Over the last several months, evenings and weekends mostly, I’ve been quietly working on what could be the most advanced WordPress News Theme available. The product of well over 100 hours of development time by yours truly, I’m happy to finally announce the launch of Proximity News Theme!
The Short Version
Yes, Proximity is a news theme, and yes, there is already an overabundance of news themes available, but as I looked at the choices available, I knew that I could do better. There are several features of Proximity that I simply couldn’t find in any other available news themes, so I decided to just make my own! :-)
Honestly, there are too many to name, but I’ll do my best …
- Custom Header Image
- Theme Options/Settings Panel (brand new!)
- Drop-Down Navigation (suckerfish)
- “Smart” homepage (demo)
- Archives/Blog Template (demo)
- Advanced Sidebar
- Pretty Category Archives (demo)
- Custom Author Template (demo)
- Simple Search Results Page (demo)
- Innovative Single Post Template (demo)
- Story Thumbnails
- Breadcrumb Navigation
- Painless Automatic SEO
For a full list of features and an explanation of each one, head over to the features page.
I felt that the old way of doing Theme Options just wasn’t cutting it for me any more. So, I took a couple of days and decided to rebuild a Theme Options page that was both more flexible and blended with the new WordPress 2.5+ dashboard design.
Just like in my previous free themes, I included the ability to enter your own Feedburner (or other custom feed service) URL. If you choose to use this option, all the standard feed links in the theme will be replaced by your custom Feedburner URL.
Exclude Pages from Navigation
Have you ever wanted to exclude certain pages from the top-level navigation on your site? With this option, you just choose the pages you don’t want to show up and save the options. It’s as easy as that! No code editing necessary!
Choose which category you want to use as your “Feature” category. This will be used to populate the main feature section on the home page.
Post By Category
This one is a little harder to explain. Go take a look at the left column of the homepage, under the feature section. This is the “post by category” section. Essentially, you choose which categories you want to feature there, and the intelligent homepage does the rest! It pulls the latest post from the categories you choose and features them in this section. But the beauty of this is it will NEVER duplicate a post that is featured somewhere else on the homepage!
Feature Video Code
Just past the embed code from any of the popular video sharing sites here. The intelligent homepage will resize the video to fit in the space available. It couldn’t be easier!!!
Here you can paste your adsense code to be featured in various optimal places throughout the theme. No more theme editing necessary!
Do you have a Google Analytics or Mint account? Forget about having to edit the theme files to get your tracking code working. Just paste your tracking code in the theme options, and choose where you want it to be placed. Done!
Search Engine Optimization Options
The defaults should work here, but I wanted to give you a little input in case your situation called for it. This theme is the ULTIMATE in SEO!!! I’ll be outlining the steps I took to make this theme so perfectly optimized, but until then, you get to reap the benefits by being an owner of the Proximity News Theme!
Get Your Copy Today!
So, are you convinced yet??? If not, head over to the Proximity site and take a look for yourself. You can browse the features, check out the list of frequently asked questions, and watch some of the video tutorials. Once your done, you can head over to the purchase page to pick yourself up a copy.
Bonus FREE Theme!!!
If you purchase the Proximity News Theme Developer’s license, I’m throwing in a single use copy of either the Proximity Classic Theme (formerly known as NewsPixel) or the Proximity Classic Dark Theme (formerly known as Dark News Theme), for NO EXTRA COST!!! This is a $49.99 value!!!