Theme Sneak Peek: SimplePress

Posted on August 10, 2010 by in Theme Sneak Peeks | 87 comments

Theme Sneak Peek: SimplePress

Here is a little preview of a theme we have in the works. It’s called SimplePress, and will feature a clean and simple page-based design for those looking to give their website a crisp new look. My goal with this theme was to create something similar to Minimal, but with a sharper and more focused appearance. Be sure to leave a comment letting us know what you think!


  1. Very nice! If I can ask, what icon set are you using for your demos and previews?

  2. This is a great theme Nick! I’ll be sure to use it sometime!

  3. Great theme Nick. Wondered about the possibility of mixing pages/posts in the top navigation? Is something like that possible with a theme like this?

    • You can do anything you want with the WordPress 3.0 menu system πŸ™‚

      • The new menu system in 3.0 was really a game-changer. WordPress is really evolving into THE content management/blogging system.

  4. That is NIIICE!

    Beautiful clean design πŸ™‚

  5. Can’t wait! Looks amazing!

  6. Awesome as always, look forward to trying it out!

  7. i love it very simple wonder what is the color variants

    • I haven’t decided on the colorschemes yet, but you can expect something similar to our other themes.

      • i hope we’ll start seeing more than 10 colorschemes just like the themes on (specially orange color)

        • Yes. 10 colour schemes would make our lifes easier. But anyways, I wouldn’t cancel my subscription if it was only that one scheme πŸ˜‰

          Only thing I am missing on your themes is a place to put icons for different language versions. If that was available (in header area for example), it would be just PERFECT.

          Can’t wait for this theme.

  8. Beautiful. Is there a chance you could make the little popup info tabs on the home page a bit transparent? That’d make it easier to understand what’s happening in the main image. Does that make sense? Beautiful stuff though!

  9. I really like Simple Press! Very crafty and eye catching. Just wish my photos were as eye catching as your demo ones for your themes πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ I purchased those photos from, fyi.

  10. I like it. Will be very interested in purchasing!

  11. Great!! Can’t wait to try it out.

  12. Another great one! There are so many… much like a candy bar store when its actually hard to make a choice.

    Thanks for that! ;]

    • I suppose it’s a good problem to have πŸ™‚

      • Sure why not! πŸ˜‰ …I can handle it.

  13. I love this one a lot ! πŸ™‚ Probably my new favourite.

  14. Looks extremely useful. I love simple themes.

    What I’d also really like to see sometime soon is a theme that *doesn’t* have a big slider image in the top-center, yet is still a simple and striking business theme – now there’s a challenge πŸ™‚

    • “What I’d also really like to see sometime soon is a theme that *doesn’t* have a big slider image in the top-center, yet is still a simple and striking business theme.”

      ThatΒ΄s on my wish list as well. A news theme similar to GrungeMag with smaler slider, images and fonts. Together with an embedded videoplayer as well as fully xhtml/css validated and the normal great design of Nick, it would be a striking hit.

  15. Nice theme.

    What’s your policy on supporting 3rd party comment systems like Disqus and Instant Debate?

  16. I smell a theme change for me coming soon. Looks great

  17. well dont know what to say know because everyday getting more excited to check your site. just cant wait to see estate agent theme nick but this looks nice is well πŸ˜‰

  18. It looks SO beautiful – every time you come out with a new theme I just want to create another site so I can use it!

  19. This is soo awesome! I ve been watching this website for while.. Now it’s time for me to sign up. Good work fellas!

  20. Again great job nick!

    Very clean and nice theme.

    Thanks always!

  21. My oh my, it genius design.

  22. Wow, that is amazingly beautiful. I love the photo info note on the top of the theme. Very nice.

  23. The collection is not only getting bigger, it is getting better (not that I thought it could)

  24. Very beautiful. But do you think this one should provide more space for content. I only see 5 posts shown here.

    • I think they are going for a simple look and I think its important to have some themes that people can use for small business.

  25. Awesome! This should be the PERFECT theme for me. Can’t wait!

  26. Very nice!!!

  27. LOVE this minimalistyc theme and craving for full width pages template!

    • I will definitely add a full width page template!

  28. Will there be a portfolio/gallery page ? (like lumin)

    This theme looks crisp !! excellent as always :^)

  29. Another Good theme from you

  30. Great Work =)

  31. I wish I knew how you get such a gloriously CRISP finish and feel to your designs. It’s awesome! I wish I knew more about your design process. Do you do all the coding yourself? Do you go from PSD to XHTML? More CSS styling than anything else??

    *Love* your themes.

    • I design all of the themes, but only do some of the coding at this point. We have two great developer’s that assist me in the coding process. It’s collaboration that allows us to roll out 2-4 themes each month!

  32. Another stunner πŸ™‚ you guys are just working your socks off πŸ™‚

    Quick question? Have you guys ever thought about releasing a blank theme but with all the functionality and the elegant theme design panel? Does thank make sense? Kinda like a thesis they thing?

  33. can i use your theme to design websites in after buying developer license.

  34. That might be the perfect fit for my site ! When is it supposed to be released ?

    • It should roll out in about a week.

  35. Looks like the navigation menu is really crammed together. Will there be drop-down menus I hope?

    • Of course, all of our themes come with dropdown menus.

  36. This theme looks great, and might just be the refresh my site needs.

    I was wondering how the gallery implementation is? is it some sort of javascript silder? what are your plans on that?


  37. Just in my honest opinion, the post excerpt/highlight box is a bit too large. It’s blocking those beautiful post highlight pictures. Maybe a lower opacity would help?

    I love the features area which allow us to showcase our portfolios or highlight our services and features. Is there an option (or shortcode) for us to have the ability to further customize that area? (e.g. making a 2nd row or adding more columns)

    A widgetized area (maybe 3 or 4 columns) for the footer would be perfect. Users can add some common widgets (e.g. latest blog post, comments, twitter streams, tag cloud or anything) here.

    Well, I really love the theme design. Thanks for rocking once again, Nick.

  38. Good theme design. πŸ™‚

    My favorite theme..

  39. Looks cool! Are there any plans for something more freaky like On the Go? Greetings from Germany

    • No answer for me? πŸ˜₯

  40. Nice theme Nick, I really want to use them,you have done a great job,you guys really rock how you choose great icons.

  41. I’m not sure how you come up with designs so regularly, but yet again this is looking gorgeous.

    • Thanks πŸ™‚

  42. Very nice. When will you launch the new theme?

    • It should be ready within a week.

  43. Hm, I think you should consider using black (or dark) background in some themes, it is stylish and elegant color too.. Maybe as a additional style.

    Btw, great sneak peak, can’t wait using new theme. And eStore rocks, already making new portal for night life in my country.. Not used for selling anything so far, but tnx πŸ™‚

  44. I just want to say that I one of your Minimal WordPress theme big fan.

    I also love to have another theme that look a like it, and advanced with a sharper and more focused appearance in the details.

    I’m sure there are lots that I need to tweaks to suit my needs, but the rest is okay.

  45. As usual, love the minimalistic approach, keep it up!

  46. Hi Nick,

    Great theme once again. I have bought your theme membership only a couple of weeks ago and I must say all your themes are really great. This new one is also looking great from the preview.

    But I have a few requests/ideas for the future themes. Could you please develop some themes which can be used in normal websites. Most of your recent themes are portfolio, company etc. type and not for normal bloggers. Could you please create a few nice themes for normal bloggers with a more simple yet attractive interface. I would highly appreciate if you could build a couple of white minimalistic yet attractive theme for bloggers in the future. I would also appreciate if you could keep a 460*60 or a 768*90 advertisement place beside the website logo in some of your themes.

    One more idea. I see that you have no real estate themes till now. If possible you could also create a theme like agentpress as that is quite unique.

    Thanks and please keep on bringing your great themes. πŸ™‚

  47. Glad that this is coming out soon. I love my collection of elegant themes but was definitely missing a minimal theme that was color neutral.

    This will help a great deal. Thank you.

  48. This Minimal WP theme is an innovative concept.

  49. I would like to buy Simple press.
    How much is it and when can I buy it.
    I am a newbie, so I hope it will not
    be too difficult to “play” with.


    • It should be out any day now. You can sign up for the membership to gain access to all of our themes.

      • Nick will it have the option to create it as a simple blog style like you have in some of the themes. This theme would be brilliant for a normal blog too if that would be available.

  50. It looks very nice. I think, this Theme will be very successfull.
    Regards JP

  51. HI,
    i like this theme, just thinking if i change it on my site.

  52. I really liked DailyNotes for the minimal design!

    Looking forward to using this!

  53. I really like Simple Press! Very crafty and eye catching. …. Between, great sneak peak, can’t wait using new theme. …

  54. This looks amazing

  55. Hi,
    I am over 50 years old and I had forgotten what it is like to look forward to Christmas. Now I do it again: Nick, when is Christmas? πŸ˜‰

  56. I’d use this theme tomorrow if i could add a galley page opion for my photography blog site

  57. This looks like what I have been looking for, Can I make sticky pages?

  58. I’m so happy you’re starting to include more and more minimal designs with white backgrounds. This one looks great..

  59. Great! Another minimalist theme out!

  60. How can the thumbnail images be reordered?

  61. I use this theme for my blog and love it. The only problem I am having is that the width of the blog area (where posts go in a page) is too narrow for a flipping book plugin I am using for a portfolio. It gets cut off. Can anyone help me with this. I have tried everything and it seems stupid that all I need to do is widen the area so that the flipping book does not get cut off. Thanks!

  62. awesome theme, just awesome. mustbuy
    anyone happen to know where does the slider fetch the images??

  63. very nice theme is absolutely great

  64. How can I add the icon to the Service Pages on the home page? I see the meta-data check in the php code but don’t see any options in my Posts section of WP…

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