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
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  3. 3 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile
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  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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  1. 1

    Awesome theme! Great work.

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  2. 52

    Awesome theme! Great work.

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  3. 103

    Its a great looking theme but I find it dissapointing that it aint translatable. There are many nationalities reading SM, not just US citizen. Many themes you guys post are not translatable, (Actually is there one that is? I have followed SM for a year now and can’t remember a translation friendly theme being posted).

    So there ends the complaining, in the future please think of this. Saves us non english speakers a good amount of time. Otherwise its a awesome theme! Great work.

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  4. 154

    Its a great looking theme but I find it dissapointing that it aint translatable. There are many nationalities reading SM, not just US citizen. Many themes you guys post are not translatable, (Actually is there one that is? I have followed SM for a year now and can’t remember a translation friendly theme being posted).

    So there ends the complaining, in the future please think of this. Saves us non english speakers a good amount of time. Otherwise its a awesome theme! Great work.

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  5. 205

    Thx for that awesome Theme!
    It’s just what i was looking for!

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  6. 256

    Thx for that awesome Theme!
    It’s just what i was looking for!

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  7. 307

    This is really an awesome free wp theme! and have different schemes! thanks

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  8. 358

    This is really an awesome free wp theme! and have different schemes! thanks

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  9. 409

    Nice theme!
    Could someone tell me what font is used in the theme logo?

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  10. 511

    Nice theme!
    Could someone tell me what font is used in the theme logo?

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  11. 613

    And what font was used for read more. I would like to make this image in my lanugage.

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  12. 817

    And what font was used for read more. I would like to make this image in my lanugage.

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  13. 1021

    Awesome.

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  14. 1072

    Awesome.

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  15. 1123

    really professional WP theme, look like an premium theme.

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  16. 1174

    really professional WP theme, look like an premium theme.

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  17. 1225

    Hi!
    This looks great, but it didn’t work on my WordPress 2.9.2 version at once.
    I got this error message:
    ” Unpacking the package. Installing the theme, Theme Installed successfully.

    Warning: fopen(/home/content/i/c/o/html/wp-content/themes/designpile_wp/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3598

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/content/i/c/o/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3601

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/content/i/c/o/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3604 ”

    When I tried to activate the theme I got this message:
    ” The active theme is broken. Reverting to the default theme.”

    I tried to remove it and delete the installation folder and install the one from the site.com website, but it was not working..

    You have to unzip the package and zip the designpile file again and upload it using wordpress. Now everything should be working fine.

    Just wanted to share that one with you since I think a lot of you perhaps will do the same mistake as me :-D

    Great theme – Love it!
    Best regards from Trond @ MoneyOnline.net

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    • 1276

      the zip file you download is not the theme itself. It contains more than only the theme, plugins and documentation.

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  18. 1327

    Hi!
    This looks great, but it didn’t work on my WordPress 2.9.2 version at once.
    I got this error message:
    ” Unpacking the package. Installing the theme, Theme Installed successfully.

    Warning: fopen(/home/content/i/c/o/html/wp-content/themes/designpile_wp/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3598

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/content/i/c/o/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3601

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/content/i/c/o/html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3604 ”

    When I tried to activate the theme I got this message:
    ” The active theme is broken. Reverting to the default theme.”

    I tried to remove it and delete the installation folder and install the one from the site.com website, but it was not working..

    You have to unzip the package and zip the designpile file again and upload it using wordpress. Now everything should be working fine.

    Just wanted to share that one with you since I think a lot of you perhaps will do the same mistake as me :-D

    Great theme – Love it!
    Best regards from Trond @ MoneyOnline.net

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    • 1378

      the zip file you download is not the theme itself. It contains more than only the theme, plugins and documentation.

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  19. 1429

    Nick - Freelance Designer in Sydney

    February 21, 2010 1:39 pm

    Okay, wow. Now that is a very good FREE theme.
    I have been thinking about updating my own sites theme for ages, and I am now thinking that this could form the basis or at least the inspiration for my new design.
    Thanks!

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    Nick - Freelance Designer in Sydney

    February 21, 2010 1:39 pm

    Okay, wow. Now that is a very good FREE theme.
    I have been thinking about updating my own sites theme for ages, and I am now thinking that this could form the basis or at least the inspiration for my new design.
    Thanks!

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  21. 1531

    Nice theme but I really have a concern about all these quasi-designers regurgitating others templates while their own skills grow rusty. Templates are no different to programmers that jam clip art into their clients sites and call it graphic design. Lets continue to create new work for graphic designers, become productive rather than enabling this visual spam to infect websites worldwide. We have designers here who WANT to reproduce this design for their own website, why? What happened to original artwork? How can you seriously call yourself a designer if you’d accept a reproduction for your own showcase.

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  22. 1582

    Nice theme but I really have a concern about all these quasi-designers regurgitating others templates while their own skills grow rusty. Templates are no different to programmers that jam clip art into their clients sites and call it graphic design. Lets continue to create new work for graphic designers, become productive rather than enabling this visual spam to infect websites worldwide. We have designers here who WANT to reproduce this design for their own website, why? What happened to original artwork? How can you seriously call yourself a designer if you’d accept a reproduction for your own showcase.

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  23. 1633

    Nice! I like using these themes as tools for learning, since I’m a beginner at all this. :)

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  24. 1684

    Nice! I like using these themes as tools for learning, since I’m a beginner at all this. :)

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  25. 1735

    Now I get why this is a free theme.
    P.S do not bother using it trust me.

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  26. 1837

    Now I get why this is a free theme.
    P.S do not bother using it trust me.

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  27. 1939

    Seems like there is a lot of haters out there. I’m amazed at how harsh you all can be… this is a nice looking FREE theme. You can either take it for what it is or not.

    If you are a designer and you think you are completely original, you’re not.

    Nice theme, thanks for sharing it.

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  28. 1990

    Seems like there is a lot of haters out there. I’m amazed at how harsh you all can be… this is a nice looking FREE theme. You can either take it for what it is or not.

    If you are a designer and you think you are completely original, you’re not.

    Nice theme, thanks for sharing it.

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  29. 2041

    Great theme! Only slight problem ive run into is that the contact page errors when you click Send Message –> it goes to a blank page with a small number in the upper left corner. Any ideas how to fix this, with a redirect to index page or some such? Im looking at the sendmail.php file but dont have a clue…

    thanks!

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  30. 2092

    Great theme! Only slight problem ive run into is that the contact page errors when you click Send Message –> it goes to a blank page with a small number in the upper left corner. Any ideas how to fix this, with a redirect to index page or some such? Im looking at the sendmail.php file but dont have a clue…

    thanks!

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  31. 2143

    Grate stuff
    Thanks

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  32. 2194

    Grate stuff
    Thanks

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  33. 2245

    looks great ! must have it for collection cause is free.

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  34. 2296

    looks great ! must have it for collection cause is free.

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  35. 2347

    I really like anything related to WordPress themes but getting tired of being a part of someone Else’s SEO campaign. I’d rather pay 20-30 dollars and get footer free themes.

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  36. 2398

    I really like anything related to WordPress themes but getting tired of being a part of someone Else’s SEO campaign. I’d rather pay 20-30 dollars and get footer free themes.

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  37. 2449

    cool theme

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  38. 2500

    cool theme

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  39. 2551

    excellent work guys!
    it’s very difficult to design really good looking dark themes.

    another tip of the cap to you over at our site
    themesforge.com/theme-news/great-new-dark-free-wordpress-theme-from-smashing-magazine/

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  40. 2602

    excellent work guys!
    it’s very difficult to design really good looking dark themes.

    another tip of the cap to you over at our site
    themesforge.com/theme-news/great-new-dark-free-wordpress-theme-from-smashing-magazine/

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  41. 2653

    This is not really my kind of design style. It looks generic. I would rather design my own, thank you.

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  42. 2704

    This is not really my kind of design style. It looks generic. I would rather design my own, thank you.

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  43. 2755

    Castillo Illustration

    February 22, 2010 8:22 am

    Hi,

    I am a noob when it comes to programming and what not. If I use this, would I able to change the graphics to my own?

    Thank you!

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    Castillo Illustration

    February 22, 2010 8:22 am

    Hi,

    I am a noob when it comes to programming and what not. If I use this, would I able to change the graphics to my own?

    Thank you!

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  45. 2857

    Is there any nice plug-ins for example product listings, or portfolios with thumbnail. Currently seeking for nice listings. Next WordPress article about clever listings?

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  46. 2908

    Is there any nice plug-ins for example product listings, or portfolios with thumbnail. Currently seeking for nice listings. Next WordPress article about clever listings?

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  47. 2959

    Have anyone tried to use it for 2.9.2, it seems not to work:-( Anyway the theme looks very nice:_)

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  48. 3010

    Have anyone tried to use it for 2.9.2, it seems not to work:-( Anyway the theme looks very nice:_)

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  49. 3061

    really……great……..nice……

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  50. 3112

    really……great……..nice……

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