Smashing Community WordPress Theme: Comment and Win!


While the Smashing Community icon set1 is being designed and prepared for the release, we would like to ask your opinion about the WordPress theme that you would like us to design. And here’s how it works: you tell us what WordPress-theme you need, and then we design it together with PSD to WordPress42 and release it for free.

And to make it a bit more interesting, we’ll smash three commenters with original nerdy laptop sleeves. To participate, just suggest an idea for a great useful WordPress-theme in the comments to this post. Details are below.

Smashing Magazine WordPress Theme
This image was based upon the design by our friends from SoftFacade3 who are preparing the Smashing Magazine icon set. Thanks, guys!

How do I participate?

Participating is very easy: just post the WordPress theme you would like us to design in the comments to this post (and, if possible, what specific features it should have) – it can be anything, e.g. portfolio-design, blog-design, lifestream-blog, magazine-style etc. The theme should not be basic, but it also should not be too complex.

On the 25th of April, we’ll select the most popular ideas and requests and publish a poll in our magazine, inviting our readers to vote on their favorite theme. Once it’s done, the creative minds behind PSD to WordPress42 will carefully design the theme. You can keep track of updates on Twitter @smashingmag85 and @LachyG6.


A total of three commenters will be awarded Laptop Sleeves7 (see images below). The winners will be picked randomly and announced on Twitter (@smashingmag85) after the concept of the WordPress theme has been chosen. The winners will decide by themselves, what size and what pattern of the sleeve they prefer most.




Finally, we’ll release the theme as a free download, which you can freely use for personal and commercial use.

Smashing Magazine Is All About Our Readers

At Smashing Magazine, our readers have always been our highest priority. We respect our readers; we listen to them; we are always open to their suggestions; and we always appreciate constructive criticism. This is why we created a number of ways to interact with our readers:

  • We created a friendly Smashing Forum12 to make it possible for our community to exchange ideas and help each other in problem solving.
  • We are using Twitter13 to share useful resources and knowledge with, and get feedback from, our readers (e.g. deciding which article should appear next), and we now have almost 29,000 followers.
  • We are preparing the Smashing Book14, in which our readers can decide what topics will be included.

And now we would like you to decide what theme we should design and release next, especially for you. We hope to get great feedback from you, and we would like to thank “PSD to WordPress” for its cooperation in this event. Please spread the word, too; we would like the design community to decide what would be most useful and interesting for designers out there!

So, what WordPress theme is it going to be, folks?


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    A quality shopping cart would be my top priority. As far as the aesthetics, I would like to see either a 1960’s surfing theme with bleached out photos or a vintage baseball theme with black and white imagery.

  2. 202

    Osman Fatih Cinar

    April 21, 2009 8:06 am

    Very simple and modern to be a theme

  3. 403

    Would love to see an eCommerce theme!

  4. 604

    I would like to see a clean and elegant photo gallery witch make me think to a portfolio/book, a real one i mean. There were no annoying count or legend.

  5. 805

    Wiljan Slofstra

    April 21, 2009 8:16 am

    I would like to see a magazine style layout, because they always look nice. And im thinking of making a magazine blog by myself!

  6. 1006

    I would love to see a portfolio or lifestream theme that is really easily customized so that even hacks like me can download it and make it look like my own.

  7. 1207

    A theme for all – > Geek, Programmer, Cookers, Graphics, News etc..

  8. 1408

    Subhadeep Gayen

    April 21, 2009 8:21 am

    As this theme will be for use of as much catagories of site as possible, i’d like to suggest following things for being implemented.
    I have outlines the basic layout in 2 images, one contains the main page and another the post page.
    Index Image >
    Post Page Image >

    Some more Suggestions :

    1) TRY TO AVOID large javascript libraries like jquery it is just a waste of bandwidth, instead create your own javascript or use small scripts for small effects. I hate high load times and hope others does too.
    2) The template should be W3C Transitional Passed
    3) Clean interface (notably web 2.0)
    4) Paginationof must in index is must
    5) Good post excerpt in index with filed under catagory, tags and author and should be attractive
    6) As small size as possible w/o over excessive use of javascripts
    7) Browsar compatibilty
    8) Good typography
    9) Compatible with varieties plugins

  9. 1609

    A portfolio theme that is out of the ordinary. No manual scroll, smooth-scrolling by jquery, top down view of a garden (vector/vexel) as background.


  10. 1810

    Benjamin M. Strozykowski

    April 21, 2009 8:25 am

    I’d like to see a very simple theme that is elegant. It would have blog posts, but also have easy access to portfolio pages which would house anything like web designs, digital photos or video/audio content.

  11. 2011

    I don’t think anyone’s mentioned this yet…!

    How about…

    1) A CMS theme that doesn’t scream “modified blog”
    2) Integrated SIFR text (or something similar) for custom fonts in headlines
    3) A branded admin page so the client sees your logo (or theirs) when they login to update their website.
    4) A time tracker in the dashboard to see how much time each user has spent on the site (with notes?)
    5) Built-in option for auto updating of WP and plugins (huge time saver if you are managing multiple sites)
    6) Recommended plugin list for photo galleries, e-commerce, and video integration
    6) Some random graphic element functionality for fun and freshness!

    These to me would all be very useful features…. :)

  12. 2212

    I have a completely new and innovative idea for a WordPress theme.

    The blog will look like a grid of thumnails in black background (These will be images of blog posts). Once to take your cursor to the thumbnail, the post title will appear (jQuery). And when you click on it, the post opens…

    E-mail me for a more detailed view. I can even help in basic design with pictures of the concept.

  13. 2413

    portfolio-design fo sho.

  14. 2614

    A health theme would be great.
    The general idea is to use mild green and blue colors.


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    I would like to have a movie related theme. One that would allow me to choose from a db of movie posters which ones would appear in the header. With lots of reel feel. It should be 2 columns (main + sidebar)
    That would be awesome!

  16. 3016

    portfolio theme:

    – Absolutely stunning typograhy
    – Moderate use of jQuery to create animated menu/category/sidebar effects
    – Highly customizable layout
    – 3 column
    – Colour scheme: blue, white, black, grey (similar to
    – unique

  17. 3217

    I’d like to see a personal homepage or hub type theme which would included
    1) Standarad blogging pages
    2) Lifestream integration, social media resume
    3) Proper resume/cv options.
    4).Photo Gallery
    all with Mootools/jquery sexiness

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    I would love to see a minimalist portfolio theme. Clean and easy tp showcase work, rather than the theme

  19. 3619

    Super clean grid based setup – don’t soften those rightangles, embrace them (ow, spikey). white space, black columns, grey dividers very subtle – make it about the content, not the container.

  20. 3820

    I hope i can win. I need new wordpress theme:D

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    I’d like to see something designed for multi media, using audio, video, and the social networking widgets ie twitter, flutter etc incorperated into the design, that resembles more of a magazine style with simple tabbed nav and the simple 3 column design frame. Possible use of a typography from the early 50’s or late 40’s as the primary h1 fonts and a more traditional/contemporary font for the content.

  22. 4222

    I’d like a them that gives equal space to blog posts and lifestream. I am using a theme that tries to do that but I think the wp community needs more of such themes.

  23. 4423

    A three column using crisp and clear lines defining posts. Wiget ready. A header that I can add my custom header onto. Overall view, organic gardening and recipe blog.
    That would be so cool.

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    Diego Potapczuk

    April 21, 2009 8:48 am

    I really would like a theme that i could use to do a CMS with wordpress, wich i think will be a great use of it in the near future.

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    I’d like to see a minimal life-stream style theme.

  26. 5026

    Cool contest.
    What I would like is a celebrity design.
    Depending on the category, there should be different pages.
    1 Category for the celebrities (Page with informations + links to pictures/videos with tags)
    1 Category for the pictures ( Page style the gallery)
    1 Category for the videos ( Page for a video)


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    David (Marketing Integrity)

    April 21, 2009 8:55 am

    A portfolio CMS theme – not just your ordinary one though – one that would allow for more than one portfolio section or subsection – so you could showcase portfolios for different market/customer segments. CMS so it is a web site and also had blog capabilities.

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    I’d love to see a portfolio theme that separates portfolio posts from news posts by category or even sub-categories within the portfolio. I’d also like to see what’s possible with creating a look that isn’t so minimal. What if the whole screen was just chock full of headlines and images? A little controlled chaos. Maybe use sIFR to break it up a bit.

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    Smashing magazine magazine theme. :)

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    Dylan Blanchard

    April 21, 2009 9:06 am

    Amanda’s comment’s at 210 are pretty solid – if you could use a couple of them with a portfolio / life-stream centered theme…. Prime. prime prime!

    Dylan B.

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    either a magazine or a really slick cms theme, they’re really nice. support autogeneration of drop down menus, different sidebars on every page

  32. 6232

    it would be great to see a good e-commerce theme. it should include a great shopping cart plugin as well as the ability to feature products and such. there should be a blog component, but it would be nice to have a theme that wasn’t so blogcentric.

  33. 6433

    We don’t see enough blog theme. Everything is about magazine theme now.
    I would love a nice blog theme, where I can tell about my (fascinating) life, and post some photos too.

  34. 6634

    Hello! a blog that can fascinate technical degree students! thanks!!

  35. 6835

    Horizontal scrolling theme would be awesome. :D just kidding. I love random numbers, pick me! pick me!

  36. 7036

    I would love to see a magazine style theme or nice typography theme.
    Thanks in advance if I do win~ LOL

  37. 7237

    A good liftestreaming theme would be awesome. Support for Flickr, Twitter, and other small social apps would need to be built it or included as plugins. Then you have WordPress already there for the blogging part.

  38. 7438

    I would like a holiday themed site that allows users to leave feedback on their trips, vote on top destinations, idea’s for holidays and Travel Guides.

    Plus a users photo gallery which allows other users to make comments, give ratings which can be used to create lists i.e. top ten photos etc. Photos could also be used to accompany feedback on hotels etc.

  39. 7639

    Greatings from france !

    I don’t know if it has ever been made, but it would be nice if we (visitors) could add a (like / did not like) to the comments. E. G. : i liked the article : my comment will appear with a green border. if I disliked it, it could be red. Blogger should be able to summarize opinion over a post (a kind of diagramm, maybe, or just percentage with coloring)

  40. 7840

    There is no good wordpress E-Commerce theme available over web (Not even paid one). It’s good to have a E-Commerce theme with lots of functionality like what you can see in Nick’s e-Commerce site

    Also there is no market place theme available for wordpress like iStockPhoto or ThemeForest.

    DKumar M.

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    April 21, 2009 9:30 am

    Actually I´m working about a blog for kids; there are many things and resouces about internet the kids can enjoy in a safe way and I´m trying to show them in this blog, . I really miss a good design for kids; not ridiculous but full colored, with a small gallery or silder and a video window, with pretty cartoon icon to show the kids different sections and categories in esscence a blog well structured and clean but easy to understand for children.
    All the sites we find usually are the type…print and paint…bored and ugly, don´t you think so ?

  42. 8242

    I’d love a magazine style theme that’s:

    Adsense ready
    Simple portfolio management
    Better comment management
    Easily replaceable background image for simple customization

    Thanks!! @mercutiom

  43. 8443

    I would like to see a store theme.

  44. 8644

    It would be nice to have theme for educational sites. It should have big drop down menu (like samsung’s :D), two and three column pages, and standard one column pages for contact info etc…

  45. 8845

    I’d love to see a nice traditional African theme. Not something cheesy (no leopard print, k? :P), and not something based on vectors of teal sky, and silhouette trees and giraffes. Just clean, simple, traditional African.

    Thanks! ^^

  46. 9046

    I would like to see one which implemented all your valuables advices fo design you give us. For example a simple “go top” link would be nice.

    Personally i like the actual. It make me feel confortable.

  47. 9247

    hmmm.. I know what is the scope of this contest..
    you just want to gain a lot of powerful ideas from the people! Very bad man!

  48. 9448

    I’d like to see a Portfolio Theme with categories. (For example: Web, Print, Illustrations) Integration of Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook Status would be cool too.

    Something simple that is easy to customise later, as this would be geared towards the artistic type.

  49. 9649

    Haha, it has to be easy, it has to be simple, it has to be elegant, it has to be funny…

    Easy to say… harder to do…

    I prefer something cool with less colors and graphical items, but with great idea…


  50. 9850

    I would like to see a Travel theme.


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