WPwatercooler #120 – Choosing Premium Business Themes

This week on WPwatercooler we’ll be discussing what someone should look for in a business theme for their WordPress powered website.


WPwatercooler #94: Selling WordPress themes: marketplace or on your own site

On this episode of WPwatercooler we will be continuing our discussion on selling WordPress themes as a business and focusing on if you should sell your theme in a marketplace or on your own site. We’ll be discussing the various options for each method.

Staring: Syed Balkhi, Suzette Franck, Rebecca Gill, Chris Lema, Tom McFarlin, Mike McAlister, Adam Pickering, Jason Tucker, Steve Zehngut


Dreamweaver and WordPress

Hey y’all, I’ll be speaking tomorrow in West Hollywood about WordPress and Dreamweaver, you can still sign up to attend at 6:30pm

Details are below:

LA Web Professionals Group
WordPress & Dreamweaver Integration and Designing & Customizing WordPress Themes featuring Suzette Franck
Tuesday November 26th, 2013 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
(in the heart of Hollywood a few blocks down from the Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood & Highland)
Address: 7083 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
6:30 PM – Doors Open – Registration (Please do not arrive before 6:30 PM!!!)
7:00 PM – Part 1 – Database and Files, WordPress Folder Structure, Themes: style.css & template files
8:15 PM – Networking Break / Tweetup @lawebprosgroup and Refreshments
8:40 PM – Prize Drawing
8:50 PM – Part 2 – Adding Custom CSS to Your Site, Creating a Theme Template from a Completed Dreamweaver Page, Using a Child Theme, WordPress Resources
10:00 PM – Meeting End
Speaker Bio: Suzette Franck is the WordPress Evangelist at (mt) Media Temple, where she educates and advocates for WordPress and the WordPress Community. She typically participates in 2-3 WordPress Meetups a week, and will be speaking at 12 WordCamps this year: Phoenix, San Diego, Miami, Reno, Orange County, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Boston, and Las Vegas. She blogs frequently at suzettefranck.com about WordPress and is a regular contributor on WPWatercooler.com. She was the host of the DradCast Episode 017. Suzette is also the host and creator of WordPress For Artists Meetup, sponsored by (mt) Media Temple and Thinkspace Gallery, and helped to organize this years WordCampLAX. Suzette enjoys teaching about the wonders of WordPress and finding better ways to do things with it. She loves learning about web development and digging into code, which she has been doing for over 19 years. She discovered WordPress in 2007 and has used it to create over 200 websites with a variety of designs and requirements, mostly with hand-coded custom themes, and is showing no signs of stopping.
Please register early, space is very limited and will fill up fast. If you still want to attend without registering ahead and space permits, it will be $10 at the Door and includes 1 door prize ticket.
Register Here: http://lawpg-wordpress-november2013.eventbrite.com
Please feel free to invite as many friends as you want and forward this invitation


Our Top 30 List of Free WordPress Themes From 2012 – WPHub

Today I’d like to share with you 30 of the best free designs that have been released so far in 2012. There’s been some good free WordPress themes released over the last two and a half months including blog templates, magazine templates and portfolio designs.

via Our Top 30 List of Free WordPress Themes From 2012 – WPHub.


Review of Ultimatum Theme for WordPress

I decided to review Ultimatum after reading Chris Lema’s article where he gave it high marks. Also, when I went to their site, http://ultimatumtheme.com/ I love the minimalistic theme they had and I thought I could quickly create something that nice. Wrong!

When I downloaded the theme, it was HUGE! and took forever to download/upload. Once it was all uploaded, I activated it and got an out of memory error. No problem, I increased the PHP Memory limit and was able to access the wp-admin back-end fine. When I came to view the theme, there was nothing there, just a blank white screen of death.

After scouring their support forums, I found out this is actually the intended result, and that there is all sorts of unintuitive processes like layouts that need to be created before you can actually see anything displayed on your screen, even if you do actually have content. Wow. Super frustrated already and now I have to create a layout when I am not even sure what is possible? Luckily, I found a nice tutorial, but it can only be accessed if you are a member. Bummer! My impression was that it seemed like a lot of work to get something up that looked worse than no style sheet at all!

At this point, I am not sure if I should continue trying to learn this thing to make something decent looking which I can see as an uphill struggle with or without out having a predetermined design, or get my predetermined design on and then code it from Twenty Eleven, my usual base starting point. I think this will create the best result, I was just hoping that I could find a nifty shortcut, but again, there is no substitute for simply doing good honest work from (almost) scratch.