Just Tadlock (community member greenshady) has released a new child theme based on his theme framework ‘ThemeHybrid‘. You should be drinking if we are playing a drinking game, which is acceptable since this is a pub. The Hybrid News theme has a lot of the same elements you’d expect from a newsy theme, with Justin’s magic added.

Hybrid News Theme In Action

  • Featured post block which is animated
  • Post thumbnails for articles on the front page
  • Four widget areas in the footer
  • Two right handed skinny sidebars
  • Featured video block
  • Four-level drop-down menu
  • A Tabber that features Hot Tags, Random Posts, and your Archives
  • Fully compliant with WordPress 2.7

Giving the theme a good look over from the demo which is located here, looks like Hybrid News could easily fit the bill for many of you still looking for a free, news layout type of theme. One thing that I found really interesting is that the featured posts thumbnails and the featured post blocks use the first image that appears in the post content to create the thumbnail. This is a great time-saver, especially considering the current way I have to add an image URL to a custom field in WPTavern.