The Theme Foundry, who is arguably doing the best work in professional WordPress theming, just announced that all of their themes already support WordPress 3.4′s new theme customizer.
We’ve been keeping an eye on WordPress 3.4, and now that it is released we’re proud to announce that our 4 most recent themes (Portfolio, Chalk, Duet, and Anthem) support the theme customizer for all theme options.
This is what it means to be on top of things. To be doing great work. Watching your area of expertise and being ready for what is next. An awesome example to everyone.
Drew Strojny, former NFL player for the Eagles, Giants and Rams, had been moonlighting as a designer and open-source WordPress theme developer for years. The theme business, which is supported via support-membership-subscriptions (great business plan) is really taking off. Â So much so that he and his wife are doing that full time via The Theme Foundry.
Recently Drew wrote up the backstory to how this all happened and it is a fantastic read.
Tumblr has announced that there are now premium themes available for Tumblr. Premium meaning that they cost money and are generally much more refined then the over 350 free themes already available for Tumblr.
Two things: First, I love that Tumblr is doing things to monetize their platform for both themselves and their design-savvy community. Any service that you love should, at some point, begin to monetize. If they don’t, they won’t survive. These types of moves by Tumblr are moves that will ensure their longevity as a service. Second, I think some of the free themes could easily be pulled into the Premium themes category and the designers of which could make a few dollars on them (since this model wasn’t available when they originally designed their free Tumblr themes). I wonder if Tumblr reached out to some of them?
The folks at Colour Lovers (we’ll excuse the U for now) have put together a really great Twitter theme designer that somehow saves directly back into your Twitter profile. I didn’t realize this was possible so perhaps they have a “deal” with Twitter? Perhaps Twitter should simply buy the app?
/via Evan Williams on Twitter.
WPAPI.org, the brain-child of Dean Robinson (who has been mentioned a few times here on First Initial, Last Name), is an easy to use stats API for plugins and themes hosted on WordPress.org. Simple idea, perfectly executed.
Matt Brett, a designer with a style all his own, has joined forces with WooThemes, a company that specializes in developing premium themes (or, themes-that-you-have-to-pay-for) for WordPress and has released THiCK.
THiCK is the very first premium WordPress theme that I’ve actually considered pulling my wallet out for. Not only is the structure of the theme refreshing but the number of options that it comes with out of the box should fit the needs of many a blogger.
You can preview the theme on Woothemes and Matt Brett has written a little bit about the experience he had developing it on his blog. He says this about THiCK:
“THiCK is a beast of a theme! Itâ€™s catered towards personal blog authors and packs a pile of features right out of the box, thanks to a number of a custom widgets created by the team at WooThemes. From a design standpoint, itâ€™s extremely flexible. There are 2 main styles (clean and grunge) and a main colour scheme for each (light and dark). From there, you can choose from 5 variant colour schemes that change headings and links through-out the blog. Thereâ€™s also 2 different header layouts that can be selected from the admin. THiCK is built on the 960 Grid System and the original PSDs are included in the bundle, so customizing further should be a breeze.”
If you are looking around for a theme, take a look at THiCK.
Source:Â THICK – A PREMIUM THEME FOR WORDPRESS.
I have been slowly making small adjustments to this site’s theme locally on my computer for weeks. Â Every now and then, as I’d find a bug or something that bugged me on the live site, I’d open Coda, make some adjustments, check them locally and save them for publishing later ((I’m a publish once and fix a ton of things kinda guy.)).
These changes are really, really small. Â Unless you come to this site on a daily basis (you do, don’t you?) you may not notice any of them. Â A pixel here, a color adjustment there, an array sorting issue here, a speed improvement there. But these changes were mounting up. Â Even browsing my site myself, looking for old entries, I became annoyed with some of the existing bugs because I knew I had already fixed them on my local install.
So today, while I’m running out to spend the weekend in The Finger Lakes region of New York for a wine festival, I published these “little things” to the live site. Â I wish there was a way I could calculate the changes (perhaps I should be using Subversion or something), but my guess would be somewhere in the hundreds. Â I still have some things that I’d love to get around to adjusting, but they’ll have to wait for the next update.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and poke around.