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The foreword thinking theme

January 20, 2009 - 20 Comments

Foreword Thinking is a theme that as the name suggests has a home page that serves as an introduction to the rest of the website. My initial idea was to create a home page that resembled a magazine’s table of contents page with well presented blog post excerpts drawing you deeper into the content on other pages.

Foreword Thinking space blue style

With alternating vibrant colour blocks (with colours that can be set in the neat theme options) for the featured posts and the date blocks the home page design never gets tired, together with minimal image styling your website should load super quick. If you flick through our 10 different theme styles you should find one that tickles you fancy. If not, customizing a style is a doddle – by changing the background image for example on the wood style to any other image can give your website a completely fresh and unique feel with the bear minimum of effort.

Framed neatly with a colour co-ordinated border around the browser window the theme design has almost a print design feel to it.

Foreword Thinking corporate white style

A clean, corporate white style

A completely widgetized sidebar, that can be housed on the left or the right of your content, means you have complete control of what functionality and navigation you want on you website. The theme comes packed with 7 custom Woo widgets, and has two home page modules available below the “table of contents” section where you can pull through content from any two wordpress pages you have created.

Foreword Thinking wood style with right sidebar

Wooden style with right sidebar and 4 featured posts

What more can we say, the theme should speak for itself so head on over to the demo to have a play or follow us to the purchase links below.

Sneak peek at Productum

January 12, 2009 - 25 Comments

As Adii mentioned last week there are some really exciting themes to look forward to over the next few months.

Lately I’ve been fairly quiet being more involved in creating alternate styles for other designer’s woothemes, then designing themes myself, but over the last few weeks I’ve managed to find some time to work on some designs of my own. The latest being Productum which is a theme dedicated to promoting your product or service.

Click on image to see full size preview
Click on image to see full size preview

Packed into a neat 16 column grid structure this theme comes bundled with a neat product image slideshow, a featured content block, recent news/blog posts and some widgetized modules available on your home page. As always it will be available in a variety of colourful styles. With all these features you should be able to customize Productum enough to have a very slick, professional marketing tool. Might I add this theme is not an e-commerce theme, but will have theme options to easily link buttons to payment facilities.

This theme should be available for purchase in late March/April.

Constructive feedback and feature requests are much appreciated, but we obviously cannot guarantee to accomodate all of them.

How to find page/cat ID

January 8, 2009 - 7 Comments

In this video we show you how to find your category and page ID’s, which is useful for setting theme options or for using when you want to exclude or include with wp_list_categories or wp_list_pages in the template files.

The video will show you that you can find your cat/page ID by hovering over the link on the manage categories/page page in WP admin. You will see the link in your browser statusbar like this:

Status bar reveals page/cat ID
The browser status bar reveals page/cat ID

4-for-1 Christmas special extended

December 24, 2008 - 25 Comments

Today is supposed to be the last day of our Christmas 4-for-1 special , meaning all your Christmas shopping is supposed to be finished.

Fail Blog Special Offer

However, if like me you still haven’t got everything you said you would and you’re now already celebrating this merry time of year we’ve decided to throw you a life line and extend our 4-for-1 special till the end of 2008 , that gives you one more week to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

We thought about changing the offer slightly, and coming up with a clever new catch phrase, but why mess with a winning formula, especially if all you can come up with is this one we found on fail blog .

Happy shopping Woo Users and have a fantastic Christmas!

P.S. See all the special details on the original 4-for-1 offer post here .

P.P.S. This offer will definitely be ending when the clock strikes 12am (GMT) on New Years Eve 2008 . No more extensions.

Veerle Pieter’s Abstract

December 17, 2008 - 32 Comments

WooThemes AbstractToday not only see’s the launch of our Christmas 4 for 1 special, but also the launch of one of our exciting themes that we collaborated with the wonderful Veerle Pieters on – Abstract.

A good few months ago we commissioned Veerle to design us a theme with a typical Veerle flair to it. We requested the theme have a business feel to it, keeping it simple and fun though. That was our only guidelines giving Veerle almost complete creative freedom on this project.

The end product that Veerle supplied us with was a pixel perfect Illustrator mashup of shapes and curvy lines in a harmonious colour palette, laid out neatly in a spacious grid structure. It was professional enough to be used as a business theme, and also fun enough to be used as a personal theme making it quite multi-functional.

Over the last month, we’ve sliced and diced her beautiful photoshop/illustrator design into neat html/css and Adii and Magnus have applied some wordpress wizardry.

I was the lucky one to be selected to create some alternate styles for the theme, not a particularly easy task when working with an industry leading designer’s designs. No pressure. I do hope you enjoy the 4 alternate styles though and will find one that suites your personality.

WooThemes Abstract

Without further ado here is the demo for Abstract for you to marvel at, and below you will find links to purchase it. Remember if you buy this theme in the next week you will be entitled to download 3 other WooThemes. Bargain!

The 4-for-1 Special

December 16, 2008 - 62 Comments

Ho Ho Ho! Santa has arrived a week early here at WooThemes headquarters, bearing lots of gifts and instructing us to dish them out to you in the form of a 4 for 1 special for all our WooTheme visitors!

We’ve run a 3 for 1 special in the past as our Halloween special, but nothing as daring as this. 4 wonderful WooThemes for the price of 1 !

Santa has assured us this is a sensible business move and will help make a lot of people’s Christmas even more merry!

This offer applies to both Single & Developer Licenses, which means you get the following:

  • Buy a Single License for $70 USD and get any 3 other themes (on Single Licenses) of your choice; or
  • Buy a Developer License for $150 USD and get any 3 other themes (on Developer Licenses) of your choice.

For the single license special, each of the 4 themes comes with an individual license, so you can use the themes on 4 different websites.

HOW IT WORKS

As with everything in life, there’s some “rules” with regards to the special… :) Here they are:

  1. The special is only valid from 17 December (midnight GMT ) until the end of 24 December 2008 (midnight GMT) the clock strikes 12am on New Years Eve 2008 (we extended the special ) as specified above. No previous purchases will be eligible for this. If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to make use of this special.

To take advantage of this fantastic Christmas present simply select to purchase your favourite theme, for example, our latest theme offering, Abstract (which we collaborated with Veerle Pieters on will be launched with the start of this 4 for 1 promotion – details to follow).

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WooThemes is now running WordPress 2.7!

December 11, 2008 - 53 Comments

We have now updated all our demo themes to the latest version of WordPress! There were no problems at all in the upgrade, so you can go ahead and upgrade! There is no need to update your theme to the latest version if it is working fine on your current installation.

The new version of WordPress sports a brand new admin interface which is incredible in our opinion. Much quicker and better layout than the last one. There are also some new features available in version 2.7 like threaded comments, which we will now start adding to new themes and also our old themes. We are aiming on doing a mass update of all themes with the new features that we believe are worth adding, so stay tuned for an update in the coming week.

Which features would you to see in the future update of our themes? Let us know in the comments below…

Update! We are currently updating our themes to support threaded comments. Here is the list of themes that have been updated:

  • Busy Bee v1.1 – (demo)
  • Gotham News v1.1 – (demo)
  • Abstract v1.0 – (demo)
  • Fresh News v1.4 – (demo)
  • VibrantCMS v1.2 – (demo)
  • Papercut v1.2 – (demo)
  • Gazette v1.3 (demo)
  • Live Wire v1.3 (demo)
  • NewsPress v1.3 (demo)
  • Flash News v1.3 (demo)
  • Over Easy v1.1 (demo)
  • Open Air v1.2 (demo)
  • Thick v1.1 (demo)
  • Typebased v1.1 (demo)

Please review the changelog.txt in the theme directory for info on which files to update. We are working on updating our other themes and will update this post when they are done.

WP-PageNavi Integration

December 10, 2008 - 8 Comments

This tutorial was written by one our awesome forum ninjas – Jordan Hatch.

One common request on our WooThemes Forums is how to integrate the popular WP-PageNavi plugin with one of our themes. Using this quick and simple tutorial, it is really easy.

Installing the Plugin

The first thing you need to do is to grab the latest copy of the plugin from the WordPress.org Plugin Directory , and install it on your site. You can configure how the pages are displayed by going to the ‘Settings’ -> ‘WP-PageNavi’ section of your WordPress Admin Panel, although for this tutorial the defaults should work fine.

For this tutorial, we will be adding the plugin to the category and archive pages. The actual file editing will vary between themes, but the editing will need to be done to the following files, if they exist, inside your theme folder:

  • archive.php
  • tag.php
  • search.php

You will need to find the following code in the files:

  • brush:php

and replace it with:

  • brush:php

Note: If you have trouble finding the code, you should try to find the block of code where the ‘next_posts_link’ is in your file. It should be very similar to the code above.

Save and upload the files to your blog, you will find pagination automatically generated depending on how many posts you have on your site. If you like the links how they currently appear, then you’re done, but if you’d like to style them a bit, read on!

Styling the Links

The WP-PageNavi plugin comes with the ability to style the navigation links to your liking. The default blue colour, for example, may not suit some designs. Now we are going to look at how we can create custom styles for our links.

First, you will need to create a file named ‘pagenavi-css.css’ in your theme folder. The plugin will automatically look for this, and will load it instead of the default if it is present.

For this example, we are going to style the links brown. First, lets copy the default CSS code from WP-PageNavi into our custom CSS file.

wp-pagenavi a, .wp-pagenavi a:link {
padding: 2px 4px 2px 4px;
margin: 2px;
text-decoration: none;
border: 1px solid #0066cc;
color: #0066cc;
background-color: #FFFFFF;
}
.wp-pagenavi a:visited {
padding: 2px 4px 2px 4px;
margin: 2px;
text-decoration: none;
border: 1px solid #0066cc;
color: #0066cc;
background-color: #FFFFFF;
}
.wp-pagenavi a:hover {
border: 1px solid #000000;
color: #000000;
background-color: #FFFFFF;
}
.wp-pagenavi a:active {
padding: 2px 4px 2px 4px;
margin: 2px;
text-decoration: none;
border: 1px solid #0066cc;
color: #0066cc;
background-color: #FFFFFF;
}
.wp-pagenavi span.pages {
padding: 2px 4px 2px 4px;
margin: 2px 2px 2px 2px;
color: #000000;
border: 1px solid #000000;
background-color: #FFFFFF;
}
.wp-pagenavi span.current {
padding: 2px 4px 2px 4px;
margin: 2px;
font-weight: bold;
border: 1px solid #000000;
color: #000000;
background-color: #FFFFFF;
}
.wp-pagenavi span.extend {
padding: 2px 4px 2px 4px;
margin: 2px;
border: 1px solid #000000;
color: #000000;
background-color: #FFFFFF;
}

Don’t let the amount of CSS we’re pasting into the file seem daunting – if you’re good with CSS then you’ll find this a breeze. However, if you don’t know CSS much, it’s not a problem. We’re going to change the border colour of the links, and I’ll show you what you need to change to do that.

First, let’s have a quick look at what each class means:

  • .wp-pagenavi a, .wp-pagenavi a:link: This is the class for what the user sees when the item is not selected – so it’s the default state.
  • .wp-pagenavi a:visited This is the class for what the user sees when the page has already been visited, but when the user is on a different page.
  • .wp-pagenavi a:hover This is the class for what the user sees when they hover over an item.
  • .wp-pagenavi span.pages This is the class for the box which contains the text “Page 1 of X”.
  • .wp-pagenavi span.current This is the class for the box which contains the current page. There is no link here.
  • .wp-pagenavi span.extend This is the class used for the box found on the far right with ‘…’ (only shown when there is a lot of pages)

The colour we are going to change the border to is ‘#993300’. (If you’d like to use a different colour, head on over to this colour wheel which will pick out the code for you.)

This is the line which we will need to change – the CSS ‘border:’ attribute.

border: 1px solid #0066cc;

The current colour is ‘#0066cc’, but we want to change that to our colour – ‘#993300’. It’s as simple as replacing one with the other. So, it should look like this:

border: 1px solid #993300;

Replace all three occurrances with our updated border code and upload to your server. You should now find your pagination borders brown. You can experiment with this to use background colours and hover states, it’s all up to you!

Busy Bees

December 8, 2008 - 53 Comments

What a year 2008 has been, WooThemes is only 5 months old, yet we’ve launched 17 themes, answered about 2 400 support queries (14 000 forum threads!), and replied to a heap of sales/administration emails. To put it lightly we’ve been busy bees .

Today is a very special day as we are launching the much anticipated 19th theme of 2008 appropriately named – Busy Bee . BusyBee was masterminded by Magnus “Flash Gordon” Jepson , after much research into the reasons for our most popular theme – Fresh News .

Busy Bee caters for a huge variety of users, it can be used as a news based or magazine based theme. Alternatively you can use it for your personal blog, or your business website. It is packed full of useful features, with Magnus revising a good chunk of the theme options.

9 dedicated advertising blocks, with an easy to integrate Adsense option, 13 pixel perfect colour styles and completely widgetized sidebars and footer space, with some lovely custom-built widgets.

Go taste the honey here , constructive feedback most welcome as per usual.

Update: We’ve added a video player widget because of popular request. Grap version 1.0.1 if you already downloaded the theme. Check out the docs for how to setup video posts.

It’s a simple blog theme

November 28, 2008 - 18 Comments

It’s the 28th of the month and we’ve got just enough time to squeeze another theme release in before the end of the month, that mean’s we’ve launched 3 themes this month!

BlogTheme is another design concept that we received through our WooContest . Designed by Chris Rowe, who also designed Gotham News , this theme, that’s name is pretty self explanatory, has been specifically designed to cater for personal bloggers who like a simple, clean-cut blog design, with no bloating functionality, just the optional lifestreaming plugin that helps bring together all your social media profiles onto your site.

This theme is bundled with 5 colour styles, one of which we are sure we’ll suite you and your colourful personality.

You’ll want to read what we’re about to say!

We’ve decided that we will be launching some even more affordable themes, specifically for personal bloggers, with less functionality, but of course the same quality framework working under the bonnet. BlogTheme will be the first of these themes and available for an amazing 40 dollars ! Yup 40 dollars !

What are you waiting for, take this theme for a test drive , find out more about what this theme offers, and then give your blog a facelift.

As always please provide us with your constructive feedback.

WooThemes needs a Master Woo Ninja

November 4, 2008 - 15 Comments

Master Woo Ninja RequiredAs we continue to grow and release more and more themes so does our support queries in the forums. We have a dedicated team of great Woo Ninjas, but we are looking for one particular ninja who can dedicate a bit more time to our forums. We are wanting someone who will check the forums every few hours during office hours, and check in once on the weekend too. They will be responsible for answering woo users queries and the general day to day administration of the forums.

The exact hours you work are pretty flexible, you can work from home and earn good money, not to forget you receive a developer’s license to all our themes. All we require from you are some great html/css skills and sound wordpress knowledge, as well as a love for WooThemes. We request a minimum of 500 forum posts a month (exact terms available upon request).

Sound attractive? We are only accepting one Master Woo Ninja for now so if you think you have what we need get hold of us asap on info@woocommerce.com.

Follow WooThemes on Twitter!

October 30, 2008 - 5 Comments

Many of you have already been following me, Adii and Mark on Twitter, where we post our random thoughts and also tweet about WooThemes.

But now you can follow the official WooThemes twitter account to stay updated on small and big things happening, and we might even throw out some twitter-only news on upcoming special deals before they happen. Well worth it in other words 🙂

Week 3: Roundup of our favorite WooContest submissions

October 27, 2008 - 12 Comments

It’s only 5 days until Halloween and the end date for our WooContest, so still some time to get your designs in to us. Our Flickr Group now holds 150 members and 105 contest entries which is pretty impressive! If you haven’t already seen our previous favorites you should take a look.

We have been busy gathering guest judges, and we have a few great web designers who were able to help cast their votes. We will be posting more details later in the week as the contest ends. Here is four more designs that we think are top notch.

Purwokerto by Deny Sri Supriyono
Purwokerto

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WooTheme Teaser: How do you like your eggs?

October 14, 2008 - 20 Comments

There have been lots of theme concepts floating around the WooCamp lately, including collaborations with well know designers and lots of good WooContest entries, so I thought I would add to the mix. We’ve been lacking a good business theme after the launch of VibrantCMS, and that is why I wanted to design a sleek and sexy business theme directed at small/one man web/coding companies, but also versatile enough to be used as a personal blog/portfolio.

The front page template includes a prominent header where your message will come accross to the visitor, and your work / products will be displayed in the slider underneath. There will also be numerous color styles just like in VibrantCMS so it will be easy to find something to fit your brand. Check the screeshot for a few already made.

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Week 1: Roundup of our favourite WooContest submissions

October 13, 2008 - 16 Comments

We’ve had an amazing response to our WooContest and already have 39 items in our Flickr group. We will be listing a few designs each monday until the contest ends that we think stand out amongst the crowd. We also want to point out we are looking for all types of designs and not only magazine layouts, so we really hope that we see some more unique designs.

In no particular order here are some of our favourites:

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WooContest – Submit your design and win!

October 3, 2008 - 135 Comments

WooThemes ContestAs you all know, we at WooThemes love collaborating with industry-leading, creative designers and launching stylish and unique WordPress themes every month. We also love seeing how our fantastic community of users customize and implement our themes.

We therefore thought it would be a good idea to launch a competition where you our readers/users can get involved, and gain some exposure, designing a theme concept for us. Not to forget, you stand the chance to win some big money!

How to enter

To enter the competition, contestants must submit a  theme concept you think would go down a treat on WooThemes.

  • The design must be created in Photoshop, Fireworks or Illustrator format.
  • The website container must have a width of between 940 and 980 pixels, catering for the average 1024 X 768 user.
  • The entries must be submitted to the WooThemes Flickr pool in jpeg or png format and tagged “Woocontest”.
  • Entries must be submitted before midnight on 31st October 2008. That’s Halloween night! Woooooooooooooo.

Your submission on Flickr must include:

  • Your name and any URL you would like linked to in case you win.
  • Any stock or source images you have used including URLs. Be sure to only use stock images that have Extended Usage licenses that allow for distributing the theme design once coded, otherwise avoid use of stock images.

The winner will be chosen according to the amount of positive comments it receives, as well as feedback gathered from guest judges (guest judges will be announced soon).

The winner will receive $2000 and a 6 month develop license, whilst the runner up will receive $1000 and a 3 month develop license. Both will obviously grab a heap of exposure.

We will then add some wordpress magic to the concept and launch it is an official WooTheme, crediting our winning designer.

Terms and Conditions

  • The theme concept submitted must be entirely your own work. As mentioned above if stock imagery is used it must have an exttended usage license.
  • By entering this competition you consent to your theme concept possibly being used by WooThemes and avaliable for purchase on our site. First and second prize will, as already stated, be awarded a cash prize for their work.
  • If any other theme concepts are used by WooThemes the designer will be informed and a once-off fee will be awarded to the designer for the concept. The fee will be agreed upon by both parties. Sales generated off the theme will be kept by the company.
  • The winning theme concept and the runner up may be required to mock up an inner page before payment is made, determined by an inspection of the design source file. A clearly noted grid structure is highly recommended.

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