I have personally created over 100 WordPress themes for friends, family, and clients over the last 4-5 years. Over this time – I have been working on a “starter” theme which would allow me to have something to use for each new theme I create, all while giving the users the most easy way to control their content and everything about their site.
I finally did so by developing Lucidity – a commercial WordPress theme. This theme is great for people who want to control colors, add in their analytics code, their social network links, and just start blogging. Changing background colors, link colors, etc is as easy as copying and pasting in color codes into the admin.
This theme is also great for developers as well because if offers a solid start at theme development – with the customizable options for their clients on top of everything else.
All the code is cleanly written and not overcomplicated so it is a great theme to use or simply learn from.
We will continue to develop the theme and use our user’s feedback to make it even better.
If you have any questions or comments – feel free to leave them here or in the forums.
Simplicity is King
Sometimes setting up a eCommerce site or plugin is over the top, too complicated, or just too involved for people. With Lucidity Catalog – you can easily set up your own catalog or store using WordPress categories and a few custom fields. You can offer a store on your web site in a matter of minutes by following these simple five steps:
- Create Your Store or Catalog Category. Create a category within WordPress that you want to use for your store or catalog. You can just use one master category or you can create sub categories as well to offer several “types” of products.
- Select your Store or Catalog Category. Go to the Lucidity Catalog Settings and choose your category.
- Create a Post Announcing or Highlighting Your Product. Create a post that highlights your product and add in the extra information that will be used for the store or catalog view.
- Categorize Your Post/Product. Add your product to either the store or catalog category or one of the sub categories.
- Sit Back and Enjoy. Simply view your store or catalog category and you will see everything dynamically put into place as soon as you add a new post within that category.
You can see this in action by checking out the demo catalog: http://lucidity-catalog.sandboxdev.com/category/catalog/ or by seeing a customized version: http://jzelazny.wpengine.com/category/blog/wordpress/wordpress-commercial-themes/
Support is available at the SDAC Inc. Forums
You can demo this theme: http://lucidity-catalog.sandboxdev.com
This theme is available for purchase: Buy Theme ($75.00)
*This theme is licensed under the GPL license.
After building over one hundred custom WordPress themes – we decided to put together something that the majority of our clients wanted: the ability to control basic settings like colors, fonts, adding external code, etc to their site without having to touch the templates, know CSS, or mess with the .htaccess file.
Changing The Appearance is Fun!
We all love options. With Lucidity – you can easily change the look and feel of your site by selecting one of the several options available in the admin.
Simply select the font you want to use on your site in the drop down menu, save the selection, and reload your site to see the changes.
FontsNow you can customize your site – with your own preferences without having to know CSS or pay a designer to change it for you.
Changing colors is something that most people love to do, but get frustrated with CSS. With the easy to use point and click color picker – simply point to the color you want, save the option and your web site will use the newly selected color.
Say goodbye to editing the CSS file and looking up the color codes for the colors you want to use.
Feedburner Is Easy
If you use Feedburner – you can copy and paste your custom Feedburner URL into the Feedburner field and all your readers who want to subscribe to your RSS feed will be directed to your Feedburner URL.
No more need to edit your .htaccess file, add a plugin, or do anything more than a simple copy and paste.
Follow Me With My Social Network Links
If you are like most people – you want to share your social networking site links like your LinkedIn Profile, your Facebook page, and your Twitter feed. With Lucidity – you can easily do so by copying and pasting your social networking sites into the admin.
Show all your sites easily in the header of your site without having to upload images, edit template files, or add in any other special code.
Companies like Google and Quantcast make it easy to track your web site’s stats. Simply copy and paste the code they give you into the admin and it will be automatically be added to each page, post, attachment, etc page in your site.
No plugins or messing with templates required.
Support is available at the SDAC Inc. Forums
You can demo this theme: http://lucidity.sandboxdev.com
This theme is available for purchase: Buy Theme ($50.00)
Looking for a simple catalog solution? Check out our Lucidity Catalog Theme.
I have been working on a new WordPress theme (to be released this week) and in one of the admin screens – I needed to get the category name by using the category ID. To do this (in or outside of the loop):
<?php get_cat_name( $cat_id ) ?>
Super simple – super helpful.