Compositio: Clean, Beautiful and Free WordPress Theme


In comments to our recent freebie releases you asked for a simple, clean and beautiful WordPress-theme; the theme should be easily customize for different purposes and in a variety of settings. We’ve been listening to you and we heard you: and today we are release (hopefully) exactly what you’ve been asking for.

In this post we release Compositio – a simple, clean and user-friendly WordPress-theme, created by talented Elena Gafita1 for Smashing Magazine and its readers. Compositio is a two column theme, made to for those who want to put their content at the front with a unique light blue design. Random square shapes are the defining graphics of this theme. They are used throughout the background, bringing a special rhythm to the theme.

Compositio: A Free WordPress Theme

A special feature of this theme is the logo changer. You can use the default WordPress setting (“blog name”) or you can use your own logo. Upload your logo in the root folder of Compositio theme and name it logo.png. You can also use the PSD Logo Template in the source folder of the Compositio Theme. (Image limitations: max is 590px/85px). If you want to activate this option go to Administration Panel > Appearance > Logo Options, and select logo type.

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The theme is widget-ready, so you can use it as you like. Also Elena customized the CSS for the default widgets to match the site style better. The theme is using a couple of plugins, with some already integrated into functions.php, so there is no need to install them. The only plugin you need to install manually is FlickrRSS3 (FlickrRSS plugin is in the theme folder) (see the demo4).

This work is licensed Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This means that you may use it, and make any changes you like. Just leave the credits on footer if you respect the designer’s work.

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Thanks for the truly great work, Elena, we really appreciate it.


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What themes would you like to be released on Smashing Magazine next? What are you looking for? Or, more importantly, what kind of themes shouldn’t we release any more? We appreciate your input in the comments to this post!


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    Sexy … Maybe the sidebar could be a little nicer but over all pretty good.

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    Overall a really good work but it seems the Widgets in the Sidbars couldnt be displayed (to me?)…
    Already installed ;) …

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    demo url is not valid

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    it looks like the live demo link is broken

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 18, 2009 8:09 am

    The preview link is correct – apparently, Elena’s server has some problems right now. Please be patient and try again in a couple of minutes.

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    Hi, the Live Demo doesn’t work. Can you fix it please?

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    Cheers Smashing but this has been on Digg for a few weeks now.

    Love the how clean the code is.

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    Nice and Clean….. Remind me old days :)

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    Hey demo isn’t valid.theme is nice!

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    Deluxe -I agree with you since I started with Blogger for my blog but it has so many limitations. I had to create multiples blogs to mimic a site with multiple pages…. I am thinking to migrate from blogger to WordPress.

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    It’s clean and elegant. I like this kind of theme.

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    Check the footer in the theme,it says brought to you by

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    Richard Spencer Davies

    February 18, 2009 9:27 am

    Very nice indeed, I think could be an idea to go even simpler though!

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    Wow another quality release from the Smashing Magazine and Design Disease. Looking forward for the results from last Smashing Magazine Poll about users interest… :)

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    thx sm! this themes so elegant… simple and nice….

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    Looks awesome. One of the best themes posted here.

    But there´s a small coding bug at the comments form. The labels for each input link to the author field. This should get fixed, because it´s irritating ;-)

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    pretty nice:)worth to be digg=)

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    Got this on WPMU 2.6.3:
    Fatal error: Call to undefined function post_class()

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    Reply comments link?

    Just revamped the dilectio theme i guess. None the less. Looks nice.

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    CSS/layout not checked in Safari?

    Update: I stand corrected. This one looks OK in Safari, I clicked on one of the other themes on DesignDisease where the search graphic was mucked up in Safari.

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    awesome theme

  24. 24 is run by DesignDisease. That’s probably the reason for the link. Great theme!

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    seems to be a nice theme, very lightly but I don’t like the design too much. I prefer rounded corners more :) Although romanian web designers and developers are very good and creative :)

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    nice theme, but a bit too minimalist for me. Good job designdisease.

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    February 18, 2009 1:26 pm

    Hey, i’ve translated this theme to Brazilian Portuguese, if you want me ask for it, i can send you. I’ll put it to download in my blog, giving the right credits, ok ?

    See ya !

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    With the “read more” bit the arrows (I think they are meant to be arrows) show up as symbols.

    Great looking theme though!

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    I’d really appreciate seeing more themes that were not for WordPress. Perhaps zen cart, oscommerce, or themes for another open source eCommerce solution. Really, anything besides WordPress would be nice. No offense to the lovers of WordPress of course.

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    WoW! It’s really simply clean, nice job :)

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    huh? why is the order of the poll questions changing after you vote? confusing…

    nice theme, tnx!

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    wonderful job! loved the theme!

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    Really nice, clean look and feel but…
    On Windows 2000 Pro, IE 6.0 (no comments on that! it’s a corporate machine ;-), screen resolution 1280 x 1024 sidebar drops down, down the page …

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    This is a great theme. Also on my blog ;)

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    Very nice. It would be a very good idea to have new templates for photoblogs, whciha re today very few. Mine ( is based on WP, YAPB (specific plugin for photoblogs) and Grain (theme for YAPB). Having the possibility to choose more themes for this specific (and not so easy as it looks to be) would be very welcome.

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    The site seems to be down for me right now :(

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    Love to see the nice and clean theme. good work

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    A lovely theme! I’ll use it in my blog. Congratulations, Smashing Magazine, as perfect as always.

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    simple and elegant….good wrk…

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    Great theme

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    I don’t like this template… I LOVE IT!!! I will use this as a framework for my blog redesign. Hopefully everything will be great. Thank you for this.

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    As usual, great info and useful resources. Thanks guys.

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    What a excellent, great wordpress theme!
    Thanks so much!
    I’m using it now on my own blog (a bit tuned, though).

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    Wow. I always love his design. (^^) Thank a lot.

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    Wow. and clear layout

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    Not to be a bitch but it looks just like any other free wordpress theme.

    I liked the left side, but the sidebar is just too “normal”.
    I’ve seen that sidebar in a lot of themes so there is not any improvements or dramatic changes.

    It’s like the blue version of the Dilectio wordpress theme.

    With the really cool features or plugins available in the WP universe I believe the sidebar could have been a lot better.

    Images for categories may’ve been a really good choice.

    Just a thought.


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    great theme !
    just a question, what is the purpose of the function trackTheme() in functions.php ?

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    Compositio are not a clean theme. Maybe a strange Theme or a pre-clean-theme, but, right now look some caothic theme. Need more work on it to become simple and clean.

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    A theme like Smashing Mag will be aswesome to have

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    It looks to me like if the ie.css file is missing from your theme directory it emails them and tells them your site is using their theme …

    Are they actually calling that function somewhere? It seems like an awfully odd function.

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    Great theme

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    This one is cool but the previous themes from Design Disease were really awesome

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    The best wordpress theme ever from design disease. I wish they come up with few themes for blogger platform too.

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    I really like this theme and am grateful to Smashing Mag and Design Disease for making it available. I am a bit curious about the trackTheme function, located in the functions.php file. This function is called apparently on line 48 of index.php.

    I’m not a php coder, but I think this function appears to check for the presence of ie.css (a css file with only comments and no actual styles), and then send an email to a gmail account. I believe that the email would contain the hostname, the path to the theme’s directory (which would include my username at my web host).

    This seems like an odd thing to include in a theme, perhaps it is an unintentional remnant from coding/testing. I’m wondering if it would send an email each time the page is loaded, and whether it would break any functionality if I just removed the trackTheme function altogether. If anyone has noticed this or has any suggestions, I’d be interested.


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    I converted this theme to a Drupal 6 theme.

    Available here: Compositio for Drupal 6

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    Sexy is an understatement!!!

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    This template is beautiful and inspires me to blog even more. Thanks so much. :)

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    Lovely theme, too bad that as John remarked before me, this theme “phones home” with som dangerous server info. I love that this theme has been made available to us for free, but this leaves a bad taste.

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    Very nice theme, thanks for sharing! Did any of you find a work around to remove child pages for the main navigation menu? It seems that is broken; when you add a page and make it a child the page is just added next to the parent page there is no way to remove it. Any help will be appreciated.

    Regarding the trackTheme function it will be good if Smashing Mag or Design Disease can explain its purpose to the community. All previous comments on this matter were ignored.

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    Very powerful theme, Very easy to use and translate. I am using it on my blog (
    Thank you Design Disease

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    Great Free Theme…. Thanks for sharing…

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    i like it best.
    thanks a lot~

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    Hi, tks for sharing but, i have a question. With that theme the newer and older entries its broken dont appear… its the wptheme ok?

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    Very good post! I will be also planning to create a blog article concerning this… thanks

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