Simply Ornate: A Free WordPress Theme


We love our readers. We respect the hard work of designers and developers across the globe. And we do our best to make the web design community stronger and the Web a little bit prettier. Therefore we ask talented artists and creative professionals to showcase their skills and release something unique and beautiful as a gift to the community. And when designers agree, truly impressive works see the light of day.


Today we are glad to release Simply Ornate — a free professional WordPress-theme created by Evan Eckard2. This theme was designed with the main focus being on patterns and typography and comes in 5 flavours. It is designed especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free!

You can use the theme for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both 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.

Motivation behind the design

Here are some insights about the design process and development from the designer himself.

“I tried to make this theme as basic as possible. It uses one plugin (which you can find in the plugin folder within the zip file) to include a flickr feed. Just drop the “flickrrss.php” file in your plugins directory and activate within the dashboard. You can set how many photos appear in the feed, I’d suggest staying with multiples of 4 to keep the design balanced.

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The theme also includes a prototype-based tab effect (via stereotabs) that allows users to browse latest posts, comments and tags. The front page is set up to show excerpts of your 4 latest posts, and also includes a mini-nav in the upper right side to allow for page navigating.


The theme also uses a ton of png transparency that does work cross-browser (even in IE 6).

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

Last but not least…

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

If you would like to release a high-quality free font, a WordPress-theme, some wallpapers or an icon-set please contact us18 — we would like to support you (both financially and with the broad coverage on Smashing Magazine).

You may be interested in the following free WordPress-themes as well:


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    wow what a nice theme!!….

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    thanks man these are amazing :)

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    Wow, I’m surprised by the way people responded to this post. If you don’t like the theme you just HAVE to say something right? No one cares if you don’t like it. No one wants your professional opinion. The designer offered this theme for free and I’m sure he spent hours working on it. Posting rude comments to someone who has worked hard on something is like the crappy little kid who comes by and knocks over another kids sand castle. So in my opinion your all crappy little kids with bad attitudes. Where’s your contribution? Save your rude opinions for your own blog oh and I’m sure all your blogs are winning designs..uh huh sure. By the way to the designer: I think the themes are unique and something different and new. It’s always nice to see a new take on the average WP theme. Thanks for sharing. Ignore the punks.

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    Pretty nice theme. But I have a little problem, it doesnt display my latest posts, commnts and tags!


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