Museum Core is coming

Over 2 years of thought, research and development has gone into our new theme framework (and free WordPress theme) Museum Core. It’s currently available on GitHub and will be available to download, for free, in the WordPress.org repository soon. Core supports post formats, custom backgrounds and header images, custom menus, has an all new theme options panel with customizable font options and link colors. There are a lot more features under the hood and this will soon be the framework for all of our themes. It will also mark the beginning of a new model for selling themes and support. Core will always be free, all our existing and future themes will be child themes of Core, and we will put an immediate priority on porting our existing Blogger templates to be WordPress child themes of Core. Once that’s done, we will introduce a new membership model in which you pay a monthly membership fee and have access to all our themes. That will be over 25 themes with more to come for one monthly subscription. We’ll have more information as we get closer to the change. We’ll still continue to support and sell themes individually but the membership will be a much better deal.

Grid

Grid is a theme I started working on for my own site and decided to make it available as a free theme.  I wanted a dark theme this time around, and I wanted to play with the idea of having a grid background like Justin Tadlock‘s site and the optional grid.png background image you get when you’re working in the blueprintCSS framework.  I also wanted to play around with layering text on top of itself in a way that partially obscures the content.  As such, this theme isn’t for everyone, but I’m pretty ecstatic about it.  Grid uses a variable-width layout, so it’s always taking up the full screen no matter what resolution you are using.  It has support for Asides, 4 widget areas in the footer and one in the sidebar, optional left/right sidebar and full posts/post excerpts on the blog page, and built-in Twitter hovercards.

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AP-Blueprint

AP-Blueprint has been forked into Museum Core, a new theme framework available in the WordPress themes repository.

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Color Garden

Color Garden is a free theme released on Museum Themes under the GPLv3.  This theme is jam-packed with features, from WordPress 3.0 functionality to Twitter integration.  Color Garden uses WP3.0′s custom header option, and comes with 4 unique headers that accent the 4 color palette options available on the theme options page.  We’ve also built in custom menus, custom backgrounds, and post thumbnails, hitting all the bases for cutting-edge WordPress functionality.  If you use Twitter, we’ve got you covered there, too, integrating Twitter’s new Tweet button into our existing social sharing block on single post pages and providing options to display your latest tweets in the sidebar or the footer.  The footer and sidebar are completely widgetized, and the footer has three distinct columns to add widgets.  If that wasn’t enough, we’ve embedded a custom typeface in the header using CSS font-face.  Each color palette has its own unique stylesheet, so you can easily use this theme as a framework or build child themes (or skins) for it.

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Middle Name: Danger

Middle Name: Danger is the brother to Baby SweetTooth.  It’s got the same magazine-style layout and multiple widgetized sidebars with optional video embed and FeedBurner integration.  In fact, everything cool about Baby SweetTooth is there in Middle Name: Danger, the only difference is the boy colors vs. the pink and brown in SweetTooth.  Whereas Baby SweetTooth was a re-release, we never released Middle Name: Danger because we were waiting to work out the bugs of SweetTooth.  Now that we have, we can release both, side-by-side, as they were meant to be, so you can be set for your baby girl’s blog or your baby boy’s blog (or both!).

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Baby SweetTooth

Baby SweetTooth is a magazine-style theme styled for your baby girl.  It takes inspiration from premium WordPress themes, scrapbooking, and baby girl’s clothing and decor.  It’s built to share all of your thoughts and memories, pictures and videos in an easy-to-access page.  If you use FeedBurner, you can add your FeedBurner ID in the theme options page and have your visitors, friends and family subscribe to updates by email.  The theme options page allows you to specify which categories display on the home page, what images to use, everything that requires setting up, and the theme is smart enough to know if you haven’t set up some crucial areas, it won’t display them.  Rather than forcing you to edit code just to get your site set up (which, if you’re doing a baby blog, you probably have much better things to do), we put all those variables in the back-end with easy documentation and a welcome page that lets you know when you need to set up your theme options.

In short, we took all the power and functionality of a premium theme and combined that with the appeal and design of a simple mommyblog.  And made it free.

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erin’s sketchbook

erin’s sketchbook is a minimal WordPress theme we built for ourselves a couple years ago. It’s designed to be a good theme for art or photography, using a black background and minimal design to draw attention to the art or photography. It was based on another theme we did before that, Simple Black which, like Simple Gray, was a minimalist blog theme based around Kubrik. Since the two were closely related, we combined them, offering a theme options page to choose which style you prefer. We also added Twitter @anywhere hovercards, WordPress 3.0 menus, installation notes, and Google’s Droid Sans web font.

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Simple Gray

Simple Gray is a minimalist WordPress theme we did a couple years ago.  Having not touched it once in over a year, with the launch of Museum Themes, we figured it was time to revisit it.  We’ll be revamping all our old free themes and officially releasing some of the ones we never got around to.  Added features to Simple Gray are Twitter @anywhere hovercards, WordPress 3.0 menus, installation notes, Google’s Droid Sans web font, and some nice css3 shadows for browsers that can see them.

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