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.
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 WordPress.com 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.
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?
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.
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 WordPress.org theme review theme. Check out their site called themereview.co 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.
— Justin Tadlock (@justintadlock) April 9, 2015
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:)