Museum Core is coming

Over 2 years of thought, research and development has gone into our new theme framework (and free WordPress theme) Museum Core. It’s currently available on GitHub and will be available to download, for free, in the WordPress.org repository soon. Core supports post formats, custom backgrounds and header images, custom menus, has an all new theme options panel with customizable font options and link colors. There are a lot more features under the hood and this will soon be the framework for all of our themes. It will also mark the beginning of a new model for selling themes and support. Core will always be free, all our existing and future themes will be child themes of Core, and we will put an immediate priority on porting our existing Blogger templates to be WordPress child themes of Core. Once that’s done, we will introduce a new membership model in which you pay a monthly membership fee and have access to all our themes. That will be over 25 themes with more to come for one monthly subscription. We’ll have more information as we get closer to the change. We’ll still continue to support and sell themes individually but the membership will be a much better deal.

Grid

Grid is a theme I started working on for my own site and decided to make it available as a free theme.  I wanted a dark theme this time around, and I wanted to play with the idea of having a grid background like Justin Tadlock‘s site and the optional grid.png background image you get when you’re working in the blueprintCSS framework.  I also wanted to play around with layering text on top of itself in a way that partially obscures the content.  As such, this theme isn’t for everyone, but I’m pretty ecstatic about it.  Grid uses a variable-width layout, so it’s always taking up the full screen no matter what resolution you are using.  It has support for Asides, 4 widget areas in the footer and one in the sidebar, optional left/right sidebar and full posts/post excerpts on the blog page, and built-in Twitter hovercards.

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AP-Blueprint

screenshot AP Blueprint

AP Blueprint is a theme framework we initially built a year ago.  Since then, we’ve used it as the foundation of all of our themes, be it for client work or Museum Themes.  But after a while, we started to add things to themes that weren’t in the framework.  Over time, this got to be more and more common, so we decided it was time to update the framework.

The most recent version includes @Twitter hovercards, better styling for post comments, a few additions to the sharing links under posts, the updated Tweet This link from Twitter and the new Tweet This button, widgetized footer, WordPress 3.0 menus, and a theme options page for social networking links, Twitter controls, and sidebar controls.

Interested in contributing to, or building on top of AP-Blueprint?  We’ve also set up a repository on GitHub.

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Color Garden

Color Garden is a free theme released on Museum Themes under the GPLv3.  This theme is jam-packed with features, from WordPress 3.0 functionality to Twitter integration.  Color Garden uses WP3.0′s custom header option, and comes with 4 unique headers that accent the 4 color palette options available on the theme options page.  We’ve also built in custom menus, custom backgrounds, and post thumbnails, hitting all the bases for cutting-edge WordPress functionality.  If you use Twitter, we’ve got you covered there, too, integrating Twitter’s new Tweet button into our existing social sharing block on single post pages and providing options to display your latest tweets in the sidebar or the footer.  The footer and sidebar are completely widgetized, and the footer has three distinct columns to add widgets.  If that wasn’t enough, we’ve embedded a custom typeface in the header using CSS font-face.  Each color palette has its own unique stylesheet, so you can easily use this theme as a framework or build child themes (or skins) for it.

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Middle Name: Danger

screenshot big1 750x438 Middle Name: Danger

Middle Name: Danger is the brother to Baby SweetTooth.  It’s got the same magazine-style layout and multiple widgetized sidebars with optional video embed and FeedBurner integration.  In fact, everything cool about Baby SweetTooth is there in Middle Name: Danger, the only difference is the boy colors vs. the pink and brown in SweetTooth.  Whereas Baby SweetTooth was a re-release, we never released Middle Name: Danger because we were waiting to work out the bugs of SweetTooth.  Now that we have, we can release both, side-by-side, as they were meant to be, so you can be set for your baby girl’s blog or your baby boy’s blog (or both!).

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