Free WordPress Theme: Paper Wall


Today we are glad to release the Paper Wall WordPress Theme, an original, beautiful, high-quality WordPress theme, designed by Adrian Lazariuc from Indeziner.com1 exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme has a unique, colorful design that will perfectly fit for your personal blogs and, if customized, can be a perfect fit for a unique magazine-style-blog.

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Download and use the theme for free!

You can use the theme for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The theme may not be resold, sublicensed or rented. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word.

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Fancy navigation menu:

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“Paper”-effect for the search

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Paper board style for menu sections

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Behind the design

As always, here are some insights from the designer herself:

Paper Wall is the first wordpress theme released by Indeziner and it was created especially for Smashing Magazine. We created this theme as a challenge for us to see if it will be accepted for these great guys and in this way to receive a reputation.

We have created the Paper Wall theme as an alternative to any classic wordpress theme from before. The idea for the design was our daily working desk. As designers we always put things on paper. We draw elements and organize our activities mostly on a simple piece of paper. A designer’s desk is full of writing instruments and sketches and this is why we tried to bring the same layout online.

We wanted to provide you with the possibility to be able to simply activate this theme in WordPress and everything should work just fine. This is why we did not build a lot of features or personalized this theme too much in the idea to be simple to use. This is why it is very flexible and will work with all standard plugins that you may install in the future. All elements can be changed easily and you can personalize your theme as you want.

The header menu is updated automatically with pages you create from WordPress admin area and so is the footer. We used a plugin WP-PageNavi12 for the pagination. Using it is optional and replaces simple WordPress pagination. We were inspired by WebdesignerDepot and WebdesignerWall’s design style.

Thank you very much, guys! We really appreciate your efforts!

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  1. 1

    Great article.

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    Amazing wordpress theme. Thanks!

    and what is up with people saying first?

  3. 3

    Thank you.

  4. 4

    Another great theme…

  5. 5

    Good job!!

    Can we get also the .psd file if there is one?

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    Smashing Editorial

    July 10, 2009 1:39 pm

    @pete (#5): we just sent an e-mail to the designer, asking for the original PSD-file. Please stay tuned.

  7. 7

    Nice!! I want more :)

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    Web Design News

    July 10, 2009 1:53 pm

    nice one

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    Well done!

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      Thanks for the head up, i’ve fegrot to add those styling. Try to add the following lines to the css stylesheet:.single-entry a {color:#FF7B0E}.single-entry a:hover {color:#fff}

  10. 11

    This is really a nice theme. Thanks for sharing

  11. 12

    just beautiful !

  12. 13

    That looks like a great theme. Nice design elements!

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    Simon Harlinghausen

    July 10, 2009 3:02 pm

    Great theme. A psd would be perfect.

  14. 15

    great design. Thanks share

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    Very nice and colourful design, I will be featuring this theme as the Free Theme of the Day on Monday July 13th at my website WordPressOfTheDay.

  16. 17

    very nice themes indeed..
    love the color used with the themes..
    just that post image was too big for me.
    I wish I can adjust it for 100×100 or 200×200 for the post image at the front page.

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    July 10, 2009 6:30 pm

    I like the theme a lot. It seems to have a bulky header though.

    I would like to see more 3 col themes released.

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    Great Design. Nice theme :)

  20. 21

    Truly a beautiful theme! :)
    Much appreciated.
    Thanks for having it up for free…

  21. 22

    Really beautiful, thanks a lot!
    I think I’ll use this one :)

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    cool, I will make a template like, for blogger

  24. 25

    Very nice theme. It would be great for an artist’s website.

  25. 26

    Anyone else having trouble downloading the theme? I’m only getting the read me file.

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    looks nice, thank you!

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    Hai! its nice…

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    Where was this six months ago when I was looking for something like this for my site..

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    hey guys I’ve converted this template to Blogger, check out the demo here:

    Paper Wall Blogger Template Demo

    and download from here:

    Paper Wall Blogger Template Download Page

  31. 32

    Thank you !
    Really nice and creative.

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    I think I’m the only one that doesn’t dig these “desktop” themes…

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    Thanx very very much,I will try.

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    I just want to know how to add extra in 404 page.

    I have been trying using many div combinantions and I still can’t get natural left padding…

    Thanks for any reply.

  35. 36

    I love Smashing Magazine and this WordPress Theme is awesome! Thanks!!

  36. 37

    thank you for the theme, i use it!

  37. 38

    Theme is really beautiful and I would be using it on my site

    When I activate this theme in wordpress (I am using wordpress version 2.6.5) I get an error which says: “Fatal error: Unknown function: automatic_feed_links() in C:xampphtdocsteabreaksbreak2blogwp-contentthemesindezinerpaperwallfunctions.php on line 7″

    I commented this line but I see another error in header.php, it seems as if some file is missing. I would appreciate if you could help in fixing this error. Many Thanks!

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    Nice theme!

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    having the .psd files for all the logos would be nice, otherwise I can’t use it, nice design though

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    Thank you to the designer and Smashing for this great theme.

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    beautifull! I’ll use it on my girlfrien’s blog ;)

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    I installed this theme. Very beautiful. But comments are not coming up on the “pages”. Why? How can i show the comments on the pages?

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    Text widgets broke sidebar panels.

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    Good looking theme!

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    Michael Arnaldo

    July 12, 2009 4:20 pm

    Amazing Design! I personally love the attention to detail’s on the shadows of the folds and such! Great work! Bring us more freebies ^_^

  46. 47

    great, thank you.. will use immediately :)

  47. 48

    Wow, it looks great.

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    Thx a lot for the theme and I am going to use it in my bolg

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    Nice template! BTW live demo isn’t working.


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    This is great :) I just set it up and will start tweaking it.

    @Ritesh Jahha: I had the same problem, but after I upgraded to the WordPress version it worked without a problem

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    Thx, Nice Them.

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    Hi, since i have use this theme, my wordpress stats not run.
    I don’t see the smile image in my blog page.
    It’s my problem or other people have too?

    p.s. Sorry for my english

  53. 54

    it’s a great looking theme but it’s code it’s wasted. has a lot of errors. you have to code it again :)

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    Can you help me for add WordPress Stats?
    Only this not run. Other plugin are ok.

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    @ilFrittomisto : did you add the code for the stats in the footer code? Because by changing the theme the code isn’t there anymore. Try to redo all the steps you took when you first installed the stats code.

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    @Rox: I use WordPress Stats Plugin. But with this template it not run. I deactivate and activate many times, but don’t run.
    What function use this plugin to add code in page footer?

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    It says in the plugin Faq that “your theme must have a call to at the very bottom right before the tag.” Check if that is present, and if it isn’t add it.

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    Amazing !.. it’s will be ok if I translate it to hebrew ?

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    awesome, thanks

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    @Rox: i have found the problem. Thanks for answers!

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    Thanks alot.

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    super useful. great to have all these wonderful tools under one roof!

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    Hey guys, after I applied the theme to my blog, the search box doesn’t work anymore (can’t click or type anything in the search box), is anyone else having this trouble?

    It seems like the wordpress default search box still works if I add it to the widget sidebar, but the one from the theme doesn’t work, can anybody help me with this problem?


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    @Rox: Thanks a lot. I did the same to resolve that.

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    Fantastic design, really like it. Thumbs up from me.

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    everytime i add a picture to my posts (more than 5 paragraphs) the text flows round the picture, no matter if left or right, but after one paragraph the content stops for a while until the picture’s height is over and then continues under the picture. how come and how to fix that? see:

    in addition if i set a picture on top of the post there will be no text around the picture at all :/

    can u please help me? thx so much!

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    Really nice looking theme. Thanks. :)

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    I have this theme working here
    This is the one of the coolest and wonderful theme I have ever seen and used. Many thanks to the creators.

    I just wish that changing the word INDEZINER with tag line (in logo) could be easy than editing it in photoshop, which seems bit difficult for a novice user.

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    I have the same problem with Stefan. I’m using this theme template for my church missions site. Every time when I add a picture to my posts, the text flows round the picture, no matter if left or right, but after one paragraph the content stops for a while until the picture’s height is over and then continues under the picture. How come and how to fix that? Please see: for a clearer picture.

    Can someone please help?


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    Is anyone else having a problem downloading the PSD from ? Every time I get to 4.6Mb (out of 11Mb) and then the download dies… Is there an alternate link?

    Thanks, love the theme…

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    there’s still something wrong with my widget, bg images won’t load. what to do? LINK

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    Great Thank you

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    Loved your work I become really a fan.

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    Lovely theme design, thanks for share it

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    fantastic theme

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    Thanks for the theme, i use it on my new Blog :D
    See it on Action on

    I <3 smashing mag

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    Did anyone else get a fatal error when trying to use this theme?

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: automatic_feed_links() in … /wp-content/themes/indezinerpaperwall/functions.php on line 7

    If anyone knows how to get this working please let me know.


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    Oh, no need – turns out it was user error. WordPress needed to be updated!

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    Great theme! question: Will this work in worpress mu?

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    Fantastic theme. Very nice and colorful design. Can i change Footer.php?

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    I’m a primary teacher and I’m using this beautiful theme in to publish pedagogical activities for children (in Portuguese). Thanks.

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    hy guys!
    great theme, i use it for a school and changed something on the graphics in the header. looks realy nice :)

    but i would like to add a drop down menu for the exitisting site navigation in the header, because the homepage has a bigger structure. any solution or someone can help me, pls? :)

    PS: sorry for my broken english :o)
    you can also contact me via mail:


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    Ola e o tomas.Espero que o professor melhore das suas dores.Beijinhos e abraços,Tomas.

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    I’m trying to figure out how to change the header to show my site’s name. I’ve downloaded Gimp and opened the file, but it’s over my head. Can someone help?

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    Also, does anyone know the name of the font that is used for the site name? Thanks.

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    Wonderful, thanks :)

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    Great theme Adrian! We’ve found a great use for this!

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    I cant install the theme. There are error messages and it says theme is broken. I updated wordpress and still having this problem. Its annoying cause I really wanted to use this awesom looking theme.anybody else with this problem?

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    looks nice, thank you!

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    @natasha April 6th, 2010 1:32 am

    Same problem here :-$

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    I tried to install this theme but it says…

    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.
    Theme install failed.

    I would love to use this theme if possible. Thanks for any help!

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    Trying to install this theme, but WordPress keeps telling me there is no style.css file. I can see it in the zip folder. Any clues as to what I can do to make WordPress see it?

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    I would like to use this theme and everytime I try to upload the zip file my web hosting service says “The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.” I have the same problem as Kimberly above.


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