The Ultimate Tumblr Toolbox
These days Tumblr has turned the question, “What can it do?” to “What can’t it do?”. Tumblr’s simplicity, refined user interface and streamlined approach are some of the reasons for its skyrocketing popularity among geeks and the masses alike.
As Tumblr has become one of the most popular blogging platforms online, we’ve put together a list of useful resources that can help you enhance your tumblog and the micro-blogging experience in general.
Despite having a colorful name, this free single column theme is not so colorful at all. It’s mostly all black except for the date tags which come in random, bright colors.
Chrome is a two column theme designed as a homage to Google’s Chrome web browser.
Vertigo is a dark single column theme that supports custom colors, so you can change the orange shade to a color of your choice.
Yep. Twittr Inspird is a three column theme that looks a lot Twitter, well at least before the newest version that is.
Has a Portfolio
Has a Portfolio is a fantastic portfolio theme with a slider effect. It is an ideal theme for those looking for a minimal yet beautiful site to showcase their work.
If outrageous designs and colors are not your cup of tea, Cliche theme is the one you should opt for.
Franklin Street is a theme with a modular design. All the content is wrapped in neatly stacked boxes.
Panda Classics Recycled
Panda Classics Recycled has the look and color theme of a Penguin Classics book. The theme is 100% compliant with the copyrights of Penguin, so you can use it without any issues.
ScreenShot is a two column portfolio theme with light color shades and a high resolution.
PressRow is a two column, black and white theme with a magazine like fonts and supports Flickr and Twitter streams.
Except for the image of a Knight in the header, there is nothing that justifies the fancy name. However, the stacked box like design of this two column theme is just gorgeous.
Humachine is a single column theme with a fully equipped header which displays everything from your profile to the latest Twitter update.
Dayvan Mini is a single column theme that is more about putting your content forward. There are no flashy color themes and design elements to distract your audience.
Strict is a two column Tumblr theme and is a great choice for people who prefer light colors. The second is dedicated to date stamp and tags and is good to look at.
PhotoBoard is a beautifully designed free theme that is a perfect fit to showcase photographs than any other type of content. The designer should be credited for the old school photoboard on the wall look.
Aldus is a single column theme that is designed to promote all types of content in your Tumblog. Cute little icons depicting the content type accompany the posts.
Last Stand of Stupidity
With a quirky name, Last Stand of Stupidity is a three column that looks like a cross between a Tumblr and a WordPress theme.
Arithmetica has no boxes borders or colors. It is just like a huge white canvas and all your posts show up in it. Awesome!
Boston Polaroid is a magnificent theme that is primarily designed for posting photographs. The color choice and design elements make your photographs stand out and make a statement.
Brilliant textures, great color choices and awesome icons mark Royal Cameleon and this gorgeous theme is available for an unbelievable price – free!
Savory is a two column premium theme with a gorgeous hand stitched look. The theme is extremely customizable right from the texture, fonts to the background colours. Savory costs $49.
Breath taking! That is how I would describe Carte Blanche theme. The $49 theme takes it design inspiration from 1960s business card and postage design.
Themblr is a fresh, clean and versatile three column Tumblr theme packed to the hilt with custom functionality. You gotta love the semi transparent left column that hosts the Twitter stream.
Time Goes Back
Time Goes Back is a grid based theme with a clean and functional design. The theme comes with 3 custom pages and Wufoo form integration to gather leads.
Marigold & Patchwork
Marigold & Patchwork is a Tumblr theme inspired by the colors, style and texture of products from famous brands like Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.
Contrasting colors, cute icons and big fonts are what make My Corner such a great theme to gawk at. It handles all types content perfectly and is the right choice for a personal tumblog.
Nova is a two column theme with a dark tone. It handles all kinds of posts and the right column showcases your likes and the Twitter stream.
Backburner comes with three unique design styles and more than 40 appearance options to tweak the look of your Tumblog.
Mori is an Asian inspired theme with bamboo, beautiful greens and vivid browns as design elements. The theme sports 2 sidebars for plenty of self-promotion, social media streams and links.
Marber is a spacious single column theme with easy on the eye color scheme, great icons and full featured footer.
Forma offers a new concept and style in Tumlr theming. It gets rid of the regular post icons, the typical blog design and focuses on real content, presented in a refined design.
Desktop and Web Apps
Followers Counter is a free service that delivers simple statistics about your Tumblr blogs. Just click on the “Login with your Tumblr” link on the homepage and you will see your stats instantly. You will also get a small widget to showcase how influential you are for everybody to know!
Some Lemonade is a free web app that lets you share and discover new media across Tumblr and your other favorite social networks.
Just like in the case of WordPress, tumblr cloud allows to you generate a cloud of the words you blog about the most. The cloud generated is visually stunning with few vital stats about your tumblog.
HyperImage is the best way to stay up-to-date with the blogs you’re following, and find new photos to reblog! With a single click, this Mac app can download the top 250 photos from your dashboard and present them in an instant slideshow.
Pikchur is a web app that lets you post photos to Tumblr and among other popular web services at the same time from your phone, email, or via MMS.
blogo is a Mac app with which you can easily publish text, images, videos, slideshows etc. to your Tumblr and other leading blogging platforms.
Tumblenote is a dedicated Mac dashboard app for posting all types of posts using the simple yet intuitive interface.
MarsEdit is a popular Mac desktop app for blogging and with its WYSIWYG editor and truck load of other features, you can add posts to your tumblr from the comfort of your desktop.
Grumblr is a Tumblr micro-blogging client for Linux. With Grumblr you can post text messages, links, quotes, chat logs, upload photos, audio and video files right away from your Linux desktop.
Opentumblr is a cross platform Tumblr desktop app with advanced posting options.
myTumblr is a gorgeous Tumblr client for Mac OS X and the sexiest way to blog without a browser. You can just drag and drop files right from the local disk and it’s ready for publishing.
Zootool is a web app that lets you collect, organize and share your favourite images, videos, documents and links from all over the web. With a Zootool account you can share Images, videos, documents, and links saved in your “Zoo” automatically to your tumblog.
Want to be on top of your Twitter and tumblog all the time? With Twit Menulet you can watch your twitter stream and the images from your tumblog as well.
Ok, this one is really a gem. For the nerds out there, we have a command line utility for simple publishing to Tumblr.
Tumblr Post is a Firefox plugin that lets you post photos, videos, mp3s, quotes and links to your Tumblr tumblelogs by dragging and dropping content. You can also right click on items and use “Post to my tumblelog” in the context menu to post content.
Shareaholic is the easiest way to share interesting links to your tumblog and other social services. Shareaholic is a Firefox extension and also has built in support for URL shorteners for the links that you are sharing with your audience.
tumblr helper is a Google Chrome extension which helps you save common settings (tags, always add to queue, fields, etc.) to set as default for new posts. You can also add signatures and annotation on users (notes like why you are following them and the like).
Jott is a Phone-based voice recognition to execute tasks where you just call a phone number, speak your notes, messages, or updates and hang up.. Make text posts to Tumblr using your voice.
Dial2Do is a handsfree assistant for creating reminders, send text messages, listen to and send email, and access your favorite 3rd party services – all while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. You can use this service to post articles to your tumblog.
After logging into your Tumblr account, go to www.tumblr.com/cutomize and select Service to begin integration of your tumblog to a lot of popular social networks.
Once you click om the Facebook setup link you will be taken to the Facebook app approval page. Once you approve Tumblr acces to your Facebook account and your tumblog URL, all your Tumblr posts will show up in your wall automatically.
Twitter integration is even more simple. All you have to do is allow Tumblr access to your Twitter stream via OAuth and links to your Tumble posts show up in your tweets. You can also decide not to submit the link to your Twitter stream while posting the article.
FeedBurner integration happens in two ways. the first being the ability to integrate the RSS feed of your existing non Tumblr blog to your tumblog by submitting the FeedBurner URL. In the same manner, it is also possible to make your tumblogs to show up in your blog.
While integrating your WordPress blog with a Tumblr is possible from the Dashboard itself, tumblrize is a WordPress plugin that can add a bit more features to the integration. Whenever you hit the “publish” button This free plugin uses Tumblr’s simple API to keep posts in sync. When you edit a WordPress article, the changes are instantaneously updated in your Tumblr post. You can also set email notifications to know when the posts are up.
Other Social Networks
From the services menu, Tumblr lets you integrate and post from your social media accounts like Del.icio.us, Digg, Blogger, YouTube, LiveJournal and Vimeo. You can decide whether the posts should be as is with links as well as content or just links or photos or only the text without any title.
Tumblr for iPhone is the official client from the company and is free for everyone to download. The app has advanced features like post queueing, custom post URLs, save as drafts etc.
Tumble is a free iPhone tumblr app that is as functional as the web app and supports all types of posts except for video. There is a built in browser to preview the content you are trying to post.
The Tumbler is a premium iPhone app with a gorgeous user interface and full set of features supporting all types of post content including video. The app costs $099 and also supports the Disqus commenting system.
tumblr gear is a free iPhone and iPad Tumblr app with a smooth dashboard scrolling. The user interface of the app is well designed and allows auto paging and swift reblogging.
SpotTumblr version 2 is a great tool to glance through Tumblr dashboard. You can see the list followers in a single screen and like or reblog their posts. The app costs $1.99
tumblrFrame is an iPad app that transforms your tablet into a dynamic picture frame. The app uses the photographs from your tumblog to create and display slideshows and supports multiple Tumblr accounts.
atumble is an Android app which allows you to post text, photos, quotes, links and conversations right from your mobile phone. The only exception is the absence of posting videos.
Tumblroid is another Android application for posting, managing posts, and viewing the Dashboard of your tumblog.
Tumblr Theming Resources
Tumblr themes are asweome to look at and are simpple to create too. If you happen to know HTML and CSS, you can create a fabulous and unique theme to your liking. Now that Tumblr is getting very popular, there so many resources out there to help you learn to code a Tumblr theme.
This is the official Tumblr theme codex ala. the WordPress codex. While it is not so full of resources like that of WordPress, all key dependencies and functionalities are discussed in detail here.
A comprehensive and in depth tutorial on Tumblr themeing written to help both beginners and seasoned coders alike. Written by our very own “Tumblr Ninja” and Justin Beiber fan Jeffrey Way, the tutorial comes with a lengthy screencast and source files to download.
Web Monkey from the stable of Wired.com is a fanatstic place to learn about everything Internet right from technology news to in depth tutorials. The tutorial runs through the basics and then gets into the heavier stuff, like custom themes, custom URLs and comments.
If you are looking for more Tumblr tutorials, do check out these links too.
Theme Tumblr Like a Pro
In this one of the kind ebook, Nettuts+ manager, Jeffrey Way, shows you just how much you can do with Tumblr while still maintaining its core principle – simplicity. In addition to a completed Tumblr theme and all the asset files needed to put it together, purchasing the ebook allows you exclusive access to a series of screencasts, where the author takes you through the entire process from start to finish!
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