f8 is a unique theme for WordPress that can transform your Web site or blog into a fully functioning photography or multimedia portfolio Web site. SEO optimized, iPhone compatible, 100% customizable options page, grid-based css, built-in Galleria support, slideshow-enabled, built-in multimedia support, auto or manual thumbnail control, Gravatars, plus much, much more. All colors, fonts, front page categories, contact info, slideshow height and other options can be managed on the f8 theme options page. There is no need to edit theme code, unless you want to customize f8.

f8, which is a technical term referring the lens aperture setting on a camera, is theme long in the making. A little over five years ago, I began the arduous task of trying to find a way to present my photos to the world online. I primarily wanted two things: A portfolio section and a blog section built into one CMS. What I didn’t know at the time, is that it would take me five years to figure out. After researching literally hundreds of options including Flash powered portfolios (a big no-no in today’s mobile world), to countless bulky CMS’s that just didn’t cut it, I decided on using WordPress. It was well worth the wait.

126 responses to “f8”

  1. Prem Shashi Avatar

    I have just announced a contest on my blog at http://www.techsuave.com. Already the prizes are worth more than $1000 but I am always looking for more prizes. I was wondering if you could sponsor any of your themes. As you can see on the post I have mentioned the Sponsor in great detail and i think you will be getting a good deal of exposure.
    Hoping for a positive reply.


  2. Ebony Avatar

    Great Blog…Looking to captilize from blogging as well.

  3. Barbara Avatar

    This is a wonderful theme. I’ve been searching to figure out how and where I was going to build my photographer’s gallery. I would have thought that WordPress was not an option for a professional looking gallery – but I was wrong. Thank you so much for a wonderful option for us photographers!

  4. fortune8one Avatar

    Here is a terrific template for newbies.It can be reconfigured in itself or in an html editor to enable it to be anything you want. Use it to announce,sell or give away products and information.
    You can even sell the template itself.
    I have used it for several different projects online and it is the quickest way I have found to get started or update my sites.

  5. Kenan Hudabi Avatar

    This is a wonderful theme. I’ve been searching to figure out how and where I was going to build my photographer’s gallery. I would have thought that WordPress was not an option for a professional looking gallery – but I was wrong. Thank you so much for a wonderful option for us photographers!

  6. James Talbert Avatar

    Has anyone heard of this http://allgoogleadsforfree.com ? If so…is it for real?

  7. Randie Avatar

    Excellent Photography theme!

    Question: If I bought f8 for Personal Use, and then later decide I wanted the Developers version instead, can I just upgrade and pay the difference ($199-75)?

  8. Thad Avatar

    @ Randie – Yes.

  9. siberarsiv Avatar

    very nice design.. tnx

  10. Jessica L. Avatar

    Its totally worth the price so its a must have!!

    Best wishes,

    Jessica L.

  11. Wedding Photographer Bristol Avatar

    hmmmm just came across this theme. Looks awesome. I’m in the market for a new theme for another site of mine. This looks like it might be just the thing. I’m loving the iPhone compatibility thing too. Pricey though.

  12. Volkan Avatar

    very good templates. thanks

  13. whygossip Avatar

    Thank you so much. Check out my blog, it is already there… You might not understand much, since it is in Uk

  14. Şahin Avatar

    very nice theme thanks

  15. associate Avatar

    I really like this one, the pictures you used also do it a lot of good. The right theme, the right content goes a long way.

  16. Foxy Fashion Avatar

    The theme looks clean!
    But I’m wondering, the photos used in the theme, do they have to be replaced?

  17. tradinguide Avatar

    nice theme you have there…
    very beautiful and working good conditions

  18. chat Avatar

    very nice theme thanks

  19. Designer Clothing Avatar

    Your blog puts all the others to shame! I have added you to my favorites list!

  20. Mark Nzere Avatar

    Very nice theme. ive only recently joined wordpress. That theme for multimedia sure beats many ive seen on other sites such as blogger. Great stuff.


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  21. oomdin Avatar
  22. pau Avatar


    beautiful theme!

    I’m a photographer from Spain, interested in building a website with multilingual content (I’m trying now with qTranslate plugin for WordPress). Just wondering how f8 would behave with a multilingual site, any experiences?


  23. Tommy O Avatar
    Tommy O

    Hi, love your themes!

    I have a question.

    If I purchase F8, can I configure it to look like F8-static of F8-lite? I prefer that layout, but want to be able to modify the admin functions, I don’t know PHP or CSS.


  24. geld-verdienen.tv Avatar

    Great blog. I am looking for some new themes for my blogs. I like the themes you are announcing here.

  25. ElazigLee Avatar

    Nice theme thank you

  26. HGH Avatar

    Wow! f8 is great. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

  27. Tom Avatar


    Did you get my question… still awaiting your answer…. I want to know if the full version of F8 allows you to make the layout look like F8-static? Thx

  28. Stephanie Avatar

    Oh cool, I love that theme. I am a new user so it will definitely help when getting into the dazzling up of my blog which I have yet to get into. Nice post by the way, thanks for the wonderful information.

  29. Dreamshop Avatar

    I’m getting a database error message when trying to view the demo. Any word on when that will be fixed?

    “Error establishing a database connection”

  30. pinoy channel Avatar

    nice wordpress theme. the only problem might occur is the loading time.

  31. Thad Avatar

    Glad everyone likes the theme! I thought long and hard about my needs as someone who produces visuals (photos/video/multimedia) on a regular basis. I like F8 so much that I use it on my site:


    PS- the Demo pages are currently down because I accidentally deleted the database while attempting to clean up my Media Temple server. YIKES. More work for me, I guess. For a temporary demo, check http://thadallender.com

  32. Mark Avatar

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  33. Kfz Versicherung Avatar

    I have bookmarked this site. Thanks Kfz Versicherung

  34. HonlapNeked Avatar

    Nice theme, indeed. 🙂

  35. South Carolina Videographer Avatar

    This is really awesome. I dig the whole design.
    Is there a way that you can incorporate videos relatively easily?

  36. Nella Avatar

    love this…great theme

  37. Anthony Avatar

    Why is the credit link required after the theme is purchased?

  38. Daniel Avatar

    Love this theme, looks great. Keep up the good work with the blog templates.

    Daniel H.

  39. Pete Avatar

    Thanks for all the great information. I really like the theme of your blog job well done.

  40. abellemare Avatar

    What’s up with the fonts?

    I am using the newest version of mac with safari and firefox. The fonts display jagged. Even when I go in and change the css – the results remain the same for some classes. Where it bothers me most is in the H6 Archives. Can you provide me with any help on this? Thanks.

  41. damidao Avatar

    Great blog, very beautiful theme . many thanks

  42. niftysmith Avatar

    how modifiable is this theme? like if i wanted to change colors – is that possible?

  43. Thad Avatar

    @Niftysmith – you can easily change colors on the theme options page in wordpress. There is no need to edit code or know css.

  44. mette ohlendorff Avatar
    mette ohlendorff

    How do I change the menu, so that the pages I create is on the menu instead of the 3 dead “Link”-buttons? Thanks!

    1. Thad Avatar

      Download the new F8-Child theme for Modularity. It has much more power and flexibility, including navigation drop down menus. You can see the theme in action at http://graphpaperpress.com/demo/

      Click on F8

      1. katie Avatar

        Does the drop down menus offer flyouts as well?

  45. Wakefield Photographic Studios Avatar

    How easy is it to update / modify this theme? I ask because I like to customise them a bit usually…

    1. Thad Avatar

      There are style controls built into the theme option page for F8. For all other modifications, you will need to wield your CSS skills.

  46. tom burns Avatar
    tom burns

    My F8 is broken.
    I bought it awhile back, its has been just fine, then today it broke.
    So, I bought a 3 month subscription to buy it again, and now it is broken worse.

    Will there be a version to download that looks like the F8 on your demo page?

    1. Thad Avatar


      What happened to make it “break?” Regardless, the demo uses the F8-Child theme that is available for members for download in the members only area. It is a child theme for Modularity, so you need to make sure you have Modularity installed, but not activated, in your theme directory. Activate F8-Child.

  47. theatrcial contacts Avatar

    I’m a wordpress rookie. Are these easy to install or implement?

    1. Thad Avatar

      Dead simple. Just install like a normal theme and visit the theme options page to configure your theme.

  48. Randy Avatar

    Hi F8 looks looks amazing. However, I’ve noticed that its examples of you might use a vertical photo. The way everything is displayed and laid out really only works if you want to display horizontal.

    1. Thad Avatar

      A very simple CSS modification can make the layout cater to vertical photos.

  49. Yoya Avatar

    what’s the difference between F8 and F8 lite, the free version?

    1. Yoya Avatar

      I mean F8 static..

  50. iPhones Prices Avatar

    I know that this theme is for wp, but is it possible to implement it into drupal cms? Is there an option…

    1. Thad Avatar

      Man, if there was it would be killer. You would need to convert all WP code to Drupal code.

  51. Toni Avatar

    As a photographer wanting to display (and sell) my photos on the web I was wondering whether this template can adapt/accommodate photos other than the standard 3:2 ratio? Most of my photos are 3:1 ratio (or vertical opposite)…

    Many thanks,

    1. Thad Avatar

      This would be a relatively easy modification to do, depending on your level of experience with CSS. If you sign up to our service, we can help out with the modification.

  52. Valerie Williams Avatar
    Valerie Williams

    Two questions:

    1) Is it possible to make the featured box on the front page automatically scroll? Or is it only able to be by user click?

    2) Is it possible to easily reduce the size of that featured box just a little, so that the user can see a little of what’s below?


  53. Sing Chyun Avatar

    Hi Thad,

    Am looking at buying this theme. Need to check with you, does the top navigation bar support nested categories? In other words, if my site has nested categories, does the top navigation bar display them correctly in cascaded menus?

    Thank you!

  54. Laura Dahl Avatar
    Laura Dahl

    Is F8-Lite compatible with 2.7.1? I don’t see the theme options page?

    1. adriana Avatar

      I´ve just installed 2.8 and came across the same thing: No theme options Page

      1. iddaa Avatar

        this theme working 2,8?

  55. esther Avatar

    I’m using F8 lite right now but would like to use a design that I can put ads into easily, is this better for putting advertisements? I’m not very good at css and will need some guidance.

  56. Russell Avatar

    The drop-down cats and pages in Modularity / F8 are not showing… How do I get them to show??



  57. Claudio Roman Avatar
    Claudio Roman

    Hi, I am a subscriber, I can not find the theme F8 are the other F8 but I do not have access to the F8 theme. ¿No longer available?

  58. Mohamed Avatar

    Very very nice and so cut

  59. Wedding Photographer Lancashire Avatar

    Hi there, just considering setting up a blog on my site at the moment, from the information I have sourced wordpress seems the perfect blog type with the numerous smooth looking themes. Would it be true to say that for a photography blog wordpress is the best on the market?


    1. tom Avatar

      geoff – yes yes yes indeed

  60. Personal Growth and Improvement Avatar

    This is very nice site you have. I enjoyed browsing through it. Your site has a lot of useful information. thank you for sharing your info.

  61. camera icon Avatar

    hmmm..nice theme, I will keep it on my blog !

  62. MJB Avatar

    I’m using F8 Lite.
    Why can’t I change the title tags on the front page to or title tags, but have the style remain the same as the default (bold, underlined)?

    No matter what I do it won’t work correctly. The fonts always get messed up. I’ve tried changing every which way. There must be something I’m missing. Any help?

    1. MJB Avatar

      sorry, it made parts of this invisible b/c of html. here:

      I’m using F8 Lite.
      Why can’t I change the h6 title tags on the front page to h2 or h1 title tags, but have the style remain the same as the default (bold, underlined)?

      No matter what I do it won’t work correctly. The fonts always get messed up. I’ve tried changing h6 class=”archive-header” every which way. There must be something I’m missing. Any help?

  63. Anabella Avatar

    I came accross this article when searching google for wedding photography information for a blog article that I’m writing and although it’s not exactly what I was looking for, I found your article interesting and I’m going to have a go at implementing the F8 theme on my personal wordpress blog. Thanks.

  64. Tampa wedding photography Avatar

    Can any one showcase their f8 transformed site? I am interested to see how dip you can go with this photographic-slide show template.

  65. Sedat Avatar

    I found this theme as a result of long calls, thank you

  66. Rob Avatar

    Yah I cant find the Theme Options page.

    1. Thad Avatar

      Please download the latest version of WordPress 2.8.1 and update your F8 and Modularity to the most recent version on your member page.

  67. Sandy Saini Avatar

    ermm.. nice Theme … this is great.. thank you..

  68. matt Avatar

    No theme options with 2.8?

    I also need the upper nav to reflect pages. I want to buy this but I need to know A) it works with 2.8 and B) I can get the upper nav to reflect pages. – I need my clients to have a fully functioning CMS when it is all said and done.

    If I get full membership will these problems be resolved somehow?

    1. Thad Avatar

      Please make sure you are using the latest versions of F8 and Modularity. Also, make sure you are using WordPress 2.8.1.

  69. John Trefethen Avatar

    I am a new subscriber to GPP. I’ve paid up and my account profile displays my membership accordingly. However, I am still not able to download any of the themes. Each time that I click a theme to download it takes me to the theme page where I am asked to “join the club,” even though I am already logged in.

    Any support is much appreciated.

    1. Thad Avatar

      We have contacted you via email to help you solve this. If you are still having problems logging in a downloading themes, please email us directly. We’ll get you rolling, I promise.

  70. Jacques | Web Design Avatar

    WordPress rocks, and the myriad of themes that have been spawned by the WordPress phenomenom is just breathtaking. This Portfolio theme is yet another classic example of what can be done with the magic that is WordPress, and judging by this and other offerings on this website it is well worth joining to have access to these themes.

  71. Brandon Avatar

    i got this theme a while ago and can not figre out how to upload and organize my photos. I need help please!

  72. Kim From The Promo Directory Avatar

    Hi there
    I have just come across this site and its just great, I am new to this whole WordPress thing and I have to say that I just love this theme is just wonderful for photos and I can’t wait to go and check it out even more and see what I can do with it. Thank you for the useful information to a newbie like me it really helps.

  73. kubilay Avatar

    Very very nice and so cut theme.

  74. fan Avatar

    good theme..

  75. Mac Avatar

    Have you checked this with WP 2.8? I ask because I can’t find the theme options anywhere, and the theme is currently not showing any images on the front page. Thanks

  76. IT Buzz Avatar

    Its really an awesome theme 🙂

  77. Bobr Avatar

    Wow! f8 is great. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

  78. ravi Avatar

    Its really an awesome theme

  79. Video Sharing Script Avatar
    Video Sharing Script

    You have a great blog here and it is Nice to read some well written posts that have some relevancy…keep up the good work 😉

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  81. south florida wedding photographers Avatar

    Is it easy to modify this theme?

  82. Laura Avatar

    The theme admin of WP gives this error message:

    template missing.
    style sheet missing.

    1. Mic Avatar

      I am getting the same error…really frustrating as this is an awesme them & I would love to use it!

      1. Malcolm Avatar

        Any word on this yet?

        I would be willing to pay for the pro… if I like the freebie. If I can get the freebie to work, I would consider paying for it.


  83. Phil Barnes Avatar
    Phil Barnes

    Is there any documentation? It’s not clear what value to enter in the custom fields???

  84. bmxtcii Avatar


    when I installed the theme, wp is saying this:

    Themes must have a stylesheet and a template.

    What can I do to fix this problem??

  85. petedye Avatar


    I’ve downloaded the zip file which has appeared on my desktop. How do i unzip this file and apply it to my website?


  86. robb Avatar

    a great one guys . .thanks a lot!
    the template is missing in the zip file :/


  87. Chris Runge Avatar
    Chris Runge

    I had the same problem with f8 missing the template. Looking through the stylesheet I noticed that it referenced modularity. Installing the latter theme enabled f8 to work. Hope this helps!

    1. chrisb78 Avatar

      so: i if i register without paying, i can download child themes like f8, but not actually use them, since the required “parent”-theme (modularity) can’t be downloaded – is this correct?

  88. Reid Moats Avatar

    There’s a glitch with your header.. figured you would probably wanna know

  89. dh.rt Avatar

    Where i can get the “F8 Lite 1.2.1” Version? I need this version because my Site have a bug. Please….can every body send/upload this Theme?

    Thanks… 🙂

  90. peter pan costume Avatar

    f8 definitely looks great! thanks for the sharing!

  91. Moo Avatar

    Id love to check out F8 as well, but F8 Lite is nothing in comparison to F8. Is there any chance to try it out?

  92. Wedding Cake Man Avatar

    Like others above, I came accross this article when looking for relative wedding photography information for a blog that I’m writing. I found the article very interesting and I’m definitely going to try and implement the F8 theme on my personal wordpress blog. Wish me luck! Thanks Michael 🙂

  93. Mark Avatar

    The theme is good but the main picture i feel is too large i hope its easily editted and the template is fairly search engine friendly. Good work.

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  94. severus Avatar

    Hi there,

    I wanted to install this theme, but it is not in the list of downloadable themes.
    The list to download is:
    F8 lite
    F8 child
    F8 remixed
    F8 Static.

    Is this a child from modularity?

    P.S. I am registered


  95. Topsi Avatar

    Hi …

    i have the problem F8 Template is missing

    What can i do??

    1. Thad Avatar

      F8 is a child theme for Modularity. Please download and install Modularity and F8 will work.

  96. Topsi Avatar

    Okay Thanks…. and there i found Modularity?

    I see only Modularity-lite

    Work it with WordPress 2.9.1

    1. JC Avatar

      I am in the same situation. I installed Modularity-lite but I still get the error: “F8 Template is missing”.

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