February 16, 2011 by Vincent
Qawker: WordPress Theme Cloning Gawker’s Design
WordPress Theme: If you are a reader of any blog under Gawker Media’s flag (i.e. Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9 etc.), chances are you have already seen their latest redesign. It felt more like a web app now, navigating the blog is now snappier, mostly done without requiring any page refresh.
Who would have thought the same design would be cloned and made available publicly to all WordPress users for free? In 6 hours, Sahas of Skattertech had successfully replicated the design (along with most of its functionality, if not all) and released it as a WordPress theme under the name, Qawker.
You can compare this demo blog with that of any Gawker’s blog and have yourself amazed. The theme can be downloaded for free here.
Vuong - February 16, 2011 @ 4:39 pm
Thanks Vicent but to be honest, I do not like new interface of Lifehacker :-). Just come back from a long vacation :-).
Vincent - February 16, 2011 @ 6:19 pm
Why not? The only thing I dislike about it is that I’m now spending more time browsing Lifehacker, thanks to the right sidebar showing so many recent articles.
Where did you visit?
Shiva @ Webmaster Tips - February 17, 2011 @ 7:48 pm
Wow, the theme really seems to resemble Gawker’s design totally. But I hope people will not have any copyright issues using the similar kind of theme
Vincent - February 17, 2011 @ 9:58 pm
The designer of this theme admitted that he have no permission from Gawker to use their design, but he had also stated that he did not look at their code while designing the theme. It was built from scratch.
I doubt Gawker would sue anyone using the theme though, it will probably bring them no benefit but bad publicity.
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