Theme Junkie: Affordable Premium WordPress Themes

For those that follow some of the more prominent members of the WordPress community, you have probably noticed that those at the top have become a very close group.   I’ve always felt that this is a wonderful thing, but it has the side effect of making it difficult for a newcomer to break into those ranks and earn the respect of their peers.

One of those up and coming designers who is trying to get noticed is Roy Guan.  A few months ago Roy entered into the crowded premium themes community with the launching of his website, Theme Junkie.  In order to grab a foothold within this very busy space, Roy has managed to find a niche within a niche, offering all of his premium designs for under $30.00.  In only about six months time Theme Junkie has already made available a large selection of premium themes as well as two free themes.

Below I wanted to take a moment and feature a few of my favorite designs already available from Theme Junkie:

FreshLife Theme

NewsTube Theme

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  • Elegant Themes Announces New Custom ePanel

    Over the past year the premium themes market has continued to grow and expand, causing designers to search for ways to separate themselves from the competition.   Because many buyers choose to customize the design to meet their personal needs, it only makes sense for the focus of designers to instead turn to building custom settings pages that allow for a ton of flexibility.

    These settings pages have become very complex in many cases and can offer a variety of features, including selecting where you want your sidebars placed, how many sidebars, which color/design style sheet should be used, or it can also offer simple things like places to enter your custom RSS feed, twitter feed, and Google Analytics code.    As I’ve watched these control panels evolve over this past year, it has been truly amazing just how much can be changed without changing a single line of code!

    Nick Roach, the founder of the popular Elegant Themes theme club, has been offering complex settings panels on his themes for as long as I can remember, but earlier this week I was given a peak at the new revamped settings panel named ePanel.  This new settings panel is extremely complex and will eventually be added to all of the themes included with an Elegant Themes club membership.   As of today’s date, ePanel is already integrated into the following themes and available for download: eBusiness, eNews, ePhoto, PureType, Bold, and CherryTruffle.  Nick promises that the remaining themes will receive the same treatment over the coming month(s) and all themes will include this new ePanel.

    So, what exactly is ePanel?   Here is a screen shot of the updated design:

    ePanel

    As you can see from the screen shot above, there are a few bonus tabs under the General Settings tab alone, and there are a total of 8 tabs down the left sidebar.   The General Settings has the following 3 tabs:  General, Homepage, and Featured Slider.

    epanel-settingsAfter loading up the theme to see how the settings panel works, I have to say I am very impressed!   It looks like the General tab (under General Settings) allows you to select the style sheet color you want to use, enable/disable blog formatting on the homepage, Feedburner integration including all your Feedburner settings, and selecting the date format (dates are displayed differently depending on what part of the world you live in).   In the Homepage tab you’ll get access to category display, as well as the ability to exclude certain categories of your choice.  Of course the Featured Slider tab allows you to control how the featured slider works.

    That is just the beginning though, as on the left there is also a series of tabs which include a large number of other settings.   You’ll find Navigation options, Layout Settings, Ad Management settings, Colorization, and you’ll even be able to control certain SEO settings on the SEO tab (mostly meta information similar to how All-in-One SEO Pack works).

    The best part is that all this new functionality is available for all Elegant Themes club members!   Currently a membership to Elegant Themes is only $19.99 for an entire year, and stays at that price in order to renew your yearly membership.  You can learn more about the Elegant Themes club here.

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  • WPZoom.com Releases Custom Zenko Magazine Theme

    For a couple years now, the premium themes market has been growing steadily and the competition has been elevated.   Designers are pushing each other to be more innovative trying to earn your dollar, which is great for potential buyers like us, but can sometimes be difficult to for a new theme designer to jump in and hold their own.

    One guy that has successfully done this, in my opinion, is Pavel Ciorici of WP Zoom.    Earlier this year he released his first premium WordPress theme, the Yamidoo theme.   The title of the theme is interesting enough that it grabs your attention, then when when you look at the theme, it is hard not be impressed!

    Now, Pavel has released his second premium theme, the Zenko theme, which I wanted to mention here.  With this new magazine theme, the homepage design is a traditional magazine theme layout, but is designed in a way to feature the most important content in areas where readers will see it.   Here is a default sample of how the homepage features your top content:

    Zenko Magazine Theme Homepage

    zenko-magazine-theme

    The homepage is also very image intensive, which is an important part of a magazine-style homepage to draw the readers attention.   For the internal pages, the Zenko theme switches to a more traditional blog page layout with the sidebar on the right side:

    Zenko Magazine Theme Post Page

    zenko-post

    A full live demo of the Zenko theme can be viewed here.

    The Zenko theme also includes a number of great features.   Some of my favorite parts are the featured content and popular posts on the top of the homepage, the built-in navigation designed to function like the WP-PageNavi plugin, and of course the footer area, which was designed to provide a place for you to put your less important content (footer is a great place to put categories, archives, etc. so they are available for readers that want to find it, but is also out of the way for people not looking for it).

    Other features included with the Zenko theme:

    • Built in support for Google Analytics and Feedburner
    • Integrated Banner Management System
    • Custom templates for categories, archives
    • Auto-resizing and cropping for images
    • Threaded Comments for WordPress 2.7+
    • Built-in widgets
    • Support for WordPress 2.7.1
    • Cross-Browser Compatible – tested on IE (6,7), Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome.
    • Flickr widget
    • Theme Documentation
    • Integrated Theme Options
    • Tabbed Widgets
    • Widgetized Sidebars
    • Built-in Gravatar Support for Authors & Comments
    • Drop-Down Menus
    • Integrated social bookmarking in posts
    • Photoshop Files (.psd) included

    I also had the privilege of digging through the backend of this theme and was glad to see the code structure is very SEO friendly and well setup for someone who prefers to manually hack their code.  Another thing that I really liked was the fact that this theme doesn’t require any WordPress plugins or custom fields to function properly.   I always try to find at least one thing missing, and the one feature that I couldn’t find was the option of a traditional blog template for the homepage, which has become a pretty common addition with most premium themes.

    Pavel also has a very competitive pricing structure, which allows just about any WordPress user to be able to acquire one of his themes.   Currently, the Zenko theme can be purchased for $69.00 (single-use license), $119.00 (for 5 site license), or $149.00 (developer’s license).

    Have questions?  Want to learn more about this theme?  Check out the official Zenko theme page by WP Zoom.

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  • What Makes a WordPress Theme Premium?

    Recently our friend Andrew of WP-Fun.co.uk wrote an interesting post titled A New Name for Premium Themes:  Themes.   In his post, Andrew attempts to define what a premium WordPress theme is, then compares that definition with the most downloaded themes at the Free WordPress Theme Directory.   In my opinion, blog posts like this are great because they really spark some thought on the part of the reader.   After reading his post, I felt that the point Andrew is making is that if you look at the designs, feature sets, and quality of the most downloaded free themes from WordPress.org, they are all comparable to at least a few of the premium WordPress themes being sold on the market today. 

    For those of us that have been using WordPress for at least 2-3 years, the evolution of the WordPress theme is simply amazing.  Back in 2007 themes weren’t necessarily even standards compliant, and the idea of widgets was still new and many themes didn’t support them.   Now the idea of a control panel being included with your theme, having your theme be widget ready, and having several color options included with the theme have almost become standard, (even with the free WordPress themes available).  

    I’m sure there will always be some free themes available, but you have to wonder if at some point premium themes will become the standard.  I suppose if this is the case, then my next question is, if premium themes simply become themes, then what is next?   The top designers begin to release elite themes?  If premium is a fancy word for better, it seems that designers will just come up with a new fancy word for best like “elite” and use that as the word for next level of themes.  It may never end! 

    There are also things like Theme Frameworks to consider as WordPress themes continue to evolve.   Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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  • How To: Find the Right WordPress Theme

    Although WP Hacks was originally setup with WordPress Hacks in mind, based upon our readers needs we’ve invested a lot of time over the past year and a half into researching WordPress themes and providing you with a large selection of WordPress theme galleries.

    Back when this website was launched the premium themes market didn’t exist yet, so we had originally placed our focus on the different types of free WordPress themes.  The result was a bunch of galleries broken down into types.

    Since that time, a second market has emerged known as premium WordPress themes (premium was the term originally used to describe a more advanced or higher quality WordPress theme).   Over time we adapted and now offer a variety of both types of theme galleries.  

    I always felt there is a market for both types of themes in the WordPress community, but some shoppers don’t know which of the two they should be looking at.   Add in the fact that too many designers over the past year have released low quality themes under the “premium” business model, and a lot of people have been left unhappy with their purchases and an overall loss of trust in the premium themes market as a whole.   

    So, if you were shopping for a new WordPress theme for your website or blog, what should you be looking for?   Based upon the individuals needs of the shopper, there are a variety of factors that should be considered, but it mostly boils down to three essential factors:

    1. Price - Is the theme free?  If there is a cost associated with the theme, am I getting the right value for the price?   In the price category, free WordPress themes are always going to have an advantage, but there are a few downsides to going this route.   Free themes usually require you to leave the link in the footer, while many premium themes do not.   Many free themes are also unsupported, so if you aren’t comfortable hacking your own theme, it may be worth the price to purchase a supported theme.   There is also minimal risk of sponsored links or malicious code showing up in a purchased theme. 
    2. Quality – Another obvious point of comparison between free WordPress themes and premium WordPress themes is the quality of the themes.   There are a number of high quality free WordPress themes and (as mentioned above) there are some low quality premium themes.   When looking for your theme, the designer or design companies reputation is everything.   Does the theme I want offer control panel options, cross browser compatibility, or widget support? Are there multiple layouts and color choices to choose from?
    3. Support – Although support isn’t going to be relevant for some people looking who have the ability to customize their own theme, for most shoppers this should be the most important factor.   Some free themes offer support from the designer, but most do not.   If you decide to purchase a theme, you are usually paying as much for the support as you are for the acutal theme!   Does this designer have trustworthy testimonials?  Do you know any existing customers who are happy with the support they are receiving?  

    What do you value most when shopping for the right free or premium WordPress theme for your website or blog?  I know most of the WordPress theme designers read this site and will see your feedback, so let us know in the comments!

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  • 150+ Free & Premium WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: March 12, 2014

    As WordPress continues to grow in popularity, more and more designers are realizing the potential of building WordPress themes.   In addition to the financial benefits, designers can also use WordPress themes to create additional inbound links, improve their reputation as a designer, and of course help generate freelance work.

    Because of the huge size of the WordPress theme market, it has become increasingly difficult to find a good way to browse through the available WordPress themes.   Unfortunately I don’t have a solution, but I have spent several hours trying to sort through the available themes and create a gallery to display many of the top designs in both the free and premium WordPress theme markets.  Currently this page has over 150 WordPress themes, plus a few known theme clubs thrown in at the bottom for people that prefer that route.

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    Blog WordPress Themes

    Vintage Theme

    vintage-theme

    Source | Demo

    Blues Theme

    blues-theme

    Source | Demo

    Shades of Blue Theme

    shades-of-blue-theme

    Download | Demo

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

    Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

    SimpleWP Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Evolution Theme

    Source | Download | Demos: Blue, Green, Red

    GlossyBlue Theme

    GlossyBlue Theme

    Source | Demo

    Color Paper Theme

    Source | Demo

    StudioPress Theme

    StudioPress Theme

    Source | Demo

    Several3 Theme

    Several3 Theme

    Download | Demo

    Mag on Wood Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Simply Ornate Theme

    Source | Demo

    Agregado Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Daily Press Theme

    Source | Download

    Curious Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Rewire Theme

    rewire-theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Daily32 Theme

    Daily32 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Digital Statement Theme

    Source | Download

    Maggo Theme

    Maggo Theme

    Download | Demo

    Firebug Theme

    Source | Download

    Black and White Theme

    Black and White Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Xplosive Theme

    Xplosive Theme

    Source | Download

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Source | Download

    Blue Block Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Dark Zen Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Tomodachi Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Blue Dream Theme

    Blue Dream Theme

    Source/Demo | Download

    Simple Red Theme

    Simple Red Theme

    Source | Download (Requires free registration) | Demo

    True Blue Theme

    True Blue Theme

    Source | Download (Requires free registration) | Demo

    Silveray Theme

    Silveray Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Rhea Theme

    Rhea Theme

    Source | Download

    Aspire Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Velocity Theme

    Velocity Theme

    Source | Download

    Techicon Theme

    Techicon Theme

    Source | Download

    Biz Theme

    Download | Demo

    Quadruple Blue Theme

    Quad Blue Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Lightsource Theme

    lightsource

    Comes with $20.00 subscription to Elegant Themes Club!

    Source/Demo | Download

    Prose Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Canvas Blogging Theme

    Multiple-Use ($70.00), Developer’s Pack ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Mag.net Blog Theme

    magnet-theme

    Single-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Glow Blog Theme

    glow-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Flexx Blog Theme

    flexx-theme

    • Over 1,000 Possible Layout Combinations!
    • Completely widget based
    • Multiple Styles to choose from

    Multiple-Use ($79.95), Developer’s Pack ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    PersonalPress Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Social Life Blog Theme

    Multiple-Use ($75.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Thesis Theme Framework

    thesis-theme

    Single-Use ($87.00), Developer’s Pack ($164.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Genesis Theme Framework (by StudioPress)

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), Developer’s Pack ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

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    Magazine/News CMS WordPress Themes

    Options Theme

    Options Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Hamasaki Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Structure Theme

    Structure Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Visionary Theme

    Visionary Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Mimbo Theme

    mimbo3

    Source | Download | Demo

    Morning After Theme

    Morning After Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Forte Theme

    Forte

    Source | Download | Demo

    The Studio Theme

    Studio Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Arthemia Free Theme (Premium Version Also Available)

    Source | Download | Demo | Premium Version of Arthemia

    Guzel Magazine Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Newsweek Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Studio WordPress Theme (Available in Blue, Green, & Red)

    Source | Download | Demo

    Transparency Theme

    transparency-theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Slick Press Theme

    slick-press-theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Cellar Heat Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    MonarTech Theme

    monartech-theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Lifestyle Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Smooth Theme

    wp-smooth-theme1

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Zenko Magazine Theme

    zenko-magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Magazine WordPress Theme

    magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Blissful Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Manifesto Magazine Theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Chatter Magazine Theme

    wp-chatter-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Sublime Theme

    wp-sublime-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Elle Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Boutique Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Legacy Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Vintage Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Prosper Magazine Theme


    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Modern Blogger Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Minimal Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Mocha Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Tribune News Theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Polished Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Amped Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Gadget Theme

    gadget-theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Streamline Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Evertis Magazine Theme

    Single-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Serenity Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Blog Newspaper Theme

    blog-news-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.00), Developer’s Pack ($179.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    NewsTube Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Emporium E-Commerce Theme

    Single-Use ($69.00), Multiple-Use ($99.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Monograph Magazine Theme

    monograph-theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    News WordPress Theme

    news-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Cube Light Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Launch Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    eNews Theme

    enews-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Ellie Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    My App WordPress Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Lumin Magazine Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Genius Theme

    wp-genius-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Bigfoot Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Going Green Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Bold Magazine Theme

    bold-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Arthemia Premium Theme

    arthemia-premium

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), Developer’s Pack ($159.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    The Source Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Memoir Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Crystal Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Newswire Theme

    newswire-theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Nova Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    My Cuisine Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Fabric Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Yamidoo Magazine Theme

    yamidoo-magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Glider Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Media Magazine Theme

    wp-media-mag-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    In Review Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase MembershipOutreach Church Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Magnificent Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Chameleon Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Foundation Church Theme

    Included with iThemes Builder Theme ($127.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Pretty Young Thing Kids Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Jazz Theme

    wp-jazz-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Newspaper Theme

    newspaper-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.00), Developer’s Pack ($159.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    “On The Go” Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Aggregate Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Clear Theme

    wp-clear-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Glide Magazine Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

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  • Portfolio WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: March 29, 2013!

    A couple of weeks ago I received a “request for a future post” from Emma (didn’t provide a website with her request for me to credit) asking for a new WordPress theme gallery.   This time, her request was for a portfolio WordPress theme gallery.

    Although I can’t always fulfill every request I get, this gallery is one that I think will benefit a large number of people, so I’ve decided to throw one together!   The top half will be free portfolio themes and the second half will be premium portfolio themes which are available to purchase.  I’ve also included a feature list whenever one was available.

    Over time, I intend to update this post as both types of portfolio themes become available.   If you know of one that you think should be included on this list, please let us know!

    Featured Portfolio WordPress Theme

    PhotoSquares Portfolio Theme

    • Premium Support
    • Select Thumbnail Sizes
    • Upload your own logo
    • Enable/disable header and footer menus
    • Set custom thumbnails size
    • Add tracking code
    • Change background
    • Change colors of thumbnail boxes, content area. menu, text etc.

    Demo | Review/Purchase

    Free Portfolio WordPress Themes

    Portfolio Press Theme

    portfolio-press-theme

    Source | Demo | Download

    Modularity Theme

    modularity-theme

    Source | Demo | Download

    Snapshot Theme

    snapshot-theme

    Source | Demo | Download

    Premium Portfolio Themes

    Viz | Biz Portfolio Theme

    viz-biz-theme

    Single-Use License ($79.95), Multiple-Use License ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Download

    WP Showcase Theme

    wp-showcase

    Single-Use License ($59.00), Multiple-Use License ($99.00), Developer’s Pack ($159.00)

    Source/Demo | Download

    Simple Site Theme

    simple-site

    Single-Use License ($49.00), Multiple-Use License ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Download

    VibrantCMS Theme

    • Easy-to-use featured scroller to broadcast your business’ most important information;
    • A separate company blog that is tucked away from the homepage; and
    • 20 amazing color schemes that will definitely fit with your corporate branding.
    • Integrated Theme Options (for WordPress) to tweak the layout, color scheme etc. for the theme;
    • Built-in video panel, which you can use to publish any web-based Flash videos;
    • Automatic Image Resizer, which is used to dynamically create the thumbnails and featured images;
    • Custom Page Templates for Archives, Sitemap & Image Gallery;
    • Built-in Gravatar Support for Authors & Comments;
    • Integrated Banner Management script to display randomized banner ads of your choice site-wide;
    • Pretty drop-down navigation everywhere; and
    • Widgetized Sidebars.

    Single-Use ($70.00), Developer’s ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Cassiopeia Theme

    cassiopeia-theme

    Single-Use ($80.00), Developer’s Pack ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Fresh Folio Theme

    • Theme designed to be a portfolio.
    • The template will automatically (visually) separate your blog & portfolio content, making this an amazing theme for aspiring designers, developers, artists, photographers etc.
    • Unique page templates for the portfolio, blog, blog archives, tags & search results.
    • 7 diverse theme styles to choose from.
    • Integrated Theme Options (for WordPress) to tweak the layout, colour scheme etc. for the theme;
    • Optional Automatic Image Resizer, which is used to dynamically create the thumbnails and featured images;
    • Widgetized Sidebars.

    Single-Use ($70.00), Developer’s ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    eGallery Theme

    egallery-theme

    Comes with $20.00 subscription to Elegant Themes Club!

    Source/Demo | Download

    eVid Theme

    evid-elegant-themes

    Comes with $20.00 subscription to Elegant Themes Club!

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  • Tribune – A New Magazine Premium WordPress Theme

    Over the past year, the premium WordPress themes market has really grown and all sorts of different themes have been released.  Probably the most popular market right now seems to be the magazine WordPress themes, making for a highly competitive niche.

    One of the more recent entries into the market is Natty WP, who until now seems to have been pretty focused on building custom blogging themes.   Their newest theme, however, intends to compete in that magazine WordPress theme market and so far it looks pretty good!

    Here is the list of features the author includes with the Tribune theme:

    • Theme Admin Panel - Admin panel allows you to fully customize the theme, including adding banners, AdSense, change the logo and favicon, set the color of links and customize the category.
    • 7 Advanced Color Schemes – Here you can find a huge variety of different color schemes for any taste. Just choose the one which suites you better!
    • Infinite variations and looks – A special feature for those who want more! Using the template with a fully transparent body you can easily create an infinite number of different variations and looks by changing the background image.
    • AJAX Modules – Specially designed modules make template rather elegant and functional.
    • Easy Logo switching – Want to change the logo? You can easily do this through the admin panel selecting the right image. The theme includes Psd file with the logo, where you can change the title and add your logo image.
    • Advanced news module – Block of additional news allows the user to select the necessary number of news to be displayed. Choosing 1, 3 or 5 stories for each block, we save these settings for it. Signing in next time the user sees as many news as they have chosen before.
    • Color picker – Thanks to the built-in Color Picker, you can easily change the color of the links in your theme! Be creative, customize your site and make it unique.
    • XHTML Valid – Tribune meets all standards and has been fully tested for errors, as it is very important for us to create a clear and semantic code.
    • Cross-Browser Compatible – Fully compliant with W3C standards, Tribune theme together with WordPress offers perfect performance with the most popular browsers such as Firefox, IE, Safari.
    • Easy AdSense setup - To display AdSense blocks you just need to enable the menu to display banners or AdSense.
    • Optimized for WordPress 2.6 + version
    • W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional. W3C CSS Valid
    • Fully compatible IE7, IE6, Safari 2+, Firefox 2+, Opera 9+
    • CSS Based Design
    • 24/7 support

    Probably my feature is the AJAX the theme uses for the module.  Rather than the traditional dom tabs, you can “slide” between the tabs content.  It also uses AJAX to “drop down” individual categories (selected by each user), which is something I don’t remember seeing on any other themes.

    As for the appearance, the Tribune theme has some additional unique qualities for a magazine WordPress theme which help it to stand out from the competition.  It actually comes with a completely transparent background which allows you to easily insert a background image of your choice, making your theme instantly unique.

    Here is a breakdown of the Tribune theme’s homepage (with the transparent layout):

    And here is a screen shot of the post page:

    You can check out the live demo of the theme here to actually view how these impressive new features work.

    Another great thing about the Tribune theme is the price!  Currently the Tribune theme is available with two licenses.  The Single-Use License is only $45.00, or you can get the Developer’s Pack for $150.00.

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  • The Ethics Involved With Selling Premium WordPress Themes

    A little over a month ago, Brian Gardner of Revolution Themes made a bold and brave move when he decided to convert his business model to something closer in line with the spirit of open source.   With this change came a lot of questions, with the primary question being what would happen to people who purchased these themes?  Were they screwed?

    After his initial announcement, Brian quickly addressed the concerns of his “clients” by explaining that all existing themes would never be made available for free and would be retired.  The new open source business model will instead contain only 100% new themes.   Brian held true to his word and the 8 themes available at the launch of Revolution Two were all completely new.  The old site was taken down and the old themes are now gone for good.

    In a different, yet similar situation, Woo Themes recently celebrated their first birthday (birthday includes 8 months under the name of Premium News Theme).   In what turned out to be a controversial move, they actually released a copy of their original premium theme for free to the public.   Unfortunately, this is the exact same theme that a large number of people paid $79.95 or $99.95 for (the original price for the first 8 months).   Is this fair to those people?  Should others who bought themes from Woo Themes also be concerned that a theme they had paid for may also later be released for free?

    According to the Blog Herald, here is the official response from Adii of Woo Themes:

    We don’t believe that releasing a year old theme for free infringes on our users’ rights, as they have not only bought a theme from us, but also all the goodies that goes along with that purchase (in terms of support, tutorials, theme-specific customization help etc.). We have also been in touch with all of our users and worked out an acceptable situation internally.

    Now, I have no idea what the workout was (I’d guess buyers got to pick another theme of their choice for free?).  For the sake of this discussion, it doesn’t really matter, as this post is not about Woo Themes or Revolution Two.   It was just inspired by the situations described above.  What I want to know from our readers is what rights should someone have if they purchase a premium WordPress theme?  

    The niche as a whole appears to have taken a significant hit with the launch of Revolution Two, and other theme designers have been stepping up and releasing premium-quality themes for free as well.   I think for the premium WordPress themes market to survive over the long haul, theme authors need to come together and some standards need to be put into place and followed.   If not, there is a good chance that buyers will lose trust in some designers and the niche will suffer as a whole or disappear completely as a result.   That, or it will continue its shift to more of a theme club setup.

    What do you think?  If you pay money for a WordPress theme, what priviledges are you entitled to as a buyer?   Should there be a guarantee that it won’t eventually be free?  Should you get lifetime code updates?    Share your take in the comments below!

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  • First Premium WordPress Theme Brand Sold

    I noticed some interesting news last night and contemplated whether or not to cover it here.   It looks like Micheal of Solostream has sold his premium theme business to Jigsaw Group.   I’ve always been a big fan of Michael and his work at Solostream, so I’d like to first start this post by congratulating him.  It looks like he will still be working for Solostream, so future releases should have a similar look and feel to what we’ve come to expect from the Solostream brand. 

    So, on to the post.   Unless I am forgetting another acqusition, it looks like this is the first premium WordPress theme brand to sell?  If so, that is pretty big news for this market.  

    According to the announcement, we can expect some big changes over at Solostream:

    Increased product offerings.

    Under Michael’s direction, our immediate plans include the production of many new templates, which incorporate new features/plug ins and exciting designs.  We will be sending out announcements to keep you alerted as we ramp up our production schedule over the next few months.

    Enhanced customer service.

    You will continue to receive the same high levels of service that you have come to expect from Solostream.  Plus, we are adding personnel to our customer service team and creating a new forums area where you will be able to search for answers to your questions.

    New innovations throughout the company.

    We are also going to dedicate time and effort to improving communication and assisting the members of our Affiliate Program to generate new sales.

    It looks like Solostream is moving more towards a business model that mirrors what Woo Themes (formerly Premium News Themes) has become.   A team of designers and developers that will work on creating new themes at a much more rapid pace.   It also allows for collaboration and improved innovation in themes.  

    I think this has potential because buyers of their premium WordPress themes will get more than just the theme with their purchase.   The become part of a community, get forum support, etc.   Like I mentioned above, the business model has already found some success and I think it will here to. 

    So, what do you think of this?   How will this affect the premium WordPress themes market?  Will other people sell their businesses as well?  Will the teams forming muscle out some of the individuals trying to start up their own businesses?   Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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