Howdy! and welcome to the new look WPLift. It’s taken me a while to get the new theme finished but I’m pleased to finally unveil it today. As you can see I have freshened up the branding and gone with a new look red color – I felt the purple was a little dull and looked quite dated. We were well due an updated theme as the last one was built in 2010 so I got a good two years out of it!

I have a lot of practice building responsive layouts over at ThemeFurnace so it made sense to use one here as well. The default width which the majority of visitors will see its a little wider 3 column design and I have included a few break points for screen sizes of 1024 px, Portrait Tablets and Phone Vertical and Horizontal.

I decided to keep our logo the same as I think its nice and simple and pretty recognisable. Typography has been updated to use the excellent Open Sans which is a free font included in Google’s Web fonts.

New Features

Along with a new look for the blog itself, I decided to add some new sections – The main ones being the Theme & Plugin Directories and the Coupon Code section. I also updated the recommended Web Hosting into it’s own section and will be keeping that updated as well as adding in customer reviews in future.

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Services

I have taken the decision to open up my company to providing WordPress Services, from Installation to custom theme design and consulting. This is something I’ve long thought about, WPLift was initially going to be a place to offer such services but I postponed doing this untill now.

I am in the process of adding more themes and plugins to the directories so you will see these growing over the next few days ( they are a little bare at the moment!) , if you are a theme provider who would like to see their themes featured on WPLift, then give me a shout. Even better if you can provide a coupon code as well!

I don’t want to go on too much – Id prefer to get back to providing our normal content. If you spot anything broken, do let me know and I’ll get it fixed.


Author:

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!

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34 Comments

  1. congrats! looks great and the responsive is working well.

    btw, your favicon is still … purple!

    http://i.john.do/MusE

    :P

  2. Wow, quite the difference! Looks great dude ;)

  3. Quite nice design! I like those colors, but don’t like that sticky subscribers box ;)

  4. Looks GREAT! Nice change- love the sidebar nav.

  5. Really nice design, Looks great

  6. Looks good. I also agree about disliking the sticky subscriber box. You’ve also taken a step backward and lost the search box. It was hard to find on the old site as it was a fair way down the page, but now it’s gone!

  7. Congrats on the redesign Oli, a lil TNW like tough.

    I think that there’s some to-do improvements to the readability and the navigation. You should also include a search box as stated above.

  8. congrats – love the new design, Oli. Looks really great ;).

  9. Rudd

    Hi. Great design. I’m viewing this on my android phone. Seems like the author gravatar in author box looks quite large, it does not resize proportionately as the gravatars in the comment section.

  10. Thanks for the comments everyone :)
    Will be doing a few more tweaks today so will fix anything mentioned.

  11. Love it mate – looks sweet as, great job!

  12. Petros

    Μεγία το site!! specially love the responsiveness.
    Will you be archiving all the goodies from your future newsletters on site, so we can search them?

  13. Oli,

    this new look is awesome dude, cleaner easier to use (sorry am not having a dig at the old design!) just awesome man.

    Everything you need to do with WordPress clean and clear navigation, awesome stuff man, did I say awesome already?

    Great work chap, great work indeed!!!!

  14. Cool work, one thing though:
    why not leaving the left sidebar & navi always viewable vs right subscriber box?

  15. Hello Oli,

    WOW now this is a beautiful, modern and clean website… Really nice work, I like it a lot…

    Best of luck and amazing start to 2013

    Marios

  16. This pleases my eye, very nice update!

  17. The new design is sooooo awesome that I can spend the whole day browsing WPLift :) I wish this could be a great beginning for your 2013, Oli :)

  18. New design looks professional..Keep giving us awesome WordPress stuffs.

  19. Nicole

    Awesome design. Where is the search feature though?

  20. I like it very much, but this is simply killing me and my eyes:

    background-color: #FF0000;

  21. Chris

    Looks good but how about adding Retina display support? The logo, navigation and social icons look very blurry right now. You could use media queries to load in Retina images or switch to icon fonts. Other than that, I love the new look!

  22. Παναγιώτης

    Awesome! I love the new design.. Keep up the good work mate :)

    And add more free wordpress themes :P

  23. Excellent stuff Oli, it’s been a long time coming! Best of luck with the services too!

  24. Great theme ! Congratulations !!!

    The link to the anchor “Coupon Code section” in this post redirect to the plugin section !

  25. Bibin

    Excellent Design. Awesome Creativity. Is this theme available in your theme Shop

  26. Rob

    Loving the new site design. I actually quite like the floating subscribers box. Any clues on how you implemented this as I’m looking for something similar but anything I find for WP seems to be a little temperamental?

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