Free Podcasting, Video and Photography WordPress Theme


(Update: 15/11/2009): the theme was updated.

In this post we are glad to release Smashing Multimedia, a unique, flexible and advanced WordPress theme for artists, photographers, podcasters, designers and users. The theme was designed by Sarah Neuber1 especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Multimedia WordPress Theme2

Download the theme for free!

Smashing Multimedia was designed especially for podcasters, photographers and users who can now easily embed videos and images, rate them and showcase them in their own WordPress-based blog. It has a parent theme and an easily customizable child theme. This WordPress Theme comes with layered PSD source files3, a visual help guide and is fully localized ready for you to translate it into your target language.

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

Multimedia WordPress Theme4


  • The GD library due to the custom written resizing script for the
    splash images.
  • PHP 5
  • PHP Allow URL fopen: ON


  1. Easy media embed method, with shortcodes in the post content area or use a media plugin of your choice (supported are YouTube, Vimeo, Google Video,, Veoh, Viddler and Revver),
  2. Feature any post, any category – the easy way – just make them sticky! Why restrict yourself to one featured category when you can have the freedom to pick and choose any post from any category to feature!
  3. Choose and put together your Site’s Main Navigation without touching the code in the template files. All available options are right there for you included in the Theme Options.
  4. Choose and put together your Site’s Category Navigation (appears in sidebar) without touching the code in the template files. Again, all available options are right there for you included in the Theme Options.
  5. Choose the type of splash image for your media posts: sliding or static splash image. Do the same indepently for Category pages.
  6. Choose the type of post teaser (the usual excerpt or text from the content) to appear on multible post pages and customize it’s word limit through theme options. The word limit can be adjusted independently for sticky (featured) posts or multimedia posts on the front page and on category pages.
  7. Subpages appear dynamically in sidebar when created
  8. Related posts: if there are any, appear in the single page sidebar. How many should appear is set by you from the theme options
  9. 8 Independent widget areas: front page seperator (1) just below the featured area, front page (1 – index), category(1), archive (1 – daily, monthly, yearly, author and tag archives share the same widgets), single (1), page (1), search (1), 404 (1).
  10. Security: 2 common sense security precautions already hooked in just for you; hidden login page error feedback and hidden WordPress version number,
  11. Preventing Spam: a useful little function to deny Comment Posting to No Referrer Requests
  12. Extra goodies: cformsII styles, wp-Pagenavi, wp-PostRatings, WP125: Easy 125×125 Ad Management For WordPress styles included, show your last tweet (shows on the front page and can be removed and replaced by any plugin of your choice so in other words you are not stuck with it if you don’t like it), Social share media, Feedburner Rss and Email, Follow on Twitter, “Give it a Tweet” call to action to your readers, styles for threaded comments (if enabled), seperated comments and trackbacks (appear in animated dropdown), styled admin comments, custom avatar image for when your users don’t have their own!
  13. …and even more features!10 (pdf)

Further screenshots

The slide show navigation at the top of the theme in the Multimedia WordPress Theme.

Category view in the Multimedia WordPress Theme.

The sidebar in the Multimedia WordPress Theme.

Update (24/08/2009)

The problem with the js is fixed. It was the missing call to the wp_footer(); also, removed the js file that was not needed. Please make sure when you import the sample data that you check the “Download Attachments” when importing!

Everyone has their own opinion of what constitues a decent free WordPress Theme which I appreciate.

In view of that, you may not be particularly excited about the colour, font or other design choices ( including spelling ;) ) and you may decide, as some of you have already done so, to express this in your comments below.

While you do so, it is my sincere wish that some of you may take a moment and appreciate the effort that went into things like: the Theme Options, the custom write panels, the custom video shortcodes, that if I may add output valid html code, and the time taken to write and comment out, what I believe is, decent html/css code.”

Thank you very much, Sarah! We really appreciate your efforts.


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    Frank Sesselmann

    August 22, 2009 4:12 am

    Pretty amazing… I like that theme. Just searching for something to use :)

  2. 2

    great great job ! maybe useful later ;-) ! good stuff as usual…

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    August 22, 2009 4:50 am

    The link to Sarah Neuber is incorrect

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    Yeah, I notised that too. Here you go:

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    Great stuff !!! Very useful. I’ve linked that via my blog here

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    Thank you, Sarah!

  7. 7

    Especially for smashing magazine????

    I just bought this over at Themeforest?

    Seems a little unfair?

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    Heh, the color scheme would make it a great M*A*S*H multimedia blog. It’s a great looking theme, nice work Sarah.

    @Gavin: Can you provide a link to the theme in question at ThemeForest?

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    Gavin: Please note the reduced features on this one! Look for them in the features.pdf (click on “Take a tour” on the demo)

    The 2 themes are not the same. Therefore the release here on Smashing Mag. is especially for the smashing magazine readers. Plus the free version comes without any support except the help file

    Brian: the link to Multimedia theme on Theme Forest can be found on my site.

  10. 10

    Omg. Amazing theme. very nice Thaks

  11. 11

    nice one , i will transform it to Arabic language soon .

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      Hi imad,

      are you from Egypt ?

      its sarah aniston here from Norway

      are you living in Australia ?

      • 13

        Hi sarah aniston,

        I think i know you !! but still not sure , i was friend of Imad sid ….. yes imad sid was living in Australia- Brisbane , but he is now back to Egypt.

      • 14

        lol ! , i dont live in Egypt or australia
        I am Algerian , and i live in Algeria =)

  12. 15

    I’ve always admired your web work, Sarah, and it’s so generous of you to release a free version of such a great theme. Danke schön!

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    The theme was not “especially” DESIGNED for SM, it was DESIGNED for and sold on Themeforest.

    a VERSION (With fewer features) was then made available here.

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    @Gavin – what’s your point?

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    Not designed especially for SM

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    I can see Gavin’s point. All of the other releases were specifically for SM (…I think. I really haven’t looked into it.) but this seems more like an afterthought release; I’d also be a little irritated too if I purchased something and then a few days later it’s released free “especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.”

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    Dont get me wrong, this is a GREAT 5 star theme! Even without some of the features and support (Which has been 5 star to).

    Just would have been nice to know this was going to be released, so I could have played around with it and then probably bought it, as I have been talking to Sarah (The author).

    And to see it was designed especially for SM, the author must have known it was going to come out now and could have told me.

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    Smashing Editorial

    August 22, 2009 10:10 am

    The theme was designed specifically for Smashing Magazine from the very beginning – we’ve set the requirements and ideas for the theme. As far as I can see, an advanced version of the theme is being sold on Themeforest.

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    pretty cheap looking

  20. 23

    I have a problem. I’ve installed the theme but it doesn’t seem to be working, as you can see
    Can anyone tell me what the problem is?

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    I would probably be pissed if I purchased this theme without knowing a free version of it would be released here…

    Thanks for releasing the theme though SM, your free resources are always appreciated.

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    This theme looks great, but no amount of fiddling with it get it to actually work.
    the demo data all shows up, but no navigation on featured posts work nor do any of the rollovers for the images on the front page.
    Pity… it’s pretty

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    August 22, 2009 12:54 pm

    meh, I am underwhelmed, and I do not like it. Too much ‘design’ for something that might look nice on paper, but in reality doesn’t really work. Sorry, better luck next time.

  24. 27

    I saw this theme on the ThemesForest and now Sarah and SM gave it out for free. Thank you you guys very much. I really like the theme.

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    This theme is not playing nicely with Dreamhost at all!

    “Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference”
    “Warning: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration…”
    “failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found”
    “Warning: Division by zero”…

    Anyone have any tips?

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    You should correct the filename of smashingMultiMedia_smapleData.xml :)

  27. 30

    Isn’t releasing the ‘same’ (similar) theme thats already been sold on theme forrest against the terms and conditions?

  28. 31

    Pretty sweet. I was just talking to someone yesterday that was needing a WP theme for some of their videos. :-)

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    Great theme! Although I would recommend doing another proof-read. Quite a few typos, and the manual (help.pdf) was pretty sparse and the sample data had a few typos in the “Splash Media Images” so I had to do some fixings in here. All in all I would give this 5 stars regardless!

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    super cool! :)

  31. 34

    The theme looks amazing but that’s where it stops. There are many issues to fix, I think this is worth downloading the PSD but that’s it. This theme lacks good programming to make it useful.

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    Really very beautiful and useful.
    Thank you.

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    This is damn good XD

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    looks superb. Thanks.

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    Like doctaco has said, I couldn’t get the rollovers on the front page to work.

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    I upload the theme but it seems not working!

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    I can’t seem to make podcasts work.I’m using the Podcasting plugin and the theme tells me no media was found.

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    If anyone can get the rollovers to work, please post the fix. I’ve reloaded the theme twice and done a clean install of all the plugins. My stylesheet matches the demo exactly so there must be some option I haven’t properly set.

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    wooooooooo its great

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    Has anyone been able to install and get this theme to actually function?
    I just registered a fresh domain, did a completely fresh WP install and installed the theme and sample data following the directions to the letter.
    Still have same issues of no roll overs and no navigation between the featured posts.

    I did send a note to the dev with a link and the issues, but don’t know how much support we will get since it’s a free theme. If anyone has it functioning properly can you post up a link and any changes you made to get it to function?

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    Hmmm, I can’t seem to post the fix here, but I figured it out.
    There are several javascript includes that the author has in footer.php on her demo that are not included in the downloaded theme.
    I tried to post the relevant code here, but SM didn’t seem to like it. Just check out the demo and look for all the JS includes after the link back to the authors site, change the domain to your own and everything will start to work.

    edit: she has an include for slideshow.js which doesn’t seem to exist, add that one out, and there is no reason that I can find that this code can’t go in the header, that’s where I just moved it and it improved loading.

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    doctaco is a genius!!! His fix of copying the js includes in the demo footer source did the trick. Now it works like a charm, rollovers and all. I was almost ready to buy a $59 alternative. Thanks doctaco!

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    HA! Glad that helped out Mark. All I did was go through the source of the demo and the source of my server with diff. Took a while since they are not exactly the same because of the plugins etc, but it was pretty obvious once I got to the very bottom of the page! Wish I had started there and worked backwards ;)

    It’s a pretty sweet theme I tell ya. I really like the look of the paid version, because I want to do some traditional blogging as well and it has support for a few other things that I would dig (like big footers) but I’m going to see what I can do with this one, because it is pretty slick. Props to the author for the theme for sure.
    Shame on her and smashingmagazine for not doing any QA on the release they put out though, this would have been pretty easy to catch before publishing if someone had just done a clean install.

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    I can see the idea of cross selling your Themeforest theme by releasing a simpler modified version through SM. I don’t see anything wrong with this approach except that SM readers are offended that the author already has this theme for sale at Themeforest. I would suggest that SM can come up with some strict guidelines on its theme releases so that we can prevent such cross selling hacks. Normally we expect no parallels for SM theme releases and hope to see more such great themes continually being released through SM that are not found anywhere else except for SM. That would be nice. But since WordPress is GPL any author can technically provide the theme on GPL license anywhere on the web including the theme directory. Themeforest is clever by circumventing this GPL issue by stating in a separate license agreement that only the wordpress code is GPL but all other things like CSS, JS, Images etc that are created by the theme author are commercial licensed and so you have to pay for it. Well it is a long standing debate and so far no clear skies ahead.

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    I’m testing the theme. I find it slow when it loads up. Will someone confirm this experience on their servers?

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    Premium Theme Info

    August 23, 2009 6:28 pm

    I just can’t believe this is a free theme. Thanks for sharing the theme. and you can get more themes in my blog if you like

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    looks sweet, don’t know about the technical aspects though.

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    Not sure if I really like it. Seems a bit too much after all, although it is very beautifully built. Still looking for a slick, functional WP photoblog theme.

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    @vic it’s pretty slow when it loads with all the test data, video’s from vimeo etc and I think a few of the images end up getting pulled from the authors site (or at least they are referenced there instead of locally in the post data).
    If you clean up the posts data it will load much faster.

    Also make sure you’ve fixed the missing javascripts issue (and only included the ones in use) this can have an appreciable affect on load time.

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    ok. installed it over wamp server and there is a problem with php tags. parts of code like are rendered literally (for example: <- this is code is taken from ‘view page source’ window, not from php file).

    i suppose i have to change all <?= to <?php echo … will retest it tomorrow

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    Love it except for the lightbox. Would really love to see a decent photo gallery in wordpress that functions like facebook and myspace photo galleries.. ie next photo loads in same page, clicking on image goes to next image. link back to albums.. Finding that has been like the holy grail.

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    ok. installed it over wamp server and there is a problem with php tags. parts of code are rendered literally.
    i changed all <?= to <?php echo … and it works fine

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    When I install, I get this:

    Internal Server Error

    The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

    Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

    More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

    Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    I think the theme is ok and id give it 4/5 – The problems about rollovers etc are easy to fix and Im grateful for a elegant theme available for free via smashingmagazine.

    If this was for sale at ThemeForest before so what?

    If you bought it on that site apparently it has a few more features than this free version.

    It seems people are forgetting that smashingmagazine doesn’t have to give anything away for free its a privilege not a requirement.

    Saying that I have no use for this theme :-)

    — nlvq .com

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    i didnt install. i use the instruction

    but i see that

    Fatal error: Class ‘WP_Widget’ not found in C:wampwwwncwp-contentthemessmashingMultiMediafunctions.php on line 1626

    please help

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    I can get everything to work except the ratings. They appear but don’t respond to rollovers. There must be an include I haven’t found. If anyone has solved it, please post the fix. Thanks,

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    really cool theme

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    @mark, make sure you read the stuff in the documents folder.
    You need to install and activate the ratings plugin and change the options based on what the author has in her screen shots, see the bottom of the help PDF.

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    Soo nice!

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    I also had to change all <?= to <?php echo but now it works fine


  61. 64

    Well, I love the theme and want to use it, but I keep getting the following stupid error… “Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in…/functions.php”.

  62. 65

    wow. please keep the free wp themes coming. this one is GREAT!

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    thanks for great theme

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    I dont know, in WordPress 2.8.4 everything is falling apart, and a lot of stuff is missing.
    I mean what is the point, I have feeeling that this theme is not complete…
    Thx for the effort.

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    Baran Cezayirlioglu

    September 1, 2009 6:27 am

    Thanks for this great theme. As a free wordpress theme it’s perfect. I use this theme for my video blog cgbaran tube. I only have problems with wp-page navi. It doesn’t work on index page

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    Wow, that is amazing. I suppose anythings great if you don’t have to pay for it!

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    Excellent theme, just like one I am working on for a video podcast, you just give me some nice ideas, but I don’t thing I could make such great work you’ve done here.
    Anyway Thanks for the theme

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    Well, I love the theme and want to use it, but I keep getting the following stupid error… “Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in…/functions.php”

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    Anyone able to help? I seem to have the same problem as obiwan667 and possibly jafar, where I am getting a Fatal error message in reference to the WP_Widget in the functions.php.

    Any help on what is wrong woul dbe much appreciated. :)


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    great just what i was looking for, 2bad colours ar are aful. i reminds me of diarrhea

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    I’ve been using pixelpost for my photoblog at but i’m being attacked by spammers, ALOT! And i cant find any good way to stop them with pixelpost so i think am going to switch to wp now. And this might just be the theme that i need for my blog! thank you :)

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    Hey Sarah!! Das ist doch ein super theme, echt klasse, danke dass du es mit uns geteilt hast, tschüss!!

  73. 76

    This looks awesome, is there any way you can convert this to use on Blogger or is there one similar already that I could use?

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    I’m new at this. Is there a way to change the color scheme of blog by changing the color codes?

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    I am getting the following error when I use this theme, can you help?

    apache2: WordPress database error You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘ASC’ at line 1 for query SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE (post_type = ‘page’ AND post_status = ‘publish’) ORDER BY ASC made by require, require_once, include, get_header, locate_template, load_template, require_once, wp_page_menu, wp_list_pages, get_pages

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    sooo nice! good work….look fantastic!!

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    You people did a Great Job Keep it up!

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    Thankyou so much for this theme!

    As a designer/coder myself I know what kind of work goes into designing and developing a wordpress theme.

    It’s amazing! Great features and layout.

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    same problem of other people “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting ‘]’ in / home/storage/9/e1/64/semeare/public_html/milkmidia/wp-content/themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php online 1673 ”

    Can someone help me? Really like to use this theme.

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    hi, i like this theme, looks pretty great but as i’m testing it seems that the footer does not load on category pages,tag pages and search pages. On the demo it’s ok, i followed the install instructions and haven’t made any changes to any files, so i’m stuck… can anyone help? thanks.

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    JJ — here’s the fix for the “Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in…/functions.php”

    Original Code
    $comments_by_type = &separate_comments(get_comments(‘post_id=’ . $id));

    Replace to:

    $get_comments= get_comments(‘post_id=’ . $id);
    $comments_by_type = &separate_comments($get_comments);

    Hope this helps!

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    this theme looks nice but it’s has 2 critical points:

    1. a case with Gavin it’s unfair – you need to change bitween selling the theme and spreading this one for free….

    2. this theme is difficult to setup as compared with other free themes so the lack of any suppport (even here in comments) looks like bad idea

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    I see this error when i tried to activate/preview this theme, could somebody help?

    WordPress database error You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘ASC’ at line 1 for query SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE (post_type = ‘page’ AND post_status = ‘publish’) ORDER BY ASC made by require, require_once, include, get_header, locate_template, load_template, require_once, wp_page_menu, wp_list_pages, get_pages

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    Warning: file(): Unable to access /hsphere/local/home/kyrrido/ Files/style.css in /hsphere/local/home/kyrrido/ on line 180 Warning: file(/hsphere/local/home/kyrrido/ Files/style.css): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /hsphere/local/home/kyrrido/ on line 180 Warning: implode(): Bad arguments. in /hsphere/local/home/kyrrido/ on line 180

    how do i make this work ? please help, i love this theme

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    first of all I want to congratulate you on a great theme.

    I am curious, can’t you make several child themes with different color styles?

    For example make 1 black, 1 blue, etc……

    Thank you.

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    This theme may look great but the theme is a mess. I am disappointed at SMG for allowing this to be a freebie!

    Honestly, by not fixing the huge amount of problems with this theme, your degrading yourself.

    People are gonna see this freebie, see how messed up it is and chances they want to buy anything from you is low.

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    ]: Unable to open ‘wp-content/uploads/image-183//DSCF42731-269×360.jpg’ for writing: No such file or directory in C:wampwwwwp-contentthemessmashingMultiMediafunctions.php on line 562

    why am i getting this?

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      I’m also getting the same error as Malcolm for the images..

      “Warning: imagejpeg() [function.imagejpeg]: Unable to open ‘wp-content/uploads/image-442//image.jpg’ for writing: No such file or directory in /home/****/****.com/wp-content/themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php on line 562

      I notice the double /’s but can’t seem to find how to correct this. Any ideas?

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    I managed to get something out of the theme:

    … would like more themes like this! Thanks Sarah & Smashingmagazine!

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    Looks nice, gotta love holy sheep :P

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    I think it could become one of the nominated theme for my new photography blog.

    I like the lay-out.

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    Typically I Would Agree with This Post
    I however can’t. I’m usually a avid reader of this site however am pretty dissapointed in this posting.

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    I am getting errors

    First I cannot get the video to change by clicking on an older post.

    Warning: file_get_contents
    Warning: getimagesize(×3.jpg) [function.getimagesize]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in D:…

    Any help would be much appriciated…thanks

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    The theme will not install for me either I get an implode error() line 180…..

    I really wanted to test this out to see if it would work for my site prior to purchasing the paid version:(

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    I know people are upset that the theme did not work for all as expected.

    I truly apologize for this and I want to let everyone know that I have just handed over an updated version of the theme to SM. I would have liked to have done it sooner however I did not manage for whole lot of reasons.

    Point is, I am truly very sorry that many were dissapointed but I know the update will make up for it.

    There are some requirements though for the theme to run so please check the features.psd to make sure your host meets them!

    I’m sure SM will somehow make sure that when the update is up, it will be noted visibly somewhere in the post so you’ll know you get the update and not the old version.

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    Hello anyone to help me error :

    Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in /home/caube0/public_html/hoangnacom/Blog/wp-content/themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php on line 132

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    Hoang, if you email me over my site, I can give you the updated files

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      I am getting this error, and I am so desperate…I’ve spent hours. Any ideas how to fix this?

      Unable to open ‘wp-content/uploads/image-183//IMG_3616.jpg’ for writing: No such file or directory in /home2/onelivi1/public_html/wp-content/themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php on line 569

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    Impressive Article , I thought it was phenomenal

    I look forward to more innovative postings like this one. Does Your Blog have a newsletter I can subscribe to for new posts?

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    i have tried this theme. good stuff. like it so much. but when i choose a category view, the sidebar is missing, could someone help me in this? tq

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    hi, has anyone tried to use the front page separator widget area…i’m assuming this is the same area where “Hello! Take a tour or go ahead and download the theme here. Yeah, it’s Free!” is written in the demo. I’d like to add the same are with different text obviously, to the front page, but i can’t seem to figure out how to do that. i’ve gone to the widget area on the dashboard and i’ve dragged the text widget into the front page separator widget area but nothing shows up on my page.

    any help WOULD BE GREAT!!!! :-)

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    How do you go about getting thumbnails for video on the non-featured posts at the bottom of the index page?

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    This theme is free! Wow! Incredible. This is really incredible Sarah! Hat’s off to you! I’ve looked through your other themes at themeforest and I must say you are one of the best website designers out there.

    Keep up the AWESOME work

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    يوتيوب اسلامي

    December 22, 2009 5:41 pm

    Thanks for your help, thanks a lot

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    Received the following errors on install:

    Warning: fopen(…/wp-content/themes/Theme Files/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in …/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3580

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in …/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3583

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in …/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3586

    Verified fopen on and PHP 5 in use.

  104. 109

    Hi… In not listing thumbs. The embed works, but the videos do not appear in the thumb. What should I do?

  105. 110

    Hi Sarah,

    I’ve been searching and searching for a video blogging template. Yours is absolutely gorgeous. But I cannot make it work right. If I purchase the Theme Forest version, would you be able to troubleshoot the problem? How much would you charge to teach me how to work with it (maybe on Skype or something)? It’s perfect for the new site I’m creating. And I’d want the light version. I really hope you will consider teaching me how to use it. It’s just fantastic! Thanks, Susan

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    I’m experiencing the same problem as John noted above.

  107. 112

    Extremely buggy theme. I checked that it wasn’t my install of WordPress by activating other themes and this one definitely is the worst I have ever installed.

    I got the same errors as John and Sabrina. I then made sure the uploads folder was set to 777 and got a bunch of new errors.

    I went step by step through the help file 3 times and kept getting massive errors. It’s too bad b/c I like the look of it.

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    I have spent so many hours just trying to get this to work. Can anyone please help me with a detailed description of how to make the images show up on the homepage. All images get this …

    “Unable to open ‘wp-content/uploads/image-183//IMG_3616.jpg’ for writing: No such file or directory in /home2/onelivi1/public_html/wp-content/themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php on line 569″

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    I am having the same problem as Kristin. No media will display in the front page. All I get are little error messages like this one:

    Warning: imagejpeg() [
    ]: Unable to open ‘wp-content/uploads/image-442//The-Inland-Sea-label.png’ for writing: No such file or directory in /home/theinlan/public_html/wp-content/themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php on line 569

    How do I rectify this? Can anyone help, please?


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    Did anyone ever get an answer on the lack of media being able to display on the front page all Steinar and Kristin above? Please advise. Same issue for me…it won’t upload my jpeg onto the front page for thumbnails, etc.

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    very nice, thanks

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    great themes, and it’s free iam enjoyed it.

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    This is a brilliant theme. Many thanks.

    One question, I’m trying to tweak the stylesheet to remove the share icons on the homepage and make the featured video bigger. I have managed to remove the share icons, but can’t work out how to make the video bigger. Any ideas?



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    Thanks to both Sarah and Smashing Magazine for putting this up—I was looking for a free WordPress template for a video blog and this was perfect as a starting point. Had to iron out a few bugs on my server side (the php.ini file) and I had a bit of problem with the Twitter widget but once I fixed the config and removed the widget all was working fine!

    You can see it in action here:

    Again, thanks a lot for this.

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    Doesn’t work at all!

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    First of all we’d like to thank Sarah Neuber and Smashing Magazine for putting out such a wonderful theme FOR FREE.

    We are proof that this theme totally works!! Check the site here:

    We are not going to say it is easy to install. It is tedious but doable.

    This isn’t for the faint hearted. If your WordPress knowledge level is novice, do not attempt this. Most of the comments here doesn’t even involve the theme itself but basic WordPress stuff one should already know how to troubleshoot. USE GOOGLE SEARCH TO LOOK FOR ANSWERS to WordPress errors (any unable to open, warnings, functions are all wordpress issues not the theme). It is not fair to blame it on the theme because we have not even encountered any of those issues. There must be a step you’re missing.

    We were close to giving up ourselves, we worked on our template for hours just to get it to where it is now, we read the PDF instructions again and again. And read all the helpful comments on this page. We suggest you guys do the same before you complain. :-) Beggars can’t be choosers. Free is
    Free, we have to make do the best we can.

    >> @doctaco you are brilliant!! This is the only really big theme issue we’ve encountered. There are two lines of scripts on the footer that is absolutely necessary- to make the sticky videos move from one video to another and for the images to have that amazing slide effect on the image post on the frontpage. If you don’t have that, the frontpage won’t work.

    Go to our site: right click on our mainpage and VIEW SOURCE. Go to the bottom and look for the scripts: jquery and copy the entire thing. place it on your footer where we placed it. Don’t forget to change the URL to point to your site.

    >> COMPARE YOUR SOURCE Codes with ours, must be close or similar. we have added a lot of plugins. Make sure you have them if you copy from our codes.

    If you know how to use FIREBUG, even better- it’s a cheat sheet for codes on Firefox. You can view a website’s source codes from there and copy it.

    >> Make sure you install all the plugins Sarah recommended even if you don’t need it, just install it and deactivate later. WE want to make sure we follow every instruction on the PDF before we tweak the site. Once you got it working then you can decide which ones to keep or deactivate. WE don’t want the ratings plugin for example, we still installed it but deactivated it later once everything’s fine.

    @JB, Steinar and Kristin, this might help: Make sure your uploads folder have 777 permissions; make sure that folders: image-120, image-183, image-291 and so forth have 777 permissions too. The images will not show if you won’t do it. click on the folders, do you actually see images on the folders? it should contain images…

    Sorry this is long but hope it helps others. This theme isn’t buggy at all. We downloaded the file this week and did about 5 hours work including our content. Today is May 21, 2010 and we got a working theme to prove it works. Please check what we did with the theme.

    We added a lot of plugins and are even using the 3.0-beta2 version and works great!

    Thank you again Sarah for your hard work!!

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    I really love it,great job

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    Thanks for such wonderful theme.
    I got a problem. I want to use video from the site which is not supported by your short code.

    How do I use the video from such sites.

    I can add the mbed code from this video site into post and it works on post page. However it will obviously not show up on the home page in featured cagoery.

    I’m using an image which shows up in the featured video area instead of video, but this is not the solution.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    I ran into an issue where it wasn’t showing the stickied posts, and it turns out because it was ALSO grabbing “trashed” sticky posts.

    I couldn’t find any “official” way to grab ONLY sticky posts that were published, so I wrote this ugly code:

    $showPosts = get_option(‘wps_sticky_showposts’);
    $sticky_posts = get_option( ‘sticky_posts’ );
    $publishedPosts = get_posts();
    for ($i=0, $len = count($publishedPosts); $i ID;
    foreach ($sticky_posts as $sticky_post)
    if (in_array($sticky_post, $publishedPostIds))
    $sticky[] = $sticky_post;
    $sticky = array_slice( $sticky, 0, $showPosts );
    $stickyArgs = array(
    ‘post__in’ => $sticky,
    ‘caller_get_posts’ => 1,
    ‘post_status’ => ‘publish’,
    ‘showposts’ => $showPosts

    It did the job, it’s ugly, and I don’t feel like cleaning it up :-) but when you need “published” posts, it works, until I find a cleaner method.

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    Yay! I managed to make it work. Thanks Sarah & Smashing Magazine!

    This theme works, you need to follow the instructions carefully. Here’s the proof…


    Chetz Yusof

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    Smashing Multimedia was designed especially for podcasters, photographers and users who can now easily embed videos and images, rate them and showcase them in their own WordPress-based blog. It has a parent theme and an easily customizable child theme. This WordPress Theme comes with layered PSD source files, a visual help guide and is fully localized ready for you to translate it into your target language.

    ipad bag

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    This is an awesome WordPress theme! I put off downloading and installing this theme because it seemed really intense but I finally did it and it only took about 20 minutes for everything. It’s awesome! If you want to see it in action, check out

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    Does anyone know how to get the twitter bird link to go directly to my twitter page without redirecting to a twitter login page?

    Also the latest tweet is spelling out “'” wherever there is an apostrophe.

    Lastly how to I add a “Home” page link that simply redirects back to the home page?

    Thanks for the help!! :) :) :)

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    lookin so goooooood!
    i hope its working good too!

  125. 130

    Very nice theme indeed. Thank you.
    Admin @ GAESO.ORG

  126. 131

    how do you use the multimedia shortcuts? i am not able to upload videos to my home page feature area?could somebody please help?

  127. 132

    ooks superb. Thanks.

  128. 133

    I have this theme uploaded to my themes directory but it is not showing in the WordPress themes management tool. Does it work with 3.0?

    Or did I forget to do something really stupid?

  129. 134

    thanks for this theme. I’ll remove my current theme and change with Free Posdcasting theme into my site I really thanks for this theme

  130. 135

    looks amazing :P

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    Anyone know how to get this to work with the new Vimeo embed code for HTML5 without some serious mods? I don’t want to make all my own images. I like how it works now, but would like it to work with iPhones and iPads.


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    hi my frind
    tanks , very tnks

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    The theme crashes WordPress 3.0 upon activation

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    Everything works just fine with just a little tweaking – most of users asking for help are having problems with some sort of permission errors.

    You MUST create following folders inside /wp-content/uploads/
    “image-120″, “image-183″, “image-291″, “image-442″, “image-80″
    and chmod them to 777!

    Next thing is about pagenavi and issue that page navigation along posts on front page is not working with this theme. You simply copy everything from category.php to new file home.php. Upload home.php which is now identical to category.php and you shoud see working page navigation.

    Good luck.

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    Looks ok but hard to customise if your not a designer. A premium WP video theme would be alot easier to custimise

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    When i upload an image inside a post it is not shown on the sticky area, i only get this “Oops! No Media File was found.
    Make sure you upload a Media Splash Image for this post!”
    Allthough the image is shown normally in the Post area with the slide effect working correctly.

    When i upload a video (using shortcode etc from utube) it shown correctly in the sticky area.
    Any help plz?

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    New to all this word press stuff but got the theme and uploaded it put having problems with the features home page and posts. This appears every where?

    Warning: getimagesize(wp-content/uploads/2009/08/DSCF4273-269×360.jpg) [function.getimagesize]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/jshelton/public_html/wp-content/themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php on line 500

    Haven’t a clue what the problem is can any one help?

    Website is

  138. 143

    like that theme but have two problems:
    1: on category page the word limit for the sliding post doesn’t work. don’t know where to set the limit.
    2: i want to show more posts on the category page. (don’t want to flip after 10 postes)

    can anyone help me?

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    Can this template use Lightboxes?

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    Fresh aggregation of templates ! The last is good and I will load now in my latest wordpress website without css modification.

  141. 146

    Groovy series of templates ! The latest is beautiful and I will employ now in my latest wordpress site without css change.

  142. 147

    HI! I´m a Spanish person, and I want to translate the theme into spanish. Where is the .po file? or do you recomend me another way to translate the theme?

    Thank you very much, keep in contact with me through this email. Bye

  143. 148

    Great thank!
    I love it so much!

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    in the Theme options “Media Posts (non-featured) on Front page – Number of posts to show” i use 6 post… well, but was is with my other blog postings ???

    I miss a MORE or page 1, 2 , 3 buttons…

    Who can help ? Thanks. Mario


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    Shame its not compatible with later versions.

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    Rajlaxmi Sharma

    June 8, 2011 7:29 pm

    Great !!!Great !!!Great Theme I had ever seen before…
    Good Efforts

  147. 152

    Cool, but one problem on this theme is there is no older/previous post button :-(?

    Is there anyone already fixed this issue?

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    any chance that this will be updated to the latest wordpress?

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    I would like to limit the “Featured posts” on the home page to a certain category or to certain post, Tried the sticky only ones but it is still showing others… any help on coding or where to input this option would be awesome!


  150. 155

    This theme looks good, but it’s showing its age. I’ve used this theme at and am happy with the result, but only after a few hours of customiation.

    The theme didn’t support Featured Images, it was doing it the old-fashioned way with custom fields. So I enabled Featured Images and replaced the sliding preview images with them.

    It was easy to remove the background and button images and replace them with my own choice.

    Getting auto-embedded videos to display in the area at the top of the home page took several attempts, you have to edit a fair bit of PHP to do this.

    Worth the effort.

  151. 156

    If anyone wants to know how to modernise this theme, I can supply some PHP. The main changes I made were to these files:

    1) themes/smashingMultiMedia/featuredArea/featuredStickyPosts.php

    Added the_post_thumbnail to insert Featured Images.

    Removed the code that displays a custom fields for video URL. Then added the_content(”) to display the posts’s content (and in the post, I paste the URL to YouTube or Vimeo).

    2) themes/smashingMultiMedia/posts/indexPostColumns.php

    Added offset=3 to the query to prevent posts showing up twice on the home page.

    3) themes/smashingMultiMedia/functions.php

    Added the standard code to enable Featured Images.

    4) themes/smashingMultiMediaBrown/style.css
    A bit of styling was necessary to keep the vertical icons lined up with the video.

    5) Also had to change a few settings in the dashboard (such as Image and Media file sizes). And added Featured Images to posts.

    I’ve upgraded to WordPress 3.2 and it’s still working ok.

    • 157

      Thanks you very much ……will give it a try and update u …asap .

    • 158

      Hi everyone I hope someone can help me with this. I’ve installed this theme on xampp, and everything is working except the rollovers and links for the sticky posts, and the sliding images. I’ve read and reread all the info here, and can see on my page source that the required jquery scripts are being called to the right files. I don’t know where to go from here as it all looks correct.

      Would greatly appreciate help from people who have had success with the theme. Thank you Sara for creating a really great theme, I can’t wait to see it working properly for my site.

    • 159

      Thanks for info. can you send me to email changes?

      info ____

    • 160

      New to wordpress and trying to get my site of the ground, are there any mordern themes very simular to this? in particular the image role over?

  152. 161

    how can upload player and which plugins are used

  153. 162

    tell me use video in this theme

  154. 163

    Awesome template if I had a CLUE how to use it. LOL

  155. 164

    I am big fan of your theme, but when I try to upload to my WordPress account, I get error
    “The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet”
    Can you please as i really don’t want to use another theme.! Your’s is the one!.
    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  156. 165

    Ur theme is awesome! but i’m getting an error as ”Oops! No Media File was found.
    How about embedding a Video or adding Image to this post? ” in featuredSticyposts.php page, i don’t how to clear that error message and to show the actual video on that page. please help me as i’m a beginner in wordpress! Thanks in advance.

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    I have URL FOPEN ON and GD LIBRARY on my server,
    but the slidings images are not working.
    The Themefolder and special UPLOAD folder are writable.

    Please help.

    Thank you so much !!!!

    Yours, Mario

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    Hi, i have just installed the theme … i want change the sticky post in featured area with post of a category…. it’s possible this???

  159. 168

    This theme is perfect for what i want to create …and it’s free, wow, Thank you so much!

  160. 169

    Error message with the theme: IUnpacking the package…

    Installing the theme…

    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

    Theme install failed.

    Does anyone know how to install it?

  161. 170

    Did anyone ever get an answer on the lack of media being able to display on the front page all Steinar and Kristin above? Please advise. Dame issue for me…

  162. 171


    Thanks for your tips. How do you make the post sticky? I tried change the date to latest and it appeared in the Featured Area. But how can we keep it there even when we have a new latest post?

    Thanks so much!

    Chetz Yusof

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    Did you ever get this working? I want to us a plugin like WordTube or something to how my own videos.

  164. 173

    So I was connected to the wrong server where my site used to be hosted… Silly.

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    Vitaly Friedman

    March 10, 2011 2:36 am

    Unfortunately, the theme has been released almost two years ago, so it’s not compatible with WordPress 3.0. We are very sorry about that.

  166. 175

    Could please explain how to get auto-embedded videos to display in the area at the top of the home page.

    i am using it with wordpress3.2 doesn’t seems to work.

  167. 176

    did you find out how to embed without flash? i figured it out for the homepage, but not for the single pages…

  168. 177

    This theme is broken now :( it was soooooooo good


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