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Splendio – A Beautiful Free Theme

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Today we introduce Splendio, a beautiful free WP theme designed by Vlad and Elena Scanteie of Design Disease. The theme is licenced under GPL and is free for both personal and commercial use.

Introduction:

Splendio is a gorgeous theme that seems ideal for those who like to have a blend of unique and eye-catching elements on their blogs. While it surely is not the cleanest theme out there, it definitely stands apart from the rest in terms of looks.

Major Features:

Splendio comes with a Featured Post section that has a slider for displaying your most important posts, and a Latest Post section that (by default) shows the latest post of your blog. Right next to the Latest Post lies the holder for other recent and/or popular posts. The sidebar is pretty neatly placed and almost near the header, the dynamic region can hold one widget too. By default, it comes with the Recent Comments widget placed therein.

Arguably, the most important aspect of the theme is the footer area. Just above the footer, there is a scope for adding image from a Flickr gallery. The footer comes in blue color (the authors justify it as an attempt to lend it a contrast from the rest of the theme). The footer also has multiple widget areas.

Splendio Theme Preview
Splendio Theme Preview

All in all, Splendio seems to be a wonderful theme. It comes with multiple header images (including the ability to show them all in random). And if you are not satisfied with all of that, you can surely tweak it to your heart’s content, right? Well, apparently not!

Unfortunately, Splendio doesn’t come with a Theme Options Page (yes, you read that right). Of course, you can tweak the slider and Flickr gallery images and every other component of the theme – just that you’ll have to do that manually. No neatly crafted Options Page will come to your rescue, be warned! And not just that – if you intend to add your social networking links such as Facebook and Twitter, there are predefined icons just beneath the search bar on top. However, to add the links, you will need to tweak the theme code (replace ‘#’ with your Facebook or Twitter user name). This seems to be a weak point in the theme. If not for more, at least adding Facebook and Twitter links could’ve been made a simpler task for the average user.

On the other hand, replacing the header image is not much of a problem as it is integrated in the Appearance –> Header menu itself.

Verdict:

Overall Splendio is definitely a great theme and you will not be disappointed if you decide to give it a shot for your blog or website. A Theme Options Page would surely have made life a lot simpler but if you are not afraid of putting in some extra efforts to customize the theme, you can definitely get a beautiful website using Splendio.

Splendio: Info & Download | Demo

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