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.



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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    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.

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    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:

    and in a single post:

    I have no plug-ins installed by the way.

    Site url:

    • 154

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

    • 205

      just replace short php tags <? with <?php

      Nice theme btw.

      • 256

        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?

    • 307

      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.

  3. 358

    Wow! This is really fantastic! Thank you!!

  4. 409

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

  5. 460

    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

  6. 511

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

  7. 562

    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 .

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

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      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.


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

      I’ll experiement with a fix.

  9. 715

    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 !

  10. 766

    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.

  11. 817

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

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

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    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.

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


  15. 1021

    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?

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    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..

  17. 1123

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    I have a problem with this theme! I use a plugin for yahoo/msn smileys (the plugin is here: ) 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:

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

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    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…
    Thanks SM!

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    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

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    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!!!

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    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.

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

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    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?


  28. 1684

    Great theme!

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


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

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    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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