AlienWP and the Ascetica theme

Just a couple of days ago, I launched the new Theme Hybrid feature to allow theme authors to upload their custom themes to the site. Now, two days later, we’ve got a brand new theme from the talented Galin Simeonov.

Don’t worry; he didn’t code the entire theme in two days. He put in much more work than that. I’ve been looking over his work for quite a while now, and it is definitely top-notch stuff.

He’s got the makings of a great theme designer. Plus, he’s building from the Hybrid Core framework. What more could you ask for?


Screenshot of the AlienWP Web site

Galin runs a site called AlienWP where he showcases his theme design work.

I’m a huge fan of his minimalist style and his approach to theme development, which falls right in line with the Theme Hybrid philosophy. So, be sure to check out his Web site and see the other themes he’s created based on the Hybrid Core framework.

Introducing the Ascetica theme

Screenshot of the Ascetica WordPress theme

Ascetica is the first theme (of I hope many) that Galin has created to add directly to Theme Hybrid. This means the theme is fully-supported on this site; it even has its own dedicated support forum.

Ascetica is a minimalist portfolio and blog theme with a responsive layout. It was designed for bloggers, photobloggers, designers, and photographers to showcase their work in a simple yet elegant environment.

You can get all the details, view the demo, and download the theme from the Ascetica theme page.

Also, everyone give a big congrats to Galin for being the first Theme Hybrid member to have his theme showcased on the site.

17 Responses

  1. Brian Krogsgard Brian Krogsgard March 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

    Awesome work, Galin. I can’t believe I didn’t know until just a few days ago you already had these themes out there. I’m glad you’re getting some much deserved attention with your work.

    The community at large could do with some quality code in themes like the ones here at TH and now yours : )

    I look forward to joining you sooner rather than later in hosting a theme at Theme Hybrid!

  2. Thiago Senna Thiago Senna March 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

    I’m another one that like Galin’s minimalist designs. I also downloaded his themes to see how is his code, I liked, and now it’s on my list of approved guys that I would use parent-themes from. ;)


  3. Galin Galin March 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm |

    Thank you guys! :) I didn’t expect this amount of attention. This is a unique community and I’m happy to be part of it.

  4. Sami Keijonen Sami Keijonen March 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm |

    Well you deserve all the attention. Just need to look code closer also when I have time.

  5. wiselywoven wiselywoven March 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm |

    Galin: thank you for all your work bro! Responsive layout, minimalist and with a homepage slider! You read my mind!

    Justin: thank you for featuring Galin’s work. I’ve been tempted to stray from Hybrid because of the need to go towards responsive layouts which is beyond me right now. Galin’s work on top of Hybrid is a huge help to me and your willingness to provide support for select themes from the community really boosts my confidence in them.

    My only question is: do you have plans to assemble other folks to help you process the community themes and give support? At some point aren’t you going to max out?

  6. Random Joe Random Joe March 8, 2012 at 3:59 am |

    Your theme is beautiful, I like it very much

  7. dronix dronix March 9, 2012 at 9:10 am |

    Nice work Galin.

    I too didn’t know about your other themes, they’re beautiful.

    Keep up the good job. I look forward to seen more of you work.

  8. Dennis The Menace Dennis The Menace March 12, 2012 at 5:16 am |

    I like it, I love it. By the way, have you guys browsed the demo using tablet or smart phone? It is a tablet and smart phone friendly theme. Galin, a job well done, two thumbs up!

    1. Sami Keijonen Sami Keijonen March 13, 2012 at 2:33 am |

      Yes it’s smart phone friendly theme. I’ve tested it with iPad 2, Samsung S2 and Nokia Lumia 800.

  9. Galin Galin March 12, 2012 at 6:14 am |

    I’d recommend to all theme developers here to try and get your theme on Theme Hybrid. It’s been really beneficial for me – got some valuable feedback, helped me to realize I’ve been doing some things the wrong way,… And I even got some extra fame :P .

    Having a theme here is like a stamp of quality approval.

  10. Glen Pridgen Glen Pridgen March 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm |

    I love it. Good work and keep them coming!

  11. HikinMike HikinMike April 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

    A bit late to the party, but as a photographer, I really love the Ascentica theme. Since I just re-did my blog, I’m not ready to do it again. I’m going to may a mental note and if any of my photo buddies need a new theme, I’ll know were to go.

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  13. Bharat Chowdary Bharat Chowdary April 28, 2012 at 6:52 am |

    I really like the Ascetica Theme, will use it for my upcoming blog.

  14. Krishna Kiran Krishna Kiran May 5, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    Its a really attractive theme.. But does it support bbpress? I just wanna know.. coz i have a forum on my site.. Gonna change to this theme sooner.. Thanks for such a nice theme!

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