The Anatomy of GamePress – Part 2

Continuing from Part 1 at NETTUTS, we take a look at some of the features of the GamePress theme for sale on ThemeForest for $40.

GamePress is a “Gaming News & Reviews” theme for WordPress and currently one of the most popular themes at ThemeForest (at only $40). It is a very advanced theme and really pushes what the WordPress engine can do!

Purchase GamePress from ThemeForest for $40

Single Posts

For GamePress, I had to use multiple single post templates depending on what category the post is in. For example, a normal post will display like so:

However a Review/Preview needed its own layout to display a ‘Review Summary’ section:

Since WordPress does not include native support for multiple single-post templates, a small workaround was needed:


$post = $wp_query->post;

if ( in_category("$gp_reviews_cat") ) { // Reviews


} elseif ( in_category("$gp_previews_cat") ) { // Previews


} elseif ( in_category("$gp_features_cat") ) { // Feature


} else { // News




The above code was placed in the single.php file. It simply checks whether the post belongs to a certain category. If it does, the corresponding single-post file is loaded. Note that it checks for four categories: Review, Preview & Feature and finally anything else will use the default ‘news’ template.

This code is also very useful for WordPress-powered portfolios where separate layouts are needed for a portfolio item and a blog post.

Theme Options

GamePress comes with an ‘Theme Options’ page accessible via the Dashboard which houses 38 options for customizing the theme:

Multiple Stylesheets

By popular demand, a ‘White’ version of GamePress is included which can be selected via a checkbox on the Theme Options page:

In order for WordPress to know which stylesheet to load, I used the following code in the header of the theme:

if ($gp_stylesheet == "true") { ?>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="<? bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>
/style-l.css" type="text/css" media="screen" /> 

<? } else { ?>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="<? bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/
style-d.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />

<? } ?>

$gp_stylesheet refers to the checkbox on the options page. If it is checked it will return “true” and thus load the White stylesheet (style-l.css). Otherwise, the default Dark stylesheet will be used.

Feel free to re-use this code for your own theme. Alternatively, you could use a drop-down box if you’re planning to provide more than two stylesheets.

Archives Page

This Page Template displays everything, regardless of category in a chronological order. To replicate this, you can use the following code:

<ul class="archives">

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;

while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

<li><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>">
<?php the_title(); ?></a> <span><?php the_time('F j, Y'); ?></span></li>

<?php endwhile; ?>

The $paged line will allow the results to display over multiple pages (Read More).

And the accompanying CSS:

.contentblock ul.archives li {
list-style: none;
padding-bottom: 10px;
margin-bottom: 10px;
overflow: hidden;
border-bottom: 1px dotted #3a3a3a;

.contentblock ul.archives li a:link, .contentblock ul.archives li a:visited {
float: left;

.contentblock ul.archives li span {
color: #545555;
float: right;
font-size: 0.9em;
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Thanks for reading. Look out for more WordPress-related posts here each week!


  • Jauhari says:

    I love the Single Page hacks ;)

  • Daniel K says:

    IIRC you can also do the single pages as “category-#.php” and it will pick it up.

  • Hamine says:

    Hello, Gamepress is amazing, I’m looking for a theme for my blog for a long time and GP is exactly what I’m looking for. But I have a problem……..

    I can’t upgrade to WP versions above 2.2.x because the caterogies I created are not support anymore by WP, it’s a shame… So I’m curious to know how GP works without using multiple categories/slugs names.

    My categories are:

    - Xbox 360
    - Ps3
    - Psp

    - Xbox 360
    - Ps3
    - Psp

    - Xbox 360
    - Ps3
    - Psp

    See my problem? I’m stucked with the old WP version because my category tree won’t allow me the import my database to WP 2.3 and higher (multiples category/slug names not allowed). I searched everywhere and it seems I’m not the only one with this issue but sadly no solution has been provided by the WP team :(

    So your theme maybe is the solution but then how to use your theme if I can’t even import the content within my multiples categories? If I pay for your theme I want to be sure everything will be fine.


  • soori says:

    That was a nice read