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The News in Pictures

Written by Mark Forrester on May 5, 2010 Blog.

As recently promised we’re releasing another theme based on our usual winning formula, after a string of more niche theme designs.

Spectrum is a visually rich magazine-based theme designed by Chris Rowe – who we have previously worked with on the popular BlogTheme and Gotham News.

With Spectrum the home page is a visually rich layout showcasing your website content via engaging imagery, and a featured scroller available to highlight noteworthy blog posts scattered across numerous categories (it’s a tag based scroller).

Spectrum Blue Style
The blue style for Spectrum - one of 10 alternate styles available.

Whilst its usage would by default be for magazine-style publishers it could also efficiently be used by photographers and designers as a portfolio based theme thanks to its image heavy home page.

Spectrum explained
The Spectrum home page modules explained (click to enlarge)

View the demo here and the theme listing here. As always we welcome any constructive feedback.


21 Responses

  1. Gino Pulgar
    May 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm #


  2. Chris
    May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    I already have a site in mind for this, I am currently using Mortar for a screenshots site,, but I will be expanding into articles, this looks perfect. Another awesome theme, good job guys.

    • Adam Kayce
      May 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      Funny you should mention Mortar – I’ve got a client using Mortar, and I’ve been wanting to switch them to something else. Spectrum looks perfect for what they do, and could be the perfect replacement.

      “Great minds,” eh?

      • Chris
        May 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

        Ha, yep. I almost took the plunge into Aperture, but I’m glad I waited now.

  3. Craig
    May 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Very nice

    Any chance it’ll be available for Expression Engine?

    • Adii Rockstar
      May 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

      Maybe… We do however have other themes lined up for EE in the short term future.

  4. pedro67
    May 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    looks very nice – but maybe you forgot the custom field vor the video embed code, because it´s just for the image there. If you use the widget for woo video embed it doesn´t show a video. Even if you paste it via html in the post.

    • Magnus
      May 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

      Probably forgotten by our developer yes 🙂 Will add it now.

  5. Metin Ucar
    May 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    Such a nice surprise. Looks good. Now I have to find a project where I can use this new theme.

    By the way, is there any new portfolio or personal blog theme on the way?

    • Magnus
      May 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

      Maybe 🙂

      • Metin Ucar
        May 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

        I take that as “Yes”, Magnus 🙂

  6. David
    May 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    Great theme to compliment others. I have been playing around with it on the demo site — great tool, by the way.

    Is there any way to add a few (selectable) full width posts (with images) on homepage like with some other themes. This would be sweet. Also, having featured panel image height configurable would be good.

    I really like the css styling… a bit different. Woothemes is always moving the bar.

  7. Charles Tsai
    May 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    I love this theme but is there a way to bring the page navigation down so that it sits right on top of the category navigation?

    • Magnus
      May 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

      Yes it’s fairly easy moving the code. We can help you out in the forum.

  8. Dino Vedo
    May 11, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    I’ve been into blogging for quite some time and this is definitely a great post. I signed up for your newsletter, so please keep up the informative posts!

    Good luck on your blog, and feel free to comment and subscribe to my blog as well! 🙂

    – Dino Vedo

  9. Ronny
    May 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm #


    now I must criticise you a little. I find your Magazine-Themes not quite good. They look very easy everybody and unimaginative. There looks one like the other.

    You should also contrive sometimes what the new, as for example a news-Theme. You could follow, for example, an example with Wpzoom. There a Theme does not look like the other. Particularly what concerns magazines or News-Themes.

    Greetz Ronny

    • Adii Rockstar
      May 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

      Have you considered that there may be method in our supposed madness? 🙂 Check out our Showcase for some great modifications of these themes; modifications that have both earned ROI’s for its its owners, but also achieved all of their goals.

  10. Samuel
    May 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Woothems, nice themes! I am interested to buy this theme for my new music review website.

    Is it posible to customized Featured images with small picture, because we dont have a big images like in your themes default. Another things are: is it posible to insert another banner ads, lets say: 300x250pixel in the widget position and 728x90pixel above the menu to replace 468x60pixel. Thanks!

    • Magnus
      May 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm #


      The image sizes for the front page can’t be changed in width, only in height.

      It’s possible to add different size banners through our adspace widget, and you could also tweak the top banner to have 728 width too.

      • Samuel
        May 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

        Hi Magnus, thanks for quick reply. I will ask more questions in forum, after buying Spectrum theme 🙂


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