Automattic today announced Premium Theme for WordPress.com blogs. "With millions of sites running on the state-of-the-art WordPress software and over a half-billion people visiting the Automattic network every month, there is a now a need more than ever for unique themes. Themes that make your site, your content, and your voice stand out from the crowd. The commercial themes have been "thriving" for self-hosted WordPress sites, and it made sense to expand this offering to blogs hosted on WordPress.com," said the WordPress team.
WordPress.com released two premium themes:
Headlines is a sophisticated magazine theme from WooThemes with a Featured Post slideshow, multiple menus, and 15 beautiful color schemes. It's available now for a one-time price of $45.
and, Shelf, from The Theme Foundry, is a unique tumblelog style theme featuring a fluid and responsive design. It's available now for a one-time price of $68.
Additional premium themes will be rolled out later in the year.
Learn all about these two themes by visiting our Theme Showcase, or purchase and activate a theme by going to Appearance ? Themes in your dashboard--look for the "Premium" link next to "Recently Added."