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The new BlogTactics Free WordPress Themes are here, AT LAST! :)

Thanks for your patience!

I’ll be posting the first few videos over the next few days, however I need to make some new ones to cover things like the banner options, as well as newversion of the widget videos as they are managed differently in the latest version of WordPress, so please bear with me on these.

In the mean time here are the 4 current themes for you to have a play with: -

1. BlogTactics BlueSimple Theme : Download Zip : [or Rar] : example site => MattGarrett.com

2. BlogTactics BOS Theme : Download Zip : [or Rar] : example site => OKAF.com

3. BlogTactics BYS Theme : Download Zip : [or Rar] : example site => Adz.Org

4. BlogTactics Vintage Theme : Download Zip : [or Rar] : example site => IMTesting.com

Here’s the videos for the themes: -

1. Uploading your BlogTactics WordPress Themes : 3.08 Mins

2. Custom Header Graphics On WordPress Themes : 3.30 Mins

3. Restoring Default Header Graphics in BlogTactics WordPress Themes : 0.55 Mins

4. Changing the color of your header text in Blogtactics WP Themes : 2.20 Mins

5. Adding Author Details and Product Recommendations to Your Blog : 3.09 Mins

6. Using WordPress Widgets To Cusomize Your Blog : 4.33 Mins

7. How to use WordPress Text Widgets to add custom code to your blog : 2.46 Mins

8. Adding a Favicon to your Blogtactics Custom WordPress Theme : 2.12 Mins

9. Using Custom WP Blog Themes To Get Backlinks and Traffic

If you have any questions, feedback or problems please leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as I have time. Thanks.

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49 Comments »

2008-10-13 12:35:42

Hi Matt,

Thanks man! I’ve been waiting for these to come out. I’ve downloaded them all :mrgreen: although my fave is the Vintage theme. I’ll post a comment here once I get it live on my new website. Thanks again and keep rockin!

 
Comment by Viv Deighton
2008-10-13 15:13:26

Hey Matt
Thank you, thank you for these great themes. Don’t know what I would do without you and your blog. I have learned so much. Thank you for your generosity and help.
Many thanks
Viv

 
Comment by Phil Davis
2008-10-13 15:52:13

Damn, you’re very generous!
Thank you for the WordPress themes, I’ll put them to good use.

Phil

 
Comment by Ron
2008-10-13 18:49:26

Thanks Matt !
Been looking forward to having these…I honestly thought you would be charging for them…glad I was wrong ☺ ☻

 
Comment by Emmanuel Mba
2008-10-13 19:16:31

Hi Matt,
Excellent themes for my blog. Thanks for all the support you have provided
God bless

 
Comment by saprizul
2008-10-13 20:05:22

:razz: i thank you for wordpress themes

 
Comment by Kim
2008-10-14 01:24:59

:razz:
Good work! seeing some interesting recent posts; as a WP addict I will be checking them, many thanks-
just as a rant: has anyone been talked into another platform (or whatever it’s called) like Joomla, were never happy with it, and ended back with WordPress? Stay with what works, right?

Comment by admin
2008-10-14 01:48:50

Hi Kim,
I tried Joomla for a while, I ended up with a network of around 250+ joomla sites, but they never did as well for me as my WP blogs.
there’s also far more good quality plugins and tools available for wordpress than anything else I’ve come across, which just makeslife easier..
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by admin
2008-10-14 01:46:58

Glad you all like them!
don’t forget to post Q’s and feedback, as they’re far from perfect…
:)
cheers,
Matt

 
Comment by Anya Subscribed to comments via email
2008-10-14 02:57:34

Your WP themes are so nice! Thanks for your hard job. I’m a fan of your blog :)

 
2008-10-14 16:07:14

Thanks Matt,
I appreciate you sharing these templates. I like the clean look and will be trying them out soon.

 
Comment by Louise
2008-10-15 04:27:24

Downloaded all of them and happily playing around with one right now. These are brilliant. Way more versatile than other themes and I’ve tried literally hundreds over the past 2 years. :neutral: None would do exactly what I wanted till now. :grin: Very happy camper. All of your advice is helpful but this particular act of generosity has ensured a very loyal fan. :cool: Thanks so much.

Louise

 
Comment by admin
2008-10-15 13:22:26

Thanks for all the kind comments!
I’m going tohave to point out that it’s not 100% “altruistic” to give away the themes for free though, as each one has a couple of links back to this site and one of my other main sites, so there is a benefit for me… :wink:
this is pretty standard with WP Themes and is why you can get such good ones for free.
So I’d like to thank you all for using them! :)
cheers,
Matt Garrett

 
Comment by Michelle Jayes
2008-10-16 14:57:48

Hi Matt
Thank you for the themes. Your help and advice is much
appreciated.

Michelle Jayes

 
Comment by Hoss
2008-10-17 16:33:27

Thanks for your generosity. It is very much appreciated.

Hoss

 
Comment by Tyrone
2008-10-23 11:36:00

Hi Matt
Thanks for the themes. I like the video’s , and all of the training.
This is my first blog (I’m a newbie) – I am using Blue Simple 1.0 , and I am using wordpress version 2.6.2 – in the video you are using a different version of wordpress. My question is – I am not able to remove – Pages – Categories – Archives from Sidebar 1 and not able to remove – Recent Note – links – Meta from Sidebar 2 , I don’t even see the screen where I can drag and drop the widgets – the Sidebar Arrangement screen isn’t being displayed – help.

 
Comment by Ardiles
2008-10-25 19:29:33

Hi Matt.
Your themes are useful for me.

 
Comment by Jerry Subscribed to comments via email
2008-11-01 17:42:24

Hi. I need some help ?Can you please help me to build a blog….
Thanks

Comment by admin
2008-11-01 21:09:33

Hi Jerry,
Have you downloaded my free BlogSetup Guide yet?
http://blogtactics.com/newsletter.html
that will show you step by step how to get a blog set up and I’m always happy to answer questions if you get stuck on anything.
I don’t have ablog setup service available at present, although it is a servcie I am planning to offer.
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by PhilG
2008-11-15 19:28:09

Re: BlogTactics BOS Theme
Hi Matt;
I really appreciate these new themes. While I know that it is difficult to provide support on an individual basis, I thought I would ask about a small issue that I am having.

On my blog with the BOS theme, my blog title in the header is black, making it very difficult to read when on the dark background. I have checke the css files and see that it should be white but that is not happening. I have even changed the FFFFFF to another setting without luck.

Any thoughts?

 
Comment by PhilG
2008-11-15 19:57:57

:shock:

Doh!! Sorry about that last post. I found the correct video to show me how to make the change. Very easy once you know how.

Thanks again
Phil

Comment by admin
2008-11-16 19:13:04

Hi Phil,
glad you found it!
:)
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by PhilG
2008-11-23 14:30:18

:oops:

Sorry for all the newbie questions, but on the BOS theme, how do I get rid of the two sets of Meta and Archive sets?

Phil

Comment by admin
2008-11-24 14:13:26

Hi Phil,
ok, you’ve got me bamboozled there, what do you mean the “Meta and Archive Sets”?
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by PhilG
2008-11-25 08:02:47

Sorry about the poor description of my question. :oops:

When I use the BOS theme “out of the box” I have two columns down the right side. Each column contains a list of Archives and a list of Meta Links. In other words each of these “sets” of links appears twice.

I had thought that these might be controlled by Theme Management or Widgets, but that does not appear to be the case.

I am fairly confident with directly editing templates, but in the Theme Editor, I see sidebar.php, sidebar1.php and sidebar2.php. I note that there are scripts to call archive and meta links in the first two, and was wondering if I should just delete one “set” or if that would mess things up? Is it ok to just go in and delete these duplicate “sets” of links? Can I just add some of my own stuff in their place (eg Adsense, etc)?

I probably should just save a back up and jump in and test some changes to the php code, I was just wondering if there was some other way to deal with this.

Thanks again for the great themes.
Phil

Comment by admin
2008-11-25 20:27:39

Hi Phil,
not sure how you’ve ended up with the meta link and archives in the themetwice, both of these should be controlled from the widgets option within WP itself.
I’ll check the theme download, but feel free to take one or both out and use the widgets to add them where you want them to be.
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by Viv Deighton
2008-12-07 18:53:19

Hi Matt

Where can I find the videos re installation and setup of the Blue Simple Theme?

Many Thanks
Viv

Comment by admin
2008-12-08 02:51:48

Hi Viv,
oops!
thanks for pointing out that I hadn’t posted the links to the individual posts on this page, I’ve done it now so you should be able to see them above.
:)
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by Nigel Booker
2008-12-15 10:35:29

Using the SimpleBlue theme on my blog nigelbooker.com but in IE the Sidebar2 ends up at the bottom of the page instead of its rightful place at the top. In FF all seems well. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks, Nigel

Comment by admin
2008-12-15 17:22:38

Hi Nigel,
I just took a look in ie and it seems ok to me..?
the sidebar can get thrown out of place if you add in text widgets that don’t have the

tags in place.
I’d also recommend editing the html for your optin form and shortening the length of the two fields to make them fit in.
cheers,
Matt

Comment by Nigel Booker
2008-12-21 10:25:11

Thanks for the advice. All sorted now.

There is another question however… How do I get excerpt working? As I have it now the whole post is shown even if I add an Excerpt in the ‘Add post’ screens. Looking at the example http://mattgarrett.com/ I see there is the text “This is a preview of” & “Read the full post here” at the bottom of long posts.

How do I get that working? I can’t see the option anywhere.

Thanks again.

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Comment by admin
2008-12-21 14:34:18

Hi Nigel,
that’s automated by the “Post Teaser” plugin, you can find the download link for it on the plugins page – http://blogtactics.com/plugins/
cheers,
Matt

 
 
 
 
Comment by Nigel Booker
2008-12-22 05:23:09

Great, thanks.

 
Comment by Kumar M Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-03 01:55:01

What is the difference between Blogtactics wordpress themes and generic wordpress themes you can get from the wordpress web site?

Comment by admin
2009-01-05 13:46:12

The BlogTactics themes have some special features built in to make life easier, such as the ability to browse to an image on yoru hard disk and have it automatically crop to the right size (you choose which section of the image) to use as the header graphic, making it very quick and easy to add a custom header graphic.
There’s also built in banner management…
cheers,
Matt

Comment by Kumar M Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-05 14:17:28

Are there plans to make good feature such as these available as plugins?
I have spent substantial time customizing a theme and features such as image cropping and banner management would be useful, if they were available as plugins.

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Comment by Viv Deighton
2009-01-04 03:15:46

Hi Matt

Hope you had a truly great festive break and my every good wish to you for a successful, safe and happy 2009.

Matt I downloaded your Blue Simple Theme (again thank you for this), but I have a ‘newbie question’ that I wonder if you would mind answering. I am constantly hearing that themes should be ‘SEO optimised’ and that they should include some Adsense adds to monetize. How do you SEO Optimise (do you have a video or a course on this) and the same for the Adsense – I have been recommend to use a plugin called Adsenseanna, do you recommend this for your theme?

Many thanks
Viv

Comment by admin
2009-01-05 13:43:11

Hi Viv,
grab the “All in one SEO” plugin for adding extra SEO optimization to your blog, there’s a link for it on the plugins page, and don’t forget to watch the video on optimizing your premalinks structure.
there’s also a link to the AdSenseDeluxe plugin on the plugins page that I recommend for adding adsense to your blog, as well as 3 0r 4 videos on using it on the videos page.
cheers,
Matt

Comment by Viv Deighton
2009-01-06 02:47:46

Hi Matt

Thanks so much for your valued advice. I will do that. I intend to use my blog as a CMS and have the front page static and I really think this theme is going to look really good for me.
Cheers
Viv

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Comment by Frank Krager
2009-02-04 17:40:00

BlogTactics BlueSimple is one of my favorite wordpress themes, Thanks for sharing these. I’ve seen people charging money for themes that aren’t even half as nice. I always look forward to seeing a new post from your site in my rss reader, Keep up the good work.

 
2009-03-04 23:17:32

Thanks Matt!
Can I share my theme here?
Heres the my theme download link http://www.multrivia.com/fstat-themes.zip
Demo theme: http://www.multrivia.com/
Discussion the theme here: http://www.multrivia.com/themes

Thanks Matt!

 
Comment by Liz
2009-03-29 15:57:56

Oh Matt
Here you are, been looking for you guy. ;-) hehe you can not hide from us looks like another great site Matt. Shows me I need to pay more attention to email when I get it. I wasnt into blogging. I knew I wanted one on my sight but didnt think that was going to be so easy, now with you at the helm showing me I know i can.
Thanks
Liz

 
Comment by Liz
2009-03-29 16:16:32

Oh gosh Matt this is the greatest thanks so much.
Liz

 
Comment by claude Subscribed to comments via email
2009-11-07 17:05:02

Hi Matt
Themes are awesome! Thanks. I am using BYS and would like to change/remove the stripes either end. You mentioned there is a video to explain that. I cannot seem to find it on your site. Can you direct me to it, if not can you tell me where to modify the code and with what?
Thanks
Claude

Comment by admin
2009-11-10 04:48:30

Hi Claude,
hmm, I can’t seem to find that video either, not sure where it’s gone, sorry, but here’s the simple explanation of how to change the stripe graphic: -
in the “images” folder for the theme there is a subfolder called “img_bak”
find the alternative image you want, copy it across to the images folder, and rename it stripe.jpg, although I’d recommend renaming the original stripe.jp something like stripe_bak.jpg in case you ever want it again.
then just re-upload that image to the images folder for the theme on your hosting.
hope this helps!
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by Ronni
2009-12-11 14:05:26

thank you for your nice articel ,i really like and want to try use your template.you could check at my site.

Comment by admin
2009-12-23 13:52:14

Hi Ronnie,
it looks like you’ve added some sort of adverts in to the first sidebar which are throwing all the boxes after that out.
try putting “div” open and close tags at the start and end of the adverts html code.
the tags are like this but without the spaces – “< d i v >” and “< / d i v >”
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by alex Subscribed to comments via email
2012-09-25 13:10:38

hi,
all right, first comment in nearly 3 years! woo hoo. anyway, i’m commenting to ask if you think it’s still a good strategy for garnering backlinks by distributing FREE WP blog themes. if so, what is the best strategy in how/where to add your links to themes.

thanx,
alx

 
Comment by admin
2012-10-03 15:19:10

Hi Alex,
there’s two potential problems: -
1. as a “sitewide” link Google will at best discount the links heavily…
2. you could end up with an aweful lot of links for the same keyword, which Google do penalize now.
it can still work as a tactic, but I would suggest: -
a. only including the link back to your site on the index.php template, so that it’s just one backlink
b. using a generic anchor text that you’re not targeting for SEO, which could be your brand name or company name.
hope this helps!
cheers,
Matt

 
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