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


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.


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.



  • 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 – API support for URL shorting

Front page (large preview)10

Comments (large preview)12

Custom Widgets (large preview)14

Drop-down menu (large preview)16

Gallery (large preview)18

Grid View (large preview)20

Category (large preview)22

Single post (large preview)24

Slideshow (large preview)26

Social Widget (large preview)28

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.

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  1. 1

    gorgeous. thanks!

  2. 52

    The theme also has bugs in Opera, the stylesheet of the article list wont be loaded by first load. Also the slideshow is buggy in Opera, the text wrapping is missing after the first slide of an item.

  3. 205


    How do I get the RSS feed to show subscribers? I get:

    This feed does not permit Awareness API access readers

    So my feed is not created properly I guess…any help would be appreciated.


  4. 307

    Really a great theme. Love it and thinking to use it…

  5. 358

    cool theme and i am going to use it for a test on my subdimain and after successful implementation i will be using it for my main site

  6. 409

    Gorgeous! … No denying that its one of the best. :) You guys shut the ass of all the premium sellers. :D

  7. 460

    This theme is great, I’d reallly like to set the grid layout as the default. I’ve tried monkeying around with some of the php and javascript to no avail. Anyone have any idea on how to set the grid layout as the default?

  8. 511

    Great Theme!

    I was wondering how I can change the favicon on the tab?

  9. 613

    I like it so much, thank you!

  10. 664

    LOVE. Using this theme for my writing site

  11. 715

    I got this errors by loading the theme in opera:

  12. 766

    Love it! I was looking for something like this.

  13. 817

    It is great theme actually, but thumbnail images on homepage are blurry. How I can fix this?

  14. 919

    I upload the theme folder via FTP but still shows blank. I use the latest WP 3.02. Can any help? Thanks!


  15. 970

    This is a top theme, the best i have ever seen for WP3.
    Congratulations !

  16. 1021

    Anyone having issues since updating to WP 3.0.3. If you got to the single post, the Twitter and Delicious icons are not working; just code. Also, the header has some issues too.

  17. 1072

    Has anyone by chance been able to change the default view to “grid” mode instead of “list”?

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    Christopher Anderton

    December 11, 2010 9:55 pm

    Just love WP-Shower. Can’t wait for new releases.

  19. 1174

    can anyone make it without thumbnail please.. :(

  20. 1225

    This theme is amazing and WPShower are really breathing some new life into the WordPress theme community. I did an interview with the founder of WPShower, it’s available to read here:

  21. 1276

    That’s awesome!!! But it’s not available on :'(

  22. 1327

    Great theme but cannot figure out how to get latest entries to display at all. Anyone know if I have to monkey with theme editor to display Categories or Posts in the latest entries spot? Thanks from Boulder

  23. 1378

    Oh,it’s very nice,nice job ,thanks.

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    Greetings to all of you wonderful programmers, leaders, movers and shakers in WordPressdom!

    My name is Shenica Graham. I am launching a community publication to help provide employment opportunities for homeless and formerly homeless persons. I absolutely love WordPress!! Did I mention I love WordPress?

    I found this theme today online There is also more info at:

    I do not know who needs to make the call, but PLEASE get this theme into the options for users.

    The forthcoming publication is the “Iowa ARK.” The template will be used for the online version. The printed, full version will create job opportunites and more! EXTRA!! EXTRA!! Read all about it at:

    Did I mention I love WordPress!!!!

    Thank you for making it happen.


    Shenica Graham

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    Hi, this theme totally rocks, so thank you guys so much for
    offering this to the public :D
    I can’t, however, show the menu right of the logo – I think there’s a bug. Same thing goes for the search bar in the far right corner – or anything else I put in… Any tips? I’ve placed both the ‘Search’ and the ‘Custom menu’ widget in the field ‘Site description’, but to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
    Cheers, Christian

    PS (update): Both elements seem to actually be there, but they’re hidden below the header… So I really hope someone can help me out here :)

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    Awesome!! Thanks!!

  27. 1582

    GREAT THEME. It works awesome, I just installed it at
    I just have 1 question: How do I get the RECENT POSTS to show the tiny little thumb in the sidebar widget?

    Dianelys Morato

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    Not sure why on the background there is a white diagonal line… Looks weird.
    Seems like the template needs a few small touches to finally shine. Since there is no update, got to jump in myself.

    • 1684

      the line is just a background image. Replace it with your own

      • 1735

        Hi Diane,

        How do you get the grid view to work? I can’t get mine to work. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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    There is a bug issue in Opera 11.00. When I’m trying to load posts with ajax and custom permalinks it don’t load anything. Changing permalinks to default resolve this issue, but I’m going to find out what is the problem. Any solutions yet?

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    Ok, I’ve completely resolved the bug in Opera. Now you can change permalinks and it will work. All you have to do is to change your script.js

    Find this:

    url: $(this).attr('href') + '#loop',

    and replace with:

    url: $(this).attr('href'),

    And you’ve done :) Good luck!

  31. 1888

    As Pritam mentioned above, the theme is throwing tons of errors in debug mode. It’s a great-looking theme but the errors really should be cleaned up.

  32. 1939

    très jolie thème facile à installer et qui marche à merveille. je l’ai adopté pour mon site. Si vous avez besoin d’aide en français je peux vous l’accorder avec plaisir et encore merci au créateur.

  33. 2041

    Not found some thing unique in this theme.

  34. 2092

    how can i put the slideshow to each page? i’m not programmer… so need details what code to what file i should include…
    and how can i highlight the current category in navigation menu?

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    EVIL Patrick Shannon

    January 28, 2011 10:08 am

    The Javascript seems to not work in this version I have. The slider or latest article layout system is static.

    Any help?

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    I would like to use the slider only in my own theme. Can anyone give me some guidelines on how I can get that to work? Would appreciate that a lot. I would like it to take every single post and not specific as it is now.

    Any ideas? There are other things I want to modify in it as well, but I would know how to do that.

  37. 2245

    It’s just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  38. 2296

    thank u 4 this lovely theme – it’s just what i was looking for.
    i do have 2 questions that I’m hoping you might be able to help me with:

    1. can i define that the grid format (for posts) will be the default when people arrive at the homepage?
    2. is there an option for the slideshow to be image only (ie. no post panel to the right?)

    many thanks in advance. x

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    I LOVE this theme! Thank you so much for creating it and making it free. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to get my new posts to show up under “Latest Entries.” I am sure it is probably something simple and I am overlooking it, but I just can’t figure it out. Can anyone help me out?


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    This is just so clean and elegant and impressive –a big thank-you to everyone involved!

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    For posts residing in the slideshow, is it possible to allocate a separate image for the thumbnail? I’m finding the long width of the slideshow to be well-suited to images containing a triptych of multiple pics, but this looks funny when the thumbnail version is shown.

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    Lovely simple theme cheers, hell of a lot of comments on this though (and I’m adding to them) thanks for the freebie

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    I would like to reiterate what Andreas asked: Is there a way to make all posts show up under latest posts, even if it’s the same post that shows up in featured posts?

    Also, is there a way to change the small icon next to the tab/window title? The one with the white-on-black S? I changed the logo, but can’t seem to figure out how to change that part.

  44. 2602

    Dankie vir die interessante blog

  45. 2653

    It doesn’t work with wp-prettyPhoto plugin :/. Does anyone can help with that ?

  46. 2704

    one question, How to show the top menu on the side of website description?

  47. 2755

    Hi everyone,

    I’m sorry I can’t switch to grid view. It’s strange. Initially, I thought my mac firefox and safari might be the issue. When I moved onto Windows IE and Firefox, it’s the same. Then I tried, the grid view is working. Any advice would be greatly appreciated on all the platforms. Also, my site is Thanks!


    • 2806

      Hi everyone,

      FYI, after going through the issue with my hosting company, in order for the javascript to work/switching to grid view, on the server side, apache mod, mod security has to be disabled.

      So if you cannot switch to grid view, do check with your hosting company.

      Now I have another issue. I used to have the plugin, jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries, working. However, it seems to be incompatible with Sight theme. Any kind folks who is well versed enough to advise? Thanks!


  48. 2857

    theres an error in this theme, it blocks your server and everything goes dead.

    the solution is to change the javascript file name which is something like cookie.js to something like wookie.js and then change the link to it in the theme the name cookie for the file trips my server firewall and my server blocks my own IP from my own server, thinking im spamming..

    A nice theme, I think the share buttons are too faint though plus still looking at it in terms of seo….hmmmmm

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    Problems with the header :-(

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    So is it possible to add thumbnail images to the homepage grid like they show in the previews? Is it a custom field or something?


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