I’ve seen tens, maybe hundreds of different plugins, all with different approaches at creating social profile links in WordPress themes via widgets, menus, shortcodes, and “insert this piece of PHP code in footer.php” and whatnot.
A few days ago I stumbled on what I think is the right way.
Around five months ago, I released Expound – a free magazine theme for WordPress. A few days ago, Expound has passed 100,000 downloads in the WordPress.org themes directory, which I’m super proud of. I have collected some thoughts along the way, which you may find useful.
The magazine-style theme Expound has just been released for WordPress.com users. Some slight changes and updates will be pushed back to the self-hosted version in the coming weeks.
Meet Expound — a free magazine theme for WordPress. Freshly baked, straight out of the oven, filled with _s goodness, a responsive layout, wicked support for featured posts and more!
Expound was initially built for WP Magazine, a little blog with a big goal to change the perception of WordPress in Russia. It supports up to five featured posts on the home page, post thumbnails, custom excerpts, threaded comments, a sidebar for your widgets, a related posts section built right in, and an awesome responsive layout to keep your readers reading, wherever they are.
You can get Expound from the WordPress.org repository, and don’t hesitate to give a thumbs up if you like it. Enjoy!
I gave this talk at WordCamp Norway 2013. It covers several tips and tricks that will make you a better theme developer.
You can follow the slides and the notes/transcript below. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ping me here or on Twitter, I’m always happy to help :)
I released a WordPress theme called Publish earlier this month, and today, thanks to the awesome Theme Team of Automattic, Publish has been made available to all WordPress.com users.
Publish is a clean and minimal WordPress theme, perfect for (but not limited to) single-author blogs. While working on shipping Publish to WordPress.com customers, a bunch of improvements have been made to the theme itself, like support for uploading a custom logo (vs using Gravatar), better compatibility with many sidebar widgets and more.
I’m excited to see how Publish does on WordPress.com, and looking forward to launching more themes. You can start a new blog on WordPress.com with Publish or head over to WordPress.org for the downloadable version. Enjoy!
I’m pleased to announce that Publish is now available for download in the WordPress.org themes directory. Publish is a theme I’ve been working on for quite a while, started back last year and then released to GitHub in February this year. When I started contributing to _s, I did a complete revamp of the theme, but kept the main intent – a minimal blogging theme with focus on the content.
Publish is ideal for single-author blogs, but supports multi-author blogs too. To change the “logo” Gravatar, you’ll need to change the main administrator e-mail address via Settings – General. Publish supports navigation menus, has a sidebar for your widgets, implements threaded comments, has support for various post formats and the sticky post. It has also got a responsive layout, with a drop-down menu for mobile devices. Other features, including post thumbnails, are on their way, so hang in there, or submit a patch!
Give it a spin and let me know what you think. Since theme reviews are live on WordPress.org, I’d really appreciate one, whether good or bad. If you would like to contribute to Publish, feel free to open pull requests or issues on GitHub.