The Theme Foundry updates Traction to version 2.1, with improvements and bug fixes

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The Theme Foundry has released version 2.1 of Traction, a premium magazine theme for WordPress.

The version brings quite a few updates and enhancements to the theme, including:

  • Apple touch icon support
  • HTML5 support for the PRO version
  • Consolidation and removal of extra files to improve theme load time

For a full list of features and bug fixes, visit the official announcement. Traction 2.1 can be downloaded here.

WPShower releases Suburbia, a free WordPress theme

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WPShower, in cooperation with Demian Peeters, have released Suburbia 1.1.

Suburbia is described as a grid-based magazine theme suitable for blogs and other projects. The theme, like all themes from WPShower, offers up a clean and beautiful minimalist design. It supports all WordPress 3.0 features.

Other features of the theme include:

  • Logo Uploader
  • Clean Typography
  • Theme Options Page
  • Valid XHTML Strict and CSS

For a full list of features, visit the official announcement.

A demo of the theme can be found here. Suburbia is available as a free download from WPShower.

Theme directory uploader tool now offers feedback to the uploader

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The WordPress.org theme uploader now displays an extensive list of errors to help developers fix incompatibilities with theme review guidelines and to reduce the load on the theme review team.

Regarding the new method, WordPress.org moderator and programmer Otto wrote:

“This is an improvement over the previous method, which just stopped at the first error found and didn’t give a whole lot of useful output. While that old system is still in place (for now), this one is there in addition to it and will give all the results for any theme uploaded.”

The new uploader is also available in plugin form.

8BIT releases Live Theme, a WordPress theme for live event broadcasting

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8BIT have announced the release of Live Theme, a WordPress theme that focuses on live event broadcasting.

The theme is built on the Standard Theme codebase and allows users to embed live video broadcasts from services such as Livestream or Ustream. When not broadcasting, Live Theme features a timer that counts down to the next broadcast, a Twitter stream, rotating bumper images and a Facebook tab that allows visitors to share the event with friends.

Once a broadcast goes live, the timer fades out and the live video stream fades in. Viewers are able to visit other pages on the site without interrupting the video feed using a tabbed pages area and interact on Twitter via hashtag.

A demo of the theme can be found here.

Live Theme is available at $99 for a Standard License and $149 for a Support License.

StudioPress releases the Venture business theme

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StudioPress have announced the release of the Venture 1.0 child theme for the Genesis Framework. The theme was created by Roderick Sauskojus, who also created the Lexicon child theme.

For Pro Plus members, the new theme is now available for download in the StudioPress Support Forum. Non-Pro Plus members who have already purchased the Genesis Framework can download Venture 1.0 for $24.95.

For all others, both the Venture 1.0 child theme and the Genesis Framework are available for $79.95.

John Saddington releases the Social Widget WordPress Plugin

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John Saddington of Standard Theme and TentBlogger fame has released the Social Widget WordPress Plugin.

The plugin adds a lightweight, tabbed social media area to a blog’s sidebar that includes a Twitter feed, RSS feed and a Facebook profile badge or social plugin. Users can customize the area by defining the number of tweets to include and choosing whether or not to display avatars.

A video demo and download are available at TentBlogger. (Also have a look at our interview with John Saddington.)

Gravity Forms releases version 1.5 Beta and the highly anticipated Paypal add-on

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Carl Hancock has announced on the Gravity Forms blog that Gravity Forms v1.5 Beta 1 is now available for download.

Version 1.5 includes many new features, including:

  • Multi-Page Forms, which allow users to split forms into multiple steps.
  • Pricing Fields, which allow for the creation of order forms.
  • Textarea Character Counter, which displays the number of characters available for limited-character textareas.

The inclusion of Pricing Fields also means support for the highly anticipated and newly released PayPal add-on. The add-on allows users to accept PayPal payments for donations, products, services and subscriptions.

For a full list of features and fixes, visit the official announcement.

New, free ebooks released for using WordPress with clients

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VideoUserManuals is now offering three free ebooks for WordPress professionals.

The first ebook, A Better WordPress for Clients, teaches how to set up WordPress as a CMS for clients, including how to add custom logos to the dashboard and login screens, remove unnecessary menus, group important menus and more.

The second ebook, How to Sell WordPress to Clients, offers tips for small business owners and freelancers on how to sell clients on WordPress as a CMS and publishing platform. The third ebook, How to Make WordPress More Secure, focuses on securing a client’s site for deployment.

The ebooks are available for free at the VideoUserManuals.com website.

Brad Williams creates IPFree.ly iPhone app using WordPress

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Brad Williams announced that his WordCamp Philly presentation is now available online. The presentation, titled Spooky WordPress: Disturbingly Brilliant Uses of WP, highlights some unusual uses for WordPress, including a Facebook app, contact management theme, task management theme and a ticketing system theme.

Also in the list is the incredibly odd, yet totally useless awesome IPFree.ly iPhone app. The app, available now in the iTunes app store, is a “location based plot tracking app” that allows users to track where they pee. The app is attached to a WordPress backend at IPFree.ly.

The Spooky WordPress presentation is available here.