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.

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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.

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  • 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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    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.

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

    • 303

      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.

    • 454

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

      info ____

    • 605

      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?

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    how can upload player and which plugins are used

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    tell me use video in this theme

  4. 1058

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

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    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!

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    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???

  9. 1813

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

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    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?

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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. Dame issue for me…

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    This theme is broken now :( it was soooooooo good


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