Teaming up with Teamster

Written by Mark Forrester on October 17, 2011 Product news.

The second theme release for this month is a magazine theme that doubles as a business theme, and triples as a portfolio theme. It’s flexibilty lies in it’s modular design and it’s ability to highlight multiple authors blog posts and portfolio items efficiently.

With so many cowork spaces popping up all over the world, creating affordable, shared work environments for freelancers we thought it only fitting to provide them with a theme that helps sell the space, and the people who use it better.

The default Teamster homepage showcasing the various authors.

For me it was great to get back into Photoshop and to finally design something again, after spending the vast majority of my time over the last few months managing the workflow of our theme designs/developments with the recent increase in the size of our team.

Teamster Features

Getting the balance right between the amount of features, and making sure there is no feature bloat is an important factor when we build themes. We feel we’ve done this well with Teamster.

The homepage author module

The author module on the homepage is an AJAX powered tabber that displays all your WordPress contributors, editors and administrators, with the option to hide certain users. Once you select an author to display it will load their latest blog posts, portfolio items or a combination of the two. We’ve built additional fields into the author profile in the WordPress backend to capture a short biography about the user, their Twitter, Facebook and Dribbble links and their role within the company/CoWork setup.

The team custom page template

The dedicated team page template.

Further advancing the author module we have a custom page template you can dedicate in your WordPress site – the team page. The team page showcases all the WordPress authors blog posts and portfolio items, and you can navigate to each author’s profile page.

Author blog archive pages functions the same way.

The homepage featured post tabber

The featured post tabber with a green alternate style selected.

The homepage featured post tabber is a largely graphical showcase of particular blog posts, tagged with a specific tag. A hover effect on the tabs displays further information about the author.

And all the rest

Sorting the homepage modules is easy with the theme options.

There is an about/connect module reserved for the homepage, a homepage module sorter theme option, a dedicated portfolio overview page, and individual portfolio item pages, as well as specially styled custom widgets, and not to forget the alternate styles and easily customizable look and feel.

The portfolio page in a blue alternate style.

Let us know your constructive feedback, dive deeper into the theme in the demo, and read more about it on our Teamster theme listing page.

Grab Teamster with an 11% discount coupon, valid until 24 October. Just use TEAMSTER11 as your coupon code on checkout. πŸ™‚
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43 Responses

  1. Sarah
    October 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    This was a surprise when I came onto the site – looking forward to checking it out!

  2. Freddie
    October 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Blimey, and there was me thinking that today was only about WooCommerce and the awesome 50% discount on extensions (amongst other things)

    I will certainly be trying this one shortly!

    • Jay
      October 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      The party never stops at Woo!

  3. Calzo
    October 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Superb! Love the concept. Now I need a reason to use it.

  4. Suren H
    October 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    This is something New to WordPress Theme Industry!

    Well Done! πŸ™‚ Specially the homepage featured post tabber is awesome…

  5. Rahul Sharma
    October 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Holy Cow! This is awesome. I was just looking for something like this.

  6. karan
    October 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    There seems to be some issues with Contact Us, Archives, Tags styling on the Demo. Using FF 7.0.1. Ok in Chrome. Seems the footer aligning in Sidebar.

    • Tiago Noronha
      October 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Thanks for reporting, should all be fine now πŸ™‚

      • Trace
        October 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

        There still seems to be issues with the featured posts section in Firefox ….

        • Tiago Noronha
          October 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

          Try to refresh the browser (CTRL + R or CMD + R). Looks good to me!

  7. Wordpress Theme
    October 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Very very awesome. I really like this theme.

  8. Graeme
    October 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Really nice, been looking for something like this for a while.

  9. style
    October 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    I do like the featured post and author modules. It’d be great to have those available in Canvas. I’m trying to modify Canvas for a magazine site and this would be great!

    • Mark Forrester
      October 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Depending on the uptake and the demand we’ll think about adding a team template to Canvas. First we’ll test the waters with Teamster.

    • Himselfe
      October 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      I second that! A team template for Canvas would be ideal for my needs too.

  10. Chris
    October 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Good to see something different than the standard type of theme. Thanks for pushing the envelope!

  11. TutsPress
    October 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Looks very nice and professional for team’s. Great job Mark.

  12. Broxter
    October 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Well..ummmm..hmmm…when is Currents coming out?

    • Mark Forrester
      October 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Soon. Don’t you worry πŸ™‚

      • style
        October 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

        We are anxiously awaiting Currents πŸ™‚

  13. Erlend Sogge Heggen
    October 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Just when you thought magazine themes had hit a dry spell, this amazing refresher pops up. Fantastic job guys, I can definitely see this being an excellent platform for a community-powered blog.

    Say, any chance it could support multisite, e.g. supporting blog posts from both example.com/blog as well as community.example.com/blog.

    p.s. Even though I’m logged in I have to type in my name, email and website as if I’m a non-registered member. Why is that?

    • Adii Rockstar
      October 18, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Thanks for the kudo’s. πŸ™‚

      We still need to integrate our backend properly with WordPress comments to pick up your registration automatically.

  14. Ronny
    October 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Hi,

    Magazine theme again what the world does not need. you can not even publish a reasonable Magazine theme offers classical and one without too great slider. The home page is now so forth and nothing in the articles directly, there is nothing new. The creativity is really with you on the track …

    Greetings from Germany

    • Adii Rockstar
      October 18, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      Umm, this is a very unique theme… I couldn’t spot anything else around the web that looks / works in a similar way!?

  15. Haidn Foster
    October 18, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    I really love this theme–the uniqueness, the quality of design… everything. One of the first in a long time (besides the WooCommerce themes) that really stands out from the crowd for me.

    It’d be awesome to see some of the same innovative design concepts applied to a more standard magazine-type site, as putting so much emphasis on the authors–while obviously the point of this theme–is quite limiting in terms of content and site direction.

    Thanks for a great addition to the WooThemes lineup.

    Haidn

  16. Jennifer
    October 18, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    Looks fantastic!!!

    I bought a developer theme and have 3 free bonus theme downloads available. Would love to download Teamster but canÒ€ℒt find it on the list of available development themes. Is it available for me to download somewhere else and how would I go about that?

    • Adii Rockstar
      October 18, 2011 at 8:03 am #

      Your bonus theme credits are only eligible for themes that were available to you on the date of your purchase, so Teamster wouldn’t be included as one of your available themes.

      Drop us an e-mail on support[at]woocommerce.com for details.

  17. Fred Romano
    October 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Great looking unique theme, and even though I have no use for it, I’m sure others will. So glad I made the switch to WOO cuz you guys really ROCK! You blow all the other “frameworks” out the water, seriously…

    p.s. Getting ready to re-launch our realty site powered by WooCommerce and WooStore. Can’t wait to show it off :)… And that custom form fields for the product pages extension (that you guys are working on – sooner than later I hope!) will be ultra-awesome when completed!

    – Fred

    • Ryan Ray
      October 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

      Woo!

      We’re anxiously awaiting your finished site. πŸ˜‰

  18. tigtog
    October 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Really liking the look of this one – just playing around with it on a test site though and noticed that there’s no page-template for links/bookmarks included?

    Of course it’s easy enough to add one in a child theme, but it seems like an oversight.

    • Mark Forrester
      October 19, 2011 at 9:54 am #

      We don’t have such a page template for any of our themes, as it’s probably easier and more efficient to use the “Links” widget, and place it in either the footer or sidebar.

      • tigtog
        October 19, 2011 at 10:01 am #

        OK, I’m misremembering because it’s been a frequent client request, especially for big group blogs who tend to have a very large blogroll which takes up too much widget real estate if that’s the only option.

        I nearly always add a template-links page to child themes that I build for clients. It works well in conjunction with a random-blogroll-10 widget for a widget-area. Just seems that for this sort of project in particular it would work well.

  19. tigtog
    October 19, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    If I were to go live using this theme I’d also be having the author thumbnail links on the front page use the display-name slug rather than the author-ID slug, seeing as the rest of the site would be using pretty permalinks.

  20. Henrik
    October 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    One question. The Archive part of the footer in the demo. Is it a custom widget and how does it look with a year that is full of months? Does it simply drop down as displayed in groups of three or how does it look?

    And wow, that team page is wonderful. Any chance of it getting it´s own template that you can incorporate into any theme?

  21. Danny Maynor
    October 21, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Awe-Some! Love it! I cant wait to see some customizations!

  22. stay
    October 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    A novel and great idea on the main page web template. Pretty impressive.

  23. RIch Tucker
    November 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    WooTeam,

    We are using Headlines – do you plan to update the older magazine themes to give more info about the authors – especially when looking at each individual authors archive?

    Thanks!

    • Magnus
      November 3, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      Hi,

      That isn’t something we have planned, but feel free to suggest it here.

  24. Dan Strom
    November 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Awesome! Would be nice for christmas ..

  25. Steve
    November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Can this theme be used for a personal blog instead of using multiple authors?

    Is there a way to change the layout and menu to accommodate this?

    • Tiago Noronha
      November 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

      You can deactivate the author scroller, apart from that, it should work properly.

      Post in the support forum if you need help πŸ™‚

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