Black Magic: A Free WordPress Theme


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Today we are glad to release Black Magic — a free professional WordPress-theme. The theme has 2 columns and is based on grungy wooden textures and has a cool top menu which includes RSS. The psd source file of the logo has also been included in the package. This can be used for any projects and will be useful especially for portfolios. The theme was designed by Gopal Raju2 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.


Thank you, Gopal. 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 us6 — 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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  1. 1

    beautifull. thanx to gopal and smashmag!

    first post! :)

  2. 2

    Very Cool!

  3. 3

    uff, wont be my favorite ;P
    i think the wood textures are a lil bit to smooth

  4. 4

    Not bad, but there are greater themes from SM…

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  6. 6

    Nice theme ! Great work !

  7. 7

    Coooool. What a name, what a theme. Awesome. Will surely install it on my blog for readers, they also love nice themes and new apps.

    Smashing Magazine always smash me with new and innovative designer things ..

    Dear Team, Keep it up

  8. 8

    cool theme, but it is called BLAKMAGIK not BLACK MAGIC as it is written in the post!


  9. 9

    November 10, 2008 3:38 am

    looks nice, thanks!

  10. 10

    Umm. Not my type ;)

  11. 11

    blogger please :’( how about a little love?

  12. 12

    theme is very nice

  13. 13

    I don’t know why, but I don’t like some details, however it looks like a solid WP template, especially next to many others free templates out there on the net. Keep up the good work Gopal Raju!

  14. 14

    Thank you for this post… I am always looking for fresh.. WP-Themes.

  15. 15

    I can’t believe this is free. Nice work!

  16. 16

    Looks pretty sweet. Don’t know what I would use it for tho:P

  17. 17

    Worderful work! I love it. Thank you very much.

  18. 18

    thank so much, so, i used this theme for my page.

  19. 19

    very cool thanks for this

  20. 20

    Like it! Especially the navigation in the right corner (top) and the way the date is displayed ;-)

  21. 21

    Thanks Everyone for your replies :-) I have posted a Live Demo at

    Feel free to explore!

  22. 22

    WordPress 2.7 ready?

  23. 23

    If this product works as amazingly as it looks, I expect to be seeing a LOT of it. Right now, I’m off to be the “first kid on my block.”


  24. 24

    honestly and pls dont be bad, this is not the typical sm style. this theme is absolutely not what sm and the other freebie themes stands for. not that is not my type, its very uninteresting.

    dont get me wrong, kudos to this work and designer, but the other freebies are really in another league. my best friend just came and took a look and he loves it, and so too lots others.

    is it possible that sm is posting about myspace themes/designs in future?

  25. 25

    Wonderful theme !
    I Translated this theme to portuguese and tomorrow anyone who wants to download it, it will be available in !
    I also adjusted somethings, so, Smashing Magazine Team, if you want i can send it to you, ok?

    Seeya !

  26. 26

    it’s like a rip off of komodo media’s site…

  27. 27

    For a wooden design, I like it. But still …there’s 13 like these in a dozen. Not saying I could do any better

  28. 28

    This is a very nice theme, congratulations for the Designer!

  29. 29

    I found some inconsisencies in firefox and ie. In FF 3.0 the heading and date are coming under the comments. In IE6 png fixes are not applied and bullets of the sidebar links are not showing up. When we type long text in search box, the design breaks in IE6. The Home/RSS/Contact menu at the top also seems to have problems when hovered in IE6.

  30. 30

    These designs are all awesome but why are they always WordPress? Doesn’t anyone use Blogger? From what I can see WordPress charge to use a custom template where it’s free to do so on Blogger. Would love to see some new Blogger designs.

  31. 31

    Very cool wp theme thanks.

  32. 32

    another great wordpress theme….

  33. 33

    Am i the only one who finds wordpress to be a bit cookie cutter? Yes there are some really nice designs out there (don’t get me wrong, the one above looks great, kudos to the designer)… but wordpress has always struck me as little more than a glorified blogger or myspace framework (minus the social aspect).

    bluedee above nailed it for me “another great wordpress theme….”
    I mean, so what? another great wordpress theme… along with the thousands of others out there.

    Personally, I think the greatness and the failure lies in the fact that it is so accessible. How do designers expect to stick out in the horde of designers out there when they use the exact same system as every other designer?

    What I would love to see is designers actually building creative frameworks, building their art into the way their sites and blogs function, not just another shiny/gradient/wood grain skin on an otherwise completely uninspiring and overused framework.

  34. 34

    Jonny, these themes are not meant for designers. They are designed for anyone that uses WordPress, basic users in particular. This designer even included the original PSD so you can make customizations to your theme. It is something to build on. Why be critical of something that is free, anyway? You didn’t pay for it, so be respectful.

  35. 35

    Hey, I think this is a pretty well designed WP template.

    I just got one suggestion on a resolution of 1680 x 1050 (I know the majority of people won’t see it at this resolution) the footer has a background colour of “#EEEEEE” which creates two squares either side of footer as the background image isn’t that wide. Just thought I’d say as its an easy fix of choosing a background colour to match the background.

  36. 36

    It’s a good theme, I have quote to my blogs. Thank.

  37. 37

    this is really an awesome theme! Thanx a lot 4 sharing :)

  38. 38

    antiquarian books

    December 11, 2008 5:06 am

    Thank you for this information. :)

  39. 39

    Can any one convert this into a blogger template? I just love this one and i am sure many Blogger user would want it.
    check out:

  40. 40

    cool keep it coming :)

  41. 41

    nice thnks nice theme

  42. 42

    great theme i loved it

  43. 43

    Download link is broken. :’(

  44. 44

    My name is muhammad kaleem ullah khan. My date of birth is 28/2/1946. I am challenging all the magician in this world. is there any one who can break my magic I am a black magicians no one can beat me in this world .no one can break my magic if some one cast spell to me i will reverse his spell to him I am challenging all magicians cast spell to me and my sons i have there sons mateen , mubeen ,moiz and her mother name is salma if some one cast spell to my son I will reverse his spell to him i am challenging to all magician to beat me

  45. 45

    “kaleem” eehhh! I think your at the wrong place.. This is a wordpress theme.

  46. 46

    Indiana web design

    May 3, 2009 6:26 pm

    Nice wordpress thems. Very clean and crisp.

  47. 47

    I looks brighter in the preview, and the psd font only includes the header. Also, the fonts are quite different, maybe because of Lucida Grande not being present on windows :-(

    Still, an excellent theme! Maybe the best free theme I’ve seen.

  48. 48

    I have a question – where is the PREVIOUS PAGE button? There seems to be none… I love this theme and really want to install it on my blog, but without the previous page button it is impossible :(

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  50. 50

    I believe you guys would be interested in knowing that the following website:

    Is taking credit for your work. Claiming that they were the ones who designed/made this wordpress theme.

    They even removed your copyright at the bottom.

  51. 51

    thanks ya atas temanya

  52. 52

    I was searching for black themes and found this one. Not really black, but beautiful none the less. Thanks for sharing.

  53. 53

    thanks for theme,,very nice…..

  54. 54

    like it……….


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