Time to evolve your blog

Written by Magnus Jepson on April 24, 2009 Product News.


We know you like a freebie once in a while, and when we first saw the Meta-Morphosis design by Izzudin Helmi we immediately wanted to develop it into a WordPress theme, and give it away for free! The Photoshop design uses the Delicious font type, and we wanted to try and bring this over to the finished product, something we managed with the help of Cufon.

The layout of the theme is a bit unusual as it has a two column homepage with featured posts on the left, and normal posts on the right, so there is no sidebar like in your traditional theme. All of your widgets go down in the javascript slider in the footer, which is superslick!

We also incorporated the new and improved Woo-Framework in this theme, so you will see some changes in the backend options. The biggest improvement is the ability to upload your thumbnails directly without having to use the old upload, copy+paste link into custom setting field anymore. This also applies to uploading your custom logo in the options panel. We hope to update all our themes with this new functionality soon!

Check out the demo and get downloading already!


27 Responses

  1. Kate Mag
    April 24, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Wow. That’s a wonderful theme. I saw it yesterday after i read Mark Forrester twitter, i don’t see a bug from today’s release.
    I’m curious, why don’t you sell this theme?. It’s a complicated theme

  2. Magnus Jepson
    April 24, 2009 at 6:21 am #

    @Kate – Thanks! A free theme that could be sold, makes it a much better free theme don’t you think 🙂 We gotta give something back once in a while.

  3. Adii Rockstar
    April 24, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Thanks for the kind words! 🙂

    To answer your question… We actually like giving away free stuff and will continue to do this, as long as it makes sense in a business context. Free themes obviously contribute to our marketing efforts, whilst also making us happy in allowing us to give away some freebies.

  4. JeremyOLED
    April 24, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    I really like the idea of having a post in one column and the comments in the other column right next to it. I think that could really create a different kind of dynamic between the posts and the conversations surrounding them… Would love to see that concept explored further…

  5. Tom
    April 24, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    Just finished the XHTML/CSS-part and busy with Cufon too. It really is a wonderful thing.

    Great theme guys.


  6. izuddin.helmi
    April 24, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for transforming it to the way that I imagine although I didn’t say anything about it 🙂

    Footerbar + Slider + Widgetable + Fluid Height = FTW!!!

    Heh, I am a bit scared actually to see the acceptance of my “always WEIRD idea” 😀

  7. Antonio Thonis
    April 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Wooo finally I’m so happy. Buying my new domain and launching it with this theme today! Got my whole modification plan ready to start working on it. Already did a bit on the beta-version I was lucky to be able to test.

    Thanks Izzudin Helmi en Magnus Jepson you are true artists and Woo for making this free(crazy!). Might need to get one of those support packs to get help in the forums if my editing plan goes #fail :P.

  8. Magnus Jepson
    April 24, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    @Antonio – Thanks for helping me out with the testing and giving input on how the finished theme should be 🙂

  9. Natetronn
    April 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Okay, that has to be the most advanced footer I have ever seen, lol. This is a great day for the footer nation!

  10. Gerald Lucas
    April 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Great stuff, guys. Can’t wait to play.

  11. Kevin Paquet of Pinoy Teens
    April 26, 2009 at 3:24 am #

    Don’t consider this as a spam comment but all that I’ve got to say,

    And that for a price of effort less clicking over to download it. 🙂

    Kevin Paquet of Pinoy Teens

  12. casi
    April 26, 2009 at 5:56 am #

    I have been testing Metamorphosis and found a couple of bugs:

    1 – The titles, it doesn’t show accents. Instead of Marcó it will show Marc . For languages as french or spanish it’s neccesary to show it right.

    2 – Problems creating new post, it always show a message error in functions.php

  13. izuddin.helmi
    April 26, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Casi – I think that is because of the font 🙂

  14. casi
    April 27, 2009 at 3:57 am #

    I know it is because the font, but its difficult to change if you dont know css

  15. Magnus Jepson
    April 27, 2009 at 6:08 am #

    @casi – You can generate a new Cufon javascript file here that includes your desired characters: http://cufon.shoqolate.com/generate/

    You have to replace the file “includes/js/Delicious.font.js” with the file you generated above.

    If you don’t wish to use Cufon, you can remove the two JS include lines from header.php

  16. Florian Dellé
    April 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    This free theme really is a treat. It is simpel but usefull, great overview and functionality and innovative thanks to the missing sidebar and the slider. I will definetely test it, although I will have the same problem like Casi (look at my name).

    Well done.

  17. Michael Soriano
    May 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Check out this review of Metamorphosis:http://themereviewer.net/2009/05/metamorphosis/

  18. Rahim Snow
    May 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    Beautiful theme!

    One question: the demo shows threaded comments but installing the theme in WordPress 2.7.1 doesn’t show threaded comments?

    The installation instructions don’t talk about this issue. What are we missing?


  19. Learning Spanish
    May 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    Great site and information – i recommend this site

  20. Pet Snakes
    May 27, 2009 at 6:42 am #

    Thats certainly food for thought, where can I get more information on this?

  21. norina
    May 28, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

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