There is no doubt that WordPress is an awesome piece of open source application, and in addition, creating custom themes for it is very intuitive and relatively easy with the WordPress API.
With that said, creating your own custom themes from scratch can be very time-consuming, with plenty of unnecessarily repetitive tasks.
The premium theme market has really exploded in the past few years. There are now many of premium themes sites (i.e. WooThemes) for WordPress alone, and that’s not even counting the hundreds of authors who publish themes on marketplaces like Themeforest or Mojo Themes.
With so many options out there, it can be hard for buyers to know which theme to buy, so here are a few key elements to pay attention to when shopping around.
The popular publishing platform, WordPress, recently released its latest major version: WordPress 3.0 (dubbed "Thelonious"). This iteration of WordPress introduces plenty of convenient new features such as drag-and-drop interfaces for building navigation menus (for those not comfortable modifying their theme files), the ability to deploy multiple sites under one installation (by the inclusion of WordPress MU) and a system for making custom content types other than posts and pages.
WordPress theme development and design is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of web development. Whether you’re building a custom theme for a client’s website or designing a theme for widespread distribution, WordPress theme development is one of the most sought-after skills in our industry currently.
WordPress 3.0 — the newest major version of WordPress — is one of the most highly-anticipated open source upgrades this year.
WordPress is no doubt one of the most used publishing platforms. Large websites such as Smashing Magazine, Mashable, TechCrunch, the site you’re on now, and others use it to run their high-traffic websites.
Minimalism in web design seems to be the new trend lately, and WordPress is the perfect candidate to put simplicity to good use. Good minimal design is more than white backgrounds and text-centered design — it requires the same balance, elegance, and purpose that good web design does.
You’ll find 20 minimal WordPress themes below that embody both simplicity and enlightened design. Most of the themes are free, though some of them require a small fee. When using a WordPress theme, be sure to read the license information and give the proper credit to the original designer when offered.
WordPress, the ubiquitous open source publishing platform that powers many of your favorite blogs and web publications, also powers Design Instruct and Six Revisions. By using WordPress plugins, site owners can extend and tailor their WordPress installation to meet their needs. However, using many plugins can affect a website’s performance, and thus, you must be highly selective in choosing the plugins you install.
Design Instruct and Six Revisions only uses six WordPress plugins. We’ve kept our plugins to the bare essentials—any other features we add to our WordPress installation, we develop ourselves specifically for our sites.