If you’ve not used WordPress 3.0 yet, then it’s probably worth taking a little look around. If you’re upgrading then you’re probably going to want a nice new theme to take advantage of all the new stuff.
Here’s a selection of themes for the photographers, writers, coders and designers who need a little bit more from their blog.
Very much geared towards photographers (how did you guess?) PhotoBlog from Web2Feel is a somewhat basic yet fully functional WordPress 3.0 theme. With the emphasis very much on your portfolio, this is suitable for illustrators and photo-monkeys whose blog posts consist of their recent work.
There’s a theme options page in the admin panel, as well as compatibility with all major new WordPress 3.0 features. There’s even some screencast video tutorials included in the admin panel to help you set up your theme.
This one’s the only theme on the list to use Thematic as a base, but worry not, the child theme comes with everything you need included and requires no more effort to set up than usual.
This portfolio WordPress theme is the non-commercial version of AutoFocus+ Pro, which includes extended customizability over its free twin. Not to worry though, because AutoFocus+ still makes for a sexy stylistic choice for anyone working in the visual arts.
One for the writers, proof-readers and anyone whose portfolio mainly comprises of text. The focus is heavily on minimalism and typography, with no images or dependent plugins included. Because it’s tiny, Modernist will also keep you happy if you love an instant-loading website.
With support for WordPress 3.0′s new features, creating a portfolio out of this one won’t be too tricky with help from the menu manager. Easy to tweak, well-commented CSS means customizing the theme shouldn’t take you long.
There’s native support for publishing to social networks including Facebook and Twitter (without the need for any plugins whatsoever), a widgetized sidebar and the theme’s an SEO wet-dream due to its simplistic code.
This one pretty much follows the same formula as Boldy, which isn’t surprising as it was created by the same studio – Site5. The layout is very much similar, albeit with the Stepcarousel jQuery Slider on the homepage which allows for a bit more detail than the slider included with Boldy.
Suited to web designers and illustrators, the slider now highlights a number of “featured projects” with room for a neat little description too. There’s a widgetized footer and room for three custom fields at the foot of the slider.
Everything’s administered through the theme options in your WordPress admin panel, so no tears to be had if you can’t code.
I can’t finish this article without dropping in a sixth theme, which deserves an honourable mention”¦
Twenty-Ten ““ Included With WordPress
It might sound a bit bizarre, but the new default WordPress theme is incredibly customizable. The best bit is you don’t need to be a code junky to get it looking the way you’d like. Organising your sections with the new menu manager is a doddle, meaning that your portfolio is a couple of clicks away.
We’ve already got an article expounding the virtues of the new Twenty-Ten theme, which makes customization easy-peasy. This makes it a great choice for new users who want WordPress to just work, straight out of the box.
Have you tried the latest WordPress yet? Got any favourite themes, or does Twenty-Ten do it for you? Share your thoughts and creations in the comments below.
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