Themify has come a long way since its launch 3 years ago, and I thought it was finally time to redesign the Themify website. The goal of Themify is to make it easy for anyone to build a beautiful, responsive website using WordPress and Themify themes. This means that we need to stay ahead of web design trends, and I thought that the redesign should reflect our desire to incorporate the latest and greatest practices found in the design world right into our website. This post will take you behind the scenes around our planning and decision making process, as well as some of the work that didn't make the final cut for the Themify website.
WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous content management systems in the world. Even better, it's open source! However, as an open source piece of software, it can be vulnerable to malicious individuals digging through code and finding vulnerabilities in the code, which they attempt to exploit. As such, WordPress sites have been prone to security breaches and being hacked, and having your WordPress site hacked can be damaging to your reputation and your business. At Themify, we often hear about WordPress security issues from members, thus it inspired us to share this article.
Although WordPress has made it very easy to create a custom WordPress theme, but it still takes time to learn and build it. So I've created a Base theme based on the free Basic theme from Themify. I've stripped out the framework and the extra functions that you might not need. It includes only the basic styling, responsive design, custom menus, and widgetized sidebar. This Base theme is intended to let you build your custom themes using it as a foundation. The main goal is to save your time and simplify the work flow. It is great for non-coders and quick client works.
You may probably notice that I haven't been updating Web Designer Wall for a while. I've been working very hard on a new project called Themify, a premium WordPress theme shop. It is a collaboration with Darcy Clarke, who is an amazing developer. Each theme is packed a framework and bunch of custom widgets. With the framework, you can apply theme settings, style everything, apply skins, and import/export the setting data. Let me know what your thoughts. Also, don't forget to follow us on Twitter @themify.
Check out my latest new WordPress theme called Koi (view demo). The design is based on my current theme at N.Design Studio. It has threaded comments, multi-level drop down menus, social media buttons, one sidebar widget and three footer widgets. The theme also includes an option where you can config the menu, favicon, social media buttons, and footer tracking code.
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.