Status Update on New Theme

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If you subscribe to the “Get All Themes” package for 2008, you will have received a quick overview of what the next Graph Paper Press theme release will entail. Here is the quick message that I sent to subscribers:

The next theme release at Graph Paper Press is a theme framework. The theme allows you to enable or disable more than 6 homepage layouts and features including a slideshow, a slider gallery, a magazine layout plus more.

That is just a start, to be honest. The great thing about WordPress is that there is a HUGE developer community that is continually pushing the envelope of what “themes” can be capable of. Theme frameworks, which are basically extra functions that you can use when developing a theme, are the lastest buzz word to hit WordPress. Frameworks are nothing new, however, when it comes to web design and development. Blueprint, which I use in all my themes, is a CSS framework. WordPress is a PHP framework just as JQUERY is a javascript framework.

But how does a theme framework benefit the end-user (you)? Theme frameworks will make your blog more configurable from the theme options, more forward compatible with future releases of WordPress, and easier for you to switch site styles.

What features would you like to see in the latest theme release?

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Thad is the founder of Theme.Works and Graph Paper Press. Previously, he produced online multimedia and documentary projects for USA Today including the inauguration of President Barack Obama and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abby.

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28 thoughts on “Status Update on New Theme”

  1. Hey Thad,

    Great work on the Hi-Def theme! If I had one request, it would be better documentation of theme features and modifications.

    If I had two requests, the other would be some of the features in Tarski. Like, GUI swappable headers and “aside” categories.

    But I gotta say you are doing a great jjob so far.

    Take care,

    Lee

  2. Hey Thad,

    Great work on the Hi-Def theme! If I had one request, it would be better documentation of theme features and modifications.

    If I had two requests, the other would be some of the features in Tarski. Like, GUI swappable headers and “aside” categories.

    But I gotta say you are doing a great jjob so far.

    Take care,

    Lee

  3. Hi,

    I think that it would be great if the next theme could have custom author archive page for multi user blog, auto resizer for images, and a video plugin.

    !!!

  4. Hi,

    I think that it would be great if the next theme could have custom author archive page for multi user blog, auto resizer for images, and a video plugin.

    !!!

  5. Hi Thad,

    Don Giannatti mentioned you over on some of the Flickr groups.
    What I’m looking for, is something geared towards a photographer.
    Can you recommend one of your themes or do you have plans for something like this in a soon to be released theme?

    Thank you very much!
    Jean

  6. Hi Thad,

    Don Giannatti mentioned you over on some of the Flickr groups.
    What I’m looking for, is something geared towards a photographer.
    Can you recommend one of your themes or do you have plans for something like this in a soon to be released theme?

    Thank you very much!
    Jean

  7. Jean – Actually, my next theme release is a photo/multimedia theme release, so you are in luck. A beta version is posted here:

    http://nickkrug.com

    The thing about this theme is that it is packed with what I’m calling “Apps.” Apps are things like a slideshow, a slider gallery, a magazine-style front page, etc. You can enable or disable the Apps on the Theme Options page in WordPress. The theme can be a blog, a portfolio, you name it.

  8. Jean – Actually, my next theme release is a photo/multimedia theme release, so you are in luck. A beta version is posted here:

    http://nickkrug.com

    The thing about this theme is that it is packed with what I’m calling “Apps.” Apps are things like a slideshow, a slider gallery, a magazine-style front page, etc. You can enable or disable the Apps on the Theme Options page in WordPress. The theme can be a blog, a portfolio, you name it.

  9. Hi!

    WOW … you just keep “one up’n yourself” in development ….

    This is a great looking theme …

    Well Done!

    Regards,

    Mark Jones

  10. Hi!

    WOW … you just keep “one up’n yourself” in development ….

    This is a great looking theme …

    Well Done!

    Regards,

    Mark Jones

  11. I see the new themes… when are the subscriber emails going out? They look really good, and I can’t wait to get into them!

    Thanks
    David

  12. I see the new themes… when are the subscriber emails going out? They look really good, and I can’t wait to get into them!

    Thanks
    David

  13. Hello Thad,

    congratulations for these amazing themes and these very website!

    Thanks for giving us so much and I hope, you don’t let the bozos grind you down – because your work is really beautiful and gracious!!!

    Thanks, thanks, thanks!!! 🙂

    > Hat features would you like to see in the latest theme release?

    I would like to see a feature in WordPress or if not possible in WP-Themes to display mobile phone/smartphone users of my WordPress-powered Website a mobile optimized version of the WP-theme i’m using.

    I’m using an iPhone 3G after using an old Nokia cell phone for years and I saved so much time and trouble with all the services and apps the iPhone makes available for me. But of course screen size of smartphone like iPhone is limited and an optimized display for surfing WordPress-powered website would be so fantastic 😉

    Greetings from Berlin! 😉

  14. hi, very good info. Mobile phone is very important device for people all around the world. Due to its technical nature, problems are met from time to time. So we need learn from each other. thanks. 🙂

  15. hi, very good info. Mobile phone is very important device for people all around the world. Due to its technical nature, problems are met from time to time. So we need learn from each other. thanks. 🙂

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