New Theme: Bold

Posted on August 3, 2009 by in Theme Additions | 65 comments

New Theme: Bold

I finished a new theme today which I have titled Bold. You can preview the theme here, as well as take a look at the gallery page for more info. I wanted to create something strong but also fun. This theme features a combination of bold typography, loose sketchy qualities and heavy textures.ย  I had a good time making this one, as I used my camera to hunt for textures and clouds and my bamboo tablet to inject a bit of playfulness.ย  I realize that it has been longer than usual since my last theme release, sorry about that! The delay was due to the release of ElegantThemes v2, as well as the fact that I have been working on both Bold and eNews at the same time. This means I already have a good head start on my next release ๐Ÿ™‚

Theme Features

1. Three Widget Ready Areas – The theme comes with three widget ready areas, including the main sidebar, the homepage inside sidebar and the footer.

2. Five Unique Color Schemes – Bold comes with 5 color variations to choose from, including Red, Green, Blue, Purple and Turquoise. You can switch between color schemes at any time via the Bold Theme Options page.

3. Optional Blog-style Post Layout – If you don’t like the default layout, which automatically truncates posts and creates a preview, you can opt for the Blog-style post layout which displays your posts in full.

4. Theme Options – Bold includes a robust theme options page with all of the features you have come to expect from ElegnatThemes.

What’s Next?

As I mentioned above, eNews is already under construction and should be released fairly soon. I think it’s turning out great so far, and I am excited to continue working on it. Yuriy from the forums has been assisting me in the coding process to speed things up, and with two minds at work I am sure it will turn out great.

Speaking of the forums, I would also like to take this moment to welcome Mantas and Ben, our newest moderators, to the tech support team. It is my goal to continue to increase the level of support offered here at ElegantThemes. If you have questions be sure to stop by the forums, there are four people waiting to assist you ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone is doing well. Let me know what you think of BOLD!

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  1. This is great!!!

    Will it be offered free?

    • Melissa, I doubt his rent is free.

      Any quality theme like this, especially those just released, are always worth paying for, and I say this at a time when 92% of my income is going on debt repayments, but I still plan to pay when I find the theme I decide on.

      • very nice theme.
        thanks admin for the release. worth the wait ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Very pleasant on the eye and layout is superb.
    A job well done there I believe.

  3. Hi, I just became a member and Iยดm trilled with the themes. Great Work. I tried downloading your new theme but it gives me an error (I used firefox and safari)…do you know what might be the problem?

    • There was a problem with the ZIP file. I have re-uploaded it. Everything should be intact now.

  4. Another wonderfull theme, what else can you say and its different.

    Well Done Nick

  5. Perfectly well! Is more tremendous! I admire you! Unusually beautiful theme – THANKS!!!

  6. I hate you!!! I just selected one of the template to use, now this?! Argh…. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. But where the panel for Categories? ะพ_ะž

    • You can add pages/categories to your sidebar. There is only one navbar on the top of the page, however, in light of this I have added the ability (via the Bold Theme Options page) to display either Pages or Categories in the navbar. If you want to display categories instead of pages in the navbar change this setting in the Navigation tab of the theme options page.

  8. At all themes have one problem, unfortunately: borders in posts by default are not displayed..

    And I have each time to ask Yuriy to help to bring in necessary changes in a template ๐Ÿ™

    And now – round little images (for example: borders are visible, and borders a large image in single poste – are not visible (for example: ๐Ÿ™

    I am already afraid to disturb Yuriy by new questions…

    Yuriy with me did not drive – he knows Russian, and now Yuriy forced to stand my numerous questions…

    And I am very ashamed, that I so torment poor moderator… ๐Ÿ™

    • To remove borders from sidebar images input the following into your stylesheet:

      .sidebar-box img {border: none;}

      Please directly all further questions to the support forum. Blog comments is not the best place for me to give tech support. Don’t feel bad about asking too many questions. Instead of PM’ing a moderator just post your questions in the forum so that all of the mods can help you.

      • Looks like there is one CSS error.

        padding: 0px 0px 8px px;


  9. Nick, Bold looks great! I really like the social icons too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Trying to unzip Bold. Stuffit Expander Error #17537 and Boma Archiver Error #1. Help!

    • When did you download the theme? There was a problem earlier with the ZIP but it has since been fixed.

      In the future please post all support questions on the forum.

      • Sorry bout that. Wow, you were quick, tho. I pulled down the folder-ized version. Perfect! Thanks, man. Get some sleep!

        • Sure thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Love it. Makes me proud to be a subscriber – keep up the good work. Tomorrow the hacking will begin (don’t worry, I’ll be very gentle).

    : )

  12. Definitely more than worth the money mate!

    Wicked theme!

  13. Excelente Nick.. as always

  14. Well Done Nick, look realy good! Greetings from Croatia ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Looks nice!
    Is this a portfolio theme or not?

    • You can use it for anything you like. I didn’t create it specifically for any purpose, but I think it would certainly make a nice portfolio ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. do you have a possible date about the release of “eNews” theme?

    • No, but I am shooting for 1-2 weeks.

      • i’m waiting for your new magazine-style theme.

        when you are ready i hope you “tweet” this….

      • any news about “eNews” theme.

        i’m waiting the release date to start my new project!

  17. Hi there, is there any chance I could send you an email to ask an advertising question? If you could simple send me a quick email michael [at] wakoopa [.]com


  18. Love the theme dude. Waiting for it from the day you tweeted about it. Haha. Now, I can start playing with the theme. Thanks. Keep it up. =D

  19. Dude…You have the best themes…My wife and I continue to be amazed by your talent…You make us look good, very good…Keep up the great work


  20. Just a thought, you have the post under Uncategorized. Amazing theme and really something that I can REALLY finally make use of (all the other themes of yours are exceptional as well, but nothing really seemed eye catching for my contributors like this theme of yours which I’m using on the site that is linked within this comment)

    Great stuff Nick, keep it up, can’t wait for eNews and another theme to add to a new blog!

  21. Nice template!! Lovely… great work! ^_^

  22. hi nick,

    i was away for vacations for 1 week and this is a very good come back surprise for me. Looking forward to using the new theme.

    Thanks a lot!

  23. Yea… great texture.
    With the dollar approx 1.7 to the pound, this weekend is probably the best time to sign up with Elegant Themes.

    I like this theme but eBusiness is the one for me.

    The CMS is just what I need and the graphics are stunning.

  24. Nice Loooking Theme Im Testing It now In My Blog

  25. this is really nice themes , i wonder i will try it but i love it anyway

  26. Nick, how long does it usually take you to design a theme from scratch? You are a experienced designer and I was wondering how long it still takes you to finish the theme including the backend option pages?

    Would you be able to estimate approximately how many hours it took you to design this theme? Thanks.

    And finally, where do you personally come up with your ideas about what you put into your designs> In other words Nick, who do you “follow” as a mentor of sorts? Is there some group you look to for inspiration?

    I followed your Support Forum Moderator’s link and after a few days, I ended up joining a Photoshop and Web Design Site. It was very helpful, because I came across a site they owned whereby I could get all sorts of things made for a site theme.

    So in that respect, it is very helpful for me to understand where you get your inspiration Nick. It helps me to understand your recent themes.

    I am not going into the theme business that is for sure, but I like seeing where theme designers get their ideas about what to build.

    I also study Jason Schuller, who in turn studies Brian Gardner. Seeing the differences in their design approaches, helps me understand what they are both going after in their themes.

    I believe Nick all themes have a core purpose, but I’m like the guy who reads where the songs are recorded on a CD. I like to see where they get their inspiration from.

  27. This is a beautiful design Nick great work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Nice work, thanks for the release.

  29. Hello admin! How could I increase the number of post I have on my homepage (in default style)? It always displays 6 + featured posts. The options on wordpress dashboard won’t change it.
    In the Theme options there is no options “the number of post” on your homepage.


    • There is an option in the Bold Theme Options page under the Homepage tab.

      • Sorry, I thought the “Number of Recent-Posts Displayed on Homepage” is for recent post for sidebar. Silly me.

        Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. At $20 per year, it doesn’t even feel right. LOL

    One word: Wow!!!!

  31. This is a fantastic theme. I will use this one with my new site. Great work, Nick ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Good work when will i expect the next template

  33. Amazing design. I am extremely impressed.

  34. -Are these themes SEO optimized?

    -Also, do they have the ‘share this’ options, such as twitte, digg, technorati, etc?

  35. I found this premium themes converted to blogger
    is it break your TOS?

    • Yes, this violates my terms.

  36. Awesome design. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  37. Why the thumbnail image is not appeared?
    i have changed the “cache” chmod to 777 and the image is hosted on my domain.

    • For tech support please open a new thread in the support forum so that we can assist you.

  38. Just to let you know, you have the some of the best wordpress themes out there. These are amazing and the price is too good… You should charge more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. Nick, this is a beauty. Excellent job.

  40. Does this come with more social icons than the ones shown on the preview?

  41. Thank you.I am using this for my inspirational speaking blog.

  42. I saw this theme on a friend’s site and loved it so much I started a subscription to ET. It is easy on the eye and perfect for what I want. Thanks

  43. Hi guys. Does anyone know how to change the post title size?

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