Free E-Commerce WordPress Theme: Balita


In this post we release yet another freebie: the Balita WordPress theme, a theme dedicated to shops that sell products for children. The theme was designed by Tokokoo1 and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use for both private and commerical projects.

Not many theme providers have produced e-commerce themes for baby and toddler products. For you who have been working in this particular market niche for some time or are about to start, this Balita e-commerce theme is a great opportunity for you. Using such bright and cheerful pantone colors that suit this clothes department (baby/toddler products), this Balita e-commerce theme will surely attract more and more customers to your online store.

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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Balita Theme: Features

  • WordPress E-Commerce Plugin:
    It will help you generate your e-commerce store on a WordPress platform. The Balita WordPress theme uses a powerful plugin to encourage the functionality of WordPress used.
  • jQuery Slider:
    It helps potential customers to generate general information about your online store and its products at a quick glance.
  • Custom Shopping Cart:
    The custom shopping cart notifies customers about the total amount of items and pricing within their shopping carts.
  • Product List With Grid View:
    Customers can easily compare the general overview and price of the products.
  • HTML5 + CSS3 Optimized:
    Latest tech weapons for the prime look of your online store.
  • Ads Banner:
    Show off, promote, sell ads… anything! Each inch on your website is worth the attention.
  • Product Slider:
    Our aim is to make e-Commerce as interesting and as profitable for you as possible. If you wish to have a vivid description for your product showcases, product slider will be a good match.
  • Zoomable Product Images:
    Allow your customers to get a closer look at your product. Your customers want to see high-detailed pictures of your product when making purchase decisions.
  • Search Products:
    It helps shoppers to find and buy products on your site without having to browse each and every page. You can place an input text form on the sidebar that allows shoppers to quickly and easily find your site.
  • Blog Integration:
    This is a powerful tool on the Web to help build trust and provide updates for people who could be your potential clients. The theme already provides you with this feature — all you have to so is prepare the contents.
  • Related Products:
    The idea of cross-selling basically means offering alternatives and additions to the current product which are considered. The most common way of doing this is by presenting within the site’s product details page, which is usually manually assigned. This may be known as the “Related Products” or “Similar Products” page, but might also be a manually assigned “Accessories” page or even more generic recommendations using the titles “May We Suggest” or “You May Also Like”.
  • Multiple Product Images:
    Do you happen to have a lot images for particular products which you sell on your online store? No problem. This theme and its functions will help and let you upload multiple images at once for the products you sell.
  • Multiple Widget Areas:
    You can place widgets on any suggested area. Otherwise, all of our themes support widget allocation almost anywhere, but not limited to the sidebar.
  • Facebook Page Integration:
    This feature enables you to market your products through one of the biggest social networks around the world. Reach the highest sales potential with this Facebook integration feature.

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Behind the Design

As always, here are some insights from the designers:

“We designed the brand logo section as well as the navigation below to be very clear so that this theme looks neat and attractive. We made the single product page to look clean so users would concentrate more on products and thus is free of distractions. Contents are on the left side, while the add-to-cart button are on the right side, beside the contents.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get this free Balita Theme because there are not many ways you can get a free premium theme everyday. Last but not least, once again, thank you Smashing Magazine for the opportunity.”

Thank you, Tokokoo. We appreciate your work and your good intentions!


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  1. 1

    Cheers guys!

  2. 52

    Great work. 100% Made in Indonesia. proud of it :)

  3. 103

    Can’t get the “Slider” to work this this theme.
    Have sent of numerous support tickets with no response.
    Have reinstalled an unmodified theme and the sliders don’t work with it, either.

    Does the theme package require “write” permissions for specific directories?

    Any help greatly appreciated (since none is forthcoming from Tokokoo!)

    • 154

      our team has been given the updated via your Twitter and support. Enjoy it :)

      • 205

        Awesome, thanks for the updated theme… The slider works perfectly now.

        • 256

          Hi Chris,

          Can you please send me a link to download the updated theme, Slider is not working in the theme i downloaded.

          Any help would be greatly appreciated.


        • 307

          Hi Chris,
          Can you please send me a link to download the upadated theme? Because my slider is not working in my theme.


      • 358

        The slider doesn’t work on mine either. Can you please send me the update as well? Thanks :)

    • 409

      your site looks awesome! can you please tell me how you changed the brown color at the top and bottom of the them? I cannot find it anywhere! good job!

  4. 460

    Wow! This theme looks astonishing!
    That’s it, I have no more words to it. Works great, looks great and from a UI point of view it is as smooth as it could be. Awesome work!
    Thanks for sharing it!

  5. 511

    Any progress on updating the hosted theme to include the IE fixes? I’m hoping to go live in the next few days and won’t be if my site isn’t rendering correctly in IE.

    Also, is anyone else having issues with the RSS section of ‘Follow Us’ appearing even when no RSS feed details have been entered into the backend?

  6. 562

    Hi Guys, SmashingMagazine have been updated the files.
    enjoy our theme and open your online store only in minutes :D

    the log file
    * Fixed Link slider
    * Adding IE Blocker
    * Adding compatibility for IE7+
    * Fixed Facebook view

    • 613


      Can you please send me a link to download the updated theme, Slider is not working in the theme i downloaded.

      Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  7. 664

    Wow so proud of you guys! keep up the good work! Also thanks for sharing :)

  8. 715

    great work ! Please release an e-commerce theme that can be used for any type of online strore as well

  9. 766

    is anyone else having issues getting the homepage slider to show the image? the navigation dots are there, but not the images.

    • 817

      There was an issue with the Nivo slider in the first Balita theme that was uploaded …

      It was subsequently fixed as per Angie’s comment.

      View my modified Balita theme at – it’s a work in progress.

    • 868

      Help, I’m having issues with the slider, I know it was fixed but the picture is not loading but it has the dots, and when you click on the picture it shows up as another page.

  10. 919

    Great Nggi, you made it. Great templates man!!

  11. 970

    wow!nice theme! i will check and download

  12. 1021

    Always love your amazing WordPress Themes, keep them coming.

  13. 1072

    joss gandhos!

  14. 1123

    The documentation pdf doesn`t state what preferences to set in the store settings.

    For example size to set the images in
    settings > store > presentation
    I guess these image sizes set the product grid view, main image and additional image thumbnails?


    product display (default/grid view etc)
    cart location (page/widget)

    • 1174

      For size image is for default from WPEC plugin, Product display (grid and list). For our theme, we using our settings. :)

  15. 1225

    Hi guys, thanks so much for this awesome theme.

    One problem I discovered is “Quantity In Cart” doesn’t show up in products. Anyone else facing same problem? Cheers.

    • 1276

      Do you have setting on store->presentation?
      Set them first ;)

      Best regard,
      Onnay Okheng

  16. 1327

    Hi Great theme! Thanks SM!

    Is there any way to find out how to enable the icons (the class names for the li’s) in the header nav?
    Tried looking thru the documentation but I can’t find it.

    Thanks again for a fantastic theme!

    • 1378

      Nevermind! Doh!
      Just click “Screen Options” and select “CSS Classes” under “Show advanced menu properties”.

      It helps to read the documentation properly :)
      Thanks Tokokoo!

      • 1429

        Sorry for late reply. Yo, You can see the styke from our site ;)

        Best regard,
        Onnay Okheng

      • 1480


        I’m a complete dunce… how do you add an icon to the top nav?

        What sort of code am I putting in: CSS Classes (optional)

        Please help! :)

  17. 1531

    Tokokoo never included the “Add slider Image” function to the theme. Does anyone have the code to fix this custom post type so that we can add the slider images?


    • 1582

      We include this feature. You can upload the image is like set the “featured images”.

      Best regard,
      Onnay Okheng

      • 1633

        Thanks for your help.. I realised that the mulitside plugin I am using, is conflicting with the theme functions and disables the “set slider picture”.

        I should be able to figure out a solution eventually.

        Great work guys – thanks for your help anyway.


  18. 1684

    It breaks the javascript in the admin pages so I can’t expand the sub-menus on the left. Uploading the slider images causes it to lose the left menu entirely.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    • 1735

      @Conrad walton
      What do you mean “break javascript menu” in admin dashboard? No, I’ve just upload new slider through demo themes and it works fine. No javascript that break in dashboard area.

      Yes, maybe it clash with other plugin do you used. Please check it back, we’ll be looking forward into this discussion :)

      Thank you so much!

  19. 1786

    Oh, you fixed it … Big thnx ! ;)

  20. 1837

    Thank you for this theme, it works perfect for me but I want to add product list in home page just below featured image slider, How to solve this problem? Help me..

    Thank you

  21. 1888

    Thanks for the themes. It has helped me a lot. I will look forward for more resources from your site. keep it up……….

  22. 1939

    Great i have download it and will use if i get eCommerce related project

  23. 1990

    Hi guys, thanks for the fantastic theme, very much appreciated!

    I’m having an issue with the product page, the category and product description page are fine but the actual product page is not showing correctly. Are there any specific actions i should be carrying out to make this work?

    Not working – Product page:

    Working – Category page:

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Regards, Drew

    • 2041

      Hi , I think you delete the Product-Page via Pages (its default, do not delete it)
      please restore again and i hope everything will be working

  24. 2092

    Hi, loving this theme so much, that I would really like it for my “kids” e-coomerce site. However I just cannnot download it!?!?!?! I’ve downloaded it to my files, but am now unable to upload to my WP website – any suggestions please.

    Thank you.

  25. 2143

    I downloaded the template, but I can not install. Does not work. Can you help me? I tried to install FTP and dashboad, but does not work. Appreciate if you send me the correct link to download.
    thanks, very much!
    PS . Super theme and I do not have money to buy a layout.

    • 2194

      Did you unpack the original zip file and read the instructions? File you downloaded is not the WP Install Zip, thats bundled into file you downloaded from here. Download the file, unzip it. Read the instructions in the DOC file and all should work fine.

  26. 2245

    Great theme..
    1 query though, I cant get the product slider to display products, All i can see in the product slider are the blog posts.
    Am i missing something..??


  27. 2296

    Hi there!

    These theme is absolutly awsome! But I have a problem uploading it to WPEC.

    So, I download a zip file, unzip it in desktop and than drag it to WP-content, theme file, but when I try to find it on my WPEC site I can see it’broken, it’s downloaded but incomplite, missing CSS file…I try to delite files and upload again but nothing seems to work.

    I also try to load the zip file throw admin page but as I click to install buttom I instantly loose connection to host or something similar…I’m stuck, please help!


  28. 2347

    Wow this is amazing. Thank you so much.

  29. 2398

    Great theme ! This theme was featured in the Best WordPress themes of 2011: Can’t thank you enough for this theme !!

  30. 2449

    featured product not coming in old wp-ecommerce plugin.

  31. 2500

    it’s great… wonderfull theme…. thanks

  32. 2551

    Great Theme! Could you tell me which paying methods are allowed because my country doesen’t support paypay so it is useless for me only with paypal.

  33. 2602

    hello, good design and themes, btw can i use this themes and modify , for my online shop ?
    many Thanks

  34. 2653

    Thank you for this beautiful theme. I really love it!
    But I have a question,
    how can I remove the description on the top

    The top shows the description of product, but I don’t need it.
    how can I remove it?

    thank you

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    Hi there,

    Lovely theme.

    The version I have doesn’t seem to have the facebook link fixed?

    2011.10.24 – Version 1.1
    * Fixed Link slider
    * Adding IE Blocker
    * Adding compatibility for IE7+

    2011.10.12 – Version 1.0
    * Initialized

  36. 2806

    WordPress send me this message when I’m trying to install this theme!

    Unpacking the package…

    Installing the theme…

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

    Theme install failed

    How I fix this problem?

  37. 2908

    “Stylesheet is missing”, how to fix this problem, though stylesheet is there but only 1kb and wp is showing that message.

    Kindly terll how to solve this problem?

  38. 2959

    What should the settings before “Settings -> Reading”
    I can’t get the slider homepage to show up anymore.

    When I set it to most recent post it just brings up a blog for the homepage.

    thanks in advance.

  39. 3010

    Ever since I upgraded to the latest wordpress the sidebar no longer shows on the product page. Has anyone got a fix for this?

  40. 3061

    Same problem as Leo. This theme doesn’t work because of the same problem.

    Hope to hear from someone soon because this is too nice not to use!

  41. 3112

    Hi Anggi@Tokokoo!!

    Thanks for your work, I find this theme perfect for what I want to do. But I have tryed to donwload and install it and it says that style.css file is missing, so it doesn´t work…Coud you please upload it again with all the files? I would really apreciate it.
    Thank on advance for your help.

  42. 3163

    The Balita theme no longer works, the latest eccomerce plugin update has screwed it completely

  43. 3214

    Thanks for the great theme. However, I have the problem. When I try to add product description the text displays above the theme header before the Promo text…what could be the problem.

  44. 3265

    Tried uploading this theme through both wordpress and my hosting site, and have gotten fail errors from both. Is there something that I need to do to get it going, or is this theme just unusable now?

  45. 3316

    I have tried uploading this theme through both wordpress and my hosting site, and have gotten fail errors from both. Is there something else I need to do, or is this theme unusable now?

  46. 3367

    Please upload the package, the installation of the zip-Archive manager break down.

  47. 3418

    I downloaded the theme and attempted to install it on latest WordPress 3.3.1 with WP e-Commerce Plugin but it does not work with error: style.css not found.

    How to fix this issue?

    Please help. Thanks.

    • 3469

      Hi, I’m having the same issue as Andy. I get this message, even with wp e-commerce installed.

      Unpacking the package…

      Installing the theme…

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

      Theme install failed.

  48. 3520

    Hello!! i have two problems, tiny problems and i need some help from those who are smarter then me!
    1. i dont know what plugin to use for client registration, membership and subscribing.
    2. i dont know how to make visible the icons from menu.

    Thanks for your help.

  49. 3571

    I can’t manage to make the slider work… I did exactly how it describes in the PDF file, but i get a link some where else and not a picture on the slider… can someone help??



  50. 3622

    Hi, I desperately need some help here. After I unzippled balita package I get another zipped file which I unzipped as well. Then after I’ve installed the theme all I see is a home link.

    Am I missing something? How do I add more links next to the home link? I still can’t figure this out.

    Thanks for your help.


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