Color Paper: A Free WordPress Theme

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Today, we are glad to release Color Paper: a free professional WordPress theme, created by the DreamTemplate3 team. This theme aims to combine visual appeal with clean typography and vivid design elements. It was created especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License (details of the license4). You can use the theme freely for all of your projects, without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both the designer’s and Smashing Magazine’s permission. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish, but if you are planning to release your modification, please ask our permission first.

Showcase of the theme

Here are some detailed screenshots of the theme:

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Feature block at the top of the layout, with a style switcher on the left-hand side

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List of articles on the front page

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Comments styling

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Sidebar styling (upper part)

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Sidebar styling (bottom part)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  2. 2 http://freethemelayouts.com/blog/index.php?wptheme=Color%20Paper
  3. 3 http://www.dreamtemplate.com
  4. 4 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
  5. 5 http://freethemelayouts.com/blog/index.php?wptheme=Color%20Paper
  6. 6 http://freethemelayouts.com/dls/colorpaper.zip
  7. 7 http://freethemelayouts.com/dls/colorpaper-psd.zip
  8. 8 http://freethemelayouts.com/blog/index.php?wptheme=Color%20Paper
  9. 9 http://freethemelayouts.com/blog/index.php?wptheme=Color%20Paper
  10. 10 http://freethemelayouts.com/blog/index.php?wptheme=Color%20Paper
  11. 11 http://freethemelayouts.com/blog/index.php?wptheme=Color%20Paper
  12. 12 http://freethemelayouts.com/blog/index.php?wptheme=Color%20Paper
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/08/agregado-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/08/infinity-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/05/fervens-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/21/dilectio-a-smashing-wordpress-theme/
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/01/simply-ornate-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/07/smashing-freefont-and-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    @Ehab – Thanks for verifying that the problem is not isolated.

    The theme isn’t really usable “as is” with its broken search and archives templates. However, I think the design and layout is superb. The theme’s options are a bit clunky as well; I would use widgets instead, but the CSS styles for widgets need some attention (don’t try to insert a search widget, or use a list item that wraps to the next line). IE6 fares surprisingly well with this theme, though there are issues with transparency.

    My wish list would also include a search form and an RSS feed icon at the top right. This is a potentially high-quality theme. I hope it turns into one!

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  2. 52

    potentially high-quality – You bet !

    I love the design – big time. But as you mentioned, a few fixes are needed here and there. And then we come in, adding more glue to it.

    By the way, the png images are quite bulky. Is that normal ?

    I will stop thinkng of ie6 issues. IE6 users does not deserve to see good looking websites !

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  3. 103

    I love this theme very nicely made!! Thanks

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  4. 154

    It’s a shame, really, that most wordpress themes are so bland and uninventive. Design-wise, I mean. They are basically all the same, with a few good exceptions but that’s it. It’s practically impossible to find something to work upon outside premium themes.

    Still, SM manages to provide us with dozens of extremely good and incredible themes from the hundreds covered here :P This is not the case, IMHO…

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  5. 205

    This is another great looking theme. Probably the best one so far along with the Dilectio theme.

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  6. 256

    Mmm, are the problems going to be fixed or should I go about trying to do it myself :) ?

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  7. 307

    Great WP theme very superb.

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  8. 358

    I like the way you do it guys there. I believe that you must have a pretty much of nice template submissions :)

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  9. 409

    Hello, great looking theme, but the “Tabs” are not properly working, when I choose “Comments” or “Featured” nothing happens. How can I fix this bug?

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  10. 460

    @Rob

    I’m not want to sell this theme, but, according to this post, apparently I can’t redistribute it free and I can’t launch a modified version of it without first talking to the author. So they disabled totally the “share-alike” part of the license. This can be confusing for some. Would be easier to choose a “no derivative works” license.

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  11. 511

    thank a lot

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  12. 562

    wow, really nice theme, lovely design, I’ll definitely try it out.

    Thank you very much for this.

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  13. 613

    @liam “PSD file is being uploaded as we speak :)”

    Where can we get it?

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  14. 664

    I am not going to worry about the licensing part. This is a pure work of art (on the UI part..) and if I designed it I would not want people to make a few “changed” and distribute it.

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  15. 715

    Very very nice!!! This is one cool theme.

    My ajax tabs did not work like one of the posters said above but after I upgraded to wordpress 2.6.2+ it worked without issues for me. And they look pretty cool ;)

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  16. 766

    yeahhh! great theme

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  17. 817

    Is the psd file uploaded yet?
    I can’t find a link to it.

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  18. 868

    cooool design!!! :|o|

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    Any chance we can get that PSD? Would love to play around and see if I can’t get the style switcher to change the background in a couple other places as well. :-) In particular the blue stripe across the back – part of main-back.gif

    Thanks for the style though!

    Cheers!

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  20. 970

    fantastic!

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  21. 1021

    Cool theme!
    Thanks SM so much! :x

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  22. 1072

    thanks for this theme…..

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    FreeThemeLayouts.com

    November 3, 2008 5:02 am

    * Search page & archive page bugs fixed.
    * Inbuilt Search & Archives section added to sidebar
    * You can re-download the wp theme to get the most updated version

    * PSD files now available for download. (See above)

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  24. 1174

    Thank you very much guys at FreeThemeLayouts and SmashingMagazine!
    I can now play and edit with the PSD source.

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  25. 1225

    Wow.. this is just.. awesome..

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  26. 1276

    Really .. this is a great design….

    I’ll try to convert this into Joomla template.

    Thank you so much!!!!!!

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  27. 1327

    I am currently using the design and LOVE it. Currently, though, I’m using the Archives function as its own page. How do I go about removing Archives from the sidebar?

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  28. 1378

    An awesome theme! Its really nice to see some great professional freebies out there. Great for learning and seeing what is possible.

    @Chris
    Was wondering how to test out WordPress locally on my Windows machine. Didn’t expect to see a solution so readily available here, but I’m glad I did. Thanks!

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  29. 1429

    Great theme but bugs persist. I have search and archives showing up twice in my widget bar (or show up once on the main site when I REMOVE them completely from the widget bar under WP Design settings)!! The first post still overflows when too much content is added. I hope this theme is still actively developed since it can’t be used with all the bugs….

    Very creative though.

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  30. 1480

    Not working on WordPress 2.7 beta 1
    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare get_comments() (previously declared in /home/bodek/public_html/test/wp-includes/comment.php:178) in /home/bodek/public_html/test/wp-content/themes/colorpaper/functions.php on line 37 :(

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  31. 1531

    Really .. Nice theme…

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  32. 1582

    @Matt – The PSD is now in the original post, just below the live demo link. Thanks.

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  33. 1633

    I love this great theme, but it does’nt work correctly on my site… It can’t show the sidebar correctly by archive or search (hope i’m clear because i don’t speak a good english)… Sidebar disapears in the bottom of the blog !! I have tried a lot of solutions : nothing works !!!

    Hope you’ll have a solution… Thanks and kisses from France !

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  34. 1684

    The problem can be “Evermore” Plugin…???

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  35. 1735

    This is a wonderful theme, but I have a few problems with it. :-(

    I am running WP 2.6.3 and I also changed the sidebar.php as advised in the readme.

    But still the ajax-Box titles only link to # and another thing is that the featured post on top of the page is too long for the div. It does show and so do the tabs in the source code but the links on the title of the tabx only point to # :-(

    What do I have to change to have the two problems solved?

    Thanks a lot for your help and of course thanks for this really great looking theme :-)

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    I’m also having the issue “BoDeK” covered in comment 81, I’m running 2.7-beta2-9571 (which as of the time I write this comment, is the latest nightly build of the 2.7 Beta.)

    Any ideas as to what is causing this issue? This is my favourite theme as of now, but not being able to use it is… a downside.

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    I’m currently using this great theme right now at my blog (www.lylesantos.com). Overall, I am very happy with it except for one thing.

    I tried adding a Google Analytics code and a Technorati code (to claim my blog)… the code was successfully added but can’t be crawled (detected) by Google and Technorati.

    I tried inserting the code in the header, footer, main index, sidebar… still unsuccessful. Anyone here had the same experience?

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  39. 1939

    I really like this theme, it’s creative and different from the usual themes you see. I am just beginning a new blog, so I installed WordPress then installed this theme. It does not work with IE6…the sidebar gets pushed down, the content does not stay at the top. The more posts you have the worse it moves the content down.

    Although it does work ok in Firefox, because the entire right sidebar disappears to the bottom of the page after a few posts in IE6, I cannot use it. I may try to tweak it myself, but I wanted something quick and easy to allow me to spend more time on the content.

    Very nice looking theme…but could have used more browser testing before release…IMHO.

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  40. 1990

    Alright, I worked through the IE6 issues…just wondering, has anyone been able to get the style switcher to work?

    I really love the look of this theme! If I could fix the style switcher it would be perfect for me! :)

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  41. 2041

    It’s awesome! But I have the same problem with the sidebar, it just gets push down. Any solution? Thanks for sharing :D

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  42. 2092

    Hi! I’ve fix the ‘featured post’ area in this colorpaper theme. You may found the ‘featured post’ area have problem with long post. Check the solution here; http://aizuikmal.com/2008/11/wordpress-theme-colorpaper-fixed-version/

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  43. 2143

    Hi thank you,

    As LiviaCH

    I am running WP 2.6.3 and I also changed the sidebar.php as advised in the readme.

    But still the ajax-Box titles only link to # and another thing is that the featured post on top of the page is too long for the div. It does show and so do the tabs in the source code but the links on the title of the tabx only point to # :-(

    I have the same problem, please help!

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  44. 2194

    I’ve tried what Aizu made to fix the featured post, but it doesn’t work for me. So I’ve made a trick. I’ve added this line
    php echo strip_tags(get_the_excerpt()
    instead of the content () in the index.php file and it works fine. You can see it at my blog Miss Lunatic

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    I’ve tried what Aizu made to fix the featured post, but it doesn’t work for me. So I’ve made a trick. I’ve added this line
    php echo strip_tags(get_the_excerpt());
    instead of the content () in the index.php file and it works fine. You can see it at my blog Miss Lunatic (www.misslunatic.es)

    I forget to say that there’s still the problem with the sidebar for IE6 users. Any help?

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  46. 2296

    I had by-passed the problems i met !! And i’m now using (See it here ) this great theme with a lot of pleasure !! Want to thank the authors for that good job !!

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  47. 2347

    buen theme, me gusta mucho, gracias por tdodo

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  48. 2398

    Hi there,

    I wish to release a Drupal version of Color Paper.

    You can use the theme freely for all of your projects, without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both the designer’s and Smashing Magazine’s permission.

    However, I’ve tried e-mailing the authors and Smashing Magazine, but I have not received any reply from them.

    Whats the point of stating this when they don’t reply to e-mails?

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    Didou, what did you do to solve the problems?

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