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Release of Emire theme

There are a number of gorgeous looking themes available but sometimes what you really want is something that looks smart. Enter todays theme which I’ve entitled Emire. Emire is a theme which is just as comfortable in a commercial setting as it is on a personal site. Calm and aesthetically pleasing, Emire exudes an air of professionalism. Feel free to take a look at it on the demo site.

Emire

Design thoughts

Feeding off some of the comments on yesterday’s theme, this theme is a much more detailed affair whilst never stepping into garish territory. In particular, I like how, on the front page, the latest entry is highlighted and showcased.

As an aside, the Arsenal vs Real Madrid gameWhat a great performance by Arsenal. Hopefully, the second leg will be just as riveting meant that this theme was released a little later than I’d hoped. Trying to code whilst live Champions League football is playing in the background is probably not the ideal working environment:)

Let’s see if I can release the next theme in the “a theme a day” feature a little bit earlier tomorrow.

A theme a day

One of the things that I like best about WordPress is the fantastic theme system which make developing and deploying site designs a doddle. I’m going to take advantage of that ease of use by embarking on an experiment I’m going to call ‘a theme a day’ week. Every day this week, I’m going to design and give away a WP theme ready for you to use on your blog.

Well enough talk, let’s roll.

Day 1

The first offering is this week long project is a nice gentle affair. Simpla is a clean yet aesthetically pleasing theme that will allow you to showcase your words without distractions. Feel free to take a look at it on the demo site. If you fancy giving it a try, proceed to the theme page and download away:)

Simpla Screenshot

If you want to comment on this theme, head on over to this post. If you want to leave general comments about ‘a theme a day’ week, head over here:)

Enjoy!

Day 2

There are a number of gorgeous looking themes available but sometimes what you really want is something that looks smart. Enter todays theme which I’ve entitled Emire. Emire is a theme which is just as comfortable in a commercial setting as it is on a personal site. Calm and aesthetically pleasing, Emire exudes an air of professionalism. Feel free to take a look at it on the demo site.

Emire

If you want to comment on this theme or read more information on the work behind today’s release, head on over to this post.

Day 3

I’ll confess to having a soft spot for single column designs; I like the clarity of purpose they provide and how no-nonsense they are; when you go to a blog with a single column design, your first point of attention are the posts. One of the first WP themes that I worked on was single column and it’s good to be able to develop another one. Give a warm welcome to Ambiru.

Ambiru

For me, Ambiru gives off an air of calm tranquility. The lovely header imageWhich I had a bit of help with. With the tight time constraints, I decided to ask my brother Mike if he’d could spare a bit of his time to help me develop a header image whilst I worked on the rest of the design. Much appreciated especially with the tight time constraints which he had to play with. brings a nice piece of balance to the design.

If you want to comment on this theme or read more information on the work behind today’s release, head on over to this post or take a look at the demo site.

Day 4

And it’s another day in ‘a theme a day’ week which means, of course, another theme. Today’s selection is Treba. Once again, it’s all about the words and Treba’s clean design let’s you concentrate on the content; after all content is king.

Treba

Take a look at the demo site and see what you think or head on over to the blog post to find out more and post a comment.

Day 5

The week draws to the end and the weekend beckons allowing us to temporarily forget about the stress and tribulations of work and concentrate on R&R. With the cold weather outside, one way to relax is to curl up in bed or by a fire and immerse yourself into a good book.

jentri_screenshot.png

Today’s offering for ‘a theme a day’ week, entitled Jentri, is reminiscent of such; for me, it gives off an air of comforting sophistication and provides the ideal canvas for words; the perfect setting for thoughts and insights to reside.

Take a look at the demo site and if you find that it’s the one for you, head over to the theme page and download it for yourself. You can read more about this theme or leave comments at the related blog entry.

Final Day

After a break in our scheduled programming, it is time to reveal the final theme in the ‘a theme a day’ week feature. Today’s theme is Bosa, a theme that is big and bold but which also carries an air of calm tranquility.

Bosa

Take a look at the demo site and if you find that it’s the one for you, head over to the theme page and download it for yourself. You can read more about this theme or leave comments at the related blog entry.

What’s next?

So the next thoughts on everyone’s mind is what’s next? Well, I’m planning to do a writeup on this week’s feature where I’ll be talking about the design process, lessons learnt and other (hopefully) interesting points.

In preparation for that, I was wondering if I could ask a favour of anyone who has been tuning in; could you answer a couple of questions for me (don’t worry, they’re easy)? Just head on over to this post. Thanks:)

Thank you

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s left a kind comment, words of encouragements or linked to this site. This week long feature is really hard workThe smart thing to have done was to spent some time planning and doing some preparatory work before embarking on this crazy venture. Perhaps waiting till I had a free week would have been more sensible. But what is life without a bit of spontaneity and carefree rashness?, and though it’s one that I quite happily enjoy doing, but knowing that the work is appreciated makes things so much easier.

Additional information

Experiment?

This is an experiment because I have a day job. This means that I have a limited amount of time each day to design, developLimited time means no AJAX, fancy scripting or admin panel customisations. What you will get though is a robust, well crafted theme for your blog., testYep, I’ll try to test across all the major browsers in play. and release a brand spanking new theme. How limited? Well, realistically, I have about an hour in the morning before I go to work and about 3 hoursMaybe more, maybe less. I generally get home by about 7pm. Since I’m not going to be working on this at work, that doesn’t give me a lot of time to play with. to get something ready for release.

So, it’ll be interesting to see what I can do under constraints.

Why are you doing this?

Partly because I like to give back to the WP community. Partly because I’ve been a bit lax with ‘real’ posts recently. Partly because going public gives me a big incentive to get off my backside and not procrastinate. But mainly because I like doing this and I like a challenge:)

Some final notes

Anyone reading this blog via their RSS feeds should check back on this page as I’ll be updating this page daily. Also, could you leave comments pertaining to a specific theme on their respective blog entries. Thanks!

Oh and if you’re a Digg user, feel free to digg this feature:)

Simpla theme released

Simpla Screenshot

The first offering in this “a theme a day” week is a nice, gentle affair. Simpla is a clean yet aesthetically pleasing theme that will allow you to showcase your words without distractions. Feel free to take a look at it on the demo site. If you fancy giving it a try, proceed to the theme page and download away:)

I’ve kept it pretty simple but I couldn’t resist using the excellent FamFam mini icons by Mark James:)

Simpla Theme

In action

Simpla is an clean, minimalist theme developed for WordPress. The blog entry for this theme can be found here.

Simpla

Legal Stuff

This theme is licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Download and Installation

You can download the theme here. After you download the theme, you’ll need to extract it to your <WP_INSTALL>/wp-content/themes/ directory. Then log into WP and activate the theme from within your presentation panel.

Cost

This theme costs exactly £0.00 including tax :-) There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything at all. If you like it enough to use, then feel free to send a link back this way or even an email. If you really like it, then of course my Amazon Wishlist is always open for friendly donations:-)

Credits

A couple of the fantastic FamFam mini icons were used. Thanks Mark for creating and sharing some brilliant pieces of icon mastery.

Changelog

Version Date Description Files changed
1.0 20/02/2006 Initial release n/a
1.01 28/02/2006 Sidebar fix style.css

Emire Theme

Emire Logo

In action

Emire is an smart, professional theme developed for WordPress. Feel free to take a look at it on the demo site or read the associated blog entry.

Emire

Legal Stuff

This theme is licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Download and Installation

You can download the theme here. After you download the theme, you’ll need to extract it to your <WP_INSTALL>/wp-content/themes/ directory. Then log into WP and activate the theme from within your presentation panel.

Cost

This theme costs exactly £0.00 including tax :-) There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything at all. If you like it enough to use, then feel free to send a link back this way or even an email. If you really like it, then of course my Amazon Wishlist is always open for friendly donations:-)

Changelog

Version Date Description Files changed
1.0 21/02/2006 Initial release n/a

Treba theme

In action

Treba is an clean, smart theme developed for WordPress. Take a look at the demo site and see what you think or head on over to the blog post to find out more and post a comment.

Treba

Legal Stuff

This theme is licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Download and Installation

You can download Treba here. After you download the theme, you’ll need to extract it to your <WP_INSTALL>/wp-content/themes/ directory. Then log into WP and activate the theme from within your presentation panel.

Cost

This theme costs exactly £0.00 including tax :-) There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything at all. If you like it enough to use, then feel free to send a link back this way or even an email. If you really like it, then of course my Amazon Wishlist is always open for friendly donations:-)

Changelog

Version Date Description Files changed
1.0 23/02/2006 Initial release n/a
1.01 27/02/2006 Increased font size as a result of popular demand style.css

Bloxpress AJAX WP theme

BloxPress is a modular AJAX wordpress theme being developed by Kjell Bublitz. Make sure you check out the techdemo!

I also quite like the theme used on their blog;-)

msthemecompatible and FF scroll bars

Adding

<meta http-equiv="msthemecompatible" content="no" />

will disable theming support within Web pages which will mean that scroll bars will look “different” in Firefox (Windows XP).

TXP port of WP themes

A very big thank you to the seemingly indefatigable Stuart Butcher who has ported a number of my WP themes to TXP (Flex, Gentle Calm, Gespaa).

Gespaa Single TXP theme

Stuart Butcher, TXP theme expert, has ported Gespaa Single to Textpattern. Thanks!