Upward - Experimental Portfolio & Blog WordPress Theme

  • last updated: 29 November 2017
  • software version: WordPress 6.2.x, WordPress 6.1.x, WordPress 6.0.x, WordPress 5.9.x, WordPress 5.8.x
  • files included: Layered PSD, PHP Files, JS Files
  • layout: Responsive


The Upward WordPress theme is an original choice for showcasing artwork and illustrations with style and balance.

The Upward Theme by StrictThemes is an edgy, experimental portfolio theme focused on images. This theme boasts an unusual diagonal gallery presentation, and its aesthetic might not be for everyone. There is a quirkiness to this theme that may appeal to artists or bloggers with an eye for something different.

As a portfolio WordPress theme, the design does not have the same universal appeal that other StrictThemes themes tend to offer. Functionally, the Upward theme operates according to the traditional blogroll style of a WordPress site, but visually it incorporates some unique features. With an emphasis on images, some might find the diagonal arrangement and framing of visual elements distracts from the readability of the site, while others may find it a refreshing departure from traditional layouts.

Ultimately, Upward is best-suited for users who are looking to create a portfolio that doesn’t look like every other portfolio.

What customers say about my themes

First of all, congratulations for the theme. So elegant, functional and aesthetic. I am very happy with it. – chemabonilla

Big thanks for your fast response. I bought about 10 themes here and i can say that your support its really great. Thanks so much. – astronautonacow

Great response time, seriously I think it?s the best I have ever had here. You have a new follower my friend! Will be sure to rate the theme. Thanks again! – Prohibit

Wow thanks for the quick reply! Rated it! – arnoldjchang

Hi, first of all, just wanted to thank you for your work and theme! I love it!! – arnoldjchang

Great theme, cool features! – arnederynck

I am creating my first website and am learning as I go? So far, I am really enjoying the theme and I love the gallery format. – allisonhaubrick

I am really impressed with your quick responses and patience with the learning curve I am experiencing – allisonhaubrick

Hi, I just buy your theme and it?s very clean. Thanks for the job. – Hiflo

Thank you for this very cool and easy to set up theme? – zamsam

The new updated works perfect. Now voted with five stars. Great theme, great support. Thanks! – astronautonacow

Theme Features

Responsive and Mobile-Optimized

Don’t leave visitors behind. All themes created by StrictThemes are fully responsive and look great on all kinds of devices and screen sizes from widescreen desktops to tiny smartphone displays.

HiDPI Ready

All themes created by StrictThemes are fully compatible with high-resolution screens such as laptops with Retina-display so your text and images will look absolutely gorgeous!

Color Schemes

The theme comes with two color schemes – Light and Dark.

Style Customizer

Tweak styles with three clicks. Unlimited colors available.

Translation Ready

The theme has been designed from the ground up with translation in mind. It comes pre-packaged with a .po file containing all of the theme’s text strings ready for translation.

Unlimited Sidebars

With individual sidebar areas for the homepage, posts, pages and portfolio projects, you can easily customize sidebars for different parts of your site. In addition, you can create your own custom sidebars. If you don’t need multiple sidebars, use the predefined sidebars.

Search Engine Optimized

Built with clean, semantic and search engine optimized HTML5 and CSS3 code, so all you need to do is add great content!

Clean, Valid and Well-Commented PHP & JS Code

Readable code is the key to quick customization. No dirty code. No bloated code.

Valid HTML5

All themes created by StrictThemes are built with respect to W3C standards.

Clean CSS3

CSS styles come with a good structure and are well-commented, so you’ll never be confused.

Extended Documentation

In addition a simple setup process and easy-to-use theme options panel, we have comprehensive documentation online.

Free Bug-Fixes

If you find a bug, we’ll fix it. StrictThemes are 100% compatible with the latest version of WordPress.

One-Click Updates

No need to download and re-install theme after each release. Updates are available with just one click.

Dummy Data Included

Want to start from a solid base or demo? Dummy data is included.

ST Kit (Framework) Features

Easy To Use

StrictThemes kits are designed from the ground up to be as easy to use as possible. No confusing interfaces here. You’ll love the sensible, easy-to-understand theme options panel. Spend less time fighting with your theme, and more time doing something you really enjoy!

Custom Sidebar Widgets

The framework is loaded with custom sidebar widgets – Share, Get In Touch, Posts, Flickr and Subscribe. More …

100+ Unique Icons

Pixel-perfect glyphs are included.

Google Fonts

The framework allows you to switch between fonts or set up any custom font provided in the Google Fonts library. That’s more than 600 fonts!


ST kits include all of the shortcodes you would expect from a premium theme, including columns, buttons, tabs, and much more! Plus, it comes with detailed documentation and usage examples. More …

ImportExport Theme Settings

No need to make new settings. Just copy and paste.

One-Click Updates

No need to download and re-install theme after each release. Updates are available with just one click.

Other Features

Custom logo

Text or image logo

Custom favicon

Google Analytics ready

Sitewide data (info) on post page

Subtitle for post, page and projects

Post views

7 sidebars available for footer

Built-in social icons

Style editor

Custom styles on standalone .css file

Created by a WordPress lover


Design inspiration by: Designmodo

Illustrations by: Absurd Design Illustrations

Hosting by: Static Hosting

Email campaigns by: Mailpost

Uptime and status page website by: Pulsetic

Email spam guard by: Unspam.email

Privacy analytics by: Microanalytics

Design prototyping by: Siter.io

Free WordPress theme by: Blocksy WordPress Theme

Bootstrap builder by: Bootstrap.Build

Figma plugin: Website/HTML Figma Plugin

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