Archive for the 'Wordpress' category

Introducing – the natural place for all things WordPress

I’m very pleased to announce the launch of wpliving, a new site devoted to WordPress, to helping newcomers discover the platform, its themes and plugins. This is a sister site to osliving (hence the similar naming convention). Yet another WordPress site I hear you say? Well yes it is focused on WordPress, however the content [...]

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The Standard WordPress Theme: A One-Stop-Shop for Bloggers

One of the questions I get asked quite a lot in relation to my WordPress theme review series is the following: “Could you recommend a simple and clean WordPress theme for a new blog I’m about to create?” The first thing I do is ask the person what they want to achieve with their blog [...]

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Developers! What happened to clean and efficient blog themes?

Ok so let me begin with a few simple truisms: 1) Blogging is still very much alive. 2) WordPress is still the preferred blogging platform. 3) Bloggers still need WordPress themes for their blogs. If these points are true, why is it that aside from a handful of exceptions (see list below), there are so [...]

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WordPress Portfolio Theme Heaven: Craft, Filtered and Solo Themes

In the mid-noughties anyone who was anyone had a blog. Many of those blogs were and to a degree still are used as Internet calling cards; a place to exhibit personal work and to write about subjects close to heart. Then Twitter hit the scene in late 2006 and the social media boom put an [...]

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Call for a better GPL WordPress Theme Showcase/Market Place on Installations

This post is a response to a simple question I asked myself when compiling the recent 2011 WordPress theme list: where do self-hosted WordPress newcomers go to get high quality, trustworthy themes? First of all, let’s give credit where credit’s due. Automattic and the wider WordPress community put in a huge amount of time to [...]

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The Great Big 2011 Free WordPress Theme List: New Themes Added Every Week!

Not another mind-numbing theme list I hear you say. Yes, but this one is different, this one is organic! Every week until the end of 2011, this list will be updated with new themes as and when they are released. To that end, I very much welcome suggestions from readers for new, high quality 2011 [...]

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The BookClub WordPress Theme: a New Solution for Digital Archives and Repositories

In my last post, I wrote about some of the factors that have helped transform WordPress from a fledgling blog application into a sophisticated content management system; factors that include code, community and financial sustainabilty. One of the companies that continues to play a significant role in this development is WooThemes, and their WordPress theme [...]

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“Code is Poetry”: WordPress and Sustainability

The brief history of open source content management systems (CMS) is the history of a range of applications offering similar core functionality – desktop publishing features – but all pushing different specialisms: blogs, portals, forums, e-commerce, e-learning and so on. There is one application, however, that has gone a long way in a short amount [...]

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Linen: The Cleanest of WordPress Magazine Themes?

A while back I reviewed an innovative horizontal sliding WordPress theme called Shelf. Today I’m covering a new theme by the Theme Foundry and it goes by the name of “Linen“. It’s billed as a clean and flexible magazine theme and I’ll be putting it to the test to see if it lives up to [...]

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Life on a Shelf: Musings on a WordPress Tumblelog Theme

(Click to enlarge.) A NOTE ON BALANCE I’ve been fairly vocal about my predilection for free WordPress themes in recent weeks. I’ve applauded the up and coming for producing clean and usable templates, and for reviving the ‘share alike’ spirit that WordPress was founded on. But that’s not to suggest that paid theme developers [...]

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