Agregado: A Free WordPress Theme

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Today we are glad to release Agregado Lifestream Theme — a free professional WordPress-theme created by Darren Hoyt2 and Matt Dawson3 of Category44. The theme features a built-in lifestream module and contact form with custom control panel options. It is commissioned by Smashing Magazine and designed especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free!

You can use the theme for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. 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.

Motivation behind the design

Here are some insights about the design process and development from the designer himself.

“Agregado was inspired by the recent popularity of services like Twitter, FriendFeed and Tumblr, and by a recent trend Zeldman calls 'the vanishing personal website'8. The theme attempts to rebuild that idea of a personal website, incorporating a lifestream carousel alongside standard blog posts, keeping your fragmented data all in one place.

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The lifestream code was inspired by Kieran Delaney's WP plugin "SimpleLife"10, but rewritten to fix bugs and caching issues. The code is built right into the functions.php file, with control panel options which include contact form configuration. There are other 'personal site' touches – a user profile box with gravatar and bio, plus the built-in contact form. First-time visitors get an easy sense of who you are, what services you use, and how to get in touch.

Sidebar11

The design itself intentionally deviates from the standard WordPress layout. Hierarchy is key – lesser content modules (Subcategories, Pages, Monthly Archives, Search) are tucked away so the user stays primarily focused on recent blog posts and recent lifestream items. Newer items are lighter with a larger font size, and get incrementally smaller and darker as they get older.

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The theme also contains a custom Archives page13. In the past, blindly clicking a monthly archive link (ex: "November 2006") has never been useful to me, so I decided to display all posts in a grid format, chronologically, and categorized by month and year. If you find bugs, please leave a comment14. We will continue upgrading the theme as necessary.”

Thank you, Darren and Matt. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

Features

  1. Lifestream module with carousel
  2. Custom archives page15
  3. Animated js dropdown menus
  4. Built-in contact form module with AJAX sent/fail message
  5. Built-in drop caps for lead paragraphs
  6. Numerical pagination16 on archive and search pages
  7. Author-highlighting for comments
  8. User profile module
  9. Widgetized bottom bar on homepage
  10. Widgetized sidebar on single post pages
  11. Print stylesheet
  12. 'More in this Category' sidebar module
  13. Control panel options for lifestream and contact form

Requirements

  • WordPress 2.6+
  • Firefox 3.0+, Safari 3.0+, IE7+
  • Host server with PHP5+ installed

Last but not least…

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 us17 — we would like to support you (both financially and with the broad coverage on Smashing Magazine).

You may be interested in the following free WordPress-themes as well:

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/demo/agregado/
  2. 2 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2008/09/08/agregado-lifestream-theme-for-wordpress-released/#comments
  3. 3 http://www.thenestedfloat.com/articles/introducing-agregado-a-free-wordpress-theme-with-lifestream/
  4. 4 http://www.category4.com
  5. 5 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/demo/agregado/
  6. 6 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/downloads/agregado.zip
  7. 7 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2008/09/08/agregado-lifestream-theme-for-wordpress-released/
  8. 8 http://www.zeldman.com/2008/04/27/content-outsourcing-and-the-disappearing-personal-site/
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/agregado-wordpress-theme/preview2.jpg
  10. 10 http://kierandelaney.net/blog/projects/simplelife/
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/agregado-wordpress-theme/preview3.jpg
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/agregado-wordpress-theme/preview2.jpg
  13. 13 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/demo/agregado/archives/
  14. 14 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2008/09/08/agregado-lifestream-theme-for-wordpress-released/
  15. 15 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/demo/agregado/archives/
  16. 16 http://www.darrenhoyt.com/demo/agregado/?s=lorem
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/08/infinity-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/05/fervens-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/21/dilectio-a-smashing-wordpress-theme/
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/07/smashing-freefont-and-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    Excelente theme, good design, I have a question, why dont puts a demo?

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  2. 2

    As a wordpress designer I must say this is astonishing !

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  3. 3

    Agregado is portuguesse for syndicated.

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  4. 4

    Really nice theme for look and functionality :)

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  5. 5

    Wow.. Stunning design !.. I liked the layout verymuch

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  6. 6

    Beautiful work guys!

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  8. 8

    Truly amazing work. Congratulations to all people involved in making such a wonderful theme.

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  9. 9

    amazing wordpress theme

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  10. 10

    Great job guys !

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  11. 11

    This one definetly looks awesome.

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  12. 12

    Great work! Looks nice…

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  13. 13

    Ammy Sriyunyongwat

    September 8, 2008 10:51 am

    You misspelled “impressive” in the second paragraph.

    The theme looks fabulous, btw!

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  14. 14

    As a design is stunning, but lacks when it comes to functionality. Newbies ar not familar with these kind of themes, they want simple and clear design. My opion…
    Have a good day everyone.

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  15. 15

    Great site… the psd for it would be very helpful as well!

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  16. 16

    Nice themes!!!

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  17. 17

    Very nice template but in version 2 I’d love to see:

    - make the links to the post as a block {display:block};
    - feedback on what I should fill in in which field (like a jquery hover effect);
    - using […] instead of [...];
    - a high contrast version for the visual disabled.

    Thank you very much!

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  18. 18

    Amazing in so many ways.

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  19. 19

    I like it and plan on playing with it; would just like to see more icons as far as the lifestream goes – I have so many more services that I use and would love to see the icon set expanded.

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  20. 20

    “Requirements: Firefox 3.0+, Safari 3.0+, IE7+”

    Why Firefox 2 or Safari 2 won’t do, while IE7 with its ancient CSS support is okay? And why to list browsers instead of simply specifying the required CSS version?

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  21. 21

    Brilliant. I was experimenting the lifestreamer CMS sweercron recently and was looking for some of the functions in a WP theme. Here it is. Thanks Darren and Matt.

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  22. 22

    A brilliant WordPress design. I like the way that the designers have really thought about how the user interacts with the site and managed to incorporate plugins into the theme itself.

    If you like the drop caps in this design why not try out the drop caps plugin.

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  23. 23

    Absolutely fantastic theme, just about to hack the living daylights out of it!

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  24. 24

    Very good, I have reproduced

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  25. 25

    Just a heads up, Feedburner, Google Reader, Delicious and any other service that links a feed item to a different domain than its source will not work. This is from the original SimpleLife blog:

    Cheers,

    Chris
    Cardgazer.com

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  26. 26

    @Chris – Actually, Darren and I were able to find a fix for Feedburner and Delicious. Both SimpleLife and Agregado use SimplePie to create one mashed up feed out of all the RSS docs you give it. SimpleLife checks the url of the link itself to assign classes to each item. That ends up breaking Delicious links (and others) because if you bookmarked yahoo.com, that’s the URL of the feed item. Agregado climbs back out of the mashed up feed to check what service the link in question comes from.

    For those that are interested, the code that does the job is on lines 540 and 541 of functions.php. A solution for feedburner follows on 545-547.

    As of this evening, we also added Google Reader feed support and support for plugins like Lightbox that may have caused conflicts with the method we were using to include jQuery. If you already have the theme installed, upgrading should be as easy as replacing the copy on your server with the contents of the updated zip.

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  27. 27

    ^Thanks to Matt for clarifying, and thanks to Smashing for giving us the opportunity to release the theme! I’m happy for the good feedback so far.

    Just a note to anyone who encountered permissions problems or javascript problems earlier in the day – those bugs have been squashed. Feel free to download the theme and let us know if you run into any troubles.

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  28. 28

    Darren & Matt – Awesome theme. Definitely eye catching. Thank you for releasing it.

    @Smashing Magazine, thank you for featuring work like this. It’s awesome.

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  29. 29

    this theme is great. Any chance we can get the source files added to adjust the background?

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  30. 30

    Very cool theme. I am gonna use it on my personal blog, translating it to URDU.

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  31. 31

    Millions of thanks ! this theme is outstanding !
    i think i will use too for my blog.

    one more time, GREAT gift for us Smashing Magazine, thanks too :)

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  32. 32

    Love it. Fantastic work and thanks for making it free.

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  33. 33

    Not a fan of lifestreaming, but this is certainly an attractive and well crafted design.

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  34. 34

    A true beauty!

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  35. 35

    Very slick and subtle: simpy one of the best around!

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  36. 36

    Great !!!

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  37. 37

    Really nice theme – visually and structuraly.
    I’m not sure it fits my needs (I use a lot of big images), but I will definitely give it a try!

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  38. 38

    Very nice and simplistic
    I like it
    I really love the “Find me Elsewhere” section!

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  39. 39

    Really Nice! Good Work! I Like the Livestream Function.
    Greets from Berlin Germany Marcus

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  40. 40

    Looks great and just blows “premium” themes away. I still can believe its free. Keep it up!

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  41. 41

    Adding a voice to the chorus: great theme!

    One question. I’ve installed it to play with, and everything seems to work fine, but I get an error when I try to access the archives page:

    “The requested URL /wp-content/themes/agregado/archive was not found on this server.”

    Archive.php and Archives.php are definitely there in the right folder. Anyone have any suggestions as to what’s going wrong there?

    Thanks…

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  43. 43

    Excellent. Much obliged.

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  44. 44

    One of the best themes I have seen so far. Absolutely superb!

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  45. 45

    What a great theme! Fantastic! Thank you.

    I’m having a slight problem in that the Find Me Else where section just displays a white rectangle and no content. Any ideas?

    Many thanks.

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  46. 46

    Excellent theme with very good features!!! And all for free :)

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  47. 47

    OMG! This is totally perfect for my online portfolio! With a little tweaking it will have all I need!

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  48. 48

    Ashrith Maudgalya

    September 9, 2008 7:49 pm

    ITS COOL!!!! i am using it now :D

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  49. 49

    This is a great theme :D

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  50. 50

    So you can’t post images on the homepage?

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  51. 51

    The custom archives page is astonishing.
    Why not release it as a WordPress plugin?

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  52. 52

    Wow, what a beautiful theme!

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  53. 53

    I love it :)

    Munki | munki.se

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  54. 54

    Great theme!

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  55. 55

    i loved it since i saw it!

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  56. 56

    How would I go about changing the top menu bar use pages instead of categories?

    Thanks.

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  57. 57

    Amazing! Very nice theme…but with one issue (as it seems): The tag cloud widget appears on interior pages but isn’t active in the widget admin. I tried activating it, and then deactivating it but w/no luck. Any idea how to fix this??

    Thanks!

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  58. 58

    hey,
    thx for the great theme
    but
    the “get in touch” function doesn’t support chinese…
    could u fix it?

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  59. 59

    I’m using your theme on one of my other blogs but I can’t figure out how to get the Find Me Elsewhere function to work. All I get is a white box. Help?

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  60. 60

    hello wonsore,
    in index.php you can find contact script, change the chartset to UTF8, the chinese problem can be fixed. you can test it on my site http://www.loadmemory.com

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  61. 61

    is there any way to create plurk lifestream?

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  62. 62

    I have ported this wonderful theme for Drupal. Have a look at my site http://kahthong.com. I’m using it right now =D

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  63. 63

    nice theme… i’ll try

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  64. 64

    I can’t figure out how to make it so excerpts show up on the main page instead of just the first one and then the titles of the rest..I suck at php..any help?

    But other then that I think this is one of the best templates I’ve ever used on WP out of the box perfect..well unless your like me a bit picky.

    http://divageekdesigns.com

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  65. 65

    the excelent theme.., glamour..

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  66. 66

    I am having trouble with text wrapping around my images on the single posts. Does anyone know how to fix this?

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  67. 67

    I’m having trouble with the image wrapping too. I’ve tried looking into the post css files, but it doesn’t seem to be working.

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  68. 68

    Sorry for double posting, but this is related to something Allen Walker (#50) posted. I think you can have images on the homepage. The way I think I’m going to do it is through the Excerpt plugin. Hope it helps.

    If you do install the plugin, make sure you disable span markup.

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  69. 69

    Jeffrey Lo, to fix the image wrapping go into the posts.css and get rid of the float for .img

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  70. 70

    Great theme! Any ideas how to get less spam through the default contact form?

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  71. 71

    Wow, i used it on my personal Website! Awesome!!

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  72. 72

    Very good theme

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  73. 73

    Do you guys have any plan on releasing the lifestream code into a plugin to give back to the wordpress community?

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  74. 74

    Hi Cathy. I think a lot has already been given :P Would you disagree ?

    You could copy paste the code into your own theme to make it work, if you don’t want to wait for the plugin.

    Most of the “lifestreams” can be easily pulled via the Sidebar Widgets Rss reader.

    I believe FriendFeed has a widget that you can put in your site to show your lifestream. Google on !

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  75. 75

    Just curious – was the search pop-up and lifestream scrolling inspired by acquia.com?

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  76. 76

    Its amazing in layout and design, just a little problem there dont know how to fix this is that it does not shows any image in the home page on main post, please help me how i can do that.

    And once again thanks for that gr8 theme, for free

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  77. 77

    Beautiful theme. Any chance of getting source files like most of your other “free-mium” themes? It would be great to be able to customize the background a little.

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  78. 78

    Amazing theme. Strong and beautiful i`ll use it

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  79. 79

    Awesome Templates i have ever seen

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  80. 80

    I’m writing from Turkey. It’s very nice that you mention this subject. Your explanations are enough.

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  81. 81

    Firstly, i like the color. It’s so romantic and precisely with my mood.
    Totally, this is a good themes.

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  82. 82

    Anybody have any luck on the with the new facebook integration?

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  83. 83

    Nice theme.

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  84. 84

    very creative…

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  85. 85

    Best theme that i have ever seen,love it !
    But i find a problem that it doesn’t work well in Chinese character.For example the the fire 3 charaters are shown as unrecognizable code while others not.I guess it is the front-size problem but i don’t know how to fix it .
    Could you help me ? thanks.

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  86. 86

    Nice theme but images go all corrupt

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  87. 87

    You know Darren, first time I saw this theme, it looks ..nothing special..but when I open my eyes now.. I see any sides that make me so interested (I mean i love this design), and maybe I’ll use it.
    I’m not a programmer nor a designer who can see what ‘the real beauty of design’ is, but I wouldn’t deny, that Agregado is really beautiful.

    Good Luck, Darren!

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  88. 88

    thank you very much for offering this awesome theme for free. it is much appreciated. Also, HUGE THANKS for including the PSD source. Now I can customize like a madman. -ss

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  89. 89

    thanks for every thing. I liked this theme as it is. but was not suiting me for my personal portfolio. so converted colors in blues ..

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  90. 90

    i’ve remove the float in the post.css but i still have problems if a post an image in a single post.

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  92. 92

    EXCELENTE tema, lo estoy usando en mi blog y es genial. Además la adaptación es rapidísima y anda todo!! Es eso lo que se pide de un theme prediseñado ¿verdad?
    Pueden verlo:
    mi blog

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  93. 93

    I love this theme!
    except I keep getting fatal errors whenever i activate the lifestream plugin.
    also… it says that there’s “Agregado > Options” etc etc..
    i dont see that anywhere. i’m using wordpress 2.7.1 if you’re wonndering. help?

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  94. 94

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

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  95. 95

    Having trouble with imbedding video links from youtube into posts. it shows up as a “1″ with a circle around it rather than rendering the video. ideas?

    Thanks for the theme, well done.

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  96. 96

    OkEeHI

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  97. 97

    For the new FB feed, the way I did it was to go to http://www.facebook.com/notifications.php. It contains an rss feed. Copy the feed address and change notifications.php to status.php. Works for me. Here’s my remix of Agregado with the facebook feed working. I need to change out a few icons to fit my theme but other than that, I’m pretty happy with it. See it at my blog.

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      Just wanted to say thanks for the heads up on that, was setting it up for a friend and probably would have taken hours to figure this out :)

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      @Mark thanks for posting the workaround for Facebook status updates. now i’m getting data back

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  98. 100

    Also, I like the idea of the contact form, but I’m starting to get spammed quite a bit. I think I’ll remove it for now. If anyone has any ideas to prevent the spam, let me know.

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  99. 101

    Beautiful theme…but i got an error…
    “Find me Elsewhere” is not working, and i’m sure that I edited right in “Agregado Options”..

    Find me Elsewhere is just a white space…

    Any ideas?

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  100. 102

    Hi guys, I installed this wonderful and beautiful theme but I have a problem with the lifestream – it seems to ignore Twitter… Or is it my fault?
    I put my twitter rss feed (http://twitter.com/XXX/statuses/user_timeline/XXX.rss) into the field, but it doesn’t seem to recognize it – my tweets aren’t showing up in the lifestream…
    I don’t see what I did there! D:

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  101. 103

    I’ve the same issue as Kuka, sometimes it’s showing up, sometimes no… Any ideas ?

    -1
  102. 104

    Not compatible WP 2.9

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  103. 105

    Hey guys, great theme. It just doesn’t look right on my domain though, for some reason.

    Techgeekos.com

    The “scrollers” of my lifestream are not showing up. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thank you.

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  104. 106

    Does not work on WP 2.9, blank, blank and blank :(

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  105. 107

    Hi,

    this is a wonderful theme! I like it so much and use it (but edited). Take a look at k70vision.com.

    Kind regards,
    Sven

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  106. 108

    Great template, full working on WP 2.9 : http://www.yop-concept.com
    For Twitter you need to use the Extra Feed and put your Twitter RSS with username and passwrd : http://username:password@twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/xxxxxx.rss and feed icon name : streamicon_twitter.gif

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  107. 109

    Hi guys, i’m using this great theme and it works very well, tks u so much for creating this one..i have no word for you..the best in the best :))

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  108. 110

    Shrikrishna Meena

    January 5, 2011 6:30 pm

    Awesome Theme for personal blog.. Will use it on mine blog… Thanks.

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  109. 111

    I took your theme (because i love the interface of it, absolutely AMAZING) and just skinned it and added in a little of my own touches.. check it out and tell me what you think :) Also I will be adding credit in a “special thanks” section of the site rather than the footer, if that’s okay with you (i like to be a little more personal in giving credit than just a backlink).

    http://www.meratvforum.net/2011/01/watch-rishton-se-badi-pratha-6th_06.html

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  110. 112

    theme has been,no compatible WP3.1 !!!
    Too old, good for the trash can

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  111. 113

    great article, i surely love this page, keep it.

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    Nebulizer Treatments

    May 19, 2011 11:21 pm

    I think this is one of the most vital info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The site style is ideal, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

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  113. 115

    Not compatible with wordpress 3.1

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  114. 116

    please help me I have installed Agregado template but i am not able to configure it properly in the home page when click on older post button then page not found error appear please solve my problem and tell me What do I do?
    Thanks in advance my site is
    http://www.pregnancysymptomscramps.info

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    I’m using your theme on one of my other blogs but I can’t figure out how to get the Find Me Elsewhere function to work. All I get is a white box. Help?

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