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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    Varinder Pal Singh

    March 31, 2012 4:15 pm

    Many thanks for this great and informative post.

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    Balita doesn’t support product variations, the “add to cart” animation sticks, and related products are set at $0.00 when a product uses a variation.
    How do we fix this?

    I created a sandbox wordpress website with ONLY balita and ONLY wp-ecommerce activated, so it is not a conflicting plugin.

    The “add to cart” animation displays correctly WITHOUT varitions, and “related products” are priced correctly WITHOUT variations.

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    How to configure the theme to display product links instead of blog post links for the thumbnail row just below the slider section?

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    Thank you for sharing this stuff!!

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    I’ve downloaded the Balita theme multiple times, thinking that I had the problem, but it seems like it’s either WP or Balita. I am not able to unzip the file. I am not able to upload it through WP or my server. Does anyone know how to fix this? It’s so frustrating. Thanks.

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      Hi Shelby, you have to unzip the file that you downloaded from here and then you will find “BALITA”, “”, & “doc” upload the “” file to WordPress and then you are all set :).

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    I just downloaded balita, unzipped it and uploaded it to my vserver under themes of the worpress package. Do you please tell me how can I configure the balita unzipped package. Is there any german version of it?

    thanks for your help!

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    I am setting up the checkout option, but it takes you to the checkout page with short code on it. How do I fix this?

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    Hi, I’m getting this error:
    Shopping Cart

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function wpsc_cart_item_count() in /home/sodabooc/public_html/wp-content/themes/balita/header.php on line 78

    Could someone please help?

    Thanks, Naomi.

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    I have an error, I’m using the theme and settings getshopper balita with UPS, to send email from my purchase, the problem is that the total appears on 0

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    Hi there I love the design and everytime I upload it into word press I am getting the following error:

    Unpacking the package…

    Installing the theme…

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

    Theme install failed.

    Could someone help?…

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      hi aylin,
      you have to unzip the file that you downloaded from here and then you will find “BALITA”, “”, & “doc” upload the “” file to WordPress and then you are all set.

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    me also facing the same error

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function wpsc_cart_item_count() in /home/sodabooc/public_html/wp-content/themes/balita/header.php on line 78

    please revert asap

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    I got 4 lines error script in the above of add to cart button:
    se_deactivate_buttons: 0

    Could someone help on this?

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    Michael J. Williem

    April 18, 2013 6:52 pm

    Nice theme.. Awesome to see Indonesian’s theme published here.. :)

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    is it only will be one BLOG page when we upload balita themem to our wordpress?

    How to make shop page all looks same as demo website shop page?
    Could someone help on this?


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    There is something really wrong with this theme. The only things I have downloaded are the theme and wp-ecommerce. There is nothing else activated and the layout is way out of wack.

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    Hi, thanks so much for this lovely template. Can we please confirm that we can make any changes to the template we want? However, I’m assuming we are not allowed to remove the copyright logo on the bottom of the home screen?

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    Thanks for sharing…much appreciated.

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    In the Menu Balita, submenu Theme options wp-admin/admin.php?page=tokokoo, I have a problem, on the form, I get a list of warnings:

    Warning: Illegal string offset ‘title’ in /home/d1/htdocs/www/petrocable/wp-content/themes/balita/admin/admin-interface.php on line 1081

    What’s the problem and the solution?

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    Lovely theme. I just opened an online store and I’m using this one. Thanks so much for making it a free theme! It took me a while to figure out how to make it look and function like the demo site. Like others who commented, the layout was all out of whack at first — the slider and the jquery thumbnails didn’t work and the Balita admin was frozen so I couldn’t even upload a logo. I reinstalled it and everything started working perfectly! One weird thing though, I updated the WP-ecommerce plugin and now the grid view isn’t working. Its default to list view and there’s an option to purchase to get the grid view. Anyone else having this issue?

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    I can’t get the theme to work. It just shows the header on the website even though all the content is on the page and I can see it when I click the “Visual” tab on Edit Page.

    I’ve deleted all other plugins and the other themes I had installed. What am I doing wrong?


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    I have been looking for an e-commerce supporting theme where I can show case some of the affiliate products online. Do you think this can support or have any idea that can help me in this project?

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    Can’t get to work the variations, they don’t show on the single products page and when I click add to cart it just sticks and it doesn’t work.

    How can I fix it?


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    Hi,I really liked tis theme, but unfortunately after uploading “” file to WordPress I faced a problem of not installing the theme> As I noticed later the zip file was damaged.
    Could somebody send the working zip file on my email?

    Thanks in advance for helping

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    our team fixing the IE issue we will update the new files to SmashingMagz

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    we have been updated, you can ask via our support
    we still waiting Smashing to update all files, if you need to hurry just contact me via support. thanks

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    I guess you solved that problem, right?

    To all who have this error, the solution is to install the plugin WP e-Commerce and nothing else.



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