Summertime!

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 testing phase for the time-being.

There have been some interesting forum threads which illustrate the limitations of the current Business plan set up.  For example, some features that you might want to activate, like new user registrations for your membership site or forum, means your users must still sign up first for a WordPressdotcom account.

Where Are the Free Themes?

As of this post, the current number of themes available in the Theme Showcase is 354, of which 140 are free themes. WordPressdotcom only announces the introduction of free themes, so it seems that the number of free themes being released is decreasing over time. The current trend is to update popular free themes to include WordPressdotcom’s newer features and to retire older themes that cannot be updated. While I think this is a good thing overall for users, it also pushes/encourages users to buy a Premium theme as a standalone upgrade. Arrivederci, “Theme Thursday.”

WPcomcierge:

Getting a new enterprise off the ground is surprisingly complex! At this point I’ve read more Terms of Service contracts than I ever thought existed, not to mention ogling oodles of plugins to make your WPcomcierge experience both fun and productive. Expecting to launch in Q4/2017. Provided I don’t lose my mind first. Kidding!

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The featured image in this post is from our short vacation in Lago di Garda, Italy. Enjoy your summer holidays wherever they may take you!

Lodestar-a trendy theme for your business

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 be challenging, but the reward is the ease of maintaining it after set up and, more importantly, a site that works well for business owners without a lot of continuing effort. While some themes in the below list are not strictly defined as “one-page,” popular free themes with a special front page template include:

  • Edin
  • Sela
  • Goran
  • Gateway
  • Harmonic
  • Motif
  • Affinity
  • Sequential
  • Pique
  • Shoreditch

One tweak that I would love to see included in theme “Content Options” on all the above themes is the ability to set the image overlay opacity without having to upgrade to either the Premium or Business Plans in order to modify the theme CSS. It’s a small tweak but certainly would be appreciated by users.

There’s been a lot of speculation from WordPressdotcom users about when we would see ORG’s new default theme, Twenty Seventeen, released here. Staff advised:

Twenty Seventeen is on the way, but it has some completely new features that are not entirely compatible with WordPress.com, so we’ve been working behind the scenes to get everything ready so the theme will work correctly when we launch it here.

I’m guessing this refers to the REST API endpoints, which you may recall only 2 short weeks ago was in Tech news headlines as it was used to deface standalone WP.org sites (ORG not COM).

So we’re still waiting (much like our in-the-works e-commerce solution), but Lodestar is the theme that Twenty Seventeen is based on.

 

How to Choose the Best Theme for Your Business Website

Excellent suggestions for anyone selecting a theme for their brand new site or changing their existing site’s theme, not just businesses. 10/10!

The WordPress.com Blog

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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Blog 2014: Free WordPress themes that display bylines

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.

Daniel Greene

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.

Byline Displayed 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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Retired Themes-Round 2 (sorta)

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 prior to a theme being retired can switch to that retired theme. What you cannot do is create a new site using a retired theme.

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Happy Retirement!

No, not me! I have a few years yet before that happens and I’m very much looking forward to it.

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 using them should be able to continue to do so.  Just be aware that many of these themes to do not support WordPress’ latest features and some themes, like MistyLook, have updated counterparts.
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Isca – new Tumblog Theme Coming Soon to WordPress.com » Pro Theme Design

isca

…wordpress.com has proven to be an excellent place for getting feedback in a controlled environment. It allows us to solve any niggling issues before they become glaring errors.



Read the entire announcement at Isca – new Tumblog Theme Coming Soon to WordPress.com » Pro Theme Design.

As is true for all of WordPress.com (see my site’s tagline above)

(h/t to @iandstewart)

Update: WordPress.com News announcement “New Theme – Isca