Finding design time at WooHQ

Written by Mark Forrester on October 5, 2010 Blog.

Occasionally at WooThemes we find some time to work on theme designs ourselves, whilst the bulk of it is spent finding and collaborating with other great freelance designers, then developing, marketing and supporting those themes. Both Cobus and myself were lucky enough to jump into Photoshop and push around some pixels a few weeks ago.

Diner - A restaurant theme

Diner is a restaurant based theme that boasts lots of niche functionality empowering restaurant owners with a tool to market their restaurant using a unique food menu page template, boasting custom post types, a contact page with Google Maps & directions integration and even possibly a booking plugin to reserve and manage tables. Expect is very soon.

The Listings Directory Based Theme

Listings is built on the firm foundation that is our estate agent listing theme. We’ve had quite a few requests for a more generic listing directory theme with a powerful, yet customizable search module and custom taxonomy. So in theory it could be used for anything from a car sales listing site, to a city guide, to a job board. Think of the possibilities.


17 Responses

  1. Joff
    October 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    I can’t wait to start using Diner, some great opportunities!

  2. Ben
    October 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Listings sounds great!

  3. Joshua Parkinson
    October 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm #


    I was going to suggest a restaurant-based theme. You beat me to it… Can’t wait to use this!

  4. Josh
    October 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Would multiple restaurant locations be possible?

    If YES – I’d make love to woothemes 🙂

    • Mark Forrester
      October 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

      Unfortunately no lovemaking yet. Multiple locations will hopefully be a possibility in a future version though.

      This theme has got some great functionality I’m sure you’ll love.

  5. Erlend Sogge Heggen
    October 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    YES! Listings is what I’ve been waiting for, three woohoos for WooThemes:


  6. Levi
    October 6, 2010 at 12:52 am #

    The two themes I need the most! Thanks you guys!

  7. Erlend Sogge Heggen
    October 6, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    I suppose there might be a more relevant place to post this, but I don’t know how closely you guys pay attention to old posts, and general inquiries in the forum sometimes gets lost very quickly.

    I just wanted to point you to this contest:

    If not only for yourselves, but for people like me who feel like I’ve got a lot to learn from this company, I would be thrilled to see you partaking in any of the categories in this contest.

    I plan to enter myself, with a “Taking the work out of work” story from the jMonkeyEngine project.

  8. ScottAD
    October 6, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    This. Is. Awesome.

  9. Pedro Nakamura
    October 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    @Mark I will be curious to see how your directory theme is structured and hope it will be as follows:

    – Categories used for geographical values. Using hierarchies we can drill down from continent, to country, to region, to town/city etc.

    – Custom taxonomies used for specific attributes relating to our field, e.g. for vacation rentals we could have separate taxonomies for ‘amenities’, ‘features’, ‘sleeps’, ‘rooms’, ‘setting’,’style’ etc etc

    We would need screen where we could set this all up, i.e. categories renamed ‘locations’, and we can set up the custom taxonomies we need appropriate to our content.

    Then, in the sidebar we could filter results along the same lines as the following site:

    Scribu has developed a plugin which, I guess with some customization, could be used adapted to function in exactly the same way as the above site, and many other sites which use this technique.

    Also required, and one that will no doubt be demanded by the crowd (your customers), is the ability to sell listings and for advertisers to create and manage their listings.

    I’ve often thought that using aMember would be great for this because it has all the transactional functionality built in, and is great for controlling access to content areas which, in this scenario, is the login and listing management screens that advertisers will use to create and manage their listings.

    I know that bears another separate expense, and aMember requires some customizations, but an idea worth exploring.

  10. Shawn Hesketh
    October 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m most excited about Listings, as it meets a huge need for my clients. Been waiting for something like this for years!

  11. Suphattra Tesphitak
    October 9, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    Perhap it’s time for payment again 😀

    We’re making hotel booking with cityguide,It’s great! Reduce our time to dev. with quality system. Hope this new theme have more 🙂

  12. danny maynor
    November 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    EXACTLY what I need! I can’t wait!

  13. Art Avenir
    December 3, 2010 at 4:08 am #

    Just wanna ask if there is a way to add custom fields in the Diner theme?

    Thanks! Great Theme!


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