50 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Nov 10 2008 by Jacob Gube | 212 Comments

There are many talented designers out there that choose to provide WordPress themes for free. Most of the time, the only small favor they ask you is that you attribute the design to them and link back to their site (a very reasonable request).

In this collection, you’ll find 50 excellent, high-quality, free WordPress themes. These themes range from being elaborate and colorful to being clean and simple so that you may find one that suits your design tastes.

Note: Be sure to check out the license of the theme for restrictions in usage (if any) and it’s always good (and very much appreciated) to attribute the designer even if they don’t explicitly ask you to.

Color Paper

Color Paper - screen shot.

Demo | Download

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Best In-browser Development Tool? (Comment and Win $100 in ThemeForest Credit)

Nov 7 2008 by Jacob Gube | 259 Comments

This contest is now closed.

ThemeForest, part of Envato, was kind enough to give away a total of $1,000 in cash credit on ThemeForest which you can use to buy web templates, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and other popular CMS themes. Ten winners will be randomly selected to win $100.00 each of ThemeForest credit.

ThemeForest home page - screen shot.

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10 Promising Content Management Systems

Nov 6 2008 by Jacob Gube | 200 Comments

When it comes to content management systems (CMS) and publishing platforms, there are plenty to choose from. They vary in technologies used, organization structure, performance, and license. You’ve probably heard of popular content management systems such as Drupal, WordPress, Movable Type, Joomla!, and Textpattern, but if you want to try a platform that’s a little less main stream – check out these excellent alternatives.

In this article, you’ll find 10 terrific content management systems that may not garner as much attention as their more popular counterparts – but should.

There’s a large amount of content management systems out there, so if your favorite isn’t on here, share it with us in the comments.

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine - screen shot.
Go to ExpressionEngine demo

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FreshBooks Giveaway Contest Results

Nov 4 2008 by Jacob Gube | 6 Comments

Last week, I posted an article announcing the FreshBooks 1 year free subscription giveaway. After receiving a great amount of wonderful responses to the contest topics, the winner was randomly selected and contacted.

FreshBooks Winner Announced

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40 Beautiful Free Icon Sets

Nov 2 2008 by Jacob Gube | 272 Comments

Some of the best things in life are free. When it comes to icons and icon sets, there are many talented designers and artists that choose to provide beautiful and useful icon sets for commercial and/or personal usage.

In this collection, you’ll see 40 beautiful, free icon sets that you can use in a variety of ways (websites and/or your desktop). In total, you’ll find close to 3000 invidual icons showcased in this article.

Note: It’s important to read the fine-print before using any icon sets; some may have restrictions for commercial use (or require that you give credit to the designer).

Yoritsuki icons

Yoritsuki icons screen shot
35 icons – Download (PNG and ICO)

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15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration

Oct 31 2008 by Jacob Gube | 159 Comments

No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features.

In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Whether you need basic whiteboarding/brainstorming tools or fully-featured project management applications – you should be able to find a tool or two that’s worth checking out.

Google Docs

Google Docs - screen shot.

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Free High Res Rough Textures

Oct 29 2008 by Jacob Gube | 53 Comments

With grunge/textured designs being popular, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide some free textures that you can use in your designs. This set consists of 15 free, high resolution rough textures (2,500px x 1,950px dimensions). I took them from rock and stone formations on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Free High Res Rough Textures

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