Premium WordPress theme companies are charged with constantly evolving the market in order to satisfy the needs of a growing amount of WP website owners and designers. The task is both challenging and full of rewards as firms receive loads of feedback that helps form the shape of future projects. From time to time, companies such as MyThemeShop will release a free download with the aim of giving back to current subscribers while at the same time providing potential customers with a reason to try out certain services without any obligation. The newest release from MyThemeShop is called Pinboard. It is a Pinterest-style WordPress theme that is entirely free to download and use.
“We love to release some free themes to our loyal customers,” the company announced earlier this week. “Both to show our appreciation for all the support you’ve given us, and to give prospective buyers a taste of the MyThemeShop experience. Our newest free theme is called Pinboard. We styled it after the world-famous social bookmarking site Pinterest, and structured it with a slick grid layout that is fully responsive, so it automatically adjusts to the best display on the given device and browser.”
The blog entry went on to say, “Just because Pinboard is free doesn’t mean we didn’t jam-pack it with all our best features. Pinboard is coded with HTML5 and CSS3 so you can take on everything the future has to offer. It’s SEO optimized, so you can dominate the SERPs and send a flood of traffic to your site. We included our options panel and unlimited color schemes as well as backgrounds, so you can customize and personalize Pinboard to your liking.”
The new theme indeed comes with plenty of customization options for webmasters to sink their teeth into. There are plenty of custom widgets to insert within the sidebar and footer regions (including advertisement banners, social media feeds, search functions, related posts, and more), plus additional functionality that gives small screen device visitors a unique view that makes the navigational experience much more comfortable for smart phone and tablet computer users.
Because of its localization, Pinboard is translation-ready and offers unlimited color schemes and backgrounds. Just like the premium products on sale from MyThemeShop, the Pinboard free download comes with complete documentation for easy installation and use, while at the same time boasting support access; an attractive deal for non-subscribers who would like to take advantage of a free trial situation.
The actual theme itself comes in a three column layout for homepage content with entries containing room for a title, thumbnail image, publication date, author name, category, text excerpt, and Read More link. By default, front-end users can click anywhere on the title, image or link to go directly through to the full post.
The sidebar is located on the traditional right-hand side and appears on categorical pages. If your website has a sponsor or if you’d like to use ad banners of any type to generate revenue, you can do so by placing 300×250 and 125×125 ads as widgets. Readers can use the search function to find the content they’re looking for, while the popular posts module will grant one-click access to published material that has been preferred by past visitors.
Pinboard Theme Summary
If you’re in the market for a WordPress theme has can feature a number of posts within its main homepage feed in a Pinterest-style layout, then downloading the free Pinboard theme could be well worth your time. I’ve placed a link to the preview below for our readers who would like to get a real-time feel for how the theme will perform.