Can Something For Nothing Be A Bad Thing?

I had an email from a friend of mine saying ‘hey, some guy on the WordPress theme viewer is calling you out as a spammer’. I went over there and sure enough he was right.

I release WordPress themes for free here at Themey.com, and I also submit them to a list of places that catalog themes in an effort to promote them. I try to find sponsors for those themes, and in return for a small payment I place their advert in the footer of the theme, along with a link to this site. I protect the sponsor’s investment by covering the themes with a creative commons license.

Having a link to the creators website is common practice when releasing themes, as is covering the theme with a creative commons license. This is also common practice when releasing open source software such as WordPress. WordPress request that users of the software link to the WordPress.org website, and the ‘proudly powered by’ link is included in the default theme.

A standard install of WordPress comes with blogroll links to contributors to the project:

Alex
Carthik
Donncha
Dougal
Matt
Michel
Mike
Ryan

The themeviewer website itself has footer links to the guys who created and maintain it:

Maintained by The undersigned – Snapshots by webdesignbook.net

and a great job they do to.

The themes I submit are good quality (in my opinion anyway), and I’m not forcing anyone to use them. I’m not using any devious techniques like hidden links in the themes, or adding in php includes or evals. I do care about the WordPress community, and I don’t feel it is fair to label me a spammer.

I would like to see a set of guidelines in place for submissions to the theme viewer, which would clear up this whole mess. If the policy of WordPress is not to include sponsored links, then fair enough, I won’t do it any more. But at the same time I won’t be releasing as many themes as I wont be able to afford the time.

And to the guy who called me out, I’m not going to name you here. It isn’t nice to call someone out publicly without getting in touch first. Reputations can be harmed, and everything published on the net gets archived for the future in some way. If you have something to add, please do so below, or you can contact me through this site’s contact form.

Thanks for reading,

Simon Pilkington.

Credit Cards Again WordPress Theme

CreditCardsAgain WordPress Theme

(Registered users may preview this theme)

Credit Cards Again theme for WordPress. Credit Cards Again is a two column WordPress theme with a right-hand sidebar. Credit Cards Again has a dark background with an arty image of a stack of credit cards in the header. Great theme for a keen shopper, or maybe a credit card blog. This theme has a widget enabled sidebar. This theme is equally well at home on WP 2.0.x or WP 2.1. A 3 column version can be found here.

Theme creator: Themey

Download Theme: rarzip

License: Creative Commons. Attribution links in the footer must stay.

Make a WordPress 2.1 Theme Work on WP 2.0.x

Are you still running WordPress 2.0.x or an older version? You may find that newly released themes do not work with your install. This has been something of a headache for me, especially as I have released several WP themes over the last week or so and the popular theme viewer at themes.wordpress.net still appears to be running on an old version of WordPress. The themes I was uploading there were giving an error message as early as line 2 of the header! Anyway, heres some handy tips for anyone with a similar situation.

You might not need to perform all these changes; not all themes are equal :)

In sidebar.php

  • replace wp_list_bookmarks() with get_links_list()
  • replace <?php wp_list_categories(‘show_count=1&title_li=0′); ?> with <?php wp_list_cats(‘sort_column=name&optioncount=1&hierarchical=0′); ?>

In header.php

  • delete <?php language_attributes(); ?>

In searchform.php

  • delete <?php the_search_query(); ?>

In function.php

  • replace wp_list_bookmarks() with get_links_list()

Credit Cards WordPress Theme

CreditCards WordPress Theme

(Registered users may preview this theme)

Credit Cards theme for WordPress. Credit Cards is a three column WordPress theme with two right-hand sidebars. Credit Cards has a dark background with an arty image of a stack of credit cards in the header. Great theme for a keen shopper, or maybe a credit card blog. This theme has widget enabled sidebars. This theme is equally well at home on WP 2.0.x or WP 2.1.

Theme creator: Themey

Download Theme: rarzip

License: Creative Commons. Attribution links in the footer must stay.