WP Theme Review: Work-A-Holic


Work-A-Holic WordPress Theme

A couple years back you’ll have a difficult time finding a good portfolio style WordPress theme thats free. These days, there are lots of very nice premium quality portfolio themes that WordPress users can choose from. One of those themes comes from Graph Paper Press and its called the Work-A-Holic theme.

Work-a-holic is a free minimalistic two and three column WordPress theme that focuses mainly on showcasing portfolios for artists, web designers, photographers and illustrators. Work-a-holic separates your portfolio from your blog, enabling easy navigation for clients in a clean, intuitive fashion. It also has a separate sidebar for portfolio (shows recent projects) and a separate widgetized sidebar for the blog and pages.

Main Features:

  • Separate Blog and Portfolio Section
  • Blog lists posts as normal blog
  • Portfolio pulls latest thumbnail of the post and lists each of them on three columns
  • Multiple image gallery container (slider) on portfolio posts
  • Basic Theme Options
  • Twitter integrated – shows latest Tweet
  • Separate sidebar on Portfolio and normal sidebar on Blog
  • One Page template with separate sidebar
  • Ability to have a separate desired Thumbnail if WP-Post-Thumbnail plugin is installed
  • jQuery effects on Portfolio thumbnails
  • Multi-level Drop Down Menu
  • Support Nested Comments
  • Three footer widgets
  • Uses 960 css framework and jQuery javascript framework
  • XHML: This theme has been tested on Firefox, Safari, IE 8, 7, 6.

Screenshots:
Portfolio Homepage
Work-A-Holic WordPress Theme

Blog Homepage
Work-A-Holic WordPress Theme

Blog Post
Work-A-Holic WordPress Theme

My Take:
If you’re an artist, web designer, photographer or illustrator who’s planning to create a WordPress-powered online portfolio, you should definitely check out the Work-A-Holic theme. If was gonna create my own online portfolio, I’d definitely consider this theme. Its simple and minimalistic but doesn’t lack on the features/functions that you’ll need for an online portfolio. This theme also lets you put up a blog and have it separate from the portfolio.

Basic features include widgetized sidebars, widgetized bottom bar/footer with custom widgets, built-in gravatar support, Twitter integration and nested comments support. For the portfolio section of this theme, you can have a multiple image gallery on your portfolio posts with jQuery effects on the portfolio thumbnails and if you have the WP-Post-Thumbnail plugin installed, you can choose to have a separate thumbnail.

This theme only has one color scheme but because it doesn’t use much custom graphics making it highly customizable. Customizing this theme is something that can be easily done via a few tweaks on the stylesheet and/or using your own custom background image. The Work-A-Holic theme has an option page that lets the user specify the Blog Category ID and Twitter username.

In the Work-A-Holic post page, the author has provided some links with examples of the built-in gallery script in action, portfolio category archive, blog archive and page template. There’s also a video tutorial on how to separate the blog and portfolio and setting up the images and excerpts on Work-a-Holic. The theme files also include an html file with instructions on how to install, setup and configure the Work-A-Holic theme.

The Work-A-Holic is an excellent portfolio style freemium WordPress theme and kudos to the folks at Graph Paper Press for a job well done and for creating and releasing it to the public.

IMPORTANT: Graph Paper Press requires users to sign-up with a valid email address to download their themes.

Preview or Download the Work-A-Holic WordPress theme.

NOTE: This theme was scanned using the Theme Authenticity Checker and doesn’t contain any hidden or encrypted code.

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15 Comments

  1. Seth

    September 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    does anyone know how to get comments to show up on the blog posts- I have comments allowed and they are still not showing up. anyone know how to fix this?

  2. ksong

    August 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    how do we separate the blog and portfolio? looks like the link to the video is broken.

  3. Bird

    March 19, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    It’s a gorgeous theme and I was all ready to switch over to it, but it does not play well with pretty permalinks – if you have changed your permalink structure from the default you will not be able to get the comments working. Sad but true… I’d be using it myself right now if it weren’t for this :(

  4. Antalya nakliyat

    December 18, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    It can be theme for portfolio or photoblog. thank u admin :)

  5. Beginners Blogging Guide

    December 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    looks good, I think it’ll be better if the background is white.

  6. IL

    December 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Hi Jaypee

    I had luck I found your page in extremis befor the Graph Paper Press site made the whole set of “Work-a-holic” disappear (between the 25th nov and now). Seems only accessible for paying members. For chance I took a look on your site and its links. Thnaks a lot!

    IL

  7. Kelvin Servigon

    December 1, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    very nice theme, uhm, Kuya Jaypee, is there any wordpress theme that is very flexible for designs that you can recommend to me? Thank you! :D

  8. Michael

    November 30, 2009 at 5:28 AM

    it looks good, but I think it’ll look better if the background color is black.

  9. chris

    November 29, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    Clean and elegant.

  10. Heather Kephart

    November 27, 2009 at 7:45 AM

    Fabulous review, Jaypee! You always go well beyond the other reviewers in your scope and detail. This theme is beautiful by the way.

  11. madz

    November 26, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    I am thinking to change my blog’s layout. Unfortunately, it is not a wordpress blog. I want it to be simple yet elegant.

  12. Japaul Vergonia

    November 26, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Interesting.. though I’m not a WordPress blogger it shows that WP plugins and widget grows the very edge than the other..

  13. sylv3rblade

    November 26, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Looks like a good theme for a portfolio site :D

  14. DiTesco

    November 26, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    Yet another great review Jaypee. I have seen this theme before and I think it is really a good choice if you want to showcase a portfolio, this is definitely one that fits the bill. Kudos

    BTW, Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. Jhay

    November 26, 2009 at 3:29 AM

    Not bad, it has a nice and clean look.

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