Pictorico is a new free theme for self-hosted WordPress sites, created by the team at Automattic. While many themes in the WordPress Themes Directory lean toward the blog flavor, this one is geared toward portfolios and photoblogging websites.
Pictorico is a single-column, grid-based theme that includes a post slider and looks its best with large featured images set for the posts.
The theme includes four widget areas in the footer and can be further customized with a Custom Header and Background. It also has support for Sticky Posts and Post Formats, including: Aside, Image, Video, Link, and Quote.
Pictorico is one theme that you don’t want to use without featured images, which are best displayed at a minimum of 1180px wide. It makes use of them on the blog index, archive pages, and single post page (if a custom header hasn’t been set). In the absence of a featured image, it will display a solid background color instead.
Check out a live demo to see the theme in action with big featured images. It also includes posts with no featured images set, so you can preview that scenario.
You may have already seen Pictorico around the web, as it was originally released on WordPress.com a couple weeks ago. This is Automattic’s 44th free theme added to its collection on WordPress.org. Test Pictorico out first hand by installing it via the theme browser in your WordPress admin.