Themeshaker was launched half a year ago. Back then, we were so excited about it that we couldn’t wait any longer without introducing it to the world. Even though the site was missing a few basic parts, the application itself was ready for action. 6 months after, we have finally got our blog up and running.
During the last few weeks, we were thinking about the ways we could draw your attention with the very first post on this blog. Surely you don’t have the time to read lengthy intros while standard welcome messages are so damn boring. How about a free WordPress theme for a start?
Appz WordPress Theme
We are proud to present you a free WordPress theme called “Appz”. It’s a clean and modern theme that is best suited for landing pages, showcasing your latest iPhone apps. Many thanks to the guys @Best PSD Freebies. Their beautiful design has just turned into a full-featured WP theme.
It takes time and effort to build a competitive iPhone app and get it placed on Apple App Store. As this would already be a worthy achievement, you shouldn’t stop at this point. There’s a lot more you can do to get your app noticed. WordPress + Appz WordPress theme is a simple, fast and effective way to approach the audience with your app.
People learn about new apps not only by browsing within the App Store, but also by searching the web. A well-optimized landing page is an important tool to market your iPhone app and achieve long-term goals.
Features & Techs:
- Slider. Featured content slider was built using bxSlider with a little help from Timthumb for cropping and resizing images.
- Options panel. Clean and unbranded. A few simple settings and styling options were included in this theme using Option Framework Plugin.
- Styling. You can choose a different font for the logo, pick a different accent color or change the background image of the header with a click of the mouse button.
- Translation ready. It has been localized for easy translations.
- HTML5 & CSS3. Enhanced with jQuery, Modernizr and dynamic stylesheet language LESS together with LESS elements.
- 960 Grid System. Based on 960 pixel wide grid system.
- Cross-browser compatible and WordPress 3.5 ready. Works well with the latest WordPress version.
The set-up of this theme is a fairly easy process and shouldn't take long to complete. First of all, you need to download the theme package on to your computer by clicking the download link above.
To install a WordPress theme, log in to your WordPress Dashboard and navigate to Appearance -> Themes section. Switch to Install Themes sub-menu and click on the upload button. Browse for the “appz-theme.zip” file on your computer and complete the installation by activating the theme.
Appz is a very simple theme, but the best way to get familiarised with any WordPress theme is to get the same look as in the demo. We would recommend you to load the dummy content that was included in the same .zip archive you’ve downloaded before (sample-data.xml).
To load the sample data, go back to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Tools -> Import, then choose “WordPress” to install the importer. Usign the WordPress importer browse for the sample-data.xml file and click “Upload file and import”. Make sure you select yourself as an author for all the new content that is being imported. Now you have the same content on your site as in our demo.
If you, however, decided to set up things manually, you probably won't get into any trouble. Anyway, let us guide you through the basics of this theme.
Under the Appearance menu, you will find a clean and unbranded Theme Options panel with a few settings and styling essentials. On the Main Settings tab you can change the name of the application, alter the short description and download link, write a different footer message.
On the Styling tab you will be able to adjust the visuals of this theme. Customize the appearance by picking a different accent color or changing the background image of the header. You can also change the font of the logo. Choose from several different fonts that we have embedded into this theme.
After you're done with the settings, it’s about time to add some content. You will quickly find out that we’ve registered a custom post type for slider. By adding a custom post type we were able to remove what’s unnecessary for this particular type of post. To add a new slide, simply click on Slider -> Add New, fill in the details and set a “Featured Image”.
Use the slider to spotlight the best aspects of your application. Showcase your product's features in a clear and interactive way. You can add as many slides as you wish and reorder them at anytime.
Whenever you are done with the slider, continue by adding the rest of the content. In order to add some extra detail about your application, you need to create a single post using basic WordPress functionality. The Appz theme will automatically grab this post and display it under the slider on your landing page.
We are doing great so far. Just in a few minutes we walked through the basics of this theme. We have learned how to customize the appearance and how to manage the content. The thing is, that there is nothing else to do here. It's as simple as that!