WP Theme Review: SimpleFolio



SimpleFolio WordPress Theme

It’s been a while since I last featured a theme from Smashing Magazine so today I decided to review one. Designed by Omar Corrales and released by Smashing Magazine for its readers, the SimpleFolio theme is a beautiful, simple and clean portfolio style WordPress theme that has tons of features.

Here’s a short introduction from Smashing Magazine:

Today we are glad to release a beautiful, simple and clean portfolio WordPress theme – SimpleFolio, designed by Omar E. Corrales and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. SimpleFolio is a portfolio theme that includes a blog and a very extensive option page that allows you to exclude all your portfolio items from the blog page. It also includes a front page slider.

It has 2 different widget areas and threaded comments, and also supports paged comments and has 2 different page templates for advanced usage. The control of images is done from the post page.

Basic features:

  • CSS-based layout
  • 2 columns of fixed width
  • Widget-ready
  • Threaded comments support
  • Built-in gravatar support
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional valid
  • Multi-browser compatibility: tested on Firefox, Safari , IE7, IE8, Chrome
  • Easy to setup, theme options page

Screenshots:
Homepage
SimpleFolio WordPress Theme

Portfolio
SimpleFolio WordPress Theme

Blog
SimpleFolio WordPress Theme

My Take:
SimpleFolio is simple, yet elegant. It’s a clean and beautiful portfolio style WordPress theme. Aside from the beautiful design and layout, it also has very good typography and tons of features that can be configured in the theme options page. It also has some of the basic features that most WordPress users need like widget-ready sections, built-in gravatar support and threaded comments support.

This theme doesn’t use much graphics and has a CSS-based layout so its lightweight and loads up pretty fast. It’s also designed to work with different web browsers, so users won’t have to worry whether their clients use IE, Firefox, Chrome or Safari to view their portfolio. Aside from having a portfolio, users can use the blog to publish some information, events or anouncements.

Here are some of the settings that you can configure in the theme options page are – custom logo, custom favicon, site keywords, site description, Feedburner URL, Twitter URL, Welcome title, Welcome text, excerpt length, slogan, quote text, social box title and social box message. You can view a screencast on how to add images to the slider here.

The SimpleFolio theme is a nice theme to use and start with if you’re planning to put up an online portfolio website. It’s a free WordPress theme but it has premium-quality design and tons of features. IMO, SimpleFolio is easily one of the best portfolio style WordPress themes out there.

Once again, hats off to Smashing Magazine for releasing this premium quality WordPress theme to the public for free and kudos to the theme author for creating a very beautiful theme.

Preview or Download the SimpleFolio WordPress Theme (version 1.5)*

*SimpleFolio version 1.5 no longer uses the TimThumb script. If you want to use TimThumb, you can download version 1.3 here.

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


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6 Comments

  1. Steven

    July 11, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    Hi there,

    I’m working on a website with the Simplefolio layout for a friend of mine. He asked me if it is possible to remove the black line at the top of the page, but I can’t find it anywhere. Can somebody tell me where in the php/css I can find it and remove it?

  2. Sebastian

    June 11, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    the slider dosn´t work anymore ?? no update!

  3. Kesha@st. louis website design

    December 13, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    I recently found this free theme and I must say that it is AWESOME! I love it! It beats several of the paid themes I’ve used. The code is not as difficult as some of the paid themes and it has many features right out of the box. This is one to add to your arsenal of themes :-)

  4. Internet Industry News | Net Age

    March 1, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    After the bad luck I’ve had with getting purchased themes to work, I am going to download and try this one. I’ll start simple and then migrate to something more specialsied and personalised once I am a bit more at ease playing with wordpress.

  5. JP Habaradas

    February 25, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    @Jhay – You got that right! :D

  6. Jhay

    February 25, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    Nice, clean and crisp. With great typography if I may add. Kudos to the creator!

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