Glassical: A Free WordPress Theme

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Today we are glad to release Glassical — a free professional WordPress-theme created by Abdullah Ibrahim2. This theme was designed with the main focus being on typography, clean look and simplicity. Hopefully, you will be able to use it in your projects or at least use it as a foundation for your next projects. The theme is released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish. The theme supports the WordPress 2.8 nested comment system and it is also customized for the WP Pagenavi plugin. Also, Cufón is used for embedding the Nevis font into the theme.

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Below you’ll find more screenshots of the theme. You can click on an image to see the enlarge version.

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Thank you, Abdullah! We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists. You may not know it yet, but we might feature you in one of our upcoming posts.

If you want to release a high-quality free font, a WordPress-theme, some wallpapers or an icon-set, please contact us13 — we would like to support you.

You may be interested in the following free WordPress-themes as well:

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  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/glassic-fullpreview.png
  2. 2 http://www.symmetricweb.com/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/glassic-fullpreview.png
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/glassic-fullpreview.png
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/post-preview.png
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/glassical-wordpress-theme.zip
  7. 7 http://glassical-blogger-template.blogspot.com/
  8. 8 http://bloggerfaqs.blogspot.com/2009/11/glassical-free-blogger-template.html
  9. 9 http://dcing.net/theme-release-post
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/post-preview.png
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/glassic-fullpreview.png
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/glassical-wordpress-theme/glassic-fullpreview.png
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/08/agregado-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/08/infinity-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/05/fervens-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/21/dilectio-a-smashing-wordpress-theme/
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/07/smashing-freefont-and-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    This is why i love you.

  2. 2

    Awesome, awesome theme.
    Thanks!

  3. 3

    Cool theme!

  4. 4

    it looks just okay…. not very cool

  5. 5

    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    November 7, 2009 1:30 pm

    Looks great. We’re setting up a quick CMS and this certainly will help with the pretty-enough look of things.

  6. 6

    Thanks for this. Is awesome.

  7. 7

    Holy crap. LOVE it! LOVELOVELOVE it! <3

  8. 8

    Good theme. Anything free is good.

  9. 9

    Awesome theme. Thanks SM!

  10. 10

    I really appreciate that you guys give this things away for free, and this is beautiful as always…
    but is there anyway we could get some for Drupal? It seems there is more of a dire need for Drupal themes then WP (even if it’s less popular) because there are less good ones out there…

    Thanks SM!

  11. 11

    Wow – simple themes really are the best. Thanks for this!

  12. 12

    I like the theme but it looks like Twitter-inspired theme. The color scheme and layout looks like a Twitter blog to me.

  13. 13
  14. 14

    Awesome! I’m going to convert it to blogger template and link it back to you guys. hope you don’t mind. Great stuff..

  15. 15

    awesome theme !

  16. 16

    Awesome theme. Loving it!

  17. 17

    Love it, clean crisp lay-out. An excellent starting point for developers, but also great for people who are just looking for a simple theme.

  18. 18

    Not bad… looks like Twitter.

  19. 19
  20. 21

    Hi ! Great theme, thx u very much !

    Can you help us with Cufon and iso-8859-1 collation ? I can’t display accentued character with the default file of cufon in the theme.

    And very thx for u works

  21. 22

    Nice! Super good starting place for a simple clean theme, that’s not just black and white.

  22. 23

    GREAT THEME!!!!!
    LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!

  23. 24

    Awesome theme, thanks <3 !

  24. 25

    It’s very simple and nice theme.

  25. 26

    (SM) Thank you, Ben! The file is corrected already! Please download the new version.

    This is a nice clean theme, I like it. Though it has a few validation errors out of the gate (9) The good news, it only took 3 fixes to correct them.

    1. In the sidebar.php file there is an erroneous closing h3 tag for an opening h2 tag (above “archives”) I think

    2. Then also in sidebar.php the ad image does not have an alt attribute.

    3. Then in header.php there is also a missing alt attribute for the rss icon in the main nav bar.

    Thanks for the theme. :)

  26. 27

    Edit: 1. In the sidebar.php file there is an erroneous closing h3 tag for an opening h2 tag (above “archives”) I think

    (SM) The file is corrected already! Please download the new version.

  27. 28

    hot glass :-) I like its simplicity

  28. 29

    Amazing! Great! I haven’t words… :-D

  29. 30

    Really fantastic work, love it!

  30. 31

    Thank you everyone for liking the theme. Its a great pleasure listening people praising your work :).

  31. 32

    How do I deactivate Cufón? It does not work with other characters than english.

  32. 33

    @Martin,

    In the footer.php on lline 18 you will find
    Cufon.replace(‘h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6′);

    Delete this line and you’re done.

  33. 35

    @Martin > Open /glassical/footer.php in your text editor

    1. Comment or delete lines 13 (cufon-yui.js) and 14 (nevis_700.font.js)
    2. Comment or delete line 18 (call to cufon.replace() function)

    That’s it ! You will have default police on title and others special characters you need.

    You will note have Nevis font, but it’s the price for the moment to display titles with special characters. I’m waiting help on Cufon to solve this probleme by another way. I have just delete the problem, i’m not solving it ..

    You can see results here (i have another probleme with Disqus but i will work on it) :
    http://www.taggle.org

    Thx SM !

  34. 36

    Nice article and theme, I gave a remark on themes website.

  35. 38

    It’s simple & elegant…

  36. 39

    naaaiiiiceeee…

  37. 40

    Simply amazing.

  38. 41

    SIMPLE, CLEAN, USEFUL, COOL…
    Thanks guys!!

  39. 42

    Hi,

    nice work is it UTF-8 compatibel ?

    • 43

      As told by sid on above comments,

      Open /glassical/footer.php in your text editor

      1. Comment or delete lines 13 (cufon-yui.js) and 14 (nevis_700.font.js)
      2. Comment or delete line 18 (call to cufon.replace() function)

      That will make it UTF-8 compatible.

  40. 44

    Hi,

    Some of my comments are missing. How do I get it back?

    For example in this link:

    http://testi.iluvislam.com/aduan/

    it should have 191 comments but only one comment left.

    Hope anyone could help :)

    tQ

  41. 46

    nice one! simple could be good!

  42. 47

    converted it to blogger on chethstudios . net guys :) do check out and download. credits go to smashingmagazine for such a neat theme.

  43. 48

    Hey great theme, thank you. However, it looks awful in IE6 & IE7 (didn’t test IE8) as well as in safari. BTW I only viewed the theme from the demo link on those browsers.

  44. 49

    Thanks for this new Freebie Theme, is really awesome!! :D

  45. 50

    the real bob dole

    November 8, 2009 10:36 pm

    I don’t see what the big deal is about the theme. Yes it’s simple and clean. But is it “awesome” or “wow, I’m stunned” ? What makes it so?
    Also, the use of the word Elegant is getting slightly overused when talking about design, yes?.

    Me shrugs.

  46. 51

    Nice Work Abdullah keep it up!

  47. 52

    Hi Abdullah,

    great Theme. Very good work. But I have a slightly problem. If I try to comment a post I get a blank screen and the comment is not saved. My WordPress-Installation is in the subfolder /wordpress. If I copy the WordPress-Folder and files to the Root-Directory all works fine.

    Anybody knows this problem?

    • 53

      I had the same problem and was able to fix it. I’m not sure if this is the cleanest way but here goes…

      my blog was in a subdirectory, ie mydomain.com/blog. On line 67 of comments.php inside the theme i changed

      to

      I’m not sure if you can do the same with subdomains but it works for subdirectories.

  48. 54

    Am i wrong or is this theme not IE6 compatible?!

    THX anyway. Like it a lot!

    • 55

      Hi Mike,

      I think this is time when we should ditch this IE 6. Being a developer, I find it very hard to make a website very hard that is compatible with all IEs.

      Only broken websites can make users upgrade to IE 7 or 8..

  49. 56

    this is a cool template…I liked it so much that I converted it for blogger…http://bit.ly/4tI98

  50. 57

    I’ve just fixed a few bugs reported by users, please download the latest fixed theme from
    http://www.smashingthemes.com/downloads/glassical.zip

  51. 58

    This theme seems to be lacking the <?php wp_footer(); ?> and the Recent Posts & Recent Comments widgets are aligned to the right. But nice theme by the way.

  52. 60

    Kevin (@thegoldstar)

    November 11, 2009 2:29 pm

    Hi, I loved this theme but I’ve had some problems with it… I installed and activated the theme but when I go to the homepage it looks like:

    http://is.gd/4STN2

    and in a single post:

    http://is.gd/4STP3

    I have no plug-ins installed by the way.

    Site url: http://thegoldstar.no-ip.org/w2/

    • 61

      Seems like, something went wrong when you were uploading the theme. Try reuploading the theme.

    • 62

      just replace short php tags <? with <?php

      Nice theme btw.

      • 63

        Thanks a lot, did this in the header and footer.php files and that fixed it. Why use “<?" instead of "<?php" if it can cause this problem?

    • 64

      I have the same problem, tried re-uploading the theme, still have this error. Wish I knew enough PHP/Wordpress to even diagnose what’s going on. Oh well.

  53. 65

    Wow! This is really fantastic! Thank you!!

  54. 66

    nice job “Abdullah Ibrahim” and thanks for the new version ^^

  55. 67

    Sorry but i’ve downloaded your last revision for the theme (from the comments here) and now the tags didn’t appear on my posts U_U

  56. 68

    Dear Smashing Magazine,
    Have I told you lately how I love you?
    Thanks for this one and all the rest :-)

  57. 69

    Great Theme Abdullah Thanks very much .These theme is better than most premium themes .

    Cok tesekkürler Abdullah .Çok guzel bir tema böyle güzel temaların devamını beklerim bu tema cogu premium temalara tas cıkartır .

  58. 70

    In IE7 titles of pages and text in blockquote doesn’t look properly.
    How can I fix it?

    • 71

      @Mark:

      Same problem with the page titles
      something is up with H2 in IE — and interestingly, in “compatibility mode” of IE8 the post titles do line up properly.

      {sigh}

      It’s a CSS issue of some sort causing the IE post title word stacking

      I’ll experiement with a fix.

  59. 72

    Hi
    I have a big bug with this theme
    I upload it many times but i stil have the same problem. It’s like there is no pictures and no css code.
    Could you help me plz ? I love this theme !

  60. 73

    Awesome. But you really should update the urls not to use “/” but bloginfo(‘url’) since this theme won’t work out of the box with sub directories.

  61. 74

    Great theme! Just one question, what font have you used for the logo?

  62. 75

    Cool theme, but ie6 and 7 are messed up :/

  63. 76

    Seems like this theme got problem to be fix. Anyhow, excellent design. Just need some fixing on back-ends (coding, functionality etc). Do share for any bug fixes. We love free wordpress themes.

  64. 77

    Very nice themes, work without problems. Beauty design, excellent!

    Thankyou

  65. 78

    Hi,
    nice theme! But it has some problem with both Lightbox and Fancybox plugins (they work perfect with other themes, but not with glassical). How can I fix it?
    Thanks!

  66. 79

    Great theme, but quite a few (4 or 5) php short tags (<?) that broke the theme on a server with short tags turned off. Should be fixed..

  67. 80

    Great theme, I’m very happy with it, however I too would like to know how to get Lightbox working. I’ve done some digging around with no luck so far.

  68. 81

    For those who experienced an IE7 problem, the fix is the following :

    Add a big z-index directly in the div, like this :

    Should work.

  69. 82

    Forearm Tattoos

    May 12, 2010 1:34 pm

    Hi – I have just found your site (recommended in a magazine I was reading earlier) – some really great stuff, and its free too – thank you very much, very much appreciated.

  70. 83

    I have a problem with this theme! I use a plugin for yahoo/msn smileys (the plugin is here: http://priyadi.net/archives/2005/02/27/wordpress-yahoomsn-messenger-style-smileys-plugin/ ) and it seems that something’s going wrong because when I put a smiley in a line, the smiley enlarge the line and the smiley’s position is higher than line.

    View the image to understand what I’m talking about: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4635718410_48d3af00ae_o.jpg

    Please help me to repair this thing. I want the smiley in the line.

  71. 84

    William E. Kreth

    June 7, 2010 5:33 pm

    t seems there is more of a dire need for Drupal themes then WP (even if it’s less popular) because there are less good ones out there…http://whocalledme.info/
    Thanks SM!

  72. 85

    Hi,
    Awesome theme, neat and fresh !
    As i use it in French I have a problem with accents that do not show (é, è, à…)
    How can i fix this ?
    thxs for your help
    T.

  73. 86

    Hello,

    I know this is an old post but I really love this theme and it works perfectly for my needs. The problem is, the “Previous Post” button doesn’t work. It just brings up a 404. I think that’s because it points to “(my url)/wordpress/wordpress/?paged=2″ instead of “(my url)/wordpress/?paged=2″ (basically there’s an extra /wordpress).

    Can you tell me how to fix this? Thank you!!!

  74. 87
  75. 88

    This theme was designed with the main focus being on typography, clean look and simplicity. Hopefully, you will be able to use it in your projects or at least use it as a foundation for your next projects. The theme is released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

    ipad tablet

  76. 89

    Hi Abdullah!
    Please help me out. How do I add the “previous posts” and “next posts” button in each blog post page!

  77. 90

    Hi,

    Great theme :)

    Im using it for a blog but have a problem. The latest posts page shows each full post, i want it to show a little with a read more button like in the preview.

    How can i do this?

    Thanks

  78. 91

    Great theme!

    I was just wondering if there are any plans of updating this one to 3.0 version of wordpress?

    Thanks

  79. 92

    how do i remove the glassical thing at the top? can i replace that with a picture?

  80. 93

    Hey Alex, I just love your theme. I spent weeks in looking for a theme that would paesle me and was almost about to quit when I found yours. Typominima is exactly what I wanted for my blog. I have done minor changes in the code and translated it in Italian. Let me know if you need it.Thanks!F.

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