New Themes! 75+ New Themes Added

Today we’re excited to announce we’ve rolled out many more new beautiful themes.

New themes

All these themes are mobile friendly; designed to display nicely on all devices.  Bring a fresh, sophisticated look to your blog with one of these new themes while making your posts easier to read on tablets and phones.

New Theme Categories

What’s more, we’ve sorted all themes into categories to make it easier to find your next theme.

Visit Appearance > Themes and click on a Category link at the top of the theme screen to display themes from that category.

Themes sorted into categories

We’ve sorted themes into:

  1. Accessibility Ready (9 themes) – meet the accessibility guidelines.
  2. Class (36 themes) – popular themes used on class blogs.
  3. Magazine (27 themes) – great for creating magazine and newspaper websites.
  4. Mobile Friendly (144) – responsive layout designed to display well on all devices.
  5. Newest (55 themes)
  6. Popular (40 themes)
  7. Portfolio (24 themes) – great for portfolio and photo blogs.
  8. Sliders (15 themes) – themes with sliders.

Theme Review

Here is a quick review of a few of the new themes:

Fifteen

Fifteen

Fifteen by Rohit Tripathi is a beautifully designed WordPress theme with a grid layout which makes it prefect for showcasing your work.  It’s ideal for photography and portfolio based websites for showcasing your photos or creative work.

Other popular themes by the same designer are Preus, Sixteen, Coller, Inkness, Market, Temptation, NewP, Aldehyde.  You need to set a featured image in your posts to display images on the blog post page when using these themes.

Hueman

Hueman

Hueman by Alexander Agnarson is a minimalist, flat theme that is ideal for magazine websites.  This theme provides extensive styling options and flexible layout.

Check it out in action on The Edublogger.

Swiss

swiss

Swiss by Tommek is a simple minimalist theme chosen for those educators who are looking for something a bit different for their class blog.

Popular class blog themes include Magazino, Noteworthy. Pachyderm, Patchwork, Radiate, Scrappy, Something Fishy,  Stitch, Surfarama and Writr.

There is something for everyone in these new themes and hope you enjoy them.

Give these new themes a try by going to Appearance > Themes.

Happy blogging!

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A New Theme! Our Most Mobile and iPad Friendly Yet

We are thrilled to unveil a brand new theme today!

Yoko – as it is called – is our first “responsive” and HTML5 theme.

This means that it will look great on all types of devices – including tablets and phones.

Exciting, huh?

This works because the theme is designed to move the sidebars and change image and text sizes automatically  – all depending on the screen size.

You can see the theme in action on Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day blog.

Features

  • Responsive and mobile friendly design
  • Custom header image with several pre-set images to choose from
  • Select the link and background colors to personalize the look
  • A social widget that makes it easy to share links to your facebook, twitter, google+, and linkedn profiles
  • Modern feel using the latest in web design

Yoko is already available as a ‘premium’ theme on edublogs.org blogs – for Pro and upgraded student blogs. It will soon be available on all Edublogs Campus sites as well.

Quick help with themes:

  1. Changing your blog’s theme
  2. Uploading your own custom header image
  3. Creating your own custom navigation menu

We’ve got more themes like this in the works to release over the coming months. If you haven’t updated your blog’s look in a while – now might be a great time to do so!

Happy blogging!

Edublogs gets a makeover

It’s not quite a brow-lift, nose-job, full set of Da Vinci crowns and a tummy-tuck… but we’re pretty happy with our new look nonetheless :)

And what’s more, your blog backend is going to get a makeover really really soon too (more details at the end of this post).

So here’s how we used to look:

Old Look Edublogs

And here’s how we look now:

New look Edublogs

We’re hoping that the new look demonstrates how far we’ve come as a company in the last year and also improves on your Edublogs experience. It’s a lot lighter on the load, contains some nice new useful links for logged in users, describes what we do much better, profiles The Edublogger better than before and shows off more Edublogs Supporters rather nicely too.

And of course, hopefully it also helps build awareness of Edublogs Campus too :)

As for your blogs, well we can’t confirm the date yet but most likely in the next few weeks we’ll be upgrading the site to the latest version of WordPress which means that your admin area is going to start looking a lot like the below:

New WordPress admin area

And it also means that you’re going to get a heap more of most excellent features, some of which are so cool it’s exciting just anticipating them :)

So we’ll let you know when that happens, and also (in case you’re worried) have a whole new set of video tutorials and other materials to help acquaint you and your students with the new admin layout.

Make your edublog frontpage news

With our new design there are some new ways you can promote, share, biggup and generally pimp your edublog.

First up there are ‘blogs of the hour’ – this is determined by which blogs across the community had the most readers in the last hour and is updated every 20 minutes. We prefer this to ‘of the day’ as it reflects different edubloggers in different timezones, and therefore profiles more great blogs.

BUT in order to really get the most out of it, you’re gonna want to upload an avatar (Options > Avatar) so get uploading!

blogs of the hour

Then there’s the ‘edublogs universe’ lower down on the frontpage… a brilliant way to find interesting edublogs and individual posts. It’s simple to get involved in this, just use categories when you;re posting (here’s a how to).

edublog tags

Here’s a great article too about how one edublogger is using tags.

If you know any other great ways to get your edublog noticed, let us know about them!

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edublogs.org provides free, fully functional WordPress blogs hosted on our dedicated top-of-the range server. With these you can create individual posts in a traditional blog-style, pages of static content indexed in your sidebar and select from any number of themes to give life to your new blog.

wpex3.gif In addition to this you can upload up to 25MB of images, audio, documents, powerpoints or other digital material you want to share. Posting these is as simple as dragging and dropping them to your posting window.

And of course you can link to or bring in any larger audio or image files that you uplaod anywhere else on the web, such as ourmedia.org – so you can have that 20 MB podcast up and running in no time :)
wpex4.gifThematically you’ve got an awful lot of choices too. Currently we offer over 60 different (and rather cool) themes at edublogs.org and we’re adding more all the time. What’s more, many of these themes will allow you to edit the header, decide which pieces of content you want in your sidebar and generally rock your world.

And that’s not all, there’s a comprehensive (the most comprehensive) link manager, complete control over comments, choices about the number of posts to display on your front page and in your feed, profiles, plugins to fix you up with tools like Google Analytics to get your web stats, multi-user and group blogging simply done through the use of the ‘Users’ area and plenty plenty more besides!

So what are you waiting for, create your new edublog now and get posting!

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