When Facebook burst onto the national scene and stopped being the exclusive domain of college undergraduates, its biggest selling point (and the attribute that helped propel its phenomenal success) was a clean, straightforward design.
A far cry from the cluttered, disorganized social profiles of the earliest years of the 21st Century, Facebook’s first priority was simplicity and readability. Now, thanks to some fanboy designers, you can adapt that same aesthetic for your WordPress site.
Check out these Facebook-inspired WordPress themes:
If you like your social networking a little more bite-sized, here are a few Twitter inspired themes:
And, of course, for both of those huge Google+ fans out there:
While the concept of minimalism in Web design is taking a relatively long road to the mainstream, there’s no question that some of history’s greatest minds would have been outspoken advocates. Many, in fact, already were centuries before the Web was born.
Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Albert Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “The supreme excellence is simplicity.”
There are dozens more, but the simple fact is that the minimalist principles of Web design are neither new nor fleeting. These powerful designs can lay the foundation for enormously successful Web properties, so we’ve selected 10 minimalist WordPress themes to provide inspiration.
Perfect for artists that want to showcase their portfolios. Not fond of minimalism? Then Classica is the perfect blank canvas just waiting to be customized.
Another minimalist photography, portfolio, personal website template built with the latest WordPress features.
Comes with extensive and fast support, 12 color skins and unlimited skin variations, 10 custom page templates, 8 different sliders, 30+ Web fonts support and much more.
A fully responsive design that will adapt to various screen sizes.
A simple, subdued design that is still stylistic.
A grid-based, post-format supporting, layout-shuffling, minimalistic theme for creatives. It is both a classic portfolio for showcasing your work and a modern tumblr-style blogging system.
A stylish and modern minimalist theme with a beautiful image gallery slider and an optional blog view. With support for post formats, audio and video playback, ideal for showcasing photography portfolios or podcasting but also great for everyday blogging.
A sharp, simplistic design that makes for an intuitive user experience. Nova’s biggest strength is its homepage, which allows you to organize your content into two areas.
Despite its minimalist design, Sundance was crafted with clean, elegant typography and close attention to detail. The home page offers a featured video carousel. It supports the video post format, widgets, custom background, custom header, custom menus and a custom link feature for your social media pages.
Loads all of your content seamlessly using ajax, meaning that no matter how many pages you have in the slider, your initial page-load speed will be lightning fast.
Last week we have announced the release of our WordPress 3.x themes. One of the major features they include is the ability for website owners to create and edit custom post types and page templates. This was actually one of trump cards that fortified WordPress’ positions in the CMS comparison chart. WordPress was often criticized for weak content system and the lack of flexibility in general (as we know WordPress is considered to be a blogging platform which is why it was pretty complicated to customize it for classical static business websites). So now this problem is fixed, and our new WordPress themes are perfectly compatible with this new feature and include some predefined custom post types and page templates.
So let’s get back now to these features. First of all, it very important to understand the meaning of the following terms: posts, pages, custom posts types and page templates. Without it it would be hard to comprehend all advantages and even the main point of implementing these new features.
Now we will show you some interesting examples of the custom post types and page templates in our new WordPress 3.x themes. By the way if you want to see them in action – just click the live demo of the WordPress theme and play with its features ad lib. Here are some examples of page templates and custom post types.
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As you may have noticed recently our product line was enriched with WordPress 3.x themes. Despite the fact that it may seem just another piece of boring corporate news we must state the significant importance of this milestone – both for our company and our dear clients. It is not a secret that WordPress themes are an insanely popular product. So, it is not that simple to satisfy the growing needs of our customers with every new update of the WordPress CMS. But we are always open to hear the voice of our people and improve our products and services according to your needs.
WordPress CMS is famous for unique combination of reliable and highly functional back-end software which is spiced up with the ability to add extra features by installing widgets, plugins and other “delicious” stuff. And that’s the reason WordPress CMS is considered to be the most user-friendly software – even the newbies can master WordPress within the short period of time. Now that all ceremonies are over we can go straight to our topic. Below you’ll find the detailed information concerning the functional improvement of our WordPress 3.x themes.
Creating various types of posts is one of the greatest features that opens many great opportunities for WordPress users. Currently you can use the custom post types in our WordPress 3.x themes too. Here is the list of all possible post type options:
This exact option offers you adding page templates that have various design characteristics. These pages have different number of columns, layout, sidebar absence etc. Here is a short info concerning each of our page templates.
The WordPress widgets presence is another functional goodie that is quite popular among WordPress fans. That’s why we’ve decided to include some popular widgets to our themes, such as Recent Comments, Popular Posts, Social Networks and others.
WordPress Shortcodes were introduced in WordPress 2.5. Basically a shortcode is a simple set of functions for creating macro codes that you can use in post content. For example, you can add a photo gallery into the page by adding one of the codes to the blog posts. Our themes support over 50 various short codes including tag clouds, audio/video embedding, popular posts, last comments and so on.
From now on all our WordPress 3.x themes are equipped with a set of superb plugins powered by jQuery. You can enable any of this plugins in the proper section of the dashboard. The following plugins will help you display image content in a more spectacular and efficient manner. Here is a short description for each plugin that you may find at our new WordPress themes.
We are glad to inform you that there are more surprises waiting for you inside of each WordPress 3.x theme. Our themes are armed not only with jQuery plugins but also with some native WordPress plugins that might be extremely useful for any web project.
I’m sure that you’ve heard about Google Web Fonts library. So, this plugin allows you to embed all fonts from this library into your website seamlessly.
From now on all our WordPress 3.x themes will have navigation enhanced with multilevel dropdown menu which is widely used in web design these days. This feature will make your website more user-friendly and navigation-wise.
All our themes are compatible with major web browsers (including IE7) which means that your website will be properly displayed for all your visitors.
As always, all our design products are supplied with PSD files. You can easily improve them by making any changes you want.
Each and every WordPress 3.x theme will be shipped to you with a comprehensive manual where you can find all information about the installation process, theme’s functional features and other stuff that would help you to set up all the things without any problems.
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Now we want to invite you to check out the collection of fresh designs of our new WordPress 3.x themes. Below each theme you’ll find a short list of functional features available for that particular theme. If you still have questions concerning our new product – we would love to receive your feedback in the comments section.
Multi-author blogging is not that much of a big deal these days because WordPress 3.x technically supplied us with this great function. There are many brands and projects that use the system of multiple authors on their WordPress-powered websites including such famous websites as Mashable, Techcrunch and others. So, if you run a blog with a large number of authors from different countries then you know that it is extremely difficult to control all processes without a reliable and powerful software. Everyday you have to read new posts, schedule articles, register new authors and so on. That’s why we want to present you WordPress plugins for multi-authors websites. These plugins will help you deal with publishing, staff management and other important functions. So, let’s begin!
Now you can achieve more control over some important features of your favorite CMS. Writing post and page areas can be easily customized according to your needs. Basically you can set to show the controls you need. Also you can disable trackbacks, autosaves, revisions and even Flash uploader.
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Among its main features are the great role management system which gives full role control over the users’ roles on your website (creating, editing and deleting). Also you can easily control user permissions (by role) to have access to posts content.
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Adminimize plugin gives full control on the administration backend and allows you to assign rights on certain parts of the admin panel. You can create your own set of functions available for each user by activating or deactivating each part of the menu.
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This is a simple plugin that allows users to send messages to each other. Also you can put email notifications for the users when the PM is received.
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Blog Metrics delivers full statistics date about each author’s contribution in to your website. You’ll have detailed information about average number of posts per month, words and comments per post, average number of trackbacks per post and so on.
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This notifier is a perfect tool for multi author blogs moderators and owners. It sends notifying emails to the contributors concerning the status of the blog post. So, you can easily notify all your contributors just by clicking few buttons which will save tons of your time.
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This plugin is a sort of a cheatsheet for absent-minded bloggers that always forget to do something before publishing a post. Pre-Publish Reminder will prompt everything you need to do.
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This is just another great plugin for blogs with multi-author system. Now you can manage your posts by using special WordPress calendar plugin which allows change dates of publishing, manage and schedule posts, drafts, edit titles and content.
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The following tool was created to improve your document management and version control systems. It is perfect for organization with complicated workflow process when a huge number of collaborators are engaged. Basically this plugin allows teams to collaboratively edit files of any format including text documents, spreadsheets, images, etc.
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Insights is a very unusual plugin that is useful for blog authors. Basically this plugin allows you to search any information on Wikipedia and Google by using simple Ajax-powered interface. You can link, paste images, videos, add Google maps locations right from your blog post admin page.
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Good news, everyone! There is no doubt that many of you, our fellow WordPress users, have heard that the major update of WordPress is coming – WordPress ver. 3.3. Yes, the current release doesn’t have such significant meaning comparing to what WordPress 3.0 was, but still it does have few very important features that cause huge impact on both simple users and WordPress developers. It means that WordPress team is planning to improve their product’s user experience for all categories of users. Now that’s that we call a smart content management system. Also, seeing our favorite CMS evolving is really a pleasant thing to do. Now if we get back to its latest release the first thing that stands out is a well-defined visual improvement of the dashboard. Also some major changes have been made in the under-the-hood sector which is primarily interesting for WordPress developers.
By the way, we’ve tested our WordPress 3.x themes with this new version of a platform and they’re perfectly compatible. Truly a match made in heaven. Now back to those new features.
We’ve collected five of most interesting (according to our opinion) new features that have been presented in WordPress 3.3 and we are going to share them with you. So, if you haven’t updated your WordPress version maybe this list will convince you to do that.
Well, that’s all for today, folks. We sincerely hope that our post will be that guiding light that would lead you to taking a right decision and installing new WordPress 3.3 version on your website. We wish you to have an awesome Black Friday and an even better weekend. Take care!