Our Free WordPress Themes

A few weeks back I happened across this post from wpmu.org, I found it a little disconcerting because I have offered several free WordPress themes for many years now. ( I wasn’t specifically mentioned but I can be found via Google search ;))My themes will NEVER and have NEVER had encrypted links in the footer. The only link I have in my free WordPress themes footer is a credit link for myself, which is not encrypted.

I personally have always found the encrypted footers in some WordPress themes to be really stinky. If you’re a frequent member of webmaster forums, you’ve probably seen WordPress themes footer links for sale, that’s where they’re coming from.

My themes however, are made by myself and will never have encrypted footers or links. I was thinking of updating them all for the recent WordPress version but I am not sure people are still using them, and with a little one now I don’t have all the free time I used to.

Leave a comment if you still use my WordPress themes and if you’d like to see them updated! :)


Build Your Own WordPress Theme

Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes I recently finished reading “Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes” from sitepoint.com, and because I was so impressed I am going to share my review with you. This book is extremely handy if you’re looking for a way to build and design WordPress themes and would then like to sell them. It’s also very useful for those who’d like to create WordPress themes for their own blog.

The book starts off explaining what WordPress is and how a theme relates to it, the planning process for your theme and how understanding existing themes is important. If you’re already a WordPress theme developer like me, you’ll still find great value in this book as it explains every single part of a WordPress theme, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two!

You’ll learn how to create WordPress theme frameworks and how you can build upon them to create child themes. You will also learn how to create your own widgets, and theme options. All the information is laid out in a way that is easy to understand.

I really appreciated the information at the end of the book about licensing, providing support for your theme and proper documentation and most importantly, where best to list your theme so potential buyers can find it. This book is a must-read for any WordPress theme developer who’s serious about selling a professional product.

Definitely go check out “Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes” and download 4 FREE sample chapters today!


How to Add Ads After the First Post in WordPress

If you would like to place an ad; i.e; Adsense ads or anything else underneath just the first post on your WordPress blog and don’t want to use a plugin, you can use the following code.

First, open your Main Index Template (index.php) or if your theme uses Loop template files, open loop.php, and find the following line:

?Download download.txt
<!--?php endwhile; ?-->

Or this line of code if you’re using the WordPress default theme, “Twenty Ten”

?Download download.txt
<!--?php endwhile; // End the loop. Whew. ?-->

Add the following line before the code above, adjusting it as you see fit. (I’ve added div tags to center my ad)

?Download download.txt
<!--?php if(!$show_ad){ ?-->
<div style="text-align: center;">YOUR AD CODE GOES HERE</div>
<!--?php $show_ad = 1; } ?-->

Headway Theme Review

Several of my clients have recently switched over to the WordPress theme/framework from Headway, and I’ve had the pleasure of installing the theme for them. Since then I’ve been hearing nothing but rave reviews from my clients about the easy-to-use drag-and-drop WordPress theme, and many “thanks” for suggesting it to them.

Due to its simplicity, Headway is perfect for beginners and experts alike. If you’d like to move any elements within the theme it’s as simple as dragging and dropping the element to its new location. The customization abilities of Headway are virtually endless. You can even drag and drop your color scheme, now that is awesome, no more having to manually type in color codes!

I suggest watching the “quick start wizard” below, which BTW, no other premium WordPress theme/framework offers. The wizard shows just how easy and FAST it is to get your new Headway theme up and running.

Headway also comes with a complete set of search engine optimization features so you will not need any additional SEO plugins. There’s also a support forum and a lot of handy documentation should you need it. And finally, Headway comes with FREE updates for life.

If this all sounds interesting to you, then checkout Headway today.

Please feel free to come back and share your Headway powered theme with us in the comments below.