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Introducing SiteOrigin.com – home to quality free WordPress themes and plugins

This is the latest video in my “WordPress Community” series, which takes a look at some of the most promising work in and around WordPress today, including theme and plugin developers to WordPress educators and evangelists.

In this video, I highlight the high quality free WordPress themes and plugins by a South African developer called Greg Priday. Greg runs a site called SiteOrigin.com and he describes the site’s main goal in the following terms:

With SiteOrigin I’d like to break the perception that free means junk. I put a lot of effort into crafting code that is secure, reliable and most of all – useful. All my themes and plugins are and always will be 100% free.

This statement caught my attention and I include here as a reminder of the passion and commitment that characterizes many of those involved in WordPress. Greg has released four free themes and two plugins to date and I take a look at a theme called “Origami”, a minimal and elegant single column theme with a responsive layout and support for multiple post-types.

I’m always on the look out for new WordPress sites and developers, so if you have suggestions for things you’d like me to include in this series, please let me know, either on Twitter, Facebook or via the contact form. Thanks very much.

Written by 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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  1. Hi Will,

    First, let me say that this is a great portfolio of information you are creating here. I’ve been trying to expand my knowledge of WordPress over the past few months and this site has really helped me out. I have been focusing mainly on free themes while I get my feet wet. I had no idea how many themes (premium, free, good, bad, and ugly) there were out there! It’s really great that you take the time to highlight the best ones. I’m also glad to see SiteOrigin creating beautiful, safe, and free themes for the community. During my travels through the theme jungle, I came across the folks at site5. They appear to be in the hosting business and provide free themes as an added feature. They are very bright, come with easy to follow documentation, and have a great themes panel. I wondered what you thought of them and if you thought they were worthy of sharing with the community?

    http://www.s5themes.com/themes/

    • Hi Kelley, thanks very much for taking the time to leave a comment. Yes Site5 offer some very interesting free themes and in fact they’ve been on my list of sites to cover for wpliving for a while. I simply haven’t had time to get round to covering them.

      I think I might do a video soon. They’ve stepped up their game with their most recent themes I think. AS you say, they use their free themes to generate traffic and bring people into their hosting business. Having never used one of their themes before, I’d be interested to see whether they include backlinks to their site, or include publicity or something like that.

      For the video, I’ll install their latest theme on my demo site and see what it’s like. I’ll also put it through the WP theme validator and a couple of other code checks. Stay tuned for that!

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