A couple of weeks ago I redefined my website, vowing to move away from writing tutorials and how-to’s here on my blog, in lieu of publishing more personal content.
In typical fashion, this came with a new design — one that I’m particularly fond of. It didn’t take long for me to push out the new look, considering I just started development on it a measly three days prior to deploying it.
An Overwhelming Response
Apparently a number of folks appreciated the work I put into the design, as there was a redundancy of response in the comments of the post. For example:
Love this one. Might just have to “borrow” it for my own that I’m going to FINALLY get churning this month!
And here’s another one from Eve:
This design is amazing! Can we have it.
Hey William, no worries mate, to this comment you left:
I hope this one makes its way into the StudioPress bundle, because I have a site or two where it would really fit.
I’m willing to bet you’re getting the point — which means if you’re smart enough and know me, that means it’ll be making it’s way over to StudioPress.
I love the design so much with this theme that I started development on it for all of you right away. That’s good news for all of you, for those keeping score at home.
I’d like to introduce you to the Sixteen Nine theme — one personally handcrafted in it’s entirety by me and will be released after Genesis 2.0 is available.
The Story Behind “Sixteen Nine”
You might wonder how I came to naming the theme, and I’ll explain that to you.
With the upcoming release of Genesis 2.0, our team was looking for ways to provide opportunities for our users to display their content in unique ways.
When I developed this theme, I wanted to utilize the custom background function so that folks could add a little personality to their website.
It’s no surprise that I love mountains, and am especially taken in by Mount Everest. There are two base camps, each on opposite sides the peak.
South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 ft), and North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 meters (16,900 ft).
Note the elevation of North Base Camp — sixteen thousand, nine hundred feet.
Sixteen Nine Theme Features
A couple of things that I wanted to point out with the Sixteen Nine theme are the use of custom background and the sticky header.
I really like the idea of giving folks a way to add some personal touch to the site, and one of the best ways to do that is to make easy to upload an image to give it character.
Over at StudioPress, the Metro theme is the most popular, and I’ll be willing to bet it has a lot to do with the fact that it includes a very nice custom background feature.
Another feature that’s new to our themes will be the responsive menu that I’ve implemented. I’m still playing around with it and no doubt will need some testing.
The other thing I really love about the Sixteen Nine theme is the use of the sticky header. Most people might think it’s a sidebar, but from a geeky standpoint, it’s the site header.
The Good Stuff
There’s also a few other really cool features that will come with it, but in the meantime — let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
For those of you wondering when it will be available, you’ll have the be patient and wait until we release Genesis 2.0.
And to answer your next question, that will be released (no doubt) after WordPress 3.6 is out in the wild. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one chomping at the bit.