JBlog: Free WordPress Theme

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It's time for our next exclusive free WordPress theme release for freelance writers. What does that mean? It means you can only get this theme right here! The design was purchased in full from the designer specially for you! This is a theme from a new designer I haven't purchased from before, so it's a little different than what we've released in the past. The coder just finished things up, so I hope you like it! If you use it, leave a link in the comments and let us know where it's being used so we can see it in action.

This theme is more specifically designed to work as a portfolio / professional site. Actually, it's a combination professional site / blog -- something I've recently recommended here. Make sure you read all of the information below before downloading.

What's Included

  • The coded theme
  • The .psd files (download those separately here)

Terms

Please remember that all free Web templates and free WordPress themes from All Freelance Writing are made available under the following terms: You're free to use it on your own sites (and you do not have to include a credit link), but you may NOT distribute this template to others in any way. You cannot forward the files to someone via email. You cannot post the files for download on your own site. You cannot link directly to the download file on this site. If someone else wants it, they must visit this page and download it directly from this site. Also, derivative works made from the template may not be released (in other words, you can't change the design and then distribute it to others - it's for use on your own sites only).

Screenshot / Demo

You can view a temporary demo site at FadMarketing.com to see the theme in action.

 

 

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Notes

  • Remember that I do not offer technical support for the downloads. If you have simple questions, please post them as a comment on this post (do not email me about them), and if I can help I will. This way when I can't help, maybe another member can. I don't make any guarantees regarding these templates and themes, and I don't have most of them up on demo sites yet.
  • You can find more free WordPress themes and Web templates for freelance writers released exclusively through All Freelance Writing by browsing our full list of free stuff for writers.

To Download

  1. Click the download link below.
  2. Save the file to your hard drive.
  3. Unzip / decompress the file (in Windows, right-click the file name and go to "extract all").
  4. That will save it to a decompressed folder.

Once you have the folder decompressed, you can upload the theme into your WordPress installation and activate it by clicking the "themes" link under "Appearance" from your WordPress admin. You can edit your theme files by visiting the "editor" link from the same menu.

You MUST also download and install the Twitter Widget plugin if you want the Twitter feed in the sidebar. The widget will go in the top sidebar section of your theme. Make sure you set that plugin to display only 1 recent tweet. There is an option in the plugin settings to hide @replies, but when I tried that it failed to pull the tweet stream, so you might not be able to do that.

I had our coder setup the test site for this theme, so I haven't really played with it yet. So please, if you have questions just leave a comment here and I'll take a look at the template files and try to help you get things sorted.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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15 Comments

  1. Dan Smith May 4, 2010 Reply

    REALLY like this.

    I’m about to launch a new website and I’ve been mulling over a few different themes lately – now I’ve got one more to consider.

    Think I might use it actually – will let you know when it’s up.

  2. Jessie Haynes May 4, 2010 Reply

    Jenn,
    I really love this theme. I like Chris Hennis’s style but the font is always so small. You have me wanting this theme a lot. I think I might play around with it today. I like that it is made for blogfolioing, something I’m now endeavoring as well.

    I saw that you’ve got your blog on Pro Business Writer, and heard that you advised Stacey to set one up. In the marketing platform bootcamp you talk about it as well. What do you think about freelance writers having professional blogs on their websites-what are the major benefits that make you choose to devote more of your blogging time? What are your guidelines for a freelance writer deciding the content that is appropriate for this blog-I’m curious about what your considerations are for reaching your target market with this blog.

    Well, I know you’re busy as you told us on Twitter, but I’d like to hear you sound off on this topic if’n you wouldn’t mind taking the time.

    Thanks!

    • Jennifer Mattern May 4, 2010 Reply

      Uh oh, thinking about re-branding things again? ;) Remember, consistency is far more important than coming up with something new and pretty all the time.

      Benefits of blogging for your target market (on your business site) are simple: they keep the site updated so people have a reason to keep coming back, they help you attract more search engine traffic / prospects, they let you build relationships with potential buyers before they even hire you, they give prospects a feel for your style and background knowledge in your specialty area, and they also serve as a networking tool with other colleagues. As for what’s appropriate, that depends on what you’re selling. Mine is about various types of business writing, because that’s what I do. I’ll be doing a post on seo copywriting soon for example. If you blog for businesses, you might focus more on how blogs can be used by the specific types of businesses you target. If you write for magazines, it might be commentary on the print publishing industry that would attract editors.

      • Jessie Haynes May 4, 2010 Reply

        Yeah, I decided that while the theme is pretty, it isn’t as appropriate a theme to appeal to my target clients as what I have now.

        Thanks for sharing those tips. I remember you telling me about how AudioXposure helped you gain independent music clients and I wanted to find a good way to serve and attract clients like that. I think my blog will serve that purpose as well as be my news portal.

        • Jennifer Mattern May 4, 2010 Reply

          Yep, giving you a way to put out company news is another great reason to have a blog attached to your site. :)

  3. Jenna May 4, 2010 Reply

    Unfortunately, it’s not pulling the pages for the header for me. I know you don’t offer tech support but I’m frustrated and had to vent somewhere! I’ll attempt again later this evening.

    • Jennifer Mattern May 4, 2010 Reply

      What do you mean by “pulling the pages for the header?” Do you mean the links aren’t being automatically pulled? That’s probably normal for this one. I think they’re manually-created image-buttons because it’s designed to have a very specific navigation for portfolio sites (and it’s the only way to have the “hire me” note above the about page button and the handwriting font used in there). This one was very specifically setup for freelance writers as a professional site / blog, and not for general blogging, so more of the structure is defined.

      Oddly, while I do see the images mentioned in the stylesheet for those buttons, I’m not seeing links to manually change in the sidebar.php file. I’ll have to check with the coder and find out where that is in this theme. I’ll post here when I find out.

      Then, if you wanted extra pages of some kind (such as to feature a product), you would add a pages list to the sidebar, or down in the footer where you could link to anything at all automatically.

      On a sidenote, if anyone’s wondering where to change the short About paragraph on the homepage, that’s in the index.php template file.

      • Jenna May 4, 2010 Reply

        Oops! I missed your reply to mine! I commented below with what the problem is with the pulling of the pages. The coding assumes that your contact is page item number 7. Mine? Was 803. It’s just a simple bit of re-coding. Just took me a bit to find it!

        • Jennifer Mattern May 4, 2010 Reply

          Awesome – relatively simple fix. :) For those who aren’t sure, the stylesheet is the style.css file when your edit your template files, and Jenna linked you to a post on how to find your page id numbers to make the change.

          I just emailed you the .psd files directly. That should have font info and make it much easier to create new buttons if you want to. Because of the button thing, I’m going to go ahead and upload the .psd files here for people who want them. Note though, the one you really want is the index psd. I didn’t have the coder work with the others exactly as the designer laid them out. We ignored one altogether to keep pages consistent.

  4. Jennifer Mattern May 4, 2010 Reply

    I’ve uploaded a .zip with the .psd files. You can find that link under the “What’s included” section. You’ll really only need the index one probably, but that will help you if you don’t want the buttons included — you’ll need to create your own.

  5. Jenna May 4, 2010 Reply

    The answer is in editing the stylesheet with the appropriate page item number. (Find page item number here: My last question, however, would be if you know what the font is on the tabs so I can make appropriate ones for my blog purposes. If not, that’s okay. It’s still swell!

  6. Brent Fitz May 24, 2010 Reply

    Great theme, I like it, I have download it for my next blog!

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