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Discover the new Kusarigama, my free WordPress theme for bloggers

February 1st, 2015

A long time ago (it was 2011) I created Kusarigama, a free and highly customizable theme for WordPress with a “classic” blog design, focused on readability, typography and ease-of-use.

With its clean layout and 3 built-in styles, 2 widget-enabled areas (sidebar and footer), its full support to some of the most useful WordPress features (such as custom menus and threaded comments) and an additional set of custom options (e.g., Google Analytics and easy banner inclusion), Kusarigama is perfect both for the newbie blogger – looking for a simple and ready-to-use theme – and for the WordPress ninja, who will enjoy its advanced features in all their glory.

Kusarigama Built-In Styles

Anyway, after all those years, it needed a graphic refresh and a code revision. Finally I’ve found some time to update it with a series of improvements listed here:

  • Improved typography with Google Fonts integration
  • Added a new font-type combination with mixed serif/sans-serif
  • Kusarigama has now a HTML5 doctype
  • Support for Google Universal Analytics code snippet
  • Everything has been tested on WordPress 4.1
  • Bugfixing and minor code imprvements

Kusarigama is available for free download as my personal gift to the amazing WordPress community. You can find a complete code history on GitHub.

Wakizashi, free video portfolio theme for WordPress

January 6th, 2015

During this holiday season I found some time to release Wakizashi, my new WordPress theme designed with filmmakers and video producers in mind.

Wakizashi Home Page
Wakizashi is a clean, simple and powerful video portfolio with the following features:

  • Built-in Vimeo embedding
  • Beautiful home page thumbnail grid
  • 4 different stylesheets to choose from!
  • 2 different templates for Pages (3-columns and 1-column)
  • Contacts template with full-width Google Maps embed
  • Good out-of-the-box SEO tagging and og:graph support
  • Google Analytics integration and other easy-to-use custom options

» Read more about Wakizashi and take a complete look to its features.

Wakizashi Preview

Adding an item to your video portfolio will be as easy as creating a WordPress post: add title and description, upload a thumbnail image of your choice (yes, you won’t have to use random-selected still frames) and paste the Vimeo ID of your video. That’s all.

Wakizashi is released for free download under the GNU License. Wakizashi’s source code is also available on GitHub.