Splendio WordPress Theme

Today, we are happy to present a new freebie: a beautiful theme, designed by DesignDisease which was developed for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

As usual, the theme is free to use in both private and commercial projects. The theme is based upon the Twenty Ten WordPress theme and requires WordPress 3.0 or higher to run.

Release in Free WordPress 3.1 Theme: Splendio (With PSD Sources)

Visit the demo or a large view.

The upper area contains a slider where you can place extra emphasis on your most important pages. The main area can include the content of your latest blog posts. On the right side you’ll find an overview of latest blog entries as well as the latest tweets.

The upper area of the sidebar features five latest comments. You can place any widget under it as it is defined as a dynamic sidebar. Also, right above the footer you’ll find a Flickr gallery in case you wish to showcase your latest shots. The footer itself is designed in a pronounced blue, giving it a nice contrast to the rest of the design. There you you can place your widgets such as Pages, Categories, Archives, and others. A soft upper area, a useful middle area, and a strong footer are the essence of this theme.

Download the Theme for Free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

Behind the Design

As always, here are some insights from the designer:

“Releasing a theme on Smashing Magazine is always a challenge for us at DesignDisease. A challenge we look forward to. Splendio is a theme where we try to solve the empty space that exists around most themes with a joyful rhythm of lines and squares, complimented with a light color palette. The specialized header images complete the package, as it can be used both in a static or randomized manner.”

Thank you, DesignDisease! We sincerely appreciate your work and your good intentions.

About The Author: Vlad Scanteie

Vlad is the founder and creator of DesignDisease. He's a skilled designer and developer with a love for all things WordPress. Check out his resume here.

  • http://twitter.com/borrett Lloyd Borrett

    To solve problems with some widgets in the footer, I added:

    #footer-widget-area .widget-area div.textwidget { color: #fff; background: #008ebc; }

    to style.css

    plus changed
    #footer-widget-area .widget-area { float: left; margin-right: 20px; width: 162px; text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px; }
    #footer-widget-area .widget-area { float: left; margin-right: 20px; width: 162px; text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px; color: #fff; }

    #footer-widget-area .widget-area h3 { color:#fff; font-size: 20px; line-height: 18px; margin-bottom: 20px;  letter-spacing: -0.05em; }
    #footer-widget-area .widget-area h3 { color:#fff; font-size: 20px; line-height: 18px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;  letter-spacing: -0.05em; }

  • http://twitter.com/Online_Traveler Katie

    Are there any instructions on how to add the Google Plus Authorship tag into the coding? For example, where in the code should I add, ?php if ( function_exists( ‘google_plus_author’ ) ) { google_plus_author(); } ?

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    Very good instruction indeed, To me if any one faced problem something with Splendio WordPress Theme, they should try this unique idea.

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  • http://www.theislandergirl.com/ Macy

    I installed this for WordPress.org but it doesn’t have the Showcase page template as with WordPress.com. Am I missing something? It installed fine. The Showcase home page looks really good :(

  • Albe11

    Did you have any reply about your question? I have the same problem…

  • designdisease

    Hey guys, if you are getting this error it is because the theme is packaged with plugins as well as the theme files. You need to unzip the download and then upload just the theme files to your theme directory, and upload the plugin files to the plugins directory.

  • gnrsu

    is it really free for use?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521906425 Kenny Alexander Cox

    how can i activate the facebook, twitter etc features at the top?

  • http://twitter.com/Keefy Keefy

    Each individual theme file? That is not working either.

  • http://twitter.com/Keefy Keefy

    Well I thought I had my install problem solved, but I don’t. I zipped just the theme folder and tried to upload that and got this error:

    Unpacking the package…

    The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature

    Anybody that can help me with this, I’d really appreciate it!


  • coopersita

    This theme is broken. The images with caption expand beyond the column they are in. The featured content slider doesn’t work anymore.
    It’s a shame, such a nice theme.

  • http://twitter.com/Keefy Keefy

    How can I deactivate and remove this part altogether,
    is another question I have?

  • Marc

    I love this theme. Can you help me fix the password-protection? When I password-protect a page and someone tries to log-in, they are sent to the admin log-in for WordPress instead of to the page with the protected content. I turned off all my plug-ins and this was still a problem. I swtiched themes to twenty-eleven and the problem disappeared, so I’m pretty confident that it’s something in the theme that’s making this happen. I appreciate your help.

  • disqus_fF5m7d7sXI

    Go into the header.php file which you can find once in the dashboard in “Appearance” -> “Editor” -> “header.php” and you’ll see code in it that looks like this:




    between the quotation marks of href=”” paste in your twitter, facebook, and what have you.

    Hope this helped!

    Edit: So I can’t just copy and paste the code in because it thinks I’m trying to code this comment but you should look for that div class, syndicate and then you’ll see “a class=”s1″ href=””title=”Twitter”> etc. That’s where you put the link to your website

  • http://rulookingfor.com/ sam

    Cool theme. Love it too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Kenny Alexander Cox

    thanks :)

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  • disqus_p1hIsFamdW

    Hi, How can we :
    - remove the “recent comments” grey widget on the top right ?
    - put links of twitter, facebook and RSS on the top right bander ???

    Please answer clearly and simple !!!