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With the impending launch of the Amplify Theme, we are announcing the retirement of many of our older themes, effective immediately. These themes will be replaced over the next few months with brand new themes that contain similar but much improved functionality, aesthetics, documentation, automatic theme updates, and usability.
The reason we chose to retire these themes rather than simply update them was that they were built upon an older, bulkier version of the UpThemes Framework and were not built as mobile-first responsive themes. One of our goals moving forward is to build themes that are fast, lightweight, responsive, easy-to-use, and look amazing on any device. The themes we are retiring no longer meet those requirements and that’s why we have chosen to end of life the following products:
- Garage Band Theme
- Micro Theme
- Charity Theme
- Holding Pattern
- Gallery Pro
For all our current customers, we will continue to offer these theme files for download, but will not be offering support, effective immediately. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
At UpThemes, we care about making our products the best they can be and are committed to ensuring the themes we create are kept up to date with the ever-changing standards in web development. Responsive web design involves an approach to development that ultimately delivers a website that adapts to any medium you may be viewing it on, whether that be your phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
While most themes sell responsive web design as a premium feature, we believe it to be not a feature at all, but a standard practice for every product we put out.
Personality is a simple, beautiful blogging theme that combines clean typography and a flexible layout, making it easy to blog about anything with great clarity. Our goal was to deliver a clean, crisp, elegant typography-based theme for bloggers. I think we succeeded.
Offering multiple page layouts, Sass/Compass-powered styles, and integration with the WordPress Theme Customizer, Personality makes it easy to get a custom look for your blog in just a couple minutes. If you’re looking for an easy to customize yet simple and elegant theme, Personality is for you.
Personality is a responsive, fluid-width theme that looks great on any modern smartphone or tablet and makes it easy to share different types of content with your readers.
If you’ve ever used a free WordPress form plugin like Contact Form 7 – you understand my pain. There have been many advances in the free theme world, but for the most part, full-featured plugins have really lagged behind. In my opinion, they always will.
Remember me telling you about the upcoming themes for January? I know, it’s probably been the longest week of your life. Well, as promised, we are excited to release Gallery into your capable hands today.
As I said before, this is not the Gallery theme of old. We improved the codebase from the ground up. We made it responsive. Content types get their own unique touches like custom styling for all the new post types like “Status” and “Video” and a slick slider for the photo “Gallery” posts. We also put serious thought towards making theme customization easy. Incorporating SASS and Compass makes a completely different look only few color value changes away. And the list goes on.
I’m extremely excited to announce that the UpThemes Framework, our tiny little theme options framework, now uses the new WordPress 3.5 Iris colorpicker as well as the new media uploader.
What Does This Mean for Users?
Well, for one, it means you must upgrade to WordPress 3.5 before using the latest version of our themes. The framework is no longer backwards-compatible with old versions of WordPress. Sorry, but we want you to be as secure and up-to-date as possible.
For two, it means easy usage of the Live Theme Customizer to preview your theme modifications without tinkering with your live site until the changes are loaded in and ready for launch.
What Does It Mean for Developers?
Same stuff as above. No changes are required to the way you instantiate your theme options. Simply create your option arrays just like before and the new colorpicker and image uploader will work seamlessly out of the box.
I want to recognize two developers that helped (unknowingly) contribute to this update. Rachel Baker, wrote a lovely post on how to use the new WordPress color picker in a plugin, which helped me out tremendously when implementing this new functionality for the UpThemes Framework. Also, Thomas Griffin, developer of the incredible Soliloquy plugin, who wrote a well-documented and extremely simple plugin to help folks like me integrate the new WP media utility. Thanks Rachel and Thomas!
Questions? Let Us Know!
If you come across any issues, feel free to help us out on Github, where the UpThemes Framework is currently hosted and being actively developed.
We’re releasing a new theme for both WordPress and Statamic (an awesome new CMS requiring no database). The theme was designed by Galen Gidman and is called “Understated” and focuses on beautiful typography with a pop of color. We decided to put together a short 30-second clip to share it with you all:
The theme will be released in the upcoming Statamic Add-On Marketplace and will also be available in our Club Membership which is an amazing value at just $39 or $99/year. Learn more about our membership options here.
WordPress Tips & Tricks For Everyone
While browsing through the archives of the UpThemes blog, I noticed something interesting. There is a ton of good information there for people serious about getting the most out of WordPress. And you know what else? The people that write it know what they are talking about. They live and breathe (a very advanced technique) WordPress and want to share what they’ve learned.
It’s dead-simple. It’s you. It’s Mi.
In this crazy, mixed-up world of web this and mobile that, wouldn’t it be nice for a few pixels of the world to be all about you? That’s what we thought. And that’s why we created Mi, a beautifully uncluttered microblog WordPress theme that removes the distractions and puts the focus on your content.
Your All-In-One Food Blog Theme
Here at UpThemes, we’re fans of food. Big fans. But we looked around for a simple and and intuitive way to share our favorite recipes and came up as empty as search for good Pad Thai in El Paso (Nada. I’ve tried). So with the design help of the lovely and talented Gedy Rivera, we did what we do best – made our own.
Data migration is an essential task when converting static sites into WordPress themes. For simple static content sites, it’s just a few quick copy/pastes into the content area on a post/page and you’re finished. However, if you encounter a more complex site, you might find yourself with a lot of hard-coded data that is not as easily imported.
For today only, get a huge 50% discount on any of our individual themes listed on Creative Market. Every theme is available at an amazing price of just $19 per theme.
In addition, for Black Friday, we’ve released a brand new theme called Yumblog – a totally rad responsive food blogging theme. If you or someone you know needs a way to share recipes, this theme is perfect in every way. Buy this theme now and gift it to a friend, use it for a customer, or give it to your mom. This theme is an excellent way to share recipes.