WordPress.org Nearly Beats Google.com

wordpressorgAfter a playing around with $timator the cool new ‘whats my website worth’ tool we noticed that Google.com was topping the charts at an unbelievable (but not surprising) $938,550,265!

Which site did we automatically enter for a valuation? You guessed it WordPress.org

We hit the calculate button and sat back in amazement the numbers kept rolling, and rolling, and rolling… in fact they did not stop for a very long time, and as the estimator started to roll above $700,000,000 everyone suddenly got very excited. According to $timator the second highest site worth is Yahoo.com with $695,051,384 but WordPress.org was passing that with no sign of slowing down. Everyone crowded round the monitor shouting encouragement. Could WordPress do it and beat Google? The numbers just kept spinning like a crazy Vegas slot machine, and it somehow felt like a personal triumph for those of us that have worked with WordPress for so long. Finally the numbers started to slow, and WordPress’s total was:

$908,693,787 – WordPress

$938,550,265 – Google

That puts WordPress second in the running and closing in fast on Google. Not just on physical value, thats not what $timator is about, but web recognition and popularity. All we can say is ‘well done WordPress’ and ‘thank you’.

Here are the final results from $timator:

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Revolution Album

Revolution Two themes are gaining a lot of popularity and admiration amongst WordPress theme fanatics, they are probably our favourite developers currently on the scene.

Features:

  • Comes with 7 built in colour schemes
  • Widget ready
  • Easy navigation
  • Avatar ready
  • Suitable for photographers, artists and gallerys

Revolution Album is a theme designed purely for photographers and artists who wish to run a photo blog or a portfolio site. Care has been taken in the development of the design to make sure that the emphasis of your site will be your photos or images with everything else toned down, letting your work speak for itself. As you can see from the image below each photo takes up over 50% of the overall design.

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Navigation has been made very easy with the simple previous and next buttons that you would expect to find in any well constructed photo blog. However below these is a featured photos strip which allows you to show off the crux of your work. This could very easily be modified into a categories selector. Simply make each of the featured photos a link to a different category and add a suitable tool tip (the text that pops up when your mouse is over an image or button). Or put the category titles directly onto the photos here to create a menu!

Directly under the title of each image / photo is a ‘filed under’ and ‘tagged’ area making it very easy for user to navigate quickly to similar works and projects, basically acting as a quick menu system.

Speaking of menus, all the main navigation has the option to use drop-down menus keeping everything at top level nice and minimal.

We think it would be nice to see EXIF data used within this theme and hope that Revolution consider this for future updates / re-designs. There are plenty of plugins available which will do this job and if you are a dedicated photographer then we recommend that you use them with this theme.

It would also be nice to see the featured photos section integrated into a sliding feature where visitors can simply click a forward or back button to have the next set of photos slide smoothly into place. If you are code savvy then you could do this yourself with some javascript.

If you are looking to sell prints or originals of your work then this theme should be a serious consideration, your customers get a clean professional portfolio to easily browse rather than hundreds of thumbnailed images. There are plenty of plugins to add shop functionality, some of them even allow you to directly accept credit cards as well as the usual paypal etc.

Overall this is a very nice wordpress photo theme. Looking at what else is available on the market it would be very hard to find a website design for any system which can beat this one for either its ease of use or its minimal beauty.