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This article was published on February 15, 2011

Qawker: an open source Gawker theme clone for WordPress

Qawker: an open source Gawker theme clone for WordPress
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Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social me Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social media and e-commerce. Get in touch with him via Twitter @francistan or Email [email protected].

We all know Gawker‘s new redesign either rubs people the right way, or the wrong way. If you’re one of the prior, you might want to try out QAWKER, a new WordPress theme that is a fully-working, open source clone of the Gawker/Gizmodo/Lifehacker/Kotaku redesign.

Despite all the criticisms, Sahas Katta, the developer of QAWKER, finds the revamp refreshing and decided to code an equivalent theme for WordPress users. Like the original, his template features a two-pane interface with a full article on the left and a list of scrollable recent posts bar on the right. He used jQuery to get all the instant loading features working without the need to refresh pages. He also threw in support for comments and search. He says that his code is entirely open source, so everyone should feel free to make changes or improvements.

You can check the fully-functional live demo here.

It’s currently being submitted to the official WordPress Themes Directory but is still under approval. If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, you can download the files here.