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How to Start a WordPress Blog

April 9, 2014 - Updated: September 12, 2019
09th Apr

Have you always wanted to start your own WordPress blog but aren’t sure where to begin? The idea can be daunting, but it’s easier than you think!

Do you dream of sharing your photography with the world? Wished you could wow the masses with your stellar recipes? Or simply want a little slice of the web to call your own? Follow these 4 basic steps to get your WordPress blog up and running in no time.

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Customer Spotlight | My Goodness Kitchen

November 8, 2019
08th Nov

My Goodness Kitchen’s mouthwatering recipes and gorgeous foodie photos are sure to snatch attention, regardless if you’re a staunch carnivore or a dedicated vegan. The talented blogger/chef/photographer/author/mom (what’d we miss??) behind it all is Amanda Logan. We spoke with Amanda about her My Goodness Kitchen journey, blogging tools she’s found helpful, and her future plans.

Featured Blog: My Goodness Kitchen
Solo Pine Theme: Sitka

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Sitka WordPress Theme

November 3, 2019
03rd Nov

Meet Sitka!
Our most powerful WordPress theme yet.

Chock-full of customization options yet effortlessly intuitive, Sitka is the perfect tool for WordPress beginners and seasoned bloggers alike. Wielding a wealth of interchangeable layouts, complete color & font options, numerous striking featured area designs, and much more, Sitka’s style possibilities are virtually endless.

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Solo Pine Mods GIVEAWAY

October 20, 2018
20th Oct

To celebrate the launch of our Solo Pine Mods customization service (and to try out this sweet new giveaway plugin), we want to spread a little happiness!

With numerous ways to earn entries, you can better your odds of
winning ONE SOLO PINE THEME (your choice!) + A $60 SOLO PINE MODS CREDIT to customize it.

And, to show a little love to our newsletter subscribers, we gave them a heads-up on the giveaway a few days early to start earning those extra entries. Want to get first notice on sales and promotions? Be sure to sign up for our newsletter! (Don’t worry, we hate spam, too)

Good luck!

Theme updates galore!

July 24, 2018
24th Jul

We’ve been hustling lately to release updates for all of our themes! From minor bug fixes to GDPR consent form stylings to extra features, be sure to check out your theme’s changelog for full details of what the update includes.

We’re perhaps most excited to announce that Hemlock, Florence, Rosemary, AND Redwood now offer WooCommerce support! Effortlessly add a webshop to your site with WooCommerce’s powerful (and free!) plugin.

Related tutorials:

Guide: How to update your theme

Guide: How to setup your webshop

How to add Google Analytics to your WordPress theme

July 7, 2018
07th Jul
Google Analytics Charts

Where are your website’s visitors based? How do they find their way to you? How do they interact with your site? When are they visiting? How long are they hanging around?

Google Analytics is an incredible tool for website owners who want to know how their audience interacts with their site. Understanding your website traffic statistics is crucial for growing your visitor base and knowing how to best optimize your site for further growth down the road. And, perhaps best of all, Google Analytics is free to use! It has fast become a must-have for anyone invested in their little slice of the web.

In this article, we’ll go over how to set Google Analytics up on your WordPress theme.

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Spring Fling Sale!

May 8, 2018
08th May


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We don’t know about you, but we are so excited for spring to have finally sprung in the Pacific Northwest. To celebrate winter getting the boot, we’re marking down select themes more than 25% for a limited time!


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Meet Hawthorn!

February 5, 2018
05th Feb

Photography, Fashion, Lifestyle, Food—whatever your passion, Hawthorn’s sleek design, suite of layouts, and hefty customization options are sure to delight even the most discerning blogger.

Outfitted with a striking Featured Area, numerous post & page templates, a category index shortcode, a robust footer area, and more, construct the effortlessly functional and aesthetically exciting blog you’ve been dreaming of.

Selling your products online or hope to someday open an online store? Hawthorn boasts compatibility with the popular WooCommerce e-commerce plugin, enabling you to open up an attractive shop in a matter of minutes.

WordPress beginners and the most seasoned bloggers alike are sure to find that Hawthorn’s dynamic design and intuitive options make the perfect companion to creating a striking site your visitors aren’t soon to forget.

For complete details and to view Hawthorn’s demo site, check out Hawthorn on ThemeForest.



Introducing Alder! A Blog & Shop Theme

May 16, 2017
16th May

Clean, bright, and classy, Alder is an airy WordPress blog & shop theme designed to stage your content in structured elegance.

Alder shines for blogs wishing to create a visually-arresting photographic feast for the eyes. And for those blogs that are more text-centered, Alder’s uncluttered and airy layouts lend a sophisticated polish all on their own.

Take advantage of Alder’s wealth of customization options to change the theme’s colors, choose from 5 different blog layout options, master all content with 4 post formats, employ Alder’s 5 custom widgets (plus others!) to build your ideal sidebar experience, and much more.

Selling your products online or hope to someday open an online store? Alder boasts compatibility with the popular WooCommerce e-commerce plugin, enabling you to open up an attractive shop in a matter of minutes.

For complete details and to view Alder’s demo site, check out Alder on ThemeForest

Meet Laurel! A Blog & Shop Theme

October 31, 2016
31st Oct

Introducing Laurel, our latest Blog & Shop theme! Laurel comes loaded with heaps of customization options to present your quality content in crisp, modern elegance.

Have your posts pack a visual punch with the adjustable full-width Featured Image or stack customizable promo widgets to create a vibrant, eye-catching sidebar display. Better yet, showcase posts on any page in a polished grid layout using Laurel’s Category Index Shortcode.

Want to mix your posts up a bit more? Laurel boasts a bundle of different layout options to choose from on a post-by-post basis.

Whether you’re currently a proud web-shop owner or dream of someday taking the leap, we’ve got you covered! Laurel is fully compatible with the popular WooCommerce e-commerce plugin!

For complete details and to view the demo site, check out: Laurel on ThemeForest.

Top 10 WordPress Plugins

July 16, 2016
16th Jul

One of the highlights of using WordPress is the ability to install plugins to add extra features & functionality to your theme. From spam protection to newsletter forms to SEO, plugins offer a wealth of helpful ways to customize your theme and blogging experience!

Below, we’ve documented 10 of our favorite free WordPress plugins and how to install them.

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How to start a food blog

June 1, 2016
01st Jun

Food blogs, packed with gorgeous images and mouthwatering recipes, have quickly become one of the most popular niche blog topics. Whether it be a hobby or a passion, food bloggers can now easily share their culinary creations with the masses and even pocket some money while doing so!

We’ve drawn up a road map to help get you and your food blog started in no time at all.

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Meet Sprout & Spoon! A Theme for Food Bloggers

June 1, 2016
01st Jun

Food bloggers rejoice! Sprout & Spoon boasts a fresh aesthetic and oodles of foodie features to help you share your tasty creations with the masses. Sporting a bold Featured Area, eye-catching stackable Promo Widgets, numerous newsletter form areas, ability to create a custom Recipe Index page, and plenty of post layouts, Sprout is eager to please. Clean design & bountiful features aside, the cherry on top must certainly be Sprout & Spoon’s elegant custom recipe card to make drafting & printing your culinary concoctions a piece of cake!

Food not really your passion? DIY & craft bloggers will love all that Sprout & Spoon has to offer, too!

For complete details and to view the demo site, check out: Sprout & Spoon on ThemeForest.

Share the love, earn some cash

May 24, 2016
24th May

Are you a fan of Solo Pine’s products & service?

Would you like to earn money by referring us to friends or followers?

Take advantage of Envato & Creative Market’s generous affiliate programs!

It’s super simple! Just refer others to Solo Pine using your unique URL code and pocket some dough each time a referral leads to a sale.


To learn more, check out our article here: Solo Pine Referrals


Meet Oleander! A Blog & Shop Theme

January 18, 2016
18th Jan

Let Oleander’s fresh vibe & arresting design elevate your content to its fullest potential. And, as our first theme to support WooCommerce, rest assured your online shop will shine!

A dramatic full-width slider and striking promo boxes will entrance your visitors within seconds. Wow them further with Oleander’s numerous layouts & post format options, sculpt each post’s feel by enabling or disabling the sidebar on post-by-post basis, and make a lasting impact with the robust footer area.

For complete details and to view the demo site, check out Oleander on Creative Market.