WordPress.com’s Business Plan Gives Subscribers a Way to Tap into WordPress.org’s Third-party Ecosystem

Earlier this year, WordPress.com launched an experiment giving Business plan subscribers the ability to install third-party plugins and themes. Automattic concluded the experiment earlier this week and officially made the features part of the subscription plan. “With support for plugins and third-party themes, WordPress.com Business users will be able to connect their sites to great Read more about WordPress.com’s Business Plan Gives Subscribers a Way to Tap into WordPress.org’s Third-party Ecosystem[…]

Checathlon: A Free WordPress Business Theme with Support for Easy Digital Downloads

Checathlon is new business theme on WordPress.org that was designed to seamlessly integrate with Easy Digital Downloads. The name is a combination of the words checkout and decathlon, according to its creator Sami Keijonen. Checathlon combines elegant typography with a bold, pink accent color to showcase products and services on a business or e-commerce website. Read more about Checathlon: A Free WordPress Business Theme with Support for Easy Digital Downloads[…]

Foxhound Is the First REST API Powered Theme on WordPress.org

Foxhound made its debut on WordPress.org yesterday. The React-based theme is the first in the directory to use the REST API endpoints included in WordPress 4.7. Foxhound sports a tasteful blog design with single-page app functionality that loads posts instantly. Check out the live demo to see how fast the content loads. The theme was Read more about Foxhound Is the First REST API Powered Theme on WordPress.org[…]

Jetpack Introduces Theme Installation from WordPress.com, Sparks Controversy with Alternative Marketplace for Free Themes

Today Jetpack announced that its users now have access to a collection of 165 free themes from WordPress.com. Jetpack users can browse, preview, and activate themes by visiting the WordPress.com Theme Showcase. WordPress.com has also added the ability for Jetpack users to upload a theme from its interface as well, a feature that targets those Read more about Jetpack Introduces Theme Installation from WordPress.com, Sparks Controversy with Alternative Marketplace for Free Themes[…]

Zerif Lite Returns to WordPress.org after 5-Month Suspension and 63% Decline in Revenue

In October 2016, Zerif Lite was suspended from the WordPress Themes Directory after failure to comply with the Theme Review Team’s guidelines. The suspension left 300,000 users (including those using Zerif Lite child themes) without maintenance and security updates. After five months of fixes and several rounds of review, Zerif Lite has returned to the Read more about Zerif Lite Returns to WordPress.org after 5-Month Suspension and 63% Decline in Revenue[…]

Controversy Surrounding WordPress.org “Popular” Themes Exposes Weaknesses in the Algorithm

photo credit: Luis Llerena If you’ve ever wondered how the WordPress Theme Directory identifies and ranks the themes that display under the popular tab, you might be surprised to learn that it has nothing to do with ratings. Popularity is a somewhat subjective quality to measure in the first place, but WordPress.org has an algorithm Read more about Controversy Surrounding WordPress.org “Popular” Themes Exposes Weaknesses in the Algorithm[…]

digitale Pracht: A Minimalist Blogging Theme for WordPress

digitale Pracht is a new theme on WordPress.org created by the folks at PALASTHOTEL, a digital products company based in Germany. The name translates to “digital splendor,” which aptly describes the theme’s bright new twist on the traditional blog design. The designers made a few bold choices with the layout, which does not support a Read more about digitale Pracht: A Minimalist Blogging Theme for WordPress[…]

Snowbird: A Free WordPress Theme for Bloggers and Storytellers

Snowbird is a new theme released last week on WordPress.org, designed for storytellers with a blog-centered home page. It features a fullwidth header image, bold typography, and a host of layout and color options in the Customizer. Snowbird’s sidebar is hidden off canvas and can be toggled into view using the floating hamburger icon that Read more about Snowbird: A Free WordPress Theme for Bloggers and Storytellers[…]

Zerif Lite Suspended from WordPress Theme Directory, 300K Users Left Without Updates

Zerif Lite, one of the most popular themes on WordPress.org, has been suspended by the Theme Review Team for several violations of the Presentation vs. Functionality guideline. As a result, more than 300,000 users (including those on child themes of Zerif Lite) can no longer receive maintenance and security updates to the theme. Justin Tadlock, Read more about Zerif Lite Suspended from WordPress Theme Directory, 300K Users Left Without Updates[…]

WordPress.com Introduces Content Options Customizer Panel, Plans to Include in Jetpack

This week WordPress.com introduced a new Customizer panel to its users called Content Options. The new panel offers a number of minor tweaks that would ordinarily be handled by a few simple free plugins on a self-hosted site. It brings a whole new range of customizability to the WordPress.com sites that was not previously available. Read more about WordPress.com Introduces Content Options Customizer Panel, Plans to Include in Jetpack[…]