Smashing Community WordPress Theme: Vote Now!


Last tuesday, we invited you to participate in the Smashing Community WordPress theme1 event, in which you would tell us what icons you want and we would design them for you together with the guys behind PSD To WordPress2 (who have redesigned their web-site a couple of days ago). We express our sincere gratitude for the engagement of our readers, the useful feedback and the support. Thank you!

Smashing Magazine WordPress Theme

And as last time3, we were overwhelmed by the amount of ideas and suggestions. Overall, we received over 500 comments in our announcement post4. It was also the reason why we took more time than expected to identify theme ideas. We picked over 185 (!) suggestions, combined them according to similarity and ranked them in order of popularity. We ended up with the seven most popular ideas.

And now it is your turn to decide which WordPress theme we should design. Please vote for your favorite set in the poll below. And please spread the word so that as many users as possible can participate, so that the set that is truly most wanted by the community is chosen. You have 72 hours.

Your ideas for the community WordPress theme

Let’s take a close look at the most popular ideas that were presented in your comments in the magazine:

  1. Portfolio theme
    A light theme with such features as featured post, breadcrumbs, video embedding, gallery, jQuery slideshow, promo area, auto-image resizing. Maybe Wiki integration, place for CV, integration of blog and portfolio.
  2. Magazine theme
    A slick innovative magazine-style theme with sIFR, featured photo articles, easy image posting, organizing capabilities, with jQuery/Prototype for interactivity, clean look, unique style, SEO, maybe newspaper look. Optionally with goal revenue generation techniques built in. Styling a theme according to categories, so for example, when someone clicks through to the “CSS” category, it has certain design elements or colours relative to that category only.
  3. Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme
    Essentially, the combination of the first two, including portfolio options and the magazine-structure, but also containing a simple functionality to add galleries.
  4. Podcasting/Video/Photography-theme
    A new style of media-blog that contains featured content (for video maybe even a featured video in the top), simple functionality to add a video / audio to each post, embedded player, Twitter support, post (podcast) rating, video gallery, blog as your private tv channel, with iTunes subscriptions. Another option is that the theme could be used to publish albums and sets of pictures, including rating plugin.
  5. “Personal Hub”-theme
    A lifestreaming theme which displays your tweets, Facebook status, Flick, is syncronized with iGoogle, sexy look.
  6. Comic Book Lovers theme
    Word balloons, comic book fonts (not comic sans, of course), comic character sketches, sound bubbles, voice-over-style blocks, primary colors, nice paper texture, even a comic-style gallery.
  7. Typographic theme
    A theme with strong focus on bold, colorful typography, with much whitespace and (maybe) grid-based.

What theme should we design for you?


Also, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Laptop Sleeves5. The winners were chosen randomly among all commenters in the magazine.


The winners are:

  • Dena Williams (comment #443)
  • Kevin Kirchner (comment #36)
  • Overkast (comment #260)

All winners have already been contacted. Thank you for your participation, folks! Please stay tuned (RSS7 and Twitter8) — more giveaways and contests are coming!

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  1. 1

    Portfolio theme for sure!
    P.S: yaaaayyyy first comment!!! :D:D:D

  2. 2

    Voted “Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme”, but don’t know what to expect…

    Just a gallery theme would have been nice…

  3. 3

    Typographic theme. :)

  4. 4

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme. that would be aweesome :)

  5. 5


    new style media blog, smashing, SUPRISE US!

  6. 6

    I am with “Personal Hub”

  7. 7

    Magazine theme – of course…

  8. 8

    Magazine Style 100%

  9. 9

    My vote goes for personal hub theme. Would love to see a SM-quality theme to use for lifestreaming.

    Otherwise I would have chosen Magazine-style theme.

  10. 10

    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    April 25, 2009 3:08 am

    I would pick one or two, but since three is both; can’t go wrong with the full package.

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme

  11. 11

    “Magazine theme” would be nice if you could give it a typographic side as well.

  12. 12

    Adam Trojanczyk

    April 25, 2009 4:01 am

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme :)

  13. 13

    I think, that there are good magazine and portfolio themes. But not typographic. Pls, pls, pls – I voted for TYPOGRAPHIC!!! ;)

  14. 14

    I voted for magazine; still feel like there could be better magazine themes out there. I wondered about the combo (option 3) – I think I prefer “awesome” at one style rather than a theme that is “ok” at all three…

    I’ll be happy with the result either way; I’m sure you guys won’t disappoint.

  15. 15

    Magazine Theme – for sure!!!

  16. 16

    Portfolio blog theme!

  17. 17

    I love Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme!

  18. 18

    already voted.

    comment to win. :)

  19. 19

    definitely portfolio theme

  20. 20

    Voted for Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery
    You must also vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. 21

    Typographic theme

  22. 22

    magazine theme.. off course

  23. 23

    Portfolio theme would be great, however make sure to surprise us with something unique, never or at least rarely seen before top-notch work.

    More importantly the features, with multiple widgets, easy to move and hide them, all the features of a portfolio from clients, work showcase, current project status or any other features that are completely worth having, also have the blog separately from the main page, I think main page on a portfolio must always be used either for presentation or work showcase and the blog posts separately on another secondary page. On the other hand the design we always like to change it so it looks unique, I think features are more important than the design so make sure to focus on the programming part more than the design.

    Good luck and Thanks

  24. 24

    There are already so many portfolio/magazine themes out there, so my preference goes out to the personal hub theme!

  25. 25

    Go-go Comic Book Lovers Theme!

    Be original, there are way too many portfolio/mag type themes out there already. Let’s see something new!


  26. 26

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme pls =D

  27. 27

    George Serradinho

    April 25, 2009 8:14 am

    I like the ‘Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme’.

    Congrats to the winners, you guys are lucky.

  28. 28

    magazine was my choice.

  29. 29

    Michael Arnaldo

    April 25, 2009 8:54 am

    Portfolio Theme ftw. The hardest thing to make is always something for yourself.

  30. 30

    Portfolio theme for sure….

  31. 31

    I like the personal hub idea

  32. 32

    Portfolio theme?

  33. 33

    A great portfolio theme

  34. 34

    Ahhh… damn wish a real cms style theme and is not available… so i choose portfolio …

  35. 35

    “personal hub” theme would be great o/

  36. 36

    Typographic theme would be amazing.

  37. 37

    Portfolio Theme.

    Magazine – Blog – Portfolio – Gallery

  38. 38

    Portfolio theme by far!

  39. 39

    A “Smashingly” Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme for me. THANKS SM, YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME.

  40. 40

    neither of those…i would like a business type! :(

  41. 41

    I’ll go to Portfolio theme!

  42. 42

    portfolio for me

  43. 43

    I vote to typography theme….
    But What a theme i need is not in the list! :(

    I need a theme like PSDTUTS!
    can u do that favor, maybe i only vote for this! ;)

  44. 44

    I vote Podcasting/Video/Photography-theme.

    I just want to see something really different for a change. There are portfolio and magazine themes in abundance.

  45. 45

    Magazine theme!!!

  46. 46

    A minimal theme with the option of adding markup, ??

  47. 47

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme

    There are simply not enough around. Custom colors would be good!

  48. 48

    I don’t get it! Someone to build portfolio theme for you? if you are designer? or developer?.
    I can’t wait to see 1000 the same portfolios for 1000 different designers!
    I vote for magazine or magazine-blog-gallery! :D

  49. 49


  50. 50

    Drupal theme?

  51. 51

    i l go to Portfolio theme…

  52. 52

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme >> Great idea!!!

  53. 53

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme :-D

  54. 54

    Horeanu Alexandru

    April 27, 2009 7:45 am

    5.“Personal Hub”-theme
    is a good way to know each other.

  55. 55

    i like it more of personal for my blogs… and this can also be use for portfolio.

  56. 56

    My vote goes to magazine because I feel while there are a lot of blogger out there at the end if you can master the magazine look and feel, you could even attract major news portals and sources that use wordpress.

    There is strong demand for magazine themes, bloggers are all over the place, used and abused, you need to explore new trend and new visitors.

    There are blog themes every where.

    Magazine feel for me, its all about community.

  57. 57

    Not another portfolio theme! If you’re going to have a portfolio it should have your own artistic style to it, not someone else’s. Do a comic lover’s theme, haven’t seen anything like that out there! (Of course, I’m one of the few that suggested it in the 1st place..)

  58. 58

    its good stuff!

  59. 59


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