Useful Information and Resources for Bloggers and Blog Owners
Here is a list of 5 good WordPress themes that are mostly white and grey, look very stylish and yet are quite simple and clean looking. They are a great start if you plan to develop your own WP theme, but you don’t want to start from scratch. Nevertheless these themes are also good for use directly in your blog without modifying anything, especially if you are planning to focus on the content of the blog and not only on how it looks. The following five themes are suitable for any kind of blog, they can be used for just about any content – form a personal blog where you share your life and experience with friends to a specialized web design, programming, automotive, it or just about any other specialized topic…
1. Carrington Blog
Carrington is a free CMS theme framework for WordPress that makes it easy to create unique looks for different categories, posts and comments just by creating custom templates. This is a developer friendly theme with atomic templates and an elegant override hierarchy. Carrington Blog supports WordPress 2.7 threaded comments even when comments are being pulled via AJAX and there is also a paginated comments support. The theme supports easy color customization for all the main theme elements through simple color pickers on the settings page. There is a built-in preview feature as well, so you can check your changes before you make them live. You can also personalize the header with your own custom background image. The theme also comes with some other nice and useful features and it is quite easy to modify in order to fit your personal needs…
Fusion is a free WordPress template with 2 columns (right sidebar), and fixed or fluid width. The theme offers beautiful and yet light and clean design and comes with a lot of functions built in, making it an incredibly flexible for any project. The theme is mostly white and grey with just a few graphic elements that add just about enough to make it look stylish without being too colorful or full of things. The Fusion theme fully supports WordPress 2.7 so you should not have any problems using it even with future versions of the platform.
iNove is a lightweight WordPress theme inspired by MacZone.sk. It is very stylish, supports widgets and doesn’t require any additional plugins. The theme is mostly white and grey in colors with a techy looking header image and as little graphical elements just enough to make it look nice. The iNove theme is easy to modify and to make it look and perform just the way your new blog project requires is. iNove requires WordPress version 2.5 or higher in order to work and doesn’t have problems running on the latest versions of the blog platform.
This is the ultimate in SEO-friendly theme for WordPress. Thematic is a highly extensible, WordPress theme framework featuring 13 widget-ready areas, drop-down menus, grid-based layout samples, plugin integration, shortcodes for your footer and a whole lot more. Perfect for any blog and the starting point for theme development, because of it’s clean and simple look. The minimalistic look uses just white, grey and black colors which make it very easy for customization and modification to suit your every need.
The Minimalism is minimized and professional designed SEO-ready WordPress theme based on the famous Kubrick. It is compatible with WordPress 2.7.x and offers completely validated CSS and HTML code. The theme is highly extensible and ready for localization and customization, making it a perfect starting point for theme development.
DreamHost is one of the most popular web hosting companies for hosting your startup blog or even multiple blogs (wordpress or other blogging platform) and why not some other websites. The reason for that is quite simple – you get every feature you may require, including unlimited space and bandwidth at a very affordable monthly price. Here is a bit more information on what you get with each and every hosting account at DreamHost…
The Disk Storage you get when signing up for hosting with DreamHost is unlimited as well as the Monthly Bandwidth you get, even the number of MySQL 5 databases is unlimited for your account. But the unlimited things don’t end up with just that, you also get unlimited number of: E-Mail Accounts (POP or IMAP), Full Shell and FTP Users, Domains and Subdomains Hosted and Forwarded/Mirrored domains. It would’ve been just perfect if you also didn’t have a limited CPU time you can use, but unfortunately you don’t get that and although it is normal for such low price if needed you can upgrade your account with more features. As your blog or multiple blogs become more and more popular and require more resources you can upgrade your hosting account to Virtual Private Server and get some reserved resources just for you. These include more CPU time and RAM just for your needs and you can even get an additional MySQL private server if your websites rely on too intensive database usage.
With every DreamHost account you get support for the following programming languages and additional features: PHP5, Perl, Python, Full Unix Shell, Crontab Access, Full CGI Access, Ruby On Rails, Canned CGI Scripts, Server Side Includes (SSI) and even CVS or Subversion (SVN) Repository. There are also some advanced features that are available for you: SSL Secure Server (requires a unique IP address), WebDAV access, Daily Access Statistics, Access to raw log files, Password Protected Directories (.htaccess), RealAudio and Video streaming, QuickTime Streaming, Anonymous FTP Server (requires a unique IP address), Jabber Chat Server and even Snapshot Data Backups. There are even some One-Click Automatic Software Installers to help you quickly and easily install the following products: WordPress, Gallery, ZenCart, PhpGedView, Pligg, dotProject, Moodle, Joomla, phpBB, MediaWiki, WebCalendar, Advanced Poll. The one-click software installers are especially good, because they help you start your website very fast – you can have a running blog powered by WordPress along with a PHPBB forum in no time at all. The same goes if you want to make a Wiki similar to the one used by Wikipedia with the help of MediaWiki or a Digg-like website powered by Pligg. Of course there are no problems uploading and installing your own blog platform or forum software, but it would probably take more time to do…
And now for the price you’ll have to pay for a hosting account at DreamHost. Now here is something that you should always have in mind and that is you should not get a monthly account! I don’t recommend monthly payment, because then you’ll have to pay $10.95 every month along with $49.95 set up fee which makes the hosting a bit expensive at first. The best idea is to pay your hosting for a year in advance thus not having to pay any set up fees and your fee will go down to $9.95 per month or $119.4 for the whole year. You can also pay for 3 years in advance with $7.95 monthly, for 5 years of hosting with $6.95 monthly or even for 10 whole years with $5.95 a month.