Color Paper: A Free WordPress Theme


We are offering you the opportunity to showcase your work in our magazine by releasing a high-quality freebie. We try to keep high standards and we have high expectations because we want our readers to really see what you, as a designer, are capable of, what one can learn from you and why you should be hired. Average freebies usually get average publicity: we want you to get the best publicity and the biggest exposure from our magazine. Therefore, we want your work to stand out. Please contact us131 if you want to feature your work in our magazine.

Many designers take advantage of this opportunity; in fact, we are receiving more and more emails regarding freebie releases. Please note that we can’t answer all emails, but we read each of them. However, to get featured on Smashing Magazine, you really need to show us something that makes you different than the “usual” crowd.


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:

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

List of articles on the front page

Comments styling

Sidebar styling (upper part)

Sidebar styling (bottom part)

Thank you, guys. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

Last but not least…

We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists. You might not know it yet, but we may feature you in one of our upcoming posts.

If you would like to release a free high-quality font, a WordPress theme, some wallpapers or an icon set, please contact us131. We would like to support you (both financially and with the broad coverage of Smashing Magazine).

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    I have modified this theme and completed it with complete personalization of colors. Header, footer all buttons and pretty much everything changes colors accordingly. Besides that I modified fonts, added tag cloud to the sidebar and things like that.

    I’d like to know if I can let users download the modified version of the theme from my blog. I have the below text in the footer with a link to this website (Design based on: colorpaper by smsahing magazine)

    Please let me know.


  2. 152

    Very Beautiful!

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    First of all, many thanks for the great-looking theme.

    To echo some of the issues highlighted above, when a content “overlaps” another on the main page – just edit index.php, and change the_content(”) into the_excerpt(”)

  4. 454

    Hi, the live demo is pointing to a different layout

  5. 605

    I have never read something like this :)

    I am going to bookmark this article for future use.Thanks for this.I used to go to this Rapidshare Search Engine for downloading games, music, movies, softwares, songs before :D

    How did you get this information friend ??I dint read it anywhere else LOL


  6. 756

    Nice theme. Unfortunately it does not work under WP 2.8 …

  7. 907

    Hi there I installed this theme and customized the graphics. The one thing that doesnt seem to work for me though is displaying posts as summaries. It shows them as full posts and part of the blog post gets cut off in the footer. But when you click on the post link, it displays correct. Is there a place in the code I can fix this?

    Here in the site.

    Thanks and this theme is awesome.

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      by the way i was able to get the theme to work perfectly with a little coding and plug ins.

      • 1209

        Chris – What did you do to fix the home page so it will post the summaries and not the full posts? Running on wp2.8.6…

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    Anthony Hernandez

    December 25, 2009 7:19 am

    Did anybody ever find a fix for the featured content?

  9. 1511

    The download link doesn’t work.

  10. 1662

    Yeah – the download link is broken… PLEASE FIX IT!!! :(

  11. 1813

    this may be a dumb question, but i can’t seem to sign in now that i’ve signed out. what am i missing here? my blog is

  12. 1964

    the link to ‘download the theme’ doesn’t work :(

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    For anyone having problems with Flickr Photostream widget:
    In Color Paper Options, you have to write your flickr ID not nickname. For me, not “koubic10″, but “53050837%40N05″. I know one way how to get it, maybe there’re more ways: Go on and get a Photostream HTML code. You’ll see your real Flickr ID in the part with <script src=”…user=XXX…”>

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    the download link is not working

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    Many are nice ones but some are outdated.

  16. 2719

    the link to ‘download the theme’ doesn’t work :(

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    It would be really great from your part if you would add a valid download link and a valid live preview for this theme, because it looks pretty nice.

  18. 3021

    I wondering why the Ajax Tabs doesn’t work..
    I’m using the WordPress Coltrane 2.7, the ajax tabs has shown but it doesn’t work.

  19. 3172

    Links don’t seem to work, I want to try it, looks awesome!

  20. 3323

    Anybody have psd file????

  21. 3474

    The links for download seems all dead. Please re-up for us!

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    Thanks for free theme


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    I am unable the source file, please give proper link.

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    I cannot add plugins with this theme… Is there a way to do it since there is no “Add New” button on the plugin menu?

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    Amazing template of wordpress. And special thanks to admin for the theme.
    Expecting to get more and more theme for the new word press content management system.
    Again Thanks


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