Ten years ago, Matt Mullenweg & Mike Little forked an existing blogging software to expand and improve upon, and WordPress was born. WordPress has since grown steadily into the amazing, free, open source blogging and content management system (CMS) that we all know and love. It dominates the total CMS market share at 66%, and powers an astounding 15% of all websites worldwide, including company sites for Pepsi, Ford, eBay, UPS, and The Wall Street Journal.
WordPress.com’s functionality is awesome for getting a blog up and running quickly, but sometimes simply displaying a row of social media icons on your site can be a challenge. My free theme, Fresh & Clean (now retired), didn’t include any icon placements that i could take advantage of, beyond using the default Twitter feed and Facebook Like Box widgets. Here’s how you can get around this and create a selection of icons customized for your personal social media presence.
I recently taught a WordPress 101 seminar on how to get a blog up and running quickly using WordPress.com. As i wandered the room to assist with any signup problems, i noticed one peculiar dilemma reoccurring from student to student: almost everyone was stumped on creating a simple username and password.
Here’s a selection of recommended themes for a portfolio, design, or photography themed site. I threw in some screenshots and a brief list of features for each.
Here’s a selection of solid, clean, functional journal or blog themes. These are best suited for blogging, but also have featured image areas or headers that can be used to highlight a selection of your designs, artwork, or photos as well.