New Theme: TheSource

Posted on May 25, 2010 by in Theme Additions | 114 comments

New Theme: TheSource

People have been asking me to create a Magazine-style theme, as well as a 3-column theme, for some time now. With TheSource I hope to satisfy those many users. TheSource is a Magazine-style theme that combines flashiness with sophistication. The goal behind this theme was to create a design that could display loads of content in an organized and visually pleasing manner. The three-column grid gives you increased control over your layout, and the full-width homepage slider creates a visual impact that is sure to peek your visitor’s interest. For more information you can view theย Live Demo, or visit the Features Page.

TheSource Features Overview

1. Four Unique Colorschemes – If you don’t like the standard Dark color of TheSource, then you may enjoy the alternate/lighterย Grey, Blue and Red versions.

2. Three-column Layout – TheSource features a three-column layout, which gives you plenty of room to manage your sidebar widgets.

3. Widgetized Footer – The footer of TheSource has been widgetized and separated into 4 columns, giving you plenty of widget-ready room for all of your favorite plugins.

4. Homepage Category Boxes – These four boxes feature the latest posts from your favorite categories on the homepage.

I think the design turned out great, but be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Looking to the Future

In the near future, along with creating great new themes, I will be focusing on improving theme functionality through the addition of Custom Shortcodes and Page Templates. With loads of shortcodes and page templates to choose from, managing your blog’s design will be quick and easy. My question for you is: What shortcodes and page templates would you most like to see? If you have a request, now isย the time to let me know!

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  1. The source is fantastic! I hope you can improve all the themes to support the new menu in WordPress 3.0! On what shortcodes and templates are you already working on?

    • I think trying to nick for wordpress 3.. Ferfect theme nick, good job and thanks..

      • this is what I need for my latest magazine entertainment blog.
        thanks elegant themes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Awesome themes..!! Thanks for sharing here with all. You have really set my standard high after showing me these themes

  2. TheSource is gorgeous and professional…like all your themes, Nick. I’ve recommended Elegant Themes to several of my marketing and public relations clients. Thanks for the great work.

  3. just perfect, l would love to see news, magazine themes like or smiliar with many wonderful options

    • Yes, actually a true ‘multi-column’ (let’s say five or six) theme would be interesting, sort of ‘newspaper’ style.
      We know you can do that, Nick, we do know ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. well not to forget buddypress nick, would be nice her on elegant themes

  5. Very nice design. Not sure I could use it mind you, but looks good.

    • I think Personal Press is a lot like the one you picture here…

  6. Nick, this is “the one” I’ve been waiting for and it’s even better than I’d hoped – and I knew it would be fantastic!

    I have a couple of sites I can get to work on now.

    Just keep these outstanding themes comin’ chap!

    Ian D

  7. Nick, fantastic looking theme. I noticed an odd behavior in the theme (probably originating from the jquery slider). If you scroll to the bottom of the home page and wait a few seconds, the page jumps up on you.

    • Good catch, I fixed the bug.

  8. Nick, the auto-scrolling timer in the slider appears to not adjust itself if the user scrolls through manually. If each frame lasts ten seconds, and I after five seconds, I scroll to the next frame, I don’t get to look at that frame for the full ten seconds, but only five. Fix this!

    • The problem has been fixed.

  9. I think you mean “*pique* your visitorโ€™s interest”.


  10. Blown away by your designs man, great work.

  11. Oh and PLEASE don’t forget my multiauthor blog idea!

  12. Thanks! im making a website tomrrow and this will be the theme!

    • Thanks, I’ll be sure to take a look.

  13. Hi Nick, great template as usual, also the white skin is very nice, thanks for the good work you always bring to us!
    Just a couple of notes: on clicking the pagination it gives an error on the third page, but maybe that’s because of no content (but it shouldn’t show more pages in that case, right?)
    Also, is it possible to use a longer (horizontally speaking) logo name if not ‘description’ is used for the blog/site?

  14. No green this time around?

  15. NICE! I was waiting for the green one! Anyway, This is by far the best one! Great job! Now, see if i can remember my log in ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. perfect. nice work nick

  17. This theme is beautiful. It has a clean design and still shows a lot information. Sweet!

  18. Nick,

    Nice job! You had asked what page templates and shortcodes would be useful, so I thought I’d toss out a few ideas. Some of these you may have, but I don’t seem them in the demo.

    Page Templates
    * The most important to me (I suggested this on another post) would be to have a great product page layout like you have on this site. A screenshot scroller, or better yet a lightbox image gallery, features list, etc.
    * Gallery page feature for every single theme
    * Post/Page rating feature for every single theme
    * Built in basic social bookmarking for every theme (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google Buzz, etc). Just direct links are fine we can always use plugins for fancier features.
    * Single article page that also displays related posts
    * Email contact form
    * Support request form (like email but with a a couple extra fields (maybe let us configure them in the admin panel)
    * Site map
    * 404 page with basic sitemap listing (categories, tags, etc.)
    * Another thing that would be cool and I have no idea why someone hasn’t already done this (or maybe they have and I don’t know about it), is to simply keep track of the number of hits to each article / page and have a widget that displays popular posts based on that. AFAICT, we need to use complex plugins that poll stats or google analytics stats for that.

    * Not sure exactly what you were thinking of including here, but related posts (above) could be implemented as a short-code.
    * The “product page” features could be a series of shortcodes (featured bullet list, feature with thumbnail)
    * Shortcode to make default WP post gallery use lightbox
    * Social bookmarking and sitemap stuff could be shortcodes as well. Just depends on how you prefer to implement them.

    • Oh, one more thing that I actually think should float to the top of the list. It would be great if you had several different home page layouts to choose from. Either page templates or home.php.

      This would allow for “blog themes” to become “CMS” or “magazine” themes and vice versa. These would be dead-simple to build as long as you’ve been pretty consistent in your css style names across your themes. You’d basically just be distributing each of your other theme’s home.php (or index.php) with each theme so users can choose their preferred layout.

  19. Another impressive theme. Top work!

  20. Wow! Another great design from Elegant! Thanks Nick for continuing to develop some of the best WP themes around.


  21. Soooo awesome! I have been waiting for these one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Great theme, Nick! Perfect really!

    Just in time for a magazine site I’m re-doing.

    Just one thing, the distribution is missing a “screenshot.png” file.

  23. Perfect, I love it, the new theme for my site a:) thanks

  24. Great theme!

    Shortcodes I’d like to see: column layouts, pullquotes, drop/feature caps, dividers, div(top), fancy graduated fill boxes, coloured note boxes, information boxes etc. whole page layout (without sidebar) and option to add different sidebars.

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. This theme is amazing! I’ve been waiting for just the right theme for a while and I definitely think this is the one. Great work Nick!

  26. wow i am looking for a replacement for enews theme this is it thanks for this ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. very nice and awesome themes. i think thistheme is perfect for games reviews blog

  28. Beautiful work as always Nick… I would LOVE BuddyPress themes ๐Ÿ™‚ this would be HUGE for me.

  29. This definitely pops and brings it to a whole new level! Great work!

  30. Great theme love to use on my one blogs

  31. New subscriber is on the way! ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. This is an awesome theme, and i had been looking for such a theme for a long long time! great work!

  33. Looks absolutely stunning – great job again Elegant Themes!

  34. Nick – this is one of the best yet! Thanks for all your great designs. I can hardly wait to see this one “in action”!!!

  35. Beautiful design ๐Ÿ™‚

    On the subject of page templates…

    I’d like to see a couple of dedicated product pages. Perhaps one that features a single product with a couple of pull-out quotes and maybe room for a demo video. In some ways it might look a bit like a nice big ad.

    A second product page might be more of a listing style.

    I don’t think there’s a huge need for contact-style templates since there are some truly outstanding plugins that handle that sort of thing.

    I wonder whether there’s much scope for a “what’s new since you last visited” page ? Not sure how it would work, but the idea appeals. Maybe this would work better as shortcode that would pull in a defined number of post links ?

    Likewise I’d like a Twitter shortcode that pulled in a nice graphic-based Twitter feed of your last tweet and a “follow me” link. Ideally that might go in place of a banner ad, or perhaps into pages.

    I also think there’s a place for empty pages. That is, templates that are stripped of absolutely everything: no comments, no heading, no date, no author, no sidebar etc. I’ve found myself in need of these quite a few times.

  36. Awesome.Theme.

    Would love a green color scheme.
    Or a black one with white categories bar.

  37. Hi Nick !

    Great theme ! Always a pleasure to see your new creations.

    You asked which template page we wanna see in your theme ? I think a lot of people would adore a page contact with a form to fill (like wootheme did in the last released themes).

    • Thanks for the suggestion. This is definitely on the top of the list of page templates to be added.

  38. That blue one is hot. Another Great theme.

  39. I’d really like to see some new themes that take advantage of the new post_types. Specifically you could build themes that have separately styled video and podcast sections.

    Maybe an event calendar system. Heck you could even go as far as to build a post_type within the theme that looks and functions like a forum.

    With 3.0 the options are almost limitless.

    • Yeah, I am definitely excited about the possibilities. There will certainly be some new things developed around custom post types here at ElegantThemes.

  40. almost forgot… Please add the hooks to use the new 3.0 menu system. I am already using it in all my theme’s but have not tried to style them as nice as you are yet.

  41. Nice themes for game sites!

  42. Great theme! This’ll probably make me subscribe to ElegantThemes. Nice job sir.

  43. I Love your themes ! Can we have an e shop?

    It’s the top of my list …Thank-you so much!!

    • I’m still planning to develop the ecommerce theme. Right now I am just waiting for the updated custom post types being introduced in 3.0, which will allow great functionality for such a theme.

  44. Fantastic Theme, just love your themes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Fantastic Themes, great price, great support!

  45. I have question about language. I made transalte for my lunguage, but how can i use? In Settings i see nothing. Thanks for help.

  46. :;
    Fantastic Themes, great price, great support

  47. Another fantastic theme Nick. Thanks!

    One question: how did you get the color of the background to change for each featured slider item in the demo?


    • I am also wondering this. How do you change the bgColor of the featured slider?

    • You can also adjust the background color of the slider to match your image. Name the custom field ‘Color’ (case sensitive) and assign it a numeric value that corresponds to the desired HTML color code (you don’t need to include the ‘#’ as the template adds it automatically). Ie, for a black background you’d use the value ‘000000’ (or ‘000’ or ‘0’), red would be ‘ff0000’ or ‘f00’, etc. (from:

      • Hi,

        I like the slider. I didn’t manage to change the background colour however.

        I tried this:
        [tabs slidertype=”images” auto=”yes” autospeed=”4000″ Color=”FFFFFF”]

        But it didn’t work. What am I doing wrong?


  48. Excellent theme, Nick! I am using it for my blog right now, at!
    However, i found a bug- whenever you play a quicktime movie you must scroll down.

    Otherwise it’s a great theme! Keep up the good work!

  49. What’s next Nick???

  50. Not that it’s that important. But it bothers me that this post is placed under Uncategorized.

  51. Nick, love your work. I want to sign up and use your Elegant Themes.

    Couple questions: Is it possible to customize the themes and add pictures in the background?

    Also can you use WP plug-ins with Elegant Themes?

  52. Hi Nick, Amazing work! is there a way (third-party or otherwise) to accept payments using your templates/wordpress that YOU can recommend?

    I want to sign up, but this is the one thing that would seal the deal. Great templates plus e-commerce. Especially with the the source.



    • I don’t have any experience with e-commerce plugins, but I know there are many free options available.

      • How did you change the background color of the Featured images? I canโ€™t find anywhere to plug in the bgColor

        • You can also adjust the background color of the slider to match your image. Name the custom field ‘Color’ (case sensitive) and assign it a numeric value that corresponds to the desired HTML color code (you don’t need to include the ‘#’ as the template adds it automatically). Ie, for a black background you’d use the value ‘000000’ (or ‘000’ or ‘0’), red would be ‘ff0000’ or ‘f00’, etc. From:

  53. Thanks for all. I love your themes!

  54. High quality, effective, efficient, functional theme!
    Great navigation very stylish and pro.
    Knocks spots of much more costly themes.

  55. Nice themes for game sites! TY Nick ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. This is a great theme that I’ve been looking for ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Nick!

  57. He did it again ! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  58. This is a very good Magazine-style theme, the colors are perfect. Even if its darker, its cool to the eyes. Good luck!


  59. Utterly amazing template NIck. I love the artistry in this theme. “Kudos”.

  60. i notice there is no navigation from one page to the next, no plugind work with navigation on this theme, you know like next post previous etc.. or am i doing something wrong?

  61. How did you change the background color of the Featured images? I can’t find anywhere to plug in the bgColor, i re-set the default to “000000” (black)

  62. Hi

    Gorgeous theme. Fantastic.

    There is any example of thesourceยดs typography?

    Iยดve tried to find but no sucess:-)


    • hi just a little bump!

  63. Looks like a great theme for games based websites.


  64. hi,
    nick.. i was jst wondering how to change the background image. specially the one used behind the featured categories. Tnx. ways.. tnx 4 such a nice theme.

  65. Can I change the background-color property for the slides, as you did on the preview?

    • Yes I can! ๐Ÿ™‚ By adding a custom field named Color. Great!

  66. great but very very great theme! i love it !!

  67. i love elegant themes so much, kindly tell me which one is the latest version of TheSource them ?

  68. Download from the club and see the CSS for the changelog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  69. Hello i’m a little new to word press and i was wondering if someone could help me set this theme up, or rather some aspects, i have almost everything up and running except the featured slider background image, i cant get anything in its just blank any help would be appreciated, oh also the multicolor for the featured posts havent been able to change that either


  70. Having problems with the thumbnail on the featured slider. Whenever I had something to the slide the background where the picture becomes white, so If I had a large image it still doesnt gradient to black like the demo site does. I keep the image in reasonable height and long width and it still doesn’t match. Clicked full size in the featured image section and everything but still no luck. What’s going on?

    • Please open a thread in the support forums so that our support team can assist you.

  71. superb theme. great prices. i will look to buy one!

  72. I am currently using this theme. I want to change the recent posts at the bottom of the page to display posts from only one category. Can somebody please tell me changes to be made and the code for that?

  73. i cant seem to get my featured slider to work?

    • Please open a thread in our support forums if you need help and we will assist you.

  74. hi nick the pagination not working… thanks

    • Please open a thread in our support forums if you are experiencing any problems and our tech support team will assist you.

      • hi nick i already figure it out… i made changes in wordpress settings i make it 5 recent post only.. and the pagination work… ๐Ÿ˜€

  75. It looks elegant, and very fine theme. Bravo!

  76. Great theme. Can somebody please explain how I can get the slider images to stretch across the screen to look like the demo. My image sizes is 1400 pixels X 300 pixels. I’ve uploaded the images as the feature image. Not sure if this is correct.

  77. Very nice looking template. Is it fixed at 3 columns? Would it be easy to change to 2?

  78. its me also who was looking for 3 column wp theme.

    Thanks a lot

  79. I started using TheSource and i love it.
    I just cant figure out the exact image size i need to use for the main slider in the landing page. Can anybody help?

    • If you need help with anything, please open a ticket in our support forums so that our team can assist you.

  80. Very good post! We are linking to this great content on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.

  81. Siince NO ONE has replied to how to change the background color of the feature slider and the wording for newbs isn’t clear. Here you go. I did this using Featured Slider Pages and not Posts. At the top right of the wp-admin page there should be an option for Screen Options. Click on that and place a check mark in the Custom Fields. Now, when you go to Pages, Posts the custom field will be there. Type in Color (exactly as I did), then in the Value field just type in the HEX numbers without the # (4CB3BD). Hope that helps

    • If you need help with anything, please open a ticket in our support forums so that our team can assist you.

      • Ok thanks my problem has been solved.

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