LunarPages Hosts WordPress Theme Contest

LunarTics WordPress Theme Contest

The other day, I was notified of a WordPress Theme contest that is taking place over at the LunarPages blog. All it takes to win the contest is to come up with the coolest, most unique WordPress theme. Then, upload the theme to LunarPages to give yourself a chance to win. Here are what the prizes look like:

First Prize is $1,000 cash and 5 years free hosting on our Basic Plan

Second Prize is 3 years free hosting + $300 cash

Third Prize is 1 year free hosting + $100 cash

The best part is that it’s easy to enter – simply give us some contact info (like your name and email so we can tell you when you’ve won) and upload your WordPress Themes directly to our site, where they’ll be posted for the community to vote on.

Each week starting December 10th, we’ll highlight our top 5 favorites and give our community the chance to vote via a poll on the blog for a favorite theme of the week.

The winner of the weekly poll is guaranteed a position in the final 12. There will be 6 weekly polls.

Lunarpages staff will choose an additional 6 themes for inclusion in the final 12. Contest entries close on January 22nd and the final 12 will be announced on January 23rd, so everybody has a chance to win! A new poll with the final 12 (6 from weekly polls and 6 of Lunarpages choice) will be posted on January 23rd and voting will run for 2 weeks, closing on February 13th.

Winners will be announced on Feb 24th, 2008. The winners will be highlighted on their blog as well as their newsletter. For more information and to enter the contest, click here.

Five Christmas WordPress Themes

It’s not Christmas yet, which means you still have time to take your WordPress based blog and dress it up for the holidays. I present to you, 5 Freely available WordPress themes you can use to get into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Gifts Theme – The Christmas Gifts theme is a bright colored, two column design which features a festive looking blog header. The text is dark green which suits the accents of red spread throughout the theme.

Christmas Gifts Theme

Vermilion Christmas Theme – The Vermilion Christmas Theme is a modified version of the Christmas Gifts Theme and in my opinion, looks much more Christmasy. The theme is two column based, features a dark green background image and a very festive looking header featuring pine trees.

Vermilion Christmas Theme

Merry Christmas Theme – The Merry Christmas theme is a recently released, professional looking theme that features three columns, a Christmas night looking header, a dark red and green background image for the two sidebars and last but not least, an included script that makes it appear as if it’s snowing on your blog.

Merry Christmas Theme

Christmas Days – Christmas Days features a two column design, built on top of a light blue ICY looking background. The header has a mistletoe which is a nice touch and the tops of the sidebars appear to have a small pile of snow on them.

Christmas Days

Christmas Gift – Christmas Gift is a three column design that highlights dark green colors with a couple accents of red within the navbar. The header is pretty large and shows off a couple of snow flakes with presents underneath a Christmas tree on the left hand side. A basic yet nice Christmas design.

Christmas Gift Theme

As I said before, it’s not to late to dress up that blog and with these 5 themes, you shouldn’t have any problem editing your own, or installing a pre made holiday theme. As far as I know, all of these themes are free. If you come across one that you need to pay for, please let me know and I’ll edit the post.

WordPress Theme Viewer Updates

WordPress Theme Viewer Logo

There was a streak of news that came out of the WordPress theme viewer RSS feed today.

Just wanted to do a quick update for those wondering when you’ll be able to add new themes or update existing ones here in the directory. We’ve been working very hard on a new Subversion-backed database for themes that will allow you to upload themes as you did before, as a plain ZIP file, and we’re transparently check it into SVN so changes can be tracked just like we do for WordPress development.

There will also be moderation and review so that we can scan themes for XSS problems, malicious code, spam links, and other ways that people have been distributing malware themes. I’m sorry this has taken longer than I thought it would, but the problems involved with doing things “right” are non-trivial. Most importantly we want to ensure that once the re-launch is done you’ll have easy, fast, and stable access to the best and brightest in the theme world, and you’ll never have to think twice about the code you’re downloading.

According to Lorelle, the theme viewer has been offline for more than 5 months and theme authors are really starting to get upset. There are a ton of themes within the theme viewer that can be downloaded and used on new WordPress blogs today, but a lot of those themes are incompatible with 2.3. If you take into consideration that WordPress 2.4 is scheduled to be released in January, this may further compound problems.

Hopefully, they can get the work on the theme viewer finished before the release of 2.4 or at the very least, soon after. If WP 2.4 causes even more themes to be incompatible, we may be looking at a big mess that will take some time to clean up.

WordPress Themeing Cheat Sheet

WP Theme Cheat Sheet

WpCandy has released an awesome PDF which contains helpful information related to developing themes for WordPress. The cheat sheet includes the following:

  • Basic Template Files
  • PHP Snippets for the Header
  • PHP Snippets for the Templates
  • And Extra Stuff for WordPress

The resource has been translated into Spanish and Romanian in case English is not your native language. At any rate, click here to view the PDF within your browser. Alternatively, you can right-click and save the file to your desktop.

Considering Matt Mullenweg and company are considering a WP-Theme Marketplace where unique theme designers can be paid for their designs, it might be a good time to pump up that WP theme knowledge.