Horizontal WordPress themes for artists

In this video I take a look at some clean, horizontal WordPress themes suitable for housing a collection of artistic images.

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In this video I take a look at some clean, horizontal WordPress themes suitable for housing a collection of artistic images that might be part of a catalogue or portfolio.

I've spoken before about the distinct lack of WordPress themes oriented towards artists and these themes offer an interesting solution to anyone looking for a simple blank canvas to house their artwork.

The horizontal format is usually not a practical option for content heavy websites, but for a focused series of photographs with textual inserts, these themes work well. The horizontal effect emulates something of the experience of viewing a gallery or an exhibition.

Moreover, scrolling horizontally is a lot less problematic in a world increasingly moving towards tablet devices (note the announcement of Microsoft's Surface today) for which touch-sensitive navigation is an integral part.

The themes were developed by horizontalwp.com, they are all premium themes, but the price tag of $40 seems reasonable enough to me. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Will Ellington

Originally from the UK, I currently live in Osaka, Japan, where I work in higher education. I’ve been a WordPress user since 2004 and have developed numerous projects with it over the years. Wpliving is a place to share things i've learnt along the way, and to explore innovations in WordPress too.

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It’s nice to see some independent theme developers’ work outside of the major marketplaces. Without your video, I probably would have likely never found these fantastic themes. Personally I think the gap between artist/ designer and the general public is narrowing every day. Good design is everywhere now. For example there may be relatively few professional artists out there who need a good theme like this to showcase their work – However a savvy theme developer would realize that average people would appreciate and use the exact same theme to showcase their “average” work (family photos, amateur photography, etc.). Good… Read more »
Good point on design. Am I correct in understanding you that design needs can be different when the website IS the message vs the website is the messenger? And Wow. Thank you so much for all the info and recommendations. I will check all these options out. I’ve learned a lot about independent theme developers like Elma Studios, Press75, HorizontalWP from WP Living. A list post with links to these indie developers whose themes are not on major commercial outlets would be nice to see on the web. Maybe even 2 lists. It would be nice for a WP theme… Read more »
It’s so refreshing to hear your comments, they echo my own thoughts on the matter. I am an exhibiting photographer that has been looking to find a way of presenting my work online that mimics strolling through a gallery, or flipping through a book – the horizontal format just makes sense to me. I very often find that most WP themes are rather garish and obtrusive in their design – I want my work to stand out, not the theme. And I’ve been deterred from horizontal themes in the past because of usability issues, as I find it quite awkward… Read more »

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