Tigerpress: A Free WordPress Theme


Following the release of the wordpress.fun theme1 we are glad to release a new professional WordPress-theme and offer it for free download. Tigerpress WordPress theme has 2 columns and provides a simple and very user-friendly Mac-alike interface (design based on Apple’s Tiger Mac OS X).

The main goal behind the design was to create a unique, distinctive, yet simple and user-friendly blog design which emphasizes the content and provides a clear navigation. The theme was designed by 7Graus2 from Portugal together with the editorial team for Smashing Magazine and its readers.


Download the theme for free! Link

You can use Tigerpress for all your projects for free and without any restrictions whatsoever. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both designer’s and Smashing Magazine’s permission — please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish, but if you are planning to release your modification, please ask our permission first.



Last but not least… Link

We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists. You may not know it yet, but we might feature you in one of our upcoming posts.

If you would like to release a high-quality free font, a WordPress-theme, some wallpapers or an icon-set please contact us9 — we would like to support you (both financially and with the broad coverage on Smashing Magazine).

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  2. 2 http://www.7graus.com/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/tigerpress/tigerpress.png
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/tigerpress/tigerpress.png
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/tigerpress/tigerpress.png
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/tigerpress/tigerpress.png
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/tigerpress/tigerpress.zip
  8. 8 http://www.cahuete.com/wordpress/tigerpress/
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form

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  1. 1

    Thanks! You guys continue to rock as usual.

  2. 2

    hmmm… not really feelin this one.

  3. 3

    Why oh why did you take the screenshot on Windows? The font is so messed up on Windows. Why won’t they anti-alias their fonts? It looks so much better and is easier to read.

  4. 4

    I’m not really digging this theme to be honest, could be approved on by far.

  5. 5

    hmm, this is not really the smashingmagazine quality that I’m used to… are you guys serious with that free wordpress theme??

  6. 6

    more like basic layout rather than professional?

  7. 7

    firdaus riyanto

    July 28, 2008 5:58 pm

    seriously lacks of originality.

  8. 8

    Josh, the AA doesn’t depend on the OS. It depends on the screen. I have Vista on one of my laptops and it has anti-alias.

  9. 9

    Yup, agreed, this theme looks pretty amateurish compared to the usual high quality stuff featured on SmashingMag.

  10. 10

    In its attempt to mimic OS X, I think it’s a beautiful theme but in terms of usability and practicality as a professional theme I think this was a poor choice. I’d love to see a free professional WordPress theme from Smashing Magazine that could actually be used on a business site.

  11. 11

    To AA or not to AA, its all personal preference. I for one think IE’s and Safaris anti aliased text is hideous. You may not.

  12. 12

    Thanks, I think it would be better if you put a demo link here

  13. 13

    cool stuff

  14. 14

    Heavy Metal Blogger

    July 28, 2008 9:27 pm

    Well, to be honest, I don’t understand what’s so cool about that theme. Looks pretty boring to me. Sorry guys but the free WordPress Themes which you have released so far are way ahead this one.

  15. 15

    To above: The anti-aliasing is handled by software – not the screen or the operating system. Windows has a built in OS-wide setting called ClearType, but programs (such as Safari) can override this.

  16. 16

    To be honest, i don’t like it.
    But thanks SM!

  17. 17

    I agree with most of the above people. I just ain’t feeling the Smashing Magazine quality/vibe with this theme. Sorry Rui Marques, nice try though

  18. 18

    Thanks! Good theme :-)
    And now i try to translate it in italian.

  19. 19

    Design of websites can be great, farer mor better than operating systems, this because thousands of thousands of designers are creating more innovative stuff than the designers of various OS. I can understand that OSX is a great system, but can’t understand the point: why use an operating system graphic style for a website, making it look so boring?

  20. 20

    Tiger wordpress theme in the age of Leopard? Looks nice, but outdated design, no originality…

  21. 21

    Thanks Smashy.. but sometimes there’s a reason why stuff is free..

  22. 22

    I agree, I am not much of a fan of this theme, it seems a little boring, they do say you pay for what you get, so in this case, free, so its not going to be the best.

  23. 23

    Why make a theme that looks like an OS?

  24. 24

    eeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, this is not as good as your normal smashing quality.

  25. 25

    come on smashing! what wrong with you? its not smashing style..

  26. 26

    Not really my cup of tea. Should call this “the lorem ipsum” theme.
    Still…its free so why complaining!

  27. 27

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    July 29, 2008 3:44 am

    @all: Ok, point taken.

  28. 28

    Just a last note… What about copyright issues?

  29. 29

    just ugly

  30. 30

    “The main goal behind the design was to create a unique, distinctive, yet simple and user-friendly blog design”

    erm… how is that unique at all, its been done several hundred times for wordpress already.

  31. 31

    Nice one. Tried it for a few minutes on my blog. Amazing how in the 2.6 era of Wordpres we we still get themes that are not widget ready! Like this one. Digged the design though.

  32. 32

    is it a joke ?

  33. 33

    erm… how is that unique at all, its been done several hundred times for wordpress already. > And for Mac OS … Nice maybe as an exercise for the designer, as a user I’m less than convinced, even for free.

  34. 34

    The design is clean…

  35. 35

    It is a high-quality design and it works in all browsers but it isn’t unique. Rui Marques did a very fine job in creating a template that already exists.

  36. 36

    This is not Tiger theme by the way. The stripes on the window was last used in Jaguar, which is OS X 10.2. By the way, I didn’t like the design.

  37. 37

    Not quality

  38. 38

    I for one love the theme. It’s very clean and soft on the eye. I’ll agree it’s not original with another mac-theme and if (when) I use this theme I will be changing the header so that it doesn’t look so mac-ish. It would also be even cleaner and easier on the eye if the headers of the widgets in the sidebar were white instead of black. I think.

    Less is more people.

  39. 39

    Hi Folks,
    it’s always amazing to see all the cool things offered by smashing magazine (ranging from articles to icons and complete themes).

    My question is, why you don’t push your project one (political) step forward: make your stuff free in the sense of the free software definition by the Free Software Foundation. That would set a really smashing example for many creatives out there who don’t care about the advantages of Free Licensing (and most people wrongly think, that they have to give it away for free).

  40. 40

    Christina Warren

    July 30, 2008 12:21 pm

    The same designer also has a freely available Leopress (as in Leopard Press) theme, which is the same structure as this theme, but with a third column and its updated to Leopard’s aesthetics. It still doesn’t support widgets out of the box and the coding is kind of kludgy. Really, really nice idea, subpar execution (though the Leopard theme looks 10x better than the old Tiger theme).

    I can’t find the original file now to compare, but the whole thing is really, really reminiscent of Aqua-Soft’s WordPress theme from the 2.0.x days. I’m certainly not accusing this author of anything (let me be clear), but if you look at Tim’s work for vBulletin and phpBB, which truly is phenomenal, you can certainly see the obvious similarities. Tim hasn’t updated his WP theme in years, though he does frequent updates for the forum systems.

  41. 41

    I’m with Tanja–make it really smashingly free.

    in any case, I’m really surprised at the reactions–I figured the design community would be crazy for Mac stuff.

    Shows what I know ;). Overall not bad. Nice Mac imitation for sure.

  42. 42

    Really one of the worst themes I have ever seen :S Sorry for the honesty.

  43. 43

    Alexandre Pereira

    August 1, 2008 12:51 am

    Translated to portuguese – Download.

  44. 44

    what is happening with the usual quality in wp themes?

  45. 45

    Yay! An April Fools… in August? =S

  46. 46

    Theme doesn’t work well with WordPress 2.6.

    It doesn’t show images on front page, in single post the images works.

  47. 47

    Seyferf Hallenden

    August 12, 2008 7:39 am

    it looks ok… but not as good as the usual wordpress themes… maybe adding some sort of design would make it way cooler than that one… ^^

  48. 48

    Very nice addition
    am I free to make changes ?

  49. 49

    This theme sucks.
    MAC OS Look-alike web designes are soo 2003. Come on…

  50. 50

    Have to make a blog for someone who is really organized and into maths… Think he’ll love this theme. Thanks!


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