This year, we’ve focused heavily on improving people’s experience using themes on WordPress.com. We’ve dug into defining the most common and tricky issues for people using themes through research, user testing, and iteration. We still have a long way to go toward substantially improving people’s WordPress theme experience. To that end, we’re introducing a new … Continue reading “A Set of Theme User Experience Requirements”
Alister Cameron has written a simple function you can add to any WordPress theme that lets you intelligently and automatically force browsers to use your updated WordPress stylesheet.
Are WordPress Themes open source? Is it right to release them on a pay-to-download basis?
… what these premium theme providers are doing … we would call that “Evil”Chase Sagum
… themes link and use lots of internal WordPress functions, which make them linked under the GPL and subject to being a GPL-compatible license. If a theme (or a plugin) used no internal WP functions or APIs, then it could probably be considered independent, but that would be really really hard for a theme. Matt Mullenweg
I haven’t really talked about it a lot but I’ve been trying to do pay-for-use themes differently. Namely, giving away what might normally be considered a “Premium” theme—my WordPress theme framework Thematic—and charging for upgrades in the form of Child Themes and custom design. I think it’s a little more fair to the WordPress community and the debatable concerns around the ethics of paid WordPress themes.
But there’s still more questions. There’s always questions, isn’t there? Continue reading “The Ethics of WordPress Themes at a Premium”
Are premium themes open source? Should they even exist? Read When Premium WordPress themes and open source ethics collide for a good, controversial take on the subject.
I’m pleased to announce that Leland at ThemeLab has released a cool minimalist Thematic Child Theme called, Monochromatic. If you’re looking for something that’ll let your content shine through, Monochromatic might just be the theme for you.
If you think the idea of customizing a WordPress theme sounds painful you need to read this detailed, easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make a WordPress Child Theme.
Jeff Chandler gets at something I’ve been considering: WordPress themes that let users change the layout configuration from the admin might be a dead end. How many times do you need to change your layout? It’s neat feature—at first—but I think there might be a better way.
A question from a reader has prompted this post. What makes a WordPress Theme Framework? I say, any WordPress theme can be a theme framework.
I’m researching Thematic and would really like some clarification on child themes. You say several places to use a child theme but I couldn’t find a list — is Junction the only one? I’m very interested in your comment that “if you’re starting with a Child Theme any WordPress theme becomes a blank framework”. But how? Could you explain a bit? Maybe a step-by-step explanation? Do you install Thematic, then the child theme, then how does “any WordPress theme” come into play? Valerie
So is it true? Yep. I’ll tell you how, why and what it means. Continue reading “Any WordPress Theme Can Be a Blank Framework”