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Theme Lab is 2 Years Old – Another Year In Review

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Theme Lab CakeSome of you picked up the hint at the bottom of my last post, but today is Theme Lab’s second birthday! It is exactly two years after the first post, and exactly one year after Theme Lab’s first birthday.

Like last year, I’d like to take this opportunity to review the past year and let you know what’s in the plans for the future of this site. Also like last year, this will be a long and gushy post. If you don’t like long and gushy posts, you should probably stop reading now.


The past year had a number of highs and lows. Some very popular themes were released here, including Miniml which was featured on sites such as Smashing Magazine, among other sites.

A large chunk of the year, however, the blog was left dormant due to personal reasons. I later revived it, and luckily a lot of you stuck around.

On last year’s “History” section, I had a part where I showed the past designs of this site. Well, looking back, it seems I’ve stuck with this one for over a year!

Theme Lab Design

I was planning on unveiling a new design today, but unfortunately I couldn’t get it ready in time. More on that below.

Thank You

This blog wouldn’t really be much if it wasn’t for you, the readers. The feedback and comments I receive from this site daily are what keeps me motivated to release more and more themes and WordPress-related content.

Top Commentators

Thanks to the following commentors. These people have commented on a number of posts in the past year.


Thank you to the following blogs. These blogs have helped out Theme Lab in one way or another.


Of course, none of this would be possible without WordPress and it’s lead developers.

I apologize if I missed anyone.

The Future

I’m not going to go into too much detail on this part, because I believe this may be true. I have a few other WordPress-related sites I’m planning on launching in the near future. I’ve already launched Themelets, but will be launching at least a couple more.

As usual, I will be releasing more free themes as well as tutorials and other WordPress news from around the community.

And no, I’m not selling this blog, which is a question I get asked a lot. Blogging on at Theme Lab is fun for me, and unless someone wants to offer me some ridiculous amount of money, I doubt I’ll sell any time soon.


I’ll be honest, I didn’t even remember my own blog’s birthday until exactly three days ago when this CWC birthday post jogged my memory.

Like I said above, I was planning on unveiling a new site design today, but three days really isn’t enough time to get everything ready. Look out for that soon though.

In the comments, I’d love to hear your feedback on what should be focused on most in the next year. More themes, tutorials, articles? Sound off.


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.