This is a story about how I fell in love with WordPress (and web) even after being misguided towards the career-path of Electrical Engineering and that of a jack of all trades, but WordPress community was where I found my true self.
Before I start writing this essay, I’d like to talk a little about HeroPress.
You see, I have been involved with this initiative for more than a year now. It was 23rd, January 2015 when I first posted about its Kickstarter campaign in the Advanced WordPress Facebook group. A few days later Matt Cromwell wrote a piece about Values and Pitfalls of HeroPress where we ended up with 200+ comments and a discussion about the name i.e. HeroPress.
I won’t bore you with more details, but you can read about my views in the following screenshot.
Anywho, here we are — after a year — with 45+ fantastic HeroPress essays published. Topher has done a brilliant job of managing HeroPress. And he has been persistent in asking me to write an essay here.
But to be honest, I have had been trying to avoid it since I AM NO HERO.
I am just a regular full stack WordPress developer who loves to write, talk, build and share open source WordPress products.
I guess most of you don’t know that I am 24 years old — so, I don’t have that 30-years of experience or anything to share, but — I pride myself on being naturally keen and incessantly curious. You can always see me talking about the bleeding edge software and WP. I take a holistic approach towards software development and consider it a way of life. I crave leadership and envision collaboration over competition.
So, I am going to write my story — as I think of it — in the form of parts which represent different stages of my life. Before any of that, let me prefix the content of this post by confessing one more thing. I am not good at writing about myself. Maybe it’s the imposter syndrome. But thanks to Chris Lema, I’m changing!
Part #1: Introduction to the Software World
How it all started? How did I end up as a software developer?
It All Started in Late 90’s
I got my first computer in late 90’s. It ran on Windows 95 and Google was not around at that time. I have a few vague memories of playing Prince Of Persia Game considering I was seven years old and all.
What you need to know about my immediate family is that about half of them are Electrical Engineers and half of them are Doctors. While I belong to the family of doctors (my father, sister, and a brother), I always liked engineering. How? It’s a kind of funny story. I heard about one of my cousins studying Java while she was studying Electrical Engineering and that was my first introduction to the software world.
What happened was that we bought a movie, and no one knew how to play it with a computer. We had to wait until my cousin (the engineer) visited us and played it on a media player. And I was like Wooo! How did you know to do that? (Yeah, I was a kid back then). And she said that it was pretty easy.
As a matter of fact, she had a book about Java programming with her, and she told me a bit about it. That was the day I got hooked up; I knew that software was my thing. And for whatever reason I needed to learn it.
Computer Software over Computer Games
I was so amazed by the software world that even before I was ten years old, I left playing computer games. While most of the friends — my age — were buying Gaming CDs, I bought CDs with Microsoft Office, MP3Cutters, 90 Audio/Video players, JetPlayer, WinAMP, Windows Media Player skins, and finally started tweaking Windows visual kits which led me to modify the registry and that was all so freaking amazing.
Would you care to listen to something? Trust me: it’s totally worth it. Oh, and while you’re listening, you may feel a firey trickle of memories in your brain.
All right, here we go:
Wasn’t it great? I have spent about six to seven years listening to those irritating bing-bongs.
Yes, broadband was late to the party here. If my recollection of lost isn’t misleading me, then it was in 2008 when I first got to use a 512 kbps internet connection. Before that all I had was a dial-up internet connection — I mean, go figure!
Yahoo GeoCities & HotMail
In 2001, I started to spend my pocket money on buying internet cards that would provide me with 4 hours of dial-up internet connection per week. I had a few web pages under my name at Yahoo GeoCities (which at that time meant a world to me) while creating HotMail accounts and keeping them alive (as they would expire if you don’t use them — no cloud at all). The days when MSN messenger was the new black.
Part #2: Introduction to Programming
How I got introduced to programming and what I did without anyone to guide but a dial-up internet access?
That Website I Built
I remember browsing a website about funny pictures (something like funnypics.cjb.net) and discovering a company CJB.net that provided free web space and a subdomain i.e. YourSubDomain.CJB.net. While I discovered it on my own, less did I know I was in it (web development) for the life.
And you know what I ripped off that funny pictures website and tried to host it with CJB.net. Regardless, the images didn’t work, and that’s how I got into HTML and then CSS. I remember searching for free .com domain names with a friend and looking for how to buy one.
Since that day, I along with one of my friends started searching about how could we get our own .com domain and buy a hosting account. Without anyone to guide us, it was a real struggle at that time. I have learned this the hard way that self-motivation can lead you to your goals if you are motivated enough you do find your way around things.
Then my sister bought a Symbian Series 60 Nokia smartphone and boy I started experimenting with it. I had installed a Python Script Shell inside it after hacking its ROM, and I started writing patches to disable stuff for security or fun e.g. I had written a patch that once activated would render your cell phone useless unless you press a certain combination of keys.
It was a security lock without an apparent lock (there’s your Startup idea). And the camera app that would keep recording the video even after you exit the camera app (yep! not proud of that, don’t ask). I actually would fiddle around with machine language, a bit of C++ and Python for writing these patches. I learned this stuff via an online community. There was a forum called Symbian-Freak where I became active and finally ended up on the beta testing team for new Nokia Apps with the official Nokia Developers group.
Later in 2011, when I was a serious blogger, I built about 200+ Android apps for fun and to earn money via AdSense. All these apps had nothing else but a web wrapper in them, with a few PLR articles, they were niche apps and I made a few bucks daily per app. That was a fun experiment/portfolio until Google started cracking down and I left it for good.
Then I got into building forum based sites…
Forum Scripts: phpBB and vBulletin
In 2005, after writing about 30 Symbian patches, I had started to build up an audience of my own, and it was the right time to start my forums. So, that’s what I did, I started a phpBB based forums site and built a small community around it.
Later that year, I created a premium membership community based on vBulletin, but that didn’t go well because of the payment gateway issues here. I spent a lot of time contributing in the official forums of phpBB (since it was an open source forum software, I kind of always preferred it over vBulletin).
By the time I was 15, I was already running a forum based community with 2,000+ members (about 100 of them were daily active visitors) and knew my way around editing HTML/CSS, FTP uploading, managing a hosting account and installing scripts. I confess I would download the nulled versions of themes and plugins to play around with. Then I would install them on ByetHost‘s free hosting accounts, and I think I learned a lot through that. (To my surprise they are somehow still providing free hosting).
With a dial-up internet connection, I would build sites based on Joomla, a very few over Drupal until one day I got to know about WordPress. It was a member of my forum, who later turned into a client and wanted me to build a WordPress blog for him along with phpBB based forum. I remember learning how to make WordPress themes since I never really got my head around using a pre-built theme and modifying it. Guess that’s how I got serious about WP development. More on that later.
Part #3: Graduation in Electrical Engineering
It was August 2009, I had already tasted 512 kbps internet connection and had started to wonder about what I could do with all that speed. Though, it was the time for me to opt for a particular field of Engineering. I have had been a bright student throughout my life. At that point, I had enough merit to choose any field of engineering and join the local university of my choice.
While Electrical Engineering was the top merit field Computer Science, on the other hand, was not. I discussed it with whomever I could (read as all the Electrical Engineers in my family), and everyone told me to go along with EE instead of CS. And I did just that.
Guess they were all a bit biased towards Electrical Engineering and didn’t know that I was passionate about software. I was quite young at that time to have made the right decision on my own but after about a year I knew that I had made a big mistake. I must have had gone along with my instincts i.e. Software Engineering. So, then I started to work hard to keep up with both EE and CS. I started studying Software Eng. courses and started freelancing.
Following is what I was doing as side projects while I was studying Electrical Engineering.
Social Engine Websites
Without going into the useless details of why it was banned, all I can say is that our government blocked access to Facebook for like a year or so. I saw this as an opportunity knocking right at my door and embarked on a journey of building my version of Facebook only five years so late than the real one.
For me, it was about making something quick and getting it out there before anyone can. So, I started researching one too many scripts at the same time. I remember there was JomSocial for Joomla, phpDolphin a PHP-based open source social script, PHPfox and last but not the least SocialEngine script.
While I tested all of these, I finally went ahead and started using SocialEngine script and built a Facebook-like template for it with Smarty framework. After the basic stuff had been done, I launched my social networking website called Doomple. I ran it for a year or so, there were 22,000+ registrations, but sadly it didn’t follow the Google AdSense TOS (as in people would post whatever they wanted), and I couldn’t make much money out of it.
There was no one to guide me; I tried to get in touch with the final year students of CS (while I was in the second semester of Electrical Eng.) and they seemed to have less idea about it than I did. Long story short, I sold that website to a client and landed an internship at a local software house (during the summer break after the 2nd semester while I was 17).
Misguided as I was — add to it when someone told me that learning a lot of programming languages might help — I started learning to program and, this time, I was not kidding. I had already learned C language in the first semester and then Data Structures as they were a part of my Electrical Engineering course, so, it was incredible.
An interesting story here is that I started teaching software programming to my juniors on my own time. By that time I had studied subjects like Object Oriented Programming, Databases, Algorithms, Computer Architecture and Operating Systems.
But my experience with web development i.e. HTML/CSS, PHP and WordPress was what I taught. There was only one course about Web in complete four years of in our Computer Science dept., so, students who were interested in web development started attending my workshops and talks about Web and WordPress.
In the last two years of my engineering, I managed to teach at thirty-three workshops about web development and graphics design as a part of IET UET Chapter (A students’ society). It was hugely reassuring and was labour of love.
Blogging & Internet Marketing
I had been blogging since 2002, though, I was not a regular blogger until 2007 when I started a WordPress blog. I always loved to write (though, I have a newfound love for reading now).
So, it was the second semester of electrical engineering in UET Lahore when I left all my blogs and started focusing at Freakify.com (sold it in 2013) from where after six months I started learning about Affiliate income. Then came Google’s Panda update and I started SEO services at the Warrior Forums, which in the beginning led me to earn more than I used to — as a programmer.
After that, I started building small products, small guides about blogging, internet marketing, and SEO link building. I invested some money in the hosting business with FB marketing, though, it was a big loss at the end.
In programming, my first project was worth $50 and then $100 which kept on increasing until it hit $250 and it stayed $250 for quite some time. At that point, I realized that people who knew — how to design? — were getting paid better.
Then I started to blog about design at Freakify, and I started learning Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects andPremiere. My strategy was simple. “I am not a god-gifted designer or sketch artist, but if I put enough time in it, I could learn the craft,” so, that’s what I did. I’d design something for free like the banners for a local workshops/society functions etc. I’d write and curate lots of design related resources at the blog, and then I started freelancing.
I started trying out Fiverr and spent three months to get more than 250 orders done — in the category of logo designs. Designing a logo for $5 was a good way to practice my design skills (esp. while making $500 a month out of it).
On one side, I was a programmer/designer on the other I had blogging skills. Which led me to two things, first one was earning via developing sites and the second one was making money via blogging i.e. Internet Marketing and Google AdSense.
A year went by, and I became someone who knew how to program, who was so-so at design, who had an experience of running a blog, who was making enough affiliate income, and who was earning through SEO link building services.
I thought, “Now we’re getting somewhere”.
But it was all so confusing. Only then, I started what I called was a better workflow — a perspective that helped me to start focusing on what I wanted to do (i.e. WordPress). It was what kept me alive back then (I mean in all that confusion and mess of a career-path). My workflow led me to optimize myself, be more productive and multitask.
I started hiring people. I’d teach a class, or give a talk and would try and find students like me willing to earn a few bucks by working over a few side-projects.
I listed down all my fears and the scary shit. I planned a way to deal with all of it. I had more than three schedules daily, e.g. If I woke up for at 6 AM, I had a different plan to follow, and if I woke up at 10 PM then, my routine was different. Finally, I had a third schedule, a different one for when I didn’t feel like working at all.
Whatever Happened to Electrical Engineering?
By now, I am sure most of you are wondering about what happened to my Electrical Engineering degree? Well, all I can tell you is that I knew that software was my thing. I was getting more and more serious about WordPress development; I had already hired three employees and just add to that all the effort of learning to program and design.
I didn’t drop out; I completed my Electrical Engineering degree with 3.4 out 4 CGPA, which I think is OK with all that was going on along the sidelines. What do you say? I did score A+ in all the computer related subjects and in my final year project which was — Any guesses? — A web interface with automation via PLC (Somewhat along the lines of SCADA and IoT).
I graduated in 2013, left the Electrical Engineering career even with a job offer from the company that had sponsored my final year project and that was all it. I knew my EE background helps me a lot, but I had to shift towards software programming.
Job or Entrepreneurship?
I have nothing against being an employee, a freelancer or an entrepreneur. I believe all three of them are career-paths, and there is no shame in choosing any one of them. I talked about it a while ago at a WordPress meetup. (Check the slides Zoom out for better visibility since it’s made for resolution up to 1920.)
This was a hard decision but the day I graduated, one of my clients for whom I had done contract SEO/SMM work for, called me and invited me to have lunch with him, which turned into an interview and I landed a job at a multinational agency as a senior software engineer/marketer. I left that job after seven months when another firm offered me twice the opportunity for growth and of course, some monetary benefits.
I like to think of my first employment as a step towards figuring myself out. At the second agency I worked with, there within three months I got them a project of 30 Million PKR ($300,000) which eased my way for getting promoted to the Chief Marketing & Sales Executive.
I left this job after about six months. That’s a bummer. The reason for leaving this company was more personal and less technical. The management allowed people to smoke a lot, and I was not comfortable with that. Add to it, some bonuses that I never got and when they started abusing my skill set both as a developer and designer. I mean it was okay until I was handling the workload of two employees.
Finally, an entrepreneur who joined his company as the 6th employee. Now I had EE’s Degree; I could get a job in that field whenever I wanted — by struggling for it of course. But I was running a group of small companies and everything was based WordPress. I kept coming back to at this one script until one day I decided to dive all in.
Part #4: This Part of My Life Is Called … WordPress
Long story short, for more than four years — as a freelancer — I tested my skill set both as a designer (Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Illustrator) and as a web developer (LAMP/LEMP/Node — Full Stack WP Frontend Fanatic). After all that, I decided that WordPress was my thing.
I don’t know how (guess it was an article by Jonathan Wold), but I took a leap of faith and instead of learning all the new languages at random, I decided to commit to WordPress. 2015 was the second year of this commitment, and I feel like I am on the right track.
My Open Source Contributions
One of the people I am most inspired by is Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress). I haven’t ever got a chance to meet him in person, but in 2014 when he wrote about Five for the Future, I committed to open source contributions in my new year’s resolution. To which, I contributed 10% – 20% of all the productive time I had in every single month of 2015.
While my contributions are pretty negligible and insignificant, I did spend a good deal of time in these repositories, reading the source code and getting the hang of GitHub, throughout this year. I used a simple Perl script (here’s my gist) to fetch all this data and then hand picked a few of them.
- WordPress 4.2 Powell: My first ever core contribution for WordPress. I cannot explain the feeling. It was a long time coming, a dream of having to be able to do something like this, Oh My… I felt privileged to find my name in the WP core and that I somehow managed to affect 30+ Million websites. (What’s next? Shooting for stars.. the core commit access!).
- WordPress 4.4 Clifford: Six core contributions in this one and I wrote about it here.
- WP REST API: 12 commits so far, I am pretty excited about the REST API. I have experimented with it and am building a product which pretty much relies upon the REST API with ReactJS.
- TwentySixteen Theme: I contributed a few patches for cross browser compatibility of box-sizing in the next year’s default WP theme.
- WooCommerce: In 2015 alone, I have written more than 50 articles about WooCommerce. It was only fair that I contributed a little to this excellent piece of software.
- Easy Digital Download Same is the case with EDD, I wrote about it for more than 20 times and contributed a few source code docs improvements in agreement with WP standards.
- EDD Starter Theme Later in this post I will discuss a premium theme that I built called ProductPress. While developing this product, I was exploring EDD’s starter theme by Pippin and contributed a few source code improvements in it.
- Chasis: I started using Vagrants for local setup of WP. Chassis is a virtual server for WordPress, designed for simplicity and speed. I contributed to the installation instructions in this one.
- WP Calypso: I am super excited about Calypso that is why I wrote this piece A Prediction, Calypso & What I Think Is the Next WordPress! And I contributed to the project. I plan to add more while I read its source code next year.
- Editus (formerly Lasso): Nick has built a pretty good editor. I used Editus for a month or so and contributed a security patch to update TGMPA’s security vulnerability.
- Titan Framework: I wrote more than 25 articles about this framework. My friend Benjamin did an amazing job building this lean and mean piece of software. My small contribution to this project just states the fact that I like this framework and am one of its backers.
- Timber: It is a plugin to write WordPress themes with Object-Oriented Code and the Twig Template Engine. I improved the source code docs standards in this plugin. I’ll be writing about it in January.
- Lean Theme:Being a theme developer, I find it kind of interesting to read how other theme devs code a bare bones theme. While I maintain one called Neat, I found Lean theme to be an interesting fork of Some-Like-it-neat. Contributed a correction if you know what I mean ⓦ.
What Does WordPress Mean to Me?
As I said, this part of my life is called … WordPress (hint: watch The Pursuit of Happyness).
Shifting from Electrical Engineering to Software Engineering without a mentor was a hard thing to do, though, WordPress made it a lot easier for me. I am committed to WordPress. It has provided me with a way actually to change my career path forever. The awesome WordPress community has helped me every day — in one way or another — to get where I am.
Right now, everything I do is related to WordPress. I work remotely and contribute to 25% of the web daily. I write about it at sites like Tuts+, TorqueMag, SitePoint, etc. I hang out and share WordPress news at ManageWP.org; I develop WordPress themes and plugins. My focus is towards building quality WordPress products. I run a local meetup about WordPress in Lahore, a WordPress non-profit initiative to contribute 30-50 hours of free WordPress training every single month. I am practically a WordPress evangelist, and I couldn’t be happier.
I wrote this essay to share my story and believe me; it was a hard thing to open up. All I can tell you is that with self-motivation if you put your mind to it, WordPress can change your life as it has changed mine.
I am nothing more but a regular full stack WordPress developer who loves to write, talk, build and share everything about WordPress.
If you are struggling with a similar situation, where you want to adopt software development as a career, then don’t hesitate to contact me or reach out at Twitter (@mrahmadawais). I’ll aim to help everyone I can.
Along with the rise of the online medium, many people began to worry that the ease of use, combined with the lowered requirement for proper grammar is eroding the younger generation. Although there is some fire that started all of that smoke, it is not as widespread as one would think. As it is with any other field, the success stories are often not remembered. It’s the same as with the news, they don’t report about the planes that successfully land; they only talk about the ones who crash.
It is true that the internet and autocorrect have spoiled some people, the vast majority remains as literate as ever. In fact, the one could argue that the world’s craving for well-crafted narratives and engaging content has increased. It used to be the case that in order for your voice to be heard you needed to sign a book deal or work for a publication. Also, your opinion would always be edited to fit the requirements and standards of others. The internet offers you a platform of free expression. As long as your content is appealing to someone, you won’t have any marketing problems.
WordPress is great because it has created both the needs and the solution to the website customization problem. A thriving community of programmers has emerged, resulting in a diversity of plugins and themes that can make any website be a success. Let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress themes:
If you are a writer and you want to create a professional website, look no further than Divi. This is a WordPress theme that does its job, and then gets out of your way. It provides users with the necessary tools, allowing them to craft a page that is worthy of hosting their well-written content. You do not need to possess a computer programming degree, in order to use Divi. In fact, this is one of the most accessible and user-friendly products on WordPress. Depending on your niche, you might want to appeal to a foreign audience. Divi enables you to target other demographics, as it is fully translatable. Currently, your site will be available in 32 languages, and there is RTL (right to left) writing support for languages such as Japanese or Hebrew.
Right from the start, users will gain access to 18 pre-designed site layouts. By loading these templates, you will be able to post immediately, without having to worry about site construction. However, for those who prefer a more personalized experience, the Divi Builder tool is available. This essential feature enables the manipulation of site blocks, making it easier to organize content. The layouts are responsive, and this theme has multiple typography settings.More info / DownloadDemo
Jevelin is a robust and reliable, sleek and responsive WordPress premium multipurpose website theme. It’s a platform for folks in need of establishing an online presence for their projects. whether they’re businesses, professional freelancers or personal bloggers, Jevelin has something for everyone. This theme is packed with convenient shortcodes and widgets. You can readily apply these to any section or your pages without writing any code. Simply use the intuitive, integrated drag and drop page builder. With the Revolution Slider, you can even create your own unique and smooth slideshows.
Entertain and show off your content to your audience in an attractive presentation. Jevelin also includes a wealth of amazing layout styles. From 6 blog layouts to 10 portfolio layouts and tons of gallery styles you can play around with. Your content will always be displayed in the most favorable presentation possible. Jevelin has awesome capabilities such as video background sections, and Parallax background sections. They can brighten up your pages instantly. Jevelin is also well suited for running an online store. The incredible WooCommerce eCommerce plugin suite powers tons of sophisticated commercial features. You can easily market your wares right off your website. Try Jevelin today, and feel the difference!More info / DownloadDemo
CheerUp is a clean and responsive WordPress blog and magazine website theme. It’s a flexible framework for crafting modern magazine websites. With CheerUp at hand anyone can accomplish professional quality results regardless of experience. This theme packs the demos and layouts you need to express yourself in different tones. Magazines in every niche and market find a solid solution in CheerUp. Fresh design style and creative widgets spruce up any magazine in a couple of clicks. Hundreds of amazing admin options makes CheerUp impressively flexible. Feel free to craft attractive fashion, food and tech magazines with dedicated demos.
This theme offers you powerful typographical kits to express yourself with eloquence and clarity. A very high performance platform makes CheerUp fast-loading and efficient. Keep server costs down while reaching a broader audience with CheerUp. Unique sliders, footers and headers frame your content in a memorable presentation. Handy widgets show your featured, trending and latest articles for the world to see. Increase your recirculation and overall traffic and revenue. CheerUp is a potent SEO performer with sleek tools for climbing the ranks with speed. Responsive and mobile-friendly, CheerUp lets you reach a broader audience. Give CheerUp a go today and level up your magazine!More info / DownloadDemo
Typology is a WordPress theme oriented to text writing and text based purposes. It is ideal for pages looking for minimalistic designs and absolute focus on the text. It aims to reestablish the importance of text itself rather than prioritize photos. You will get with immediate purchase the best features for fonts and typography ever! Typology lets you customize your homepage with numerous layouts for posting. Give bigger or smaller importance to main posts controlling display and fonts sizes. Layout design has unlimited color options and iconography options. Typology is all screens adaptable and is responsive.
You will get many custom widgets and header options to play with. Typology uses RTL integration and has a built-in translator. It is made to make you feel inside a book. It has features for pagination and posts organizing. Typology is great for bloggers or specialized informative sites that work without images. You will get constant free updates and documentation for them. For any doubts left, even for such an instinctive theme, you get custom support. Get your theme with a one-click demo and start your creative and beautiful writing! Get Typology!More info / DownloadDemo
Gillion (Trending Item)
Gillion is a simple and minimalist blogging theme perfect for any types of website. This theme is bendy and very easy to customize to suit your needs. It comes with a functionality that lets you effortlessly change the color of each area of your website without touching a single line of code. It is fully integrated with Google Fonts that you can use for making an effective branding statement to your target readers or customers.
Gillion offers multiple layout settings, it offers several layout settings. Additionally, you can create a cool-looking slider. If you are experiencing trouble while setting up this theme, simply leave your queries on their support forum and they will help you get to the bottom of your theme installation problem.More info / DownloadDemo
Morning Time is a refreshing addition to an ever-growing roster of quality WordPress themes. It can enhance any family blog, personal blog, or news web page. Given that the internet can be an ideal medium for those who wish to share relevant thoughts, Morning Time has become an indispensable ally to the writers among us. Customers can choose to buy this theme directly, or sample the content via the expansive demo. It will showcase everything that you need to know, in order to make an informed decision. Visitor’s attention will be unwavering, considering the various formats that are available for posts, and the stunning aesthetic design. You can even safeguard your most cherished memories with a distinct archive.
Morning Time is a very fast website theme. With a page speed grade of A96%, it is sure to reduce downtime, and improve any user’s browsing experience. However, if you encounter any issue, do not hesitate to contact the support team. Their representatives are friendly, professional, and eager to resolve all problems. Site visitors will get to enjoy your content, regardless of what device they are using. Tablet, laptop, and smart phones users can rejoice! Overall, this is a versatile and powerful site theme that can maximize your view count and improve every aspect of your site.More info / DownloadDemo
Soledad is a cleverly constructed and visually stunning, well-structured and highly intuitive, readily responsive WordPress multipurpose blog website theme. This theme has been designed to empower prospective blog website webmasters from all walks of life, with or without previous development experience, to craft the most diverse and uniquely imaginative modern blogs on the market today, in a matter of minutes, without so much as peeking at a line of code.
It deploys not one, but two customized page builder plugins, the Live WordPress Customizer and the premium Visual Composer drag and drop page editor, which put hundreds of elements and configurational options within your grasp, with just a couple of clicks. Soledad offers up over 300 awesome, colorful and cleanly structured blog demo websites and page templates for you to get started with and customize to your heart’s content, and plentiful additional widgets for niche applications such as the marvelous Penci Recipe Plugin and the Penci Review Plugin for food bloggers, a gorgeous Video Background presentation for news and fashion magazine blog websites, and impressive Image Gallery capabilities for all your photography blogging website needs. Soledad is the perfect theme for the modern blogger. Let the world know, with Soledad!More info / DownloadDemo
Family Blog is a wonderfully convenient, spectacularly user friendly, highly intuitive and superbly responsive WordPress personal blog website theme. It’s a charming, unique solution for people with or without any previous development experience to craft beautiful, simple yet handsome, fully functional blog websites from themselves or their entire families, if so desired. This theme is equipped with a powerful but completely intuitive set of tools that let proud dads and mommy bloggers the world over chronicle their family adventures and daily happenings in a charming and delightful manner.
Post styles are available to handle all sorts of stories you may wish to share, including featured photos of important events, photo galleries for those family outings or birthdays, and lovely high resolution icons to make each post unique and memorable! A feature loved by Family Blog users is the custom user profile feature. This allows every single member of the family to have their own custom posting profile for the family blog, so that their voices can be heard in their own unique styling throughout your family blog. Users can be tagged in posts by others users, or even in whole albums. With Family Blog, you and yours step into the 21st century!More info / DownloadDemo
Gridlove is a fast and responsive writing WordPress theme. It is a tool made for magazines or articles writers that enjoy texts and classic posts to photo blogs. Gridlove offers flexible homepages and hundreds of pre-built layout choices to choose. It comes with 4 pagination types from older to newer and post navigation. You will get it with access to forums and comment threads through bbPress. Getting in touch with the community is an important aspect. Gridlove makes post to be highlighted and supports widgets and shortcodes.
It is made to divide posts in multiple categories of single o or not single post layout. You will receive unlimited colors choices, unlimited sidebars, fonts, logos and icons. Several headers and infinite scrolling are also featured. Gridlove is a theme that adapts to every type of enterprise that gets into writing. You will get commercial features and shops with WooCommerce plugin. Translation for texts in case of worldwide customers or readers is also provided. It has a counter for posts views for you to keep tabs on you most popular topics. Constant updates and 24/7 customer support is given! Get it with a one-click install demo and tons of documentation! Use this outstanding writers tool! Use Gridlove!More info / DownloadDemo
In the online environment, a blog is successful if you succeed to help your readers focus on the stuff that really matters: the content and convince them to engage. For writers, less is truly more! This is the golden rule used in designing Newsmag theme. The minimal, clean and elegant Newsmag ‘Classic Blog’ demo combines grid shapes and simple lines to create a more personal approach of your content, including aesthetically boxed featured images, and a clean easy to read font.
Newsmag is a flexible and powerful theme designed for news magazine and blogging. Due to its compact design, this template looks great with any type of content. The small width content area is a great advantage when it’s doubled by high performance. With 10 one click demos ready to be uploaded on your website, you don’t need to have coding skills to install and customize this theme. Newsmag is responsive and intuitive, allowing you to change everything from the top header to footer. Headers, post styles, sidebars, blocks and modules, colors, menus, can be customized with a single click. The content can be improved using tools like the custom made gallery, smartlist, video playlist and text format settings. The theme is also capable of adding lots of extra functionality using unique custom widgets, also with built-in social share buttons.
Newsmag is also optimized for SEO, helping your website to rank better on the search engine results page. This theme can make your website AdSense ready in a few seconds and it’s compatible with WooCommerce plugin, if you are tempted to add an online shop to your website. With such a powerful and flexible theme, you’ll only need to focus on writing your amazing content!More info / DownloadDemo
This theme manages to stand out when compared to other items on our list, due to the impressive number of features that it includes. Smart Blog stands in contrast with the typical bare-bones designs of its counterparts. It incorporates 3 different layouts, a layout that is both retina ready and fully responsive, with unlimited colors and sidebars.
It has an amazing options panel, over 20 custom widgets, a full screen background and plenty of shortcodes. Overall, this theme expresses it quality through its diverse features, and it can turn any blog into an overnight success.More info / DownloadDemo
Christina is a resourceful and creative, competent and capable, readily mobile-friendly and amazingly responsive WordPress fashion and lifestyle magazine website theme. It’s the result of a deliberate design and development process aimed at crafting a perfect platform for webmasters with or without previous development experience to effortlessly craft engaging modern blog websites with advanced multimedia management capabilities powered by both HTML5 and CSS3 technologies deployed to make presenting your content to the world at large a seamless matter.
This theme packs several different homepage and template layouts for you to effectively construct your own blog websites in a matter of minutes, without having to write a line of code, complete with clever widgets, intuitive social sharing features for viralizing your content effortlessly, ripe with SEO enhancements and optimization that make monetizing your website a breezy, easy matter. Christina is a perfect theme for writers and communicators of all kinds, and everyone with a strong, concrete message they consistently need to disseminate to a massive online audience. With Christina’s amazing Bootstrap modular design, reaching across the globe to all platforms, devices and browsers is now easier than ever before. Let Christina worry about compatibility, and you just provide your valuable content. Try Christina today!More info / DownloadDemo
The Reader is a wonderful theme for WordPress sites. It has multi-colored sidebars, and a series of other practical features, each implemented in order to improve the customer’s experience. On average, multilingual pages manage to gather more views, due to the fact that they can appeal to a broader demographic. The Reader has included WPML and RTL support. You are able to display your page in multiple languages, and your foreign visitors will certainly appreciate the extra effort.
This theme has incorporated a new gorgeous home page version, and an incredible left sidebar option. Six main color schemes will be available, and each color is safe for your eyes, soft, and restful. The layout will be completely responsive, capable of showcasing your content on the screens of hand-held devices. Smart phone and tablet users will not have to worry about any resizing issues.
The support system is excellent, offering to resolve any problem that the customer might encounter. If you wish to learn more about The Reader, be sure to check out the theme documentation source. It is well-written, and quite informative. It should also be mentioned that your site will be compatible with most major browsers and operating systems.More info / DownloadDemo
Paperio is an eloquent and responsive WordPress multipurpose blog website theme. This theme is a simple framework for webmasters across industries and fields. Projects the world over find in Paperio a reliable blogging partner. Fit for personal, professional and corporate endeavors, Paperio is nothing if not flexible. 7 unique demo websites provide you with all the basics. Each includes different, specific demo data, content and layouts for diverse applications. But they all share Paperio’s outstanding readability. Also, Paperio has been optimized to be a legible, enticing platform for textual content.
That’s why writers love using Paperio for publishing their works online. Captivating and engaging, Paperio knows how to work a crowd. Gorgeous featured content sliders attract visitors to your proudest pieces. Moreover, there’s 5 different variants, each attractive in its own way. Handy trending and latest posts showcase your output in relevant ways. Intuitive advanced admin panel settings empower you to brand and style your blogs. Furthermore, you don’t need to write a line of code to make Paperio blogs your own. Within minutes and a few easy clicks, you can select headers, layouts, colors and fonts. Social media integration lets your writings go around the world overnight. Check out Paperio today, and be heard!More info / DownloadDemo
Himmelen is a gorgeous WordPress theme for writer websites. It allows the users to create incredible posts, and attract more viewers to their page. With Himmelen, curious followers will quickly turn into die-hard fans. In addition to being creative, your post must be well structured and organized. Thankfully, this theme has infinite layout possibilities and blog settings: 2 Featured Post Slider Layouts, 5 Blog Listing Layouts, and various header options. Also, the site logo can be repositioned at any time.
Himmelen has elegant and unique block post sections, which allow the user to showcase his most popular blog posts. This theme shines a spotlight on your well-written content, and grips the reader’s attention. Upon installation, you can choose between 12 distinct pre-designed color schemes. Personalized layouts with distinct color schemes are available as well.
Moreover, Himmelen understands that a good writer’s time is always limited. Thanks to the One Click Demo Data Importer, you will benefit from a fully-functional page in a matter of moments. There are 5 designated areas for widget sidebars, and 9 premium WordPress plugins which were added for free. If you wish to learn more about this WordPress theme for writers, be sure to check out the live preview.More info / DownloadDemo
Wild Book is a lavishly designed and very aesthetically mindful, stylistically vintage and retro inspired, technologically modern and cutting edge while navigationally intuitive and simplified, wonderfully readable and relatable, engaging and attractive, creative and very responsive WordPress vintage blog or magazine theme. It’s an amazing theme that has been expansively gifted with a full set of features for crafting the most professional looking, nostalgia evoking, vintage, stylish and appealing websites possible, specifically those websites that mainly deal with written or text-based media and sharing this media with a vast, undifferentiated massive online audience.
This theme is thus perfect for writers of all kinds and anyone who dares hold the pen against the blank page, and it very effectively evokes memories of days when pen and paper were in vogue. Wild Book knows those days are long gone, though, and instead it packs a ton of custom built page templates and demo websites with inner content pages, ambidextrous sidebar choices with tons of widgetized spaces for shortcode or plugin functionality, an extra readable design and carefully selected Google Fonts numbering well into the hundreds. Wild Book, a theme for vintage styled writers who want to stay ahead of the times!More info / DownloadDemo
Evoke is beautiful and visually provocative, graphically centric and highly polished and stimulating, simply and efficiently structured, smoothly functional and very engaging and relatable, modern and deeply customizable, intuitive and easy to use, user and admin friendly responsive WordPress photo blog and writing website theme. It’s a very powerful and streamlined WordPress theme meant for webmasters rookie or veteran to easily and effortlessly solve all their photo blogging or writing website needs with one all-inclusive toolkit that lets them share text or image based content to with the world at large in a speedy manner and with a very attractive and appealing visual presentation.
This theme is perfect for travel writers, journalists, photo bloggers, art critics, and all sorts of writers for whom visual media is an inherent or important element in their written work, including illustrated writers, but for whom maximized readability and optimum user processing of their written works is a top priority as well. Evoke comes with a widgetized homepage and seven different layouts for you to pick and choose, as well as the advanced WordPress Theme Customizer feature, which lets you intuitively change colors, logos, typographies and more in real time preview and with a couple of clicks at most. Evoke, a simple and clean solution for writers everywhere.More info / DownloadDemo
Forte is a visually impressive and thoroughly thought out, graphically professionally composed and very readable and engaging, purposefully constructed and functionally resourceful and deliberate, flexible and intuitive, uncomplicated and streamlined responsive WordPress stylish blog or magazine theme. It’s a theme that, while powerful and versatile enough to easily muscle the demands of all kinds of blogging or magazine websites you can think of, has been specifically built to meet and exceed the requirements of amateur of professionals writers.
Forte is a theme that has a way with words, so to speak, and its tons of custom layouts and template pages have all been designed with extensive written media in mind, while still structured around modern image-centric structural compositions with tons of optional features and functionality, including Hero Header sections, Jet Pack Tiled Grids, and tons of other incredibly powerful choices at the tip of your fingers, using the nimble and flexible Live Customizer tool to fine-tune the look of your writing blog website to your heart’s content. With the advanced and custom built Bean Framework, you can even add your writers’ roster, with the Bean Team plugin, or run a Restrict Content Pro membership website for people to enjoy your writings. Words really are this theme’s Forte.More info / DownloadDemo
MyBlog is a resourceful and creative, imaginative and innovative, tech-savvy and versatile, rapidly responsive WordPress personal blog and online magazine website theme. It’s a purposefully engineered platform for the quick and efficient crafting of sophisticated modern blogs or online magazines in an instant, without requiring previous coding or development experience. To that end, MyBlog deploys a series of powerful demo website templates and page templates for you to build upon and customize, with two different blog layout designs and dozens of post formats and option combinations that let you do just about anything with your content.
This theme has been packed with extensive customization capabilities through the advanced theme settings, while beautiful Featured Posts sliders keep your users engaged and interacting with the entirety of your content. Beautiful social media integration through customized feeds and buttons is available within a couple of clicks. Tons of powerful widgets greatly expand what you can do with each of your MyBlog pages, from useful About Me widgets to beautiful custom Tabbed Pagination widgets to seamlessly structure your content and navigation.More info / DownloadDemo
If your fashion site is in a rut and you cannot think of a solution, look any further than inFashion. The layout for this theme is nearly perfect, as the developers have spent countless hours researching and developing it. This is definitely how a respectable site should look like. Just as the name implies, inFashion is targeted at fashion websites. However, the flexibility of its features allows for a wider range of applications. Feel free to use it on personal journals or travel blog sites. For those that require a more hands-on experience, inFashion includes a live demo, displaying all of the characteristics that you can expect from a great theme.
Powerful theme options were added, resulting in more extraordinary customization opportunities. For example, there is a staggering number of Google Fonts and each font can be previewed before its implementation. Mailchimp Newsletter subscriptions are another important feature. If you use Mailchimp as your primary source for email, you will be able to gain more subscribers by dragging their subscription widget onto the sidebar of your blog. Your blog will also communicate with Instagram thanks to theme built-in custom widget for that. If you spend a lot of time on that network, this website theme can take your latest photos and add them onto your blog’s footer. Customers are offered a limitless amount of color. You may implement any variation that you can think of. inFashion boasts a Facebook open graph which guarantees that all of your posts will include featured titles, images and excerpts, when shared on Facebook.More info / DownloadDemo
GraceUnderPressure is an excellent WordPress theme for writers. It seeks to accommodate those who lack programming knowledge, by implementing an intuitive well-designed layout. Regardless of your previous experience, you will be able to create an amazing web page. GraceUnderPressure has many niche-specific features. It understands a writer’s needs, and acts accordingly. For example, it has an exclusive Screenplay Format option. Users can now style pre-formatted text by screen play standards.
Those who access the Google Directory will find a series of font options, each capable of improving your standard posts. As an author, you want to form a long-lasting relationship with your readers. With the inclusion of an Author profile feature, followers can now learn more about you. You can even include a personal photo, along with some biographical information.
Thanks to GraceUnderPressure, all writer websites will be optimized for tablets. Your page contrast, typography and interface were carefully adjusted for hand-held device screens. This reduces eye strain during prolonged reading sessions. Also, resizing and compatibility errors were completely eliminated. The customizer allows for instant feedback, given that you can preview all changes. In order to sample this WordPress theme for writers, be sure to check out the live preview.More info / DownloadDemo