Free WordPress 3.0+ Theme for Portfolios and Magazines: JournalCrunch


In this post we release a yet another freebie: JournalCrunch WordPress 3.0+ theme, a theme for magazines or portfolios with an integrated journal. The theme was designed by Site51 and released 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.



  • Widget ready (footer and sidebar)
  • Easy to setup, Theme Options Page
  • Custom Homepage with 2 different views (featured posts or slider)
  • WordPress Post Thumbnail Enabled
  • WordPress 3.0+ Menu Management Support
  • Latest Tweets Built-in Widget
  • Built-in Pagination
  • 9 shortcodes
  • Grid and standard posts listing
  • Ninvo Slider, easy to setup from Admin panel
  • JQuery Drop-down menu
  • JQuery PrettyPhoto Lightbox
  • JQuery Forms
  • Ajax based contact form
  • Live form email validation

Comments (large preview)11

Grid listing (large preview)13

‘Featured posts’ view (large preview)15

‘Slider view’ (large preview)17

‘Latest tweets’ widget (large preview)19

Live form validation (large preview)21

‘Normal’ listing (large preview)23

‘Options’ page (large preview)25

Shortcodes (large preview)27

Sidebar (large preview)29

Single page with comments (large preview)31

Slider items with custom post types (large preview)33

Thank you, guys. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.


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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.


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  1. 1

    Thank you guys! Nice addition to your free WP theme collection – thanks to site5!

  2. 2

    oh its a great theme!!! its gonna help a lot of us.. and even we can customize it a bit… Thank you Site5 and SM =)

  3. 3

    Thank you :)

  4. 4

    Always appreciate the free & quality stuff. Keep up the good work.. I have my eyes on you Smashing Magazine :)

  5. 5

    looks premium indeed :)

  6. 6

    Rukomojnikov Maxim

    December 9, 2010 2:05 am

    Nice and functional template. Thanks Vitaly.

  7. 7

    Wow that’s amazing thank you so much!

  8. 8

    As if someone would just give this away! Amazing

  9. 9

    Hello, It’s a nice theme. I like the overall design. Anyway, how to get the .psd? are you guys willing to share this?

  10. 10

    Clean, crisp, cool…. love it!

  11. 11

    live demo error “Service Temporarily Unavailable” , or just me… get troubeled with the country restrict?

    dissapointed.. T.T


    edited :
    I can see it now. Thanks, for quick resolve.

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    Great theme, thanks guys.

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    It’s this a link-bait… and a very good one :)

  16. 16

    looks clean and elegant…. nice work… & thanks for the free release.. because it looks like premium templates… thanks again

  17. 17

    very nice theme!

  18. 18

    This is cool! Thanks…

  19. 19

    Absolutely stunning, great job guys! Could’ve done with this last year :)

  20. 20

    Yeah! i love this theme :) simple

  21. 21

    wowo i have been looking for just this type of template, thanks!

  22. 22

    Absolutely loved the theme. thanks to SM and Site5 for this wonderful theme !

  23. 23

    at a glance, this theme is so awesome. Thanks for share. I hope I will do the same.
    *switch blog theme immediately

  24. 24

    Nice looking theme, but is it really GPL? There are usage restrictions in the license.txt which seem to indicate otherwise.

  25. 27

    I have made a Twitter Feed Plugin for WordPress, just in case anyone wants to use something similar to the “Latest Tweets” widget this theme offers:

  26. 28

    Nice theme, thanks for sharing.

  27. 29

    Thanks for the share!! :)

  28. 30

    Cool looking theme! Thanks for the post ;)

  29. 31

    nice & simple, Thanks!

  30. 32

    Very neat and professional theme. Good job site5.

  31. 33

    Anybody have bulleted list demo? Thanks

  32. 34

    awesome! thanks for the generosity :)

  33. 35

    Cool Theme..!!:)
    Thanks Guys…

  34. 36

    Beautiful theme, but I’d love to see the post content in a larger font size, even in a serif perhaps. Content is supposed to be king, and I feel the posts are drowned out by the sidebars, etc.

  35. 37

    I switched to this theme on a total whim. Looks good but having lot of trouble with homepage config, thumbs & sliders and what not. And yes I checked with host about GD support. Might just switch back for now.

    comment edit – scratch that, the alternative permissions on cache folder worked, as suggested by the guide.

  36. 38

    Looks awesome. However, I got a whole bunch’o’errors after installing. Any ideas?

    Warning: fopen(…wp-content/themes/journalcrunch/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in …wp-includes/functions.php on line 4165

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in …wp-includes/functions.php on line 4168

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in …wp-includes/functions.php on line 4171

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    Thanks! I’ve just switched to the theme and it’s AWESOME!

  38. 40

    Amazing, one of the best free themees I’ve seen here.

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    Awesome… I love the theme!! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Solved my own problem above, which turns out not to be specific to this theme. Upload the theme by FTP folks, don’t use the “install themes” function on the WordPress control panel. Simples.

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    Izin Download Om Smash

  42. 44

    Best free theme ever seen. Site5 guys are great- Thanks.

  43. 45

    Interesting that I have only been able to get the download link on the Site5 page to work but cannot access the Live Preview or the Documentation links nor have I been able to for several hours now.

    What’s going on with that?

  44. 46

    Excellent theme, I thinks the guys of 5sotes make some great free themes with a premium style.

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    Downloaded – been looking for a good portfolio type theme for a while :D

    Let’s see if I can work this one out :D

  46. 48

    the font in (cufon) dont support spanish chars like: á,é,í,ó,ú…. badly :(

    Also the installation of theme give me this error:
    Warning: fopen(…wp-content/themes/journalcrunch/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in …wp-includes/functions.php on line 4165
    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in …wp-includes/functions.php on line 4168
    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in …wp-includes/functions.php on line 4171

    but is a good theme, i mean is working, and im making more changes inside it 8i mean replacement for fonts and colors…

    If the theme creators, can fix these errors, will be great for everyone =)

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    Wow! Thats one of the best I have seen in ages! Good one guys!

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    This is amazing. I just wish there was also a way to integrate a blog as well!

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    Quite a nice theme that balances portfolio and blog (even allowing you to not have blog posts on home page if you don’t want them). Needs a bit of refinement in the typography settings, but overall, nice work!

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    Thanks, it helped a lot on a small project of us :) u guys rock!

  51. 53

    the best theme which made me to comment for the first time.

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    Jorge, instalalo via FTP que anda bien.

    Thanks for the Theme, is fantastic!

  53. 55

    does this theme support language files?

    I hope so, but I do not see this on the feature-list

    come on schmaschers, accept that the world is not onelingual, there are some allophones around ;=(

  54. 56

    Very nice theme, but the link to the documentation does not work and it seems that thumbnails never show, or there is something I didn’t get?

    Any help please?

  55. 57

    A nice-looking new template, but commercially unuseable due to no ad placements. Needs to have at leaset a header banner and a widgetised sidebar each side to make it useful.

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    Apologies – found the sidebar . . but still need something in the header . . .

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    nice theme…thanks :)

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    Wow! Better than paid premiums

  59. 61

    i really enjoyed the theme preview. The preview and design itselfs are awesome! But once installed i got the “Call to undefined function: add_theme_support()” error – I didnt find anything in the documentation.. anybody out there who has fixed this error?

    Regards Julius

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    You need to check on the right side of the post, when you are writing, there is a block there called “Featured Image”, you can set one there.

    Then it will show up.

  61. 63

    Wow. Really cool. Agree that it is better than paid themes. Simple but can rock your blog. Got to grab this one. Much appreciated the share and thanks guys!

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    Unfortunately, I’ve had lots of issues with this theme that I did *not* have with my previous theme. There are 1) the lack of a back button on the front page, 2) the SexyBookmarks plugin doesn’t work (probably an issue with the plugin, so I won’t discount it), 3) the 404 page is hard to customize, and 4) going to another page of a category redirects to my About page. All in all, good but no.

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    GREAT stuff !

    I’ve got some questions / remarks …

    1- if you use the featured option, then the widget on the right hand side disappear, so the navigation is less easy (I’ve added the tag cloud, categories, … at the bottom of my page)

    2- if you use the featured option (again), have anyone managed to only display two featured articles, but add a slider option to browse to all the featured articles? How difficult would it be?

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    so final yes or no question: are you allowed to remove the “theme brought to you by site 5″ footer or not ?

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      For a free theme, why would you want to?

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        well, I simply want to use the template to convey information on my site. I don’t use banners or links to any other company on my site – therefore I neither want a link to site5. In the readme file in the package it’s not clearly said whether you are allowed to modify the template, just to use it. So does that mean that I am allowed to remove the link or not ????

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    There is one issue in CSS. CSS #conent needs “images/bk_vertline.jpg”, but there is no image. I cheked live demo too.

    Also there is wrong social icons image link in header. It’s ico_(name) but should be ico_social_(name).

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    tets means “first” in the Gibberish language

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    wow!!! very fine this theme.

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    Pagination doesn’t work

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      Heureka! I found a soultion for the pagination on the Site5-supportforum. The Since the supportforum is not accessible for noncustomers i’ll post it here:

      In home.php, after the comment , comment out from
      “if(!query_posts(‘showposts=…. to the latest }
      until before
      “if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

      And then, at the end of the page, after wp_reset_query();?>, add these lines:

      What it does is: It ignores the number of posts to show that you have set in the themesettings. Instead login in you admin page, go to Settings -> reading and limit the numer of posts there to the amount you wish.
      You might need to clear the cache. Thats it.

      • 75

        Great.. Code isn’t working on these comments.
        I wanted to contact the guys who run this page via email to send them the solution but: They dont offer a email-adress. Eventhough they are required by law to have one, since they sit in germany.

        So i put my solution on pastebin:

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    we’ve just released JournalCrunch for Drupal 6 and 7. It’s available through

    At you can also check some other awesome free themes released through Smashing Magazine, which we’ve ported to Drupal as well.

    There’s a question for you over there: which theme would you like us to port next?
    Go grasp the chance :-)


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    One of the best themes I’ve seen this year! WOW! I cannot believe it is FREE!

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    Wonderfull. This theme for blogger with images taste. Good incoporating blog and pictures

  72. 81

    The theme is very wonderful, but it doesn’t support UTF-font, when I wrote the title on Vietnamese language, it was showed the incorrect characters.

  73. 82

    Nice theme – but not loving the copyright notice in the file: “All references and links to Site5 included in the Theme shall remain throughout any modifications made to the Theme.” Can’t use a theme that has their branding and links everywhere.

  74. 83

    I can’t get the images to work at all, changed permissions and still no joy? Can someone please help me urgently?

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    Can anybody help me, I give tag “featured” to two of my posts and nothing show up, what am I doing wrong?

    • 85

      i had the same problem and solved it this way: Make sure the ‘slug’ to the ‘featured’ tag is acutally ‘featured¡. If it’s not, change it and it’ll work ;)

  76. 86

    I love the theme. but my host doesn’t like timthumb and I hate them for that. Anyway, I’ll just alter the part that uses timthumb script with WP’s image thumbnal support.

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    mantaaap!!! thks…:)

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    I can’t get it to show more than 6 posts on the homepage, despite the fact that I’ve got it set for 10 to show up. Can someone help me with this?

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    I had an issue installing. Here’s the error I got:

    “The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

    Theme install failed.”

    • 90

      This the th theme I’ve been searching for
      Bit I have the same problem with Alaia
      .I get the following error

      Installing the theme…
      The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.
      Theme install failed.

      I’m using WordPress 3.3.1

      Please, help. Thanks.

  80. 91

    Hi everybodoy,

    I need a bit of help. I have installed the theme, I love it. I got stuck trying to set up the Slides, I have created 2 of them (Slider Item) and setted up the theme to show them (Display slider on homepage = OK) . The problem is that the them is not showing the pictures, it seems to be loading for ever. Can anyone give me a hand?

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