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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.

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Download the theme for free! Link

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 Link

  • 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)9

comments10
Comments (large preview)11

custom_widgets12
Custom Widgets (large preview)13

dropdown14
Drop-down menu (large preview)15

gallery16
Gallery (large preview)17

grid_view18
Grid View (large preview)19

category20
Category (large preview)21

single22
Single post (large preview)23

slideshow24
Slideshow (large preview)25

social_widget26
Social Widget (large preview)27

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Theme Options (large preview)29

Motivation for the design Link

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 website30 for more free high-quality themes.

Footnotes Link

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

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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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    Arnaud Lemercier

    November 24, 2010 4:00 pm

    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!

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  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.

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  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!

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    • 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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