Speaking of HTML5 Up Themes I’ve folded into WordPress ones, I have to say my favorite might be WP Big Picture. Check out the demo site.

It has the lush design of the original HTML5up theme, but what you get in the WordPress version is adding new sections merely by creating new posts, easily changing the order and modifying the menu label from the post editor, having excerpts from front page link to full detailed single posts, stand alone pages not included in the menu, social media icons easily edited as a menu, Customizer interface for modifying front page subtitle and footer text.

And a bonus for those who have sites on Reclaim Hosting you can get this entire site, theme, plugins, sample contain installed via one click from your cpanel.

It’s great to hear when people are using WP Big Picture:

because I like to add them as examples on the theme site (or better when someone actually goes into GitHub, forks the ReadMe, and adds the example themselves) (this has happened like once).

The real joy is seeing the different way people use them. They can be one page landing sites like Laura Killam made. I like the way Coventry University DMLL uses them as event sites. I’ve set them up as workshop sites myself.

I got a curiosity tic going and decided to see if The Google could unveil a few more. Luckily I have some very specific text in the footer:

Footer of theme with text  "theme: WP Big Picture based on HTML5 UP modded by cog.dog"

So I can look for other installs of the theme with a search on “WP Big Picture based on HTML5 UP”.

Check out these nice surprises:

The Road in Spain is Hans and Jennifer Anderson’s site for their mission work in Spain.

Screen shot of Road in Spain Web site, text of "Hans and Jennifer Anderson" over a road leading to mountains

Here is the same theme used for a cottage rental. It makes me want to stay at Four Winds Holiday Cottage Cardigan Bay on the Welsh coast. It has views of all the rooms, even an availability screen added as an embedded Google calendar.

This one really excites me- North and South Main Streets is a Big Picture site that includes photos and oral history audio/video about the main roads in the city of Cork. The front excerpts lead to richly detailed pages with embedded media.

Web site for North and Main Street with text over a view of narrow shops on the streets of Cork

This is so rewarding to discover! I’ve added all of these examples; if you make something with the Big Picture theme, please share a link here or you can notify me in the GitHub site or heck, just tweet at me.

And just because I can, I just made some small updates… Previously the theme was limited to 10 sections on the front page; now it is unlimited (although more than 10 might make for a messy menu). I also added a new feature that will be in all these themes and SPLOTs soon, some new code on theme activation that will put up an admin notice to suggest installing or activating any required or suggested plugins (once you dismiss the notice, it won’t bug you any more).

The WordPress Dashnbpard displaying a notice that the Font Awesome 4 Menus plugin should be eactivated to use the social media menu

Give WP Big Picture a spin in your own WordPress site! It’s pretty fantastic (if I may be so humble, but see what others have done).

And if you like this work, I can do more if a bunch of y’all hit the shameless begging buttons below. Every bit helps.


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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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