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

    i l go to Portfolio theme…

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

  3. 103

    Portfolio-magazine-blog-gallery theme :-D

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    Horeanu Alexandru

    April 27, 2009 7:45 am

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

  5. 205

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

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    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.

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    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..)

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    its good stuff!

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