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.


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.


  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


  • 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).

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  1. 1

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

  2. 102

    Not compatible WP 2.9

  3. 203

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

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

  4. 304

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

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

    Kind regards,

  6. 506

    Great template, full working on WP 2.9 :
    For Twitter you need to use the Extra Feed and put your Twitter RSS with username and passwrd : and feed icon name : streamicon_twitter.gif

  7. 607

    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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    Shrikrishna Meena

    January 5, 2011 6:30 pm

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

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    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).

  10. 910

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

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    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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    Not compatible with wordpress 3.1

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    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

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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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