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

    really……great……..nice……

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  2. 102

    really……great……..nice……

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  3. 203

    Great post. Where did you get the background? How can I recreate something like this?

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  4. 304

    Great post. Where did you get the background? How can I recreate something like this?

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  5. 405

    Great theme, and I was able to use it with 2.9.2. Just a couple of notes:
    – To get the simple thumbnails to work, I had to add the “thumbnails” folder myself with the proper permissions via FTP, then install the theme. I noticed the download on this site did not provie all of the plugin files. The “install” feature through the wp-admin plugin area did not do it either. My solution? I downloaded the files from the plugin page, uploaded via FTP, and it worked.

    – I do not get the contact page error – but you should verify that the settings are all correct on the designpile settings area for the contact section. I also do not get the navigation issue – my pages are set by page ID, with no added plugins, and are working great.

    – The ad section. I could not get the 2 column to work either. However, I did after I went into the plugin editor for the WP125 plugin, went to the CSS, and changed the padding from 10 px to 2 px in the last section/paragraph. You can give that a try.

    – Yes, you can change the graphics quite easily. The easiest way to do it is to locate the images in the theme folder (under images) and edit them in Photoshop, then FTP them right on up to the same location on your server. Done! For logos, default thumbs, etc, I would use the options provided for the theme in the admin area under settings.

    – I now have the site working great. My only question is the footer still has the design copyright to “designpile” and I cannot find the option to change it. I am, worried if I change it in the footer itself, I will violate the GPL and the template will stop working. I know better than to remove the “provider” of the theme, but my content is obviously not the copyright of designpile.

    – You can see my site, though I am still working on it, at blues.jfrewald.com. I would be happy to help those I can help, since SM has helped me so much in the past.

    Great theme!

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    • 506

      Jason,

      I would love to use this theme as well…with a little customizing…I am a serious noob when it comes to coding or anything like that..so any help you might be able to give would be great!

      Thanks
      Corie

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  6. 607

    Great theme, and I was able to use it with 2.9.2. Just a couple of notes:
    – To get the simple thumbnails to work, I had to add the “thumbnails” folder myself with the proper permissions via FTP, then install the theme. I noticed the download on this site did not provie all of the plugin files. The “install” feature through the wp-admin plugin area did not do it either. My solution? I downloaded the files from the plugin page, uploaded via FTP, and it worked.

    – I do not get the contact page error – but you should verify that the settings are all correct on the designpile settings area for the contact section. I also do not get the navigation issue – my pages are set by page ID, with no added plugins, and are working great.

    – The ad section. I could not get the 2 column to work either. However, I did after I went into the plugin editor for the WP125 plugin, went to the CSS, and changed the padding from 10 px to 2 px in the last section/paragraph. You can give that a try.

    – Yes, you can change the graphics quite easily. The easiest way to do it is to locate the images in the theme folder (under images) and edit them in Photoshop, then FTP them right on up to the same location on your server. Done! For logos, default thumbs, etc, I would use the options provided for the theme in the admin area under settings.

    – I now have the site working great. My only question is the footer still has the design copyright to “designpile” and I cannot find the option to change it. I am, worried if I change it in the footer itself, I will violate the GPL and the template will stop working. I know better than to remove the “provider” of the theme, but my content is obviously not the copyright of designpile.

    – You can see my site, though I am still working on it, at blues.jfrewald.com. I would be happy to help those I can help, since SM has helped me so much in the past.

    Great theme!

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    • 708

      Jason,

      I would love to use this theme as well…with a little customizing…I am a serious noob when it comes to coding or anything like that..so any help you might be able to give would be great!

      Thanks
      Corie

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  7. 809

    unfortunately again a non-translated theme.

    When will you guys learn that the web is not monolingual?
    When will you guys use the WP-translation-features in the themes?

    Shame an you. Schämen Sie sich! Стыдитесь! Avez honte!

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  8. 910

    unfortunately again a non-translated theme.

    When will you guys learn that the web is not monolingual?
    When will you guys use the WP-translation-features in the themes?

    Shame an you. Schämen Sie sich! Стыдитесь! Avez honte!

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  9. 1011

    Added my logo file- which looks great on the home page- but doesn’t show on subsequent pages (About, Contact, etc). Help?
    theredbulb.com

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  10. 1112

    Added my logo file- which looks great on the home page- but doesn’t show on subsequent pages (About, Contact, etc). Help?
    theredbulb.com

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  11. 1213

    Pretty clean, but is WordPress ruining web design? While they are easily accessible/modified and praised for that, is it taking a) business away from the freelancer, and b) is it making web design the mass-production market like other “factory” businesses?

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  12. 1314

    Pretty clean, but is WordPress ruining web design? While they are easily accessible/modified and praised for that, is it taking a) business away from the freelancer, and b) is it making web design the mass-production market like other “factory” businesses?

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  13. 1415

    Nice theme, thanks for sharing it !!!

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  14. 1516

    Nice theme, thanks for sharing it !!!

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  15. 1617

    I took the theme and made some mods to it to match my website theme. rosodigital.com/blog

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  16. 1718

    I took the theme and made some mods to it to match my website theme. rosodigital.com/blog

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  17. 1819

    Amazing! I was really looking for a good free theme for my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. 1920

    Amazing! I was really looking for a good free theme for my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. 2021

    I rarely ever see free WP themes that I’d consider implementing.

    THIS is the exception, awesome work!

    To other WP theme designers, take note of the feedback here — clearly this is a good direction!

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  20. 2122

    I rarely ever see free WP themes that I’d consider implementing.

    THIS is the exception, awesome work!

    To other WP theme designers, take note of the feedback here — clearly this is a good direction!

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  21. 2223

    nice theme… its the style i want to design for my own one

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  22. 2324

    nice theme… its the style i want to design for my own one

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  23. 2425

    Wow, great theme! Not only does it look great, but it seems to be coded very well too! It only needed a couple of tweaks, but I’m stoked to see such high quality free themes coming through SM. Thanks and keep it up!!

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  24. 2526

    Wow, great theme! Not only does it look great, but it seems to be coded very well too! It only needed a couple of tweaks, but I’m stoked to see such high quality free themes coming through SM. Thanks and keep it up!!

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  25. 2627

    Thanks for sharing. It was clean and nice

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  26. 2728

    Thanks for sharing. It was clean and nice

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  27. 2829

    there is a fix for the pagination problems of the front page of ‘designpile’ in the wordpress support forum ( http://wordpress.org/support/topic/369386?replies=10 );
    a copy of the edited home.php ( http://wordpress.pastebin.com/X3JRpx23 ) is available.

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  28. 2930

    there is a fix for the pagination problems of the front page of ‘designpile’ in the wordpress support forum ( http://wordpress.org/support/topic/369386?replies=10 );
    a copy of the edited home.php ( http://wordpress.pastebin.com/X3JRpx23 ) is available.

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  29. 3031

    thank you so much for this wonderful theme. excellent neat coding.. which saved me alot of time in modifying it! we have it in action here: polkadotmonsters.com

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  30. 3132

    thank you so much for this wonderful theme. excellent neat coding.. which saved me alot of time in modifying it! we have it in action here: polkadotmonsters.com

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  31. 3233

    Hey. I seem to be having a problem where image posts show up as an error box in my blog. I’ve tried all the fixes I could find on the web but am just absolutely stumped. I see a rather large picture on everyones version of the blog, but cannot find a way to post a large image. I’ve tried using the homepost tag, and worked with the thumbnail plugin quite a bit, but nothing is working. If I apply the homepost tag, no other blog posts show up. I’m stuck!! HELP! To see what exactly I’m talking about, check out logancollingwood.com

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  32. 3334

    Hey. I seem to be having a problem where image posts show up as an error box in my blog. I’ve tried all the fixes I could find on the web but am just absolutely stumped. I see a rather large picture on everyones version of the blog, but cannot find a way to post a large image. I’ve tried using the homepost tag, and worked with the thumbnail plugin quite a bit, but nothing is working. If I apply the homepost tag, no other blog posts show up. I’m stuck!! HELP! To see what exactly I’m talking about, check out logancollingwood.com

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  33. 3435

    I like it!

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  34. 3536

    I like it!

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  35. 3637

    Nice theme. I love it.

    Grungy and yet unique

    Btw, the layout for the first page is broken when where is password protected post. Is there any way to fix this.

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  36. 3738

    Nice theme. I love it.

    Grungy and yet unique

    Btw, the layout for the first page is broken when where is password protected post. Is there any way to fix this.

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  37. 3839

    I see more and more people using this kind of color scheme… look at mine. creativeweek.org

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  38. 3940

    I see more and more people using this kind of color scheme… look at mine. creativeweek.org

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  39. 4041

    For those of you having trouble with the sidebar, here’s a tip. Make sure you installed both required plugins. Make sure you have “Simple Post Thumbnails” installed, and “WP125″ Plugin installed. Next, make sure you add content to your sidebar using Appearence – Widgets -> Sidebar. You can drag items in there…

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp125/
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-post-thumbnails/

    Good Luck! I’ll be pimping out symbionmedia.com/blog/

    Jack Murphy

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  40. 4142

    For those of you having trouble with the sidebar, here’s a tip. Make sure you installed both required plugins. Make sure you have “Simple Post Thumbnails” installed, and “WP125″ Plugin installed. Next, make sure you add content to your sidebar using Appearence – Widgets -> Sidebar. You can drag items in there…

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp125/
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-post-thumbnails/

    Good Luck! I’ll be pimping out symbionmedia.com/blog/

    Jack Murphy

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  41. 4243

    Hey how do you get the featured post to work?

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    • 4344

      to show a featured post you have to add “featured” to your tags and create a custom field, called “featured_img” and post the direct URL to the image !

      greetz

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  42. 4546

    Hey how do you get the featured post to work?

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    • 4647

      to show a featured post you have to add “featured” to your tags and create a custom field, called “featured_img” and post the direct URL to the image !

      greetz

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  43. 4849

    I’v got a litle problem with this skin, sometimes the post are acting wierd:
    blog.kingdom-rose.com/

    May someone help me out with this problem

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  44. 4950

    I’v got a litle problem with this skin, sometimes the post are acting wierd:
    blog.kingdom-rose.com/

    May someone help me out with this problem

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  45. 5051

    smashingmagazine is a place where i learnt lot of things in technologies.

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  46. 5152

    smashingmagazine is a place where i learnt lot of things in technologies.

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  47. 5253

    very nice!
    some nice work also in here

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  48. 5354

    very nice!
    some nice work also in here

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  49. 5455

    hi, this is an amazing theme. But I have had some trouble with a photogallery plugin called slidepress. It uses the thickbox to show pop up galleries. it works with other thems fine, but won’t pop up with designpile ? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slidepress/

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  50. 5556

    hi, this is an amazing theme. But I have had some trouble with a photogallery plugin called slidepress. It uses the thickbox to show pop up galleries. it works with other thems fine, but won’t pop up with designpile ? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slidepress/

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