Yesterday the team and I at Crowd Favorite released our latest product offering: a WordPress theme for personal sites and bloggers that we built for, and use ourselves (that’s how you know it’s really good).
It’s been in the works for over a year now and based around a few cornerstones:
- you should be able to own your various types of content (status updates, photos, videos, links, quotes) and maintain those on your own website without succumbing to a service like Tumblr;
- you should still be able to participate on the social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) where your friends participate;
- you have the option easily customize the site to fit your style (custom color schemes using Adobe Kuler);
- you should attractively showcase who you are and what you’re about (featured posts or photo in the header, Bio Widget with a profile and links)
- and all this should be accessible from devices of all shapes and sizes (including mobile and tablet).
If you’re looking for a well-built, highly-designed WordPress theme for your own personal site (note: I also use it to run cosnow.com) I’d recommend you check out FavePersonal. It’s on sale now for only $49 which is a steal considering the average pricing of some of the other offerings out there and knowing it comes from one of the top WordPress design and development groups in the world (yes, I’ll toot our own horn).
I’ve thought a lot about how to “own” my content and how to create the simplest “social sharing” flow. The Path app is very close but it’s still closed down (I can’t easily get my content out) and it doesn’t offer the flexibility I want (photos should interact with Flickr or Instagram). FavePersonal is a step towards the ideal scenario. Expect more around this to come…