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Our goal is to help WordPress webmasters build and maintain better websites. We offer a range of free themes and plugins and blog regularly, offering loads of tips and how-to’s for WordPress webmasters.

Surfarama

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Surfarama is a simple, bold and colorful theme suited to blogs and online magazines who like to feature great imagery. See Surfarama.com for a demo, or watch this short video…

It is fairly customizable right out of the box with the ability to do the following with no coding necessary:

  • Upload your own logo
  • Add social media profiles
  • Set the primary, secondary, background and link colors
  • Choose whether to display category tabs and borders around posts on the home page and archive pages
  • Color code each category

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Attorney Theme

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We designed this theme with law firms and attorneys in mind, but it would be great for anyone who wants a simple, elegant and responsive theme for a business site or even a personal blog if you like this style. Check out the demo video…

The theme features a couple of alternative home page layouts, one for static content and another with a slider for the latest posts. The blog also makes use of featured images and we’ve applied styles to all the usual on page elements including image galleries and video embeds.

Via the customization menu you can easily upload you own logo, set the theme colors, slider behaviour and select which social media channels you link to.

If you are a new webmaster you might like to check out our new tutorial, How to Create a Website, and our hosting reviews for popular hosts like Siteground and Bluehost.

The Bizness

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Out of the box The Bizness is a cool and flexible theme with handy customization options:

  • Upload your own logo
  • Change the theme colors to match your brand
  • Add social media icons for your preferred networks
  • Add a background image
  • The theme also comes with an alternative home page template which features a classy and configurable image slider, making the theme great for small businesses who don’t want the home page to be a blog. Create a static page, apply the Alt_Homepage template and set this as the home page.

Blogzine

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Say hello to our newest theme, Blogzine! It is the little brother of the popular Magazino theme, featuring many of the same stylings and customization options but reflecting a more traditional blog layout.

You can easily upload your own logo or background image, choose any primary theme color and it has a really flexible home page slider. With the slider you can feature the latest posts (default) or control which posts to feature using the sticky posts feature of WordPress. Overall a really nice, clean and flexible theme.

Magazino Theme

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We’re really excited about our latest theme, Magazino. It is a pretty straight forward theme suited to magazine style blogs with a real focus on the imagery on the home page and archive pages. NB: For images to show up on the home page you must set the featured images for each post.

Magazino supports all the usual WordPress features like custom menus and widgets, and we’ve added some features which are often requested, like the ability to upload your own logo in place of the default text based title AND the ability to choose any color scheme you like. Literally you can use the color picker to change the main theme color to anything.

Theme Features:

  • Automatic image resizing and positioning for the slider and grid thumbnails. For each post the theme will first look for a featured image and use that for the slider and grid thumbanils, if there is no featured image it will look for the first image in the post content itself. Which ever image it uses it will automatically resize and position it as best it can for the slider and the grid. These two views have quite different proportions so we recommend you do not crop your featured images for the slider specifically because they will not look great in the grid view. Best just to upload a good sized version of an uncropped image in “regular” photo dimensions. It is impossible to do this perfectly for every image, but this will give the best results.
  • The best way to control what is featured on the home page is to check the sticky post box for those posts you want in the slider.
  • You can control various elements of the theme using the Customize options. Here you can do the following:
    • Choose the primary theme color using the handy color picker.
    • Upload your own logo to replace the standard text title
    • Enter the URL for each of your social profiles. These will appear as icons in the header.
    • Control the behaviour of the home page slider. You can set it to auto-advance, the delay on auto-advance as well as the slide effect (horizontal by default, vertical, tile slides or even a blind effect)
    • To find the customize options login to your site and visit the home page. In the WP Admin menu bar at the top of the page hover over your site name and you’ll see a drop down including “Customize”, choose this option.
    • The default theme language is English. You can also download the lang file in German (thanks to Björn).

If you are new to WordPress you should read our guide to creating your own website.

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Infoist Theme

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Infoist is another nice and simple blog theme. It features muted colors and nice typography, the idea being to place all the emphasis on the content. Expecting that folks will use it for personal blogs we’ve added social media buttons which are easily set up through a theme options page in the admin.

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Noteworthy

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Check out our latest theme, Noteworthy. It’s a magazine style theme with a heavy focus on the featured images, and is heavily inspired by the design of USAToday.com, infact you could call it an homage.

It supports all the usual WP features like custom menus and widgets, and also has a nice reveal/hide search box and some handy social links top of the sidebar. Couple of other things to note about this theme:

  • You must define featured images for your posts if you want an image to display on the home page or archive pages.
  • By default the home page featured article and the list of featured articles just displays the most recent posts, but the theme is coded so that you can define what exactly appears here using the built in sticky posts feature of WordPress. The latest sticky post will be the main feature with the big image while older sticky posts will be list to the right of this. That won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we did it like this because we wanted to be able to control what was featured at the top of the page. The tiled posts will always just be the latest.

UPDATE 12/02/15 – Just updated the theme with much better handling/resizing of thumbnails. Also, we’ve just published our comprehensive guide on how to create a blog (using WordPress of course).

ePublishing

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Here’s our latest theme. It is kinda retro in its color and font choices., but is otherwise a straight up blog theme with a handy stick post style which you can use to feature any post at the top of the home page.

Do you like the retro styling? I do, and I’m inclined to do more, but will only do that if the response is good. Cheers.

Citizen Journal

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Citizen Journal is a clean and colorful blogging theme ideally suited for personal or local blogs. Built on a responsive framework it will respond to browser resolutions, supports all the usual WP features like custom menus and widgets. It also has a handy sticky post template and a full width static page template making it pretty versatile.

If you need help creating your own blog check out our new tutorial. If you are just setting up your site and are looking for a good WordPress host we have you covered there too.

UPDATE: Lukas Vana (fabian) kindly made a Czech translation of the theme which you can download here.

Newsworthy Theme

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Newsworthy is a colorful and light blog style theme, perfect for a personal blog or local news site. It supports all the usual features including widgets and custom menus, and has a handy full width template for static page content. Download at the link above from the WordPress.org theme directory.

UPDATE: As of May 2nd, Newsworthy is also available for WordPress.com users here. We’re also recommending what we think is the best WordPress hosting.

PinBlue Theme

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A variation on the popular PinBlack theme, this one in blue!

Like PinBlack this is totally inspired by Pinterest, and features home and archive pages laid out in that familiar pinterest style. To ensure each post has a thumbnail for the home page just make sure you upload a featured image for each post.

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