Socially Awkward WordPress Theme


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 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.


  1. It’s easy to imagine that you’ve fallen love for this one. It’s so beautiful and full of nice details.

    1. Thanks, Sami. I had fun working on it.

  2. Wow. Great looking theme. You’re always good at simple, but this is also so elegant.

    1. It’s funny you should mention that I’m good at “simple”. That’s basically the foundation of everything I build. I ask, “How can I make this simpler?”

  3. maxheartless

    Great looking theme, Justin.
    Really slick-looking.

    1. Thanks. I’m glad you like the theme.

  4. You make me want to design a child theme for this!

    1. You’re more than welcome to.

  5. maxwellss

    Hi there. Small admin problem re this theme. I’ve registered, logged in, can download other themes, but not this theme, which I’d really like to test-drive. Cleared cache and cookies, same problem. thanks.

    1. Shoot me an email via the contact page with your account information. I’ll straighten it out for you.

  6. chrismccoy

    is this a free theme? or only to paid members?

    1. Free as a bird. Only support is paid.

    2. @Justin: When logged out, download link in theme page points to this url.

  7. chrismccoy

    Ya I noticed the download link was club for free members logged in and logged out, but the repo link points to the download on github, so thats where I downloaded it.

  8. haluk karamete

    Justin, nice theme… congratulations.

    I was testing the demo page on

    Obviously, the navigation dropdown is having an issue there. It falls behind the youtube video. ( I’m using chrome. )

    Could this ( help?

  9. haluk karamete


    I’ve saved the demo page on my desktop as “Webpage, Complete”. My goal was to test whether the trick I suggested would work or not.

    To my surprise, chrome saved the page by changing the exact area that I’m after, which is the area where you have the youtube iframe.

    I saw this;

    S0 I had to change the what you had which is this

    Then when I added the “wmode=transparent&” piece in there, I saw that it is working. The drop downs were showing properly.

    This is FYI.

    Here is the working piece;

  10. wooow…
    i think this is the best theme listed here @ theme hybrid.

  11. Thank you for post. wanderful and good looking theme.

  12. When I view the demo (Firefox on Linux), word breaks are not happening correctly.

    So I get something like this:
    (…) Milli
    ons upon millions of worlds.

    Istead of this:
    (…) Mil-
    ions upon millons of worlds.

    Notice the hyphen is missing, and the word breaks incorrectly.

    Removing *word-break:break all;* using Firebug while keeping word-wrap and -moz-hypen corrects this.

    Chrome doesn’t support word breaks at all, I think, so that’s not a problem.

  13. Mathias

    Beautiful Theme

  14. fuadalzubairi

    I could not add a distinct image …. Thanks

  15. I’m new to this, I can’t seem to figure out how to create menu’s for different categories of things I want to post on my blog..


  16. Is there any ay to make more than one coloumn with this theme? Can I remove recent posts from the homepage?


    1. Hi, Brooke. If you need any help with the theme, be sure to stop by the support forums.

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