Smarald: Retina Ready Responsive WordPress Theme

Smarald: Retina Ready Responsive WordPress Theme - Portfolio Creative

Version 1.4. Is available and fixes all known and reported bugs. Enjoy!

Smarald is an incredibly unique, highly interactive, retina ready, responsive WordPress Portfolio theme, suitable for all sorts of creatives, agencies and even blogs. Whether you want to showcase your work in a beautiful way, share your articles with your readers, or just to have a great presentational website for your agency, you have chosen the right theme for it – Smarald.

My wonderful customers

To anyone considering buying this theme….do it! You will not be disappointed Great work Icy team!
To anyone wishing to buy this theme : I had experiences before on several themes on TF… about a dozen in a year. Today I bought the Smarald theme, after having a quick exchange with Icy Pixels about pre-sale questions. I installed and… it seems it is absolutely made to make your life easier. I am truly 100% satisfied 1/ with the ease of building your site on it, and 2/ the absolute stellar support and kindness from the author. I can really say this is the first time I am SO glad on TF. Anyone hesitating : do not hesitate. This Icy Pixel stuff is the real deal. Signed : a totally satisfied neutral customer (who had previous less pleasant experiences on TF)
All in all, this theme has been one of the greatest ones i’ve bought from themeforest. It’s customizability is great and everything works as you said it would. Thank you for taking time to improve on this!
AWESOME NEW UPDATES! you rule! exactly what I needed!
Incredible theme Icypixels
Amazing theme with amazing support.

A short theme introduction

Smarald was built using the WordPress best practices, and based on all of my working experience, I think I’ve crafted the most intuitive, easy to use, user friendly, future proof WordPress theme to date (and I’m going to continuously update it to make sure it is so). The user experience has been carefully thought to be as easy, pleasurable and intuitive as possible, through the use of CSS3 animations and transitions that make the experience of using a website engaging & immersive.

Speed was also one of our main goals for this theme. Loads insanely fast (under 0.5 seconds!) on a quality host like WP Engine. Here’s some Proof.

When I said this theme is responsive, oh boy, it truly is. The theme is contained on a grid of 1200px in width and when it is viewed on a tablet, or a mobile phone, it easily adapts to the device it is being viewed on. Touch swipe support has been enabled on certain elements, like sliders, portfolio navigation or even single posts navigation. Just swipe your finger on your tablet or phone in the desired direction, where the navigation arrows appear, to test this out.

You can easily alter the width of the grid, change the color scheme (light / dark) or alter theme colors, by using the new WordPress Theme Customizer which was introduced in WordPress 3.4. You can also set custom backgrounds on a per post / page basis.

I have ensured the theme is retina ready, but also when a retina screen will become obsolete, and we will have even higher pixel density screens, by using SVGs instead of images I made sure your website will look beautiful on devices which are yet to be created :)

Viewing the theme on a smartphone, you’ll notice our unique off-canvas menu, a feature never seen before on ThemeForest, which features beautiful CSS3 animations and transitions that make the user interface much more intuitive and easy to use.

I am also open to suggestions, and if I think they are viable solution for the theme or requested by enough people, I’ll add them nevertheless. Thanks for reading this till the end. This is only the beginning.

Theme Features

  • Responsive Design
  • Beautiful CSS3 animations & transitions
  • Retina Ready (SVGs used)
  • Easy to Use & Extremely Intuitive
  • No Lock-In effect (You won’t lose content when changing themes)
  • WordPress 3.5 Ready (Already working on 3.6 full compatibility)
  • Theme Customizer Support
    • Easily change colors, color scheme
    • Or a logo, or the width of the content wrapper
  • Powerful Page Builder (extremely intuitive, very similar to WordPress Widgets)
  • Touch Swipe Support
  • Unlimited Portfolios
  • Portfolio types: images, slider, video
  • Post Formats (aside, standard, image, gallery, audio, video, quote)
  • Enhanced for Performance
  • Favicon support
  • WordPress 3.0 Multi level drop-down menu
  • Free Basic Theme Support
  • Cross-Browser Compatibility FireFox, Safari, Chrome, IE8, IE9, IE10
  • Well Organized & Commented Code.
  • PSD File included.
  • Extensive Documentation (PDF and Video)
  • Demo content Included
  • Full Localisation Support (contains .po/.mo files) / WPML compatibility
  • Compatible with the Icy Social plugin.
  • Compatible with the Icy Portfolio Posts plugin.
  • Compatible with the Aqua Page Builder by SyamilMJ.
  • Compatible with the WP-PageNavi plugin.
  • Compatible with the Contact Form 7 plugin.


A huge thank you to my family and my girlfriend, for providing me moral support :) Thanks Syamil for being such a great guy and for creating the Aqua Page Builder, Jonathan Atkinson for being a good pal, Danielle Zedda for letting me use his photos, David Bushell for creating this and last but not least, I want to thank all my customers past present or future.

Theme Updates

THEMEFOREST UPDATE STATUS: LIVE – version 1.3. – 2nd APR 2013

NEW *: Added Lightbox Portfolio / Post option (used premium script View.js valued at 10$) with various column options to choose from ( 1,2,3,4,5,8,10 photos per row)
NEW: Added Support for ALL Post Formats
NEW: Theme is already compatible with WordPress 3.6 so you can upgrade without any second thoughts to the new version when it will be available (currently WP 3.6 is in Beta 2, so the official release is pretty close).
NEW: Included child theme in the downloadable package, to give you guys a head start on customizing your theme. Also, customizing via child themes will ensure you won’t lose any changes made, on a parent theme update. (reference: )
NEW: New, Lazy-load like loading of images. This way you can showcase a huge amount of images, without too much struggle for the server. Option is available in Portfolio Block settings.
NEW: Fully W3C compliant code. No errors!
FIX: Replaced logo method as it was causing some issues on some hostings not allowing getimagesize. Now you can replace logos using the Customizer, without any second thoughts. It will work just right! 
FIX: Added loading animation for Slideshow.
FIX: Thanks to risio’s extensive testing of the theme, which revealed some bugs which led to overlapping of elements, I completely rethought my process behind the interaction with Portfolio elements and implemented a bullet-proof solution, which produces no more errors, no matter how much you fiddle with the sorting of elements, or how much you change the orientation of the device you’re using.
FIX: IE9 support for portfolio items loaded via AJAX, not appearing when loaded. Now everything works as it should.
FIX: Error which rendered weird empty boxes for Portfolio, upon demo import. Now everything works as it should.
FIX: Small bug which rendered the menu invisible when using a logo with center alignment.

THEMEFOREST UPDATE STATUS: LIVE – Current Theme Version: 1.2.1

This is a hotfix release, which fixes the heading color setting not being implemented, and the skills block now finally works.

If you have version 1.2. already installed, and you have followed the documentation on how to implement the auto-update, you can simply press update in your WordPress dashboard, like you would normally do. No need to download files from ThemeForest ever again :)

THEMEFOREST UPDATE STATUS: LIVE – Current Theme Version: 1.2

You can also check the status of the update here. Also, in your ThemeForest downloads section, you can tick the : Get notified by email if this item is updated. While you’re there, you can rate the purchased product, if you want to :) I would really appreciate it! Here’s a list of the goodies which will come in v1.2:
NEW: Updated Aqua Page Builder update link to

NEW: Auto-Update feature of the theme.

NEW: New set of thumbnail hover effect to choose from. This one is a small, subtle fade hover effect.

NEW: Mixed media support in Portfolio items, via Aqua Page Builder Shortcode. Now you can have both images and videos in the same 

NEW: Brand new Blog posts block for Page Builder, which functions the same way as the Portfolio block, minus the AJAX functionality.

NEW: Added resize option for portfolio thumbnails.

FIX: Bug which involved overlapping of elements after a certain amount of changing filters and opening portfolio items via AJAX, which rendered some of the items invisible or overlapping other elements. This now is fixed and it is working beautifully! (Thanks risio for pointing it out to me).

FIX: Portfolio Slideshow fix, which confused people, thinking it was just an image, but instead it was a slideshow. Now the slideshow is easily controllable straight from the get-go, you won’t have to wait 5 seconds until the first slide appears.

FIX: Updated jQuery knob script to the latest version, in an attempt to fix the issues everyone was having with the Skills block on the Page Builder.

FIX: Centered images which were smaller than 1160px, in portfolio single view.

FIX: Added ability to use HTML in Team member bio area.

P.S. Also improved documentation which covers new additions, plus added instructional video in the downloaded package, inside the documentation folder, so people will know about it.

THEMEFOREST UPDATE STATUS: LIVE – Current Theme Version: 1.1.1.

Fixing responsive issue. 
Removed the container width option from the theme customizer, as it was making quirks on tablets and smartphones.

THEMEFOREST UPDATE STATUS: LIVE – Current Theme Version: 1.1

Two Column and Four Column Portfolio option added. Check the bottom of the Page Elements. 
Added option for right aligned, centered or left aligned logo.
Fixed a small bug with responsiveness.

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