WordPress Theme SuperMini reloaded

A long time ago Smashing Magazine listed 100 of the best WordPress themes. That list totally kicked ass to be honest. At one point I decided to restyle my poetry site. I took a look at their list and when I found the SuperMini theme, my choice was immediately made.

After I downloaded the theme I realized a lot of features were missing: No searchbox, no searchresults page, no archives, no global archives, no blogroll support, no pages support, no 404 pages and a few design flaws…

I actually went on, and built those things myself. Later on I wanted to contact the orginal author (Patrick Behrend) of the theme to send him my updates but by the time I got to send my mail, his site was down and he completely dissappeared from the web. I never received an aswer regarding the theme updates I sent him.

UPDATE: Patrick commented in on this post and I got in touch with him. Patrick seemed pleased I kept the theme alive. I updated the URL in the footer which now links to Patrick’s (new) site. Make sure you go check it out and leave him a comment πŸ˜‰

By now the original download isn’t even online anymore, and Smashing Magazine disabled the link to the SuperMini theme (as it is a 404). So I recently decided to finish the theme, and translate it back to English and re-publish it. I thought the initial theme was awesome, and I figured it would be cool if other people would be able to actually use the completed theme.

I think Patrick did a great job designing a very clean and simple theme, which doesn’t look like most other WordPress themes.

SuperMini V1.0

Download: Click
Preview: ikDicht.be


ScreenshotIt’s a one column theme, showing the latest post. Other posts are shown, but only the title and post date is visible.Pages and blogroll links are also featured in the same column, in almost the same style as the links to the other posts.

The searchbox is initially hidden and replaced by text in order to keep the layout as clean as possible.
Clicking the search links reveals the search box.


Sidebar Preview The list of other posts, blogroll links, pages, and the searchbox is set up as clean as possible, yet very transparent.
(Click to see the different sections)
You can enable the Archives page by adding a new page (leave it empty), and then choosing the ‘Archives’ page template.


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The comments area is as clean as the rest of the theme. No gravaters in order to keep the comments area pretty light.

I hope you guys like it. Feel free to report bugs, or browser errors.


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Ronny is a freelance frontend developer with a wild passion for creativity and a relentless hate against flat design. Ronny spent years as a Flash developer before moving to HTML5 and rediscovering fun and happiness.

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  1. Guus De Graeve

    Het is een leuke template, al denk ik dat sommige dingen echt moeilijk te onderscheiden zijn. Tussen het kleur van de background en het kleur van de content container zit bijvoorbeeld echt heel weinig verschil. Voor de rest vind ik het eigenlijk gewoon kwa design niet zo heel super speciaal. Het is proper, maar het geeft me geen wow-gevoel. Maar de edits die je gemaakt hebt zijn alleszins proper!

  2. AC

    I Saw exactly this theme on Smashing Magazine, i saw that same theme and i thought it was awesome! and then i realized the link was gone!

    Thank you so much for having it and making it better!!

    Trying it now =)

  3. Stefan

    Hey, thanks for this one. I was very dissapointed that Smashing Magazine deleted the link.

  4. Ben


    Nice theme and nice work, thankyou!

    2 problems/questions:

    – if you are using the ie7 (some still do…) the “hello-world” jpg is not visible, any idea?
    – what about the “wallpaper.php” and “wallpaper.swf”, at the moment they have no function?


  5. Ronny

    -IE7: good call… I shall look into that asap! I’ll keep you posted.
    -Wallpaper shouldn’t be in there… Nothing to worry about. (Something I was playing around with, but I decided not to keep it in there).

    Awesome thanks for your feedback. Will look into that IE7 thing asap!

  6. Ben

    Thanks for the reply!

    I think the wallpaper.swf would be nice as a background, but donΒ΄t know yet how to realise that, can you or somebody give me a hint?

  7. Ronny

    Take a look at my home page (http://noCreativity.com). You should find the same ‘wallpaper.swf’ in the source πŸ˜‰

  8. Ben

    Thankyou Ronny, ill have a try.

  9. Frank

    I was looking for a nice theme for days now.. and on google I always got the same 10-15 pages with different keywords.. I was soo angry, but on my last attempt I simply went to page 10 of the google results and found this amazing theme.. thank you very much!

  10. Computer Background

    Hey. Thanks a lot for this one. πŸ™‚

  11. Ronny

    Hi Ben,
    I recently updated the theme, and fixed the header image bug.
    Enjoy πŸ™‚ (download link of the updated version is the same as above ;))

  12. Ben

    Thankyou und Danke Ronny!

  13. yauhui

    I think if, using some form of script, the older posts can be displayed dynamically on-the-spot and then hidden (replaced by another post) when another post on the list is clicked.

    Great theme anyhow.

  14. ??

    Very beautiful theme, download the down try.

  15. German


    two questions:

    1. how to put the following code in index.php to add widgets? if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’)
    || !dynamic_sidebar() ) :

    2. I found in the header.php there is a function calling to archives… but no-one archive is showed in the theme…

    Thank you!

  16. lordmat


    First, this is a awsome Theme!

    Second, i have a problem with the Archives i think:
    if i browse my tags, there is only a page that show the empty inbox of “Archives” nothing more.

    so whats the problem? πŸ™

    see it at the example: http://www.lordmat.de/tag/lordmat


  17. Ronny

    Hi Lordmat.
    You have to switch the page template for your arhive page from ‘Default’ to ‘Archives Page’ in the wordpress admin.

    Go to your WP-admin.
    Click ‘Edit pages’
    Choose your archives page
    Click the following combobox to switch templates: http://snapplr.com/3g23
    Save the page
    Enjoy your Archive! πŸ™‚

  18. lordmat

    Hey, thx for ur fast answer!

    I’ve created the page for the archives and yes i see now the archives!
    But if i go back to my Example, there is stil the empty archives page and it doesnt show me the posts, that have the selected tag πŸ™

  19. Ronny

    Oh I think I get the problem. I don’t think the archives show tags yet… I think I’ve only fixed the Categories… I’ll check it out asap and see what I can do.

  20. lordmat

    Many thanks! πŸ™‚

  21. Ed

    Thanks a ton for your work! I was looking for a minimalist, yet cool design. This is it. Just a couple of questions: I want to be able to post a video in my entries, and to have the share buttons as in some of the cases shown (pervart, for example). Also, it occurs to me that it would be neat if the heather text could be random… any tips on how to achieve this would be much appreciated.

    Best, and again, many thanks and lots of encouragement,


  22. Ademyr

    Hi man ! i writte from MΓ©xico City, sorry about my english πŸ™‚
    I found your blog looking for wordpress themes, and i think your blog theme really rocks !! you can shared whit us this beautiful blog theme, is free, open to use, or is private ?

    I want use this for writte a design blog whit other friends, if the theme is free GREAT !!

    well, i hope can help me ! good blog !!
    keep blogging !!!

    Saludos desde MΓ©xico !!

  23. Ronny

    HI Ademyr,
    Currently my WP-blog theme is not for public use. I really would like to release it once I decide to start using another one πŸ˜‰
    Thx for your interest πŸ˜‰

  24. Making Beat Software

    This is a really cool site. The layout,design and naviagation are very clean. I like it!

  25. J

    I was wondering if it is possible to make 2 blog post next to eachother, but with different categories? if so, could you tell me how?


  26. Pixelbits

    Thanks for releasing this updated theme. Now it’s 2010 with wordpress 3 and i’m going to use this theme in a new site. If I make drastic changes to make it work with the new menu-system etc i’ll let you know πŸ™‚ You can have the updated files back πŸ™‚

  27. Ronny

    I’m glad you like it! It would be very cool if you updated the theme a bit! I’d be happy to see some contribution to this very potential theme. A lot of people have already done crazy things with it. Feel free to raise the bar πŸ˜‰

  28. Kenny

    Hey! I have one problem. How can i make a limit of post in home page?

  29. Nick

    Hey! Look, i have one question. What is post’s limit on home page? And how i can corected number of post’s on home page?

  30. Rumjhum

    Supermini is really something different n great for my design blog.

  31. Davide

    wonderful and very creative theme, very different from the other mass wordpress template πŸ˜‰
    There is a responsive version?

    Many thanks!


    • Ronny

      Hey Davide,

      Thanks for your kind words. No currently there’s no responsive version. I’m dying to work on this theme sometime soon to add responsiveness and generally better WP support to this theme. It was originally built by Patrick Behrend and I later hacked some more on it to complete it (to my liking). However, ever since, it hasn’t gotten any updates and it could really use some.

      I’ll try to work on this sometime soon and add some better alround support. I promise responsive support in the next release.
      I just can’t put any dates/estimates on when this is going to be.

      Reply (in reply to Davide)

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