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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 Scanteie1 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 demo3 or a large view4.

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

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    Syed Balkhi

    May 30, 2011 11:50 am

    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

    nice soft color theme, tanksfor sharing

  12. 15

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

  13. 16

    guys, i am sorry,
    but your theme sucks!

    bad usability!

  14. 17

    Great Work! Thank you.

  15. 18

    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.

  16. 19

    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…

  17. 20

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

  18. 21

    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 :)

    • 22

      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?

  19. 23

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

  20. 24

    I love SM but this theme really sucks…


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