You can now pre-order the WordPress Bible 2nd edition

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Aaron Brazell announced on his blog, Technosailor.com, that pre-orders for WordPress Bible: 2nd Edition are now available on Amazon. WordPress Bible: 2nd Edition has been updated for WordPress 3.1. The 1st edition covered up to WordPress 2.9.

Some of the topics covered in the book include:

  • Multisite
  • Post Formats
  • Post Types
  • Advanced Queries
  • New API’s

You can pre-order your copy of the 720 page book today for $32.32. It will be available on April 12th, 2011.

Gaze into the Horizons with this new theme from Viva Themes

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Viva Themes has recently released Horizons, a business/corporate style theme. Horizons does a great job of balancing an attractive, clean layout with a very professional feel.

Horizons has a a flexible front page slider. It can include static pages or your latest posts with customizable links. Check out the demo or read more about the newest product from Viva Themes. Horizons is now available for $45.

You can sign up for Viva Themes’ mailing list to stay up to date with everything they are up to.

Donate to the WordPress Foundation and receive a free shirt

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Cory Miller announced this month that as part of the 3rd anniversary of iThemes Giving Back event, they will be giving away WordPress t-shirts. iThemes posted this about giving back to the WordPress community with swag:

At iThemes, we use and love WordPress. In fact, we’ve built an entire business on this beautiful free software. Although we have given back to the WordPress community in numerous ways, from free themes, plugins and training to core patches and sponsoring WordCamps around the world, we want to encourage others to give back by donating to the recently established WordPress Foundation.

So how do you get a shirt? First, you need to donate more than $50 to the WordPress Foundation from January 11th, 2011 to January 31st, 2011. Next, email your mailing address, shirt size, PayPal donation receipt from the WordPress Foundation to [email protected].

Then all you have to do is wait a few weeks (2-4) for your free “Powered by WordPress” gear! Who already has one of these free t-shirts on the way?

New less expensive package, reduced prices at Gorilla Themes

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Carlos Aguaron has announced a new product at Gorilla Themes. It is the “Essential Package” option. The Essential Package gives you eveything except access to support forums, demo xml files, or the original files with PSD.

Carlos wrote this about the target audience for the Essential Package:

…this product is intended for web designers and developers that are very familiar with WordPress, CSS and PHP files without the need to get extra support or if you want to try the theme before you can commit to a more expensive package.

Of course, upgrades are available if you decide the Essential Package of a theme just isn’t enough. Gorilla Themes has also reduced the prices of their other theme packages for a limited time. Their Standard Theme Package is now available for $69.95 ($10 off) and their Premium Theme Package is now $99.95 ($40 off). There is no coupon code required for the savings.

Just out of curiosity, how many of you decide which WordPress themes to buy based on price? Has it kept you from buying a theme in the past, even if it would be useful for a project?

ThemeBaker adds an affiliate program

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ThemeBaker has started off the new year with a couple of changes, including the announcement of an affiliate program. ThemeBaker’s affiliate program, managed through E-junkie, offers 30% commission on each sale generated. ThemeBaker has two paid themes (Fable – $70 and MonokromePlus – $40) and three free themes (Strukture, Simplicious, and MonoKrome) available now.

The program has no commission restrictions and payments are disbursed monthly. All you need to be eligible for the program is a PayPal account and somewhere to put those sweet, sweet links.

So who out there is making real money using affiliate programs? Any affiliate addicts out there? Come clean with us in the comments.

Run an event with Elegant Theme’s new theme called (wait for it) Event

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Nick Roach at Elegant Themes announced the release of a new product, a new WordPress theme deemed “Event”. Event gives you the capability to turn any WordPress blog into an events website. Its main feature is a dynamic calendar which supports an unlimited number of events, multiple events on a single day, and inclusion of past events.

Event comes with five color schemes (blue, red, purple, teal, and green). Other features included are advertisement management, automated thumbnail resizing, and an option to use the theme like a normal blog. Check out a demo of Event to see if it’s right for you.

Have you used WordPress in the past to run an event, or keep a calendar like the ones depicted in the theme demo? Share them with us in the comments.

Viva Themes releases Opaline theme, for hotels and resorts

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Edy at Viva Themes announced the release of their newest theme this week. It is called Opaline and is a Hotel/Resort style theme. It is a minimalist theme and is designed to make your content stand out.

Opaline comes with a flexible slider that allows for inclusion of pages or posts, featured images or custom ones, custom links, and title flexibility. The slider also comes with some cool transition options.

Opaline is also WordPress 3.0.x compatible, has breadcrumbs navigation, and has a 100% tableless css design. Check out the Opaline theme page for a full list of features. The live demo is also a good way to check them out.

You can buy a single license of Opaline for $47. Or, if you’d like a copy of Opaline for free, see below.

We have a free copy of Opaline to give away. Just comment on this post below for a chance to win. What would you do with Opaline theme? (Note: the theme has been given away. Congrats Josh!)

Run a newspaper with the AcosminGAZZETE WordPress theme

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Alexandru Cosmin has released AcosminGAZZETE. AcosminGAZZETE is acosmin.com’s seventh commercial theme. They also offer seven free themes.

The AcosminGAZZETE theme is a newspaper/blog style theme and is WordPress 3.0 compatible. It has red, blue and pink color schemes. There is a full list of features on the theme page. The live demo is also available.

A single license of the AcosminGAZZETE theme will cost you $59 and a developer’s license costs $129. However, acosmin.com is currently running a buy one get one free promotion. Add two themes to your shopping cart and type in the discount code “1FREE” to take advantage of the deal.

Themes Kingdom launches Achieved theme for blogs and businesses

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The Knights have released a blog/business style theme called Achieved. Achieved is Themes Kingdom’s third premium theme. You can take a look at the live demo now.

If you don’t feel like checking that out, here is a list of Achieved’s features:

  • Flexible homepage
  • Page templates
  • Built in contact form
  • WordPress 3.0 Menu
  • Automatic image resizing
  • Great theme admin panel
  • SEO (Search engine optimisation) for each page
  • Large collection of shortcodes
  • Layered PSD Files are included for easy modification
  • Extensive Documentation Included
  • Compatibility (IE 7, IE 8, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome)

You can get your license to Achieved and the rest of Theme Kingdom’s premium themes by becoming a member. Memberships are available for a $19 annual payment.

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WPZOOM releases Magazinum, a new WordPress theme

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WPZOOM announced earlier this month the release of their newest theme—Magazinum. It is a magazine/blog style theme.

Magazinum comes with many unique features such as a featured slideshow, a custom login form, and localization support. You can check out a full list of its features at WPZOOM or just give the demo a try.

You can buy a single license of Magazinum for $69 or a developers license for $149.

WPZOOM is currently running a promotion which enables customers to purchase two themes for $99. Submit the discount code “2FREE” after checkout to capitalize on the deal.