WordPress Theme Roundup: 2 for Writers, 1 for Business

Today I happened to be browsing through the WordPress Theme directory, and I came across three themes I just had to share:


Kent is reminiscent of the early days of Medium. It features a clean layout, nice typography, and an overall design that makes me want to crank out a couple of new posts.


Dyad‘s excellent pairing of images and content makes the foodie in me want to start a new food blog. If you have words and pictures to go with them, it provides a great pairing.


Emmet is a clean business oriented theme. Check out the preview provided by MotoPress. I love how this theme has a lot of design patterns and visual features without seeming cluttered. It’s big and bold with just the right amount of whitespace.

Layers – WordPress Site Builder

Layers, a new WordPress Site Builder Theme, was announced by Obox Themes last week. I downloaded Layers on Friday, and having only used it a bit, I’m already extremely impressed.

The Layers interface works through the WordPress Customizer, so it looks, feels, and works like an extension of WordPress. What’s more, the Obox team has released their source code so that anyone can extend and contribute to Layers. I see a lot of potential with this project as it’s looking to “play well” within the overall WordPress community.

By removing endless design options and features, Layers provides you with just enough choice to create a beautiful site while still maintaining the fundamentals of good design. ~ Layers – WordPress Site Builder

X Theme Showcase & Example Sites – (Updated Weekly)

I’ve mentioned the WordPress X Theme on here before. It’s a WordPress theme with limitless design options and loads of potential. This past week I was browsing Theme.co‘s site and I found this nice Showcase of X Theme sites in the real world. Even better than seeing Theme.co’s demo of X is seeing it used to great effect by real bloggers and companies. My hats off to the Theme.co crew for building a very versitile theme.

From .com – .gov, check out just a sample of the thousands of X-powered sites and discover the incredible versatility of this ultimate WordPress theme. ~ X Theme Showcase

Annotum Base – Scholarly Authoring and Publishing with WordPress

Annotum is a scholarly authoring/publishing platform based on #WordPress. More details on the project’s Github pagegithub.com/Annotum/Annotum/releases/tag/Annotum-2.0

An open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress, built on the Carringon Theme framework. Annotum provides a complete, open-access scholarly journal production system including peer-review, workflow, and advanced editing and formatting features such as structured figures, equations, PubMed and CrossRef reference import, and structured XML input and output compatible with the National Library of Medicine’s Journal Article DTD. ~ Annotum Base on WordPress.org Themes

Four WordPress Themes for Writers

4 #WordPress themes for writers. #typography #longform #blogging

I’ve often commented that if I could make a living writing and publishing longform content on my blog, I would. I love the recent crop of WordPress blogging themes which are returning to an emphasis on great longform content. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Largo by UpThemes

Largo is a wide-format, Medium.com-inspired theme for long-form stories and articles. Craft beautiful, immersive experiences for your readers. ~ UpThemes

Graphy by Themegraphy

Graphy is a WordPress theme for blogs that are designed to have beautiful typography. It is developed using mobile-first responsive design, ensuring that your blog will be no less beautiful when viewed on a smartphone or tablet. ~ Graphy by Themegraphy

Intergalactic by Automattic

Intergalactic is a stunning specimen for your personal blog. Bold featured images act as the backdrop to your text, giving you a high-contrast, readable theme that’s perfect for making your content pop. The one-column layout provides a distraction-free environment for reading, while the slide-out menu keeps your navigation and secondary content readily accessible. ~ Intergalactic by Automattic

The Writer by Obox Themes

A minimal writing theme, built for aspiring writers, authors and columnists. Nothing else. We have made sure that your long form articles are packaged in an easy to read layout which is customizable and mobile friendly. ~ The Writer by Obox Themes

I happen to be using The Writer over on michaelwender.com. See how it excels with displaying long posts in my piece How I Became a Web Developer.