Cloning popular websites into WordPress Themes has become a popular phenomenon. Since this appears to be legal and nobody has yet gotten into trouble, it continues. Here are some sites that you may recognize that have been cloned in WordPress.
15. WPSN Theme � clone of ESPN
ESPN is one of the best sports site in the world. Whether you are interested in MMA or some obscure sport, you can get it all on ESPN. Well, what if you don�t like what the guys at ESPN put on the site? Simple. Create your very own ESPN like website. WSPN is an ESPN-clone theme for WordPress which allows you to get ESPN�s design right on your very own site. WSPN is a complex theme that mirrors the ESPN web site. There are many settings that can change to optimize the look and feel of the website, such as a header with dynamic drop-downs and ticker which can take RSS feeds.
14. The New Yorker Theme � clone of NYTimes.com
The New Yorker is a premium WordPress news theme from StyleWP that allows the user to start their own broadsheet online newspaper. The theme features a comprehensive theme control panel (136 settings), dynamic drop-down menu system, 37 widgetised areas, integrated banner management and dynamic video block. And it looks like the New York Times, which can’t hurt for visual recognition.
13. One News Theme � clone of popurls.com
Popurls is a well known source for the latest web buzz and news. One News is a theme that borrows from the concept of being that one stop for current news, buzz and hot blog trends for those who have to have all the newest information that they can get.
12. Facebook theme Theme � clone of Facebook
This theme can make your blog look like Facebook – what more needs to be said.
11. iBlog Theme � clone of Apple
This theme can make your blog look like the Apple website, which is cool but you really have to know what you are doing, because Apple has set the bar quite high. If the site is not up to snuff, users and visitors might not come back, as they could be expecting something pretty darn cool given the potential expectations set by making the site look like an Apple output.
10. Coda Blue Theme � clone of Coda
The Coda Blue wordpress theme mimics the functionality of the popular Coda website, which is the object of so many developers’ envy. Every aspect of the Coda website was duplicated and this theme works in every major browser.
9. The Beeb Theme � clone of BBC News
The Beeb is a premium newspaper or magazine style WordPress theme and it comes with a comprehensive built-in theme control panel (132 settings). In fact it will give your site a look that is quite similar to the BBC news website. As a clone theme of BBC news, it has featured sections, article blocks, news blocks, news ticker and others similar to the BBC site. FDor example, the left sidebar displays news categories and static pages, while the right sidebar displays latest news headlines and other featured articles.
8. Orkut Theme � clone of orkut.com
Cloned WP theme from the Google social networking site Orkut.
7. Sharp Theme � clone of Creattica Daily
Creattica Daily is a web site blog that focuses on daily news and links for creatives and designers. The Sharp Theme borrows on the Creattica functionality and design to allow people to create their own versions using the template.
6. Shade Pro Theme � clone of WordPress.org
The Shade Pro theme is based on the WordPress administration interface and wordpress.org look and feel. The Shade theme, a 3 column blog magazine style premium WordPress template from Theme Spinner, features a custom home page layout with featured article section and category excerpts.
5. Gmail Theme � clone of GMail
Google Gmail is a unique style of WordPress. It aims to provide similar looks to actual Gmail in WordPress. It has collapsible widgets, admin links on front page for easiest access to edit posts and more. Comments are displayed in unique way as well, you can expand or collapse any comment with Ajax effects.