WP Theme Review: Agregado


Agregado is a one-of-a-kind, feature-rich theme which could easily be one of the best-designed and best-looking free WordPress themes around. It was designed for Smashing Magazine by popular WordPress theme designer Darren Hoyt who created the Mimbo and Mimbo Pro themes and Matt Dawson of Category4.

Basic Features:

  • 2 columns
  • Right sidebar
  • Built-in lifestream module
  • Built-in gravatar support
  • Built-in contact form w/ custom control panel options
  • Animated dropdown menus
  • Custom archives page
  • Numerical pagination on archive and search pages
  • Author-highlighting for comments
  • User profile module
  • Widget-ready
  • Works with Firefox, IE, Safari and Opera
  • XHTML and CSS standards compliant

Requirements:

  • WordPress 2.6+
  • Host server with PHP5+ and cURL installed

Screenshots:
Agregado WordPress Theme
Index Page

Agregado WordPress Theme
Post Page

My Take:
For a free public WordPress theme, the Agregado is in a class of its own. It has some very cool built-in features that some premium themes don’t even have. Among those features, the one I like the most and I’m pretty sure is also what most Agregado users love is the the built-in lifestream module which lets you display stuff from your Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, Del.icio.us, Pownce, Flickr and other web services/social networking accounts and integrate into your blog. You don’t have to worry about installing a plugin or bothering with the code as it’s already built-in. All you have to do is configure it from the control panel.

Aside from the nice built-in features and the eye candy design, I also like the cool animated drop-down menus for the pages/subpages and categories/sub-categories. Agregado is also widget-ready which means you can continue using your favorite widgets in case you decide to use this theme. If you want to customize the design and color scheme of Agregado, you can do so by downloading the PSD file.

Thanks to Smashing Magazine for sharing this beautiful WordPress theme and hats off to the theme designers, Darren Hoyt and Matt Dawson for a job well done! Looking forward to your next collaboration and more quality themes like these in the future.

Preview or Download the Agregado WordPress theme.

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