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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Suggestions for particular themes?

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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    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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