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! Link

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 Link

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 Link

  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 Link

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

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 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 Link

  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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    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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    ^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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    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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    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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