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Keep It Simple – Free WordPress Theme

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Today we have a very nice theme, designed by Styleshout and ported into WordPress by me. This theme has 4 widgetized areas, 2 in the sidebar, and 2 in the footer. It also has FlickrRSS support for the image gallery at the bottom. If you don’t have the plugin activated, it will show the default blank thumbnail images (which you can replace manually if you want). In addition, there is also Gravatars for comments and WordPress tag support.

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  • Christopher Ross

    Great job on the port to WordPress! I’ve been looking for something simple for a couple of blogging sites I run and this should do nicely, thanks.

  • Anto

    This is nice. But 2 sidebars, kills it. The content area has to be wide i think.

    But none the less, nice and clean.

  • Brandon Cox

    Not everyone pulls off white – you guys have – pretty awesome! I like it, especially the softness of the top navigation.

  • Leland

    @Christopher: Thanks, glad you like it.

    @Anto: Hmm…trying to figure out a way to just have 2 columns. I’ll let you know.

    @Brandon: Yep, it’s a great template. Credits go to Erwin of Styleshout for the design.

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

  • Wii

    That is a pretty nice theme there guys! Nice and clean, just the way it needs to be ;)

  • Tim

    Love it, been playing with it all day on my personal blog. I have one problem that I can’t figure out… why are my em and strong tags doing nothing with this laying?

    Love the theme! If I can figure that one thing out I may use it forever and ever. :)

  • Leland

    @Tim: That might have to do with the reset.css stylesheet. Remove the strong and em tags from it to see if that helps.

  • Tim

    Thanks, that works! What does reset.css do, out of curiousity?

  • Leland

    @Tim: Basically it resets a number of elements to be consistent across other browsers. This page may better explain it:

  • Tim

    Cool. :) A great new theme and learned a little bit about stylesheets. :)

  • Desiree

    Hi Leland,

    I’m too using this theme which I really like. And thanks for the reset.css file tip above. It’s solved my problem too! :)

    Best regards


  • oscar

    I love this theme, but I have a request … is it possible that only two columns, or the sidebar to be more narrow?

    In addition this beautiful and try to shrink the sidebar, but did not succeed, your help will be infinitely grateful.

    Sorry for my English, I had to use a translator ..

    • porter

      if you ever figure out a way for 2 columns, lemme know!

      • Anto

        Basically in your sidebar.php you will have to remove the div that corresponds with the name in the css, just remove it and make the content width in the css longer. If leland wants to do a screen recording of it, if he has time then he could post the link in reply to this.

      • porter

        Well, it would almost work… but there is the 960.css grid file that is ancient Greek to me…

  • Andy

    Great theme, i just grab it.

    But, anyone could help me with IE6 double margin in this theme, please… Ive been trying to search the solution, but still unsure.

    Thanks b4

  • Andy

    I’m really sorry, it wasn’t double margin issue. I just caused by undefined blockquote width div. I put width:380px inside blockquote statement in css.

    Thank you for this great theme!

  • Jan

    Hi, well done, nice work!
    Problem: if I use text widgets in the footer I get h2 headers instead of h3 – so they look totally different compared to Lorem ipsum in footer.php.
    I tried to fix it in KeepItSimple.css but I didn’t manage it… I am not that good in CSS.
    Any idea?

  • Anto

    In the Keepitsimple.css press ctrl+f and search for
    /* Headers */.

    When you find that, you will see:
    h1 { font-size: 3.7em;
    h2 { font-size: 2.8em;
    h3 { font-size: 2em;
    h4 { font-size: 1.3em;

    Change the em’s up and down to suite your needs.

  • Jan

    Thanks Anto!
    No, the problem isn’t the size. If you look to the theme the headers in the footer.php are h3 – and that looks nice:
    Text Widget
    Lorem ipsum …

    But if I use the Widget instead of edditing footer.php text it seems to use h2 { font-size: 2.8em; font-weight: normal; color: #663333; }
    and I have no idea why…

    In the css file it says:
    /* footer */

    #footer-wrapper h3 {
    color: #444;
    font: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, Times, Serif;
    text-transform: none;
    letter-spacing: 0px;
    #footer-wrapper h3,
    #footer-wrapper p {
    padding-left: 0;
    #footer-wrapper a {
    color: #333;
    background: transparent;

    Any idea? Thanks for help!

  • Jan

    Any idea…?

  • Linda

    Got an error message at the bottom of the home page.

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘.’ in footer.php on line 21

    How do I correct this? thx

  • Nick

    Linda – open up a file editor or the Theme Editor in your dashboard and edit footer.php in the theme’s folder. Find line number 21 (with an automatic counter or count it yourself), and look for a period that might be out of place. Pretty straightforward ;)

  • Kelly

    I like this theme a lot! I love nice 3 column theme, there aren’t enough of them out there! I would really really like to make the main column wider…is that possible??

    Also, re the bold/strong issue, I tried this–> “That might have to do with the reset.css stylesheet. Remove the strong and em tags from it to see if that helps.” but there were no changes. Any ideas?


    One more thing. When you are on an individual post and you click on the blog header which usually takes you back to the home page on most blogs and themes, it just reloads the individual post page. Can that be changed?

  • Alex Wolfe

    I’m wondering if anyone can help (or clarify) in the original design of KIS there is a “feature” post for both the main column, and the sidebar, but I have no idea if that’s available OR how to use it in this version (which rocks by the way) can anyone help?

  • Tabitha Blue

    Love the theme!! I have a question… the same as a couple of the commenters above… I’d like to make the main column wider, and maybe even the 2 side columns more narrow. What section of the 960.css file changes the width for the columns? I couldn’t tell which to change because there were so many grids. Please help!


    Thank you.

  • Corinne Battle

    I’m having the same problem as Linda – syntax error on line 21 of the footer.php file. When I open the file it just looks like one huge long (30+ lines) of a single PHP statement and I’m not understanding this at all. Linda (or anyone) – were you ever able to fix this?? I’m really struggling with this and thinking that the file might be corrupt or something. Please help! :-)