UPDATE August 2013: The theme I was waiting for is now running on my photoblog and I’ve written a full guide to migrating from Pixelpost here. The theme is called Retouch Pro and although I had to tweak it a little to fit my design it’s working extremely well. Check it out!
ORIGINAL POST: Attention, PixelPost users looking to switch to WordPress – this is the news you’ve been waiting for!
PixelPost was great software – created by and for photobloggers all you had to do was install the code, pick a theme, and get posting. Sadly in 2009 the developers had to officially cease supporting the project as they had real jobs and there just wasn’t the financial support to keep it going. The software still works but looking to the future I would prefer not to be reliant on code that is no longer supported.
The site you’re reading now and my portfolio site both run on WordPress using themes created by Graph Paper Press. I’ve seen a lot of premium theme developers in the WordPress community but GPP are by far my favourites, with over two dozen slick and highly customisable themes. Even their free themes are impressive.
But there’s no real photoblog theme. They have one called Uno which is aimed at photobloggers who also want to make text posts, but it’s not as simple as a PixelPost theme and although the guys in the superb Support Forum were tireless in helping me tweak all the code to bash the theme into the sort of shape I wanted it, the basic design wouldn’t satisfy the long-term PixelPost user, especially one who had no desire to leap into the guts of the code to tweak it.
I started a thread in the forum listing the sorts of things I felt a good photoblog theme should start with, there was a bit of back and forth with their guys, and this morning Thad Allender posted the following reply:
“… many thanks for all your feedback. We will build a theme (or two or three) that cater to your needs. There seems to be sufficient demand. Please feel free to spread the word in the PixelPost community if you want. We will have the theme ready by the middle of January.”
This is great news, especially as I’ve long since stopped posting to my photoblog while I tinkered with a potential switch to WordPress. Now that could be as soon as next month.
Thanks, Graph Paper Press, and also Merry Christmas everyone!
(or Happy Hanukkah, or Splendid Saturnalia, or whatever other festival you choose to honour in your family!)
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