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Growing An Empire?

Written by Mark Forrester on July 12, 2011 Product News.

Mr Ryan O'Rourke

Then we have just the theme for you!

A few months ago we were introduced to Ryan O’Rourke, via our “Submit a Design” page. He sent us a beautifully polished theme design catering for real estate agents listing their properties in a pixel perfect featured slider with sub-featured listings, and what looked like lots of widgetized goodness. Needless to say we loved the design, but felt it could cater for more than just real estate agents by applying some more generic modules to the home page. We purchased “Empire” from Ryan and Tiago, Jeff and Magnus got to work on it.

Empire is now a business theme with a flexible portfolio module making it perfect for just about any type of business. With custom post types for the slides on the home page and the portfolio items on the portfolio page you can feature whatever content you like, whilst keeping your pages and blog posts entirely seperate.

The Empire home page with it's featured slider and 3 homepage specific widgetized regions.

With Empire we’ve also introduced a new page template that we hope to make more use of in future themes. A team page lists all the WordPress users of your site (or you can exclude specific users), and with some slight modifications to the WP user page we’ve make it possible to now attribute Twitter, Facebook and Flickr links to a user. If you set up all employees of your company as WP users of the site you’d have a neat about page, and they can all blog under specific usernames.

The Empire team page listing the WP users of the site. Red alternate style selected.
The Empire portfolio page with the chrome alternate style selected.

With a whole 8 widgetized areas, with 3 specific homepage regions, you can really add what you want to your homepage. We’ve created a powerful testimonials widget, using it’s own custom post type to pull customer feedback quotes from, and “contact us” & “get in touch” widgets give you the control to display all the information you need to for potential customers to get hold of you.

A slide with a caption positioned at the bottom. You have complete control as to where, and if it appears in the custom settings panel.

Have a look at all the theme’s features on it’s listing page. Browse the demo for the full experience and to test the alternate styles. As always we value your constructive feedback.

Grab our innovative new theme with an 11% discount! Use the coupon code “EMPIRE11”. Valid until 19 July. 🙂

34 Responses

  1. Carlo Rizzante
    July 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Nice theme. I’ll give a look asap.
    Thanks guys.

  2. James O'Sullivan
    July 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Very nice 🙂 I like

  3. John O'Nolan
    July 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Erm – nice theme, also – I *love* the new Woo blog design! Very clean 😀

    • Mark Forrester
      July 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      Glad you approve John O’UI!

  4. Firman Firdaus
    July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Just knowing that Woo have “Submit a Design” page 🙂

    Will give it a shot.

    Nice theme btw 🙂

  5. Adii Rockstar
    July 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I believe you are referring to responsive web design & in that case, Empire and all of our other themes (except for SupportPress & FaultPress) aren’t responsive. Yet.

    Cobus has been working on navigating the challenges that responsive web design brings and we are working on our own approach, which will be implemented for the first time in one of our upcoming themes. This may however take a couple of weeks still, as we need to be sure that our approach is stable and viable in the longer term.

    Due to the limitations / requirements of responsive web design, this is also not something that we will backdate to older themes, since it would require a complete re-coding of the HTML / CSS of those themes.

    • WPSPY
      July 13, 2011 at 5:59 am #

      Hope you will make CANVAS adapt to responsive design.
      That will be great

  6. Ryan Ray
    July 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    This is also because the guys that are coding the App Themes (Jay & Mike) are already baking in their responsive goodies to the themes.

    They aren’t working on our other themes, and like Adii said the other themes with their sliders, page templates, flexibility, etc… creates some issues for our developers and coders to figure out the best way forward.

    But have no fear, you can trust these guys. It will be good stuff moving forward. 🙂

    • Jay
      July 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

      Sliders and responsive design makes Jay go 🙁

    • shwn
      July 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm #


      btw, for adaptive sliders check out:

      I made a canvas vs. this morning and it works great. It is rather basic right now, but gets the job done.

      *I modded canvas to be adaptive with media queries, gotta say that fluid canvas is pretty awesome.

      • Ryan Ray
        July 13, 2011 at 7:11 am #


        That’s pretty cool to hear. Have a url we can see this goodness at? If you don’t want it public, shoot us an email. – info[at]

  7. Lana Walker
    July 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I really like the layout and nice design touches, such as the stylized widgets on the Home page. I would love to have a White style though 🙂 I’m not a fan of reverse-out text because it’s hard to read. Hopefully the theme will be easy to customize.

    • Ryan Ray
      July 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

      Of course, just pop in your changes to custom.css

      You can easily change the background color and text color to suit your needs. 🙂

      • Lana Walker
        July 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

        Great. Thanks!

  8. Suren H
    July 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Oops! Woo is always great!

    “Empire” is really awesome 🙂

  9. Rahul Sharma
    July 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Beautiful theme…
    Absolutely love it 🙂

  10. Vivek Parmar
    July 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    One of the best theme in Business Category. thanks a ton for sharing working on writing it about on my blog.

    • Ryan Ray
      July 13, 2011 at 7:11 am #

      Be sure to share the link with us! 😉

  11. Henrik
    July 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    One question. Will the “meet the team” template be transfered to any other of the themes? Cause it would be wonderful for any busniess theme to have that kind of template.

    Great work as always.

    • Ryan Ray
      July 13, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      With demand for it I’m sure we could add it to others as needed. We’ll see what happens from here. 🙂

      • Rasaq Omoloja
        July 14, 2011 at 11:27 am #

        That will be great. It will be great too to have Linkedin included to team members’ social network links. You guys are awesome.

      • Henrik Blomgren
        July 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

        Great news 🙂

        It should also be included in Magazine themes. Since it makes things so much easier to just write a short description in the WordPress settings and then people can read all about you thanks to it so you don´t have to spend time writing it out on a page or something like that.

  12. Peter Ricci
    July 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Just wondering when you will include Google+ Icon in subscribe and connect, also on the pages for the team profiles which is a welcome addition and should be included in canvas as a page template ::

  13. Steve Thoeny
    July 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    VERY nice design from a fellow Arizonian!

    Looking forward to seeing more of the Meet the Team template. Please don’t discard LinkedIn…seems like you only just discovered them!

  14. Lyman Perrine
    July 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    wish you would of released this yesterday 🙁 I really like the look and feel of this theme!

  15. Marcus Tibesar
    July 13, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Please, please, please, pretty please include the Team Page Listing within a future Canvas theme update! Nice!

    • Ryan Ray
      July 13, 2011 at 6:01 am #

      Canvas will getting some nice page templates soon, we’ll see if the Team Page Listing makes it in so soon. 😉

      • Marcus Tibesar
        July 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

        Great news as always Ryan!

        • James O'Sullivan
          July 14, 2011 at 10:57 am #

          Thanks Ryan, this would be a nice feature to canvas indeed 🙂

    • Rasaq Omoloja
      July 14, 2011 at 11:29 am #


  16. TutsPress
    July 13, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Wow! Unique WordPress portfolio theme from WOO! Thanks for it.

  17. Tiago Noronha
    July 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks for reporting, will release an update today! 🙂

  18. Clint Cielto
    July 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Like the theme… Especially the Team Page… Needed this option recently

  19. Studiopress Coupon Code
    July 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    awesome theme. thanks