I will be hosting a workshop with Refresh Events on advance WordPress theme coding. The event will take place in Toronto, March 25th 2010 at Rich Media Institute, 156 Augusta Ave. This workshop is for designers with CSS skills who want to learn how to convert a HTML template into a WordPress theme (no PHP skills required). You will learn how to advance themes using conditional tags, page templates, custom fields, and more. Details and registration.
Today I would like to talk about blogs that have a unique design for each post. They break the traditional blog layout by designing a different theme for each post based on the topic. Designing a different layout for each topic requires a lot of time and creativity. So, we should appreciate these blogazines who spend their extra time to make your reading more pleasurable. If you would like to join this unique post trend, below are some excellent examples and WordPress tips on how to implement it.
I'm back into the WordPress theme design. Check out my latest release — the Notepad theme. Inspired by the iPhone’s Notes app, Notepad is a modern theme with a subtle touch of the sketchy and texturized background. The theme is widget compatible with threaded & paged comments, social media buttons, and multi-level dropdown menus. It has been tested on WordPress 2.9 with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE7+. Users with CSS3 compatible browser will see the nice visual enhancement such as drop shadow and rounded corners. Check out the demo site and share your comments.
The CSS3 trend is getting more and more popular. In fact CSS3 new features open a lot of new possibilities. Check out my previous post on "CSS3 Animation Demos" to see the things that you can do with it. However, don't get too excited so soon because it is not fully supported by all browsers yet. But this doesn't mean you shouldn't use it at all. So, when should you use CSS3 new features? Well, continue on this post to see some excellent examples.
In case you've missed it, I recently released a free vector set of Social Media Icons at IconDock. It includes 50 icons of the most popular social media networks. The icons are available at 32px and 16px in EPS, PNG, and GIF format. Feel free to use it in your blogs or client's projects. If you like it, don't forget to spread the love by blogging or tweeting about it.
Guest Post by Chuck Longanecker
In January of each year, we flip over the hourglass and, once again, we have everything in front of us. The new year gives us a clean slate, a chance for change and encouragement to evolve the way we do things. In the past, we've yielded to client and user requests to pack our website designs full of unrelated features and countless pages of duplicate information. The change we have been waiting for has come - our users have matured. 2010 is the year of Design Simplicity.