Theme Release: Busby, Free WordPress Personal Blog Theme

Please note: This theme is now retired. If you are looking for some great free themes, please take a look at our Free Themes Page.

I’m proud to announce the release of my first Free WordPress theme; Busby …

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Busby is a clean personal blogging theme with it’s own options panel built with the UpThemes framework. I’ve been working on this for a while now, it’s quite a different experience building a theme which will be released publicly rather than one for my own or client’s use. There are a lot more things to take into account and lots more testing to do.

As with any first release, there will be some bugs to work out (if you find any, please let me know) and I have some more featured planned to add to the theme – custom widgets for things like displaying twitter and some shortcodes. I will update the theme as and when bugs are found and I plan to submit it to the WordPress theme repository.

Photos used in the demo are by my friend Tom Eversley, check out his portfolio if you need a creative / photographer.

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Features List

  • 2 Column Personal Blog Theme
  • Theme Options Panel
  • RSS Subscriber number displayed using FeedBurner
  • Twitter, RSS and Facebook icons
  • Featured Post Slider
  • Built-in SEO Options
  • Import / Export Settings
  • Upload logo or display as Text
  • Built-in Pagination
  • Insert Footer Text
  • Insert Tracking code (analytics etc)
  • Complete Typography control (size & font using Google Web Fonts )
  • Dark and Light StyleSheets included

Theme Options Panel

Busby was built with the UpThemes framework which is available under a GPL license for anyone to use, so many thanks to them for providing it. Here are some screenshots of it :

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This theme is released under the GPL 2 License which means it is free to download and use for yourself or clients and modify it anyway you see fit.


I will try to provide support via the comments here but can’t guarantee my timely reponse, please also see the support forums. If you require custom WordPress work, please get in touch.


Thankyou to the following who I have used various pieces of code from:




Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

21 thoughts on “Theme Release: Busby, Free WordPress Personal Blog Theme

  1. Hey Oli – theme looks great. Good job!

    I particularly like the cleanliness of the design, and the colour choices work really well.

  2. I love the theme! And thank you so much for allowing it to be free. I’m just having trouble making the posts show up as full text instead of summary. I have the Reading settings to display as full text but it still shows only a summary. Any ideas?

  3. Do I need to get the UpTheme framework in order for this to work? I’ve uploaded it but I keep getting 404 errors. It tries to reach /wp-admin/admin.php?page=upthemes automatically when my WordPress installation is on a subfolder. The theme files is installed on it’s correct folder.

  4. Incredible theme! :) Wondering where to find the code to enlarge the header image. Anyone? Thanks a bunch Oliver! Loving the theme!

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