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Simply Ornate: A Free WordPress Theme

We love our readers. We respect the hard work of designers and developers across the globe. And we do our best to make the web design community stronger and the Web a little bit prettier. Therefore we ask talented artists and creative professionals to showcase their skills and release something unique and beautiful as a gift to the community. And when designers agree, truly impressive works see the light of day.

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Today we are glad to release Simply Ornate — a free professional WordPress-theme created by Evan Eckard2. This theme was designed with the main focus being on patterns and typography and comes in 5 flavours. It is designed especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free! Link

You can use the theme for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both designer’s and Smashing Magazine’s permission — please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish, but if you are planning to release your modification, please ask our permission first.

Motivation behind the design Link

Here are some insights about the design process and development from the designer himself.

“I tried to make this theme as basic as possible. It uses one plugin (which you can find in the plugin folder within the zip file) to include a flickr feed. Just drop the “flickrrss.php” file in your plugins directory and activate within the dashboard. You can set how many photos appear in the feed, I’d suggest staying with multiples of 4 to keep the design balanced.

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The theme also includes a prototype-based tab effect (via stereotabs) that allows users to browse latest posts, comments and tags. The front page is set up to show excerpts of your 4 latest posts, and also includes a mini-nav in the upper right side to allow for page navigating.

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The theme also uses a ton of png transparency that does work cross-browser (even in IE 6).

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Thank you, Evan. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

Last but not least… Link

We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists. You may not know it yet, but we might feature you in one of our upcoming posts.

If you would like to release a high-quality free font, a WordPress-theme, some wallpapers or an icon-set please contact us18 — we would like to support you (both financially and with the broad coverage on Smashing Magazine).

You may be interested in the following free WordPress-themes as well:

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://honker.evaneckard.com/
  2. 2 http://www.evaneckard.com
  3. 3 http://honker.evaneckard.com/
  4. 4 http://www.evaneckard.com/?p=36
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-twirlII.zip
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-twirlII.zip
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-royal-red.zip
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-royal-red.zip
  9. 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-dark.zip
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-dark.zip
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-pinkie.zip
  12. 12 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-pinkie.zip
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-pixel-gray.zip
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/simply-ornate-pixel-gray.zip
  15. 15 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/sidebar.jpg
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/comments.jpg
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/ornate-wordpress-theme/hover.jpg
  18. 18 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/08/infinity-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  21. 21 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/05/fervens-a-free-wordpress-theme/
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    nice one thanks

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  2. 2

    Nice theme but quite a lot coding issues. Latest posts etc tabs and ‘continue reading’ button messed up on IE (6 & 7). Also not valid (x)html.

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  3. 3

    Thanks a lot! Simply Ornate is a great Work of Evan Eckard and Din Pattern freebies. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. 4

    Looks very nice, for sure, but hopefully you’ll address the markup issues that Jacob stated above!

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  5. 5

    Thanks

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  6. 6

    Looks good!!!

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  7. 7

    WOW! This is an amazing theme. I think I found my next one here :D

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  8. 8

    Very Good!!

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  9. 9

    Not the best you’ve ever offered.

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  10. 10

    When I install it on my blog the tabbed recent posts and comment thing make firefox stuck for some times. Does any one have any idea about this?

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    Michael Janik

    October 1, 2008 3:38 am

    I think that the writing is not very clear with this theme. When reading a blog I want to see the letters more clearly with a neutral background.

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  12. 12

    Looks good..

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  13. 13

    Look at the Subscribers total top right!

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  14. 14

    Sorry, not really feeling this one

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    I’m gonna have to agree with Dave and Casey — this isn’t quite there yet. The layout and typography is good, but putting the text straight onto that pattern background just doesn’t work — it’s too dark and lacks structure because there’s no bounding box. I think the text should be dark on a light background content box; keep the pattern, but only use it for the page background.

    But hey, it’s free :) Thanks anyhow.

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    ugly … :(

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    To be honest, I don’t find posting a whole article about one average WP theme interesting. Even if it was the best theme in the world, c’mon, that’s it? One theme and a whole article for another few days? I hope you guys are not running out of topics to write about :-)

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    don’t like it. sorry!

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  19. 19

    T_T you missed a closing div

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    The blue pattern is really elegant and unobtrusive. I can see it on a traditional subject website. I very much like the transparent text boxes too, but not I’m sure if this effect has enough browser support for me to use it. How did you achieve it? Does it work on most older browsers too?

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