Freebies

Grab a Copy of Casual: A Free WordPress Theme from Obox

Obox is two years old – happy birthday! To celebrate they are giving away a free WordPress tumblog theme. It’s a conversion from a tumblog template into a tumblog WordPress theme, put together by one of the Obox designers. It uses the WooThemes Tumblog plugin to make a beautiful tumblog for your personal blogging site.

Check it out!

Features

 Custom Logo uploader
Favicon uploader
Link, header and footer color selectors
Home page post count setting
Custom footer text
Site analytics input
Social sharing options
Advertisement widget

As well as having lots of free features, you can upgrade Casual to take advantage of Premium features as well

Typography manager
Advertising manager
SEO options
Automatic updates

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Create a Quick and Dirty Plugin to Tweak Your WordPress 3.2 UI

There have been some mutterings from people around the WordPress-o-sphere complaining about the new UI that’s appearing with WordPress 3.2. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the design – which is perhaps what bothers me. I think I’d prefer to either love it or hate it.

Anyway, it is possible to play around with your WordPress Admin area. In fact, there is a whole page in the codex dedicated to creating admin themes. There are two main ways to do this:

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Introducing Jigoshop: A High Quality Free WordPress E-Commerce Plugin

A new free e-commerce plugin has arrived on the scene for WordPress users. Jigoshop launched last month with the tagline: “A WordPress eCommerce plugin that works”. The plugin prides itself in being lightweight, extensible, and awesome right out of the box.

Jigoshop comes with a wide range of widgets and shortcodes for displaying products anywhere within posts and pages. Shortcodes are available for featured products, recent products, products by ID, products by SKU, and products displayed from multiple IDs and SKUs.

Custom Widgets Include:

Shopping cart
Product search
Layered navigation
Price filter

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Trending: A New Free WordPress Theme for the Hybrid Core Framework

Expert theme developer Justin Tadlock has just released a new free theme for his Hybrid Core Framework, which is also completely free and open source.

Trending is a parent theme for Hybrid, but it also comes with a sample child theme to help you get started.

Awesome built-in features include, but are not limited to:

Cool sticky post design with a custom image size.
Multiple nav menus.
Per-post/page layouts (one-column, two-column, and three-column layouts).
Art direction (the ability to add custom, per-post stylesheets).
Custom widgets (overwrites the default WordPress widgets with better alternatives).
Several sidebars (you can add widgets in several places).

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Expositio: A New Free Portfolio Theme for WordPress from WP Shower

WP Shower is an excellent resource for both free and commercial WordPress themes. We’ve been following WP Shower for the past year or so and have enjoyed watching their theme collection grow. They’ve just added a new free portfolio-style theme over the weekend.

Introducing Exposito – a Simple, Clean Portfolio Theme
Exposito allows you to showcase images or portfolio items in a with a unique scrolling layout. Here’s a screenshot of one of the portfolio pages:

The Exposito theme features:

Custom Homepage – Allows you to set elements of the page manually.
Typography – Choose 6 fonts, set the size and color.

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10 Free Responsive WordPress Themes

Responsive design has been buzzing on the internet since Ethan Marcotte’s post on A List Apart last May. It takes into account the fact that there is a growing number of devices that people are using to interact with the web. Everything from smartphones, tablets, large monitors, small monitors, e-readers, mobile phones, games consoles, netbooks and even my little Nintendo DS. Responsive websites respond to the device upon which they are viewed. That means that when new devices arrive on the market a responsive site should look great on it. I’m looking forward to seeing a responsive website projected onto the back of my retina. I love the future :D

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17 Free WordPress Themes You’ll Actually Want to Use

Are you tired of sorting through hundreds of WordPress themes for just one that you might be able to use? We’ve scoured the internet for the best free themes available so far in 2011, so you don’t have to spend so much time searching. Grab a cup of coffee and start bookmarking your favorites!

WordPress Diary Theme
Demo | Download

News Theme
Demo | Download

Copyright
Demo | Download

Imbalance 2
Demo | Download

gRID! Theme
Demo | Download

Melville
Demo | Download

Spectre
Demo | Download

Lysa Theme
Demo | Download

AutoFocus+
Demo | Download

Abtely
Demo | Download

Grading Theme
Demo | Download

Twenty Eleven
Demo | Download

Yoko
Demo | Download

Video
Demo | Download

Beauty & Clean
Demo | Download

Splendio
Demo | Download

Spectacular
Demo | Download

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Free Ebook! Download a Copy of WordPress and Ajax

If you’re interested in learning about using Ajax with WordPress then you should grab yourself a copy of the free WordPress and Ajax ebook. WordPress and Ajax is a comprehensive review of using Ajax with WordPress. From the website:
The book contains three real-life examples that provide the rationale and logic behind coding decisions, the reasons for Ajax’s use, and the steps from inception to completion of the examples.
The book works through three main stages:

Foundation: get a good foundation for sending your first Ajax request;
Sending that First Request: learn the code to send your first request and carry out server-side work;

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Grab a Gorgeous Free HTML5 WordPress Theme with Responsive Layout from Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine have been up to their tricks again, yesterday launching a brand new free HTML 5 Theme for WordPress. The theme, called Yoko, was designed by Elmastudio. It’s not just got HTML5 hotness but it has been built with CSS3 media queries for a responsive layout. This means that the theme adapts itself to the size of the browser, making it optimized for the biggest desktop screens and the smallest smartphone screens. . Here’s what they’ve got to say:

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Quickly Clone and Migrate WordPress Sites with the Duplicator Plugin

Cloning a WordPress site for use in another location can be sometimes be a fairly involved process, requiring the use of an FTP client, phpMyAdmin, and multiple file edits. I’m excited about the Duplicator plugin, because it reduces this process to three easy steps:1. Create a package 2. Download 3. Install in the new locationPrimary uses for the Duplicator plugin:Migrate a site from one location to another locationPull a production site down onto your local machinePush a local development to a production serverWatch how easy it is to export a package of a live site for development on your local machine: The Duplicator plugin even has special options for working with larger WordPress installations. The options allow you to change the max execution time, max memory limit, exclude certain directories, and receive an email when the package creation is complete.Another use for the plugin is to replicate a specially configured site template for mass site generation. Create a specialized site package and install it any time you need a new WordPress site with everything configured and ready to go.The more you can automate site creation, duplication and migration, the more time you’ll save on tedious, routine processes. The Duplicator plugin is available for free from the WordPress plugin repository. Download it today to start streamlining some of your routine tasks.

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