Free WordPress 3.0+ Theme for Portfolios and Magazines: JournalCrunch

In this post we release a yet another freebie: JournalCrunch WordPress 3.0+ theme, a theme for magazines or portfolios with an integrated journal. The theme was designed by Site52 and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.

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Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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  • Widget ready (footer and sidebar)
  • Easy to setup, Theme Options Page
  • Custom Homepage with 2 different views (featured posts or slider)
  • WordPress Post Thumbnail Enabled
  • WordPress 3.0+ Menu Management Support
  • Latest Tweets Built-in Widget
  • Built-in Pagination
  • 9 shortcodes
  • Grid and standard posts listing
  • Ninvo Slider, easy to setup from Admin panel
  • JQuery Drop-down menu
  • JQuery PrettyPhoto Lightbox
  • JQuery Forms
  • Ajax based contact form
  • Live form email validation

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Thank you, guys. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

35 Comments to “Free WordPress 3.0+ Theme for Portfolios and Magazines: JournalCrunch”

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