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.

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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

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

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  2. 52

    Wow, what a beautiful theme!

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  3. 103

    I love it :)

    Munki | munki.se

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  4. 154

    Great theme!

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  5. 205

    i loved it since i saw it!

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  6. 256

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

    Thanks.

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  7. 307

    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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  8. 358

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

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  9. 409

    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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  10. 460

    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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  11. 511

    is there any way to create plurk lifestream?

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  12. 562

    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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  13. 613

    nice theme… i’ll try

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  14. 664

    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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  15. 715

    the excelent theme.., glamour..

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  16. 766

    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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  17. 817

    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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  18. 868

    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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  19. 919

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

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  20. 970

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

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  21. 1021

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

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  22. 1072

    Very good theme

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  23. 1123

    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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  24. 1174

    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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  25. 1225

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

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  26. 1276

    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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  27. 1327

    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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  28. 1378

    Amazing theme. Strong and beautiful i`ll use it

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  29. 1429

    Awesome Templates i have ever seen

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  30. 1480

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

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  31. 1531

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

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  32. 1582

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

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  33. 1633

    Nice theme.

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  34. 1684

    very creative…

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  35. 1735

    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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  36. 1786

    Nice theme but images go all corrupt

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  37. 1837

    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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  38. 1888

    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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  39. 1939

    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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  40. 1990

    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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    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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  43. 2143

    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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  44. 2194

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

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  45. 2245

    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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  46. 2296

    OkEeHI

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  47. 2347

    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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    • 2398

      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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    • 2449

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

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  48. 2500

    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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  49. 2551

    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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  50. 2602

    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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