The number of available themes, both free and premium, here on WordPress.com has been holding steady at 288 since the beginning of 2018. No new themes (at all!) have been introduced since the "Photo Blog" and "Small Business" premium themes were introduced in December 2017 and lots have been retired since then. Most of those … Continue reading My theme’s been retired! Now what?
I'm currently taking an extended vacation from posting, but wanted to pass along a couple of updates: WordPress.com Business Plan Gets an Upgrade (unofficial): Since there has been no public announcement from WordPressdotcom/Automattic about the changes to the Business plan upgrade following the forum thread this past May, it seems those changes are in the … Continue reading Summertime!
WordPress.com just released to its users the Lodestar theme (by Automattic's Mel Choyce), which is also available for WordPress.org users. It's a beautiful one-page business theme designed to highlight the best features of your organization. One-page business themes have caught on hugely over the past couple of years. Initial set up of these themes can … Continue reading Lodestar-a trendy theme for your business
Excellent suggestions for anyone selecting a theme for their brand new site or changing their existing site’s theme, not just businesses. 10/10!
Building a beautiful website for your business begins with choosing a theme — a design that controls page layout, widget areas, and default style. With more than 350 free and paid themes on WordPress.com, selecting a theme for your business website can feel overwhelming, but you can make it easier by focusing on these three questions.
What Am I Publishing on My Website?
Draft a visual map of your website to help you plan your site structure and decide what you want your homepage to look like. Will your homepage contain static information about your business like a welcome message and business hours or do you want to showcase your latest blog content?
In a theme overview page or when trying out a live demo, look at how the theme handles Widgets— tools or content blocks that you can add, arrange, and remove on your website. Widget areas can include…
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A very helpful post from Daniel Greene with a current listing (as of July 2014) of WPcom’s free themes that display author name/byline or not.
This is an update to a post I wrote in September 2012 titled WordPress.com themes that display author bylines, which listed free WordPress themes of 2012 that displayed bylines on both posts pages and single posts, single posts only, or not at all. My 2012 post served as an update to another blogger’s post Author and profile displayed or not (Panos, 2009; 2011). This present post covers all free WordPress Themes for Blogs at WordPress.com from January 2012 through July 2014.
Screenshot of a byline displaying in a post info/meta section
A matter of style
Displaying an author’s name is a matter of style, not content. As I wrote in WordPress themes not showing author bylines explained, the author’s byline is on every WordPress post and posts page. It is always there in the HTML; whether it is displayed or hidden is an effect of CSS that makes up the theme. It has no affect on search engine optimization…
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And the theme retirement trend continues on WordPress.com with new additions to the previous list of retirees: Bueno Dark Wood Enterprise Inuit Types Monochrome Motion Neutra Notepad Notes IL Paperpunch Steira Structure Titan Under The Influence Vostok Again, existing sites can continue to use their theme even though it is retired and sites set up … Continue reading Retired Themes-Round 2 (sorta)
No, not me! I have a few years yet before that happens and I'm very much looking forward to it. https://twitter.com/wysiwygjt/status/365930540387418112 If you are currently using one of these themes, don't panic! If past history is any basis for judgement, these themes have only been made unavailable to newly created sites. Anyone who currently is … Continue reading Happy Retirement!