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Free WordPress 3.1 Theme: Splendio (With PSD Sources)


Today, we are glad to present a new freebie: a beautiful theme, designed by Vlad and Elena Scanteie which was developed exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is free to use in both private and commercial projects. The theme is based upon the Twenty Ten WordPress theme and requires WordPress 3.0 to run.

Visit the demo or a large view.

The upper area contains a slider where you can place extra emphasis on your most important pages. The main area can include the content of your latest blog posts. On the right side you’ll find an overview of latest blog entries as well as the latest tweets.

The upper area of the sidebar features five latest comments. You can place any widget under it as it is defined as a dynamic sidebar. Also, right above the footer you’ll find a Flickr gallery in case you wish to showcase your latest shots. The footer itself is designed in a pronounced blue, giving it a nice contrast to the rest of the design. There you you can place your≈ widgets such as Pages, Categories, Archives, and others. A soft upper area, a useful middle area, and a strong footer are the essence of this theme.

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

The footer area.

Main content area.

The comments area.

Behind the Design Link

As always, here are some insights from the designer:

“Releasing a theme on Smashing Magazine is always a challenge for us at DesignDisease. A challenge we look forward to. ‘Splendio’ is a theme where we try to solve the empty space that exists around most themes with a joyful rhythm of lines and squares, complimented with a light color palette. The specialized header images complete the package, as it can be used both in a static or randomized manner.”

Thank you, Vlad and Elena! We sincerely appreciate your work and your good intentions.

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  1. 1

    Definitely great looking Theme. What I like the most is that Splendio isn’t just another clone. Different is good!

  2. 2

    That’s a great theme! It’s differrent… It’s weird. But I like it. Maybe I’ll play a wee bit with it (!) for a client that needs a fresh theme.

  3. 3

    Benjamin Zalasky

    May 30, 2011 10:23 am

    I love the fade out behavior on the inactive links. It’s a nice touch.

    • 4

      Carlo Rizzante

      May 31, 2011 3:21 am

      Indeed is a cosy effect. Anyone knows how is made? I’m trying to figure it out, and I’m a bit lost. Thanks in advance.

      • 5

        You can recreate that with just css,

        ul {
        list-style-type: none;
        color: #666666;
        padding: 0px; margin: 0px;

        ul:hover a {
        color: #ccc;
        -webkit-transition: all 0.5s ease;
        -moz-transition: all 0.5s ease;
        -o-transition: all 0.5s ease;
        transition: all 0.5s ease;

        li a:hover, li a, li:hover a {
        color: #666666;

    • 6

      Just use jQuerys .not Selector on hover

  4. 7

    does this theme work on 3.1 and higher?

  5. 8

    Honestly? Found rather rude. With the exception of the application with jQuery.

  6. 9

    Really ugly theme

  7. 10

    Great theme. Thanks SM

  8. 11

    Great theme guys :) P.S. Remember the Capital P in the footer for WordPress <<

  9. 12

    I love this theme! Out of the box!

  10. 13

    Yet another great resource from one of our top romanian designers. GG Vlad & Elena…u make us proud :)

  11. 14

    the design is great..
    remembering me on some design agency website

  12. 15

    guys, i am sorry,
    but your theme sucks!

    bad usability!

  13. 16

    I appeciate the lovely detail: mouse hover in the twitter zone. It’s not essential, vital, but definetly wonderful.
    In other hand, the menu looks weak, I mean, compared with the kind of details I mentioned above (hope you don’t mind the comment).
    But all in all the theme is fresh and good looking, very architectural in a way.
    Many thanks to give us a chance to put our hands on so beautiful piece of work!
    So long.

  14. 17

    hey hey hey, that’s really rude.. It’s a free theme and obviously it’s alot more than you deserve… you want something amazing.. PAY FOR IT…

  15. 18

    It’s a different type of theme, I’ll give you that.
    It’s rather nice, good work Vlad and Elena.

  16. 19

    Wow guys why so much negative comments for a FREE THEME?
    If you’re looking for perfect stuff then go and buy a premium theme!

    I think it looks fantastic and very creative. The jQuery stuff only adds to the show. Clearly people who are saying its ugly don’t understand the modern design language on the internet. Trust me it is really hard now to create unique themes!

    Great work guys and thanks for the contribution to the community :)

    • 20

      Not because it is free you do badly, ops, say ugly. I liked the usability, and differential jquery he adopted. But overall it was a theme unusable.

      Honestly, you would use this theme in some site of yours?

  17. 21

    It’s remind me about the passion for something free. It simply inspires me strong! Thanks for great crew!

  18. 22

    nice soft color theme, tanksfor sharing

  19. 23

    I love SM but this theme really sucks…

  20. 24

    Looks great theme. It would be very nice if you can consider below points with next release of this theme.

    – Use of Short codes
    – Full width page
    – contact form


    • 25

      If you are worried about a contact form, download a contact form plug-in and create a contact form page. Most themes don’t come with a contact form.

  21. 26

    Franklin Manuel

    May 30, 2011 9:59 pm

    Splendio is not just a usual design we see on the web. Its a modern design.

  22. 27

    Gives me a holiday vibe for some reason…this would be excellent as a travel theme. Really happy, sunshiney feel to it. Great work guys!

  23. 28

    Hmmm…? Why ppl judge it’s ugly? It seems great in my eyes :) Nice share SM. I like it.

    Note for the haters : Why don’t you just create your own theme instead of blaming the creator? Beside,, Hey.. This is free?!

  24. 29

    Anterpreet Singh

    May 30, 2011 10:29 pm

    No doubt this is a great theme, but I wonder why I am seeing this type of wordpress themes all over the web from reputed developers. I purchased membership of elegant themes but all their themes have a very dull and irritating typography. I also tried a theme from themeforest that was promising to do a lot but didn’t.

    My only point is that sites like Mashable,TechCrunch and even a design blog SmashingMagazine use clean layout, clean typography and a lot of whitespace then why can’t we get such simple design at affordable prices.

    We can download this type of advanced themes for free but we have to pay hundreds of dollars to a developer for creating a simple theme. I am confused!

    • 30

      Hi Amanpreet, pls. try to find minimalistic themes, that can solve your problems some of them are
      1. Sight
      2. Paragram
      3. 2011

      You can find hundreds of more but as it is a trend to use heavy themes, good developers have to create. You can find such themes on smashingmagazines too by searching minimalistic themes.

  25. 31

    I like this theme but where are the instructions?

    What size images do I have to set up?
    How do the featured content images work?
    What sizes do I have to set my featured content gallery to?

    Free or not an author must inform his users on how to use the theme or it won’t get used.

    • 32

      Sure having instructions or sort of manual wouldn’t hurt, but… c’mon… aren’t you asking a bit too much for something that come for free for any use you wanna do?

    • 33

      I wonder how many of the people commenting have actually tried using this theme?

      Out of the box none of the images are sized correctly, the featured content does not work as the plugin is too big for the theme, the thumbnail sizes in WordPress do not match what is required…

      I’ve yet to see a theme released on SM that does not at least include some basic ReadMe.txt.

      Other than that I really like the style.


      I’ve set my thumbnails to 180×180, configured the border for the featured content to #FFFFFF and set the size to be 598px wide and 253px high. That seems to work.

      There, that wouldn’t have taken long for the author to document now would it?

    • 34

      I really like the theme and I am trying to use for my personal blog. Unfortunately, I am not a developer and I do not understand where I have to set the links for Twitter, feed and Facebook (the one at the top right corner).
      Any idea/help?


      • 35

        To add your Facebook, Twitter, etc. addresses to the buttons at the top open the theme editor and open the Header.php file. For Twitter find the line that has a class=”s2″ href=”#” title=”Twitter. The # is where you put the URL for your twitter.

    • 36

      I agree, at least a few instructions should be present somewhere maybe some way to contact the authors in order to offer some kind of payment for support. one little glitch and the time you invest in solving it on your own will remind you about the “free lunch…” Please if anyone knows the whereabouts of how to set up this theme would be great.


  26. 37

    Fresh and joyful, brilliant theme!
    I will use it straight away for a blog with friends, and test it out. Surely I’ll have something to learn ;)

    Thanks for sharing.

  27. 38

    The interesting thing about this theme are the very geometric and “think out the box” shapes.

  28. 39

    Great Work! Thank you.

  29. 40

    The theme look nice but it looks like the top their is little over populated for me. I mean the things at the top is too much for me. If it can be clean a little bit as the bottom is, then it will look perfect for me.

  30. 41

    The theme is based on Twenty Ten and has so much code from it. Why not release it as a proper Child theme? Should be easier for both developer and the end user.


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