David Morgan of Organic Themes was ecstatic last week when he announced to the community that the website had entered the WordPress.com marketplace with the Photographer premium WordPress theme. Working together with the Automattic team is considered a privilege among many existing theme companies, and being able to promote an in-house template within such a large community certainly has its advantages.
In last week’s blog post, Morgan wrote, “Organic Themes is excited to announce the release of our first premium theme on the wordpress.com marketplace, Photographer.
It has been an exciting process working with the WordPress theme team to get Photographer prepared and launched on their blogging community. We can’t thank the team at Automattic enough for giving us the opportunity to provide our themes to their community. We are looking forward to releasing our next theme on WordPress.com soon.”
Photographer WordPress Theme
Photographer is designed to feature high quality photographic content from the very first moment visitors approach your homepage. Although a small logo and navigation bar are centered along the top of the page, the main module without a doubt is the featured slider below, which can be programmed to automatically rotate slides as your readers enjoy the show.
There are tiny circular icons below the slider that can be used to manually manipulate the entries, along with arrow icons on either side to go from one post to the next. Below the actual slider on the homepage is a tiny region for social media account linking.
Custom Page Templates
The overall design of this theme is aimed at professional photographers. Thanks to its many custom page templates, webmasters can create separate feeds for blogging, portfolios, contact pages, image galleries, categorized content, full-width, slideshows and more.
The portfolio section is laid out in two columns and lets visitors get a good look at your content by viewing large, rectangular-shaped thumbnails that can be clicked on to enlarge and/or to view complete information about the entry. You can also generate a completely separate slideshow within a page by using the Photographer theme; not to mention the fact that you can also promote various talents such as wedding photos, events, landscape, etc.
If you would like to see more and experiment with this theme on your own, view the Photographer Live Demo page at WordPress.com.
Custom Design Upgrade
The WordPress.com marketplace version of Photographer (which is only available to WordPress.com customers) comes with the optional Custom Design upgrade for changing themes’ colors, fonts and styles. With the upgrade (available for WordPress.com users at a price of $30/year), website owners can choose from 50 fonts for blog titles, headings and body text. There are built-in contrast rules that will ensure all your website text is readable along with a custom color picker and CSS Editor for advanced users.
Self-Hosted WordPress Sites
David Morgan of Organic Themes ended his post with a reminder to self-hosted sites. “The wordpress.com version of Photographer is separate from the Photographer Theme offered on our site, and only for use on the WordPress.com blogging community. Not to be confused with the open source version of WordPress from wordpress.org. The WordPress.com version can not be used on a self-hosted WordPress site.”
For those who would like to purchase the Photographer theme for a self-hosted site, you can buy it directly from Organic Themes by clicking here. The one-time purchase fee for Photographer is $69, regardless of whether it is bought off of the WordPress.com marketplace or independently from Organic Themes. However, the company itself offers a premium all-access package that includes rights to all themes for $249. This package is called the Developer Pack.