There are literally millions of WordPress powered websites and blogs on the internet and millions of other sites using other blogging platforms. Sometimes you just need a fresh look at things. That’s why I’m bringing you the “Down Under” theme for WordPress. It’s so easy to have one site start to look just like every other, so I set out to create a functional site with an unique layout.
The main post list for Down Under features a large thumbnail, that is automatically generated from the image of your choosing for each post. This list also contains vital information like the title, date and number of comments. Plus a quick excerpt from the post content.
This layout is not only unique it is flexible for many types of blogs. It is superb as a photoblog or portfolio site. The theme even includes a portfolio post layout to show off a collection of images or proofs. Down Under would also make a great magazine site or traditional blog for people who want to show off great imagery with their posts.
One of the great features that comes built into the theme is Type Kit. Type Kit is a tool that allows you to use great typography on the web. Plus with free accounts available even for commercial sites, there’s no reason to leave it out. I’ve created an option in the theme control panel where you can enable Type Kit and add the fonts you’d like to use. Part of what makes Type Kit so great is that it has partnered with many font foundries to offer some really great fonts for us to use–far better than the free ones available on the web.
Here’s a quick list of the main features:
- Built in support for Type Kit so you can use great fonts on the web (optional, not required)
- Automatic thumbnails
- Portfolio post template to show off your work
- Built in Fancy Box gallery with valid XHTML code to replace WordPress’ built in function
- Optional sidebar ads widget so you can display ads on your pages and posts
- Optional ad space after the first post on each page
- Easy to use theme control panel
- Archive page to provide a quick way of seeing all your posts in one place
- Five styles that you can easily choose in the control panel
- Use your own logo or the site’s title
- Valid XHTML code and exciting use of CSS 3 for browsers that can use it
- Previous and Next page buttons integrated into the footer navigation
- Cross browser checked
- Amazing support straight from the theme author