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Compositio: Clean, Beautiful and Free WordPress Theme


In comments to our recent freebie releases you asked for a simple, clean and beautiful WordPress-theme; the theme should be easily customize for different purposes and in a variety of settings. We’ve been listening to you and we heard you: and today we are release (hopefully) exactly what you’ve been asking for.

In this post we release Compositio – a simple, clean and user-friendly WordPress-theme, created by talented Elena Gafita for Smashing Magazine and its readers. Compositio is a two column theme, made to for those who want to put their content at the front with a unique light blue design. Random square shapes are the defining graphics of this theme. They are used throughout the background, bringing a special rhythm to the theme.

Compositio: A Free WordPress Theme Link

A special feature of this theme is the logo changer. You can use the default WordPress setting (“blog name”) or you can use your own logo. Upload your logo in the root folder of Compositio theme and name it logo.png. You can also use the PSD Logo Template in the source folder of the Compositio Theme. (Image limitations: max is 590px/85px). If you want to activate this option go to Administration Panel > Appearance > Logo Options, and select logo type.

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The theme is widget-ready, so you can use it as you like. Also Elena customized the CSS for the default widgets to match the site style better. The theme is using a couple of plugins, with some already integrated into functions.php, so there is no need to install them. The only plugin you need to install manually is FlickrRSS (FlickrRSS plugin is in the theme folder) (see the demo).

This work is licensed Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This means that you may use it, and make any changes you like. Just leave the credits on footer if you respect the designer’s work.

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Thanks for the truly great work, Elena, we really appreciate it.

Previews Link

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Comments to a post

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The comment form

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The sidebar

Suggestions for particular themes? Link

What themes would you like to be released on Smashing Magazine next? What are you looking for? Or, more importantly, what kind of themes shouldn’t we release any more? We appreciate your input in the comments to this post!

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    Sexy … Maybe the sidebar could be a little nicer but over all pretty good.

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    Overall a really good work but it seems the Widgets in the Sidbars couldnt be displayed (to me?)…
    Already installed ;) …

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    demo url is not valid

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    it looks like the live demo link is broken

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 18, 2009 8:09 am

    The preview link is correct – apparently, Elena’s server has some problems right now. Please be patient and try again in a couple of minutes.

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    Hi, the Live Demo doesn’t work. Can you fix it please?

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    Cheers Smashing but this has been on Digg for a few weeks now.

    Love the how clean the code is.

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    Nice and Clean….. Remind me old days :)

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    Hey demo isn’t valid.theme is nice!

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    Deluxe -I agree with you since I started with Blogger for my blog but it has so many limitations. I had to create multiples blogs to mimic a site with multiple pages…. I am thinking to migrate from blogger to WordPress.

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    It’s clean and elegant. I like this kind of theme.

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    Check the footer in the theme,it says brought to you by

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    Richard Spencer Davies

    February 18, 2009 9:27 am

    Very nice indeed, I think could be an idea to go even simpler though!

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    Wow another quality release from the Smashing Magazine and Design Disease. Looking forward for the results from last Smashing Magazine Poll about users interest… :)

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    thx sm! this themes so elegant… simple and nice….

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    Looks awesome. One of the best themes posted here.

    But there´s a small coding bug at the comments form. The labels for each input link to the author field. This should get fixed, because it´s irritating ;-)

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    pretty nice:)worth to be digg=)

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    Got this on WPMU 2.6.3:
    Fatal error: Call to undefined function post_class()

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    Reply comments link?

    Just revamped the dilectio theme i guess. None the less. Looks nice.

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    CSS/layout not checked in Safari?

    Update: I stand corrected. This one looks OK in Safari, I clicked on one of the other themes on DesignDisease where the search graphic was mucked up in Safari.

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    awesome theme

  24. 24 is run by DesignDisease. That’s probably the reason for the link. Great theme!

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    seems to be a nice theme, very lightly but I don’t like the design too much. I prefer rounded corners more :) Although romanian web designers and developers are very good and creative :)

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    nice theme, but a bit too minimalist for me. Good job designdisease.

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    February 18, 2009 1:26 pm

    Hey, i’ve translated this theme to Brazilian Portuguese, if you want me ask for it, i can send you. I’ll put it to download in my blog, giving the right credits, ok ?

    See ya !

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    With the “read more” bit the arrows (I think they are meant to be arrows) show up as symbols.

    Great looking theme though!

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    I’d really appreciate seeing more themes that were not for WordPress. Perhaps zen cart, oscommerce, or themes for another open source eCommerce solution. Really, anything besides WordPress would be nice. No offense to the lovers of WordPress of course.

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    WoW! It’s really simply clean, nice job :)


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