Gridcraft: The Modern Fullscreen Grid & Portfolio for WordPress

Gridcraft is a fullscreen responsive WordPress theme for creatives, photographers, illustrators and designers. You can use it for other projects, of course, but we specifically created this one for folks that want to show off great images, videos, and other visual projects in a unique full-screen layout.

Built on the Mythology Engine, a new WP theme system that seeks to cut down the time it takes to launch a custom site exponentially.

2 Powerful Background Sliders with Fully Collapsible Content Columns

Perfect for displaying projects on any device. One slider that’s incredibly easy to build on the fly (with custom captions, transitions, and other handy basics). Another using Revolution Slider that gives you full control to add background videos, layer effects, transitions, hot spots and more!



Over 30 Base Layout Configurations

The theme comes with over 30 different base layout configurations & page layouts. Within those, each individual page layout has a variety of specific options to truly customize the experience. Traditional pages can align and stretch a variety of ways. Each page can have it’s own background slider (with collapsible content columns) to create a fullscreen project viewing experience. The header/navigation column can swing to the right or the left (and multiple alignment possibilities within). All of this is built with our easy to use visual options system. There’s so much room for activities!



Just because you want to have a rockin’ portfolio layout doesn’t mean that you can’t also produce quality written material too! Create a rich blog experience with a variety of layout options and all of the SEO and Social Sharing goodness that comes along with it.



The Full Feature Stack

The theme comes pre-packaged with tons of features that’ll make it just right for your project… here’s just a taste:


Create multiple portfolio effects within the same site. Customize everything – including the grid layout, the module sizes, content alignment, title, categories, excerpt, icons, the hover effects, custom post colors, zoom effects, and lots lots more! All using our custom built, incredibly easy to use Grid Builder system.


Create your own quick, responsive “background sliders” for any post, page, or template on the theme. Select from a variety of transition effects, navigation styles, captions, and lots more!


Create your own custom layouts using over 30 different content modules ranging from image-sliders to text blocks to videos and maps. Visual Composer is the most popular visual editor available to WordPress and it’s bundled in the theme. Updates are be included for free with each theme-version update.

Try typing in the searchbar (in the sidebar or on the “tophat”). The Live Search feature allows users to instantly skim your site for relevant material without every loading another page.


The premiere slider plugin for WordPress – completely overhauled with a brand new, vastly improved user interface that blows the older versions of this plugin out of the water. The new Revolution Slider is, quite simply, the best slider we’ve ever had the priveledge of using. Updates are be included for free with each theme-version update.


We re-wrote our entire theme-base from scratch to include the latest, most relevant HTML elements and tags to allow for the best possible search engine results.


The entire theme has been fully internationalized and prepped for your language translation. Just follow the usual translation process and the theme will do the rest.


This might be the first theme you encounter that actually advertises LESS features. We’ve pulled out every redundant, confusing, or buggy feature from our old theme framework and boiled down this theme to the least amount of complexity possible. Think of it as a Zen Garden in theme format.

1,000’S OF FONTS

Use the integrated Google Fonts library to see instant Live-Previews of how your site looks with any font you want before you hit “Publish”. If Google Fonts aren’t enough, we integrate seamlessly with Typekit,, and other popular services.


Got something custom that you want to drop in? Simple. Just drop them into our theme control panel and the theme will do the rest of the work for you.


Our goal is to deliver a theme that anyone can use & customize, without any need for 24/7 customer support or long-winded documentation manuals. You can import our theme demo content if you want a head start, but the theme has truly been designed to be answer any of your questions as you use it, so don’t fret if you don’t know how to code.


Our code is clean, organized, and well commented. Everything has it’s rightful place in this theme, and making advanced customizations to templates, stylesheets, and functions has never been easier.


We were one of the first theme crews to dabble in ‘responsive design’ way back in the day… so we know a thing or two about how to do this properly. Fluid grids are used at larger breakpoints, and fixed widths are used on smaller devices to ensure ideal spacing. The type size shifts on smaller devices to be larger and easier to read, and images and other media are sandboxed to prevent anything from breaking the layout.


The problem with Pixels are, they absolutely do-not-scale in Internet Explorer. Furthermore, with the onset of Responsive Web Design, having fonts that scale (in relation to the screen width) has become paramount. Percentages (%) and EM’s are better, but they’re tricky and compound. Still not an answer. A real solution? Use the REM. (Source – Greg Rickaby)

Nearly all of JetPack works well with this theme (the Tiled Galleries are the only exception since those aren’t responsive) – if you want to start using the next level of WordPress functionality, you’ll get it here.


The Theme Control Panels

This theme has been built on the Mythology Engine, a foundation theme from MDNW that has the primary goal of creating the fastest site launch process possible. It does this in a few ways:

Theme Options, Re-envisioned

Less is truly more. We’ve stripped all skinning options from our primary theme control panel in order to create a swift, responsive, uncluttered way to manage the key aspects of the theme. This is what the admin panel looks like:


We cut out the bloat. The full set of options includes:

  • 10 Header Layouts
  • 4 Default Page Layouts (Visual Composer handles all other layouts ;))
  • Logo & Favicon Uploader
  • Theme Highlight Colors
  • Options Skin Override
  • Breadcrumbs & Pagination Toggles
  • Top Hat Toggles & Content Fields
  • Footer Toggles & Content Fields
  • Post & Page Element Toggles (date, tags, categories, etc.)
  • Social Media Icons
  • Custom CSS
  • Custom Javascript

In addition to the Theme Options panel, this theme also integrates a handful of Page & Post options that allow your to override any global rules for that one page or post. These panels will show up on any Page or Post editor, underneath the basic content editor. In the event that they do not appear, make sure that you have enabled them from the top-right “Screen Options” panel. These panels will allow you to override theme-level options on individual pages and posts.

Theme Skinning with Live-Preview

Eliminate the guesswork from customizing the theme. Built on the WP Theme Customizer API with some special tricks blended in, you can change just about every typographic or color across the entire theme… there’s no need to reload the page on the front-end though – the Theme Customizer will show you an instant preview of what your changes look like right there on the same screen.

Here’s what the panel looks like:


The full library of Google Fonts is included in the Theme Customizer (and yes, live-preview works on the font-faces too). Just open up the customize panel and start playing!

Perfect for studios, agencies, photographers, designers, illustrators, restaurants, pubs, sushi, fine dining, bar & grills, bakery, cupcakes, wine, doctor’s offices, lawyers, food blogs, design studios, print shops, seafood, coffee shops, mexican, steakhouse, pizza, italian, white table cloth, local, open table businesses, yelp businesses, and lots more!



VERSION 1.0 -- 7/9/2014
- Mythology Core to 1.0.6.
- Original Gangsta


** These are currently features that I'm seriously considering... there is no timeline for their release, and there's always the chance that they just won't happen for one reason or another. That said, if I'm logging it here, it's because I've probably already considered it seriously and I believe that there's a reasonably good chance that it will happen in the near future. **

- Advanced Responsive Store Features