We love seeing designers and developers create new WordPress themes that will help creatives effectively showcase their work. In today’s theme review we will be looking at Designer Themes’ new WordPress theme Showcase. We are also offering a giveaway of the theme and one copy of Digging into WordPress Ebook included. Let’s see what this new theme has to offer.
For a limited time… Free Digging Into WordPress eBook included with every theme purchased at Designer Themes ($27 value)
Showcase Theme by Designer Themes
Designed for photo-blogs on roids with multiple layout options for both the site owners and visitors, there’s no other photo-blog theme with more layout options, at least, not until someone is bored enough to top this theme.
Notable Theme Features
- 16 different layout options
- Separate Homepage/Blog/Portfolio/Search Layout
- Separate Single Portfolio and Blog Page layouts
- Visitor controlled grid/list view layout switcher with cookie support to remember preference
- Customizable Related Posts Section
- Customize Posts Shown on Homepage
- Auto resizing images (only need to upload one full size image for each post)
- Built-in single post gallery slideshow (if you upload multiple images to a post it will automatically enable a gallery slideshow)
Showcase Video Walk through
Its always nice to see a theme in action and video gives you a quick and clear run through of the theme.
Theme Options Panel
Designer Themes took great care to develop a high quality options panel for all their themes. The options panel is easy to use and you are able to control the entire themes layout without touching any code at all. Let’s look at some of the features in the Options Panel.
Each theme comes with one-click layout options for your homepage and interior pages. Specify page layout, sidebar position, widget areas and more.
We’ve made customizing our themes with your own logo and favicon super simple. Just upload and you’re done.
To see all the features available you are going to have to buy a theme and check it out. Here are a few more features.
- Alternative Skins
- Custom CSS
- RSS and Newsletter Settings
- SEO Settings
- Website Analytics
Installation and Setup
The installation and setup of the theme is really easy. Once you have purchased your theme, the files will be available immediately for download. Designer Themes also has a clear explanation of how to install and setup the theme in their documentation. Customization with these themes are really easy and they provide step by step directions.
Note from Designer Themes regarding setup: Getting a site up and running with one of our themes couldn’t be simpler. If you’re a site owner, getting everything just the way you want is just a few clicks away. Or, if you’re a developer tweaking a theme for client, we’ve got you covered too.
Initial Theme Configuration Options
Upon activating your theme you are given the option to load the default theme configuration or you can choose to customize the initial theme configuration. With a couple of clicks you can go from a fresh WordPress install to a complete sample site to use as a starting point when setting up a new site (just like our theme demo).
More features to be mentioned for setting up and customizing the theme:
- Custom Page Templates
- Menu Management
- Design Source Files
- Multiple Widget Areas
- Translation and Text Edit
There are still a lot more features to mention about the theme, but we would like you to check those out on Designer Themes’ website – Theme Features.
Our conclusion with testing out the theme and seeing how it works is that its a very flexible, clean and fast wordpress theme. It will not only cater for photographers, but designer, developers and even hobbyists too. Designer Themes did a great job in creating a outstanding wordpress theme that is definitely matching very high standards, especially in the theming community at the moment. This theme will set you back $49 when purchased, but it is worth every single dollar. You definitely have to check out Designer Themes for upcoming releases, I’m sure they are going to be fascinating.
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The Showcase Theme and Digging into WordPress Giveaway
Now that you know a little/a lot about the theme, we are giving a reader the opportunity to win this theme. You will also be receiving a Digging into WordPress Ebook absolutely free with the theme. All you have to do to take part in the giveaway is follow the entry rules below and you can stand in line to win the theme and the ebook.
How to Win
All you have to do to win is follow the entry methods below. You can either comment or Tweet. In the end we will pick a random winner from the tweets and comments on the blog.
- Comment on the post
- Tweet: I’m entered into the Showcase Theme giveaway from @Designerthemes and @Creativeofblog – http://su.pr/9Of1Eh #dtcg
That is all it takes to become part of the giveaway. The contest will be ending on the 2nd of June 2011 and the Winners will be contacted via Email. Good luck to everyone that will be taking part. Remember to checkout Designer Themes for upcoming theme releases.