Creating WordPress Theme Options With the Theme Customization API

The WordPress Theme Customization API was released with WordPress 3.4, back in 2012. It promised developers a standardized way of adding rich options themes, and users a way of tweaking their website in a, well, user-friendly fashion.

For users, the front-end theme customizer allows you to quickly change the look of your site, and even get a live preview.

The success of this project is debatable but it is being improved upon and is gaining traction. It has been built on a solid foundation and there is no reason not to get started with it.

Theme Customizer

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10 Of The Best Of The Best WordPress Themes

Not a week goes by without another swag of theme posts that list 10,20,50,250 themes for you to sift through.

But not this post because that wheat has been sorted from the chaff, the cream has risen to the top and, apparently, even the sheep have been sorted from the goats.

Here’s 10 themes covering 10 categories. This is the best of the best of WordPress themes. Or is it?

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Top 10 Fastest WordPress Themes for Incredible Page Speed

A fast and lightweight theme can do wonders for improving your page speed – and ensuring your visitors will hang around long enough to read your content.

Last week we looked at ways to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights score. One of the recommended measures was choosing a quick theme that makes few HTTP requests.

Finding a fast theme, however, is no mean feat. Most themes available today are packed with features, such as parallax, social media and ginormous images, ensuring your site will struggle to get a score above 50 out of 100 on PageSpeed Insights.

Fast Frank

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30 Free, Responsive and Stunning WordPress Themes

There are so many free themes out there it’s hard to know where to begin. Just searching through the WordPress Theme Repository for the perfect theme can be time consuming.

The great thing about most of the recently released free theme is that they are responsive, meaning you can download, install and activate them and quickly and easily meet the needs of your mobile users.

Below is a collection of responsive themes – all free – and many of them new designs that have been released in the past few weeks.

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6 Beautiful Free WordPress Video Themes

Have you ever tried searching for free WordPress video themes? It’s hard. Really hard.

While there are many, many premium video themes out there – all gorgeous and complete with endless options for customizations – there are barely any free ones available. What gives?

So I’ve scoured the web to put together a small and tidy collection of free themes. The themes below come with basic options, but each allows your content to shine.

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The 60 Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes

As you have probably heard by now, the new default theme for WordPress is a magazine theme.

While making the new default theme a magazine-style design was an interesting and welcome move, of course it still might not suite your tastes exactly, even if you happen to be looking for a magazine-style theme.

But worry not, we’ve got 60 great free alternatives for you. You’re bound find at least one that will do for you what the new TwentyFourteen theme might not.

Happy downloading.

(Let us know in the comments which ones you like best.)

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