Free WP Theme – The Garamond

Published: May 15, 2009

Just got done experimenting with a theme. This time – no photoshop mockups are done; went ahead and dove right in coding. I ended up with a simple, non-graphic intensive theme. Named it after one of my all time favorite fonts – the Garamond.


The Home Page

The Garamond’s home page mimicks a magazine layout. This was made possible without any special wordpress queries, nor does it filter by categories. Instead, the latest post is automatically styled different. Thanks to this neat trick by Ruhani Rabin. The feature image and the thumbnails are automatically resized upon client request. Meaning, you can upload any size image (preferably wider than 540 pixels – which is the size of the container), assign it to a custom field – and voila! Images are cropped, zoomed and sharpened when once the browser hits it. The code I used is from Darren Hoyt known as TimThumb.

The Inner Pages

The Garamond is a bloggers theme. Traditional templates are intact: search, archive, category etc. I also included an authors bio at the end of each single post, as well as an author template which grabs all their articles. I went a little overboard in styling the subheadings for the post (shown below). The default font family used is of course – Garamond; although since it is not a standard font – Georgia is used as back up. The contrast between the larger text and the tiny Verdana is striking – which I felt was good.


Other Features

The two sidebars and the footer are all widget driven. Comments support Gravatars, pagination as well as multi-level threads. I’ve also added a random quote container right below the header – which requires the Stray Quotes plugin by

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21 thoughts on “Free WP Theme – The Garamond

    Jennie says:

    nice theme, new at wordpress here. was wondering how to to display images? i gave it a go and the images did not show up? am i missing a setting?

    Martin says:

    Hi, Thanks for creating and sharing this awesome theme!..

    I too am wondering though, how do I get the the image to display on the home page, and the thumbs etc. do you need a tim thumb plugin?



    the theme already comes with timthumb. no plugin needed.

    Miguel says:

    thanks!, I’m gonna give it a go

    Bikash says:

    I loved your themes. Tried using Garamond…but couldn’t. How do I change the options (RSS feed, ads, links)? There is no way to do that.

    Awesome themese but probably not for meas I don’t know php, html

    Prashant Pillai says:

    Please help with the custom field for inserting the image into the post…

    I am a dog with a blog and my person used this pretty theme on my blog. Thank you for creating it. My person likes all your themes. You are very talented persons.

    Chris says:

    Wonderful clean and stylish! Thanks!

    Matthew says:

    I love it. Thank you.

    mani says:

    hello Michael,
    I just tested this theme for my new blog and I like it.
    I need some help about editing the scripts as I am not a noob in HTML/CSS.

    Can you please let me know where can I find support for this theme?

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