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Re-organized Codex Theme List (41 posts)

  1. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Everybody's got a gimmick. Blogging Pro has themes organized by release date with thumbnail previews. How to Blog has over 170 themes organized by title. And, Shadow has themes organized by title with "a huge list of themes in use on site."

    If you notice one thing in common about those three lists, it's that they all have something to bring to the table. If you want thumbnail previews, go to Blogging Pro's list. If you want possibly the largest and most comprehensive WordPress themes list, go to How to Blog's list. And, if you want to see live demos, go to Shadow's list. Well, it's about time our own list brought something to the table. I present to you the new Codex Theme List, now organized by column count.

    Please keep in mind that we are all volunteers here. Personally, I do my best to keep the Codex list up to date, but I do miss some themes. The Codex is a community effort. If your theme is not listed on the Codex list, you can always add it yourself. The same goes for making URL changes (if your site moves, for example). You can add your theme to the other lists by notifying their authors.

  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    Whoa, good work mm.

  3. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks, Kaf. I feel good knowing that I accomplished something today.

  4. HowToBlog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks for updating the Codex! Prolly means I'll have to update my list again...

    My aim is to eventually create a WordPress powered blog that demos all of the themes, reviews them, provides thumbnails, etc. But right now it's taking up all my spare time just putting the list of all of 'em together. Just crossed the 200 mark!

    Just want to reiterate my big thanks to all of the theme developers for their contributions and hard work! I'd been wanting to make the move to WP, but was overwhelmed by the amount of PHP and CSS I'd need to know in order to customize the look and feel of my site. Now I can pick from a gazillion theme choices, and learn how to customize them even more in my own sweet time - sweet!

  5. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks for that. What about themes that switch the number of cols as they transition through the front page and on into content / comments ?
    eg 3/2 cols ? :)

  6. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    What about themes that switch the number of cols as they transition through the front page and on into content / comments ?

    That's already planned for the next time I have two consecutive free hours ... Sometime in July.

  7. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Just getting set up to launch Aphrodite :)

  8. bauble
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    oh my god thats bloody fantastic!!!! do you make coffee too?

  9. bauble
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    hey, root thats the second time you're talked about two/three column changing layouts, care to show an example?

  10. shadow
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It looks like you are on top of it when it comes to maintaining the list of themes macmanx. Good job :)

    As you know, it is a time-consuming process and one which I would prefer to leave to someone else. At the time of my compiling the list on my site, I felt there was a need for it [for myself if no-one else]. However, with so many lists becoming available I will now stop maintaining mine and redirect people to the codex instead.

    Also, as you have pointed out, there are others who seem to be keen to have the biggest and best list. This was never my aim and indeed, the process meant I had to change servers at one point due to the influx of visitors to the site.

    Good luck with keeping the list up to date and perhaps if you are really lucky, the others might join forces with you and help you to maintain the codex, as opposed to everyone running round waving their own banners.

    Thanks :)

  11. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks for the compliments, Shadow. Will you at least continue to host the various themes with the theme-switcher plugin?

  12. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Fantastic work Macmanx!

  13. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think that asking or expecting Shadow to host the theme switcher could be too much - after all like he said he has had hosting problems already.

    What people need to remember is this:
    Switching in and out of a template is very very easy. Take the time to download one, unzip and upload to YOUR blog and see what it is like. It's all too easy to sit there slowly eating bandwidth and processor time at someone else's cost just to "have a look at one more".

    And if you want to know about any possible issues with any theme (they will always crop up) then SEARCH here.

  14. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    A work in progress. Aphrodite. Nothing fancy.

  15. HowToBlog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I just want to say that I never meant to step on anybody's toes in creating my post that lists every WP 1.5 theme I could find. It started out because I had visited the Codex, Alex King's site, Shadow's site, BloggingPro, etc, and saw that in no place did there exist a single source for all available WP themes.

    I wanted such a list for myself, for reference, and decided it'd be beneficial to the community to make such a list public. I also gave thanks to the above mentioned sites because without them, it would have taken me a hell of a lot longer to compile the list (and believe me, it is TIME CONSUMING!!!). I've also been scouring forums, blogs, etc in my quest to find more themes. Because I think a need for such a list exists. And yes, the more noble thing for me to do would be to just regularly update the codex - but it's non-html way of formatting makes that an even more tedious job (so MAJOR props to macmanx for all the time spent updating the Codex) - since I've started my list, I've barely been able to get any work of my own done. Nevermind my aspirations to eventually put together a WP 1.5 powered site that not only lists all the themes, but demos them and has thumbnails, etc. That can't be done in the codex. And I'll be the first to admit that I wanted credit for my work, and that it has turned out to be a great way to promote my own blog on 'How to Blog' (which, I feel, is a great source of information for those who are trying to learn how to blog and deserves a little exposure).

    But my aim wasn't to compete with the other lists, just fill a void. And I'd be thrilled if others like Shadow and Blogging Pro would like to collaborate on creating a WP Theme specific site that combines the best features of all lists. The hosting package I've got has me pre-paying for loads more bandwidth that I've yet to use, so at I can afford for people to play around with the themes on my server (once I install them on my server...)

    I certainly meant any disrespect to the others who maintain their own lists of WordPress Themes, rather my appreciation goes out to them. Nor would I say that my list is the 'Best' (just the most comprehensive). I'm truly sorry if anyone ever thought otherwise.

  16. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think that asking or expecting Shadow to host the theme switcher could be too much - after all like he said he has had hosting problems already.

    I agree. I was just asking, sorry.

  17. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    How to Blog, there's no disrespect taken, at least by me. I know that maintaining the themes list has been hard on Shadow, and I don't think he minds your list at all. Keep up the great work, How to Blog! Your list is like Chia Pet of themes list. ^_- It just keep growing.

  18. XeroCool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Howtoblog, Is it ok If I copy and paste your list to a page on my site (r0x0rz.info/wp-themes) which It will probaly be and update the list everyday? :)

    -XeroCool

  19. HowToBlog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks macmanx

    And the reason it keeps growing is thanks to the hard work of all the generous folk in the WP community who keep pumping out the themes - my greatest of thanks to all of you - man are you guys keeping me busy!!!!!

  20. HowToBlog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    XeroCool -

    If you're insinuating that all I did was cut and paste from other people's lists, you'd be incorrect - I put a lot of time in compiling that list, AND I also gave credit to all of the other lists that I did use as sources - but they were not the only sources for the themes on my list. Is there something wrong with believing that there should be a source on the net where people can find a comprehensive list of all WP 1.5 themes available for download? Cuz with the amount of time its taking me to put it together and maintain it, and the backlash from folks like you, it makes me wonder if I should've just kept the list to myself - after all, it was initially created for my own personal reference.

  21. XeroCool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    HowToBlog, I think you missed my post above yours. :P

    Can you read it? :). Thanks. :)

  22. HowToBlog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    XeroCool - refresh the page. You'll see I addressed your post in a seperate reply.

  23. XeroCool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    No. I'm not saying your stealing other peoples work, and credit doesnt really matter as long as you got a link. I was wondering If I could take the themes you have on your site, put them on mines, and update it daily.

  24. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think How to Blog, after doing all of that hard work, would prefer that you simply linked to her list, rather than rip it out from under her.

  25. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Now howtoblog: if we could just persuade you to upgrade to WordPress ....................

    To everybody else - my take is that there is going to be bags of room for diversity and value added . Our ideas will never be our own. If someone improves it then lets improve on that . Out of the mists I see a demand for themes of some identifiable technical standard, and themes which are clearly identified as running on common templates. A long list is just that. A list.

  26. HowToBlog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    What macmanx said.

    Sorry if I misunderstood your intent XeroCool - I thought you were mocking me. But yes, I would mind if you copied my list into your blog.

    However, a link to my list would be thoroughly appreciated :)

  27. HowToBlog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Root - I know, I know - no persuasion is necessary - I got started with TypePad b/c it was cake to make my site look and feel exactly how I wanted. I didn't know enough about php and css to accomplish the same thing in WP. But now that there are so many great themes available, all my future blogging (other than the original 'How to Blog') will be done on WP. Hell, like I mentioned above, I'm already paying for a whole lot of bandwidth that isn't getting fully used, so I'd prefer to use a hosted solution rather than TP anyway. My only concern is whether WP blogs get indexed as well in Google as TypePad - Google just love TypePad sites and sends me a pretty steady stream of traffic almost as fast as I'm posting. I don't know if that's because of TypePad's 'recently updated blogs' list that show up on tons of blogs every time you update a post, making it even easier for google to find and spider new posts. We're getting off topic now, but I am curious to know if googlebot is as kind to WP hosted sites.

  28. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    RE: Googlebot mechanics

    I end up at or near the top of Google searches all the time for stuff I've recently blogged about. The search refers often surprise the heck out of me!

  29. XeroCool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Kaf, Congrats. You think you can beat my site r0x0rz.info in a competition :P? Heh. My site is popular so I get good results from google/yahoo most of the time.

  30. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I just banned it :)

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