platform, I have never been a fan of the baked in search functionality which has proven to be hit or miss – more often a "miss". WordPress will search your posts but overlook any custom pages or discussions. To fill the void, I relied on Dan […]

Welcoming WordPress 2.7 with an updated Grid Focus release

WordPress 2.7 is available for download. The update packs a number of new features that any current or new WordPress user will welcome with open arms. WordPress Upgrader WordPress 2.6 already offered immediate plugin updates directly from within the admin Dashboard. 2.7 adds a little more convenience by providing that same functionality PLUS core – […]

10 step guide for improving a vanilla WordPress install

A few weeks ago I was approached with a request to help setup a simple WordPress site from the ground-up. The simple requirement being that after the initial setup, the site be ready for steady growth with minimum update requirements outside of core WordPress upgrades. I created this general guide highlighting 10 facets of a […]

Create a WordPress reader "explore" block to promote content

Congrats. You have your own WordPress blog. Each passing day results in a handful of new unique readers. As your site continues to grow, convincing visitors to explore your site beyond your most recent posts becomes more of a challenge. Additionally, getting visitors – who happen upon older posts via search engines – to visit […]

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