Free WordPress theme: Channel


Latest Version: 1.0 – 09/16/2009

Live Demo:


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Inspired by WooThemes’ great gazette theme, we decided to release a similar one for free.

Absolutely, everyone have rights to download/use it for free!

If you have any problems, please contact us, thanks!

Theme Features:

  • Advanced Theme Control Panel
  • Automatic Thumbnail Creation
  • Advertisement Management
  • Analytics/Stat Management
  • Built-in FeedBurner Support
  • Built-in Flickr Support
  • Widget Ready
  • Gravatar Ready
  • Threaded Comments
  • Cross-Browser Compatible
  • WordPress 2.8.4+ Compatible
  • Dropdown Menu Navigation


  1. Wow, another killer looking theme. Indeed they are premium theme and available free. A great step towards improving opensource offerings. WordPress has enormous possibilities and you are doing the right this exploring all possibilities and sharing the same with community.

  2. johhny

    Hi! I would like to know if there is a way to get rid of the “No image” image from the main page and from archive pages when tere are no images un the text.

    1. admin

      Hello, This is the automatic thumbnail creation function which was built into the theme functions. In the theme directory, open functions.php and you can see there is a function “get_thumbnail”,here you can change the way you like, the “noimage.gif” is under folder channel/images/

  3. Destiny@freebeezndealz

    I have many categories and they are showing up under the channel header and on the side. How can I remove them under the channel header?

  4. Ozren

    Very nice theme, indeed!

    I have a little problem, please help me with this one: no matter what I do, I still have noimage.gif.

    Which is the best way to solve this?



    I’m not sure what went wrong, image not show at the first page. I’m new for wordpress too but I think it should word after I install this theme without error or anything I need to setup.

      1. James

        I can’t see my comment or it’s sill pending. So, I do comment again.

        I did a new post and still show “no image”…Do I need to change following code as above mentioned.

        echo ‘/images/noimage.gif>’;

        1. Roy Admin

          Yes, the auto-thumbnails-creation only works for images in your site. While our premium theme(Newswire) allow users to create thumbnails via custom field.

  6. Well, I love this theme and have been using it after a little customization. But, it seems to have problem with numbered as well as bulletted lists! Also, the QUOTE tags in the posts does not seem to work either. I had problems adding text/HTML widgets, but I sorted that out by manually adding them in the .php file!

    If you could fix the list and quote bugs, it would be great. Nevertheless, great theme.

  7. Jim jones

    How can I change the link colors for my small post boxes? Like my header and ‘Continue.’

    Also, how can I make all my Flickr images the same size, so it is even?

    Finally, on my site, there is no image showing up where the thumbnail on the mini-post-boxes. There isn’t even the ‘No Image’ picture…it is just blank.

  8. Hey great theme! Thank you for it but I got this problem. Nothing Java works on it.
    The following plugins don’t work with this theme:
    Subscribe Me

    Basically no plugin that uses Java works on this theme. Why? What can it be done?

    My site:

  9. howard

    gallery doesn’t show in channel theme

    Hi guys,

    i am using the channel theme for my site BestPrice.Com. I want to put a gallery on the main index page.

    I have set a custom field “articleimg” and have set the categories. the plugin seems to find them properly, cause if i look at the page source (see below) it shows the proper two test posts, and it shows an image tag for the proper images, so the custom field seems to be fine.

    nevertheless, the gallery doesn’t show on the site. I assume its a problem with the javascript,
    cause if i take the code below and paste it into a blank htm page, the text and images show.

    Here’s the code in the site, or you can look at the page source.

    function startGallery() {
    var myGallery = new gallery($(‘myGallery’), {
    timed: true

    .jdGallery .slideInfoZone
    height: 64px;

    HD TV

    Bowl Game Season is Coming. Time to get your guy and HDTV. They’ve never been cheaper. Save up to 50% in our HDTV Catalog.

    Digital Cameras
    This picture of sunrise over Los Angeles was taken with a Pentax k100d Digital SLR Camera. Check out our Camera Section to get yours.

    here is what the calls to the javascript look like:

  10. Tyler Staley

    First off I want to say that this is a GREAT theme and how much I appreciate that it was made. You did a FANTASTIC job on it.

    The only problem I am having is my Thumbnail Image on the mini-posts is turning out VERY Grainy and stuff. It shows up just fine and the size is right, but it has lost a HUGE majority of its sharpness compared to its identical picture in the post.

    It is at

    Please help,

    1. Roy Admin

      Yes, this is image “thumbnails”, there are not showing the whole size of images. Besides, you need you increase the size of default thumbnails in WP Dashboard to show clearer thumbnails.

  11. Tyler Staley

    Ok. So your saying to go to Settings>Media> then set these to 270 x 120?

    I did that, but my server takes forever to update changes. So im still waiting for results. But this is what to do, yes?

    Thanks man.

  12. Hi, this theme is great but Im having trouble installing it… When I install it it comes up with this message:

    Warning: file(/home/gof49483/public_html/wp-content/themes/channel/style.css) [function.file]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/gof49483/public_html/wp-includes/theme.php on line 180

    Warning: implode() [function.implode]: Invalid arguments passed in /home/gof49483/public_html/wp-includes/theme.php on line 180

    So, when I use it the site seems disjointed, theres white bars missing from all over the pages…

  13. Tyler Staley

    Hi again. Im having another problem. For some reason my sidebar on my homepage and on regular post pages is REALLY messed up being out of its set area and for some reason is at the bottom of my page. Can you take a look?


  14. Tyler Staley

    Ok. Im almost FINALLY done. I still have two problems.

    1) For some reason, everytime I access the Channel Theme Options tab in WordPress it resets everything. I try to create an ad in the 300 x 250 or 468 x 90 banner space, but everytime I save it, it resets itself.

    2) My sidebar is for some reason at the bottom of my homepage. I can’t get it back to where it is supposed to be.

      1. Roy Admin

        You can edit the comments.php file to remove the “comment closed” text. The 300×250 ad needs to be configure via theme options.

        1. Ronald

          Thanks roy… about he 300×350 and I inlucde the to make it work I thought it will auto read the gif files on /images folder of channel

  15. Ronald

    Thanks for the reply Roy, now it’s working my problem is that when I create new page and it also create a menu on top, how can I remove it also how to remove featured content item showing? thanks very much!

  16. Thijs

    Hi Roy,

    Great theme, did a good job!!
    Can you please explain me how the ‘Enter your ad code’ works?
    What kind of code? I tried HTML, but it didn’t work out.
    Can you please help me?



  17. Hi,
    I’ve the Channel theme on WordPress 2.8.6 and I got an error for the feature post instead of having a picture. Any clue?
    I have an other problem. I want to display my flickr photo but I don’t understand where we need to set up this (I’ve said yes to have the flickr module) but where do we need to give our account info? Thanks for your help and great job for this theme!

  18. Hey guys, I gotta take my hat of to you, this channel theme is excellent !
    I have a couple of queries though if you don’t mind..?

    1. how to remove the word channel from the header bar & replace with my own theme title using a h1 title tag.

    2. would it be possible to change the h3 title tags on the home page view, to h2 title tags..?

    3. I appreciate that the feature box is great for a blog that uses many nice & large images, however for a blog such as mine, I think replacing this feature box with a latest post box, just showing thumbnail & set amount of text would make more sense ! Would this be possible & easily acomplished..??

    Any help is much apreciated

    Thanks in advance Steve

  19. Gabe

    Great theme!
    But i have one small problem.
    When i first activated the theme it did automatically create thumbnails, but now every time i create a new post and insert a picture in the post itself, its not creating the thumbnail.It Just shows the “no-image” thumbnail. Any ideas?

    1. Gabe

      Okay, i think i figured out the problem, when i was inserting the images i was not inserting them at their original size. I did a test post and i t worked.

  20. Hi I really love your theme Channel :-) I am fairly new to WP. I have used Blogger for the last 2 yrs. Quick question if I want to download, upload, activate any of the items on the theme options panel I go to the next page that is completely blank except for “Security check” in the left upper corner? Can’t figure out how to activate these very needed snippets?

    Thanks for the help and Merry XMAS :-)

    1. Roy Admin

      Do you have a live demo to show and let me check?

      To install the theme properly, you need to deactivate all plugins(especialy the limit-post and flickr-rss plugin) first, then start upload/activate the theme package and the plugins that we included in the theme package.

      Merry Christmas!

    1. Jakolien

      And also on more thing (If I may :-) ) How do I change the title and tagline. I have done so in WP but it is not showing. (I must say I kinda feel dumn again after mastering blogger quite well :-) )

    2. SPFK

      Hello Jakolien,

      Your site looks good! Where did you get this slider? To change the title you need to change the logo image in the file :)

  21. Lasantha

    Hi, When i embed youtube video’s, I cant see thubnail on post in home page. its doesnt show thumbnail only the home page. but when i click post its ok. Any idea’s?


  22. paula

    Hi Roy,

    I was wondering if there was a way to specify the thumbnail picture in the postbox. Great theme by the way. I love the simple look.

  23. Nick

    Hi Guys, I am kind of new to this FYI. I have been unable to get the Footer Widgets to show on my page as the Live Demo shows. I have the option check to “Display Widgets on the Footer” on the Theme Options page. I also clicked “no” one time to see what that would do, and know all the side widgets will not show up either. Please help if you can, I love the theme and want to get it working.

  24. Hi,

    Thanks for a great theme. I seem to be having a hard time with the stream uptop. I deactivated my plugins prior to installing. Activated and it’s still not coming through, what do I have to do to fix it.


  25. paula

    When I click on the category name (in the category list menu) it only lists 10 posts of that category. Is it possible to have it paginate for the user to be able to view all of the posts under the category?
    Thank you

  26. Paula

    I am having a problem with the thumbnails where most of the time it does use the first image in the post. When I upload the first image, it will display that, but then when I upload the second image, the post box will change and display the second image.

      1. paula

        Did you fix this?
        I found out the “problem”. The theme does not look at the first picture in your post but the first picture in the your post’s gallery (which is somehow the last one that was uploaded)

  27. joy

    Thank you for this great theme. I have one thing to ask how to get this theme localized in another language (arabic). thank you very much

  28. felipe

    I have problems with the footer of the theme, this is positioned on the right side next to the widget, probe disabling plugins, even delete the page footer and not change anything. even modify the css sheet.

    please help, thanks!

  29. Thanks a TON for the awesome theme! I found it yesterday and have set up nearly my entire blog within just an hour or less worth of work. Pretty sweet.

    Quick question: Is it possible to add a footer menu to the theme? Y’know – disclaimer, legal notices, advertising options, etc.

    Thanks again!

  30. film izle

    Thanks a TON for the awesome theme! I found it yesterday and have set up nearly my entire blog within just an hour or less worth of work. Pretty sweet.

    Quick question: Is it possible to add a footer menu to the theme? Y’know – disclaimer, legal notices, advertising options, etc.

    Thanks again!

  31. Jimmy Xuza

    I have installed Channel Theme, but there is some problem when I have submitted more then 10 post blogs, but at the end of 10 post there is no view means more pages references like [Page 1 of 2] [1] [2] […] [last>>] this not view, what should I do?

  32. RayZhao

    why i couldn’t see the “threaded comments” when i am using this theme? do i need to install other plug-in for this?

  33. Nayan

    I transfer my blogger blog to WP, all images i have in, please tell me what should i do in this theme to show external images.

    please suggest something

  34. Hey,

    nice theme!

    I’m considering to use it for a school project where students of journalism would publish their articles.

    I was just wondering if I can modify the this theme (design, code) to be more useful for our purposes. I didn’t find anywhere the license for this theme so I don’t know how far I can go.

    Is this theme totally free so I can modify it how I need?

  35. Amr

    Hi Roy,

    When I uploaded the theme i couldn’t activate it because wordpress said the theme is broken because there is an error in functions.php.

    Is there any solution for that?

    1. Roy Admin

      Hi, please deactivate all plugins before install the theme, also submit the error message at our support forum, let me help you there.

  36. Nayan

    Hello Roy

    In home page, post thumb images will crop not resize, can you tell me, how can i resize the image not crop in home page.


  37. i was looking for a very simple yet nice looking theme. someone told me about this theme, i am glad, channel theme is exactly what i was looking for! i wanted to ask one more thing, is it possible to change the colors on the page?

  38. vincent

    love your theme alot but as you can see am lost on how to properly set it up. am wondering if a simple step by step picture giude could be done to help.for instance to set up featured content gallery this were the instructions ‘If not already included, add this code to your template file where you want the Featured Content Gallery to be displayed:

    pls bear with my ignorance but i do not know where the template file is.

    thanks for helping

    1. Roy Admin

      Hi, thank you interested in the theme. Could you submit your issues on our support forum? We don’t handle theme issues here.

  39. Paul

    Hi Roy, awesome theme!

    I was wondering if there’s a chance to modify the size of the auto thumbnail for the posts. In the css i’ve modified it from 80px X80px to say 265 x 80. Works but it stretches the image that automatically is 150×150.

    any clues?

    Thanks heaps!

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