In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Ubud, a striking theme for portfolios and other image-heavy sites.
Early Theme Adopters: Ubud
Ubud, a premium theme, was created with artists and photographers in mind, as it offers a crisp, minimalist backdrop for great images. Its versatile design will appeal to a broad cross section of bloggers, though — from fashion bloggers and food lovers to parents who like to ground their posts with striking photos.
You can make Ubud truly your own by choosing the homepage layout that suits your purpose — from a splashy one-column display to a sleek grid. For an even more customized look, images can be presented in landscape, portrait, and square formats. If you’d like to see this calm, elegant theme in action, take a look at the featured sites below.
Nathalie Howl, the photography-loving blogger behind Le Dot, clearly believes that less is more. With a beautiful, minimalist custom header image and a barebones main menu, her site guides the visitor’s eye directly to her photography. For an added dose of elegance, she’s opted for the three-column, square image layout, which is a perfect match for her moody photos.
gosketching. is the showcase for the brilliant artwork of Lewis, an illustrator with a knack for travel-inspired sketches. His site features a dramatic header image and a black background, both of which set the stage for the streamlined grid of his drawings. He wisely chose the landscape format for his images, emulating the look of a sketchbook — in some drawings you can still see the spiral binding!
Artist Wendy Sittner uses Ubud for her portfolio site, where she presents her mixed-media artwork and shares news about recent and upcoming projects. The portrait image format allows visitors to have a detailed view of her pieces, while her main menu offers easy navigation to her various projects, as well as to a contact form.
More sites using Ubud:
- Water Serpents, a beautiful, poetry-heavy personal blog in Spanish.
- jonasrask|photography, a professional photographer’s website.
- we the chamberlains, a family blog with a lovely retro vibe.
Stay tuned for more examples of sites using recently-added themes — and if there are any particular themes you’d like to see featured, feel free to leave us a comment.
I love the clean and simple layout of this theme. It’s definitely one to consider if you’re looking for a way to showcase your best work.
How are the photographers protecting their work that appears on the site? i.e. are they using watermarks, etc?
Following up with Kathleen’s comment, why don’t themes designed for use by artists, photographers, etc., have “right-click save image” disabled by default? Let the artist decide if they want users to download images. The pirates can screen-cap for sure, but casual users will download and share images over social media by the millions, adding to the enormous orphaned works problem and greatly increasing the chances of those images being harvested commercially or used in ways contrary to the artist’s wishes. Such scenarios place an enormous burden on creators. Discovery and follow-up with DMCA notices takes plenty of time and effort.
Thank you so much for featuring my blog on today’s post! I am really honored that my blog is being showcased. I absolutely love the Ubud theme. It has everything I was looking for: clean design, which showcases well my photography. It is nice to work on a blog which doesn’t have the typical layout. Last but not least, for a premium layout the price is very affordable which was also a decision-making point for me.
Again thank you for posting my blog.
Cheers from California.
Dear Ben, I wanted to get a web host for my wordpress blog, but I need the backup or the data and http://FTP…can you help me? Sincerely, Joyanna Adams @nobodysopinion.org
I resently changed to Ubud and I love this minimalistic theme! Thank u!
The Pictorico Theme is also very good. 10-image slider on the main page. Alexa also. This is of course a matter of taste. All the best from Germany-Berlin and Forst…..