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I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some of ColorLabs’ themes around the web before. Leatherly, in particular, which is a neat little theme which comes pre-optimized for mobile and tablet, inspired by a classic leather-bound notebook? After the internet revolution, the last thing a website wants to look like is a website, right? There’s plenty of this sort around, such as themes which look like a sheet of lined paper. It seems odd that so soon after people mastered the art of a technical looking website, there are designers who want to deny this and regress to pen-and-paper aesthetics. Still, I think it looks good, if not a little reactionary.
One theme (which is free, by the way) which isn’t denying the technological advancements of the last 20 years is Lensa. It is an interactive photography theme which acts as a huge media slider. When the photos on the slideshow are clicked, it lapses into basic blog format, showing comments, text and other things you’d expect to see. This is a good way of exhibiting work, unlike the usual overwhelming collection of thumbnails you might expect to see.
As well as some quality themes for an array of purposes, they also offer a few plugins. Omnigallery features connectivity to a range of photo hosting sites such as Flickr. The lite version looks as if it will do the job just fine, only denying the user functionality with SmugMug and 500px, which call me an amateur, I have never heard of anyway. Another one, this time totally free, is slide wizard. As opposed to a gallery this time it is a customizable image slider which seems to be flexible and even has its own community allowing suggestions and bug reports.
Another free one with a cool name and science themed concept is Laboratory. The UI features a stubbly cartoon scientist holding a tube of effervescent red liquid. It is a bundle of WordPress extensions which brings together things like custom menus, Facebook comment management, the tabs widget and whatever a Megamenu might turn out to be. Unfurl the mystery for free, along with the 2700 others who have come before you. Upon trying out the live demo, it seems to be a whole collection of things which would be easy to find yet fiddly to collate all in one place, such as connectivity to all major social media sites, free filters for photographs and Facebook comments by default on every page. It’s not for everyone, but I’m sure it’s customizable.
Their prices are not bad, as it goes. $59 for one theme, with a lifetime of support included, $99 for 26+ standard themes and a year of support. With so many themes which are versatile and unique, you can’t go wrong with the $99 bundle.