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With the addition of Post Formats in WordPress 3.1, WordPress is looking even better than ever to be the basis for a “Microblog” or “TumbleLog” but just what is a Microblog ?

Microblogging is a broadcast medium in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregate file size. Microblogs “allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links”. As with traditional blogging, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as “what I’m doing right now,” to the thematic, such as “sports cars.” Commercial microblogs also exist, to promote websites, services and/or products, and to promote collaboration within an organization.

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The Post Formats feature in WordPress 3.1 allows theme designers to display posts different, depending on which format is chosen. The new formats are : aside, gallery, link, image, quote, status, video, audio and chat. More info at the Codex.

The idea of Microblogging might appeal to you if you dont have enough time to maintain a full blog and you are probably allready used to doing it if you use Twitter regularly. So, in this post Im going to be looking at the free and commercial themes for WordPress to help you run your own microblog. At the moment, options are quite limited for free themes – hopefully that will change when WordPress 3.1 is released (currently in beta).

Free Themes

P2 / Prologue

P2 is a theme for WordPress that transforms a mild-mannered blog into a super-blog with features like inline comments on the homepage, a posting form right on the homepage, inline editing of posts and comments, real-time updates so new posts and comments come in without reloading, and much more.


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Sixx

SiXX WordPress Microblog theme is a microblog theme with focus on the conversation. The aimed purpose with the theme is for companies and teams to get their internal communication going in a much more open, searchable and informal way. This theme is built on top of the Automattic Prologue theme, maybe it should be called an extension of the prologue theme.

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Woo Tumblog

Create a tumblr style blog using this plugin. Simply install the plugin, add the easy to use tags to your theme, and your blog will be transformed into a Tumblr-style blog. Create posts direct from the WordPress dashboard, your iPhone, or the familiar WordPress interface.

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Salju

A free child theme for Twenty Ten that transforms WordPress into a micoblog.

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MNML

A Tumblelog-style Theme for WordPress based on The Sandbox

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Commercial Themes

Slanted

Slanted is a tumblog theme with an extremely unique – and should we say “slanted” – design. Using some progressive CSS3 attributes and jQuery wizardry, this tumblog theme (built for WordPress) is perfect for the more experimental tumbloggers.

Cinch

Cinch is a classy & feature-rich tumblog theme built for WordPress. Incorporating awesome advanced QuickPress functionality (exclusive to WooThemes) and an amazing design (with added jQuery awesomeness)

Retreat

Based on our hugely successful ‘Woo on the Slopes’ tumblog theme that we used to live blog our company retreat to the Austrian Alps, the aptly named ‘Retreat’ theme is packed full of easy to use quickpress publishing tools, unique to WooThemes. It also comes with a AJAX-based Twitter widget that updates every few minutes, and can track keywords mentioned on Twitter.

Crisp

Designed by Tyler Galpin, and boasting all-new tumblog functionality with a quick publishing form on the dashboard Crisp is perfect for lazy bloggers who want a professional, slick looking site with Tumblr-like ease-of-use.

Elefolio

Elefolio combines easy Tumblog publishing and a Portfolio to showcase your work and posts. The portfolio uses custom post types and can also stream from your Dribbble account. It will impress any visitor with it’s simple yet detailed look.

Auld

Designed by James McDonald, and boasting tumblog functionality with a quick publishing form on the dashboard, Auld is perfect for lazy bloggers who want a colorful, vibrant looking site with Tumblr-like ease-of-use.

Wumblr

Say hi to our first ever Tumblr-esc WordPress theme. Make your WordPress installation look and feel like a Tumblr blog. 9 different post formats including 15 different color presets that help customize the look of each post. Along with 3 different column layouts for your pages this is definitely one of our best themes yet!

Conversate

Conversate is a twitter-style microblogging WordPress theme with 5 color schemes based on the popular P2 theme by Automattic.

Light Bright

LightBright makes it easy to share your daily life through it’s tumblr-style post types. Using the custom post types/taxonomies added in WordPress 3.0, the theme adds special integration options for photos, video, audio, quotes, notes and links. If you love the format of tumblr but don’t want to give up the versatility of WordPress, this is the theme for you.

Co Pilot

CoPilot is a WordPress theme which takes advantage of the WooThemes Tumblog plugin. Publish quick posts from WordPress’s dashboard or your iPhone using the Express App. You can also just use the theme as a regular WordPress theme.

WP Notebook

Tumblr-like functionality with the power of WordPress!. WP Notebook acts like a conventional WordPress blog and a Tumblr-like website – all the while having the benefit of having complete ownership and control over your site content.


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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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  1. Jan_11

    Thanks for this roundup, I use the P2 theme, some of those commercial themes are very nice though.

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