WPMUDEV is going into “builder” themes in a big way. These are themes that have drag-and-drop interfaces that let you create pages in layouts that go beyond the usual header/body/sidebar/footer model that you’re used to. Each page can have its own individual collection of modules and blocks than contain images, menus, slideshows, videos, in whatever arrangement you like. The (current) home page of TLTC Blogs is built using one of these types of themes, “Divi” from Elegant Themes.
Everyone’s going mobile — are you ready?
Both of these are very specialized tools, with more than a few quirks. Especially in Annotum, the learning curve is fairly steep and prone to trial-and-error. But they impose sensible workflow solutions and organize information in a way that a standard theme or plug-in does not.
WordPress introduces a new default theme every year, and this year it’s called … twenty fourteen. It’s a very clean and dramatic looking magazine-style theme with lots of possibilities. As usual, out-of-the-box it’s fairly plain; but we’ve created a version of it with some extra goodies.