Several new WordPress themes have become available to WordPress.org users over the first seven days of March 2013. The most popular three so far have been Superhero (created by Automattic), Opus Primus (a framework theme designed by Edward Caissie), and Chun by Justin Tadlock. Each free download offers a unique product for WordPress website owners who are looking to enhance their blog. The three newly released themes can be found in the WordPress.org Themes Directory.
Superhero By Automattic
If you’re looking for a WordPress theme that will implement “bright pops and color,” then Superhero by Automattic could be the right choice for your blog. The theme has full-bleed featured posts and featured images, subtle CSS3 transitions, along with a fixed header. Released earlier this week, Superhero has already achieved nearly 2,000 downloads.
Superhero boasts full-width capabilities, post formats, sticky posts, and is completely localized. Best of all, it will work on the latest version of WordPress (3.5.1).
Opus Primus Framework Theme
Theme developer Edward Caissie released the Opus Primus Framework Theme late last week. “Designed and developed to be extensible and easily modified, [Opus Primus is] based on the principles of decisions not options,” Caissie writes.
“Opus Primus supports all of the current Post-Formats as well as automagically converting between one, two, and three column layouts. You have access to custom backgrounds as well as a flexible custom header, too. Feel free to visit the Opus Primus website for more details and information about the theme and how it is built. Also, in the near future, you will be able to find tutorials on how to modify and work with Opus Primus Child-Themes.”
The theme handles all core post formats with methods such as typography, specific styling and indicative texts. The framework theme is minimalistic by default, but can be easily adjusted for a more robust product that has enhanced functionality. Opus Primus also comes with “Stanzas,” which are theme-specific extensions. This new, free theme can be programmed to display a one, two or three column layout with functionality dependent on which widget regions are being used.
Chun By Justin Tadlock
Finally, we arrive at the third theme on today’s list: Chun by Justin Tadlock. Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this new release is that it comes with a responsive design. This is ideal for website owners who receive a lot of mobile device and tablet computer traffic, as the content will automatically adjust to fit the screen size of Androids, Samsung Galaxies, iPhones, iPads, etc.
Chun is marketed as a responsive “CSS3 and HTML5 blogging and portfolio theme. It supports all post formats and has layout, font, and color options built into the theme customizer. The theme also supports the Custom Content Portfolio plugin, giving artists and other creative people the ability to share their work.”
With nearly 900 downloads in its first week of existence, Chun has already received two 5 Star Reviews. User aayisha wrote Wednesday, “I love it, this is just what I was looking for. It’s very flexible, responsive, web 2.0. You name it, it’s got it. Thanks for this awesome theme.” Another WordPress.org reader from Argentina commented that the theme is perfect, but that he is having issues translating it since English isn’t his first language.
Free WordPress Themes
Free WordPress themes are a great way to increase the functionality of your blog website without paying for a premium product. It’s also a convenient method for becoming familiar with the various functionality capabilities of different downloads and discovering which combination is more appropriate for your website.
To find out more about how you can download free WordPress themes and plugins, visit WordPress.org.