I haven’t featured and reviewed a minimalistic theme in a long time. The last one was 5ThirtyOne’s Unstandard WordPress theme. Today, I’ll be featuring a free WordPress theme called Too Newsy which is brought to us by Performancing in collaboration with my online friend and Splashpress Media designer Sophia Lucero.

We are pleased to announce the January, 2009 Performancing Theme release: Too Newsy. The Too Newsy Performancing Theme for WordPress is a three-column WordPress theme that uses minimal images and earthy colors, contributing to a touch of elegance.

Features:

  • 3 columns
  • 2 sidebars
  • Built-in gravatar support
  • Widget-ready
  • Compatible with WordPress 2.6.x & 2.7

Screenshot:
Too Newsy WordPress Theme

My Take:
Too Newsy is a simple, elegant and lightweight WordPress theme that has very good typography, one of the most important aspects in web design. It looks very neat and professional. Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles or advance features that somem themes have, it does have all the elements and necessary features that most bloggers need to make their WordPress blog work like the built-in gravatar support and widget-ready feature. If you ask me, WordPress themes should have these two features by default considering gravatars and widgets are extensively used in WordPress blogs these days. Even though it doesn’t have built-in ad management, Too Newsy’s sidebars were designed to accommodate different image dimensions which makes it easy to implement buttons or banner ads and other widgets.

I also like the fact that it was created to work with different versions of WordPress. The Too Newsy WordPress theme is available in two versions. Too Newsy 1.0a for blogs running WordPress 2.6.x (and other earlier versions) and the Too Newsy 1.0b for WordPress 2.7+. The 1.0b version that’s made for WP 2.7 supports threaded/paginated comments, post classes, image captions and gallery classes out of the box. So you don’t have to edit your theme files, just activate these options from the WP Dashboard.

To sum it all up, Too Newsy is one of the best looking minimalistic free WordPress theme available out there. Sophia definitely did a very good job with it. Thanks also to Performancing for commissioning Sophia to create this theme and make it available to the public. Looking forward to more free WordPress themes from you guys!

Preview or Download the Too Newsy WordPress theme.

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35 Comments

  • jehzlau, May 16, 2009 @ 11:04 AM Reply

    teka.. nag comment na pala ulit ako dito.. ngayon ko lang na alala.. may amnesia na ata me.. haha :D

  • jehzlau, May 16, 2009 @ 11:02 AM Reply

    i love this theme :D minimalist kasi ako. magagamit ko sa ibang blogs ko to :) hehe

  • JP Habaradas, February 28, 2009 @ 6:40 AM Reply

    @jan – I think learning HTML helps you learn CSS faster and better. :)

  • jan, February 28, 2009 @ 6:39 AM Reply

    loy: “CSS is relatively easy to learn. I didn’t even take any short course or read any book to learn it. I just studied the CSS source codes of websites and went on from there.”

    Really? That’s encouraging to hear. Is it necessary to learn HTML first before taking up lessons in CSS? Perhaps knowing HTML speeds up the learning curve for you. Of course, I’m just guessing.

    jans last blog post..Beware: Rabid Commenter on the Loose

  • JP Habaradas, February 27, 2009 @ 12:00 AM Reply

    @elmot – Hehe..all images are inside the “theme”. What I’m asking is what area is the image on, header? post? sidebar? :D

    Anyways, so you got it fixed already? Cool! Okay, just give me the link and I’ll take a look at it.

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