One type of theme I’ve always wanted to build is a video theme. It’s also been requested on many occasions in the past. I’m here today to tell you that I have not built a video theme.
Honestly, when I first started working on the Socially Awkward theme, I had planned to create a video theme because WordPress 3.6 just dropped some awesomeness on us with video support. However, I decided to truly do a video theme justice (like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), it would need an accompanying plugin to handle a lot of extra non-theme features. That’s just not what I wanted to do. I wanted to focus on designing a theme rather than developing features.
So, instead, I built a theme that highlights all sorts of media, not just videos.
About the theme
Socially Awkward is a theme that I believe the average WordPress user needs. It’s about getting back to the roots of weblogging and sharing content.
I don’t want to sound like I’m over-hyping it too much, but this is a project I’ve fallen in love with. It’s the first time in a while I’ve pushed through 16-hour days just so I could play around with a new idea. It’s been invigorating and has rejuvenated my love for simply designing WordPress themes.
The plan for this theme was simple: use WordPress’ post formats, Hybrid Core’s new media grabber, and media from around the Web. Then, mix them all together and see what happens.
I believe I’ve created a theme that performs its job well.
What’s different about this theme?
Socially Awkward has some new features that I’ve been experimenting with lately but have finally gotten a chance to fully put to use. Here’s a list of a few things that’s different about this theme.
- It’s one of the few themes in existence that takes advantage of WordPress’ new features for self-hosted audio and video like a custom-skinned media player and the display of ID3 tags (i.e., audio/video metadata).
- Takes advantage of the Hybrid Core framework’s new media grabber (added in 1.6) to pull media from a post, which is something you’ll probably see from more Hybrid-built themes in the future.
- Uses WordPress’ nav menu system to handle the display of your social networking profiles.
- No theme options. Yes, that’s a feature. Themes should just work, and I’ve done my best to make theme setup as worry-free as possible.
- Post formats navigation. There’s an included “formats” menu. But, the cool feature is that navigation between single posts is to the next/previous post by format (e.g., the next video, previous quote, etc.).
- We’ve got Bon Iver in the demo. What other themes can claim that?
Download the theme
You can find all the relevant theme information like the download and demo links on the Socially Awkward theme page. It will also soon be on the WordPress.org theme repository (assuming it makes it through the review process).
Please enjoy this theme. All feedback is welcome. As always, please post any support questions in the support forums.