Free Dark and Clean WordPress Theme: Designpile

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In this post we are glad to release DesignPile WordPress Theme, a theme designed by Site 51 and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme comes with 3 color styles and a couple of jQuery-based goodies. It can be used for portfolios and blogs as well as corporate webAs usual, the theme is free to use in private and commerical projects.

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Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Features

Here are some of the features of the theme:

  • Widget ready (footer and sidebar),
  • Easy to setup, the Theme Options Page has 3 color styles,
  • Custom homepage,
  • Simple Post Thumbnails Plugin10,
  • 125×125 ads section with enable/disable option, using “WP125″ plugin11,
  • JQuery Lightbox12,
  • JQuery Forms,
  • AJAX-based based contact form,
  • Live form email validation,
  • Theme Requirements: WordPress 2.9.1+

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Sidebar

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Content, overview

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“About the author”-section

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Comments

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Categories archive section

Thank you, Gabi Schiopu and the Site 5 design team! We appreciate your work and your good intentions!

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  2. 2 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  3. 3 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  4. 4 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/wordpress-theme-designpile/full_preview.png
  6. 6 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile/doc
  7. 7 http://wordpress.site5.net/themes/designpile_wp.zip
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/designpile_wp_updated.zip
  9. 9 http://www.site5.com/wordpress-themes
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  13. 13 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
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    Error upon installation

    Warning: unlink(D:Hosting2720171htmlblog/wp-content/uploads/designpile_wp2.zip) [function.unlink]: Permission denied in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-adminincludesclass-wp-upgrader.php on line 155
    Installing the theme…

    Theme installed successfully.

    Warning: fopen(D:Hosting2720171htmlblog/wp-content/themes/designpile_wp2/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-includesfunctions.php on line 4165

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-includesfunctions.php on line 4168

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-includesfunctions.php on line 4171

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    Error upon installation

    Warning: unlink(D:Hosting2720171htmlblog/wp-content/uploads/designpile_wp2.zip) [function.unlink]: Permission denied in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-adminincludesclass-wp-upgrader.php on line 155
    Installing the theme…

    Theme installed successfully.

    Warning: fopen(D:Hosting2720171htmlblog/wp-content/themes/designpile_wp2/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-includesfunctions.php on line 4165

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-includesfunctions.php on line 4168

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in D:Hosting2720171htmlblogwp-includesfunctions.php on line 4171

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  3. 403

    great theme!

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  4. 604

    great theme!

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  5. 805

    I tried all the suggestions in the thread to get the thumbnails to display and they’re still not working for me. The folder structure is there, I’ve got WP125 installed, I tried linking via Photobucket instead of uploading, I tried using Custom Fields to highlight a featured image (which I get, but it’s just a giant image at the top of my post, which I don’t want… and still no thumbnail), and I tried using the Featured Image feature.

    Nothing has worked. I LOVE this theme (my second Smashing Mag theme — I use another one for another site), but I don’t want to release my new site until I have those thumbnails working.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions for me? I’d so appreciate i t!

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  6. 1006

    I tried all the suggestions in the thread to get the thumbnails to display and they’re still not working for me. The folder structure is there, I’ve got WP125 installed, I tried linking via Photobucket instead of uploading, I tried using Custom Fields to highlight a featured image (which I get, but it’s just a giant image at the top of my post, which I don’t want… and still no thumbnail), and I tried using the Featured Image feature.

    Nothing has worked. I LOVE this theme (my second Smashing Mag theme — I use another one for another site), but I don’t want to release my new site until I have those thumbnails working.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions for me? I’d so appreciate i t!

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  7. 1207

    Boo-hoo… my Categories are also not displaying properly. The categories themselves overlay the “Category” heading in the sidebar.

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  8. 1408

    Boo-hoo… my Categories are also not displaying properly. The categories themselves overlay the “Category” heading in the sidebar.

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  9. 1609

    I got the Categories to display properly — here’s what I found out. The WP125 ad plugin *must* be downloaded, installed, and activated. If you don’t want to use it, set it to “0” ads with a single column — nothing will display. But the banded Category headers do not display properly unless this is done.

    Also, they would not display properly when I had a Text widget with my Paypal “Donate” button at the top of the Categories, Recent Comments, and Recent Posts widgets. Whichever of those that displayed *below* the Text widget would not show the banded heading and appeared corrupted, as if something were wrong with the stylesheet. When I moved the Paypal Text widget to the bottom of the list… everything displayed properly, and that’s all I cared about.

    I still have not figured out the thumbnail issue, though, and I feel like I’ve looked under every stone I can find to sort it out. :(

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  10. 1810

    I got the Categories to display properly — here’s what I found out. The WP125 ad plugin *must* be downloaded, installed, and activated. If you don’t want to use it, set it to “0” ads with a single column — nothing will display. But the banded Category headers do not display properly unless this is done.

    Also, they would not display properly when I had a Text widget with my Paypal “Donate” button at the top of the Categories, Recent Comments, and Recent Posts widgets. Whichever of those that displayed *below* the Text widget would not show the banded heading and appeared corrupted, as if something were wrong with the stylesheet. When I moved the Paypal Text widget to the bottom of the list… everything displayed properly, and that’s all I cared about.

    I still have not figured out the thumbnail issue, though, and I feel like I’ve looked under every stone I can find to sort it out. :(

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  11. 2011

    ah, the “featured” tag had the slug “featured-2″ which caused the problem

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  12. 2212

    ah, the “featured” tag had the slug “featured-2″ which caused the problem

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  13. 2413

    Not sure why all the snobs are complaining. Most of the works robably wouldn’t make the MoMA, but definitely worthy of a blog post and some friendly exposure.

    Not sure why people continue to try to judge that which can’t be judged. Art is in the eye of the beholder.
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    Not sure why all the snobs are complaining. Most of the works robably wouldn’t make the MoMA, but definitely worthy of a blog post and some friendly exposure.

    Not sure why people continue to try to judge that which can’t be judged. Art is in the eye of the beholder.
    _________________________

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  15. 2815

    Great theme… perfect for the style of my blog.

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  16. 3016

    Great theme… perfect for the style of my blog.

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  17. 3217

    Very good! Thanx :)

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  18. 3418

    Very good! Thanx :)

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  19. 3619

    About the thumbnails problem: This theme doesn’t use the simple thumbnails plug in anymore! Here are the details, it worked perfect to me

    http://forums.site5.com/showthread.php?t=29839

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    About the thumbnails problem: This theme doesn’t use the simple thumbnails plug in anymore! Here are the details, it worked perfect to me

    http://forums.site5.com/showthread.php?t=29839

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  21. 4021

    I’m trying to set this theme up but I’m having a rough time since I am new to WordPress. The layout is beautiful by the way! What I am stuck on currently is the right side menu. I wanted to use Google ads instead of the wp125 but I can’t seem to find out where I can add padding or a margin to the ad to push it away from the center column. Also, I’m trying to set up the categories on the right hand menu but the pretty pink banner is not coming up for the title “Categories” like it is shown in the preview. If someone could help me, I would GREATLY appreaciate it. Thank you. Oh, here is the link to my blog in progress…http://girlyfashiontrends.com/

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  22. 4222

    I’m trying to set this theme up but I’m having a rough time since I am new to WordPress. The layout is beautiful by the way! What I am stuck on currently is the right side menu. I wanted to use Google ads instead of the wp125 but I can’t seem to find out where I can add padding or a margin to the ad to push it away from the center column. Also, I’m trying to set up the categories on the right hand menu but the pretty pink banner is not coming up for the title “Categories” like it is shown in the preview. If someone could help me, I would GREATLY appreaciate it. Thank you. Oh, here is the link to my blog in progress…http://girlyfashiontrends.com/

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  23. 4423

    Hey I have a problem with this theme.
    It looks like this : http://grab.by/8NLo , the lines are not aligned. And I have no read more button , how can I fix this problem.

    Also if I put it to 8 articles per page , this is how it looks like :

    http://grab.by/8NLx

    Please help me with this.

    Thank you!

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  24. 4624

    Hey I have a problem with this theme.
    It looks like this : http://grab.by/8NLo , the lines are not aligned. And I have no read more button , how can I fix this problem.

    Also if I put it to 8 articles per page , this is how it looks like :

    http://grab.by/8NLx

    Please help me with this.

    Thank you!

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  25. 4825

    Nice Theme

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    Nice Theme

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  27. 5227

    I am sad because the theme is damaged ='(

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    I am sad because the theme is damaged ='(

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  30. 5830

    zip file is missing css style sheet. Won’t install with out it.

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  31. 6031

    I just installed this theme but cannot get my logo to show up. Does it have to be in a certain format/size? Can someone please help?

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  32. 6232

    i mean as soon as i activate the theme a parse error appears that says there is an error on function.php line 212!

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  33. 6433

    Nvm. I worked it out :D

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  34. 6634

    Just use the Text widget. Simply write About Author as title and then your text in the description. Should be good to go.

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  35. 6835

    I can’t seem to get the feature image to work. What did you do the get it going?

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    I can’t seem to get the feature image to work. What did you do the get it going?

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