New theme release: Toivo

It’s been a while since my latest public theme called Kuorinka. But now I’m thrilled to announce my next WordPress Theme called Toivo – it means Hope in English. I will always have my Hope! I also have two godsons called Toivo so it has special meaning for me.

Toivo is a beautiful template for business, personal, portfolio or blog sites. It has powerful Front Page template where you can show your important content, portfolio, testimonials and Callout links.

Check out the demo site to see Toivo in action.

Accessible WordPress theme

It’s hard to say how long I have build this one, at least couple of months. In the process I’ve been learning more and more about accessibility in WordPress themes and I consider this theme also accessibility-ready. If theme is accepted in it will also get official check for accessibility. I’ll be writing article about learning accessibility in WordPress themes soon.

Edit: Toivo got official accessibility-ready tag and I also wrote an article How to create better, more accessible WordPress themes.


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I’m not the biggest fan of lot’s of shiny features in a theme, like build in sliders. But in the same time not all themes should be minimalistic blogging themes. With Toivo I’ll try to combine both beautiful blogging template and powerful Front Page and Child Page templates for business types of sites. Theme already supports all the WordPress build in features like Custom Header or Background. What else is under the hood?

  • Powerful Front Page Template. You can also Feature only Child Pages in Child Page Template. There are some cool settings in the Customizer for Front Page Template.
    • Set Callout text and link at the top or bottom of the page.
    • You can add Callout Image at the bottom of the page.
    • By default Featured Content is Child Pages of the front page. You can change that to Blog posts or Portfolios from the Customizer.
    • You can show (or hide) your testimonials after or before featured content.
  • You can also add background image in the Footer sidebar, not just in the Header. In both places you can set the color and it’s opacity in the Customizer.
  • By default layout is one columns but you can change it to two columns layout in the Customizer. Content on the left or right with sidebar.
  • Toivo have three menus: Top, Social for your social links and Primary menu. It also has  support for menu item descriptions.
  • Change Portfolio archive page title and description.
  • Theme also supports right to left languages and microdata.

The Customizer Gallery

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Power up your site with Jetpack

Lot’s of people don’t like Jetpack, I know I didn’t. But in a way I have changed my mind. We get along pretty well at the moment and it has lot’s of great tools for users.

Theme works just fine on it’s own but if you want more features install and activate Jetpack Plugin. After that you get these features.

Theme review

Toivo have been reviewed by Justin Tadlock and Emil Uzelac. They are the best of the best what comes reviewing themes and they are admins of theme review theme. Check out their site called where you can submit your themes for review. I’ll post more details about theme review process later on.

In my case Justin’s tweet sums it up pretty well.

They still provided me lot’s of valuable feedback and found couple of issues that needed to be fixed. They are doing brilliant job, and apparently so am I:)