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11 Amazing Minimal WordPress Themes

Minimalism is all the rage, especially when it comes to minimal themes. The themes coming out recently demonstrate a truly exemplary eye for design. A good theme is both functional and simple. It tends to have one predominant color throughout the site and a simple navigation system. Back in July, we described a number of Simple WordPress Themes which can also be a resource if you’re looking for your next un-complicated design.

However, simple does not mean boring. Minimal themes let the user navigate effortlessly throughout the site while keeping the user roped into the content. More aspects of minimal themes are single-page designs and single-column layouts. Whatever your fancy, consider some of these amazing themes.

Premium and Free Minimal WordPress Themes

Minimal WordPress Themes

Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

The Morning After Minimal WordPress Theme (FREE!)

The Morning After Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Clean & Minimal WordPress Theme

Clean & Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Chapter 26 Minimal WordPress Theme

Chapter 26 Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Concept Minimal WordPress Theme

Concept Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Minimal Blog Minimal WordPress Theme

Minimal Blog Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Repro Minimal WordPress Theme

Repro Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Capture Minimal WordPress Theme

Capture Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Manifest Minimal WordPress Theme (FREE!)

Manifest Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Crisp Minimal WordPress Theme

Crisp Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Skeptical Minimal WordPress Theme (FREE!)

Skeptical Minimal WordPress Themes

Demo | Download

Thank you for reading this post.  If you have your own Minimal WordPress Theme that you find helpful, please let us know about it by commenting below.  We sifted through quite a few themes to put together this list of the 11 best.  We thought we did pretty well, but it’s easy to miss some.  So we want to hear from you about other Minimal WordPress Themes!

8 Helpful WordPress Tutorials

Tutorials are all the rage right now, especially WordPress Tutorials. I understand why. There used to be a plethora of posts like this one for a while. Many people still write posts like this: “100 amazing themes” and “50 creative logos”. They’re nice to look at, helpful and inspiring.

However the trend is definitely towards tutorials. Look at Envato’s newest marketplace as an example.  And we at Pingable understand the trend.  Tutorial posts are more helpful in a tangible way.  Users can read a post and walk away with a real, measurable, helpful new skill set.

In light of this trend, we thought it would be nice to combine the two types of content.  Here is a list of 25 extremely Helpful WordPress Tutorials.

Free WordPress Tutorials

16 Vital Checks Before Releasing a WordPress Theme Tutorial

WordPress Tutorial by Ludovico Fischer

Helpful WordPress Tutorials
This tutorial will help you check off those must-do steps before making your new theme public. You spent countless hours developing the theme, don't forget these steps. From protecting comments on posts to correctly paginating posts, don't forget any of these steps.

Designing the Post Meta Data Section

WordPress Tutorial by the Codex Team

Helpful WordPress Tutorials
Using post meta data is one of the most versatile and helpful features of WordPress. You can essentially generate all of your post excerpt information on the fly which can make for a rich user experience. This official codex tutorial walks you through creating this section of your design.

Creating Custom Fields for Attachments in WordPress Tutorial

WordPress Tutorial by Andy Blackwell

Helpful WordPress Tutorials
WordPress custom fields are incredibly useful and versatile. They can turn a regular theme into a dynamic and user-powered design. However when displaying attachments the code needs some tweaking. This tutorial walks you through the necessary tweaking to make it work.

Fun Character Entities WordPress Tutorial

WordPress Tutorial by the Codex Team

Helpful WordPress Tutorials
Using various character entities in your designs can make the user experience smoother. This can be navigation arrows, ampersands, etc. This tutorial by the official codex crew will help you incorporate those characters into your next design.

How to Integrate an Options Page into your WordPress Theme Tutorial

WordPress Tutorial by By Dan Walker

Helpful WordPress Tutorials
All of the latest quality WordPress Themes include backend (administrative) options themes to help the user utilize all of the incredible, complicated features coming standard with the latest themes. This tutorial will guide you in creating this feature for your next theme.

Premium WordPress Tutorials

WordPress, Beginner to Master Tutorial

WordPress Tutorial by By Dan Harper, $5

Helpful WordPress Tutorials
This tutorial walks you through creating a complete WordPress site including a blog and portfolio. Written after the many new features in WordPress 2.7, this tutorials brings you up to speed before looking closely at WordPress 3.0.

Securing and Hardening WordPress Tutorial

WordPress Tutorial by By JT Pratt, $5

Helpful WordPress Tutorials
WordPress is inherently secure as a blogging platform. However as it is converted into a CMS, more user data is being transfered and more opportunities to access core files are created. This makes it less secure. This tutorial will help you secure WordPress against data theft but also make it less prone to malicious attack and forceful entry. A must-read for any serious WordPress user.

Creating a Custom WordPress Portfolio Page Tutorial

WordPress Tutorial by By nuResponse, $5

Helpful WordPress Tutorial
This tutorial will help you leverage the WordPress custom template functionality to create powerful design functionalities within your site. You will be walked through creating a portfolio page to display information in a unique way which can be applied in unlimited ways.

We hope you enjoyed these Helpful WordPress Tutorials.  These are some of the best free and premium tutorials we could find.  If you have your own must-read WordPress Tutorials, please leave a comment below!

100 stunning professional portfolio WordPress themes

If you work with WordPress, you are a web developer of some kind. Whether it is your full time job or just a side gig, you may want to display your work. As WordPress themes become more and more specialized, portfolio themes have developed rapidly. From their beginnings as a simple blog built for displaying images… all the way to stunning sliders and interfaces, here are some of our favorite Portfolio themes for WordPress.

These themes are a mix of commercial and free. They are all stunningly impressive themes to display your work. This post was recently updated for October 2012.  We removed some old, dead or broken themes and we added some very cool new ones.  Enjoy and please leave your comments.  We love to hear from folks who read Pingable.

Just updated for new WordPress Portfolio Themes for March 2013, enjoy!

Consider one of the best premium theme providers out there:

Coco | Download | Demo

A nice, clean and professional business and portfolio theme with a responsive and progressive design.

coco portfolio theme

Bellezza | Download | Demo

bellezza portfolio theme

Sirens | Download | Demo

sirens portfolio theme

Photo Squares 2 | Download | Demo

With five color schemes at a price of $70, you can use this portfolio theme for displaying any kind of media.  A simple and fast theme that is open for customization.

Wordfolio | Download

This theme comes with fully layered PSD files and a very cool slider.  This portfolio theme falls into the “slick” category because of some pretty nifty features.

Display 3-in-1 | Download

A 3D and fading slider bring this portfolio theme up a notch.  Nice navigation is also hard to find with portfolio themes because designers spend all their time on the media display.

Twicet | Download

Five skins and jQuery integration make this a very solid portfolio theme option.  There are also lots of back end customization options so you won’t be left with a boring, common theme.

Smart Portfolio | Download

The Smart portfolio theme is minimalist, and done well.  A custom admin panel lets you make it your own, even changing the layout from 1-4 columns.

Folio Portfolio | Download

The Folio Portfolio Theme includes category sorting which is not common.  It also incorporates Google Analytics and a custom design-icon tagging system.

Levitation | Download

Full PSD access and a robust back end admin panel let you take this theme from boring to custom.  A nice jQuery slider complements the overall nice “feel” of this theme.

Cadmus | Download

The designers of this portfolio theme thought of almost everything.  Nested comments, AJAX under the hood, and 6 color schemes let you customize the crap out of this theme.

Pacifica | Download

Choose from three custom jQuery sliders and 8 custom skins to make Pacifica your own.  Full support of the WordPress 3.0 menu system is included as well.

Gridly | Download

Gridly is a personal favorite because it has the grungy feel without feeling dirty.  Using featured images and jQuery masonry, this portfolio theme becomes fully responsive.