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Free Podcasting, Video and Photography WordPress Theme


(Update: 15/11/2009): the theme was updated.

In this post we are glad to release Smashing Multimedia, a unique, flexible and advanced WordPress theme for artists, photographers, podcasters, designers and users. The theme was designed by Sarah Neuber especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Multimedia WordPress Theme1

Download the theme for free! Link

Smashing Multimedia was designed especially for podcasters, photographers and users who can now easily embed videos and images, rate them and showcase them in their own WordPress-based blog. It has a parent theme and an easily customizable child theme. This WordPress Theme comes with layered PSD source files2, a visual help guide and is fully localized ready for you to translate it into your target language.

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this post if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Requirements Link

  • The GD library due to the custom written resizing script for the
    splash images.
  • PHP 5
  • PHP Allow URL fopen: ON

Features Link

  1. Easy media embed method, with shortcodes in the post content area or use a media plugin of your choice (supported are YouTube, Vimeo, Google Video,, Veoh, Viddler and Revver),
  2. Feature any post, any category – the easy way – just make them sticky! Why restrict yourself to one featured category when you can have the freedom to pick and choose any post from any category to feature!
  3. Choose and put together your Site’s Main Navigation without touching the code in the template files. All available options are right there for you included in the Theme Options.
  4. Choose and put together your Site’s Category Navigation (appears in sidebar) without touching the code in the template files. Again, all available options are right there for you included in the Theme Options.
  5. Choose the type of splash image for your media posts: sliding or static splash image. Do the same indepently for Category pages.
  6. Choose the type of post teaser (the usual excerpt or text from the content) to appear on multible post pages and customize it’s word limit through theme options. The word limit can be adjusted independently for sticky (featured) posts or multimedia posts on the front page and on category pages.
  7. Subpages appear dynamically in sidebar when created
  8. Related posts: if there are any, appear in the single page sidebar. How many should appear is set by you from the theme options
  9. 8 Independent widget areas: front page seperator (1) just below the featured area, front page (1 – index), category(1), archive (1 – daily, monthly, yearly, author and tag archives share the same widgets), single (1), page (1), search (1), 404 (1).
  10. Security: 2 common sense security precautions already hooked in just for you; hidden login page error feedback and hidden WordPress version number,
  11. Preventing Spam: a useful little function to deny Comment Posting to No Referrer Requests
  12. Extra goodies: cformsII styles, wp-Pagenavi, wp-PostRatings, WP125: Easy 125×125 Ad Management For WordPress styles included, show your last tweet (shows on the front page and can be removed and replaced by any plugin of your choice so in other words you are not stuck with it if you don’t like it), Social share media, Feedburner Rss and Email, Follow on Twitter, “Give it a Tweet” call to action to your readers, styles for threaded comments (if enabled), seperated comments and trackbacks (appear in animated dropdown), styled admin comments, custom avatar image for when your users don’t have their own!
  13. …and even more features!8 (pdf)

Further screenshots Link

The slide show navigation at the top of the theme in the Multimedia WordPress Theme.

Category view in the Multimedia WordPress Theme.

The sidebar in the Multimedia WordPress Theme.

Update (24/08/2009) Link

The problem with the js is fixed. It was the missing call to the wp_footer(); also, removed the js file that was not needed. Please make sure when you import the sample data that you check the “Download Attachments” when importing!

Everyone has their own opinion of what constitues a decent free WordPress Theme which I appreciate.

In view of that, you may not be particularly excited about the colour, font or other design choices ( including spelling ;) ) and you may decide, as some of you have already done so, to express this in your comments below.

While you do so, it is my sincere wish that some of you may take a moment and appreciate the effort that went into things like: the Theme Options, the custom write panels, the custom video shortcodes, that if I may add output valid html code, and the time taken to write and comment out, what I believe is, decent html/css code.”

Thank you very much, Sarah! We really appreciate your efforts.

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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 UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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    I have a problem. I’ve installed the theme but it doesn’t seem to be working, as you can see
    Can anyone tell me what the problem is?

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    Frank Sesselmann

    August 22, 2009 4:12 am

    Pretty amazing… I like that theme. Just searching for something to use :)

  3. 3

    great great job ! maybe useful later ;-) ! good stuff as usual…

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    August 22, 2009 4:50 am

    The link to Sarah Neuber is incorrect

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    Yeah, I notised that too. Here you go:

  6. 6

    Great stuff !!! Very useful. I’ve linked that via my blog here

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    Thank you, Sarah!

  8. 8

    Especially for smashing magazine????

    I just bought this over at Themeforest?

    Seems a little unfair?

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    Heh, the color scheme would make it a great M*A*S*H multimedia blog. It’s a great looking theme, nice work Sarah.

    @Gavin: Can you provide a link to the theme in question at ThemeForest?

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    Gavin: Please note the reduced features on this one! Look for them in the features.pdf (click on “Take a tour” on the demo)

    The 2 themes are not the same. Therefore the release here on Smashing Mag. is especially for the smashing magazine readers. Plus the free version comes without any support except the help file

    Brian: the link to Multimedia theme on Theme Forest can be found on my site.

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    free brushess

    August 22, 2009 5:54 am

    Omg. Amazing theme. very nice Thaks

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    nice one , i will transform it to Arabic language soon .

    • 13

      Hi imad,

      are you from Egypt ?

      its sarah aniston here from Norway

      are you living in Australia ?

      • 14

        Hi sarah aniston,

        I think i know you !! but still not sure , i was friend of Imad sid ….. yes imad sid was living in Australia- Brisbane , but he is now back to Egypt.

      • 15

        lol ! , i dont live in Egypt or australia
        I am Algerian , and i live in Algeria =)

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    I’ve always admired your web work, Sarah, and it’s so generous of you to release a free version of such a great theme. Danke schön!

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    The theme was not “especially” DESIGNED for SM, it was DESIGNED for and sold on Themeforest.

    a VERSION (With fewer features) was then made available here.

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    @Gavin – what’s your point?

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    Not designed especially for SM

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    I can see Gavin’s point. All of the other releases were specifically for SM (…I think. I really haven’t looked into it.) but this seems more like an afterthought release; I’d also be a little irritated too if I purchased something and then a few days later it’s released free “especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.”

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    Dont get me wrong, this is a GREAT 5 star theme! Even without some of the features and support (Which has been 5 star to).

    Just would have been nice to know this was going to be released, so I could have played around with it and then probably bought it, as I have been talking to Sarah (The author).

    And to see it was designed especially for SM, the author must have known it was going to come out now and could have told me.

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    Smashing Editorial

    August 22, 2009 10:10 am

    The theme was designed specifically for Smashing Magazine from the very beginning – we’ve set the requirements and ideas for the theme. As far as I can see, an advanced version of the theme is being sold on Themeforest.

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    pretty cheap looking

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    I would probably be pissed if I purchased this theme without knowing a free version of it would be released here…

    Thanks for releasing the theme though SM, your free resources are always appreciated.

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    This theme looks great, but no amount of fiddling with it get it to actually work.
    the demo data all shows up, but no navigation on featured posts work nor do any of the rollovers for the images on the front page.
    Pity… it’s pretty

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    August 22, 2009 12:54 pm

    meh, I am underwhelmed, and I do not like it. Too much ‘design’ for something that might look nice on paper, but in reality doesn’t really work. Sorry, better luck next time.

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    I saw this theme on the ThemesForest and now Sarah and SM gave it out for free. Thank you you guys very much. I really like the theme.

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    Lucy van Pelt

    August 22, 2009 2:55 pm

    This theme is not playing nicely with Dreamhost at all!

    “Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference”
    “Warning: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration…”
    “failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found”
    “Warning: Division by zero”…

    Anyone have any tips?

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    Rainer Bendig

    August 22, 2009 3:07 pm

    You should correct the filename of smashingMultiMedia_smapleData.xml :)

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    Isn’t releasing the ‘same’ (similar) theme thats already been sold on theme forrest against the terms and conditions?

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    Pretty sweet. I was just talking to someone yesterday that was needing a WP theme for some of their videos. :-)

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    Great theme! Although I would recommend doing another proof-read. Quite a few typos, and the manual (help.pdf) was pretty sparse and the sample data had a few typos in the “Splash Media Images” so I had to do some fixings in here. All in all I would give this 5 stars regardless!

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    super cool! :)

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    The theme looks amazing but that’s where it stops. There are many issues to fix, I think this is worth downloading the PSD but that’s it. This theme lacks good programming to make it useful.

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    Really very beautiful and useful.
    Thank you.

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    This is damn good XD

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    looks superb. Thanks.

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    Like doctaco has said, I couldn’t get the rollovers on the front page to work.

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    I upload the theme but it seems not working!

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    I can’t seem to make podcasts work.I’m using the Podcasting plugin and the theme tells me no media was found.

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    If anyone can get the rollovers to work, please post the fix. I’ve reloaded the theme twice and done a clean install of all the plugins. My stylesheet matches the demo exactly so there must be some option I haven’t properly set.

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    wooooooooo its great

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    Has anyone been able to install and get this theme to actually function?
    I just registered a fresh domain, did a completely fresh WP install and installed the theme and sample data following the directions to the letter.
    Still have same issues of no roll overs and no navigation between the featured posts.

    I did send a note to the dev with a link and the issues, but don’t know how much support we will get since it’s a free theme. If anyone has it functioning properly can you post up a link and any changes you made to get it to function?


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