Organic Themes is excited to announce a new theme concept — the Block Theme! The theme is currently in the final design stages before moving to development. We are planning to release the theme next month and wanted to introduce a few teaser images in the meantime. It will be a tight, block style design with clean and modern aesthetics. The theme features a unique 3 column layout with featured articles of the desired category displayed in both the left sidebar and main content column. It will also feature a unique and stylish featured content slider that will be controlled within the Organic Theme options. The Block Theme will be created for the design conscious crowd, and appeal to wide variety of businesses within that demographic.
With the release of WordPress 2.9, the Post Thumbnail function was implemented in to the platform. It automatically re-sizes images for perfect placement within a site. In the past, this effect could be achieved by the use of custom fields and a script known as TimThumb. It was a decent workaround, but a cumbersome process, incompatible with some servers and a chunky bit of code that could potentially increase loading times. For people new to the WordPress platform, working with custom fields can be a confusing process. Even for the veterans it’s annoying trying to manage multiple custom field names. Post Thumbnail is the answer to all of these problems.
We are very excited to announce the launch of Organic Themes — a fresh new premium WordPress theme shop! In fact, excited is a huge understatement. We have been working on Organic Themes for the greater portion of 2009 and 2010. Our goal has been to create a theme shop that offers fresh new designs and resources for the WordPress community, and we’re stoked to see it come to fruition. Rather than releasing many mediocre themes within a short time, our focus is to release one spectacular new theme per month while providing updates to our existing themes with new color options, layouts and taking advantage of the constant new features from WordPress.
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to search engine optimization. However, these are a few easy practices that I found to be effective, and you don’t have to be an SEO genius to start implementing them. Hopefully you find them to be helpful.
There are many new and exciting updates to the WordPress platform with the release of version 2.9. Some of our favorite new features include the image editing tools, batch plugin updates and trash can features. Watch the official WordPress video below to learn more. Visit wordpress.org for even more information regarding the release of 2.9. Organic Themes are optimized to take advantage of the new features of WordPress 2.9.