Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Discussion of music production, audio, equipment and any related topics, either with or without Ableton Live
Silverfish
Posts: 753
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:53 pm
Location: Calgary, AB
Contact:

Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by Silverfish » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:45 pm

I'm currently using Wordpress to put together a website.

However, I would like my website to be less blog and more like a traditional html site. I thought of just coding basic html and forgoing Wordpress altogether, but it is really simple and handy to use.

So, any theme suggestions or great examples of musicians sites?
Image

Angstrom
Posts: 14661
Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:22 pm
Contact:

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by Angstrom » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:48 pm

Hi, I mentioned this in another post, but it's worth looking through Smashing Magazine's tagged wordpress articles.
there are a few good ones with 50+ funky themes, and also lots of articles on modification and such.
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/wordpress/


I would stick with a well supported CMS engine like WP rather than going the raw grinding html route.
There is nothing but hours of pain awaiting you that way.

Silverfish
Posts: 753
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:53 pm
Location: Calgary, AB
Contact:

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by Silverfish » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:55 pm

Angstrom, thanks so much for that link!

I caught that in one of the other threads, and I've been searching the site for tips, themes, etc.
Image

auditory canvas
Posts: 172
Joined: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:31 am
Contact:

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by auditory canvas » Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:12 am

Some cool ones here, use the 'all themes' link top right to see all the different ones. Basically find one that has the functionality and features you want, then butcher the css stylesheet, and php files to get it to look exactly how you want.

http://wp.3oneseven.com/

boomtchik
Posts: 37
Joined: Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:43 pm

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by boomtchik » Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:32 pm

maybe try http://demo.rockettheme.com/wordpress/?theme=affinity
these are very pro wordpress templates
Stealth Bomber PC - Vista 64bit - FF400 - Moog Voyager Lunar - Little Phatty Tribute - Korg ESX1 - Live 8 uninstalled

rasputin
Posts: 645
Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2003 10:16 pm
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Contact:

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by rasputin » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:13 pm

When I was unemployed, I taught myself CSS and used online Wordpress. I found I could do just about anything I needed without actually maintaining my own content management system. At first I built my own little audio player widget based on WP's provided one, but once they got integrated with Soundcloud it became an ideal solution.

I haven't done much to maintain the site in about a year, but it's still live, I think. Take a look if you're still interested at www.crow-caw.com.
Live 9.1 <> occasionally Reason 4.0.1 <> Reaper.latest! <> Windows 7 on a bespoke Intel Q6600 <> ASUS P5E <> 8GB RAM, M-Audio Delta 2496 and that's it.

Tone Deft
Posts: 23565
Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2006 5:19 pm
Location: SF, CA

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by Tone Deft » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:28 pm

working on my own WP page and for some reason I never thought to ask on a music production forum for tips. I wonder why...

lol - still, good advice, appreciated. my friend chose the reactive theme and we're running with it.

sorry for the OT. :oops:
oddstep wrote:I agree with all of this. I'm just bored of writing "its music, just listen and trust your judgement"

tone61
Posts: 376
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:09 am

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by tone61 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:15 pm

Don't know what kind of requirements you have for your site, but one easy to use company is
http://www.wix.com/

It doesn't use Wordpress.

ShelLuser
Posts: 3610
Joined: Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:26 pm
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by ShelLuser » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:42 pm

Well, WP is actually pretty neat for maintaining a site & blog. And yeah, I somewhat agree about the themes, right now I'm using one which closely resembled the look I had with my "previous provider" but I'm also checking out others to get a little more flexibility going.
With kind regards,

Peter

Using the Big Trio: Live 10 Suite (+ Push & Max 8 ), Reason 10 and Komplete 12.
Blog: SynthFan

Tarekith
Posts: 17332
Joined: Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:46 pm
Location: Ableton Forum Administrator
Contact:

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by Tarekith » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:20 pm

I got mine from theme forest, very nicely made and supported.

matthews
Posts: 388
Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:18 pm

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by matthews » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:21 pm

I second the themeforest route. They have hundreds, if not thousands, of premium themes for ~$30 a pop. You should be able to find something that you like. As far as not looking "bloggy", maybe go with a theme that has a static homepage, seems to do the trick.

hacktheplanet
Posts: 2846
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:37 am
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact:

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by hacktheplanet » Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:55 pm

I strongly recommend making your own theme. It's really not super hard to learn if you have a general grasp of web design and how WP works under the hood. The PHP that WP uses is pretty basic, especially if you just want to put together a music website. Install WP and pour over the codex for info: http://codex.wordpress.org

I built my theme myself from scratch. The project is still in-progress (and I'm sure the site is buggy, heh), but it looks cool and does the job: http://hacktheplanetfcm.com/
Image

H20nly
Posts: 15836
Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:15 pm
Location: The Wild West

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by H20nly » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:35 pm

Tone Deft wrote:working on my own WP page and for some reason I never thought to ask on a music production forum for tips. I wonder why...

lol - still, good advice, appreciated. my friend chose the reactive theme and we're running with it.

sorry for the OT. :oops:
good to know. :p

cathochic
Posts: 35
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2003 12:53 am
Location: USA

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by cathochic » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:59 pm

I like yootheme. They have a lot of templates - and a template framework called warp that helps you make your own theme. Plus, the guys that run the website are cool and helpful.

simmerdown
Posts: 3761
Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:36 pm
Location: Northwest Nowhere

Re: Wordpress users: themes to make my site look less bloggy.

Post by simmerdown » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:04 pm

tone61 wrote:Don't know what kind of requirements you have for your site, but one easy to use company is
http://www.wix.com/
i'm loving wix, 100% flexible, great user interface, clean gallery-like templates

Post Reply