Download “Imprezz”, A Free WordPress Theme


In this post we release Imprezz – a simple and beautiful 3-column-theme, a free WordPress theme designed by Gopal Raju from ProductiveDreams1 for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme can be used in various setting for various purposes – in magazine-blogs, but also in corporate and private blogs. The theme supports WordPress 2.7.1 and works well with the zdcomments widget (which is used to display the top commenters). The package also include the PSD-source file of the logo.


Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.


Thank you, Gopal. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

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    March 10, 2009 5:06 am

    really nice theme ^^

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    Very good looking and compact theme….Simply Great !!

    Thanks Raju…

    DKumar M.

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    I find it a bit big and heavy, no? Especially the typography.

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    excellent..!!! thanks

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    Nice. What would be even nicer would be a Drupal theme. If then only could release a PSD for this theme :)

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    Very nice. Thanks for the great theme.

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    congrats and thanks

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    how comes this theme comes with built-in adsense and this is hardcoded and not mentioned anywhere?

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    Nice theme!
    But you used a gif for the large preview?! *fear*

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    Hmm nothong crushing…although the chosen colors and typography are pretty cool =)

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    thanks for share

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 10, 2009 5:52 am

    @ovidiu: the designer forgot to remove these ads from the theme. The link was updated – the theme now doesn’t contain ads. Sorry for inconvenience!

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    Really Nice Work i love it :)

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    I always find it a bit janky when there’s a big bold “sidebar” running through the middle of the page. It feels unbalanced. It’s attractive, but unbalanced.

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    (PL) dziękuję :) THX ;)

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    March 10, 2009 5:59 am

    love it!

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    Wow, I love this theme!!

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    Very nice theme… much nicer than the previous IMHO.

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    A suggestion: Can you give away some WordPress admin themes?

    I find it hard to find some good admin themes that are a little less “WordPress-heavy”, so I would love to see that here =)

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    uglyyyyy +o(

    SM sucks!

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    Bülent Güneş

    March 10, 2009 6:10 am

    Nice theme thanks

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    @Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    thx. I am not overly sensitive, but as soon as I find ads that were not mentioned in a themes description, I delete it. I have found so many of these seemingly free themes and then some day you notice they contain hidden links or ads :-(

    now I will check out the theme again, it looked pretty promising.

    Ok, do you really want an opinion? besides the its good, it sucks opinions? The theme looks good, but also seems to be made in a haste. In 5 minutes I can give this theme a customizable header and besides what use is the hardcoded Twitter thinggy in the right sidebar? Its hardcoded to the author’s twitter account. And what about the big advertisement for his website udnerneath the twitter thinggy? Can I remove it? haven’t found anything concerning this… I guess I’ll give it a customizable header and widgetize the right sidebar too.

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    @ Adam S. As a designer of 20+ years I don’t find the bold “sidebar” “janky” at all. It nicely separates out the completely irrelevant stuff on the far right from the main content. So, reading from left to right you get … big main content (important) stuff, sidebar (semi-important) nav stuff you need to “understand” the site, and then a narrow column of unimportant (i.e., it doesn’t need to be read to get through the site) stuff. I like it. Although it does strike me too as a bit, I don’t know, “heavy” for my own tastes.

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    Is there a live preview? :S

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 10, 2009 6:57 am

    @ovidiu (#22): of course you can remove it! You may modify the theme as you wish!

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    nice adaptation of from-the-couch

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    Nice looking theme, but it’s flawed. First off, the search field isn’t obvious- yes it has a big “Go” next to it but there’s not enough colour distinction between the background colour and the input.
    The page list doesn’t support sub-pages as children- it pushes the content over to the right ala This Screenshot. They need to be auto-hidden and shown with a hover over the parent page.
    There also doesn’t seem to be any easy or obvious way to change the 2nd sidebar on the right- has to be manually edited for 5 different files which is not good even for a free theme. Wouldn’t it be easier with a 2nd sidebar option? Also where’s the option to change the Twitter account? All that would need is a variable and a command in a Theme options page.
    Some nice design elements but as a whole, bleh.

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    Very good theme, I like it !

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    i was really imprezz-ed with it at first sight and i immediately wanted to try it on only to discover that knowing how to tweak themes is a required pre-requisite for you to make this theme personal.
    – understandably the title banner have to be customized but why does it link back to another site?
    – rss button uses the author’s feed and is also hardcoded.
    – the right sidebar is hardcoded individually for the post, page, index, archive, and image attachement pages.

    this is a very nice design and i hope it can be improved to lessen, if not eliminate, code tweaking.

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    the giant ribbon-kind-o-stuff on the sidebar is just not a good idea…

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    Pontus Johansson

    March 10, 2009 8:19 am

    That enormous sidebar makes the whole layout imbalanced. No focus on the content at all. This is not good enough for SM, sorry.

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    I’m getting a 403 forbidden when trying to download it.

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    I really like the theme… but all the hard coding is awful… It’s not like you don’t know the PHP functions to call home page, rss feed and stuff, you just don’t use them in some of the most obvious places. Anyway, I’m going to get back to trying to widgetize the right sidebar and make an image for the top of the main sidebar…

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    Nice theme.

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    A very beautiful and creative theme. Might use it in the near future

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    Looks great, downloading it now, might change it a bit, but thinking I can use it for a new project. Cheers

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    I love it!

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    Muy bueno!

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    Wow, Great theme !
    But with a little customizations ! =)

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    Abdulmalik Althari

    March 10, 2009 2:19 pm

    Thank you so much it is very greate theme

    Just translate it to Arabic language and make it from right to left

    Thanks again

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    This is incredible!

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    Nice design, yet it feels a little unfinished from the amount of self-customization one must do to remove hard-coded Twitter elements and the addition of a next/previous page option. I really wish the right sidebar was widgetized as well. Anyone have an easy solution for that?

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    impreZZive one !!! :)
    luv it !!

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    thank you for this nice theme. Seems to me like the MediaMogul Joomla theme from RocketTheme…

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    truly the one i was searching for. Grazie Smashing Mag!

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    Can someone fix a demo?? I would like to see the comment.php!

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    I’m from Argentina, I read your blog quite often
    I read your blog quite often
    It’s the first time I leave you a comment. Congratulations for your blog, it’s a great piece of work.

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    This site appears to be down. Unfortunately, I cannot download this theme :(

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    there is no mentioning about WordPress even though you say it is a WordPress theme..

    big bold letters looks very un-attractive here. at least the paragraph text size could be reduced.

    What If I have a 7 to 10 links and i want to accommodate in the top menu. seems like flexibility is not taken care of.

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    Hey Everybody check this!!!

    Is the right way to do this.
    I think the smashing magzine people must take a look into these type of people.

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    This “theme” is a copy of Thats not cool at all!!

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    Thanks for the download, the colours and layout work really well together. This is a very tasty theme cheers! I don’t think it looks unbalanced at all (Adam S!!)…
    Keep those freebies coming. x

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    Angger Atmawarin

    March 12, 2009 5:01 am

    Yes. I found that the theme is very similar.
    I don’t mind with inspiration, you can steal it from anywhere. But, dude. This is imitating. There’s nothing new here. I’m feel sorry for Smashing.

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    @Talya This theme is looking awesome! and I don’t see anything similar to the link that you’ve submitted! Infact this is better than ‘from the couch’.

    Keep up Smashing!!

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 13, 2009 2:05 am

    Well, the only similarity between this WordPress-theme and is the ribbon elements which is quite popular nowadays (see this article). Which is why the theme is (in our opinion) not a copy-cat.

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    Being the creator of From the Couch I see no need to criticize Gopal Raju. The only similarity bet

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    But as a Designer, I feel he is a COPY CAT
    Mr David, I thinks there is an invisible thin red line between inspiration and creativity.

    We can inspire from others, I mean can look at the color scheme, But this is just a plain copy.
    Look at the layout man…

    Its a just a publicity stunt. Its Just a Ctrl+c

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    “imprezz”, really nice theme. thank you !

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    Guilherme Ferreira

    March 13, 2009 6:17 am

    “This “theme” is a copy of Link [] Thats not cool at all!!”

    Copy? Did you mean “inspired”. There must be no “Ainstein” to see that are different.
    And. .. Thanks Gopal Raju by beautiful theme!

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    Guilherme Ferreira

    March 13, 2009 6:23 am

    “But this is just a plain copy. Look at the layout man…”

    I saw them and I do not think they are “equal” … This is your opinion. Not an absolute truth.
    That is your vision of the facts! :-)

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    @Guilherme Ferreira

    “Not Absolute Truth” Whats mean by that????
    Can be it Relative???

    Let be simple..No W3c like that…
    Show it to kid…He will tell you if its a copy or not

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    This is a nice theme but one thing does bother me. There is no way to view older or previous posts. Am I missing that?

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    It’s not a copy, it’s a style. How many themes use a right side bar? Are they all copies of the first blog to put the sidebar on the right? No.

    It’s a beautiful theme, my compliments to the designer.

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    In good faith, i feel this is a copy.
    At least he should had gone for a different color scheme,the graphics,the layouts etc.

    I think the issue lie with just having listed in smashing magazine.May be motive is to get noticed or diverting traffic to ones blog.

    I feel that smashing magazine should at least be somewhat rigid in legal/poilicy terms so that this type of acts won’t repeat again.

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    very attractive template

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    This is insane!!!!
    Copy Stuff…Please remove the post

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    its pretty nice for a free theme ..

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    Hey Right ! This is pure copy stuff…..

    I don’t what know why these people is still keeping this….

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    By the way the theme does not display properly in IE7. The post titles overlap the content.

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    I mentioned a few of the imperfections of this theme on the author’s website and the theme author DELETED THE COMMENT……awesome.
    A few things I noticed about the theme after using it:
    1. Does not display properly in IE7 (titles overlap content)
    2 Right column is not widgetized.
    3. Left column widgets do not display correctly. Most of them have font same color as sidebar, therefore invisible. Also, some standard widgets (ex. post calendar) will not align.
    4. There is no way to navigate to “Next Page” or “Older Posts” from the blog page. Pretty standard feature in theme development.
    5. It is also a little bit shady that the author added there own RSS feed to the feed button IMO (you can change it of course but I think we can all see the intentions).

    The design and it’s originality are debatable. I myself think that no idea is original. This theme deviates far enough from the “From the Couch” site to call it original. It is aesthetically a nice design with many faults in its development.

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    Has anybody noticed that the CSS code on this project is HORRENDOUS?? Is this the quality that Smashing supports? Seriously!

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    I converted this template for Joomla 1.5.
    You can download it here:

    Testet only in Firefox3 und IE7

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    I can not download this theme! I get Not Found error! what’s wrong?

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    Anyone figured out how to change out the twitter info? I’ve found the twitter code on the image.php file and I’ve changed the info, but still not appearing as changed.

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    verry good +1

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    Mia- The twitter code is also in the archive.php, comments.php, index.php (I think), search.php, and single.php. Also check page.php. I think that is a little sneaky on the developers end. It is in almost every file except sidebar.php- Go Figure! In those files you will also find the RSS button code that you will also have to change from the developers RSS feed to yours.

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    is it just me, or did anyone else see the typo on it should be

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    the imprezz is simply Impressive lightweight WP theme. its easy to customize and the UI is gr8. I love the theme. Hats up to the Designing & Development Team/individual.

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    I think people are being way too unnecessarily harsh.

    In the UK we have the phrase: “Beggars can’t be choosers” – meaning if you are getting something for free, quit being a bunch of whiny c*nts!

    I think the theme looks great as I’m sure many other people will. Just because you don’t like it – or you are too stupid to modify it – doesnt make it a bad theme!


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    Just checked the link to the on the couch site – personally i think can thing this theme is a better look overall. As an artist i think it is important that people can build on and improve on other peoples ideas.

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    I totally agree that beggars can’t be choosers. But to post this on a magazine that is one of the most highly regarded design showcases as an example of sound development and design is a whole different story. The code is sloppy, buggy, and was obviously made in a hurry. The guy didn’t even spell his own company correctly! I’m sure if this post was made on a less significant forum or merely placed in the theme library nobody would be “Whiny cu*ts”. There are certain standards people expect from the material posted here. Maybe I am mistaken.

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    DO NOT se this theme unless you can rip most of the code out of it, hidden adverts, hidden backlinks to productivedreams are rife within this theme. This theme in my opinion is one of the most spammy free themes i have ever seen that has been given away by smashing magazine.

    I do not mind a link in the footer to the designer as that’s kudos, expected and respected but this theme is way overboard. Check each file very carfully before putting it live on your blog.

    SmashingMagazine’s standards are dropping and this theme should never have been given away free in this condition, i will release a fixed version thats free from all the crap very, very soon!.

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    The version of this theme I’m using is converted for blogger. The date part that is displayed in the upper right corner of the post is not workign corrrectly. It shows up as “undefined.” How to I fix this, or elminate it if it isn’t fixable?

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    I use it also for my page

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    Looks good ‘on the outside’ but as soon as you try to use it you will realize how amateurish it is. I think this must have started as a nice PSD design, but somewhere in the process of creating CSS and making it a WP theme, it just got messed up big time.

    I don’t expect a free theme to be perfect right out of the box, but this would require way too much work for what is merely a decent theme.

    Good effort though, it is eye-catching.

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    If anyone is still looking for how to change the twitter box:

    find these lines and replace the correct parts with your twitter username.

    Follow us on twitter

    this must be done on archive.php, comments.php, index.php, search.php, single.php and page.php. Its a bit annoying but its the only way.

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    Many thanks!

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    Did someone fix this Theme? and post a link?

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    really nice theme

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    Used the Theme here is great

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    Very good theme, but It not work in IE 7.

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    love myspace layouts

    April 26, 2009 11:25 pm

    Attitude is the way you mentally look at the world around you. It is how you view your environment and your future. It is the focus you develop toward life itself.

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    Galder Zamarreno

    April 30, 2009 2:43 pm

    I love this theme!! I wished it was only 2 columns though, removing the one furthest to the right and making the main column wider. Would that be doable??

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    I love the look of this theme, but being a random blogger who knows nothing about changing code, this beautiful theme is completely useless to me. If I knew how to change the top bar piece, the twitter, and the huge logos, it would be fabulous!

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    Thank u very much for this theme! I adapted it for my blog (about music) :

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    I love it.

    Is there a way to set it so that blogposts appear on a new page when you click on the blogpost title?

    I think that would be a lot better for SEO.

    Anyone who knows?

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    Wow, I love this theme!! awesome! ^_^ Thanks

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    Will this theme be updated to work with WP 2.8?

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    I’ve cleaned it up and widgetized the right sidebar. Feel free to file bugs/issues. Thanks.

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    Thank you very much Joe!!

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    I’m using Joe’s modified version- with a few modifications of my own- and LOVE it.
    Thanks, Joe.

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    Nice job Joe! U just make it right…
    Thanks to Gopal of course!

    @SM : Keep it up guys!! Thx for all :)

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    Great Free Theme…. Thanks for sharing…

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    Don’t be crazy Makayla. You made a great impact with your post, more adequate than you possibly think. About the series …

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    great! nice job!

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    Anybody checked if it’s working with wp 2.9?

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    ooo thank you good

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    Excleent love getting free WP themes, cant have too may i think. :)

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    I like this, I was searching in google but I get it in your site, thanks for sharing nice info, my I bookmarks your site ? thanks before.

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    Hello, this topic seems very nice and professional but would like to ask one thing, it will be possible to increase a button to show previous entries and new? as in other wordpress themes.

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    Thank you for help

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    I luv this blog

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    Nice Download “Imprezz”, A Free WordPress Theme

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    Yes, the theme looks very neat and organized. Btw, the only area that’s widget-ready is the middle column, the one below the theme logo


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