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For the past few weeks, I have been experimenting with different grid-based CSS frameworks available on the Internet. YAML and Blueprint are two of the CSS frameworks that I might be using for my future theme development work. These nifty frameworks can be used for rapid development of clean CSS/XHTML layouts. I am not sure if any theme designers are already using these, but I like them a lot because they can save you a lot of time.

Based on the Blueprint framework, I am releasing a minimalistic WordPress theme called the “Gridblog“. This is a fast loading theme (only 36Kb in size) that has very little design elements but compensates with its functionality. It lets you display your front page blog entries uniquely by dividing them into two columns. The theme has different layout for pages, single entries and the archives section. Gridblog is fully CSS & XHTML compliant and has been tested with both Internet Explorer and Firefox.


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Please leave comments and let me know if you like it!

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  2. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for Minimalistic

  3. I for all time emailed this webpage post page to all my associates, because if like to read it then my friends will too.

  4. Figured it out. It’s in a separate CSS file

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  7. good site nice work very nice sharing

  8. Everything was very nice great wonderful color matching shares

  9. TFS your site’s design shares a very nice thank you

  10. Hi!
    Excellent theme. But in WordPress (3.2.1) are not working “thread comments”.
    Can this be fixed?

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  13. Jai,

    I’m early adopter of some of your themes since 2006 and this one just hit the nail on its head. minimal, loads each post in the same page without a major refresh and is so elegant without too many confusing options.

    you can consider making font size slightly bigger (like in the twenty ten theme).
    Good work Jai. I think you must focus on minimal themes like this which place greater emphasis on content than actual design. Well done.

  14. lkj]n left a comment on May 29, 2011 at 1:54 am |

    very goooooooooooood

  15. […] BOB????????????????????????????????????????????????????????GridBlog?????????? […]

    I dig this theme so much I just can’t put it into words. In fact, I want to use it for our church website it that is cool. I have just one small question. They want to have a banner type thing and so I wonder if a post’s image can show up in the main page post spot – having two posts in the area is perfect, each with a 450×275 image. But the theme being minimalistic wont show the images. Any work around this?

  17. this themes so clean and really nice with adsense 😀


  18. Frank Lucas left a comment on March 27, 2010 at 7:39 am |

    WP v2.9.2
    PHP v5.2.1

    The links don’t display.

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  20. […] qué mejor  que volver con un nuevo Diseño?, espero que les guste, es GridBlog de Blog Oh Blog!, un poco toqueteado de mi […]

  21. How about a dark blue? (but not too dark).

    What colors beside blue go well with yellow? As a designer i’m sure you would know.

  22. wowww that is awesome, you did a greate job.

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  24. Hello! Wonderful theme… I don’t see any instructions anywhere included with the download. How do I override the sidebar layout you have in the theme so I can set the widgets to my own liking/choosing? Thanks very much in advance.

  25. Anne left a comment on May 28, 2009 at 7:59 am |

    I’ll have to revise my last comment!! The theme is blank in the themes menu but loads normally and is totally functional!! thank you for a great layout.

  26. Anne left a comment on May 28, 2009 at 7:43 am |

    Hi – I loved this theme but unfortuately its blank after being up loaded to my wp content themes file ;-(

  27. Hi there,
    This theme has an awesome layout – color scheme. Functionality is cool. And the layout is DIFFerent – which is key, imo.

    My only complaint is that it is all laid out with SPAN tags… I looked through the css to see if I could edit it to suit my site, and oh. my. word. I can’t figure it out! Will google like css that is like this – without the heading tags, etc??

    Thanks so much for the free themes!! Awesome!

  28. very good.thankss

  29. Very good. Thanks.

  30. very nice and usable theme
    is it possible to have 3 or mor post columns on the main page?

  31. Hi there.
    IMHO, the fonts are a bit too hard to read.
    other then that – great layout, thanks !


  32. Great theme! Thanks !

  33. valla saol

  34. […] that would allow me to have most post fragments on the landing page.  I played around with one, gridblog, that was extremely plain and simplistic.  I kind of liked that though, as it plain and simplistic […]

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  36. […] far my favorite is probably, Gridblog. Or maybe Zinmag. I think I’ll probably go with Gridblog for a while. It is a lot simpler to […]

  37. bulent left a comment on November 21, 2008 at 10:50 pm |

    two post column on the main page is very useful…
    it is good for the visitor to see more posts without scrolling down (by removing the top content)…

  38. A simple great theme.. !

  39. ?? ??!
    I just download this theme.
    great! i like it.

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  41. Why are you using thecontent_rss in the main index.php ?

    (By the way, what plugin do you use for comments that allow for a reply and a link to the replied to comment ? And a notify ?)

  42. Erik Dasque left a comment on October 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm |


    Can you try again, I can’t see what you posted to fix the title ?

  43. WordPress Theme: Gridblog…

    Gridblog is a fast loading two-column theme that has very little design elements but compensates with its functionality. It lets you display your front page blog entries uniquely by dividing them into two columns. The theme has different layout for pag…

  44. Nice with the two column posts – great work again Jai

  45. Nice theme and so damn small. Always wanted to play with YAML on my own. Thanks for your work!

  46. Mike left a comment on September 4, 2008 at 7:07 am |

    Thanks great theme, nice and clean loads super fast. Does anyone know how to split the main index section into 3 or 4 columns instead of 2? I assume it’s in index .php here :
    php if($count % 2 == 0) echo ”; else echo ”

  47. interesting and clear theme

  48. Figured it out. It’s in a separate CSS file (screen.css).

  49. I’m having problems with pictures and text. I have a lot of thumbs in my posts and when I make a new paragraph or just line brake it simply doesn’t obey it. The text goes right of the picture when it should go below the picture. I’m not talking about captions (although that is another problem), I’m talking about a normal thumbnail with text continuing below the thumbnail.

    Text text text text text text

    Like the example above, where the brackets are thumbs.

    The problem with captions is that on the first page it leaves out the img src tags but leaves the caption tags and it looks ugly as … when you have a lot of pics with captions in a post or even just one pic.

    It’s a great theme and I’m working on customizing it a bit to my needs … it just needs some polishing.


  50. I love your fantastic work!

  51. Hello! I use your theme, all wonderful. But never was able to align text on the left side. Do not tell?

  52. Great theme! Good work.

  53. Hi Jai, gorgeous layout, love the clean minimalism of the design. Awesome possibilities for customization. excellent work!

  54. Very-2 great theme, TQ

    • Hello! Wonderful theme… I don’t see any instructions anywhere included with the download. How do I override the sidebar layout you have in the theme so I can set the widgets to my own liking/choosing? Thanks very much in advance.

  55. good themes. thank you

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  57. I am fan of minimal and fast loading themes – this looks nice with its grid arrangement. Is it possible to change the font at a central place? (Say Arial throughtout?) Thanks and Cheers!!

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  59. sacilad left a comment on July 30, 2008 at 12:11 am |

    nice themes. it’s very simply.

  60. Really your words are fantastic thanx

  61. Thanks jai for your kindness, and i’m sure you’ll be publish great pluginin the future

  62. The screenshot.png file seems to be missing from the ZIP file.

  63. Jayden left a comment on July 15, 2008 at 1:32 am |

    Great theme!
    Is it possible to add support for subpages?

  64. very beauty and thank you for free.

  65. jason left a comment on June 24, 2008 at 5:12 am |

    I like it, it is very nice, cool

  66. Yup, just noticed, not title either… Here’s how to fix that for all those who are looking to fix it…

    Open header.php, and find

    and replace by something like this:

  67. […] ?????????????blog??gridblog???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? […]

  68. Jai left a comment on June 21, 2008 at 5:51 am |

    @Lildisnie : No, it cannot move the sidebars to the top because the sidebars are in the bottomcontent.php. You must have done some changes yourself before. So, I suggest you install the vanilla gridblog before doing any changes.

  69. What that does is moves the sidebars to the top along with the bottom content.

    I want the posts which is hanlded by page.php to be first and then the topcontent.php and then the bottom content.php.


  70. Jai left a comment on June 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    @Lildisnie : Open the index.php file from the gridblog theme folder. Cut this

    < ?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . "/topcontent.php"); ?>

    and paste above this :-

    < ?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . "/bottomcontent.php"); ?>

    This should do what you ask for.

  71. I really like it . .

    Have a dbt about how I can make the topcontent.php as the content above the sibebars.

    As in the posts should be on the top and the topcontent should be in the middle..


  72. Ahh.. no code allowed in my comment… well… in Sidebar1.php, there is an if statement which says


    Make it,


    Thats all… once again, great theme… i am busy modding it :)

  73. Nice Theme. I am using it at one of my blogs. I found a small bug though. If you add Widgets to Sidebar1, it doesn’t work. The problem is in Sidebar1.php

    Change the following line:



  74. Jai left a comment on June 18, 2008 at 7:24 pm | : Its not about the design. Its about dividing the blog posts in two columns and also to demonstrate the power of CSS Grid frameworks. They are lovely :)

  75. Speaking frankly, this theme is just so so, no better than the last theme your did.
    Jai, bring out your great imagination!

  76. Jai left a comment on June 18, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    @rajeelkp : You will only find WordPress themes here. No themes for blogger. Sorry.

  77. Hi ,
    I just created a blog on blogger
    And i sawed good templates of wordpress

    Can i get it for my blogger ?

    What should i do to get it on my blog

  78. Cindy left a comment on June 17, 2008 at 3:49 am |

    another good themes launched by wordpress. it’s a little more easier. and grate feature.. i like this themes because it is fast loading themes…….

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  80. Jai, this theme is a winner!. Superb themes.

  81. Awesome. I love it. Thanks!

  82. MICK left a comment on June 14, 2008 at 6:27 pm |

    Hi …. Iam a Indonesian blogger.

    I just say …. very nice blog Bob 😀

    This theme like Black n White themes. I Love it. I hope you make a cool themes again.

    Happy blogging 😀

  83. Filô left a comment on June 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm |

    Hi Jai, congratulations. The theme is really awesome. I am having some trouble inserting images into posts. They look strange… (sorry about my english!) But anyway, I like it very much. Thanks!

  84. very nice

  85. Awesome minimalistic theme.
    Has great potential and modding opportunities.

  86. I am a huge minamalist blog design fan – I completely stripped down bobv2 and am loving it though I really like this one also!

  87. Jai left a comment on June 11, 2008 at 12:56 pm |

    @Edwin : What exactly do you want to do with the header? You can read the style.css and header.php files for a better understanding.

  88. Edwin left a comment on June 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm |

    Hello Jai,
    Love the functionality, i’ve been 10 days around the net looking for this kind of great functionality. The only Iam questioning is the possibility of change the header, is it changeable with jeopardizing the whole code.

    Thanks for the great work. I’ve downloaded it but waiting for your reply to install it.

    All the best.

  89. Penyu left a comment on June 11, 2008 at 6:40 am |

    wogh another great theme thanks

  90. a very nice neat and minimalistic theme.
    another great work jay. thx

  91. excellent theme….

  92. It”s a very attractive theme

  93. This theme looks really cool, thanks for the great work.

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  96. PS3 left a comment on June 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm |

    How on Earth did you manage to get it to come in at just 36kb?

  97. I like that it’s kind of like a sandbox theme, where you could make it into anything with a little work, but I think that you should add some images and more color to just make it a little more easier. Great Job! 😀

  98. FYI, Thad Allender already using Blueprint CSS from several months ago…. So you’re not the first theme designer

  99. Marine left a comment on June 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm |

    Great design.
    You may want to add a “TITLE” tag though :X

  100. It’s great theme but i miss images… great anyway

  101. coool theme jai i liked the layout and style.
    But there is lot of white space .

  102. Great theme! I can assure you, working with CSS to make those floats, would help any blogger! Thanks for providing this great theme!

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  104. Wow. another great theme from you Jai. I’m sure amny blogger will use it. a minimalistic theme is a trend now because it is fast-loading 😀

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