Mainstream – a blog about everyday things

Written by Mark Forrester on July 23, 2009 Product News.


It’s not an every day thing for us here at WooThemes to give away wonderful free WordPress themes, built on our renowned theme framework, but today is one of those lucky few.

Last week, late one night, Adii spent some time with his good friend – a glass of whisky – and dreamed up Mainsteam in Photoshop – a vibrant blog theme for serious, yet personal bloggers. A couple days later, Cobus spent a day slicing and dicing the Photoshop file into neat standards compliant code, battling the odd Internet Explorer gremlin – minus whisky I might add. Then it was another day, building in our feature rich theme framework which eventually brings us to today where we can launch Mainstream upon the world wide web.

The theme comes with 5 alternate colour schemes, 4 custom widgets, and 3 page templates – not bad for a free theme hey?

The default Mainstream style
The default Mainstream style
A preview of some of the options available in Mainstream
A preview of some of the options available in Mainstream

Head on over to the Mainstream theme listing page to download the theme and enjoy the goodness.

Please note we will not be supporting this theme via email or in the comments below. All support queries must be directed through the support forums, which are only accessible to our registered woo users. Why not join the club – information available here

39 Responses

  1. Kate Mag
    July 23, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Thank you, woo themes. It’s very good free theme, woo themes standard 😀

    • Adii Rockstar
      July 23, 2009 at 8:39 am #

      Glad you like it! 🙂

      And in terms of both design & functionality I can assure everyone that this is top-notch WooThemes coding. Whilst we could’ve added a lot of other features, we tend to keep our free themes uncomplicated, but the WooQuality is always there.

  2. Showfom
    July 23, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    Cool I like it

  3. Adam
    July 23, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    nice one adii, send me your address and i will post out some more whisky… although woothemes awesomeness without a price tag maybe you had to much already.

    • Adii Rockstar
      July 24, 2009 at 12:17 am #

      I hope that whiskey has been couriered already!? 🙂

  4. Gokturk
    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Thank you Woo Team! that’a a wonderful theme

  5. SE7EN
    July 23, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Hmm the out-of-the-box ribbon webdesign trend is rising? Beutiful! even on IE6 😀

    • Foxinni
      July 24, 2009 at 5:15 am #

      Miracles do happen. 😛

      • Adii Rockstar
        July 24, 2009 at 6:14 am #

        That’s a WooThemes-kinda miracle I’d say! 🙂

  6. Dailypush
    July 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    very nice. looks similar to the obox (couch) design.

  7. ithemesdotnet
    July 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    Mainstream is a very nice looking theme. Wish I could drink whiskey and create something like this.

    • Adii Rockstar
      July 24, 2009 at 12:16 am #

      LOL… Mind that I probably only had one whisky or maybe two… So it would have not influenced my design skills in any way.

  8. WPThemes
    July 23, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Wow… I like it.

    Very very clean. This could have been a premium theme easily.

    Can the top “category” header links become “pages”

    Thanks for releasing the theme.

    • Adii Rockstar
      July 24, 2009 at 12:15 am #

      There is indeed an option to switch both the top & footer navigation between displaying pages & categories. And that’s just some Woo style right there… 🙂

  9. River Girl
    July 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I actually love this theme. And you have Khaki! Wonder who likes that color? Thanks for using my suggestion!

  10. Young
    July 23, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    Really Beautiful for personal lifestream blog.

  11. Premium Theme Info
    July 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    I am happy to see the new free themes released. Thanks for sharing this free! You are a great man!

  12. web themes
    July 24, 2009 at 2:47 am #

    Superb, awesome and mind blowing themes i really like the styles and cuts.

  13. Samrat
    July 24, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    Ok, this is good for a personal blog not a professional tech blog.

    I am expecting a free professional tech blog theme from woothemes.

    • Adii Rockstar
      July 24, 2009 at 7:40 am #

      See… The thing with freebies is that we like giving them, but when people start making demands, we become less inclined to do freebies…

    • longbrook
      July 24, 2009 at 8:03 am #

      That’s why it says “Free Personal Blog Theme.” If your going to ask WooThemes for a specific design, how about being willing to pay for it? They’re not your WordPress genies, so please don’t tell them what you expect them to design for you.

  14. Ahmed
    July 24, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    That is what im talking about

    More improvment nice clean layout well done

    Looking for more improvment 🙂

    i love woo theme


  15. DominicT
    July 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    Indeed nice and neat site, really love it. Wonder what all can happen over a glass of whiskey !

  16. Stuart
    July 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    Great free theme guys and a fantastic contribution to the community 🙂

  17. Johan Swarts
    July 26, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    Very nice. I look forward to hacking it apart 😉

  18. JohnC
    July 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    You have this license on your admin-custom.php file:
    // Custom fields for WP write panel
    // This code is protected under Creative Commons License:

    That makes you not 100% GPL compliance.

    • Adii Rockstar
      July 27, 2009 at 12:13 am #

      That is an oversight on our part and it needs to be removed. The themes and all of the code, CSS & images are indeed GPL.

      • JohnC
        July 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

        Hi Adii, yeah I saw you forgot to remove it from your file.

        BTW, I am not a theme developer and honestly I am against the premium theme developers going GPL. I have seen a daily increase of blogs offering not one but all of yours/others work for free. As a matter of fact, I just Googled another premium developer and the third result was actually a blog offering 21 of your themes in one click. That hurts. And will be worst because these blogs are starting to rank just one position below than the original site. Imagine someone searching for the term “woothemes” and the second result is a blog offering all of your themes for free. (Just happened when I searched for the other company’s name).

        Email me if you want to take a look at the one offering your themes.

        Take care and keep up the good work.

        • Adii Rockstar
          July 28, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

          There’s not much we can do about that, since the themes are GPL and they can be redistributed by whomever has bought the themes.

          We’re not overly fussed about that though and we completely rely on all of the honest people that purchase the themes from us. Those copies that are freely available aren’t even updated to the latest version for example. So if someone really wants to use those free, outdated copies, then they’re not the type of person that we want as a user / member anyway.

  19. Arun
    July 27, 2009 at 12:23 am #

    Nice there a way just to show the title and description instead of using logo?

    • Adii Rockstar
      July 27, 2009 at 12:27 am #

      Nope, unfortunately that is not supported at the moment.

  20. Jacob
    July 27, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    Great theme. Unfortunately, pingbacks are not shown below the postings. Is this a bug or an error on my side?

  21. Ashish
    July 28, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    Hey its a wonderful theme. Plan to use it on my blog.

    Thanks a ton

  22. jlapitan
    August 2, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Hi there,

    Thanx for the new free template im actually using it right now on my site, i was using Irresistible before..

    Just a question, is it possible to show only the preview(excerpt) of my posts on the homepage?

  23. Jorge l Nokia Mobile Talk
    August 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks for this theme, I for one would not mind joining the club is there was ever a version of Mainstream that was a Premium theme, after fumbling with tons of themes and spending a pretty penny here and there ie. Thesis 1.5 Developer and Premium Themes well over $200 I’ve finally settled with Mainstream, not bad guys, I’m glad I cruised over to your site at the right time. I’ve always known about you guys but had not signed up but perhaps in the the near future I’ll become an official member in the mean time, congratulations on a great theme. I look forward to your other upcoming premium and free themes, to see if I finally take the plunge and become an official Woo-er lol.

    • Adii Rockstar
      August 10, 2009 at 1:48 am #

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I think for all the buzz around Thesis and other similar themes, simplicity is still key. Mainstream is definitely not our most sophisticated and feature-rich theme ever, but it does what it’s aimed to do and the code base is superior to most free theme alternatives. So it’s great to hear that you have found value in using this theme over other more complicated alternatives.

  24. Web Design
    August 14, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    Hey great theme. Mainstream is really looks very nice.

  25. Talicy
    August 17, 2009 at 2:55 am #

    Hey great theme. However, my search bar seems very different from the one in the preview. The submit button is just the default submit button, not red and also there is a ‘search for:’ text before the box which according to the demo shouldn’t be there.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Adii Rockstar
      August 17, 2009 at 4:52 am #

      Unfortunately we can only provide technical support via our support forum.