The 2 WordPress themes I am releasing today are the first dark themes, having light text on a dark background, ever released here at Upstart Blogger. I’ve wanted to stray to the dark side for a little while now, experimenting with darker palettes using Genesis Red on my personal blog Brass Revolver and a light on dark design at Enormous Reloaded.
Dark designs are often labelled, wrongly, as difficult to read. The cold hard truth is that dark designs only play havok with your eyes if the dark background is too dark, the contrast is too high, the typography is too aggressive and the browser and operating system have sub standard rendering.
What this means is that a medium contrast palette can look wonderful on a correctly configured browser. Gleaming white text on a solid black background viewed on Internet Explorer will burn your retinas but correctly shadowed creamy off white text on a dark chocolate background viewed on Safari will make your soul smile.
The devil, as always, is in the detail.
With all that in mind here are 2 themes that use a dark chocolate background with creamy off white text, delicately shadowed using webkit CSS, with links and highlights in 2 shades of orange for the first theme, or pink for the second.
Both themes contain a range of banners for use with the Upstart Blogger affiliate program. As with my previous theme, these banners are not installed by default and are simply included for your use if you wish to make money with the Upstart Blogger affiliate program.
The above screenshots show the themes with the optional Genesis Rocket header banner in place for use with the Upstart Blogger affiliate program. This can be used to promote anything you like, replaced with a banner of your choice, or replaced with a traditional header image.
Dark Pink and Dark Orange require WordPress 2.8 or higher and have widget enabled sidebars.
A little while ago I issued a teaser post entitled Something wicked this way comes. In it, I hinted at a large project looming on the horizon, something that would change everything and would blow the blogosphere wide open. That project is still coming. In fact, it’s developing right in front of your eyes right now. And this new theme, Prime, along with its cousins Dark and One, plays a very important part in that project.
All will be made very clear, very soon.
Now let’s return to today’s main event, releasing my new WordPress theme, Prime.
Prime combines the typographical sensibilities of my recent themes subtly tweaked for a slightly more clean look and feel, a widget powered sidebar, the tried and tested palette of Upstart Blogger, with a ready made affiliate advertising solution. The Prime zip file contains 2 png files, banner advertisements for Genesis Rocket, that are perfect for use with the Upstart Blogger affiliate program, the first targeted at a general reader, the second targeted at creative professionals. You choose the banner that you feel best suits your audience.
Of course, you don’t have to use those banners and you don’t have to participate in the Upstart Blogger affiliate program to enjoy this theme. And, with that in mind, the banners are not activated by default, but are simply included in the zip file for the convenience of those user who will make use of them.
Prime can be used for any blog application you wish but is particularly suitable for personal blogs.
Prime requires WordPress 2.8 or higher.
Genesis is a free WordPress theme that mixes swiss typography with a traditional blog layout in order to create a hyper readable environment. Large typography, set in Myriad Pro that degrades through Helvetica to Arial for those with typographically challenged systems, sets the scene and pushes your content forward.
Muted metallic shades complete the look creating a vibe that is both restful and contemporary.
If you want people to read your blog without superfluous distraction then this may be the theme for you.
There is currently no demo for this theme. Be the first person to install Genesis on your blog and leave a comment below to become the ongoing rolling demo for this theme and attract a substantial amount of traffic and attention.
Genesis requires WordPress 2.7 or higher.
Looking for something a little more dramatic?
Consider Genesis Red, a version of Genesis I designed for my personal blog, Brass Revolver, in a striking shade of red.
Follow me on Twitter. It’s a hoot. Sorry, tweet.
(Sings) ‘I will follow you if you follow me.’ Who was that? I hope it wasn’t Genesis. It wasn’t Genesis, was it? Genesis were officially a bit crap- especially after Gabriel left. Probably still are.
Whilst taking the class through a reading of the Book of Genesis, your Religious Education teacher will turn to you and inquire: ‘Literally speaking, how do you read these first verses?’
You will answer him thus: ‘Literally speaking, I read them with my eyes, sir.’
He will then ask you this: ‘Are you being sarcastic?’
To which you will reply: ‘Only literally, sir.’
Later that day you will find yourself having to report to the headmaster for ‘gross insubordination’ and ‘disruption of the class’.