This is a pretty exciting post for me. A few months back, the folks over at Smashing Magazine approached esteemed WordPress theme designer Darren Hoyt (who, in the interest of full disclosure, is also my office-mate) about creating a free, high quality WordPress theme to be released as part of that site's free theme collection. Darren asked that I handle the back-end features while he rolled out the design.
Today, we're proud to introduce Agregado. While the theme boasts a whole slew of extra features and flourishes, the main attraction is the integrated lifestream carousel featured prominently on the homepage. Heavily indebted to Kieran Delaney's SimpleLife plugin, Agregado's lifestream accomodates all the major social networking sites – including Twitter, Pownce, Flickr, Facebook, Last.fm, Magnolia, Delicious, Goodreads, and four additional feeds of your choosing. The whole thing's nested in a snazzy little rotating carousel. Make your website the one place people think to look for everything you're up to online.
What else? Oh, plenty of fun stuff. Drop-down effects courtesy of jQuery, a built in contact form, and numbered pagination sprinkled throughout. And that's not to mention the off-the-charts electric-space vibe and clean UI of Darren's design.
So give it a look, kick the wheels, and make sure to let Darren and me know what you think. Stay tuned, too, because we've been talking up some really big ideas – some that extend the concepts behind the Agregado theme and some that'll take us into completely new territory. Whatever it is, you can count on me talking about it here – so grab the feed.