WordPress Developer Tools

WordPress Developer Tools

WordPress Developer Tools


During the last 3 years while providing web-design and development solutions to our clients over at Reflection Media, we’re tried our best to optimize our processes and development time by reusing code, creating a database of often used code snipets and constructing generalist plugins when possible.

While this didn’t always work out as expected, we’ve tried to push for these goals to the best of our abilities and tried to “Do The Right Thing” as often as possible. Out of our efforts we ended up with two cool projects: BareSkin – a WordPress Starter Theme and Custom Field Creator – a easy to use class to create Meta Boxes for posts, pages and custom post types.

By building these WordPress Developer Tools we hope to save time and energy on our projects and create a solid base for more complex themes and plugins.

Both projects are in a ALPHA stage but stable enough to be of real use to you as well. I’ve been using both of them in client projects and I’m really happy on how they turned out.

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Smarter Theme Teaser

It’s called Smarter and simply put it’s a CMS and business WordPress theme.

The idea behind Smarter Theme is to quickly build a presentation website for small and medium size companies without the need to touch a single line of code.

We’ve put together a screencast with a quick walk-through of the theme and its features. I hope you find it interesting and let me know what you think so far!

The theme will be released in January 2010 so if I got your attention
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Street WordPress Theme

Street is something that was created from a spark of inspiration, something that I felt should look like this. This wasn’t thought out nor planed.

It uses the beautiful Vegur Free Font for the headings and main menu, implemented by Cufon (text replacement technique). I’ve spent a great deal of time searching for the perfect free font for this theme, but I think I found the right combination.

While this child theme is just a skin for Thematic, because this exact reason is also functional. You have access to all 13 Widget Areas Thematic uses, the semantically correct HTML that is great for SEO, can use a page template that spans the entire width of the page without the sidebars and even you can upload your own logo or header image from the “Street Theme Options”.

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An elegant Child Theme for Thematic

I hope you’ll enjoy using this theme as much I enjoyed creating it!

In order to install it you have to download the Thematic Theme (from which this child theme inherits all of the functionality), upload both themes (Street and Thematic) to your server in the themes folder AND THEN ACTIVATE the Street theme.

Future Child Themes for Thematic in the works

Spring is at it’s end and makes room for a promising Summer. Finishing the new design was a fulfilling moment for me. When you put so much effort into something, your personal expectations are always high. Building something for myself and things are prone to be problematic. In the initial stages nothing really feels right and nothing is good enough.

But now that the new design is live I’m happy I’ve changed it and with it behind me I can start focusing on other projects.

For the near future I want to release two new child themes for Thematic, one of which might even be released as a stand alone theme also, for inclusion into the WordPress Theme Repository.

The first theme to be released will be my design for Cozmoslabs. I still have to clear it up since it’s full of hacks.

The second theme is an artsy-grunge kind of theme. The design is almost done so I only have to implement it as a child theme. Here are some screen shots.
Feedback is always welcomed.

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Byty the Free Child Theme – Built on Thematic

preview child theme        Download Byty Child Theme Version 0.5

This is my first Free to Download Child Theme. It was built for a friend of mine and we decided to release it for free in hope of some extra publicity :) .

In order to install it you have to download the Thematic Theme (from which this child theme inherits all of the functionality), upload both themes (Byty and Thematic) to your server in the themes folder AND THEN ACTIVATE the Byty theme.

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