WP Theme Review: DesignPileBy JP Habaradas on April 7, 2010 @jaypee
After the SimpleFolio theme, Smashing Magazine’s next free WordPress theme release is another awesome freemium theme called DesignPile which was created and released in collaboration with hosting reseller Site 5.
Short introduction from the Smashing Magazine post:
..we are glad to release DesignPile WordPress Theme, a theme designed by Site 5 and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme comes with 3 color styles and a couple of jQuery-based goodies. It can be used for portfolios and blogs as well as corporate webAs usual, the theme is free to use in private and commerical projects.
- Widget ready (footer and sidebar)
- Built-in gravatar support
- Built-in threaded comments support
- Theme Options Page
- 3 Color Styles
- Custom homepage
- Simple Post Thumbnails Plugin
- 125×125 ads section with enable/disable option, using “WP125″ plugin
- JQuery Lightbox
- JQuery Forms
- AJAX-based based contact form
- Live form email validation
- Theme Requirements: WordPress 2.9.1+
DesignPile is easily one of the best looking and best designed freemium WordPress theme released to date. I’m quite picky even with WordPress themes but I immediately fell in love with this theme the moment I saw it.
DesignPile has so many things going for it. Design-wise, it has a very nice custom logo, custom grungy background, custom date graphic, custom sidebar section title graphics (categories, recent comments, archives), a nice comment form with custom icons, the layout and spacing is well done, it has very good typography and has 3 color styles to choose from. Feature-wise, it has a custom homepage, a theme options page that usually doesn’t come with free WordPress themes, post thumbnails, banner ad management (via plugin), social bookmarking section with icons, a post author info section and a footer section to display content.
DesignPile requires a couple WordPress plugins to work – Simple Post Thumbnails and WP125 which both come with the theme download.
If you’re like me who’s into themes that have nice graphics and custom icons, I’m sure you’re gonna like the DesignPile theme. Aside from that, DesignPile comes with a lot of features that most free WordPress themes which gives the user a lot more flexibility and control over the theme. Thanks once again to Smashing Magazine for another awesome freemium WordPress theme release and also to Site 5 for designing the theme!
For further information regarding the installation and usage of this theme, check out the DesignPile WordPress theme documentation.
NOTE: This theme was scanned using the Theme Authenticity Checker and doesn’t contain any hidden or encrypted code.
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