It’s been almost two months since I wrote a post about a new Lifestream theme being created by Jason Schuller which was inspired by a re-design he did of his personal site. Well he has just released it for free on his premium theme site catalog at Press75.com
I installed it on my local machine to give it a quick test. I had it up and running quickly without any problems whatsoever. Many of the other Lifestreaming themes out there that get their functionality by being paired with a plugin that allows you to import services. Jason decided to build that feature directly into the theme. The only drawback to that is that he only supports 3 services out of the box which include Twitter, Flickr, and Delicious and the ability to add one more external RSS feed. This may be a limitation for people so it’s worthy of noting. However I did happen to have the WordPress Lifestream plugin running for the site I was testing on and it worked and appeared nicely within this theme.
I really like the clean minimal look of the theme as well as the typography used. But some may find it may be too clean because it doesn’t appear to support any sidebar widgets which is also worth pointing out. There are also some other differences in Jason’s original theme design for his site which I liked that didn’t make it into this version. He originally provided a profile legend with links to many additional social media services as part of the navigation. He also displayed an excerpt for the latest blog post at the top of the page. I’m not sure why he removed these but perhaps a new version will bring these features back. Speaking of new versions, he sent out a tweet showing a sneak peek of a new personal site refresh which appears to be using this theme’s framework coming soon.
Here is a video Jason recorded that shows an overview of the theme and the options page
You can download the theme and even get a live demonstration of it on the site here.