Anyone who regularly visits my websites knows quite well that I bounce from theme to theme trying out all that I can looking for that best solution to offer clients, as well as, finding that sweet spot for my own endeavors. Brian Gardner of StudioPress recently posted his new theme design he has in the works titled “Wintersong”. I fell in love with it the second I saw it.
Wintersong is a minimalist theme based in the Genesis Framework. The theme is perfect for those who have a message to present without cluttering up the design with distractions that pull away from your content. The theme is so clearly defined that you will not face the usual letdown that comes from purchasing a beautiful theme, applying it to your site then learning it does not fit into your site as expected. Wintersong offers a clean experience that would fit into a bloggers site quite well. The theme is responsive in nature so will read will on any device. Brian Gardner is doing a giveaway right now for this theme as it will not be available in the StudioPress theme vault for a little while.
The beauty of the Genesis Framework is it presents a solid base for theme development keeping most of your site working in the true core of WordPress. More often than not, theme developers build a framework that they base their themes off of. These frameworks tend to grow into proprietary code blocks to present data in a specific fashion. The downfall to this that if you changes themes (like me) some of these code blocks in your posts will not translate well. Genesis controls this and adds these functional additions by way of plugins (slider, etc.). This allows you to maintain those thematic features you have in your site and yet still move to new themes. StudioPress has over 44 of their own themes as well as many others supported by developers outside StudioPress.
If I’m lucky enough to get a copy early I’ll be using it ASAP, if not I will be picking it up as soon as it releases.