With a cool WordPress corporate theme WordPress is in my opinion more than ready to be used for other purposes than plain blogging. One possible use that I find worth investigating is small size business website ex. a product site to support a marketing event. Having the right theme for this is a must. Here you find one of the better ones available. eBusiness was created for those looking to use WordPress as a CMS. eBusiness uses a Page-Based layout, however, a normal Blog-Style mode is also available. eBusiness is interesting for business or personal bloggers looking to use a WordPress corporate theme to take their website to the next level. It comes equipped with an in-depth options page that gives you increased control over your blog, as well as 3 unique skins and a total of 9 color variations to help insure that anyone can customize the theme to suit their needs. Check out the preview and see for yourself.
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LAYOUT – The layout tab in this Wordpress corporate theme houses some of the major overlying options that effect the structure and appearance of your website.
- Color Schemes – eBusiness comes with three skins (see below), and each skin comes in three colors. You can switch between these 9 different variations at any time from the dropdown menu.
- Website Structure – The essence of eBusiness is to act as a CMS, creating a page-based layout. I have, however, included the option to bypass the page-based homepage in favor of a normal blog layout. You can switch between Page Structure and Blog Structure at any time.
- Footer Options – You will notice that each page has a widgetized footer on the bottom. I realize that if you are using eBusiness as CMS you may not have the need for standard widget items, which are usually blog related. This option allows you to turn off the footer completely if you don’t intend to use it, or if you find yourself filling it with unnecessary text widgets and what-not to fill out the design.
- About Me Section – As with my other themes I have included an “About Me” widget that can be added to the sidebar. You can customize that here.
Many options is available in this Wordpress corporate theme for creating the unique look and feel you need.
EARTHEN – I realize that the default layout is very “niche” in its grungy appearances, and I wanted to be sure to include other options as well. eBusiness comes with three different skins, and each skin comes in three different color schemes for a total of nine choices. The first, which I like to call “Earthen,” features a grungy naturalistic design. Earthen comes in three colors, including Red, Blue and Purple. You take a look at the live demo here.
RADIATE – The second Wordpress corporate theme skin is called “Radiate,” and features a more high-tech style with a professional twist. I wanted to create something flashy and exciting that wasn’t necessarily tied to any specific type of website. This skin comes in three colors, including Blue, Green and Red. You can check out the live demo here.
SMOOTH – After posting these two previews on twitter I received some concern that both layouts were too busy for some people’s tastes. For this reason I created a third skin, titled “Smooth,” that is a bit more modest in its approach. I hope that people who are looking for a more traditional business layout will find this skin usefull. Like the rest it comes in three colors, including Blue, Green and Pink. You can view the live demo here.
HOMEPAGE – The WordPress corporate theme homepage tab allows you to manage your homepage. If you are using blog style then most of these options do not apply, but if you are using the Page-based system then you will have to use this area to set up your homepage.
- Slider Control – You will notice that the demo features 3 sliding elements on the top of the homepage. These are managed via the Homepage tab. Here you can customize the content text, the title of the tab, the text used in the button, the thumbnail image (which is automatically re-sized) and an optional read more link, which can be pointed anywhere. You can also choose how many sliding elements to display, between 1 and 3.
- Pages Control – The content on the homepage is made up of WordPress pages. You will create a page in wp-admin and then define the page to be used in the Homepage options tab. Simply input the page id of the pages you want to use and they will appear. You can also choose how many pages you want to use, anywhere from 1-4.
- Blog Scroller – Even if you are using the page-based system you can still have a blog area on your site. For this reason I have included a blogroll on the homepage with a link to your most recent posts. This can be turned off if you don’t plan to have a blog section. You can choose how many recent posts to display. You can also customize the RSS link if you want to point it towards your feedburner account.
NAVIGATION OPTIONS – The WordPress corporate theme navigation options allow you to customize the navigation bar. You can use this to exclude pages from the navigation, adjust the order of the links, add a link to your Blog section (if you are using one) and so on. Both the categories and pages navigation bars can be edited here.
ADVERTISEMENT MANAGEMENT – As with the rest of my themes I have included a banner management system. You can add 125×125 and 468×60 banners here. Within the page I have added a banner preview for each field so that you can see what banner you want to edit more easily. I have also added the option to choose how many 125×125 banners you want to display. This was a very common request on the forums. You can now choose between 2-8 banners, all of which are editable in the theme options page. You can also choose where you want banners to be displayed. You can add them to your pages sidebar, blog sidebar or both. You also have the option to disable them completely.