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Automattic has just announced that premium themes have become available for blogs. Self-hosted installations have long been benefiting from a thriving theming ecosystem, complete with many paid themes -- but this is the first time that users of, the service that hosts your blog for you, are able to buy premium themes.

For starters, only two themes can be purchased: Shelf, pictured above, and Headlines, a screenshot of which is available after the break. Shelf is a very responsive tumblelog-style theme that features a fluid design. It can be yours for a one-time price of $68. Headlines is a magazine-style theme that comes with a Featured Post slideshow, multiple menus, and 15 different color schemes. It can be yours for a one-time price of $45.

To purchase and install any of these themes, go to your Dashboard, and click on the Premium link in Appearance > Themes.

Automattic plans to have many more premium themes available later this year, alongside a great number of new free themes. Those who purchase Premium themes will get full access to a dedicated support forum that will only be accessible to Premium theme buyers.

Headlines theme for blogs

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