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Free HTML 4.01/HTML5 WordPress Theme: Spectacular

Today we release Spectacular, a free WordPress theme that aims to provide a warm and pleasurable atmosphere for personal musings and ramblings. The theme comes in two flavors: HTML 4.01 and HTML5. Also, both German and English versions of the theme are included in the download package. The theme is cross-browser compatible and supports Opera, Safari, Chrome, IE7+, and FF. Support for IE6 is not available, though the theme works in IE6, too.

The theme was commissioned by Smashing Magazine and designed by Maleika Esther Attawel1 exclusively for Smashing Magazine. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.


Download the theme for free! Link

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.


Screenshots Link

Front page area (large preview)8

Table and content (large preview)10

Archives page (large preview)12

Post page (large preview)14

Comment area (large preview)16

Front page area (large preview)18

Comments view (large preview)20

Blog post (large preview)22

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

Feel free to suggest your ideas for the freebies you’d like to see on Smashing Magazine in the comments area below.

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  1. 1

    Beautiful theme..I like it..
    i should download it and modified the color little bit..

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    It’s awful nice of you guys to offer something so nice for free. I appreciate you taking care of us in the community! Great work!

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    I would delete the webkit-transitions on the more button/arrow (on the homepage) and the rss button in the footer. It doesn’t look nice with sprite images.

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    Christopher Anderton

    January 10, 2011 6:01 am


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    Thank you for all the hard work. Looks good!

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    Wow, that’s great theme for free. I like it.

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    Great theme, looks amazing.

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    Very nice theme, well designed.
    However its quite slow to load and very hard to read; Maybe increasing font size/colour could help?

    Thanks for sharing :)

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      It’s the problem of ‘Myriad Pro’. Renders poorly in Chrome on my Win7 machine. Probably looks fantastic on a Mac though.

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      Maleika Esther Attawel

      January 11, 2011 11:35 am

      Thanks for your comments, Mohamed, 28inch, and ngassmann.

      These issues will be addressed in the next update!


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    Thanks for this carefully made template! Looks like a colour print on recycled grey paper. Also the round edges on the buttons and form fields are nicely made. Love it!

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    Okay, this really *is* spectacular. Love the attention to detail. Far, far superior to most freebie themes.

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    Really nice article (

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    Now this is a great free theme.

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    How do I “Change the permissions of the “uploads” folder to 777″? I’m trying to install this on our company intranet which we host internally.

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    Dang that is a sweet template for being free! Thanks so much!

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    This is fantastic. Thanks so much…may become the backbone to the new blog I want to start…

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    Really love how much texture there is on this. Very nice!

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    Das ist ja mal ein echt netter Zug, dass dieses tolle Theme auch in deutsch angeboten wird :-) Herzlichen Dank!

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    This is a nice theme. Thank you for the hard work!

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    Damn sexy looking theme. Thanks SM!

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    gorgeous! thanks for sharing such a nice free theme.


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