This week we did a theme release over at ThemeFurnace, named "Exposition" its a clean blogging theme aimed at long-form writers and photographers. I designed something simple with a clean layout and typography as we had been receiving requests for more blogging themes.
We will also be releasing this in the WordPress directory - just amending a few things and will be submitting next week. I have been impressed how the directory has been going - theme reviews are taking a lot quicker now, around 3 weeks and the selection of featured themes is really nice - they are now picked on merit rather than as a reward for the theme reviewers ( the featured themes used to be a bit ropey ).
Have a good weekend ( bank holiday if in UK :) ) On with the news ...
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WordPress News and Articles
- Why Bootstrap is a bad fit for WordPress Themes - Agreed.
- Testimonials: increase your visitor’s trust - Yoast talks about testimonials and their power at increasing trust.
- WPChat Relaunches as a Forum Dedicated to WordPress - A nice looking new forum dedicated to WordPress.
- Under the Hood of Semplice: A New Portfolio System Based on WordPress - Semplice is a portfolio hosting service built on WordPress, looks good.
- A Pakistan-Based Developer Is Building A Huge House For His Family After Selling One WordPress Theme - Video with the author of the Avada theme, top seller on ThemeForest.
- 7 months as a Ghost - The reasons this blogger moved back to WP from Ghost.
Tutorials and How-Tos
- How To Write A Blog Post That Converts: 5 Tips for Success - Ariel covers some solid advice on blogging for conversions.
- Top 8 Best Ways to Set Up a Testing Environment for WordPress - Options for creating a local WP testing environment - highly recommended if you create plugins or themes.
- Learning To Use WordPress Hooks - Solid intro to WP hooks on the ElegantThemes blog.
- Add a Beautiful Table of Contents to Your WordPress Posts - Overview of the Table of Contents plugin, great for stories / FAQs etc.
- Ultimate Guide to Develop Your First WordPress Plugin - Good guide to creating WP plugins.
Resources & Freebies
- Nelio A/B Testing: Optimize Your WordPress Website to Increase Goal Conversion Rates - Joe reviews a cool plugin to help optimize your WordPress site with A/B testing.
- Increase Conversions with Customer Testimonials – 30 Free & Paid WordPress Testimonial Plugins - A roundup of plugins to add testimonials to your site, proven conversion boosters.
- 35 Clean & Professional WordPress Themes for Accountants & Law Firms - Our roundup of themes for accountants and lawyers.
- Customizer Library - This looks great for people making use of the theme customizer.