Early Theme Adopters: Worldview, Collective, and Alto


At the end of April, we announced three new premium themes, Worldview, Collective, and Alto. As with every theme we add, the real fun happens when you get your hands on them — here are interpretations we’ve loving of each of the three.

Kate goes Global

Was global nomad Kate swayed by Worldview‘s name when she chose it as the theme for her travel blog? Whether she was or not, she uses the theme to lovely effect on Kate goes Global.

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We particularly like how she uses custom image widgets on her home page (above, right) to echo the circular Gravatar that’s part of the theme’s default look. Then, on single posts, she takes advantage of the theme’s full-size images to show off her travel photography.

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Collective was designed with teams in mind, as a bold way to help organizations highlight their members. Game startup Versu looked at it; saw the easy navigation, expansive area to highlight images, and flexible layout; and knew they’d found the home page for their new gaming platform:

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Below the splashy graphic, they use the page to tell visitors a little more about Versu and highlight some of the great press their project has already received. And since the main menu remains on-screen even when readers scroll down the page, it’s simple for visitors to explore their site.

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Breach of Close

Alto is stripped-down, crisp, and puts all the focus on your content, whether that means words, images, videos, or any combination thereof. The popular WordPress.com blogger behind Breach of Close uses it to help readers focus on his thoughtful, long-form musings.

alto comparisonA single, well-chosen image at the top of each post provides visual interest and is a simple but effective way to create breathing space between his longer posts. Rather than layering the post title and category over the image, as in the theme demo, he keeps things minimal and lets the image and title stand on their own.

Ready to try something new? Learn more about AltoCollective, and Worldview in the Theme Showcase. If free themes are more your speed, take a look at our archive of Early Theme Adopters posts for plenty of  no-cost inspiration.

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