WP Theme Review: WP Smashing



WP Smashing WordPress Theme

Last month, Smashing Magazine released several freebies for designers and bloggers and it included a cool and unique calendar-style free WordPress theme called WP Smashing. I know its a not a new theme but I wanted to share it with you guys and I’m sure some of you haven’t heard of or seen it yet.

Designed and created by Greg Johnson of Bust A Theme for Smashing Magazine, the WP Smashing WordPress theme makes use of the features and functionality of Bust A Theme’s recently released theme called WP Calendar.

WP SMASHING started out as an exercise in displaying WordPress posts in calendar format. The uses for this kind of functionality are obvious and I haven’t come across a plugin or theme that accomplished this goal in the manner I was after.

WP SMASHING accomplishes this by way of a companion plugin, written specifically for this theme. Knowing that not everyone will want to display their posts this way, the plugin offers you the ability to choose how you want to display posts on the index and in the archive – using a calendar or a two-column listing of post excerpts (much like Smashing Magazine). If you choose to display posts as a calendar, the titles of each post are displayed for each day. If the title(s) are larger than the relatively small square allotted for a calendar day, a custom scroll bar is shown allowing the user to scroll through your posts.

WP SMASHING is completely widget-ready and features 4 configurable ’side bars’. One of these side bars is the right column – navigation – on every page except for if/when the calendar is displayed. The other 3 side bars are incorporated into footer. Also integrated into the footer is a contact form which includes validation and also includes options in the companion plugin.

Basic Features:

  • Widget-ready
  • Theme options page
  • Collapsible search form
  • XHTML & CSS valid
  • Configurable calendar functionality
  • Configurable contact form
  • Custom plugin

Screenshots:

Homepage
WP Smashing WordPress Theme

Post page
WP Smashing WordPress Theme

My Take:
WP Smashing is easily one of the best designed and best looking themes created for Smashing Magazine. Aside from its good looks, it also offers some unique features and functionality that aren’t usually available in free WordPress themes. What makes this theme unique from other WordPress themes is the calendar functionality that lets the user choose to display posts on the homepage in a calendar style layout.

With the WP Smashing plugin created especially for this theme, the WP Smashing Magazine theme can be used with the calendar style homepage or have it display the regular 2 column layout with post excerpts and a traditional sidebar. The WP Smashing theme, with its features and functionality can be used either for a personal blog, portfolio site or for a company blog.

The WP Smashing theme has a collapsible search form/bar found on the upper right part of the theme. To use it, just click on the magnifying glass graphic to expand then type in the keyword/search term. This theme also has a widgetized footer where the user can display categories, latest posts, recent comments and other blog content. The post page also has an area to display banner ads so if you’re running ads or affiliate banners on your blog, you won’t have to worry about editing the file because the theme author already prepared it for you.

Once again, another cool free WordPress theme this time courtesy of Smashing Magazine and Bust A Theme. Thank you guys for sharing this cool and unique theme with us. More power and looking forward to more quality free WordPress themes in the near future.

NOTE: To download this theme, you’ll have to register first because the WP Smashing WordPress theme is only available for Bust A Theme members. Nothing to worry because registration is FREE.

Preview or Download the WP Smashing WordPress theme.


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13 Comments

  1. sugitha

    May 4, 2009 at 3:53 AM

    Clean and clear theme. Very nice.

  2. sylv3rblade

    May 1, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    @Sir Jaypee
    I’m still in the process of creating my personal site ^_^

    sylv3rblades last blog post..Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Demo in June

  3. JP Habaradas

    April 26, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    @K – Hehe..it’s all good. I know you like the minimalistic type of themes. Don’t worry, I’ll feature another minimalistic theme here soon. You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing and trying it out, even though its not your type. ;)

    I’m using a plugin that lets me reply to reader’s comments and I’m the only one who can see the reply button. Then my comment reply will automatically be sent via email to the person who I’m replying to.

    I really like the theme you’re using right now, the Futurosity Vero. Looks simple but very elegant. Good choice!

    Yes, I’ve read and heard about the Intense Debate plugin but I’ve never got the chance to try it out. Maybe I should try it on one of my blogs or in my sandbox. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. K

    April 26, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    Def not for me Jaypee. I am not an organized person when it comes to “scheduling” – I don’t know, the huge calendar is just worrying me.

    Thanks for the share – I tried it on but it didn’t give me the jive.

    PS. How do you reply to each commenter since I don’t see a reply button somewhere? Do you use a plugin for that? See, I changed my theme again to the old Futurosity theme, it doesn’t have the reply-comment option but when I tried to implement it, the comment css doesn’t work nice.

    Heard of Intense Debate comment plugin?

  5. Friendster-Beauties-Dot-Com

    April 25, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    cute din pero mas gusto ko pa rin yung revolution magazine theme.

    Friendster-Beauties-Dot-Coms last blog post..lemon wong – Malaysia

  6. JP Habaradas

    April 25, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    @sylv3rblade – Which one is your personal blog? Anyways, planning on doing a theme reboot? Nice! :)

  7. sylv3rblade

    April 25, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Hmm looks like it fits the theme for my personal site. Looks great

    sylv3rblades last blog post..Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Demo in June

  8. JP Habaradas

    April 24, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    @Jehzeel – Yeah, this theme would be a nice for a personal blog slash diary and like you said, it would be nice if there are daily updates. If not, the calendar would be empty. Hehe

  9. Jehzeel Laurente

    April 24, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    i love the theme. lalo na yung calendar, pero dapat may daily update para maganda tingnan.. maganda to gawing online daily diary :D

    Jehzeel Laurentes last blog post..Cebu Pacific: The Cheapest and Most Unsecured Airline Company!

  10. JP Habaradas

    April 24, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    @jhay – You’re right. However, this theme is not only limited to group/company blog sites because the user has the option to use the calendar style homepage or not. So you can also choose to have a traditional blog homepage layout if you want to.

    I agree. The aesthetics on this theme is awesome! :D

  11. jhay

    April 24, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    The calendar layout is very unique, quite useful for a group/company events blog. Other than that, I could not think of a use for it.

    Though the aesthetics on this theme is just awesome!

    jhays last blog post..How to blog & post photos to Multiply via MMS

  12. JP Habaradas

    April 24, 2009 at 12:45 AM

    @trench – Yes, it is a very cool and unique theme and suits a company/organization blog. Let me know if you use it for your club site. :D

  13. trench

    April 24, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    wow, Im impressed. I really like that calendar theme. Great for my bully club site Im working on!

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