Purpose 2.0 – Is Your Business Website Still Without Purpose?

The Purpose Theme has received its first major update since its release. We simply improved upon an already great theme. Take a look at the new demo and improvements below.

Enhanced Customizer Experience

The Purpose Theme already utilized the WordPress customizer for theme options. However, we have further extended the functionality by adding new options and partials. So featured sections can be selected and edited within the customizer simply by clicking on them in the preview window. In addition, we have added several more color options to the featured home page sections that update in real-time. Overall, we have improved the customizer experience for a fast and simple theme setup process.

Custom Header Video

Custom header videos were introduced with the release of WordPress 4.7. We have integrated this new functionality into the Purpose Theme. So now you can upload a video of your choosing, or simply paste a link to a YouTube video in order to display a full-width background video header. Do it all within the WordPress customizer to watch the changes take place in real-time!

Starter Content

WordPress 4.7 also introduced starter content as a much needed solution. When new users install a theme on a new WordPress installation for the first time, there has historically been a disconnect between what the users see in the theme demo, and what they see upon first activation. This has always been a disappointing aspect of the user experience that theme developers have tried to address through imperfect solutions such as importing demo content. Starter content is a big step in the right direction to improving this experience.

When activating Purpose on a fresh WordPress installation, enter the customizer to see your site pre-populated with a few example pages, custom menus, sample logo and header. All of the starter content can be used as a guide, and changed quickly and easily within the customizer.

Split Content Page Template

Purpose has a new Split Content page template. The featured image is fixed on the left of the browser window, and your scrolling content displays on the right.

It’s Better All-Around

In addition to the major integrations, we have significantly cleaned up the existing code base. Depreciated code has been removed. Scripts and styles have been updated. New fonts weights and icons have been added. The header has been reworked to use CSS flexbox for a more reliable positioning of the logo and menu. Overall, it’s a huge improvement for new and existing customers.

Give your website Purpose, once again.

Tasteful – A New WordPress Theme For Foodies

Our latest theme was designed with impeccable taste for foodies, chefs and anyone that appreciates the fine art of cooking. The Tasteful Theme was created with food on the brain, but it may have been a symptom of hunger. Because Tasteful is a flexible WordPress theme for any classy website.

Tasteful uses post formats for displaying articles in a variety of layouts. So the appearance of your blog changes dynamically with the use of different formats.

Post formats provide unique layout options for posts.

Theme options in the Tasteful Theme are managed within the WordPress customizer. So you can watch your customizations to the theme take place in real-time. The customizer is core supported by WordPress, and we believe it’s the future of theme management. There are no confusing custom options panels, and the theme is ready to start using immediately out-of-the-box.

Use the WordPress customizer to change theme options.

Tasteful is a responsive WordPress theme. It molds perfectly to any mobile device. In addition, the theme is optimized for high-resolution screens. So your food pictures will look delicious on high-resolution screens. The theme is also compatible with popular plugins. Jetpack, WooCommerce and Gravity Forms all work seamlessly with the theme.

Start sharing your recipes and food experiences with the Tasteful Theme!

The Portfolio Theme v6 — The Best WordPress Theme For Artists and Designers, Again!

The Portfolio Theme has received another overhaul. It’s the sixth major update to our popular theme for artists. We have re-designed and re-developed it from scratch. As a result, the Portfolio Theme is better than ever! It features a more dynamic and responsive layout, and an easier setup process!

As a designer and illustrator, I created the original version of the Portfolio Theme to be used as a personal portfolio for my design and illustration work. Our most popular themes have developed from the desire to fill a personal need, and the latest version of the Portfolio Theme is no different. My personal site was in need of a facelift. So the Portfolio Theme was once again re-built to suit the needs of my personal portfolio and blog.

The new Portfolio Theme is ridiculously easy to use. Portfolio pages are created using categories, and the theme includes page templates for displaying various slideshows. Slideshows are centered vertically and horizontally within the browser window. So your work is always the center of attention. In addition, the theme is compatible with the portfolio custom post type available with the Jetpack plugin. As a result, using Jetpack plugin provides an additional way of adding projects to your site.

As with all Organic Themes, options are managed within the native WordPress customizer. There are no bulky and confusing control panels. Just open the customizer to watch your changes take place in real-time!

Color options abound within the new Portfolio Theme! As with our recently updated Structure Theme, when changing the background color to a darker color — content automatically adjusts to a lighter color. So no matter what color you choose, your content will always be visible!

Content is always visible, even on dark background colors!

Overall, Version 6 of the Portfolio Theme is a simple, minimal and dynamic website solution for anyone in the creative industry. Give your talent the professional presentation it deserves with the latest version of the Portfolio Theme!

Note: This is a major theme update! If you are updating to Version 6 from Version 5 of the theme, the design of your site will be completely different. In addition, you may need to reset options within the WordPress customizer. If you unknowingly updated to this version, and need to revert back to the previous version, please contact us for assistance.

Sideways – A WordPress Theme With A Fresh Perspective

For our latest theme, we took traditional a blog layout, and turned it on it’s side. The Sideways Theme introduces a new style to the Organic Themes collection. It features a unique, split layout. The featured image appears to the left of the window, while your content displays beautifully on the right.

The split layout of the Sideways Theme feels more like reading a book than viewing a website. So the theme has a strong focus on clean typography and legibility. In addition, Sideways is a smart theme. It analyzes the colors of images and backgrounds, and changes the text color on top accordingly to be legible.

Sideways is fully responsive and optimized for high resolution screens. On mobile devices, the layout snaps into a more traditional, single column layout. Also, the theme is compatible with major plugins. So you get all the bonus functionality provided by plugins like WooCommerce, Jetpack, Gravity Forms and more!

Setting up the theme takes a matter of seconds. In fact, it should be ready to go upon activation. However, if you need to make adjustments, the options can be changed in real-time within the WordPress customizer.

Turn your website on its head with the Sideways Theme! Check it out today!

The Nonprofit Website Builder With GivingPress 2.0

Organic Themes has always been passionate about helping nonprofit organizations create their website. We regularly volunteer our time and expertise, and have donated our products to nonprofits for years. Creating WordPress themes is great, but we really want to do more for the world. Launching GivingPress early last year was a natural evolution for our company.

GivingPress 2.0 introduces a new website builder for nonprofits. In addition, we are now offering the GivingPress Pro theme individually, and providing managed WordPress hosting for nonprofits. As we continue to grow, we will offer more child themes and additional products for organizations.

How Did We Create A Nonprofit Website Builder?

We built the nonprofit website builder using WordPress, our powerful GivingPress Pro theme, and a suite of custom developed plugins.

WordPress is easy for most of our theme customers. However, many nonprofits are coming to GivingPress with no prior knowledge of WordPress. The new users found the default WordPress platform to be overwhelming. So with our theme and suite of plugins, we transformed WordPress into a much, much easier experience. We removed the bloat. Take a look:

The default WP admin — yuck!

The GivingPress admin — nice!

In addition to customizing the admin experience, we extended the native WordPress customizer to achieve the nonprofit website builder. We accomplished this using the amazing Customize Posts plugin by Weston Ruter, and some custom plugins and widgets we have personally developed.

We love what Weston is doing with the WordPress customizer, and we believe it’s the future of the platform. Organic Themes has always found it better to work with the direction of WordPress rather than against it. So instead of creating a clunky, proprietary, unsupported website builder — we extended the WordPress customizer. As a result, the GivingPress nonprofit website builder will never become outdated.

A New Theme For Nonprofits

The GivingPress Pro 2.0 theme is a new WordPress theme for nonprofits. The theme integrates seamlessly with the popular Give donation plugin, WooCommerce and Gravity Forms. GivingPress Pro is packed with features. It includes several page templates, custom post types for team members and projects, and custom widgets for displaying various sections throughout your site. The user experience of GivingPress Pro is seamless and simple for anybody to use. Anita Mueller of the Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters organization had this to say about the theme:

“GivingPress Pro is a really great theme! I cannot tell you how many themes I have abandoned because they were just too complicated.”

We have designed the theme to be highly customizable. Changing the logo, colors, fonts, layout and more can all be accomplished with ease in the WordPress customizer. In addition, the code is impeccable with commenting throughout in case you wish to make more extensive changes. Take a look at the variety of demos we have created using the theme.

Overall, we are extremely excited to provide the GivingPress nonprofit website builder and GivingPress Pro theme to organizations. Our goal is to create an affordable and professional website solution specific to the needs of nonprofits. Check out GivingPress today, and use it to supercharge a cause that you’re passionate about!

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