I just realized that I haven’t featured or reviewed a WordPress theme for the last month and a half. The last theme I reviewed was the Graphite WordPress template from MediaLoot. I know many of you look forward or visit regularly because of my theme reviews so to make up for it, I’m gonna share with you a beautiful freemium WordPress theme from Smashing Magazine called Splendio.
Here’s a short introduction/insight from the theme authors:
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.
Designed by Vlad and Elena Scanteie and developed exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers, the Splendio theme is a 3-column, widget-ready theme that’s based on the Twenty Ten WordPress theme.
- 3 columns (homepage)
- 2 columns (post/page)
- Widget-ready (6 widgetized areas)
- Built-in gravatar support
- Built-in threaded comments support
- Homepage post/image slider (Featured Article)
- RSS/Social bookmarking buttons
- Flickr gallery
Splendio is an awesome freemium WordPress theme. Aside from the basic features – widget-ready, threaded comments support, gravatar support, etc. it has a premium quality design and other elements that you don’t normally see/get in a free WordPress theme. I like the post and image slider on the homepage (Featured Article), RSS/social bookmarking buttons on the left side of the header and the Flickr gallery. Another thing I love about the Splendio theme is the style/layout and custom icons/buttons on the comment form.
Another cool thing about this free WordPress theme is that the PSD sources are available for FREE. This means if you have some Adobe Photoshop skills, you can completely change or customize the look and feel of the Splendio theme.
Although the theme can run without them, a few WordPress plugins are required to implement 100% functionality of the Splendio theme – Flickr RSS, WP Featured Content Slider and WP PageNavi which by the way are all included in a separate download package.
Because Splendio is based on the the Twenty Ten WordPress theme, users can choose to display random header images. The theme package includes several custom images but if you want to use your own custom header, you can upload it via the Appearance > Header section.
NOTE: This theme requires WordPress 3.0+
How do you like the Splendio WordPress theme? What specific feature/s do you like most? What other features/options would like to be added to this theme? Please share your thoughts.