New Theme: PersonalPress

Posted on May 13, 2010 by in Theme Additions | 68 comments

New Theme: PersonalPress

During the past few months I have been experimenting a lot with niche, page-based themes. While these designs are great, I realize that it is also important not to ignore the core blogging community on which WordPress is built. With my newest theme, PersonalPress, I wanted to return to my roots and create a more traditional blog-style theme with a personal touch. PersonalPress is a great design for those looking to give their blog a fun and light-hearted feel. For more information be sure to view the Live Demo as well as the Features Page.

PersonalPress Features

1. WordPress 3.0 Nav Menu integration – In preparation for WordPress 3.0, the new nav menu function has been integrated into the theme (and will be integrated into all themes shortly). It has been added in a way that will not conflict with ePanel, or anyone’s current navigation setup. If you do not define a custom nav menu is WordPress than the navigation menu will function just as it always has.

2. Five Alternate Colorschemes – The theme comes with five different color variations. If you don’t like Red, then be sure to try the Blue, Purple, Teal, Β or Green versions.

3. Social Media Widget – Due to the “personal” nature of the theme, I have added a social media widget that can be used to connect people to your various social outlets. If you are looking for some great icons to use, be sure to check out the Elegant Social Media Icon Set that I released a few weeks ago.

What’s To Come

What is on the horizon here at ElegantThemes? As usual we have some great new themes in the works. If you saw the latest batch of Sneak Peeks then you know that the release of Β TheSource is right around the corner! I have also been hard at work on something that I am really excited about: ElegantThemes v3. My main goal with the new version of the site will be to improve the userfriendliness of my themes through improved tech support features. For more info on all the great things I have planned for v3 you’ll just have to wait for my next blog post πŸ™‚

I am eager to hear your thoughts on PersonalPress. Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think.

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  1. Very nice, as always.

    • and perfect and minimalistic + modern portfolio.. Thanks nick! Good Luck..

    • very nice indeed.
      Its been a while since WP-Elegant release news/mag themes.

  2. Great job Nick! I was waiting for this one for a personal project.


  3. lovely looking.

    i am very much considering signing up!

  4. the design is awesome nice work

  5. Looks great, though I would love to see it themed with a dark background.

  6. Hi,

    The theme looks great. And, actually, I was also waiting for it for a personal project (as I’m willing to get The Source too ;)). But, it is WP 2.9.2 compatible? I just tried to install the theme and it breaks with this:

    “Fatal error: Call to undefined function wp_nav_menu() in /hermes/web08/b1375/pow.eviltwin/htdocs/vereda-rota/wp-content/themes/PersonalPress/header.php on line 44”

    See on

    By the way, great work with your other themes. I’m really happy to have purchased a yearly subscription (and hopefully renew next year!).

    Kind regards,

    • I fixed the problem, sorry for the delay.

      • Thanks, I really appreciate that!

        Keep up the good work!

  7. Sleek clean template. That’s a good preparation for WordPress 3.0.

  8. i like the colors that you choose…

    congrats to the team

  9. really awesome as usual. πŸ™‚
    well done once again & thanks for it.

  10. Same problem over here:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function wp_nav_menu() in /…/www/homepage/wp-content/themes/PersonalPress/header.php on line 44

    Anyway: theme looks great!

    • This error has been resolved. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  11. can i download this theme and use the social bookmarking widget on another theme by copying its file?

  12. It’s nice work for its new coming wordpress 3.0

    congrats to the team

  13. Hey Nick

    Any ETA on the MyApp theme? Or has that been canceled?

  14. You did an awesome job as usual…I am really digging the huge capitalized fonts on this one. πŸ™‚

  15. awesome. any word on myapp theme?

  16. Looks great – keep it up!

  17. Man, any expected date for the upcoming post? Can’t wait for the details on Elegantthemes V3 πŸ™‚

  18. Another perfect theme! Thank you

  19. Perfect!

    I love it. Just like we asked for!

  20. Hi Nick!

    Awesome themes as usual, but i still have the problem with the “Fatal Error”. You can see it by the link below:

    I downloaded and updated the theme after i had seen that you have fixed it for “Fran” and “Mat”, but it is still there.


  21. Sexy & Perfect theme:-)

  22. elegantthemes always feels very fresh

  23. Brilliant! Love it.

  24. Any chance to have this with a darker background?

  25. Hey there… it’s freaking awesome… however I can’t add “submenus” on the main menu…

    I updated my WP to 3.0 beta 2, added the menu, added the main category, 1 page and home link… added the description “Home /// Description”…

    All of this works just fine… but as I said… Blog’s subcategories won’t show at the menu… see it at

    Is there anything else I need to do before this shows up?

    • They wont appear unless you add them as sub categories via the Nav Menu page. When you drag a link over and place it under another link, you can move it slightly to the right and it will be added as a child link.

      • Theeeere u go XDDD

        Never saw that… thanks a lot =D

  26. This is a Rocking-Nick!!
    I was just thinking of when are you going to release a theme for personal blog.

    “Long life the eleganttheme!” πŸ™‚

  27. Hi,

    Really appreciate your themes, best 19$ I ever spent. Thanks for the awesome work!

    About this theme: PersonalPress ReadMe says something about logo_blank.png and logo.psd but they are missing πŸ™

    • Oops, sorry about that. I just added the logo files.

      • Cool, thanks for the prompt reply! πŸ™‚

  28. looking for “the source” every day on your site… pleeeeasssseeeeee hurry! πŸ™‚

  29. Cool design and I like the drop down menus too!

  30. Great job! Like always Nick! πŸ˜‰

  31. Why does not work reply in comment

  32. Excellent, clean theme. I love it. Only request is that for things like ET Socia; that you would include a field for Alt Text so that it is accessible.

  33. I’m using your amazing themes. What I like about your themes -they are easy to customize.

    Do you have plans of creating BUDDYPRESS THEMES? That will be a great add on!

    • I am also thinking to start a BuddyPress site using elegant theme. Can you share any experience with if you have any.


  34. wow! Amazing work nick!

  35. Hi, I got a question. The dropdown seems not work propertly wheather i enable the dropdown mmenu or not. I am sure the pages sept up was correct,cause when i swich to other themes, it works. Is there any special set up i didn’d do or something i did wrong?
    Hope to your reply.
    Thank You

    • I seem to have the same problem. I set up the menu via Appearance > Menus (as written in the documentation of the theme). There are 2 types of menu buttons: pages and categories. The latter one has subcategories (that should be sub menus) but I didn’t find a way to activate this option.

      Is there a way to use pages + categories (as menu buttons) and have subpages at the same time?

  36. Hi
    Really awesome theme. Was helping a friend to design his website. Everything went fine except the categories and the nav menu. How the categories can be put on the navigation menu? I cannot put categories on the nav. menu. Need help.

  37. Hello!
    I’m using this theme, but I can not display the button “reply” in the post .. What is missing me?

    • You need to enabled threaded comments via the Discussion page of wp-admin.

  38. Nick, Hi .. you are a genius πŸ™‚
    I love most of your designs, great stuff.

    about this theme: What is the name of the font that was used for the logo “PersonalPress”?


  39. As always, what a beautiful theme. πŸ™‚ I am wondering however, why there’s no search bar included, nor any integration for tags or categories navbar. I realize that it’s “meant” for personal blogs, but those are still handy things to have (best to have them and let us remove them if we wish rather than forcing us to inject code of our own into the theme).

    I was also wondering if you have transparent versions of the entry-top, entry-bottom, and entry-bottom-bg images — that is, without the background. I needed to make the background lighter to fit in with my logo, but now these elements stand out with their darker background.

    Again, beautiful theme: you have an eye for creative and unique designs, that’s for sure! πŸ˜‰ Keep up the great work Nick!

  40. how to use timthumb?
    plz help me. :-<

  41. wow,i’am really amazing about your template,so very beautiful…like it you..Can you share a blog free for me .i’m very pool..can’t to get it..thanks

  42. These theme rocks. perfection at its best

  43. Awesome theme. I saw it someone’s personal blog and found it.
    The most noticeable feature lacking is the space for banners. Header takes up too much of space.
    I’m going it to give it a try though.

  44. Beautiful Theme in deed Thank You

  45. Hi,
    I’ve just migrate my blog on this theme and I’m totally in love with it. Do you have any advice for me to add a search bar ?

    Thanks in advance

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