WordPress Community News #2

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There has been so much news in WordPress community lately, and I didn’t want to overload you guys by making a post for each, so I’m just going to do a big wrap-up. Wrap-ups are fun, right?

1. Fluency Admin Style Plugin

There’s been a lot of talk about the new WordPress 2.5 Dashboard design. Most people I know don’t like the change, but personally, I like it. It’s something new and refreshing from the previous WordPress Dashboard designs.

For those of you who don’t like the new Dashboard design, you can thank Dean Robinson for creating the Fluency Admin Style Plugin. I installed it the other day to test it out, and I must say, it’s not bad. And if you don’t like the Fluency Admin Style, consider making your own Admin Style plugin.

2. Probama WordPress Theme

I love this theme. It’s so organized and the design is pretty awesome for a free theme. It’s packed with tons of features, from a Control Panel, Dynamic subpage menus, and RSS integration with BarackObama.com.

3. Press Box WordPress Theme

When I see this theme, I think of one thing. Professional. Especially the way it’s presented. The design is clean, and simple, just how I like my designs. Press Box is also packed with quite a few options and is available as a Free Limited Version or Premium Version.

4. The Next WordPress Default Theme

What’s one of the first things you’re greeted by when you install a fresh copy of WordPress on your server? The default WordPress theme – Kubrick. Ian Stewart of Theme Shaper brings up an interesting point that Kubrick has been the default theme for too long and that we need a change. And I agree.

In his post, Ian discusses why WordPress needs a new default theme, nominates The Sandbox WordPress theme, and what we should look for in the new default theme. He’s also holding a contest to win some WordPress themes provided by iThemes. To enter, simply let the community know what you think the next WordPress default theme should be like by commenting on the site or blogging about it.

5. Colourise WordPress Theme

Colourise is another free Premium WordPress theme and is one of the first dark ones I’ve seen. I’ve gotta say, I also really like this theme. It’s simple, classy, and that aurora image is just sexy.

Colourise includes a tabbed JavaScript sidebar and an advanced editing options panel so you can customize it exactly how you want it. Did I mention this is all for free?

6. WordCamp Dallas 2008

Want to meet up with some other WordPress geeks? WordPress Dallas 2008 is being held at the end of this month and it’s only $20, so if you live close to Dallas, make sure to check it out. Although I will not be attending, I do know a few people who are, so I’ll make sure to get the scoop from them.

7. Mastering Your WordPress Theme Hacks and Techniques

Looking for some more WordPress hacks? Noupe has put together a huge collection of WordPress theme hacks, techniques, and other stuff. There is so much stuff, it’s actually kind of scary!

4 thoughts on “WordPress Community News #2

  1. I’d honestly rather have an option to use the old admin page or the new. I really HATE the new admin pages writing page. All the wasted space on the right used to house the options for making posts, now I have to scroll down to get to those options. How is this making it easier? Easier is making it so users don’t have to move around the screen as much.

  2. @Jeff – Yeah that article is pretty great. I’ve bookmarked it in my Resources folder 😉

    @Dan – An option for using the old admin would actually be really sweet. And yeah I understand where you’re coming from. I also disagree with a few other design flaws.

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