If you haven’t heard already, UpThemes is offering one of the most insane WordPress bundles ever sold through awesome design discount site MightyDeals. At 90% off regular price, this once-in-a-lifetime bundle includes some of the coolest themes out there, including the Garage Band theme for bands, the Charity theme for non-profits, the Evo theme for photo galleries, and the Conversate theme for group microblogging.
You may not have noticed, but the rest of the world has. Collis Ta’eed and Envato have just completely revamped the Envato Marketplace, including ThemeForest.net. With the latest redesign, I wanted to share some awesome themes that I think really deserve a look when purchasing a new theme for your blog or a client project. These are hot, yo!
I love WordPress. That’s why I put together my list of the 10 greatest WordPress themes ever. I tried to avoid having too many “frameworks” and obviously excluded my own themes, Gallery, DesignFolio+, and Absynthe, which could possibly have made the list (in my dreams). Please enjoy and as always, add your own suggestions and omissions in the comments.
This post is outdated. The Gallery theme is now available from my theme company, UpThemes. You can download it here. Also, be sure to check out Gallery Pro, the professional version of the popular free Gallery theme.
Widescreen Video Embedding with Simple Video Embedder Plugin
Thanks to Jason Schuller’s easy-to-implement video embedding plugin, Gallery now supports video embedding from popular video sites like YouTube and Vimeo, even allowing you to add your own custom code if not supported. This is an awesome addition to Gallery and I even created a new icon for posts with video so you can differentiate between regular posts and video posts. You will want to download Simple Video Embedder from Press75.com to take advantage of this beautiful plugin. I believe it is also available from WordPress.org, so you can install this via the WordPress admin, just search for the title and off you go.
Added Single-Level Drop-Down Styles
Updated CSS & Image Sizes
A lot of people had issues either with thumbnails not being styled properly after changing their homepage to a single page or something similar and also with the size of the “Full Image” being set at 500×375. With this update, you no longer are required to use a fixed 500×375 image. As long as it is LESS THAN 500px wide, it will show up properly, anything larger and it will jack up the page. You asked for it, I gave it to you, don’t be a fool. Stay in school. Or something. In addition, the guys from Thematic added a “not-singular” class to their list of class names for pages in order to satisfy one of my needs with Gallery, the need to display thumbnail grids without having to specify 5 different page layout classes that could possibly change or be broken at any time. This basically fixes a bug in Gallery which was caused by an inflexibility in Thematic, which was fixed in the latest Thematic release.
Removed all Page Templates from Theme Folder
Basically, with the latest version of Thematic, Gallery does not need ANY page templates to function properly, instead utilizing ‘functions.php’ to insert, modify, and remove stuff from Thematic as necessary. This means you can upgrade Thematic or Gallery independently, without worrying about breaking either of them (hopefully).
NOTE: When upgrading Gallery, you will need to COMPLETELY REMOVE THE OLD GALLERY THEME FOLDER.
So there you have it, an updated version of Gallery. I’d like to thank Ian Stewart and Chris Gossman for their support of this theme and for providing the rock-solid Thematic Framework, which basically kicks all other frameworks’ butts, especially Thesis, which blows (actually, I’ve never used it, I’m just trying to start a fight .
Comments? Rock them out below and I will try to answer them, though I will admit due to a high level of comments and emails I may never respond to you. However, I do read all comments, which is good.
If you’ve been involved with WordPress the past few years, odds are you know Tung Do (a.k.a. Small Potato), who ran WPDesigner.com until it was sold last year to deadbeat owner Pawel Ciszewski for $66,000. SP made the decision to leave the WordPress community while frustrated WordPressers watched WPDesigner sit for months with no trace of Pawel or SP to be found. It has been a year since all this went down and I thought it might be nice to catch up with SP and chat about how everything went down and what he’s been up to since last year. If you have any questions you’d like to ask, leave them in the comments and he may just stop by and answer them at some point.
My very first public WordPress theme (released in November ’08) is closing in on 9,000 downloads from WordPress.org, thanks mostly to it being on the front page the whole time. If you’ve downloaded and/or used Rusty Grunge on your WordPress-powered site, I’d like to say thank you for the props and for letting me know about any and all bugs in the theme. I am currently working on adding support for WP 2.7′s threaded comments and addressing some issues with search and category display.
If you love to check out fancy blogs, then you will love this list of 10 top blog designs from designers! These are the cream of the crop, the creme de la creme, so take notes and enjoy.