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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    I’d like to see a better portfolio theme with a gallery option

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    April 24, 2009 2:55 am

    The backend of WordPress to become the theme for the frontend, but with a blue haze instead of all gray. Additionally, a twirl of SM on top of it to simplify / minify and unify everything.

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    Don’t forget to follow KISS principle. Usability and a few clicks for needed information must be also on top. Design..pls dont’use hard colors. Keep white.

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    I would like to see a really beautiful, but useful site theme for an NGO. A place that might have quite a few internal links, few picture (so no gallery), and maybe a blog for updates. I have yet to see one that’s both beautiful and functional, it’s usually either/or.

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    There has been a portfolio themes overload and IMHO everybody should be able to design their own portfolio if they are competing for a design job. On the other hand, all commercial WordPress themes are really looking the same so there is a need for new creative ways of doing it.

    I’m having a real challenge in front of me called a local community portal. It should be informative, attractive, colorful but still simple, carry a lot of information sorted into numerous categories, nothing that would be too fancy but please a designer’s eye as well. The challenge for me is to make it look attractive but still provide structured navigation so the users find everything important at a glance. I really like the CreativeDepart website at and how their grid expands to the whole screen. For a community portal there is still a lot to think of in terms of scalability and navigation.

    Please help… ;)

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    I started a wine blog with degustation notes. I searched but I haven’t found a free and nice theme that is appropriate for a wine topic. So an elegant design with typical wine-like colors (no woody design) would be nice!

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    Totally agree with comment 38! An e-commerce shopping cart WordPress themes!

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    What about a Tumblelog theme?
    There aren’t many tumblelog themes for wordpress, in fact there are only a few, and not very good.
    So this could be the opportunity to create a tumblelog theme framework full of features, easy to customize, that kick asses.
    Here you have a poorly explored niche.

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    Hey, it’s a really nice idea.

    However, I would like to ask for a theme about technical and programing solutions.
    Regarding features, its good to add a topic slide show in the sidebar with random images and titles, of course with a link(on click) to that topic. (:

    I hope to get one of these awards.


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    That’s what I was wanting! Someone like SM doing things my way, for free and for the community. Amazing.

    Now here’s the plan:

    I would want a charity weblog designed by you guys (along with psdtowp. Of course) which is customizable by a charity based on anything. Say – helping old age, girl chid, poor and orphan, etc. The theme should be neat with impulsive banners to draw attention.

    Easy options to pay/donate funds to the charity.

    Lastly, an option of people who make big money via programmes like adsense to feature their names and donate a portion of their monthly income to the cause.

    I wonder what would it come like, finally but would indeed be a step towards humanity.


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    i’d like an elegant typographic theme :) thanks!

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    I would love to see either a magazine theme or a portfolio theme that doesn’t suck.

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    I’d like to see a wonderful personal theme, with magazine style.

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    I want an theme that looks and work like an magazine theme but push some photo areas/gallerys too. Ads ready, semi navigation tabs, tons of widget areas and it should look like an artwork. huuu
    Too much for my competence :-)

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    I’d like it to be a theme with horizontal menu, kind of portfolio with great typography. And of course, I hope I win :)

    Thank you!

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    Considering the personal branding boom right now I’d love to see a nice clean but shiny portfolio theme!

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    Would have to agree with Inga, a nice clean “barebone” theme would be nice to have as a start point.

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    A simple light portofolio theme for designers and web developers would be nice!!

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    Well, having looked around and around and around (and looked at your source) what I’d REALLY like is the Smashing Magazine WordPress theme. You have the best 3 column WP template I can find that balances content, navigation and Sponsors. Can’t you provide it as a Theme to download?


    (Great site. First time I’ve come across you. Pointed out to me by a designer I was interviewing.)

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    Nice.. thanks a lot

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    I constantly refer to SM not only for free stuff but mainly the easily understandable discussions and orders for non-techies like me. Thank you so much to everyone behind this wonderfully helpful site.

    I have been looking for a dynamic simple yet interesting directory theme that can list businesses, blogs and people, which can be used to link people within localities (say a county or a province), allowing them to link and network, and thus enliven their communities and economy.
    Perhaps the theme can also include a “submit” page that can allow site visitors or members to add their business, blog, service people or professionals to the directory list. Some people may not have websites, so the “site” listing may be optional. But all of them have names, addresses, phone numbers.
    Another feature I’d love to see, if it’s at all possible, is multilevel categories per country, state/province, county, city, district. My dream.
    Thank you so much in advance.

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    LOL this is a funny place. I think You dont know what You are writing about. Better see some TRUTH on Saltydroid and stop whining like a baby.

  23. 11023

    Although I am too late for this but yes I have checked all the designs and themes. I would recommend people to use these designs for psd to wordpress projects. We can do a nice CMS website from this.


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    I would like to see a local business portal that on the front page has customizable areas for such things as news feeds, videos, site info and ad mats. It would need an easy to build member business area with the ability to to divide and sub divide business categories where local business information and links to their websites are placed and perhaps templates to put featured adds in post. Give link control as to show or not any page or post link. Also it would be nice to be able to integrate other sites such as classifieds and games with a easy linking system. To have the ability to generate business discount coupons would be superb. Easy to navigate and nice to look at with a fun but business styling.

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    how can i make money fast

    June 19, 2011 10:55 pm

    I’m nonetheless learning from you, however I’m bettering myself. I certainly love studying all the pieces that’s written in your blog.Preserve the stories coming. I loved it!

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    I like a theme which is very easy to manage plus the wonderful one i.e it must have ads section, featured video, page menu, recent comment tab, easy login panel, featured post section, footer widget, social shairing, full screen i.e minimum 1280*720, sidebars, category wise searching, somehow matching with, etc. Thanks in advance.

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    I like freebies! not bad


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