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Free WP-Theme: Black Bead

Ok.. I’m late.. the theme should’ve been up yesterday but the latest episode of Gundam 00 upset me (will post about it probably monday, when the subs are out) so I decided to stall the release.

Anyways, to anyone interested.. it’s a free theme!

Black Bead is a semi-magazine style WordPress theme created for wordy yet content-filled site (just like Pinoy Tech Guy). I used the term “semi-magazine” since the full magazine style is only seen on single posts while other pages use a thumbnail to save space and bandwidth.

Since I got the idea to implement the magazine style of Block Magazine, my current theme, it works very much the same. Black Bead uses two custom fields: Thumb and LargeThumb (note that they are case sensitive). The values of Thumb and ThumbLarge needs to be the http location of the images attached to each post. Thumb is for the small image (64×64 pixels) and ThumbLarge is for the featured, larger image (since the max width is 640 pixels I suggest to use a lower resolution for the picture).

Use this guide if you need to learn about WordPress’ image uploader and custom fields.

If you don’t like using adding thumbnails and image banners to your posts, don’t worry, I added some code to so that if you don’t add any of the custom fields, you don’t get the image not found error hanging around your post.

Screen of the index (click to enlarge)

Block Magazine Single Post Page

Screen of the single page (click to enlarge)

Block Magazine Archives Page


  • Semi Magazine-style Front page archive
  • Magazine-style for single posts
  • Domtab integrated into the sidebar to display either Recent Articles, Popular Articles or Most Commented Articles
  • 300 x 250 Advertisement Spot below the dom tab (edit ad300×250.php)
  • 468×60 Advertisement Spot above each post (edit ad468x60 .php)
  • Separate Trackbacks and Pings
  • Semi-Minimal theme
  • Submit to Social Sites:
    • Stumble upon
    • Digg
    • Technorati
    • Reddit
    • Delicious

Required Plugins:

for the DOMTab

  1. Most Commented not the widget
  2. Popularity Contest or if you’re using WP-Pageviews just use the Most Viewed function


  • Just add your ad scripts to ad468x60.php and ad300×250.php
  • Edit ad300×250.php to change the advertisement being displayed at the bottom of the sidebar
  • Depending on which Popular post plugin you’re using, you may need to edit the sidebar.php (currently set at Popularity Contest)
  • Please don’t remove the links located at the footer.php. Don’t worry, it’s just contains links to here and PTG.

Want a demo? Click here.

How can I get this theme?

Download: ZIP | RAR

Like it? Hit the donate button so I can buy more of those Coffee Buns and continue creating more free themes:

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Comments ( 9 )

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  1. dexfamily Dexter | February 10, 2008 Reply

    Pre your link to your blog at MO is not working you may want to check it

    Dexter |’s last blog post..Testing Project Wonderful

  2. atmaxplorer sylv3rblade February 10, 2008 Reply

    ah.. the alexa redirect is screwed hehe. k lang.. I repaired the link. Thanks for the heads up ^^

  3. jphabaradas Jaypee February 12, 2008 Reply

    Congratulations on your first WordPress theme release! More power! 🙂

    Jaypee’s last blog post..WordPress 2.3.3

  4. krillin Krillin February 12, 2008 Reply

    Good on ya mate! really nice theme.. I’m using it right now on my friends web, and modified some codes according the site’s needs.. In short, its a damn nice theme..

  5. atmaxplorer sylv3rblade February 12, 2008 Reply

    @Kuya Jaypee
    Thanks hehe

    Thanks.. I forgot to update the screenshot though.

  6. krillin Krillin February 14, 2008 Reply

    sylv3r the problem what i’m facing right now is that there is no option for “<Previous Entries” at the end of the page(most of the WP themes have it).. It should be nice if you add that code in the next releases!!

  7. atmaxplorer sylv3rblade February 15, 2008 Reply

    ah… I see. I removed the code since it was using the PageNavi plugin. Thanks for the heads up, I’ll reinsert the code and upload a newer version.

  8. mcbillywilford McBilly February 16, 2008 Reply

    Hey Sylv! Awesome out of nowhere release of your own theme there! Hehe. 😀 How was your valentines? I’ve been checking out the theme and it looks good on PinoyTechGuy. Although just my 2 pesos, the old mascot seemed cooler. Hehe. Good luck buddy! Belated Happy Valentines. Haha

    McBilly’s last blog post..Happy Valentines! Where Were You Buddy?

  9. atmaxplorer sylv3rblade February 17, 2008 Reply

    Belated din,
    Yeah, I agree that the old Canti was better but I couldn’t do a brush up of the old one kaya un na lang hehe.

    Thanks ^^

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