Looking through the WordPress.org theme directory this week, we’ve found a couple of high quality, free WordPress themes that may be of interest to our readers: Asteroid and Local Business. The two products have completely different uses, but both are similar in that they are easy to configure, administer and operate. Let’s take a look at each theme as we outline the products’ features.
The Asteroid WordPress Theme
“Asteroid is a simple, clean and responsive theme. It incorporates various widget areas that make management of banners and ads a lot easier, especially for ad-supported sites,” says the official description on WordPress.org.
The main feed contains post entries in a rectangular shape, which is a basic layout for those who are familiar with WordPress blogging. The title, category, and text excerpt are included on the homepage along with a Read More button for going through to the full post.
When you get to the actual post itself, you’ll find the title, author, publication date, text and tags. As you can see in the screenshot below, you can conveniently place captions below images.
The Asteroid Sidebar can be programmed to contain a number of widgets, including Recent Comments, Ad Banners, etc. The great thing about Asteroid is that it is also responsive, meaning it will adjust your website’s content to fit within the screen size of each visitor.
Asteroid Feedback And Vitals
The one review comment that has been published (by “k0nsl”) for Asteroid informs readers that it is a “really clean theme and is easily modifiable without too much hassle. I currently use this on my blog, although somewhat modified.”
Asteroid was officially released on November 8th and has a total of 1,470 all-time downloads, including 276 as of late Tuesday morning Eastern Time. You can Download Asteroid Version 1.0.3 here.
Local Business By InkThemes
Although Local Business was released three weeks ago, it’s only in recent days that the theme has received its first Star Rating reviews (both of which are 5 Out Of 5 Stars). The official theme description states that the “Local Business Theme for WordPress allows you to build a great website for your Business. It is simple and beautiful with lots of customization options that can tweaked by Theme Options Panel like logos, intro texts and background.
Local Business Theme supports five widgetized areas (two in the sidebar, three in the footer) and featured images. It includes stylesheets for print and the admin Visual Editor, special blog styles for posts. The Theme is very simple to setup and install using the builtin Options Panel.”
There is a lot to like about this theme, beginning with its featured area that shows a large thumbnail image, title, text and Read More button to entice potential and returning customers to click through.
The Homepage Blurbs region is great for providing additional information about the services your company provides, and can be used to link to separate pages within your CMS. Information that is published in this section will contain a title, text and optional link.
As noted in the description, there are plenty of widgetized areas for Local Business that allow you to exercise your discretion for maps, comments, ads, and more. Here is a look at the theme’s footer.
Local Business Feedback And Download Information
Local Business author InkThemes has 10 products to its name currently. User “MKPaul” published a short review on November 11th which told WordPress.org readers that “I used this theme to build a site for a client who was a rubber manufacturer, absolutely loved the theme as it was very simple to setup and most importantly when I showed the site to the client, he absolutely loved it. Thumbs up to this great theme.”
This theme is approaching 2,000 total downloads with 250 achieved so far on Tuesday, November 13th. If you would like to try out this free product, you can click the following link to Download Local Business Version 1.1.0.