WordPress Themes

Export feature comes to wordpress.com, making it truly the best place for new bloggers to get their feet wet

Posted on June 12, 2006. Filed under: blogging, WordPress Themes, WordPress.com |

WordPress.com finally offers the ability for users to export their blog entries to an xml formatted document. This gives wordpress.com users the flexability of moving their blog to, say, their own webserver where they have the full version of WordPress installed.

I had previously posted about how great it is that WordPress.com has an import feature, but where was the export feature — well now we have it.

While WordPress.com is truly an amazing blogging environment/platform/community, and certainly the best way for new users to start blogging, some may outgrow it, finding they want the full functionality offered by installed wordpress on their own server. The main differences between wordpress.com and running wordpress 2.0.2 on your own server include your choice of plugins, themes (there are over 875 free wordpress themes available for download or you can create your own), the ability to serve up google adsense ads and utilize javascript within your blog, etc.

For those who want to get a glimpse at what using wordpress is like, but are too intimidated to deal with installing it themselves, etc, wordpress.com just may be the perfect solution. Without question they will grow to love it. The only question is whether it will spark the desire to take the plunge and go with WordPress 2.0.2 — and now, if they want to do that, they can easily bring their blog with them by using the new export feature!

Thanks wordpress! Been waiting for this one!

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WordPress 2.0 specific themes starting to show up

Posted on January 5, 2006. Filed under: 3 columns, WordPress 2.0, WordPress Themes |

I’ve come across my first theme that is specific to WordPress 2.0. It’s called WP-Andreas09, and is
“a WordPress port of an open source template by Andreas Viklund called andreas09. WP-Andreas09 is a full width, 3 column theme with a fluid central column and it comes in 6 different colours that can be changed from within your WordPress options panel.”
wp-andreas09.jpgHere’s a thumbnail from a sight called Souldoodles (cool name!) which currently is utilizing the theme  Sorry I wan’t able to get a better picture within the actual post – but if you click on the thumbnail you should be able to see the full screenshot.  And of course, you can always visit Souldoodles to see a live demo for yourself 🙂
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WordPress.com sporting some new theme options

Posted on January 5, 2006. Filed under: blogging, WordPress Themes, WordPress.com |

As you can see, I’ve changed the presentation of my blog to take advantage of one of the new themes that’s been added to the (hopefully continually growing) list of themes one can use here at WordPress.com.  The theme is called Regulus, by Binary Moon, and one of the coolest things about it is the degree of customizability that it offers.

At present, when you select the Regulus theme for your WordPress.com blog’s presentation, you can customize it by clicking on Presentation in your dashboard, and then clicking the tab for Current Theme Options.

You can choose from 8 different Header Images (wouldn’t it be cool if we could upload our own??)

There are 5 color schemes to select from.

Then you have sidebar options, wherein you can choose to include (or not) the following blog items:

  • Show Calendar
  • Show Meta Content (login, Site Admin, etc)
  • Display Admin options (only for admin user when logged in) – btw, I think this option is pretty cool
  • Show recent posts
  • Show all archive months
  • Use Link Categories in blog roll

You can also provide some personal information about yourself which will then be used to automatically create an about page for you.

Now, if only every theme gave us such flexibility!  (I’m never satisfied).  I’d also like to see the ability to customize the font and text colors (so many of the available themes have color schemes wherein the hyperlinks don’t stand out very much), the ability to not only select what’s in the sidebar but also the ORDER in which those items display, I could go on and on.

In the meantime, let’s just stick with the gushing excitement over the theme options that WordPress.com coupled with Regulus provides, and look forward to hopefully more themes that are as customizable in the future so that our WordPress.com blogs can reflect our own personal styles a tad more 🙂

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