Sight: Free WordPress 3.0.1-Ready Theme For Magazines and Blogs

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In this post we release a yet another WordPress theme: Sight is a powerful WordPress 3.0.1-ready theme which will work best for magazines and blogs. The theme was designed in modern minimalistic style and has two views: the standard blog view and a grid view. A big image slider on the top gives you extra ability to show the most important content. The theme was designed by WP Shower1 exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.

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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 want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Features

  • WordPress 3.0.1 Ready
  • Theme Options page
  • Two Pagination types (Default + WP Page-Navi support & AJAX-fetching posts)
  • Valid XHTML 1.1
  • jQuery-powered Featured Post Carousel
  • Custom Widgets
  • 2 Custom Menu Locations
  • jQuery-powered Drop-down menu
  • Nested comments
  • Two post view types: standard blog view and a grid view
  • Google Analytics Ready
  • Custom Logo Upload
  • Gravatar support
  • Search Engine Optimized
  • Browsers compatibility (IE 7 , IE 8 , Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome)
  • Built in support for Social Bookmaking on Blog Posts – tinyurl.com API support for URL shorting

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Front page (large preview)10

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Comments (large preview)12

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Custom Widgets (large preview)14

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Drop-down menu (large preview)16

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Gallery (large preview)18

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Grid View (large preview)20

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Category (large preview)22

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Single post (large preview)24

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Slideshow (large preview)26

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Social Widget (large preview)28

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Theme Options (large preview)30

Motivation for the design

As always, here are some insights from the designers:

Sight is a powerful WordPress theme, best suited for Magazines and Blogs. The theme was designed in modern minimalistic style with Golden Grid usage. It has two views to get information in the way you want — a standard blog view and a grid view. A big image slider on the top gives you extra ability to show the most important content.

The theme supports the newest WordPress versions and has 2 Custom Menu Locations. 2 pagination types are available: Default with WP-NAVI support and Ajax-fetching, like in previous Twitter interface. The Sight theme supports Social Media. It has links to share each post to Twitter, Facebook, Delicious Digg, no plugins needed. It is also Search Engine Optimized, so you don’t need to care about it, just set it up and get love from Google.

Please don’t forget to visit designer’s website31 for more free high-quality themes.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://wpshower.com/
  2. 2 http://sight.wpshower.com/
  3. 3 http://sight.wpshower.com/
  4. 4 http://sight.wpshower.com/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sight-full.jpg
  6. 6 http://vimeo.com/16974741
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sight-wordpress-theme-updated.zip
  8. 8 http://wpshower.com/sight.zip
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_main_page.png
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_main_page.png
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  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_comments.png
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_custom_widgets.png
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_custom_widgets.png
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_dropdown.png
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_dropdown.png
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_gallery.png
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_gallery.png
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_grid_view.png
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_grid_view.png
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_category.png
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_category.png
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_single.png
  24. 24 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_single.png
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_slideshow.png
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_slideshow.png
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_social_widget.png
  28. 28 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_social_widget.png
  29. 29 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_theme_options.png
  30. 30 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/sight-theme/full_theme_options.png
  31. 31 http://wpshower.com/

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  1. 1

    It’s really a simple theme, perfect! Thank you.

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  2. 2

    love wp themes… keep them coming SM. massive thanks :)

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  3. 3

    Perfect. Very very clean and very, very useful!

    1
  4. 4

    Awesome! clean & useful, thx :)

    -1
  5. 5

    This is absolutely fantastic, installing now.

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    • 6

      Fantastic looking theme. I was wondering it the thumbnails/post images are automatically created through the WordPress thumbnails?

      Best,
      Mark

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  6. 7

    simply awesome. i like the load more function and ability to change the posts to grid view from list view.

    thumbs up!

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  7. 8

    Sandeep Prajapati

    November 24, 2010 8:44 pm

    Its really nice template with simple look.
    I am going to use this template for my website.
    Thank you

    (^_^)

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  8. 9

    Nice theme! Was trying to use this on my local server. Got the following:

    Theme Review: ”’Sight v1.0”’
    => Themes should be reviewed using ”’define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true);”’ in wp-config.php
    => Themes should be reviewed using the test data from the [http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test Theme Checklists]
    —-
    ”’WP_DEBUG et al.:”’
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: dots on line 732 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: offset on line 539 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    — Debug: Undefined variable: offset on line 540 of /wp-content/themes/sight/functions.php
    => Error: get_bloginfo was called with an argument that is deprecated since version 2.2! The home option is deprecated for the family of bloginfo() functions. Use the url option instead.
    => Error: get_bloginfo was called with an argument that is deprecated since version 2.2! The home option is deprecated for the family of bloginfo() functions. Use the url option instead.
    —-
    ”’Theme Test Data:”’
    { INSERT REVIEW }
    —-
    Overall: ”’not-accepted”’
    – Items marked (=>) ”’must”’ be addressed.
    – Other items noted should be addressed and corrected as needed.
    – Additional review may be required once the above issues are resolved.

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    • 10

      Thanks for the thumbs down! The above result is from Debogger WordPress plugin that is used as the first step to check themes before being approved for WP themes repository. With these errors, it will not even be accepted by the system, let alone be passed by a reviewer.

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      • 11

        Thanks, I’ll check this out. Anyway, theme has a lot of random code, so we don’t except, that WP themes repository will accept this theme.

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        • 12

          As all your themes are free, it would be a good idea to get it approved for WordPress themes repository. The review process helps improve the theme. I liked the themes on your site. I also prefer minimal themes, the only ones that I have designed.

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  9. 13

    Very nice themes. Simplicity with usability will always be my favorite!

    Yhanks for sharing!

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  10. 14

    Done and done. This is exactly what I was looking for!! I already put it on the blog! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

    pigeontoedprod.com

    -Tricia Smith

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  11. 15

    Definitely a great theme…

    -1
  12. 16

    Very good, but the slideshow dont Work.

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  13. 17

    It came with perfect timing… thx.

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  14. 18

    Fan-tas-tic!
    I might replace my (own) current theme at fan-tas-tic.com …with some modifications.

    1
  15. 19

    Is there any documentation with this? I installed and had no top menu and can’t see any customisation options in my dashboard.

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  16. 20

    documentation is required its not working properly!

    -3
    • 21

      Hammad. Theme uses standard WordPress options, so i don’t see any reason, to write documentation. Just relax, it’s working.

      -2
  17. 22

    How do i activate the posts and banner to show the images i posted on the homepage, and recently added posted?

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  18. 29

    theme very good! but it’s not upload on my blog. i was try but not working, please tell me how can i upload,

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    • 30

      Rajeev, try extracting first and upload the “sight” subfolder into your themes. The zip install didn’t work for me either.

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    • 31

      Yes. Upload via admin panel is not working, you need use ftp.

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  19. 32

    It’s really a simple theme and dynamic, ! Thank you.

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  20. 33

    really nice theme!

    how to configure the media settings?

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  21. 34

    Wow! This should not be for free. I mean, look at the function and its feature. It has this “load more” that is catchy. Amazing and cool !! I’m gonna try to create one like this =)

    But i can’t do anything since it’s free, i’ll grab it. My ten folds thanks guys.

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  22. 35

    Awesome! Its definately going the right way. Simple and clean. Thanks

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  23. 36

    WPShower, you’re awesome anyway, but the Sight-Theme is one of your masterpieces! Thank you so much, gonna use it very soon on my site.

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  24. 38

    Great theme! I’ve been looking for something similar and with a few tweaks and customizations I’m definitely going to use this.
    One thing though: How come the posts I want to show in the slider won’t show up in the usual posts on the main page? I want only some of my posts to show up in the slider but have all of them in the list beneath.

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    • 39

      Post which is added to slideshow, should not be on the main page. To add post to slideshow, just select checkbox. The options are in the right column near the bottom of the post editing page. They are labeled “Slideshow Options”.

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      • 40

        Is there a way to make the posts show in both the slideshow and the list?
        I would like to be able to highlight only certain posts by using the slideshow.

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        • 41

          I’m supporting Andreas Question.
          One possible programing outlet is to identify a category say “Featured” and only those who are marked as “Featured” get to appear in the Slideshow area.
          [or others if the user wishes….]

          1
  25. 42

    Hi. Sorry I installed the latest WordPress 3.0.1 but the Theme simply won’t appear in the available themes page in WordPress administration. I already chmodded to 777 the sight folder. My structure is /wp-content/themes/sight

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  26. 43

    This what I’m getting right now. Can’t figure out why the main content area is messed up.
    http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/4543/localhostwordpress.png

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  27. 45

    im having a problem, how would i display the featured image that pops on on my homepage to pop up on my recent posts. My recent posts are just text anyway to change that?

    1
  28. 46

    What a lovely theme. Looks like it will be not to hard to tailor it to my needs :) Only having one problem with that, I would like to change the color on the rollover in the gridview. But I can’t find where it is defined… whatever I do it stays yellow…

    0
  29. 52

    For some reason, the slideshow pictures won’t show. I’m uploading featured pictures, that worked with other themes. What do I do exactly to publish a featured/slideshow post with a picture showing up in the slideshow?

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    • 53

      nevermind, found out

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      • 54

        How can I set up the images for the slideshow? I cannot understand how…Please tell me how you found it

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        • 55

          well you upload an image normaly and in the bottom you have something like “use as featured image” near the size thing. click it and then exactly below the slideshow checbox the “featured image” will appear. It’s on the right column in the edit post page http://copenhaga.info is the site i’m using it and I’m working on making the posts from the slideshow to appear in the content area too. I have to do a double loop i think…

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      • 57

        Could you share what you did? I can’t seem to find the solution to the same problem. Thanks!

        0
  30. 58

    anyone know how i would be able to change the favicon? I uploaded the file to the image directory, even replaced it and its still not showing up. any ideas?

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  31. 59

    My load button for the posts shows up as a text, it displays “load more” in a blue text, rather then the nice clickable button the theme has set up. Any ideas?

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  32. 60

    Perfect timing, I’m about to begin a new project with a layout very similar to this theme. Thanks.

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  33. 61

    Its just beautiful… I am gonna tweak it a bit for my own blog :)

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  34. 62

    Awesome WordPress Theme and Good review too

    0
  35. 63

    Awesome theme! Ridiculously clean and epic!
    I tried loading it up, having a bit of a rough patch using the Social sidebar widget and FeedBurner though. It seems to play havoc with my database and cause errors.

    0
  36. 64

    thats a nice theme and looks more of a newspaper rather than magazine style i think its because of only black color used for fonts

    0
  37. 65

    I’m having issues the with the pagination – AJAX-fetching posts. Its nothing loading up the way it looks like in the demo. I switched from, Default + WP Page-Navi support to AJAX-fetching posts. Went back and forth numerous times. Its not working.

    Anyone else having this problem? And how would i fix it?

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  38. 66

    Thumbs down, so far. After activating the theme, my whole back end went blank, so did the front end. Litteraly blank!
    I had to delete the theme folder on the server in order to get my data back…
    A pity, the theme seems so promising

    -3
  39. 67

    Hi,

    I am testing your theme and it looks great,………………but the latest entries overview shows nothing.
    If however i browse to mydomain.com/category/my-slug it does show an overview.

    When i switch themes the latest entries are shown, can this be a little bug i your theme.

    Kind regards

    0
  40. 68

    Does anyone know what the font used for the ‘sight’ logo is? I quite like it!

    0
  41. 70

    Multiple authors?

    How can I make this theme work with multiple post authors (in the byline) (using a plugin such as Co-Authors Plus)?

    (I really think WP should have this basic functionality built in)

    0
  42. 71

    Mattias Andersson

    November 26, 2010 1:45 pm

    Really really good theme! Thank you! :)

    0
  43. 72

    It’s making me wonder why I bought Headway. Beautiful theme, thanks.

    1
  44. 73

    Amazing theme, might be useful as a “framework” theme since it is very simple and WP 3 ready.
    Great job, thanks!

    0
  45. 74

    I’ve been using the same wordpress theme (Blix) for the past 3 years, mainly because that theme was so perfect for my website. And now I’m making the switch to Sight. Totally awesome theme.

    0
  46. 75

    What an amazing theme, thank you!

    0
  47. 76

    I want a category with child categories as drop down element in the navigation menu. How shall i do this? And how i get such a connect item like in the preview page?

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    • 77

      Markus I did this by creating a link with a label “Connect” and added to the navigation. I then removed the link url and then dropped the social networking links as children below this.

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      • 78

        Yep, thanks, but this wont work for the post categories…
        Got an idea how it will work?

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      • 79

        Darren, as a WP beginner, I followed you up to creating a label “Connect,” adding it to the navigation menu, and removing the link url. But what does it mean to “drop the social networking links as children below this?” Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  48. 80

    wow! very nice theme!!

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  49. 81

    Hello! I really like your theme – especially the comments-design. But the rest does not fit my style of blog, so I copied some elements. How should I credit to you now? =)

    0
  50. 82

    i really like this theme where or how ican get it in french

    it would be really cool if ican use it in french langauge

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    • 83

      translate the whole theme… that’s what I’m doing for a romanian site. If you need any help email me gidea (aaat) live (d.ot) com

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