Improving Performance of Your WordPress Site

In today’s world, many people make use of WordPress for hosting a successful and useful site. However, depending on WordPress is just the beginning. You need to build a site that will actually work for readers or you will not keep those readers for very long. One of the mistakes that many people make is creating a site that has low or poor performance. This happens simply because they are making wrong choices when they build their site. Have you noticed that your own WordPress site seems to be slow to load, frustrating, and just plain hard to use? If so, then you need to go through a few steps to improve the performance of it.

Limit the Plugins

It may be your first reaction to choose a wide variety of plugins to a site simply because they can be useful, eye catching, and fun. However, as with anything else, too much of a good thing can be bad. When you use too many plugins, then you can actually slow your site down to the point that it can be slow loading and difficult to load. In order to improve the performance of your WordPress site, be sure that you are limiting your plugins on each of the pages. Some of the plugin options that can be major culprits in a slow site would include the following:

  • Heavy JavaScript features
  • Requiring HTML to resize images instead of resizing them by hand
  • Placing JavaScript in the site header

Choose the Right Theme

One of the best ways to build a WordPress site that is high performing, fast loading, and easy to use is to choose from Premium WordPress templates that are designed to be streamlined. These themes are designed specifically for both performance and attractiveness of the site. Choose a theme that will help you limit the chances for performance busting features from the very beginning.

Use Google

Google offers a content delivery network that can work with the JQuery library. This means that if users find your site through Google, their computer will most likely already have that JQuery information on their computer. This leads to a faster loading site. If you want your site to be high performance, then choose to use JQuery that comes from the Google content library.

WordPress is a very handy tool for website creation when you use it wisely. By taking the right steps and avoiding the right things, then you will be able to build a site that is higher in performance.

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  • How To: Prevent Images from Being to Large

    Have you ever had an image show up on your website which is to large, causing problems for your WordPress theme?   This is especially common for WordPress blogs that have multiple authors, where some authors may not know how big they can make the images.

    Fixing this is incredibly easy with this CSS hack!    All you need to do is take the following code and place it in your stylesheet, setting a maximum width for your images:

    .postarea img {
    max-width: 500px;
    height: auto;
    }

    In the above code snippet, you’ll want to replace postarea with whatever div ID or CLASS your theme uses for the content.   You can also adjust the 500px to the maximum width you’d like for your images to be.

    Note: This hack may not work on some versions of Internet Explorer.

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  • 150+ Free & Premium WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    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

    Blues Theme

    blues-theme

    Source

    Shades of Blue Theme

    shades-of-blue-theme

    Download | Demo

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

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

    Evolution Theme

    Source | Download

    GlossyBlue Theme

    GlossyBlue Theme

    Source

    Color Paper Theme

    Source | Demo

    StudioPress Theme

    StudioPress Theme

    Source | Demo

    Mag on Wood Theme

    Source | Download

    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

    Firebug Theme

    Source | Download

    Xplosive Theme

    Xplosive Theme

    Source | Download

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Source | Download

    Blue Block Theme

    Source | Download

    Dark Zen 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

    Rhea Theme

    Rhea Theme

    Source | Download

    Aspire Theme

    Source | Demo

    Velocity Theme

    Velocity Theme

    Source | Download

    Techicon Theme

    Techicon Theme

    Source | Download

    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

    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

    Structure Theme

    Structure Theme

    Source | Download

    Visionary Theme

    Visionary Theme

    Source

    Mimbo Theme

    mimbo3

    Source | Download

    Morning After Theme

    Morning After Theme

    Source | Download

    Arthemia Free Theme (Premium Version Also Available)

    Download | Demo | Premium Version of Arthemia

    Newsweek Theme

    Source | Download

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

    Source

    Transparency Theme

    transparency-theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Slick Press Theme

    slick-press-theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Cellar Heat Theme

    Source | 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

    NewsTube Theme

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

    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 Membership

    Outreach 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

    “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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  • What Can I Do To Help WordPress?

    I think there are a number of things we bloggers all have in common, and for the readers of this website, I hope that a love for WordPress is probably the biggest one. Have you ever wondered what you can do to help WordPress grow?

    Here are a few ideas of things that just about anyone can do to help:

    1. WordPress Plugin – This one requires you to be pretty fluent with PHP.   If you know coding well, though, this is probably the best thing you can do to improve WordPress.
    2. WordPress Theme – Releasing a theme for the WordPress community to use is another great thing most people can do for WordPress.   If you look around, many of the more popular themes are fairly simplistic and don’t require an advanced design or a lot of features to be popular.
    3. WordPress Blog – Building a WordPress niche blog seems to be the popular thing to do these days.   It is a lot of hard work, but if your passion runs deep the interaction with the WordPress community can be very rewarding.
    4. WordPress Forums – Lorelle recently wrote a great post over at Blog Herald about helping out at the WordPress forums and how rewarding this can be.   If you don’t want to do any of the three above, give this one a shot.   I can quickly become addictive!

    Anything else you would add to the list?

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  • Premium Themes: The Elegant WordPress Theme Club

    The concept of a theme club has been around for at least a year now, but over the past six months theme clubs seem to of really found a home and a following from WordPress users.   The setup of the theme club, however, seem to differ at each place you go.

    One of my favorite theme club business models that I’ve seen so far is the one setup over at Elegant WordPress Themes.   Nick Roach has created a great club with a number of nice themes.

    Each theme is guaranteed to have the following features:

    • Widget Ready
    • Valid XHTML and CSS Code
    • Compatible with current WordPress version
    • Cross Browser Compatibility

    Elegant WordPress Themes is a great option for someone with a small budget or a large number of blogs.  You can get premium quality themes for all your blogs, but have them all look different, for one low price.

    To get an idea of what types of themes they offer, you’ll first want to check out the Elegant WordPress Themes Gallery page.  This page is growing regularly, as the author has committed to adding 1-2 new themes EVERY week!

    Here are a couple screen shots of my favorite EWT themes:

    GrungeMag Theme

    Influx Theme

    Studio Blue Theme

    The best part about Elegant WordPress Themes is the price!   For only $19.95, you get access to every theme Nick has released for an entire year.  Click here to join the Elegant WordPress Themes club.

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  • Tip: Use Caution When Shopping for a WordPress Theme

    Why is author reputation so important?   In addition to things like quality, theme support, etc., you’ve also got to worry about potential problems such as unknown links (these are usually hidden and could get your blog banned from search engines if discovered) and things like malicious code being run via your WordPress theme.

    Recently Viper007Bond wrote about a theme that was discovered with hidden links (not the same thing as sponsored links):

    What I found inside the theme’s footer.php file though was tons of malicious code. The entire contents of the file was heavily encoded (it was encoded with gzinflate(), str_rot13(), and base64_decode() around 150 times) and a ton of eval()’s. Since I was curious what it was doing, I wrote some PHP to decode it without using the nasty (and unsafe) eval()’s and I finally ended up with the HTML for the footer file (I assume to stop people from removing the code) and some more crazy eval() PHP code to display links to websites.

    Luckily the code was just there to insert links (although using such a theme is a good way to get banned from Google), the PHP could just as easily have stolen passwords and other things. Remember, themes are exactly like plugins — they can execute code. You wouldn’t download a random program off and Internet and run it on your PC, so why would you do it with a plugin or theme?

    So please, only download themes and plugins from reputable sites such as WordPress.org. If in doubt, don’t use it.

    The author cites QualityWordPress.com as the source of this theme, so I would recommend avoiding this site if you are looking for a new theme.

    Conclusion

    There is a good chance that no matter which theme you end up going with (free, premium, or custom) you are going to be fine, but author reputation is just one more thing that should factor into your decision. Find a theme made by an author you can trust.  I’ve seen many situations over the past couple years where people unknowingly get banned from Google or run into other problems because they made a bad choice when picking their theme.

    Do you factor an authors reputation (word of mouth) and theme support into your decision before downloading/buying a WordPress theme?   I know I do and I also try to keep that in mind whenever I support a theme by adding it to our WordPress theme galleries.

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  • Premium WordPress Themes: Where Are The Print Stylesheets?

    Although the premium WordPress theme market has only been around for a little over 6 months now, there have already been several trends that have shown up. Each time a new premium theme author steps forward, they innovate and push the other authors to keep up and continue to improve their existing themes. This is why many of the top authors are regularly updating their existing themes to keep up with the competition.

    In the end, the consumers are the ones that win, because they are getting better themes and a larger variety of themes to choose from when they go to make a purchase. So, what is the next trend we can expect with premium WordPress themes?

    One thing I would like to see, though it is actually very basic, is that each theme including a print stylesheet. This of course is a separate stylesheet that is used when someone goes to print a website page. For example, one of the sites I run publishes a lot of recipes (1-2 per day). I needed a good print stylesheet so our readers can print our pages and have them display the recipe correctly on the page.

    I’ll admit I’ve seen a couple premium themes that offer this, but a majority still do not. I personally believe the more you can do to make your theme appeal to more people, the more success a premium theme author will find. I believe a paying customer should expect things like multiple stylesheets available, multiple page and post layouts, an options panel. The more flexible it is, the better.

    Hopefully we’ll start to see more and more of the print stylesheet showing up in the coming months. In the meantime, what trends would you like to see with the next generation premium WordPress themes?

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  • Blog Premium WordPress Theme Gallery

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    Updated: January 23, 2015

    Friday we took a look at a large variety of news and magazine premium WordPress themes, and yesterday we took a look at small business premium WordPress themes. Today I wanted to cover my favorite type of premium WordPress theme, this time focusing specifically on the premium blog WordPress themes.

    When the premium WordPress market was originally formed, pretty much every theme was focused specifically on behaving like a content management system. There were some great themes released, but it always surprised me that there didn’t seem to be any real premium blog themes for sale. Fortunately in the six months since then a few nice premium blog themes have been released and they really do a great job of taking your blog to the next level.

    I expect this area of the premium WordPress themes market to continue to grow, so this post will probably receive a lot of updates over the coming months. Enjoy!

    Flexx Theme

    • Over 1,000 Possible Layout Combinations!
    • Completely widget based
    • Ability to Rotating header images
    • Multiple Color Styles to choose from
    • Includes Contact Form Page Template
    • A Built-In Menu Builder
    • Search Engine Optimized

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Ultimate Blogging Theme

    • 3 color schemes (Spit fire red, Quirky pink and Earth green)
    • 6 months of FREE updates
    • 17 minute video tutorials for theme installation
    • 20 minute video tutorials for on-page SEO & Conversion tips and tricks

    Single License ($67.00), Unlimited License ($97.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Urban Elements Theme

    urban-elements

    • Theme options page for customization and management options for: Site Header Customization, In line Advertisement Management, Sidebar Advertisement Management, Social Link Configuration, Google Analytics Configuration and finally Post Thumbnail options
    • Drop down navigation menu
    • Integrated advertisement placements
    • Framed post thumbnails
    • Social links
    • Full documentation

    Unlimited License: $75.00

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Citrus Theme

    • 6 Colors to Choose From – Pink, Light Orange, Green, Red, Blue, and Dark Orange.
    • Advertising Management including 125×125 Ad Blocks.
    • Two unique layouts – a “landing-style” news page and a two-column “blog-style” interior page.
    • Change your theme’s color, layout, featured posts, and advertising – all without touching a single line of code.
    • Clean, lightweight code means fast loading times.
    • Extensive support resources available.
    • Search engine optimized, out of the box.

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($99.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Omni Social Networking Theme

    • Theme designed specifically for social networking bloggers.

    Single-Use ($79.99), Developer’s ($199.99)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Thesis Theme

    Personal License ($87.00), Developer’s License ($164.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    For a complete list of premium WordPress themes available, check out our premium WordPress themes gallery!

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  • Best Free WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    It has been awhile since I’ve created one of our popular WordPress theme galleries, so I decided it was time to build a new one. In the past I’ve always taken the approach of trying to remove any personal bias and just display the WordPress themes and demo/download information in a manageable way so that the reader can choose their favorite themes that they’d like to use.

    This time I decided to comb the internet looking for my personal favorite free WordPress themes and display them below in a convenient format.  Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that there aren’t many free themes available these days, so I’ve decided to throw in my favorite premium WordPress themes at the bottom of this post as an alternative for those serious about blogging!

    This theme gallery is broken down into the following categories (click the link to be taken to the section you are looking for):

    This post is updated regularly, so if you find you are often in the market for a free WordPress theme, bookmark this post and check back regularly!

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    Best 2-Column Free WordPress Themes

    Vintage Theme

    vintage-theme

    Source

    Blues Theme

    blues-theme

    Source

    Shades of Blue Theme

    shades-of-blue-theme

    Download | Demo

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

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

    Evolution Theme

    Source | Download | Demos: Blue, Green, Red

    GlossyBlue Theme

    GlossyBlue Theme

    Source

    Color Paper Theme

    SourceDemo

    StudioPress Theme

    StudioPress Theme

    Source | Demo

    Blak Magik Theme

    Source

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  • How To: Optimize Your Theme for WordPress Plugins

    A couple of months ago I talked about some ways to adjust your WordPress plugin code to avoid having plugins break your blog. That post was designed to show people how to easily adjust the PHP setup for the calls for their plugins to not fail if the plugin is deactivated. I also think more theme authors should use that method to make their themes compatible with a variety of plugins out-of-the-box.

    Along those same lines, there are some simple checks you can do to make sure that your theme has the best chance to be compatible with a plugin. The WordPress Expert recently posted some simple checks to verify that your WordPress theme is plugin-friendly. John recommends you verify your theme uses the following:

    <?php wp_head(); ?>
    <?php wp_meta(); ?>
    <?php do_action('comment_form', $post->ID); ?>
    <?php wp_footer(); ?>

    If your theme isn’t, some plugins may not operate properly. Great post John!

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