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Oxford & Typekit

By Drew Strojny on February 26, 2014

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Today is a big day here at The Theme Foundry. We’re releasing a stunning new magazine theme called Oxford, and announcing an exciting new partnership with Typekit, the leader in commercial grade web fonts.

Oxford comes with two professional Typekit fonts built right in: Soleil and Futura PT. These fonts pair together perfectly, making Oxford a great fit for anyone who needs a professional look for their blog. We encourage you to visit the live demo of Oxford to see it in action and visit the Oxford theme page to learn more about some of the features.

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Learn how to edit WordPress theme HTML

By Drew Strojny on February 14, 2014

Edit WordPress theme HTML

If you’re new to working with WordPress themes, learning how to edit WordPress theme HTML can be intimidating. Here’s how it usually unfolds: You get really excited to make a change to your website and open up a template file to make some edits. Immediately, you see a bunch of PHP code and start running for the hills. Slow down! It’s important to remember WordPress themes create fully functioning HTML pages. They just do it using PHP, which can be confusing at first. Once you understand the basics of how a WordPress theme actually works, the mystery starts to unravel.

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WordPress security doesn’t have to be complicated

By Drew Strojny on January 24, 2014

WordPress security

WordPress has a less than stellar security reputation. You may have even heard some horror stories from friends or colleagues who’ve had their site hacked. So, is WordPress actually secure?

Yes. Very secure. To understand why, consider the popularity of WordPress. It now powers around 20% of the internet. It’s extremely popular. WordPress is also open source software. This means the underlying code can be reviewed by anyone. WordPress security issues can be uncovered and reported by any of the thousands of developers that use the software, so they tend to be discovered and fixed quickly. If you’re the president, would you rather have fifty secret service agents looking out for you, or just one? More eyeballs and more scrutiny equal better security.

The popularity of WordPress is also a weakness. Imagine those millions of WordPress websites as a roaming herd of buffalo. Now imagine some hungry wolves (malicious hackers) hunting for a meal. The thundering herd is obviously going to attract some attention. But, what buffalo will they target? The stragglers of course. The old, the young, and the weak. Your goal is to not be one of those stragglers. Let’s review some basic WordPress security practices that will help you keep up with the herd.

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WordPress child theme basics

By Drew Strojny on January 15, 2014

Similar looking logs representing the duplicate nature of a WordPress child theme.

If you customize WordPress themes, you should understand the basic concept of a WordPress child theme. Unfortunately, child themes can be confusing if you don’t have much experience with them. It’s important you understand what a child theme is and how it works alongside a normal WordPress theme. Why is it so important? Not using a child theme for customizations could really come back to haunt you later.

We did briefly introduce the WordPress child theme concept while learning how to customize a WordPress theme, but we didn’t fully explore it. In this post we’ll do just that, and then we’ll show you how to use a child theme.

What are child themes?

Imagine you have a painting on your wall. You really love the painting, but there is one thing that you just can’t stand. The moon is orange. The moon should be white, right? Every time you look at it, it drives you crazy.

You decide you’re going to fix the painting. You get out your brushes, buy the best white paint, and sit down to do your work. As you stare at the painting, you can’t help but think “I hope I don’t screw this up”.

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Find the best WordPress themes (free or paid)

By Drew Strojny on January 7, 2014

A girl searching for the best

Finding a theme can be intimidating. With so many choices, how do you uncover the best WordPress themes?

We’ve been working with WordPress themes since 2008 here at The Theme Foundry, so we’ve got some relevant industry knowledge and plenty of experience. Let’s talk about where to look for WordPress themes, and how to find the best themes when you get there.

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How to be more productive

By Drew Strojny on January 3, 2014

Girl sitting in a cafe trying to be productive

For the past month I’ve been learning how to be more productive. It’s amazing how unproductive I can be with readily available distractions. First, I broke down the core things I do online (mostly related to work and the internet) into three broad categories based on what I was actually doing.

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Year end WordPress checklist

By Drew Strojny on December 24, 2013

WordPress checklist

‘Tis the season for a WordPress checklist. Here’s three ideas for optimizing your WordPress website as the year comes to a close.

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Why you should use a WordPress starter theme

By Drew Strojny on December 20, 2013

The Underscores WordPress starter theme banner.

Imagine you’re looking to build a brand new car from scratch. Sounds pretty intimidating right? Now imagine that one of the best car companies in the world is giving you a free “starter” car. They’ve built the car using years of practice and experience. It’s a fully functioning car, it just doesn’t have any design or colors applied to it. You need to paint it and make some configuration choices.

A WordPress starter theme is exactly like that car. It’s a fully functional WordPress theme that just needs to be styled and configured. When I began designing our first WordPress templates way back in 2008 there wasn’t much to help in the early stages of the process. You usually just started from scratch or converted some HTML to WordPress. That’s all changed with the advent of WordPress starter themes.

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Changing WordPress themes

By Drew Strojny on December 11, 2013

A picture of some tools representing changing WordPress themes.

You found a new WordPress theme. It looks perfect for your blog, but you’re really nervous about changing your theme. What if something breaks? Will you lose any content? I’ll walk you through what you should be nervous about, and what you shouldn’t.

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