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I was browsing Archive.org the other day and started looking at how WordPress theme companies looked when they started and thought it’d be a good subject for a post. Looking at the WordPress.org site back when it was started it’s amazing to think how far that humble blogging script has come – do you remember how it looked when it started? In this post I will take a look at a random selection of WordPress related companies and see how they started life …

WordPress.org

I liked the first incarnation of WordPress.org, it has a certain old charm to it. I think then it actually got worse before it got better for the version we have today.

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WooThemes

WooThemes was one of the first commercial theme companies and started life in 2008 offering themes for $70. Their logo has stayed basically the same and their site has become more refined over those 4 years.

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Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes was another commercial theme shop which launched back in 2008 with their club membership model of just $19.95. Their site was pretty basic so its nice to see how it evolved.

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ColorLabs & Company

Starting life as ColorLabs project in 2008 they offered just one premium theme – Arthemia before expanding to offer the large range they do today.

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Organic Themes

Organic Themes is a slightly newer theme company and I must say I have always been a fan of their site design – each version is well designed.

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StudioPress

StudioPress started out as a services company offering WordPress installations and customisations to businesses before it moved on to offering the Genesist framework and child themes.

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iThemes

iThemes have stuck with the same branding since 2008 but their site has changed drastically over the years.

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Obox

Obox started as Obox Design, offering Web Design, as you can see from the early screen shot and then developed into a WordPress theme company at a later date.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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5 Comments

  1. affanruslan

    Can believe Colorlabs has been in industry since 2009. Just last year I found their website, and I love some of their themes too.

  2. Tim Griffin

    Nice collection of theme providers and WordPress itself. I loved downloading on that first site.. oh yeah man! :-) One of my favorites – ThemeHybrid has made some interesting developments over time as well!

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