I just put out my 15th theme at ThemeFurnace – called “Gridster” it is a minimal grid-based theme suitable for photographers, artists or designers. The homepage is simply a responsive grid which displays your images, on clicking through it displays a large version of the image with accompanying text.

Gridster usually costs $49 or the developer club membership is $99 which includes all themes but I’m currently running a summer sale with 60% off all themes or membership!

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About The Theme

I really went back to basics with this theme – it’s my simplest theme for a while, no custom post types are used in this theme: It’s just regular blog posts and the images are handled by the built-in “featured images” function. The layout is clean and minimal with a left-aligned sidebar to keep everything neatly in place.

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As with every other ThemeFurnace theme, you get the TF Panel for theme options so you can control the Typography and other general options.

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Conclusion

Building this theme was a refreshing change – I enjoyed going back to basics and building a new theme from the ground up, using the underscores theme to start me off (check that out if you need a solid starter theme). I plan to create a few more simpler themes for ThemeFurnace for the next couple of months.I have constructed a free version of Gridster which I have submitted to the repository so I’ll link that up once it has been approved.


Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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6 Comments

  1. It’s themes like this which need attention, which could capture a massive niche market neglected right from the get-go. There are literally thousands of photographers who use patched up WordPress themes to get their work out in a halfway suitable showcase, and very, very few themes which cater for their specific needs. Good move!

  2. Just purchased this template. Looks great.
    The only thing you’ve missed is this:
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  3. Don

    I just went to buy Gridster and got an error message saying the SUMMERSPECIAL has expired. Is that true?

    Don

  4. I have searched everywhere and can’t find a single sentence of documentation to show me how to add an image to the theme. Once I get that down I’m sure I’ll enjoy it as the graphic design is supreme. I plan to splurge for the pro version, multi site, if this looks and works as good as I think it will. But first I need to get the first image into it, and I have no idea how.

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