Say hello to Hew and Sobe, the newest free additions to our Theme Showcase.
New Themes: Hew and Sobe
Hew is a personal-blogging theme with a distinct identity and a bright splash of colour. Share your thoughts and experiences with readers while connecting through prominently placed social media links.
Designed by yours truly, Hew puts your content in the spotlight. With its single column and bold typography, Hew offers a pleasant reading experience across all devices — no matter whether your visitors arrive by smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Make it your own with your Gravatar or a custom header image.
Read more about Hew on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes.
Sobe is an eye-catching personal blogging theme for sharing life’s most memorable moments, designed by Caroline Moore.
Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, help your content stand out with colorful post formats, add links to your favorite social networks, and brand your site with a site logo or header image.
Read more about Sobe on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!
- Feb 19, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
I like HEW. Simple. 😀
I love these new themes…. I can’tmake up my mind on which to dance with.
i love the colors and design
@melchoyce how about a theme like this https://creativemarket.com/themefashion/27602-Wordpress-theme-Clean-and-Simple ? I barely found anyone as simple and clear as that in the themes (and trust me I look them up and down every single day)…Sketch is close enough but not quite there.
Hew looks awesome 😀
I like the top one but as usual these things utilize the awful infinite scroll. I hate that with a passion. I wish we could get page number navigation.
How do I use Hew on my privately hosted WP Blog. There is no ZIP download.
Sobe is very nice, but in mobile view doesn’t reduce/scale automatically the size of images, instead appear a slidebar below
Themes come out often, but less often do we see a new theme that varies greatly from a previous theme. Color options, social link placement, and menu placement are often the noticeable changes. Less noticed, but appreciated are changes in spacing and text styles.
I think Automattic has arrived at a point where they need to create a few master themes that are more customizable than the current offering.
For example, give users an option for menu placement such as slide out from left, right, or top. Or an option for logo or header placement and size. Give us 2 to 3 options for fonts as you do with color palettes.
I always get excited when a new theme is released only to be disappointed because it reminds me of a previous theme.
Even though you offer a Custom Design upgrade that allows users to access CSS coding you may be losing users because they don’t know CSS and are turned off at how many themes are available. For some more is better and for others more is a sign of time wasted trying to make a decision while endlessly previewing themes only to be teased on a monthly basis with new themes that don’t quite hit the spot.
I’ve used Squarespace and WordPress (.COM and self-hosted) and have spent hundreds of hours tweaking the site designs, so I understand that what I’m suggesting has no easy solution.
Agree with previous comment. There are really good themes available on wordpress theme section, but we don’t have access to CSS. Can’t even change font type or font size.
Using Sobe right now and so far I like it. 🙂
I would love to have more options for free customization, tho… like maybe changing the font size for posts? I dunno, just an idea. ^_^
I look at the new ones coming out to see how they can help me to grow my blog and helping others. Most focus in on capturing emal address but very few of the styles show this?
Hew really caught my eye. I’ve spent most of today tweaking its CSS.
What I miss is a byline for posts. As users can only tweak the CSS, would it be possible to to add the HTML to the theme?
I made the switch to Hew. Love it. Kept the default yellow as it really stands out. Now readers will marvel at the theme more than my content but that’s OK.
Hew seems pretty good and even somewhat refreshing.
I love sobe and am using it! Could you please let me know which font you used for the title? Also, is there an html tweak to leave the navigation menu in one spot? I love how it’s in the middle on the landing page, and would prefer to keep it there to save confusion for my readers. Thanks for a great design!!
That is an offer simply too good to pass up (unfortunately I only saw it now!), so I will be keeping an eye out for some business sites and send links to you.
There are some great WP templates for self-hosted sites, but self-hosting is just too much of a hassle right now. I really need a WP hosted WP theme.
I am very partial to magazine-style themes, as they can be very easily adapted for business blogs and your clients don’t have to scroll down ten pages to get to what they need to see.
I have Expound on one of my personal sites and I absolutely love it (for there, I tried it on my business site and it simply doesn’t work).
The thing is that magazine themes can get really busy, really quick, so for the ideal business site, it would be sort of more “magazine lite” (with slightly larger fonts for better readability, slightly larger featured images and a bit more space for excerpts).
As for premium themes, Antenna and Axon were my favourites (in that order), but I had major difficulty finding the right colour and font combinations / background image when customizing and ended up giving up on them as a result.
I am currently using Goran, which I prefer over Edin because its column is a little wider. This is just a stop-gap though as I don’t like the standard colours or the appearance of the custom menu.
Topography, a “just right” image size and the fact that most themes seem to have difficulty handling a large number of custom menu items, are my biggest challenges to finding the perfect theme. As soon as you have two or more “lines” on your custom menu, it starts looking sloppy.
While typing this, I happened on “Fortune” and I am currently previewing it on my blog, while also checking it out on the Themes Showcase at the same time. This is a really promising option. I have no idea why I did not notice it before. The proportions of the featured images on the “blog” page could use just a tiny bit more height. They make the images appear a little squished. Could I change that with CSS?