Monochrome Gallery

Monochrome Gallery is a free widgetized theme for WordPress packaged with an author archives page, AJAX slideshow, categorized posts with thumbnails on the homepage and a CSS framework to aid in customization.


1. Unzip the downloaded file
2. Upload the entire “Monochrome Gallery″ folder to your “/wp-content/themes/” folder
3. Log in into your WordPress control panel
4. Click the Presentation tab
5. Select the “Monochrome Gallery” screenshot


  1. GETTING STARTED: By default, the slideshow in Monochrome Author displays the most recent posts. The number of posts displayed in the slideshow can be controlled via your WP admin panel by clicking Options > Reading. The bottom row of five posts pulls in the latest post in five different categories, which you can specify in index.php. Simply open up index.php in the Theme Editor and look for the following line:

    // enter the IDs of the categories to display
    $display_categories = array(‘3′,’4′,’5′,’6’);

    Change 3, 4, 5, 6 to the category id’s of the categories that you want to display. You can find your category id numbers by clicking Manage > Categories in your WP Admin Panel.

    To change the final fifth category, scroll down on index.php and locate:

    // enter the IDs of the categories to display
    $display_categories = array(‘7’);

    Change it as described above.

  2. PHOTOS & CUSTOM FIELDS: This theme uses custom fields to manage all photos and thumbnail photos. In your WordPress settings, you can change the dimensions on both thumbnail and medium sized photos. Change the thumbnail width to 128 px wide by 128px tall. Change the medium photo size to 575 px wide. Save the settings. WordPress will resize every photo uploaded to the dimensions described above. After uploading the photo into WordPress using the media uploader, copy the link to this thumbnail photo and paste it into the custom field value, with a key called “thumbnail.” Copy the link to the medium photo (575 pixels wide maximum) and paste it into the custom field value, with a key called “photo.” Here is a screenshot of all properly filled out fields.
  3. STYLES.CSS: Unlike most WordPress themes which plug all the css in one file called styles.css, Monochrome utilizes the Blueprint CSS framework to help separate positioning, typography, forms and what I’ll refer to as custom or Monochrome specific styles. To edit all custom Monochrome specific styles, you’ll need to edit the file style.css in your wp/wp-content/themes/monochrome/ directory.
  4. SIDEBARS: 100% Widgetized baby!
  5. COMPATIBILITY: For WordPress 2.3 and up.

86 responses to “Monochrome Gallery”

  1. Lynn Avatar

    Hi Bryn:
    I just send you a submition with a question on wheter or not, I could have more space at the top of the page, and checking your site, I found “” and that is exactly what I want, I need the space to put my logo at the top, so defenetly I am getting the “Monochrome Pro”.
    I also found that the new edition have “customized theme options page”, so if I get the “Monochrome Pro” now, it will come with this option????
    Thanks, for your help

  2. Thad Avatar

    Hi Lynn

    Yes, Monochrome Pro comes with the custom theme options page. That means you will never have to modify any theme files to customize Monochrome Pro.



  3. Nastya Manno Avatar

    It is a very beautiful and wonderful theme for the photo gallery! That’s exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much!

  4. Althaf Ahmed Avatar
    Althaf Ahmed


    How to enable the Ajax Slideshow? Is there a plugin or something?


  5. Webhost Tips Avatar

    One of the best WordPress themes that I’ve seen ever. I will surely use this theme in one of my blog sites.

  6. shammi Avatar

    not able to download the theme

  7. Cariosities Avatar

    I can’t download this theme…can you please make it available?

  8. admin Avatar

    I upgraded a plugin and it took the download temporarily offline. It is back, so happy downloading!

  9. dizi izle Avatar

    Thank you very nice Beautiful mirc

  10. Bart Lewis Avatar

    Love this theme!

    I can’t get the images to work in the big black box or the thumbnails. Followed the 2 steps above, not sure what is wrong. Can you help?

  11. Matthew Avatar


    I’m trying to use your theme but the slideshow won’t work?

    Could you tell me how to get it working because I really want to use your theme but will have to give up with it if you can’t tell me soon.

    Please email me – my address is matthewkempster at gmail .com.

    Thank you.

  12. admin Avatar

    @ Bart – You might want to try the forums for troubleshooting.

    @ Matthew – looks like you figured it out.

  13. Technology on leisure Avatar

    I am much thankful for this great theme.Though it looks great,i think i will have to spend some time figure out how it works.

  14. Miguel Angel Floresm Avatar

    que tal, alguien tiene idea de como configurar el frame central?
    saludos desde méxico

  15. admin Avatar

    Buenos Miguel

    Puede explicarme la frase “frame central?” No intiendo. La galeria?

  16. leti Avatar


    Lovely theme. Can you please explain how to make the slideshow work without pointing us to the forums where I dont even know where to begin looking 🙂
    If so many people have the same problem, it would be great if you update this post with info how to fix it. Forums are saying plugins, ajax, etc. I need a simple answer


  17. Sunday Avatar

    May ask you about the theme, the slideshow doesn’t work.

    Just like Leti, can you give me explanation, by email or here 🙂

  18. admin Avatar

    @Leti and Sunday-You probably have conflicting javascripts in your header. Deactivate plugins with javascripts and see which one it causing the slideshow to stop. But without a link to your site, it’s virtually impossible to tell one way or another.

  19. Müzik Avatar
  20. Kyle Avatar

    I have a quick question.
    Can someone help me out? When I make a new post, even if I don’t post a picture in the post, it shows a little thumbnail square thingy. How do I get rid of that?

    It looks like this in the HTML when viewing the page.

    please help me!

    Thanks a lot.

  21. Alex Avatar

    Hi there, I was in the same boat as some of your other commenters – LOVE the theme, can’t get the thumbnails, pullout quote, or big slideshow to work.
    I still can’t get the slideshow to work (check out if you have any hints – no plugins there, it’s WordPress straight out of the box). Any slideshow suggestions would be great.
    BUT I’ve worked out how to get the thumnails, excerpts, and a whole lot of other things to work. Also a live demo of a great one working.
    Rather than cram your comments box (my cheats are a whole page long), I’ve posted them on my wordpress theme blog (
    You can read the section on how I got monochrome gallery to work at (I’ll post how to fix the slideshow when I get that sorted too).
    Thanks for a great theme!

  22. Alex Avatar

    Yay! My slideshow is now fixed. I’ve added how to do that on the above tutorial,

    Thanks, a perfect design!

  23. aLex Avatar

    Saludos, tengo un problema con el theme no me muestra los Recent Post a que se debe ?

  24. raheel Avatar

    Love this theme!

    I can’t get the images to work in the big black box or the thumbnails. Followed the 2 steps above, not sure what is wrong. Can you help?

  25. panji nushantara Avatar

    i love this theme and already use it,
    but i found that if i change the permalink other than default, the link won’t work.

  26. Ash Avatar

    Well I am trying to use the same theme on my blog but the thumbnail section is giving some trouble. Thumbnail is of same size as of photo

  27. panji nushantara Avatar

    the permalink works just fine. my mistake.

  28. Ed Purver Avatar

    I love this theme, thank you. However, I’m not sure why my links do not appear on the right side of the home page, as I think they are supposed to…? How can I fix this?

  29. Jerry Avatar

    Could you make another screenshot of the custom fields box that shows the end of the image and thumbnail value boxes? I can’t get the code to display the proper sizes for the pictures and just wanted to see how you had it written out.

    Thanks so much!

  30. wordsaboutthings Avatar

    This is a great theme. I think it really works well on my blog:

    Thank you!

  31. Definecilik Avatar

    Good design. Thank you.

  32. Definecilik Avatar

    Thak you very mach.

  33. Ash Avatar

    Hey, Just started using this theme for wallpaper site. Sort of good option I think.
    See the live demo here:

  34. Helmut Avatar

    Here’s a fix for the slide show!!!

    If it does not work, check what plug-ins you have activated:

    for me the “Lightbox 2” image plug-in was causing the problem.

    As i deactivated it, the slide show on first page was back! Hope this helps you, folks!

  35. Sharon Avatar

    This theme is wonderful. Originally, I was using Monochrome Author but wanted to show more visuals on my blog. I’ve never been good with coding, but I love the theme so much that I spent 3 hours trying to figure out what went where … and how to get everything into the right place. It has been worth every minute.

    Thanks again for the great themes! I’ve spread the word to a couple of friends who mentioned that they loved Monochrome Author and this one as well. Hopefully you’ll be getting praise from them soon ;P

    Thanks again!

  36. allan lissner Avatar
    allan lissner

    the download doesn’t seem to be working.


    1. Thad Avatar

      Yikes. Extra blanks spaces in a few core WordPress files caused a brief blip in service. Sorry!

  37. Lisa Russell Avatar
    Lisa Russell

    I’m having trouble getting ANY images to show anywhere (both in posts and in slideshow)

    Another user disabled lightbox to get them to work… I didn’t have lightbox, all I have is akismet, bastats, wp-cache, yahoo blog statistics, and subscribe2.

    This is the first time I’ve ever installed my own theme and so far I’m really proud of how easy it’s been, your instructions were so helpful.

    The only other thing I didn’t understand was how to change the dimensions of the thumbnails, and why my custom fields box doesn’t look like yours, maybe because my wp version is 2.3.3 and my host won’t let me upgrade- unless I just haven’t figured out a way around it (yahoo hosting)

    thank you, I’m moving on to try step 3 now!

    1. Karel Avatar

      Are your images visible through the ‘media’ tab?
      I had a similar problem, until I found out I was uploading my pictures (Media) into the wrong folder. Therefore WP did not find or display them.

      A solution:

      In ‘settings’, ‘miscellaneous’, you have to select the default folder, normally: wp-content/uploads

      For the dimensions: instruction is a bit confusing. You have to select 575 px in both ‘max width’ and ‘max heighth’. Otherwise you will get large dark areas around your pictures.

  38. Stan Avatar



    1. Can you tell my why I cant get thumbnails and flash preview work?

    2. Or could you send me zip package of your Preview Theme (with all images etc) So I would just change content and images straight in the file manager.

    Or If it is all because Im green, please give me some advice or tutorial to read. I am desperate now =)

    thanks alot

  39. Tiago Lemos Avatar
    Tiago Lemos

    Gostaria de obter o código deste magnifico tema.
    Como faço?

  40. James Lochner Avatar
    James Lochner

    I can’t seem to get to the download buttons for any of your free themes. It always asks me to sign up for a paid membership, which I can’t do at the moment. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Jim

    1. Thad Avatar

      There is FREE SIGNUP option. Please look again

      1. cj e Avatar
        cj e

        I got the same problem; no download link

  41. mensa Avatar

    i like this theme..
    Is it possible to have the slideshow with the most recent posts from one category?


  42. Mark Hamer Avatar
    Mark Hamer


    I spent some time implementing the “Monochrome Gallery” over the weekend. Generally it is a really great theme and works very well. I did however discover the following problems:

    1. The pullsown menus on the inital page disappear behind the slideshow – I have no idea how to correct this.
    2. The slideshow on the initial page does not work when Lightbox2 is installed and active. – I used a different lightbox in the end.

    @mensa- this is possible. To do this, I did the following:

    a) In the index.html for the theme, I added the line

    after the .
    This queries only posts that belong to the category “show”.

    b) All posts in the category “show” require the special field “photo” with the link to the image to be shown.

    Hope that helps!


  43. Simon Potter Avatar
    Simon Potter

    Is there a way to have more than 1 photo displayed in the post?

  44. Lenxue Ben Avatar
    Lenxue Ben

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  45. Mike Killion Avatar
    Mike Killion

    How do I get categories to show up in order on the bottom – also, how do I get a thumbnail to show like in the demo?

    I added categories but they don’t repeat on the bottom with the most recent post for the category.

    Please help. Thanks!

  46. Aa Avatar

    I am unable to get the categories to show up in the bottom of the blog. I only have 5 categories so they all should show up. However, only 2 showed up.

    This was working before but after I deleted 3 categories and added 3 new ones, the new categories doesn’t seem to work. The 2 that are working are the original ones that I didn’t delete/rename.

    It appears that only the latest post is showed in the bottom of the blog and not the previous 5 post.

    Any help appreciated.

    1. Thad Avatar

      The categories have to contain posts in order for them to show up.

  47. Avangelist Avatar

    I really don’t get how the slideshow works? Is it pulling from a directory? I have 3 years worth of posts, I don’t want to have to rebuild.

    Can I choose a specific series of photos?

  48. Lee Walsh Avatar
    Lee Walsh

    I would like a little help modifying the registered user notice that is emailed to the admin – I want to add the IP of the user to the notice … can you give me the steps necessary?

    Thanks for any help…

  49. HDShark Avatar

    Great theme. This theme has been added to my wish list and will be thinking about purchasing.

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  51. JamesD Avatar

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

  52. arquipixel ark Avatar
    arquipixel ark

    Hello everyone!
    I installed this template via Filezilla to wordpress themes folder. the problem is the page seems to have some errors.

    this is the page

    The photo’s preview don’t work, i tried other templates from this site, and the same problem insists to apend.
    Can someone help me about the configuration to resolve it?
    Thanks, i hope to receive a feed back from someone who could help me on this…

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  54. Jack Avatar

    its a nice theme but when i used it there seems to be some flaws so i removed it

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  56. Cricut Cartridges Avatar

    Thanks for this. I’ve been looking for a WP theme with a slideshow.

    It’s going to look great on one of my sites!


  57. Nameless Avatar

    How do you download a free theme?

  58. ephoto Avatar

    Beautiful theme. Just for the photographer. And the main thing is free

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    thanks your help me

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  62. Albert.Ginger Avatar

    Great! Thank you for sharing.

  63. Pinto Avatar

    I love this theme & working on translate it into hebrew for myself.
    i follow all the instructions but i cant see the big photo only the thumbnail…
    i did the custom field value like in the instructions but can’t see the big photo.
    Can i get help from you guys with this?
    this is the link to my new blog:

    Best Regs,

  64. דיאטה Avatar

    this is a great theme!

  65. 招聘 Avatar

    through all of them, feel this is the best for me and my blog…
    I’m having trouble with the headers though, when I change them

  66. MRE meals Avatar

    This is a great WP theme and will be a perfect fit for one of my client’s site. The documentation is clear and concise!


  67. Melody Sharp Avatar

    The default images don’t load. I’m on a Mac. Could that be the issue?

  68. Melody Sharp Avatar

    I get error. Selector is null
    description: el.getElement(options.subtitleSelector).innerHTML

  69. Nichole Avatar

    Cannot get thumbnails or slideshow to work. Suggestions?

  70. Nichole Avatar

    Cannot get thumbnails or slideshow to work. I use a Mac, would that cause the problem. Suggestions?

  71. MREs Avatar

    thanks.. i’m switching my site over to WP and am going to use this theme- nice clean design

  72. katrina kaif Avatar

    the theme looks really good it might be useful in my next blog

  73. Gerald Avatar

    I uploaded this theme to…but I do not figure out, how to publish…how to make it work…any further instructions would be welcome.

    Where should I put the fotos and so on?

  74. ginger Avatar

    Hi, I have two very basic questions:
    where is the
    Manage > Categories
    option on the wp panel? I don´t see it.
    And also, how do you access the theme editor?
    Is it possible to use the slide show to show a video? Or another way to put a video (embedded or with wordpress video) on the front page?
    THANKS, great theme!

  75. ginger Avatar

    Also, how can i get an icon?

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    This is really a greatsite. I have a bunch myself. I really like your layout. I know this is off topic but,did you make this layout yourself,or buy from somewhere?

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