Recently, I’ve acquired Crumbie.com, a rather pointless domain name with a ring to it and potential brandability. As I was thinking about what to do with it, I came across this rather delicious looking ‘S’more Pie’ recipe on Pinterest. The lightbulb that is permanently residing at the top of my head was flashing all sorts of flashiness as I was having an ‘ah-hah’ moment. Crumbie would make a great site for sharing baking recipes in a Pinterest-like fashion.
Right after my light bulb burnt out, I headed over to Themeforest, my go-to WordPress theme repository. Much to my dismay, I couldn’t find the theme I was looking for. Yes, there are a ton of themes with grids; all with a magazine feel. Moving on, I did find a FEW themes that had a nice grid layout with a like/rating system. Here they are:
Pinboard was created by Themify and requires a $79 membership to buy. This is a bonus for those who are looking for a good deal since you get all of the creator’s other themes for one price. Unlike Pinterest, clicking on the photo didn’t take you to the actual post. Instead, you are given the lightbox effect, which is just as cool. I liked the comments as well as the categories that are displayed on the front page posts.
Pintores is a colorful Pinterest styled theme from the creators at CSSignitor.com. It’s very similar to Pinboard with the lightbox effect when clicking on images and comment display on front page. You have the option to pay for just the theme itself for $39 or buy the club membership for $49 a year in which you have access to all themes.
Pinfinity is another theme created by the same company that created Pintores and in my opinion is a huge upgrade. The theme is cleaner looking and the images lead straight to the post rather than a popup lightbox. However, the comments and categories don’t show up on the front page posts. Same as Pintores, you can purchase this theme for $39 or the whole slue of themes for $49.
4. iPin Pro
The iPin Pro theme is a little too much like Pinterest if you ask me. But hey, isn’t that the point of this post?! The theme does everything you would expect it to do, from hovering over images and having the option to like or comment, to making you login with Facebook or Twitter when you want to share or like a post. The theme comes in a dark or light style and costs $99. Oh, and did I mention there’s a FREE version?
Pinable was created by Theme-Junkie, which is another WordPress theme membership club. For a annual price of $49, you can download up to 52 themes. The theme looks great and was designed with SEO in mind and has placements for ads. However, the theme lacks the built-in ability to share posts to other social media.
Heap is a pretty versatile looking theme and I like that it isn’t an exact replica of Pinterest. It’s on the pricier side of ThemeForest themes, tagged at $58 but well worth it.