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March 30, 2011 - 3 Comments

Unique Features

  • Featured slider

    Featured Video Slider

    A custom home page featured slider to showcase particular video posts, all powered by jQuery. Full control over what appears here and where the caption must be positioned.

  • Custom Homepage

    Custom Homepage

    Custom home page layout with video tabber and widgetized regions for blog and other content.

  • Video Page Template

    Video Page Template

    A neatly designed single video page template that has social links allowing you to share your video on Facebook, Twitter or even email a link to the post. Related videos show below the video content.

  • Recommend a Video Page Template

    Recommend a Video Page Template

    An optional page template that allows you to have a front end form that can capture video details submitted by your site visitors or WordPress users.

  • Video Archive Sorting

    Video Archive Sorting

    An optional integrated portfolio section driven by custom post types, which utilizies jQuery prettyPhoto script to display your work in a lightbox.

  • Custom Post Types

    Custom Post Types

    The theme takes full advantage of the new custom post types functionality that came with WordPress 3.0, so adding video posts is dead easy!

  • Custom Typography

    You can customize the typography in the theme to suit, and there is full support for Google Fonts in the font selector.

  • Custom Widgets

    The theme has 1 widgetized sidebar (homepage excluded) and 4 footer widgetized regions, and as always comes with 8 custom Woo Widgets (Ad Space, Blog Author, WooTabs, Subscribe, Feedback, Search, Flickr and Twitter).

  • Alternative Styles

    Alternative Styles

    The theme includes 11 alternative color styles which you can preview in the demo, and also has styling options for background color/image and setting link and button color.

WooThemes premieres

March 30, 2011 - 34 Comments

Don’t worry we aren’t going all Hollywood on you and creating “The WooThemes Network“… I think if we did it would probably be more a WooVille Manga animated film…

Instead, today we are announcing the release of a brand spanking new video-based theme – Premiere. Almost 2 years to the day since our last video theme – Groovy Video.

A sexy home page with featured slider and video tabber

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What is a Community Manager?

March 23, 2011 - 10 Comments

As you may know WooThemes hired their first Community Manager when they decided to hire me. Community Manager is a new term around here so what does it all mean?

Adii found this great infograph on GetSatisfaction that in my view of things does a great job of summing it up. Click here to see it full size.

This infograph takes a very broad view of what a Community Manager does, but it still makes good points in how the position applies to the WooCommunity.

Let’s take a look at a few things what they mean for us starting with Pinata, Sponge, and Gardener. My favorite description is under the Pinata, and a big part of what I aim to do with the WooCommunity.

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Theme Upgrades: Explained

March 22, 2011 - 8 Comments

With an ever-growing theme catalog, as well as continued improvements and new features being added to our themes and the WooFramework, it can sometimes become a task in and of itself to check your theme regularly and make sure you’re using the latest version (which is, ofcourse, preferred). What if there was an automated solution that notified you when an upgrade became available and easily upgraded your theme to the latest version?

Here in lies the conversation…

As I’m sure you’ve all seen, WordPress has a neat “Updates” screen which allows for the upgrading of your themes and plugins, as well as WordPress itself, through a neat and automated interface. Through our popular WooIdeas forum, we’ve received a thread regarding theme updates and would like to delve into this further. A quick warning, folks: This may get technical. 😉

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African Cartel – a Listings implementation case study

March 16, 2011 - 15 Comments

Early last week my wife, Xenia, and I launched an online project that we’d been working on behinds the scenes for a while. African Cartel is an online marketplace for African artists, with the first feature being on a group of disadvantaged, pre-dominantly Zimbabwean artists who’s livelihood and income revolves around selling their township paintings at a traffic light intersection in Cape Town, South Africa. These artists are known as the robot artists.

My involvement with African Cartel was developing a website to house the artist listings, short film, art pieces, and e-commerce facilities to sell the art, whilst Xenia wrapped her head around the logistics of it all. I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about how I went about building the site, based on products we’d developed at WooThemes. I am fully aware some will perceive this as a shameless self-promotion, but to those genuinely interested in how we built the site please grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the read.

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Working With Woo

March 14, 2011 - 9 Comments

I’m into my second week here with WooThemes, and I just wanted to say thank you for the warm welcome. It’s definitely a great feeling to be welcomed into the community by everyone here. For those who are confused on who I am and where I came from, then just refer back to this post. If you’re curious what a Community Manager does, I’ll try and explain in depth soon. 🙂

Lately I’ve been brainstorming ways that I can bridge between you guys, our wonderful WooThemes users, and the rest of the WooTeam. The other members of the team are working their butts off not only creating beautiful and functional themes, but they’re there when you guys happen to break the themes and need help with something. We encourage everyone to try and customize their theme and break it if you have to, but it keeps our team busy making sure the web is a beautiful and working place.

With that said, part of my job is to be able to interact with all of you on behalf of our team. Email has been a big part of that so far, and believe it or not it’s been fun interacting with everyone via email. This post and blog you’re reading right now is another part of that. I’ll be posting as much as I can on the blog. For me it’s a place where I can talk to you guys, hear your frustrations, and even gather ideas.

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Developer Tools

March 7, 2011 - 18 Comments

Developer Tools, the “batbelt” of developers everywhere, generally stirs up conversations telling you about what you should and shouldn’t use. However, I’ve always had a different take on it, I change my toolset based on the work that I’m doing. When I was a .NET developer I worked on Windows and in Visual Studio. With WordPress and PHP development, I’m not going to use those tools as I don’t have to.

So having said all that, I’m going to tell you what works for me and in general I try to use the bare minimum to get stuff done here at WooThemes. With so much code to write, I don’t want a million apps and settings to go by – I just want to login, write code, and deploy.

So here’s my setup…

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Building sites with the content builder

February 28, 2011 - 20 Comments

Shawn, our screencasting guru, has been hard at work creating the third video tutorial dedicated to Listings – our directory based theme with a powerful content builder.

In this tutorial, that we believe deserves it’s own blog post, Shawn takes us through the easy process of building a directory site of musical bands. All thanks to the power of the content builder, that makes it easy to create custom post types, taxonomies, and custom fields.

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WordPress.com launches premium themes and WooThemes gets involved

February 3, 2011 - 32 Comments

It is with great excitement that we can finally announce a MASSIVE achievement for us. A few minutes ago WordPress.com announced its plans to offer premium themes to users of it’s hosted solution. With WordPress.com having over 17 million blogs and recently publishing it’s impressive traffic stats of half a billion unique visitors a month, it makes perfect sense to further monetize their offering with premium services.

The Headlines theme listing page on WordPress.com

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Fresh News – The Return of a Classic

January 27, 2011 - 60 Comments

It’s been almost three years since we designed Fresh News, and since then it has been our most sold theme up until recently when Canvas finally passed it on our theme leaderboard. We have continually updated it to fix bugs and make it work with thelatest WordPress versions, as we do with all our themes, but time had come for a complete overhaul to bring it up to today standards.

We received some suggestions from one of our users on what was missing from the theme, which was a pity because the theme still had killer looks, but was let down by the seemingly outdated features. We listened to the suggestions and after almost a week of coding we can now present version 3.0 of Fresh News.

Fresh News 3.0

The theme has been re-coded so it isn’t bound by the strict 960 grid system it used before. It also has a more flexible header now which was restricted in height in the old version, which made it harder to customize. Here is a rundown of the major features, some that you will also see in our other new themes in the future.

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WooVille #4: WooLeaks

January 10, 2011 - 8 Comments

Some might say the recent Denial of Service attacks WooThemes endured during the month of December were due to a bunch of bored WP hackers cottoning onto the WikiLeaks saga, or just pot luck being in a targetted IP range. The truth of the matter is their were some controversial secrets about the WooTeam that we’ve realised cannot stay hidden any longer and need to be brought to the attention of our users. So with much hesitance amongst us we present you with the WooLeaks.

Just another Tumblog theme

December 23, 2010 - 6 Comments

Our WooTumblog plugin has been downloaded over 2700 times already, and our Express app for iPhone has already been purchased by over 500 people, which proves that “tumblogging” is a very popular niche nowadays.

We contacted James McDonald and asked if he wanted to design a Tumblr theme for us a while back, and he produced the stunning and detailed Auld for us. With the popularity of WooTumblog, we decided to release it on WordPress instead of Tumblr. The theme was a perfect fit to use with the jQuery Masonry plugin, which allows the post blocks to align perfectly on the homepage in a two column fashion. Check out his Dribbble page for some more great visual design by this up and coming designer.

Auld Tumblog theme by James McDonald
Take a look at the theme features and preview the theme demo.

Most of the WooCrew will now take a long sought after Christmas break, and we’ll be back in the new year with more awesome goodies for you! From all of us at WooThemes, have a merry Christmas and a happy Woo Year!

Introducing Listings – the directory based theme for any niche

December 21, 2010 - 74 Comments

This one has been in the oven for a good few months and teased numerous times on the blog, but today we can finally introduce you to Listings – a directory based theme with an advanced content builder.

Ever since we released Estate in July of this year we had the intention of taking it’s advanced niche functionality and making a more generic, yet equally powerful version of it that could be used for any type of niche whether you be a book publisher, a recruitment agency, a car dealer, an art gallery, a photographer’s portfolio site, the list is endless.

When I first conceptualized the design and layout in Photoshop I had no idea ultimately how cool it would turn out thanks to some serious development time on it by Jeff and Matty, with Kirstin taking care of the HTML / CSS and initial WooFramework integration. As you can see it’s been a collective effort by the team.

The Content Builder

At the core of Listings is it’s most impressive feature – the content builder. The content builder allows you to create custom post types, then taxonomies for those post types and custom fields for the posts within those taxonomies. This all thanks to WordPress 3.1. To say this theme is cutting edge would be an understatement. I’d go out on a limb and say it is one of the most advanced content-building themes on the market today.

Hopefully that has excited you as to the theme’s capabilities. If not have a look over the home page modular design and start thinking how you can use this theme on your next project.

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Look what Santa brought

December 20, 2010 - 41 Comments

Unfortunately this promotion has now ended. 🙁

It’s almost Christmas and WooHQ has closed it’s doors for the final time in 2010, but don’t worry that doesn’t mean we are going to disappear. We’ve been busy wrapping up our present for all of you, and seeing we are quiet an impatient group we want you to unwrap it now before you go off on holiday.

Our Christmas present to you

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The best Christmas present around – WPBundle

December 13, 2010 - 60 Comments

It’s been almost 6 months in development since the WPBundle guys – Liam and Spencer presented their exciting project on Kickstarter in July of this year. Although the initial funding was unsuccessful, there was huge interest on Twitter and within the WP community so we approached Liam to see if they’d be open to a collaboration. We believed we could help market their WordPress bundle to a much more targeted market on our site rather than on Kickstarter, where potential backers are not so WordPress savvy.

Today we can finally announce that all their hard work, late nights and caffeine fuelled brain storms has become a reality. WP Bundle is now available and offering some game changing, hugely unique WordPress themes that we are quite certain you would have not seen anywhere else before!

Here are some tasters of what Liam and Spencer have cooked up for you. What is important to note is that all the WPBundle themes are built on the solid and ever improving codebase that is our WooFramework. That means if you are familiar with our themes and experimenting with our code in WooTheme customizations you’ll have no problem at all with the WPBundle themes. You should also be able to chop and change bits of functionality between the themes if you are feeling up to the task in creating dream sites for your clients.

As was mentioned in WPBundle’s newsletter WooThemes users will be eligible for very attractive discounts on the $250 WPBundle:

  • WooThemes club subscription members can get the WPBundle for only $100
  • Any other WooThemes customers that have purchased theme packages in the past can get WPBundle for $150

To take advantage of these special offers login to your WooThemes account and on the “Add Products” page look for the WPBundle offer, purchase the themes directly from there and you’ll be in business in no time. To find out more about WPBundle go to their beautiful site – www.wpbundle.com.

Goodbye thumb.php? Hello native image resizing!

November 8, 2010 - 34 Comments

Here at WooThemes we use a script for dynamic image resizing in all our themes which is called timthumb.php (thumb.php in our themes). One of the main reasons why we haven’t replaced our dynamic image resizing script yet, is because we feel it is superior to the WP post thumbnails that were introduced in WordPress 2.9.

The reason it is superior to WP Post Thumbnails is because it can dynamically change the size of your images. It is widely used amongst WP theme developers, but it also has it’s problems (mostly setup and server performance issues).

We noticed a WP trac ticket (hopefully it makes it into a future WP version) which had a nice function to use the built in re-size functionality which already exists in WP core, and have now added this function to our framework (v 3.1.10) to see how it works.

We have also updated Canvas with a new option to enable the re-size function if you use WP Post Thumbnails, so you can test the new functionality today!

Native image resizing for WP Post Thumbnails

PS! We also have some new framework functionality coming soon which will update the way you upload images in your options panel/custom settings… Stay tuned!


We have deployed version 3.2.0 of the WooFramework which now uses native WP upload functionality for uploading in the options panel and in custom settings field. Grab it now by going to YourTheme > Update Framwork.

If you have any problems with this new function, please post a new thread in the our support forum. For general feedback use the comments below.

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