One theme to rule them all

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you may already know that we recently released our first theme to the official WordPress repository.  It’s called Museum Core.

Museum Core is the product of over a year of development.  A solid foundation built on responsive design, HTML5 and CSS3, with a theme options page that is secure and flexible.  It also supports localization into any language you want.  In less than a month, it’s already been downloaded more than 3,000 times.

Core marks the beginning of our shift in scope for Museum Themes.  Rather than maintaining dozens of different themes independently, all themes, past and future, will become child themes of Core.  Additionally, we’ll be using Core to build WordPress versions of our most popular and favorite Blogger templates — we’ve already released WordPress versions of Grandma’s Hat Box and dear Audrey, and more are on the way.  Soon all our themes will be driven by the powerful Core framework, while maintaining the same level of customization options they currently offer.

Exciting things are coming in the next few months for Museum Themes.  For now, here’s our promo video for Core and some more information about what it supports.

Here’s a list of some of the features in Museum Core:

  • customizable sidebar (left or right)
  • full posts or excerpts on main blog page and archive pages (excerpts support post thumbnails)
  • customizable footer text (no hard-coded author credit)
  • five typeface options for 3 different locations (headings, body and alternate) with an eye for international language support
  • customizable link colors via an easy-to-use color-picker
  • custom favicon
  • optional support for Twitter hovercards
  • responsive design that supports smaller screens and mobile
  • supports all WordPress post formats with different layouts optimized for each
  • internationalization support.  Complete Polish translation in 1.0.9 courtesy of anemoone.

 

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.

Plague Music joins thousands of other sites in protesting SOPA/PIPA

In case you missed it, Plague Music — in good company with Wikipedia, BoingBoing, Reddit and thousands more — was blacked out yesterday to protest SOPA/PIPA. Ironically, this ended up being our highest traffic day, due largely to being listed on the SOPA Strike page (which was reposted on numerous blogs and forums). However, just because we had a good run yesterday, doesn’t mean the battle is over. This issue is likely to come up again and again in the coming years as content producers attempt to control our rights to publish our own content how- and wherever we want. Plague will always oppose any law that infringes on your right of free speech and we are terrified by the fact that these lawmakers don’t even realize that they are infringing upon our right to free speech.

There were many posts throughout the web about the sites that blacked-out for the January 18th SOPA strike, however, we were particularly tickled to see our blackout page included in this post in the Ohio State University Lantern. Thanks, guys! Go Buckeyes!