Weekly Roundup: Birthday Giveaway Edition

I’ll tell you what, the roundup isn’t going to be skimpy this week. There’s a whole lot of interesting news and developments from the WordPress theme community, not the least of which is that we turned one year old and are giving away about $2,000 worth of WordPress themes from a popular theme shop. There are also couple of deals and there was a steady stream of new WordPress themes that we’ve rounded up for you.

From the Grapevine

  • The big news around here is that ThemeSorter turned one year old this week. To celebrate, we have partnered with AppThemes to give a bunch of stuff away. To enter, all you have to do is post a comment on our ThemeSorter Birthday Giveaway blog post.
  • DIYthemes released Thesis 1.8.3. This release provides increased speed, drag-and-drop image uploading, WP Network support (formerly called multisite) and Gravity Forms styling. The blog post also speaks about what’s to come with Thesis 2.0.
  • Siobhan McKeown published a great article titled WordPress Theme Trends For 2012 at Smashing Magazine. It looks at past predictions, design and development. Did you know that in 2008, some predicted the collapse of the premium theme market? Yet, here on ThemeSorter in 2012 we have more than 80 theme shops and 300 designers represented, many of whom are making full-time livings.
  • WordPress.com Theme Wrangler Ian Stewart posted his predictions for themes in 2012. Simpler options, better design. By the way, he was the guy that predicted the premium theme market’s collapse back in 2008. We think his predictions for 2012 are right on.
  • iThemes has created a wall showing faces of customers in order to remind them of who they are working for. Very nice idea and cool to see.
  • The 2012 State of iThemes webinar will be on February 22. Register now to watch it live and see where iThemes is heading this year.
  • StudioPress has been given a wee bit of a new look. Also, their all-themes package has increase by $50 to $349 due to the fact that it now includes so many more themes than it used to. You also get lifetime support and access future releases. The Genesis Framework is included.
  • Obox Themes has also made some price adjustments. And to go with those changes, you now get two free bonus themes with a single theme purchase (formerly you got one free bonus theme with the Standard Pack).
  • Speaking of deals, love is in the air at Dev4Press, where you can use coupon code VALENTINE for a 25% discount on their WordPress themes and membership packages. This will expire on February 20.

New WordPress Themes

Here they are. Lots of very nice new WordPress theme from the last week or so.

Openluxio WordPress Theme

Openluxio from ThemeForest

How’s that for a name? Openluxio. It’s unique and so is this theme. The design has a very modern look. Its menu is fixed to the top of the browser viewport so it stays in view while you scroll. Content just goes right underneath it. Some of this theme’s more unique features are the slider manager and column generator which make things a bit easier.

$35 (Single Site), Live Demo

Apogee WordPress Theme

Apogee from ThemeForest

Apogee is a WordPress theme for general use. The demo shows it a being good for business, freelance and portfolio type websites. It has a slider with three sections showing at a time. You can also show a single image or a single video. Also on the homepage is space for little bits of content such as your services or products and widgets for recent blog posts and projects.

$30 (Single Site), Live Demo

Cre8tive Burst WordPress Theme

Cre8tive Burst from StudioPress

Crea8tive Burst is a trendy child theme for the Genesis Framework by Shannon Dow of EightCrazy Designs. It has a homepage with spaces for featured sections such as services, portfolio and staff. Latest tweets and blog posts are also shown on the homepage. There are several page templates including one for a portfolio.

$79.95 (Multiple Sites), Live Demo

Parallax WordPress Theme

Parallax from ThemeForest

This WordPress theme is named after its slider which uses a parallax scrolling effect to rotate content on the homepage. You can choose various backgrounds for this effect. Parallax is a multipurpose theme with multiple portfolio and gallery templates, shortcodes, widgets and contact page with form and map. You can customize colors and background.

$35 (Single Site), Live Demo

Mosaico WordPress Theme

Mosaico from ThemeForest

Mosaico is named for its unique homepage. It shows posts with featured images in a dynamic mosaic with a block set aside for use as an introduction. Because of this image-centric homepage and multiple portfolio templates (with category filtering), this theme is ideal for use by designers, artists and photographers.

$30 (Single Site), Live Demo

Stream WordPress Theme

Stream from ThemeForest

Stream is a nice, crisp magazine-style blog theme for WordPress. It is ideal for online newspapers and magazines or bloggers who want an alternative look to the traditional blog layout. Featured stories can be shown with image in a slider on the homepage. The homepage also shows recent posts divided by category. Each article page has social sharing.

$35 (Single Site), Live Demo

StorePress WordPress Theme

StorePress from ThemeForest

StorePress is a full-featured e-commerce WordPress theme. Unlike most store themes, it does not rely on a third-party plugin for shopping cart and payment capabilities. These features are self-contained and made specifically for this theme. StorePress lets you create a complete online store that sells tangible or digital products.

$35 (Single Site), Live Demo

New Business 3 WordPress Theme

New Business 3 from ThemeForest

New Business 3 is a super clean WordPress theme that can be used by businesses, freelancers and for virtually any type of website. It comes with two styles, light and dark, and you can tweak colors from the admin area. The homepage has a large slider and space for recent work, services, etc. There are multiple portfolio page templates.

$35 (Single Site), Live Demo

Market WordPress Theme

Market from iThemes

Market is an e-commerce child that utilizes iThemes Builder drag-and-drop framework. It supports three major e-commerce plugins for WordPress. Choose to use Shopp, WP e-Commerce or Cart66. Builder is included with the theme and there are free versions of some of these plugin. They will let your customers browse products, add items to their cart, checkout and pay.

$80 (Multiple Sites), Live Demo

Quicknotes WordPress Theme

Quicknotes from ThemeForest

Quicknotes is a simple WordPress blog theme with a responsive design. Since it is responsive, it fits nicely on small screens such as those of phones and tablets. The simplicity of this theme is that is purely for blogging and shows posts in a very simple, uncluttered manner on the homepage. It utilizes WordPress post formats which means you can post quick photos, videos, quotes, etc.

$30 (Single Site), Live Demo

Config WordPress Theme

Config from ThemeForest

Config brings everything but the kitchen sink. It’s a multipurpose WordPress theme that can be used to create business, portfolio and virtually any other type of website. It comes with a highly customized admin area that makes it easy to enter content and tweak the looks of your site. You can fine tune custom colors and fonts without coding.

$35 (Single Site), Live Demo

Neon WordPress Theme

Neon from ThemeForest

This is a WordPress theme designed for businesses and creative pros such as web designers, graphic designers, photographers and illustrators. It has a clean, modern look to it. Neon can be used to create a website that promotes your services and shows off your projects. Show your work in the slider on the homepage plus on a portfolio page.

$35 (Single Site), Live Demo

Danko WordPress Theme

Danko from Themes Kingdom

Danko is a charity WordPress theme from Themes Kingdom. What’s great (other than the theme itself) is that Themes Kingdom has made this theme free for nonprofits to use. WordPress is also free, so this is a great way for charities to be able to have a nice and easy to manage website. The money saved can go toward the causes themselves.

Free, Live Demo

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About Steven Gliebe

Steven is the founder of churchthemes.com and ChurchPage. His latest project is HostingReviews.io. He's been building websites since the 90's. You can follow him at stevengliebe.com and on Twitter.
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