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Free WordPress themes 2013

logo: WordPressMany of the newer designs are "responsive" themes, which means the theme is designed to work with virtually any display size from hi-res monitors to smartphones.

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  • Resources: Free WordPress themes 2013

    Demos: A few notable free WordPress themes

    These links are demos of some of the WordPress themes I found interesting. It is the list above which showcases many dozens or even hundreds of nice, free, newish WordPress themes.

    Testing WordPress themes: ‘Stylesheet is missing’ error

    public domain artworkWe at Nashville SEO & Web Content manage dozens of blogs for clients, many on rather low budgets — so we are constantly on the lookout for the very best free WordPress themes we can find. I am investing significant time and effort this evening in the testing of dozens of free WordPress themes collected from various sites over the last few months.

    One of the most common problems users encounter when testing new WordPress themes is the missing stylesheet. When this happens, the theme is listed at the bottom of the Manage Themes page (under Appearance -- Themes in the WordPress administration backend) in a list of “Broken Themes” with the description, “Stylesheet is missing”.

    This issue is explained very well in the knowledgebase of Envato’s support section under “My WordPress Theme isn’t working, what should I do” in the section called “Common ‘Broken Theme’ and ‘Stylesheet Missing’ WordPress Issues”.

    Luckily, this issue is almost always due to a very simple circumstance which is easily corrected. In a nutshell, many zips (compressed files & folders) contain an extra directory (folder) layer which often tricks WordPress into believing the style sheet isn’t there, when it really is there. It’s just buried too deeply within the theme folders.

    For instance, let us suppose you downloaded a WordPress theme called Brown. The zip file you downloaded is called brown-ver-1. When you unzip the brown-ver-1 folder, you see that it contains a folder called brown. Inside the brown folder are the actual files comprising the WordPress theme. You must get rid of that extra layer before you upload the theme to WordPress for testing. That is, when you open the final package there should not be an extra directory layer before you see the style.css file and all the other files that make up the applicable WordPress theme.

    Correct: brown — style.css
    Incorrect: brown-ver-1 — brown — style.css

    Exactly how one corrects the issue depends on which method is being used to upload new themes to the WordPress installation on the web server.

    The two main methods are:

    1. Using WordPress upload process
    2. Using an FTP client

    I strongly prefer to use an FTP client to move files back and forth between my system and the web server. I cannot imagine taking the extra time to use the built-in WordPress uploading process. The two categories of uploads on which much time can be saved with an FTP client are images and themes.

    Results of testing: Will finish this later

    Successful themes
    These themes look great and work well as soon as they are activated; they require little or no implementation time.

    • DailyPost 1.0.5 by wplook

    Themes requiring setup

    • Business lite 3.1.19 by CyberChimps WordPress Themes
    • BizWay 1.5 by InkThemes.com

    Themes failing preview

    • Yasmin 1.0.0

    Resources: Testing WordPress themes: ‘Stylesheet is missing’ error

    This post was started on Sunday, September 09, 2012

    Free XHTML/CSS templates, free WordPress themes (Aug 2012)

    structureHere’s another batch of documented research results — this time, from well over two hours of searching for high-quality, free WordPress themes and CSS/XHTML layouts today. I was rather impressed with some of the surprisingly good themes and layouts.

    However, with HTML5 out, those who still prefer XHTML layouts must be more discriminating; most of the latest non-WordPress layouts are HTML5 – and from what I know so far, I still prefer XHTML to HTML5.

    I scored more free responsive WordPress themes with real potential today than anything else. (NOTE: Responsive designs are those which do not break down even with major, device-dependent changes to a site’s display width — meaning a single design will work on a variety of devices, from a large monitor to a small-screened smartphone.)

    The award for best new resource site found today goes to Fresh Design Web, where many wonderful free WordPress themes were found and downloaded from pages like 36 Best Free WordPress Themes with Responsive Layout.

    I noticed many other resource collections with real potential for the WordPress blogger with an eye for freebies; more on those later, perhaps.

    (Where does all the time go?)

    Resources: Best free XHTML/CSS templates 2012

    Favorite individual designers offering freebies

    The web designers in this section deserve special recognition for making FREE quality CSS/XHTML layouts available to everyone for many years. Many thanks to all of you; your offerings helped me learn web development in the early 2000s.

    Free WordPress theme collections

    Free WordPress theme designers

    Possibly good free responsive WP themes
    http://www.wpzoom.com/
    Possibly good free responsive WP themes
    http://premium.wpmudev.org/
    Possibly good free responsive WP themes
    http://www.getskeleton.com/
    PressCoders
    http://www.presscoders.com/designfolio-setup/

    Possible sources for free XHTML/CSS templates

    CSS Templates Market
    http://csstemplatesmarket.com/freecsstemplates/
    not very promising

    This post was started on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Finding the best free WordPress themes in 2012

    The list below (“Resources“) contains some great places to look for nice, new – and best of all, FREE — WordPress themes.

    logo: WordPressWhen choosing from amongst WordPress themes, I strongly recommend choosing at least five or ten of your favorite themes. WordPress themes can be rather unpredictable, and only a portion of these themes actually appear as advertised without requiring substantial additional setup work. It has been my experience that more than half of the WordPress themes I test do not look anything like the model or example site indicated the theme would look, which probably means that more work is required in order to configure the theme to an operational or usable level.

    When this happens, I immediately remove that theme from the running and move on to the next choice.

    Resources: Best free WordPress themes 2012

    Resources: Other WordPress theme links

    This section contains links to timely and interesting resources about WordPress themes — but not free themes.

    Useful WordPress Tools, Themes And Plugins (Mar 2012) – Smashing Magazine
    http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/03/22/useful-wordpress-tools-themes-plugins/
    Best Newspaper Themes For WordPress – Smashing Magazine
    http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/05/23/best-wordpress-themes-newspapers/
    http://bloggingexperiment.com/best-wordpress-themes
    http://www.site5.com/wordpress-themes/

    http://www.briskstudios.com/theme-starter-for-wordpress-3-0/

    Monthly roundups: Free WordPress themes

    Free WordPress themes: 2011 collections

    Free WordPress themes: 2010 collections

    Testing new WordPress themes

    To be edited and posted later
    logo: WordPressIf you wish to test new WordPress themes yourself, it’s not hard. You must have an FTP account to your web host & know how to use it (Purpose: To transfer files from your local hard drive to your web hosting server). You must find the WordPress themes you’d like to test, download files for the WordPress themes you’d like to test, unzip the files, then upload them to your web host, then test them by logging in and choosing Appearance – Themes from the main WordPress menu. [ read more ]

    Issues with WordPress themes

    After you have downloaded and tested a few new WordPress themes to see how they look skinning (as the new skin on) your existing WordPress blog, you will quickly learn that some WordPress themes do not always appear or behave as one might expect. [ read more ]

    This post was started on April 2, 2012.
    This post was updated on Sunday, August 05, 2012.

    How to burn a DVD with Freemake Video Converter freeware

    Freemake Video Converter logoEventually, this post will include an idiot-proof How-To set of steps showing how to burn a DVD that will play in a normal DVD player.

    I had wrongly assumed that burning to DVD by default implied that the burned disc would play on a DVD player. I wasted plenty of blank DVDs before I realized the error, blaming all the failures on faulty freeware, bad blank DVD discs, etc.

    Not every video burned to a DVD will play on a home DVD player. For that you need to reproduce DVD-Video structure consisting of VOB, IFO, BUP files. Freemake Video Converter is an easy solution to create DVD videos. Follow the below steps to burn DVD video for your home DVD. (Source: How to burn DVD video: Freemake)

    Earlier today, I used Freemake Video Converter to create two DVDs that played satisfactorily on my DVD player by following the instructions on the Freemake page, How to burn DVD video. The results were not perfect, but then again I have not yet seen a perfectly burned DVD of downloaded video. There are occasional bad spots.

    Step one: Tap +Video
    Click the +Video button

    Step two: Select files
    Browse your hard drive(s) or other storage media for the video(s) you’d like to burn to DVD

    Step three: Set parameters
    Click "to DVD"; use the default settings or change aspect ratio, title, menu type, video system…

    Step four: Burn it
    Make sure that the output destination is your DVD drive; insert a blank DVD disc and click "Burn"…

    Test results: Most reliable DVD burning freeware yet

    After 48 hours of testing, I am pleased to say that Freemake Video Converter is the best DVD burning freeware I have tested yet! So far I have burned about 15 discs — and there have been zero failures! This is outstanding in comparison to the others I’ve tested recently.

    Resources: How to burn DVD with Freemake Video Converter freeware

    Saturday, April 28, 2012