Archive for May, 2011

New WordPress magazine theme: Aggregate

Wordpress magazine theme Aggregate

Elegant themes just released their latest WordPress theme Aggregate, a magazine style theme with tons of features, and as usual they’ve done a great job!

The theme described by the creators:

“Aggregates comes packed with tons of content and widget-ready areas, and manages to display everything in a clear and readable manner. We have also added some handy new widgets, as well as many new advertisement areas. If you have been searching for a feature-rich Magazine-style theme for your blog, then look no further!”

Basic theme features

Unlimited color schemes

Aggregate comes with various background textures and the ability to adjust the background color and font colors.

Optional blog-style structure

Even though Aggregate was created to be a CMS with a page-based structure, you can also run the theme like a normal blog instead.

Dozens of fonts

Aggregate comes with various font options, allowing you to adjust the header and body text independently.

Custom widgets

Aggregate comes with some cool new widgets, such as the Recent Videos slider, Photostream and Popular Posts.

Automated thumbnail resizing

Like any good magazine theme, this theme utilizes timthumb to automatically resize your thumbnail images. Because of this, only one thumbnail images is required per post, despite the various thumbnail sizes used in the theme.

Advertising management

With Aggregate you can place 125×125 banner images in your sidebar and 468×60 ads to your post pages.

For advanced features, demo and download – visit the Aggregate info page.

How to work with WordPress featured images

WordPress has come a very long way (especially since v3) in terms of its image or media management system, making it extremely easy for you to add custom image sizes, featured images, cropping etc.

Theme developers are now spoilt for choice when it comes to adding image management capabilities to their themes, and users have more control than ever before on how they add and manipulate the images they upload.

These improvements however, bring a level of complexity that can only be understood through hours of research and practice to get the perfect balance in terms of how images are added and manipulated from an extension or theming perspective.

Fortunately, Ade, over at www.studiograsshopper.ch has come to the rescue and done all the hard graft for you already.

Ade has meticulously studied and documented every aspect of how wordpress’s media system works and how best you can approach its implementation.

We were amazed at the level of detail Ade went into in order to make this topic extremely clear for everyone and are sure you will be as well: “WordPress Featured Images – add_image_size() resizing and cropping demo