Sep 15 2008

Arthemia Magazine Wordpress Theme

Although I think magazine wordpress theme’s are pretty cool and a nice addition to certain blogs, I’ve never had much use of them until now. After launching my online portfolio site, Matthew Henrickson, I went in search of magazine themes. After I tried out Mimbo and didn’t like it, I found Arthemia, and had to look no further.

Arthemia Wordpress Theme Demo

Arthemia Theme

Arthemia lets you have a headline post as well as featured posts along the right side. Under that is where you can put categories then a three column blog.

It does however take a lot of customization, patience and time to get it looking the way it is supposed to.

To get the headline and featured categories to work you need to name two categories headline and featured, then specify it in the theme editor. The other categories also take some work to have them display after your featured posts

Custom Thumbnails

This part of the process was especially difficult for me. The theme has a built in image resizer, which comes in very handy with this theme, since there should be a designated image for each post.

There is a folder in the theme called scripts which you need to edit the folder attributes to 777 using your FTP client (you also need to change the folder “cache”). Please note that if you have Bluehost or Hostmonster that you can not edit these folders to 777, it won’t work. Knowing this ahead of time will save you a lot of time.

Make sure to read the authors release page which also includes a FAQ, some tips as well as 500+ comments to sort through.

Arthemia Premium Theme

I use the free theme, because I can’t shell out $70 for a theme, so I got a lot of the headache of trying to make the free one work. The Premium Arthemia is mostly on auto-pilot doing a lot of the hard work for you. There is about 20+ features that is listed on the purchase page that sounds great and definitely well worth the money. If I had some extra cash laying around I would of definitely gone with the premium theme, and recommend buying it, I’ve seen many Wordpress users get frustrated with the free version. You can buy the premium version at Color Labs Project.

You can see the comparisons between the free and premium versions.

Download Arthemia | View Demo

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8 Comments on this post


  1. dave said:

    Have you tried out any of Justin Tadlocks themes?
    Some fantastic free ones there that I currently use & extremely cheap for his theme club.
    Worth having a look.

    daves last blog post..Zion House

    September 15th, 2008 at 4:27 pm
  2. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Yes I’ve blogged about it here.

    Justin Tadlocks structure theme is nice, I had it on a blog for a while, you can see it in action at Blogging Addiction

    However Arthemia is in a class all its on, in my opinion.

    Thanks for the comment dave! :)

    September 15th, 2008 at 4:45 pm
  3. dave said:

    No problem,
    Good to see you have blogged about the themes in the past, sorry I missed it.
    I still prefer his Options theme, some great features there.

    daves last blog post..Zion House

    September 15th, 2008 at 4:50 pm
  4. K-IntheHouse said:

    Hey Matt, Arthemia is an awesome theme and you can see it in action in our Top iPhone Resource blog. I love the professional yet fun layout. I have also used Justin’s Options theme in a few client projects but the not so techie tend to get put off by the numerous power options in the theme. Also, theme customization isn’t for the faint hearted in Options.

    K-IntheHouses last blog post..Pwnage Tool & QuickPwn for iPhone 2.1 Firmware Released

    September 16th, 2008 at 6:34 am
  5. AffiliateObsession said:

    That theme looks freakin’ sweet and if you can afford the premium, looks like it’s a lot less work :)

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    September 17th, 2008 at 2:41 pm
  6. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Well I wrote to the author of the theme, trying to score a free one to review the difference. We’ll see what they say! :) Looks well worth the $70 if its a main site for sure.

    The iPhone site looks great :)

    September 17th, 2008 at 2:44 pm
  7. How to Make Money Online Blogging said:

    The theme kinda looked nice, simple yet elegant.

    How to Make Money Online Bloggings last blog post..Immediately Increase Site Traffic

    September 18th, 2008 at 8:05 am
  8. Minnesota Attorney said:

    This is a terrific theme. Another similar theme is BranfordMagazine theme at, which I really like (I have no connection to the author of this theme).

    Minnesota Attorneys last blog post..Blog Law 101: Keeping Your Blog Legal

    October 27th, 2008 at 8:07 pm


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