Viewport: A Free Wordpress Theme


Viewport is now integrated into PhotoQ Photoblog Plugin by Manuel (

PhotoQ is a WordPress plugin that turns your blog into a photoblog. If you are a photo enthusiast or simply have a lot of pictures to post, PhotoQ is your ideal companion.

I'm am very pleased to have Viewport included with PhotoQ, and you really must check it out if you are a photoblog owner!


Version 1.1 has been released with several bugfixes and improvements. Please scroll down or click here to get the latest version.

Viewport is a free Wordpress theme from Paul Bennett. It features a clean and simple layout with sliding 'panels' displaying images to represent posts. It also features a user-changeable background (color or image) and other customizable elements.

More information about the theme can be found here at Smashing Magazine, and here on the Live Demo.


As this theme uses images to represent articles, a little more work is required when posting. This is a step-by-step guide to using the Viewport theme:

  1. Write the article as normal
  2. Create 3 images using your favorite image editing program. They'll need to be 940x600px, 940x300px and 270x172px respectively.
  3. Click the 'Add an Image' button and upload your first image.
  4. Copy the image link from the list that appears, click 'Save all changes' and close the overlay.
  5. Scroll down the 'Write Post' page to the 'Custom Fields' tab and in the key field enter 'lead_image' (minus quotes).
  6. Paste the image link you copied previously into the value box and click 'Add Custom Field'.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 with the other 2 images, however enter 'single_image' in the Custom Fields value for the second image, and 'archive_image' in the value for the third image.

That's all, now your posts will be represented by the images you chose.

Posts that don't have images will display a grey box, so whilst it may be time consuming, you may wish to update all your recent posts at least.

Additional Notes:

It's worth noting that uploading just a lead_image, will work - the image will be resized to display on the other pages, however in the long run you may see increased bandwidth usage due to always loading the large image.

Depending on the image quality you use, the main images are likely to be between 50KB and 300KB each, for that reason it is recommended to edit your Wordpress settings to display around 10 posts per page. In actual fact, because the archive page works in groups of six, you may wish to display a multiple of six posts per page -  I recommend 12, but the choice is yours.



Download the latest version directly (.zip ~255kb).

Download the Viewport theme from Smashing Magazine. (Older Version)

Questions and Comments:

Limited support is available, just leave a comment on this page and I'll see what I can do.

If you like what you see here, and would like to talk about what I can do for you, get in touch!

Version 1.1:

Version 1.1 of the Viewport theme is now available to download here. This updated is recommend for all users experiencing problems with version 1.0.


  • Fixed: unclosed divs when comments on articles are closed.
  • Fixed: 'Where Next' image not updating correctly/at all.
  • Fixed: Archive and Category pages not scrolling correctly/at all.
  • Corrected: 'Image Color' to 'Background Color' on settings page.
  • Feature: Theme now supports multiple media types including images, flash video and iframes (support for Google Maps included) as the lead_image. Read more about this feature below.

Recommended for advanced users only, lead_type now accepts links in image, flash video (.flv) and iframe format. The theme will attempt to determine the type automatically, so no further user input should be required. However if the content is not displayed correctly or at all you may try adding the custom field 'lead_type', for which accepted values are either 'flash' or 'iframe', this will force either media type to be displayed. It is also worth noting that video content doesn't have to be prepared in 940x600, however it will be stretched to fit. Additionally you must define the size of the iframe, width=940 height=600 (Google Maps default is 425x300 for example, so you must change these values in the lead_image field).

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Hi, like this theme, but i want to use it in other project(not wordpress), can i get an simple html template?

Hi, at first, I really like your viewport theme, but the lightbox thing is indeed a real problem. I tried a hell of a lot and Simplebox does it. So it is possible for me to go on using yout template.

thanks again


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Disregard my last comment. Thanks Luis for the heads up on the slide # issue.

Is there a way to add more than 10 slides? Much appreciated!

Great theme !

I love this theme and I can customize it for my needs.

How do I remove the what next slide at the end

I use wordpress 3.3.1, but this theme is not working, someone out there has the solution? PS: I am having trouble publishing posts because it appears the Custom True it the author refers.

if you want to add the number of slides in the home, you only need to go to the wordpress settings, and change the number of post to show by default like a ordinary blog. The same thing if you want less.

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On version 3.3.1 it is not working!!!!

For an example of what I was referring to in my previous comment, about the video being paused when you flip to a new one, go here:

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Is anyone answering on the questions here actually? Or is the theme just not updated...If so the author can let us know probably...

I want to make the posts be wider. I'm using the theme for photography and I'd like to make my posts have several 960x whatever images. How can I change this? I'm looking through the css but haven't found the right thing yet.

I had version 1.0 installed previously, deleted that and installed version 1.1. Despite this Wordpress says that I have 1.0 installed...what am I doing wrong? And the slider isn't working...may be I made some mistake! Pls help

I had version 1.0 installed previously, deleted that and installed version 1.1. Despite this Wordpress says that I have 1.0 installed...what am I doing wrong?

Anyone know how to order the posts on the main page? By default it just puts them in date order of each post created. Thanks.

How to insert videos on the head with lead_type .... Thanks, I really like your theme

For anyone who has a problem with the slider not working, deactivate JetPack plugin, and problem fixed!
Thanks to Adam (posted below) for this fix!

Thanks for a wonderful plugin. I like how it is just so clean and simple.


How do I remove the posted on box and the comment box? They are hindering the type of layout Ive got going with this theme. Thanks for creating an awesome theme btw. I just need a hand removing those boxes.


I have made some changes to viewport 1.0. When I update to 1.1 will those changes be kept or will I lose them?

Great theme thanks admin..

I did everything you said: flash video, lead_image, lead_type. You can see there is a video, you can click on play, but it doesn't play :-( Also my viewpost setting in the dashboeard doesn't work :-( What to do!?

how to show video in the index?
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its been a long time since i used this theme, but this theme is quiet one of the few good themes i have ever used.

I would like to know if there is new updates for the theme?

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Is this the latest version of the theme? it looks nice but I am interested if there are any updates for it?

HELP! My download for Ver 1.1 doesn't work, it gives me a fatal error and can't figure out what the problems is. Does anyone has a working version that can be sent to me?
Thank you so much!

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Hi, I have some problems with javascript plugins. Java Console says that codaslider doesn't exist when I activate a JS plugin.

Do you know what to do?

in style.css,Version: 1.0 and not Version: 1.1,why ????
thank you

has anyone gotten this to work with NextGen Gallery?


ok, so Ive got the video to work. how can i make the lead video display an image?

Best Theme ever... but how to lead image a vimeo movie????

Link doesn't work :(

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fantastic theme, except the slider, which isn't working for me too. v3.2.1 anyone else? enyone already got a solution?

can i reduce the default no of slide less then 10 on home page as well.

hi can i limit the no of slide it shows in the home page.. or what is the maximum no of slide it shows by default.

thank u

I installed Wordpress 3.2 and the front page slider is no longer working, everything else appears to be functioning. I disabled all my plug-in to makes sure there wasn't any other issues but still no joy.

Hey i want to change the image on the post header and the page header what should i do??????? plus how many posts should be there for slide show??????????

Thx George for your help. Also do anyone know a code what is workling with this theme for building in a Newsticker out of a RSS Feed for the sidebar or for footer?

Wouldn't let me add the comment either too long or it doesn't allow code, have you got an email I can send it to? I'm at

Hi Peter ,go into the header.php file, scroll to the bottom and swap the header div for this;

Hi really great Theme!
George i want to do the same! But i do not get it. Want to have my logo in the Header or as best way als the Blot titel so that it is a home button too. How do you did that?

scratch that last comment figured it out.

I wanted to change the page title to an image, i managed to do this but the directory is different depending on which page the site is being veiwed on is there a way around this perhaps a $page = ../ string?

Sorry for the prev comment, downloaded the new 1.1 and apparently the issue has been fixed! thanks a lot!

I've recently used your theme and it is great!

The only downside I've found is that when I disable the comment and also trackback, the right sidebar will be out of alignment and align itself on the bottom of the page

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Hey Paul,

Thanks for the cool theme. But I'm not being able to download ver 1.1 from any of the links. They all make me download ver 1.0! And so video is not possible as yet.

Please help.


Pictures dislocation,i can found error.please help me found it !

ghh, this is frustrating. The theme is great, but...! I cannot use any plugins with it. Anytime i use nearly any plug in at all the arrows stop working and there's no way to scroll the main page to another post.
please please fix this

To anyone having issues with the arrows not working just deactivate the Jetpack plugin set. Worked for me.

Hope this helps.


Is this compatible with the latest version of wordpress?

Hi David,
"Custom Fields" is hidden by default in wordpress 3.1.
When editing/writing a new post, you can see "screen options" in the right corner on top of the page. Click there and mark "custom fields", that's it!

New to all this wordpress stuff. Can't for the life of me get this template to work though. No ''Custom Fields''? I've even tried downloading the plugins and all sorts, still can't get it going. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

hi, on the index page i can only see the "where next?", what can i do about it?
and i see it when i view archive using different categories, i wouldn't want that either.
maye i could just somehow delete it? so it wont show, ever?

I love this theme but am I missing how to allow html in blog entry content? Or how to create/enable css styles within the blog entry on the main page (block of text on lower right of each entry)? Any help woud be appreciated.

LOVE the theme, but the arrows are not working to move to different posts???
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When I add a new category in my admin panel why won't it show up on the website?

How can i changed the sidebar to bottom all?
And how to make the post width until to the sidebar there?

Please help!!!
i want changed my website post title to normal, how can i changed the editor??

first of all great layout. there is just one thing that i can't understand: why should i make a 'archive_image' ? actually i do not see that anywhere

Hey, HV

Here is the answer - you just need to unlock it by screen options

I am trying to make the coda slider auto slide. Does anyone have any guides on what to edit to make it auto slide within the Viewport theme? Cheers


First of all great Layout. I have installed the newest Wordpress version. But when I post, there is no Custom Field. So, on the homepage you can't see any image in the slider...
What I do wrong?
Looking forward.


Hi Paul

first of all thank you for this very usefull theme..
I was thinking, is it possible to put videos in the slider? from vimeo or should i upload it somewhere?

best regards Simon

I love this theme, but one question. Is it possible to add more than 10 slides/images? Eli below can use 12, is that an option of version 1.1? Because in 1.0 I can only have 10 slides

Brilliant!!! Absolutely love it... but is there a way to have more than 12 slides/images?

When you click on one of my posts in the slideshow on the front page, it defaults back to the first slide. I have no idea what's going on here! Do you have any suggestions?

The page in question is this one:

hi , Urban allow youtube, is possible to do the same with Viewport?
( it has the iframe link , but it doesnt work)
thanks a lot.

I was having problems with the slider not doing anything either and disabled my 'Contact Form 7' plugin and everything is working great now. :)

How do I replace the "Where next" image?

i use WordPress 3.0 with PhotoQ 1.9 and Viewport Theme 1.1.
I have 12 published articles but only 10 appears on the home page, the eleventh is the Where Next ? image post.
Could you help me ?
Best Regards,

i am having the same problem here. cant get the sliders to work.. only the newest post is shown, the navigation arrows dont do anything :P

any advice?

thanks, john

I see I'm a little late to the party but I can't seem to get the sliders to work on the homepage or anywhere else. Any advice on how to get this to work? I really don't want to switch themes over something that I'm sure is a easy fix.

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Ok, forgot my question ! I found a way to resolve it.

In the file "function.php", line 107, I changed the parameter "__FILE__" by "basename(__FILE__)".
Is it due to the fact that I use wordpress locally !?

Hello all,

Thanks for this beautiful theme !!
I just begin to use it and I have a problem with the settings page of the theme.
When I click on the link "Viewport settings" in the admin panel, nothing happen.

I use Wordpress 3.0 locally

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But I am having a problem with the background image. I want the image to stretch to fit all the different screen resolutions. I t works well for the setting which I am working on but if I view it on a different screen size the image tiles instead of stretching. Currently the image is set to tile. I have looked through the css file to change the attributes but I cant seem to locate the corresponding codes.

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Hi Paul, this is a beautiful theme and I've decided to use it on my website. Unfortunately, the Coda Slider on both the main page and the the archive section doesn't, well, slide. Could you tell me what I'm doing wrong please? If I can't get this fixed then I'll have to use another theme, which I really don't want to do.

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Benjamin 5 years ago


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This is a great theme Paul. Thanks so much for donating it to the Smashing Mag. community! I've got one small problem: the slider. After tweaking it's looks to suit my needs, I quickly noticed that the slider no longer worked on my website. Any idea as to why?

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I just have one question: When i enter a page , then in the lower right corner there is a link to the page were i have all my archive_images (something like a gallery).

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Benny 5 years ago

Hi i love your theme, but i've got a big problem. i want to use the plugin "Contact Form 7" from . if i actived it a can't scrole the pictures. Firefox says: "Fehler: jQuery("div#mid").codaSlider is not a function " i hope you can help me. Thx a lot !

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Love this theme very much!
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So, is there a solution for linking straight to full image page?

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Hi there.
I love this theme, the only thing that is driving me crazy is the Where Next pages that appear in every category search or archives link. How do I remove these fake pages?


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Thanks Paul!
Great theme!

However, whatever I try, I can't get the flv to play in the slider (or in any other place)

I just insert a flv in the upload/insert field " " (without the quotes)
make a custom "lead_type"(minus quotes ) field with value "flash" (minus quotes )
but nothing's happening

....what am I doing wrong? I do have JW flv player installed btw..

could you make a screenshot of a flv. upload like you did in the usage part of this article?



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Robert 6 years ago

Oops, forgot to say what file to edit: /wp-content/themes/viewport/header.php

Robert 6 years ago

After upgrading Wordpress to the latest version (Version 2.8), Viewport's "slider" stopped working on the index of the theme. I found a fix, encase anyone else is having the same problem.

The error I got was "codaSlider is not a function". After looking at the code that Wordpress generates, it appears it includes the latest version of jquery in the header with the funtion "wp_head()".

I believe having the two jQuerys conflicts with each other. The simple fix, that worked for me, was to remove the jQuery include from the templates header, and then move the javascript for the theme below the wp_head() function call.

In more detail:
1. Remove line #14 (<script src="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/js/jquery-1.2.1.pack.js" type="text/javascript"></script>)
2. CUT lines #13 - 23 (inclusive) (from "<?php if(is_home() ..." to line "<?php endif; ?>").
3. Create new blank line between (<?php wp_head(); ?>) and (</head>). Around lines 21 after cutting the above lines.
4. Paste lines cut in step #2 to new blank line created in step #3.

This should fix it. As long as your Wordpress is including jQuery like mine was (not sure if this is the default behavior).

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Love the Theme. Is there a way to display Videos uploaded to Vimeo?

Ok I figured out how to remove the header and the test. Its in the main index file. Remove the following lines:

<a href="" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to ">

Hooray for hacking!

Thanks again for the theme.

Perfect theme for what I need to do, its saved me lots of time! I have the same question as Evie back in January. I didn't see an answer, here it is:

# Evie ~ January 28th, 2009 at 10:20 am

Paul, sorry to bother you with this, but is there any way to stop the title and text appearing if I leave both fields blank? This layout is ideal for scrapbook-type images, but I want it to just display the image. When I leave the title and text blank, I get two little black squares. How do I remove these?

Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Thanks again!

Hi All of you...

I can see only the first post at the main page, when I scrool, i see empty photo (white),

I have read that this problem already happen to some of you, would be happy if you could help me or lead me to the way...(not only Paul)

Thank you,


I have seen what you answer to Chrissy (and all the others)(@Chrissy, I’ve taken a look at your site and the only thing I can see that might be a problem is you are only displaying one post per page. If you set this to around 5 or 6 in your Word press settings you should then be able to scroll between them.)

But my settings are set to 12 posts per page, and still I can see only one post.
I'm using WP 2.7.1 and have no other plugin install or JavaScript features.

hope you can solve this for me - Any help on this would be greatly appreciated

By the way - Great theme!


Thanks Paul for the theme. I was looking for a new theme for my web portfolio and I found yours in

Surely you will have a reason to use .PNGs as backgrounds for titles and excerpts but I have replaced with CSS like this -> 'background:#000000; filter: alpha(opacity=60); -moz-opacity: 0.6; opacity: 0.6; padding-left:5px;'. Tested in most common browser results in same look but less bandwidth consumed.

I've also added 'a { outline:none; }' to avoid appearing the annoying dotted border surrounding the active link.

This theme is AMAZING! I used it for my client's photography portfolio website. BUT I'm having an issue when it's viewed in Internet Explorer (any version, as far as I can tell. Basically the sliding image portion of the website is too high and it's overlayed on top of the logo above it. It looks correct in Safari & Firefox, though. Any ideas?

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wings 6 years ago

Hi this theme is incredible. Thank you so much for the work you put into it! I was wondering if there was a way to set my pages to display in the slideshow. Not necessarily in leiu of, but incorporate them into the centerpiece. Thanks!

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OnlyTheLonely 6 years ago

Got the answer from Nov. Just had to replace $preview_image to $video_preview in index.php line #60.

Awesome theme!! You are the man!!

OnlyTheLonely 6 years ago

Absolutely love the theme. I am having the hardest time getting a thumb nail for videos. Can someone provide a step by step how-to? I tried adding a lead_type in the post and I see the image load really quickly and then it goes to black.


Great theme!

I've noticed that if you have a video playing and you click the arrows to move to a new post then the video continues playing in the background. I was wondering if there's an easy way to make the arrow buttons automatically pause the video when you click them.


Hi Paul,
This is a great wordpress theme.
I just have one question. I read some of the comments and didn't see any problem like mine.
I have everything working fine. Until I logout. After that the scroll on the first page stopped work. I post the files again on the server and reload the page, but it still not working. Also I looked at all settings and changed the number of posts from 10 to 20... still no working. Let me know if you know how I can fix that.


Anders 6 years ago

Hello again Paul

Ive managed to make some adjustments in order to view flash contents on the first page like you suggested William .13 and can now see the flash in the main window however I can't position it? It seems positioning don't apply for the flash contents, any ideas?

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Anders 6 years ago


Im also trying to figure out a way to display a .swf as my first image. Have you had any luck sorting that out yet?

Thanks for a great theme buddy

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lol...the theme returns an error in index.php on line 89 (where endif is)

And I just did a fresh install of 1.1, didn't add anything.

Is this normal or is the theme broken?

a lot of plugins conflict with the them, like social bookmarking at the end of post, share/save, add to any, socialist etc.
seems to interupt the background image of the post...has any one had this problem and can resolve? thanks


Your theme is Beautiwonderfull!
I use it for my almost professional) website, showing pictures of my reportage, and it is great.
It requires some sacrifices (plugins, time), but it surely is worth it, plus, it's free!


The "Flickr Gallery" plugin causes this theme not to slide!

I just installed this on my website, but when i click the next or previous buttons nothing happens.

Any clues?

I've just resolved the trouble with the archive page, now it works!
Thank you again, your theme totally rock ;)

Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful theme! I've used it for my website and it seems so pretty now! I have only one question: I've some troubles with my archives page, they don't scroll :( Where's the problem?

Thank you!

Robert 6 years ago

hello Paul! Thanks for the great theme - unfortunately the website is a totaly mess when viewed with Internet Explorer 6 or lower. Are you planning any browser compability updates? Greetings, Robert

Thanks so much!!! I modified this theme to be a portfolio site, a basic teaser though, with hopes in the future to make it even more in depth. You can view it here:

The one question I have: Is there a way to set it to auto scroll?

thanks again!

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Lovely, man. x

I am having fun using this theme for a simple project documenting my late-to-the-party LOST viewing. Thanks for sharing it.

Never mind...
It was a shadowbox conflict...
And I didn't empty cache when testing... got cornfused...

OH... so when I am viewing the site as a guest, I get this JavaScript error:
Error: jQuery("div#mid").codaSlider is not a function
Source File:
Line: 20

When I am viewing and I happen to be logged in, no problem.

What can I do so the right jQuery gets loaded for guests?


Paul, thanks for making Viewport available... beautiful.
I can only get it to scroll my items on the home page when I am logged in.
If I am a guest, they do not scroll.
I'm trying to find some difference... some JavaScript that gets loaded when you are logged in that is not loaded when you are guest... but so far haven't figured that out.

If you've seen this or have a clue what I could look for, please let me know.

Take care.

Can this be used on non Wordpress sites? I have seen it on a site that I am almost sure is not Wordpress, but I see no mention of this here. I would love to use this but directions are hard to come by. I do not know how to install it to my server as I am a noob and don't want to break anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated! This theme rocks!

Hello Paul!

I convert my Photoblog to this amazing theme from my old k2. Thanx a Lot! i have a slow blog and your theme is done for me :)


RaiulBaztepo 6 years ago

Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I'v just started to learn this language ;)
See you!
Your, Raiul Baztepo

Hello everyone, apologies for the delay in responding to your comments, I've been very busy lately working on my next free Wordpress theme due for release theme!

I'll work backwards here:

@Junereth - If you open index.php and copy the link on line 18 to line 21 where the excerpt is printed, that'll create a link to the post. I'll try and get a video tutorial for adding video, however the theme doesn't have support for embedding videos from Youtube etc, only for raw flash video files that you upload.

@Winni - Many thanks for this, I'm sure a lot of people will find it useful :)

@Nx - Glad you got it sorted!

@Jon S - If you remove lines 28-41 in index.php (after the endwhile and before the endif statements) that'll remove the Where Next page.

@Gunnar - Thanks for the info, I will try some more testing with Opera later.

@Steve - Thanks, if I get time I will look into why the theme doesn't work with these photo galleries etc, I expect it's a Javascript conflict somewhere.

@Kate - Categories can be selected from the single post pages and then display in a grid format in the slider.

@Elizabeth Richardson - I think that would require some modifying, the best way might be to modify the single page file to just show the lead image. In which case code could probably be copied over from index.php.

@Marc P - :) Sounds good!

@1Sipide - Very nice - it works well!

@Jtarter - Check out the instruction video at the top of the page, that should help.

@Aditya.S - Unfortunately I don't have time to add support for embedded videos at this point.

@Thai - Thanks :)

And thank you to everyone else for your kind comments. The biggest problem people are having is with the sliding, if you experience issues with this I would ask you to try disabling plugins and other Javascript features to see if that helps. Of course this is not ideal, but unfortunately at the moment I don't have the time to continue development on this theme.

Check back soon to grab my new Wordpress theme - check out a sneaky preview on Youtube :D

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is there a way to make the preview text of an article link to the article itself instead of the title acting as the link? i've had a few instances where friends were confused as to how to access the rest of a post, and i thought that my suggestion would come in handy for them


thanks so much for this great theme. As I wanted to have a backlink to the frontpage on each "single" page, I've written a little function that allows to call the blog with an URL like "". The function will convert the postid into the index-no. of the image you cross-linking to (so I won't mess up the scrolling).

Whoever likes to use it, simply add this to your "js/coda-slider.1.1.1.js" file: (insert it at line 54)

Thanks again for the theme!

i found a solution!...

i removed if ($media_type != 'flash') from single post php... it worked imediatly!!

Sorry is me again... i got mistaken by the ""

this is a comment of user "nov" about the single_image not appearing when you use flash

"I do not understand this:

hey, it’s me again:

i have solved the problem
if you use the player you are not allowed to use the content_type field in wordpress, otherwise the single_image will not work. so i modefied the index.php with an OR for all the files I want to use with the flv player stristr($media, ‘.flv’) || stristr($media, ‘.mp3’)…
it works fine.
by the way thanks a lot for this nice theme. beautiful!

the only thing i do not understand is the problem (single_image) when you use the player and content_type filed. crazy

but i’m happy now, thank you"

what exactly is to do??

Hi, just wanted to ask if you could provide a video tutorial as to how to use add a flash video as the lead. I tried playing around with a youtube video, but the video itself tends to cover the whole page including the title and content of the article, not to mention it gets messed up when i click on the article link itself as it displays the video as the single_image and covers up a lot of things

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Great theme, and thank you for it!

One question: How do I omit the "Where next?" page? I will not have comments on my site so the "Where Next?" page isn't needed.


Gunnar 6 years ago

Paul, thank you for presenting this innovating idea to us!

One issue, though:

I don't know if its the coda slider that is the reason, but there is one problem with flash in Opera.
I can notice that your panels with flash (the videos), do not refresh properly in the Opera browser. The panels are refreshed though if one resizes the browser manually, so It could be an issue for Opera to fix. I suspect the coda slider, because i've also seen this happen when you add flash to some of the other coda-slider based themes out there. If you or someone else would find the solution to this refresh-problem, i think there would be one or two happy coders out there, or if this really is an Opera error, let them know about it! :)


Steve 6 years ago

Also does not work with either PhotoSmash 0.2.3 or 0.2.4

This is sad because I love viewport but want my users to be able to upload pictures...

Need to find myself a solution. ie: another theme.

This would probably work if the sliding didn't just use /3 /4 /5 & such.

Managed to get the slider working - site looks great in firefox - IE is still causing me probs but we will get there. Still really keen to find out how categories work with this theme? Cant see where you can see just one category in the slider?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


Hello Paul,

Thank you so much for this great wordpress theme.
I am wondering if it’s possible to link toward the lead_image from the archive page instead of linking to the single page. I want to remove the single pages altogether and use it as a photo portfolio.
I've read through all the posts here and notice how incredibly patient and helpful you are...I think you're amazing...

All the best,

It's great TYVM, I think I'm going to add something pretty special to it with JQuery ;)

Thanks for your work. I've adapted part of your theme for a friend's video portfolio: He wanted to have the video content smaller, and the nav remaining on the left hand side, so I did it for him, even though it reduces the great full screen effect that is so powerfull in your work. Sorry about it, and thanks again.. :)

Hey I was trying to design a blog and was wondering how to edit the custom field or where to edit to show images for each post using this theme?


Aditya.S 6 years ago

Hi Paul,

I love the theme and am interested in the ability to add video's. I read in the comments your still testing the code for the same and would like to know if its going to be released anytime soon? Also being an amateur could you please post a tutorial on how to insert it i.e YouTube videos for example.

Really love the theme..I appreciate the hard work that you put in and the fact that you released such a high quality theme for free.


Oppss, it's me again, I'm sorry for my bad habit of directions. Haha, I meant left-align, not right-align. ^_^

Hi Paul,

I'd love to say thanks for creating such a great theme, Viewport should be one of the best themes around. Also, in my opinions, due to the fact that Viewport uses right-align for main contents, comments and such. So, I think it'd be great if the footer will be right-align as well. Another detail matter, in "read more" page, footer and the comment area are a bit too close together. It's just my thoughts, hope you keep the great work Paul.

Hi Paul,

Love the look of the theme, I'm trying to use it on my website but it doesn't seem to be scrolling? When I hover over the arrows I get "" and once clicked it doesn't do anything?

I've put up two test posts but it doesn't seem to do anything.

Any help? Is there something I need to change with the permalinks? I'm using Viewport 1.1 by the way.



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Hi Paul,

Love the theme its great for a design protfolio. Having trouble getting the slider to work and dont have any plugins installed - wondered if you would shed some light.

Also was hoping to be able to split the images displayed at one time in the viewer by category is this possible or do i need to create multiple sliders?

Thanks very much

It is not clear on how to add a preview image to a video post

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awesome use of the coda slider / wordpress ...

oh i can do it already :)
hehehe I think must be a puglin that I instal..
maybe it's the lightbox

i cannot press the next button... why :(

hi paul. this theme is good. i wanna use it for my blog. but i have a problem:

i use wp 2.7 and i take an error about that: Parse error: parse error in C:\Program Files\EasyPHP 3.0\www\wordpress\wp-content\themes\viewport\index.php on line 89

i see Jacob's post for like this problem and do it. but theme's look became bad :(

please help me. thanks for all.

Jonas 6 years ago

Hi Paul!

Great theme. I just want to let you know that it doesnt seem to be compatible with Contact Form 7. It's the same problem as Ivan wrote earlier. You can't navigate through posts.

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Hey Paul, thanks for the video preview image advice. Got it working perfectly with a custom field!

I would like to update the JW FLV media player. When updating the player I loose the full 900 x 600 video playback as well as the controls over the video. I've tried tweaking the flash vars but no luck. Any pointers on updating the flash player? Thanks!

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I'm almost done integrating TimThumb in the theme for my personal site. That way I only have to upload the largest image and the rest is created automagically ;)

Hi Paul,

Great job! Love this theme. I'm wondering if you could implement the following into the next version:

For the categories pages, instead of having to click on an 'Older/Newer' link, have the right/left page slide navigators navigate to the next set of archive image thumbnails?

I guess it would be somewhat awkward to implement as those slide navigators aren't really contextually aware?

Just a thought though :)

Thanks for the great work!

hey, it's me again:

i have solved the problem
if you use the player you are not allowed to use the content_type field in wordpress, otherwise the single_image will not work. so i modefied the index.php with an OR for all the files I want to use with the flv player stristr($media, ‘.flv’) || stristr($media, ‘.mp3’)...
it works fine.
by the way thanks a lot for this nice theme. beautiful!

the only thing i do not understand is the problem (single_image) when you use the player and content_type filed. crazy

but i'm happy now, thank you

solution for the video_preview - field: in index.php

$vprev = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'video_preview', true);

in the original index.php:
the name of the variable: video_preview and in echo preview_image :)

but i have still a problem:
the JW FLV Player accepts mp3, mp4, flv... and all I have to do is for instance:
lead_image -> and add lead_type -> flash

But from the time on I add the lead_type field, the single_image doesn't work anymore... please help me. (without lead_type it works, but then I'm only able to play flv's)

if(stristr($media, '.flv') || $media_type == 'flash') is in the original

if(stristr($media, '.flv') || ($media, '.mp3') || ($media, '.mp4') || $media_type == 'flash') <- my suggestion

but why do I have a problem with the filed content field????

Paul, sorry to bother you with this, but is there any way to stop the title and text appearing if I leave both fields blank? This layout is ideal for scrapbook-type images, but I want it to just display the image. When I leave the title and text blank, I get two little black squares. How do I remove these?

Hi Paul - thanx for the theme. I am slowly but surely getting it together. My question is this: How would I be able to exclude certain posts from showing up in the slider? For example, what if I only wanted to show 1 photo from each category in the slider? Thanks again for your time.

I still don't get it how to make a video preview...Could you be more specific on what and where exactly to add. Thank you

Steven 6 years ago

Hi Paul-

As everyone else here has said, this is an excellent theme--simple and perfect. Question: How do you change the color of the blog title? I tried changing it in the header portion of the stylesheet.css file and I just can't get it to work and I can't figure out where else to change it. I'm wanting to have my background black, so I was hoping to be able to make the title white.

Can you help?



Incredible theme! But how can I create an archives page? I have it set up and it just has no content - is there a page I need to link it too to have it turn into archives? Any help is greatly appreciated!

Hi Wuazo, this is my mistake, see Jacob's post for the fix - Link

Wuazo 6 years ago

I have this error when i select the theme in WP

"Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ENDWHILE in C:\wamp\www\wordpress\wp-content\themes\viewport\index.php on line 89"

the older version work fine, but this not....

nevermind, just found out that lightbox and jquery aren't compatible.

Hi Paul,

Big fan of this theme, love the way it just feels modern.

I'm trying to integrate the lightbox image viewer effect into this theme, and have so far got it working on just the post page. I'm wondering if it is at all possible to get the lightbox image viewer to work on the main blog page? I would like to be able to have each image in the main page use the effect (if that makes sense). So far got the linking working, but just need to figure out why lightbox effect doesn't work - nb do have lightbox installed correctly. Demo is at

jacob 6 years ago

Hey Paul-

I wanted to let you know that I found what was causing my problem. It was the use of the "<?" to start a php statement instead of "<?php". I changed this in the index, single, and page php files and everything worked.


Hi Charli, the font style for the header is general throughout the site, however you could add some new h1 styles. So perhaps add h1 etc you can style the font type and colour that way.

@Jacob, thanks for the feedback, I'll look into that issue.

Hello Paul,
I've just downloaded your viewport theme and have been tinkering with it for the last few days.
I have changed the background to a texture that doesn't work very well with the header font and color. I've already tried the normal ways of changing the font and color in the stylesheet but I can't seem to get things to work.
At first I wanted to use a custom font I uploaded to my server and make it blue, but unfortunately it didn't work, I then tried to get rid of the title text all together and replace it with this picture.
This doesn't seem to work either?
Any ideas?


jacob 6 years ago

Hi! I first want to say that this theme is awesome. Version 1 worked great..but I tried to upgrade to Viewport v1.1 and I am getting a syntax error.. "Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ENDWHILE in ...\wp-content\themes\viewport\index.php on line 89"

I didnt change the code in any way. The only other thing I could think of is that my version of wordpress is incorrect.

Is Viewport compatible with the latest version of wordpress?

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I would like to thank you for this great theme. The idea to integrate the coda slider into the front page is exactly what I was looking for.

I used your theme as a base for my own site design, although I changed it a lot.

So, thanks again and keep up the good work :)

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@Tom, I think that's due to having a list at the end of the post. The margins must be a little out, a small CSS fix should sort that.

@John, I'm not really sure what to suggest there I'm afraid. I would guess Wordpress is just redirecting back to the index, not sure why though.

@Nic, there are two ways of doing this, as usual, an easy way and a hard way. Luckily the easy way is pretty easy. The Javascript the is used to play the video has a parameter for a preview image, so all you have to add is [...].addVariable("image",[image_link]); The bits in square brackets there would have to be changed to your values. So you could prepare a preview image in 940x600 for example, upload it and perhaps use another custom field to display it.
The harder way is to use server-side software such as ffmpeg, to strip out a frame from the video and save it as a preview image. This would require a fair amount more work however, and you'd have to have to a certain amount of PHP knowledge.

Wow, thanks for the fabulous theme. Great integration of the coda slider!

Working on expanding this to a larger video-based project. Do you have any idea how I could set a flv video to have a image on default so before clicking to play there is an image still, rather than just black. I am assuming it has to do with the way WP handle's it's video media. Anything helps. Thanks, keep up the great work!


If I change the permalink category base to something other than "category", the 940-600 view appears with no content. Here is an image on Flickr.

Assume I change the permalink category base to the word "viewport". If I go then navigate to a category, say for example "discography", I would expect to see -- what I see instead is, the Wordpress default. Instead of a 404 or redirect, the site navigates to an empty view of the 940x600 Lead image shell thingy.

I love your theme, it works great for my application site. One question though: There's an error on the full post pages. Any ideas how to fix it? I made a screenshot of it:

Thanks guys, for anyone having trouble with the sliding not working, it is most likely a Javascript conflict. Check your plugins, reports are that it doesn't work with Next Gen Gallery, and also Cforms II, so you may have to disable these to use the theme.

@Daniel, if you can to Manage Pages, and then select the about page, you can add custom fields. Just set single_image to the link of your image and it will show on the page.

@John, thanks very much! What sort of things happen if your change the category base? I haven't looked into this myself before.

Hey Paul,

I have just figured out why the arrows didn't work; the next gen gallery plugin conflicts with your theme! But we don't need that anymore now, do we ;-)


Kind regards,


Hey Paul,

Beautiful theme: kudos!

But at my website the arrows aren't working... I have already changed the post count to 3 per page, but it still doesn't work.

I hope you know what the problem is, because this theme is exactly what I am looking for!

Kind regards,


Wow! Pure genius! Huge thanks, Paul. I've run into one small issue: when I change the Permalink Category base, things get very weird. If you know of an area to look at to fix this, I would be even more appreciative and thankful.

isaac 6 years ago


The slider button doesn't seem to work. Is there any plugin to activate or install?

Daniel Matranga 6 years ago

Thanks for the lovely theme Paul! But how can I put a custom image on the 'about' page?


Hey Paul,

Never got a chance to thank you for the new flash functionalities, Thanks! Also, it seems when I force people to log-in to post comments, the layout breaks and the sidebar is on the bottom of the page. All looks good when I'm logged in though.

Thanks again!

@MWH, trying updating to the new version 1.1, support for sliding archives is fixed.

@Chris, it would be quite easy to add tabs themselves in, as the code is part of the original Coda Slider, however naming the tabs might be a little tricky.

I love the theme and am using it now as well. I've run into the same issue with scrolling left and right in the archives. I'm eagerly awaiting the resolution! Nice work...

Chris Sealey 6 years ago

Hey, great theme you have here... One question though, is there any quick and easy way to enable tabs like what most other coda slider themes have? I notice you're using the regular coda-slider js with a bit of modification so I don't imagine it would be too hard but I'm not programmer!

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

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Hi Paul, excellent theme. I'm experimenting with it and I found out that somehow it collides with cforms II plug in. When it's activated you just can navigate with sliders between posts. I tried to do something myself but I didn't find out anything. I hope that you can solve this little problem. Anyway thanks for free theme and keep up the good work.

Hi Paul,

Is there anyway to show the gravatar in the comments?

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Hello Paul,
thank you very much for this great wordpress theme.
I would like to know if it's possible to link toward the home page ( the big image in 940×600px)from the arcive page instead of the single page.
Thank you in advance for your answer and happy new year 2009.
Sorry for my bag english, i'm french...

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your email.

But for some reason, I can't make the video appear. I uploaded a flash (.flv) onto my site ( and writing a new post. I just put "test" both for subject and the content. Then added a new custom field "lead_type" and the value is the link above. However, on the front page it didn't appear.

I'm using version 1.1 of the theme.
What did I do wrong? Please let me know.


howabout integrating timthumb into the theme? it automatically resizes images

Now I only have ONE problem left: Is there any way to get it fixed and working for IE 6??? It´s the old png-problem again and again...and no fixes work since they somehow seem to scew up the js...

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This is a great theme...I really LOVE it! But for some reason I can´t get it work :(...The arrows won´t scroll!

Oh, got it figured out...the theme DOESN´T WORK with NEXTGEN GALLERY. This is no problem for me now, but it might help others to know...

@Paul, thanks for the quick response. I will let you know if I discover a solution to the problem.

@Steven, the updating of the Where Next image checks to see if the new link is the same as the current one, if so that error message will appear. Similarly if the link contains illegal characters the database won't be updated, however it seems neither of these conditions are true with your link. Unfortunately I can't diagnose the problem from that, all I can suggest is that it may be a conflict with another plugin, or a database problem.

@GandT, as you say, the theme should display, just without any content. I believe the only real prerequisite is support for custom fields, which Wordpress has had since before version 2.0, so that shouldn't be the problem. That said, they may have changed the way it handles requests for the fields, in which case an upgrade may be required. If your web host allows it, I would consider installing the latest version of Wordpress (2.7) and seeing if that makes a change. The installation is very straightforward, all you need to be able to do is create a new database which your host should be able to help you with if you run into any trouble.

I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to all this stuff, really love your theme though.
I have just installed wordpress on my site and have installed the viewport theme. The problem being that when I go to view my blog site the page appears to be completely blank.
I have not actually published any posts as yet but would assume that the page should at least show a blank layout, the title etc?
The only other problem I can think that it could be is that I installed WordPress through the install options of my website host site manager, which only has version 2.0 available. Does this theme require the latest version?
Thnaks again for the theme, I really like it and would like to get it up an running.

Great theme! I am using it for my photo portfolio and love it! I am trying to change the "Where Next?" slide through the settings page but it returns "Update failed - please make sure you have entered a new, valid image URL, or chosen a new color."

The image is live on the server: but will not update. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance for your help!

@Alex and Tom, there seem to be some problems with scrolling the archives pages at the moment, I'll be looking into the issue this week!

@Raul, thank you for the heads up! I imagine this is a Javascript conflict although without having used the plugin before, I'm afraid I can't say for sure.

@Nghia, it looks like you got the scrolling sorted! I guess you had to set Wordpress to show more than one post per page. To change the lead image sizes to 600x600 would require some modifying of the Wordpress loop, and the CSS. Essentially wherever '940px' appears should be changed to '600px', this includes the panel widths so the Javascript knows how wide to make the slider. Additionally the shadow graphic around the main frame would need changing to 600x600. In a nutshell that should be all, although it may require a little more tweaking to get exactly right.

@Alexnote, thanks for the heads up, this is most likely because they have used the same function name for adding the admin panel menus. A quick fix should be to open functions.php and change the phrase 'mt_add_pages()' to something different wherever it occurs in the file. That said, I wouldn't personally recommend messing around with the functions file unless you have some prior PHP and Wordpress knowledge.

@Gregor, similar to adding video, adding a Google map would require slight modification to the Wordpress loop in index.php to support the media type you are inserting (in this case an iframe perhaps?). Then it's just a case of copying that link into the 'lead_image' field when you post an article. Of course if you plan to have more than one type of media (images/video/iframes for example), you would again have to modify the loop to contain a conditional statement that checks against a new custom field ('lead_type' perhaps) and inserts the correct containing code accordingly.
If this all sounds a little too much and you can wait a short while, I will be releasing a modification later in the week that will have support for different media types.

And to everyone else, many thanks for leaving feedback - its great to hear from you all and I hope you enjoy using and modifying the theme!

Hi Paul, thanks a lot for this great theme, I’m using it for my website and I've realise a small translation in french.
Everything is ok except a problem with the archive : it doesn't slide. And it's the same problem with the search result.
Can you help me please ?
Awesome work and thank you for sharing :-)

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Great theme Paul! Implementing now--new theme for a new year!

Is there any way to embed a Google Map into a post panel?


Hi! Thank you for your theme!
It conflicts with the plugin Cross-linker (
That is the message
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare mt_add_pages() (previously declared in /home/alexche7/public_html/wp-content/plugins/cross-linker/crosslink.php:19) in /home/alexche7/public_html/wp-content/themes/viewport/functions.php on line 108

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I'm sorry but it seems like I have another issue.

This is my website and I'm using this theme. I just found out that I can't use the arrows to go to the other entry. It only leads me to the page where the Recent Comments are shown (which is "Where Next?"). Is it how it is or I did something wrong?


Hi Paul,

I really love your theme. I wanna say thanks for publishing it for everyone. I actually had 2 questions for your, but the first one has already been answered (it's about posting a video - so I will wait till next time until you get to it). My second question is about the front page scale. I know the size for a lead_image is 940x600 - so my concern is there any way that I can change that scale to 600x600 (a square format). I'm a medium format photographer so all of my photos are 6x6, and I certainly don't want to crop my photo.

I'd appreciate a lot if you can help me with this.

Hi! This is a great template and it works great. But how do I enable the Archive page? This might be a stupid question but I have no clue :)

Thank you for creating this!

I just found out that the slide effect not works if you have the plugin Flickr Manager activated on you wordpress blog.
Just a heads up if something like this comes up...

Hi Josue,

The code for displaying videos is still in testing stages, so I'd rather not release it to the public until I've checked over it a little more. If I get time I'll be working on it next week and will release anything that is working well here. Thanks for your interest!

Great theme. I've been playing around with it. How do I display video the way it shows on the demo? Do I just use a video link instead of image? I haven't tried it, which I guess I should.



Thanks, but i have changes it and still it dont work :(
maybe its a sign to say: dont use this theme, chrissy XD

Hi Dash,

I might be one step ahead of you there :P That was actually part of the original plan for the theme, however it turned out to be a little more complicated, due to file permissions within the Wordpress file structure. Additionally to resize upon upload I think would require modifying core Wordpress files, so that wasn't possible unfortunately. For ease of use I wanted to keep all user control within the confines of the Wordpress system itself, so this feature had to be dropped at an early stage.

However I've uploaded the beginnings of the functions I wrote using GD to resize and crop the images, it's not functional, but if you'd like to use it at all feel free! Link here.

I'm afraid this might also be out of the scope of your project, but since the two of the three images only differ in size and and the other one is only slightly cropped it shouldn't be too hard to make the process of posting the images a bit more fluent by using GD or Imagemagick.

You could post one image through standard wordpress media upload (instead of the custom field) and a GD script could process the other two automatically. I'm not enough at home with GD, but it might be worth checking out.

For me the manual image creation is the weakest point in this otherwise terrific theme. It could be automated client-side as well, with a Photoshop action, but server side solutions are more elegant (and location independent).

My 2 cents ;)

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Hi Paul! Thanks for the beautiful theme!
I have a problem when i log out from the "Leave a Reply" box,
i get the message "You are attempting to log out of (blogname)
Please try again."
Someone else has the same problem?

Greetings from Italy

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@Ember, that's a great suggestion, I think however it'd require on-the-fly rewriting of the Javascript to allow it work out which panel it's on, and sliding to. Unfortunately that's a little out of the scope for this project!

@Chrissy, I've taken a look at your site and the only thing I can see that might be a problem is you are only displaying one post per page. If you set this to around 5 or 6 in your Wordpress settings you should then be able to scroll between them.

@William, another good suggestion, thanks! I don't think it would be too tricky to use flash for the lead_image. The CSS containers that currently hold each image are already in place to suit all types of content, it would just require modifying the Wordpress loop in index.php to insert the code needed to display a flash video, rather than an image. So for example I use a simple piece of Javascript to display flash video on this site, so I'd replace the img src=... (line 16 of index.php) to the suitable Javascript, which will then link to a flash file that you have uploaded and set lead_image to on the Write Post page.

If you wanted to get a little more advanced you could introduce a new custom field, something along the lines of 'lead_type' which you could set to either 'image' or 'flash' for example, then use a conditional statement in the loop to display the relevant code for either images or flash.

I'll give this a go myself and if I produce anything that works I'll post here. The issues I can predict are that you'd have to prepare flash content in the right size which I can imagine is a lot more difficult than preparing images; and that I think you'd really be testing the browsers rendering ability trying to scroll flash content. Still, an interesting concept!

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William Dowell 6 years ago

hi there! I'm loving your theme - and trying to tweak it my needs. Just wondering..

Is there a way to allow the lead_image (and others) to be flah / .swf ? That would be truly fantastic. I have quickly tried it, and it doesn't work, but any advice on how to do that? or sources on where i could get help/ ideas?

Love your work, and very grateful. I was (and remain!) a fan of Derrik's The Unstandard theme, but i love the sliding effects of yours and will prob end up with a combination of yours, his and my work.

Keep up the great work, and many thanks in advance for any possible sources of help re swf,
Kind regards,

Hey, Paul, when you have time, can you send me an email? I'd like to just disable search completely and just use your theme as a CMS design.

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Well. I want to used this Theme. I get the Zip, I do it on my Webspace. But it dont works? Why? There is no Read-Me or something else, so I dont know if I can upload the Theme like it is or must I change something?

I'm sorry vor my bad englisch.

Greetings from Germany

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Lovely theme! I was planning to use this as a photoblog.

Although it would be nice if each post be assigned a unique ID as in, instead of just I know there's permalinks, but there may be times where I'd just like a direct link to the full image on the homepage.

Hope I made myself clear. Once again, awesome work!

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Thanks for pointing that out Kevin, I have changed it to a zip file.

Can you repost comments.php, possibly with a different extension or zipped?

Current file only contains "Please do not load this page directly. Thanks!"

Hi Aidil,

Thanks for pointing out this error, confirmed it does happen when comments are closed. To remedy this you can replace the current comments.php file in the Viewport directory with the updated one available here (.zip, right click, Save as).

I think I got it.

The layout breaks when I choose to close the comments. Any way to get around this?

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Good job! Thank you for sharing.

Hey Paul, great theme. Thanks, I'm using it for my website.

But I do face a problem- the sidebar appears to break at separate pages (about/contact). Could you help me here? Sorry,I'm abit of a noob when it comes to CSS.


Nice and interesting work. I will consider this nice piece of work for my blog. But as someone pointed this is not for blogs that have a lot of updates. But I'm ok, I like slow blog anyway.

Posts represented by images? Unique, but what a pain in the ass for an active blog!

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