Today, I’m happy to announce the newest theme to the Theme Hybrid family: Ravel.
Typically, I’d go about giving you a whole lot of boring details about why this theme is the awesomesauce when all you really want to do is download it and play around. Well, I’m still going to make you read a bunch of stuff, but this should be a bit more fun. I decided to give you a little insight into the design and development process that made this theme possible.
So, I got this WordPress theme mockup. Want to build it together?
Sure. We’ve built some cool stuff together before. Let’s do it again.
… Time goes by. Dolphins swim in the ocean. Kittens make nice purring noises. All is right with the world …
We’re nearing the finish line. Yip-eee!
Yep. We’re close. Now, it’s time for the marketing material.
You got an English degree from like the best college in the world, right? You should be good at that.
That’s right. I’m a graduate of Auburn University. War eagle! I can handle the announcement post and putting the theme landing page together. My English is good.
Cool. I’m about to play in Photoshop, yo!
Wait. I need to know a few things first. Like, what inspired you to create this design? Any meaning behind the name ‘Ravel’? Let’s get down to the deep stuff here. Open up your soul and let that artistic energy flow.
I saw this letter ‘R’. It was cool.
The letter ‘R’?
Yeah. I made this whole design around it for artistic people. Cool, yeah?
Yeah?!?…I’ll handle the landing page and announcement post.
Just doin’ what I do. Just doin’ what I do.
In all seriousness, it’s been fun working on something with my longtime friend, Tung Do, once again. I’m only partially paraphrasing our conversation together and teasing Tung a bit.
Introducing the Ravel theme
Ravel was built as a blog, portfolio, and professional profile theme. The idea was to create a unique design that you’d typically only find on a site created for client rather than just putting out yet another black-and-white theme for the masses.
Ravel includes some of the usual theme features normally associated with Theme Hybrid themes. It also has some newer stuff that we’ve been doing like social network integration into nav menus and Schema.org microdata.
Like some of our other themes, Ravel includes full integration with the Custom Content Portfolio plugin, which allows you to manage your portfolio of design, photography, and other artwork.
Custom tabs widget
Included with the theme is a custom-made tabs widget.
The tabs widget was designed for sharing your latest posts, popular posts, recent comments, and post tag cloud. Just drop it in your sidebar, configure the options, and go.
It has options for which tabs to include, how many posts to show, and how far back in time you want to show your popular posts. This is all configurable from the widgets screen or the WordPress theme customizer.
Introduce yourself with the Intro template
Packaged with Ravel is a page template meant for introducing yourself and/or your work. This template works great on the front page.
Get the theme
Tung is currently taking on custom design jobs. If you want to get in touch, you can reach him via his Twitter profile @tungdo.