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), was a long overdue and one which I plan on using as a gateway to more even updates & releases in the next coming months.

This previous year (2010) was a roller coaster of emotion and professional challenge causing me to reminisce back to what originally helped me start online. All memories point back to a single point in my online “life” which involved WordPress. Acknowledging the fact that over the past few years I have fallen out of touch with the WordPress community and milestone releases, one of my goals for 2011 is to re-acclimate myself with WordPress. Bespoke is a testament of my plan to return to my original roots which motivated me to work as a designer & developer.

The premium decision

Although I have stayed fairly quiet over the past few years, I remained ever watchful and aware of the latest from the WordPress community, especially from many of the talented individuals behind some of the more prominent premium / commercial theme companies. I am unable to foresee where this initial release will lead me, or if the path will be that of success. But if there is one lesson I walked away with from 2010, it’s the fact that I can not continue ignoring my original roots.

One of the greatest challenges of releasing non-commercial or premium themes to the general public is the personal cost of support. Over the past few years, I have done my best and I apologize to anyone who had emailed in and received delayed responses or no response at all. Finding the time and energy necessary to support free themes was a significant challenge. To say that my hands were twisted behind my back towards the end of 2010 would be an overstatement, but not by much. As a result, I’ve found myself scrambling to make the right decisions for 2011. I understand that I will lose some supporters, but the decision to release Bespoke and the next few releases is one that is necessary. My hope is that some of my previous supporters will find the value of releases worth the asking price.

Bespoke highlights

Bespoke can be purchased for the low price of $45. A working demo is available as well (in addition to a temporary live test on this very site). The theme includes six color schemes, three alignment options, custom menus, post thumbnails, a featured content slider, advertising options and more. The entire process of designing and developing the Bespoke theme was a learning process which will only strengthen future releases. I had many take aways from the development of the theme which have already found use in upcoming theme releases.

Bespoke is what I envisioned as the next update for this site. Something clean which did not inhibit the content or imagery. With that said, I hope that others will see the value of Bespoke as a theme to add to their content sharing needs.

** Uploading Bespoke to this site helped me realize just how stagnant content has been. I plan on cleaning house, and keeping regular updates.

Discuss - 17 Comments

  1. Everyone is trying to rediscover themselves, I’m glad that you are back in the WordPress community.

    Bespoke looks amazing, and I’m looking forward to more from you this year. All the best 🙂

  2. tom nussbaum says:

    happy new year derek, awesome news and also good to read you are back. back with a boom.
    this theme looks fantastic. 2011 is here and we are ready to kickass.
    hope you will get alot of sales and ofc positive feedback.
    have to say, im gonna miss the “old” look and feel a little bit, but maybe you plan to release this too one day.
    back to the roots derek, all the best

  3. Jeff Byrnes says:

    Brilliant! A nice refresh, to be sure.

  4. Wes says:

    Theme looks great, very clean. I’m curious what browser the screenshot was taken in.

  5. Len says:

    Welcome back Derek! Great job with Bespoke.

  6. Derek says:

    @Jeff / @Len Thanks!

    @Wes, the wrapper is actually a PSD to doll up the screenshot by Chris Wallace. You can find the download here http://designmoo.com/resource/browser-chrome/.

    Another alternate for wrapping your screenshots can be found here as well http://www.browserui.com/

  7. Nonoy says:

    Is this the Theme you’re using? Ow, yah, I’ve just saw at the bottom of the page. I think there’s still so much for me to learn about Themes. First time I used WordPress I really had a hard time choosing what’s the best theme for my blog’s concept. But this Bespoke? ThemeGarden? I think this is awesome,

  8. Markus says:

    Looking awesome! Like it!

  9. Areus says:

    Amazing as always Derek.

  10. Derek, that’s a great comeback and I’m not surprised you are still well on top of the latest trends in WordPress. The theme, as always, bears all the usual 5Thirtyone characteristics of clean and modern design. Congrats.

  11. maddy says:

    This theme seems interesting.

  12. Greg HIckman says:

    Hey Derek,

    I just installed the theme and I have two questions.

    1. Why does Disqus not seem to format correctly?
    2. When I upload an ad for manual it won’t show up.

    Any thoughts?

  13. PWN says:

    A little late in the game but I am considering buying Bespoke – just a quick question though: How long do you plan to ‘keep it alive’ for? I mean in terms of support and such.

    • Derek says:

      I will continue to suppor the theme for bug fixes which are reported for WP 3.0+. I have not yet completed my move to setup a new support site but once I do there will be a live users support group where I can respond to questions directly.

  14. PWN says:

    Thanks, that was all I needed to know 🙂