Free Tropical WordPress Theme
Tropical Paradise

I’ve been working on updating some of my older free themes with fresh new designs and most importantly fresh new features! I’ve just created a brand new Tropical Paradise theme ready for you to download that would be perfect for a resort website or a vacation blog! So, if you are currently using the old Tropical Paradise Theme that was previously posted here, you may want to consider a free upgrade for a bright new look and tons of great features!

Theme Includes:

  • One and Two Column Page Templates.
  • Widget Ready containing widget spaces above the post, below the the post area, sidebar, header (in “photo” slot where current slider is located on the demo site), and four widget spaces available in the footer. Note, because these four spaces are dynamic, you can use one which will cover the entire space up to four that are evenly divided.
  • Fancy Font used for Title and Headings.
  • Customizable Theme Options on the Theme’s Options page in the dashboard which allows you to change the featured image sizes, sidebar default styling, post excerpt options, footer link and text options, spaces for ads, and much more.
  • Horizontal and Vertical Menu Spaces. Make sure to create your menus within the Menu Panel underneath Appearance in your Dashboard. You can easily drag and drop menu items and subitems into place here, change the navigation titles, and much more. Make sure you choose the desired menu you created to set as your “Primary Menu” for the horizontal menu area. To use the vertical menu, you can simply drag the Vertical Menu Widget into your desired location into one of the sidebar areas, and populate it with either pages, categories, or a custom menu you have created within the Menu Panel.

Plugin Recommendations for this Theme:

  • Meteor Slides for use in the header. This will allow you to easily add or remove images from the slider as well as add a link to each image and adjust the transition elements. Please note, that the image size which works best for the header area whether used in a slider or just inserted into a text widget is 485 x 295. Note: You don’t need this to be a slider. You can simply use another widget in this area or simply add an image into a text widget.
  • Widget Logic: This allows you to choose which pages, posts, or categories you want to display or hide certain widgets. This is a great feature if you want to use a different slider or image on each page of the theme.

Installation:

  • Simply click here to download the zip file of this theme. Note: I’ve also included a couple of sample images that can be used within the header.
  • Either upload the zipped folder through your WordPress Dashboard by clicking on the Theme’s Tab underneath Appearance.
  • Or, unzip the folder and manually upload the theme to your wp-contents folder using an FTP client.
  • Remember to go into Menus under the Appearance Tab in your Dashboard to set your Primary Menu. Also, make sure to go to Theme Options within the Appearance Tab as well to set your theme defaults as desired.

Below are some images of this theme. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this theme, and let me know if would like any custom design work done for this theme or others.

© 2011, reflectingthedesigner.com. All rights reserved.

March 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Hi, that’s a great tip – thanks! The site I have here is my first one based off of WordPress but I’m a bit overwhelmed – I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of options and themes and plugins! But I’ll get it down it sooner or later, or so I hope. Hopefully it doesn’t take forever for me to setup next time. Anyhow… nice blog… I’m subscribed to your feed now so thanks again!

March 4th, 2010 at 9:05 am

Well, the nice part about WP is that you can continually add and change things as you need to in order to make it what you want. I’ve changed my site a ton since setting it up, and will probably continue to change it as I learn new things and just for variety sake. I’ll always post what I find out here! Good Luck!

March 13th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Hello Sarah,
This is Diana here. I’m building a website for my daughter who lives in Guam, she’s starting up a skincare biz there. We like your tropicalparadise theme. We will be using the theme as a website as opposed to a blog type format. Question- I’m trying to get rid of the comments on all the pages. I have built four of my own websites using wp themes. Can you give me direction as to how to clear the comments. I know I need to go under page.php, archive, nosidebar, and single page… etc… if you can steer me in the right direction.
Also do you have a forum for folks like me that post their questions, share info. etc… so as not to add work for you for multiple-repeats of questions and answers. Thanks again for your time and efforts with designing the tropical paradise theme. Sincerely, Diana

March 13th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Hi Diane,

To get rid of comments on a page, you simply uncheck the radio buttons located on the dashboard of the page you are editing, and it will close comments. To get rid of the status message that says “Comments are Closed” simply go to the Comments php and find the following code a little over half way down the page: < ?php else : // comments are closed ?> A little further under that code you’ll see this:

class=”nocomments”>< ?php _e('Comments are closed.', 'kubrick'); ?>

All you have to do is delete the exact words ‘Comments are closed.” but make sure to leave the quotation marks. This is the simplest way to remove the ability to post comments, while still giving you the ability to allow comments on certain pages should you choose to later.

Your forum idea is a good one, although I don’t have time to set up and moderate one right now. Glad you like the theme, and I’m always happy to answer specific questions people have. Good luck on your daughter’s site! :)

March 13th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Sarah. I’ll copy of this info. at my office tomorrow. Thanks again for your time and talents.

March 13th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Sarah, I think I may not have communicated properly regarding getting rid of comments. I know how to get rid of comments once they are on the page. What I do not want to show up are all the comment boxes on each page. In otherwords, my daughter will not have comments on any of the pages. I have deleted the comments are closed from info. above. Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of the comment box on each of the pages?.

March 14th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

There shouldn’t be any boxes if you’ve closed the comments. Sounds like something weird is going on. I used the steps listed below for my own site, although I do allow comments on certain pages. However, on the pages I didn’t want comments (for example, the Home page), simply choosing to not allow comments got rid of the comment box, and to make sure that there was not even any text there “Comments are Closed” I just removed that from the php as mentioned. Can you post the link to your site. Sounds like something else is going on that isn’t working quite right.

Antoine Barthell
April 10th, 2010 at 7:41 am

This is a good and organized site.

Nick
May 13th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Says theme is broken following errors when installing.

Warning: fopen(/home/cablivin/public_html/wp-content/themes/Professional_Grunge/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/cablivin/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4284

Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/cablivin/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4287

Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/cablivin/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4290

May 13th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Make sure that you don’t just try to install the zip folder by itself onto the theme. You’ll need to unzip the folder onto your computer first because it contains an extra folder entitled “Extras” which includes the additional images that can be used in the header. So, unzip it, save that Extra’s folder inside of the theme folder if you want or just to your computer, then send just the theme folder itself to the zip folder and install. Hope that helps! I just did a test drive install using an ftp client with the exact folder provided online and it works fine.

June 24th, 2011 at 9:26 am

I love your themes and am using one on my other site. This new tropical one is great, however, I was wondering if you could do a bit of customizing for me? My husband and I teach scuba diving and we are attempting to set up a site to help promote our services. I love the set up of the tropical theme, but was wondering how hard it would be to replace the flowers with some scuba equipment or scuba related graphics? I have no training for doing website design, so I am learning as I go. I do have Artisteer, but am not very proficient at using it. With instructions, maybe I could do it or maybe you would be willing to do it? Let me know and let me know if there would be be any fees. I could even supply you with some graphics if that helps.

Your site is great and I have learned a lot!
Tina

July 1st, 2011 at 7:57 am

Hey! I absolutely love this theme! You have done a phenomenal job. I am having a bit of trouble inserting my meteor slide show into the theme. I was wondering if you could tell me exactly where I am supposed to insert the php code? Thanks a bunch!

July 1st, 2011 at 9:23 am

You shouldn’t need to add any php at all, but simply add the Meteor Slides Widget to that top widget area. Hope that helps.

Laurie
July 6th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I downloaded this theme but I was wondering if it was possible to open it in artisteer and if so how do I go about doing that?

Thanks.

July 6th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Laurie, exported themes can not be reopened within Artisteer. All of my tutorials on this site relate to how to edit already exported themes. Hope that helps.

Laurie
July 9th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Having never used meteor slide then I have a quick question about the plug-in. I wanted to have a static picture in the photo spot on the header. Is there a different plug-in that would work better or would you still use meteor slide to do that?

Thanks for the help.

July 10th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

You don’t need a plugin to just add an image. You just need to add the image into a simple text widget. I’ve got basic instructions of working with text widgets here.

Roland
September 5th, 2011 at 10:09 am

I love the tropical theme and i’m using it right now. I installed the meteor slide and i was able to make a slide on a post however i cannot put it on the picture frame on the header just like on the screenshot above. Please give some advice on how can i do it. I will really appreciate your help.

September 5th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

The easiest way is to simply insert the Meteor Slides widget into that widget space.

Tom M
April 5th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I’m having trouble with the slide show also. I installed the meteor slides 1.4 plug-in and followed his tutorial to create a slideshow. I put the widget slideshow into the header widget space and set slideshow parameter to my slideshow I created. However the height of my pictures is 200 pixels when I’m supposed to be 295 pixels… I went through and checked the dimensions where I “set feature image” and then in the dashboard settings. Why do I keep getting this 200 when I don’t even know where it’s coming from?? Please help !

April 6th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

First of all, did you ensure that your Meteor Slide dimensions are set correctly. The featured image dimensions aren’t the ones used. It’s actually the settings within Meteor Slides that pulls the dimensions.

Annie
November 28th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Beautiful theme, but the palm tree image just won’t appear, no matter where I put the files :( there is just a big white empty box.

November 28th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Annie, as I mentioned in the post, that area in the header is just an extra widget space so that you can insert an image, slider, or whatever you like into that spot. If you want to add one of the pictures I’ve included in the theme, you’ll need to go to the widgets page and select a text widget to put into that header widget space. Then, you can add the following code if desired:

<center><a href="linkaddressifdesired" rel="nofollow"><img src="urlofYourImageHere" /></a></center>

You can also use a plugin like Meteor Slides as I suggested in the post, and then just add the slider widget to that space.

Hope that helps.

Annie
December 3rd, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Thanks, it works beautifully now :)

M Porter
January 30th, 2012 at 8:51 am

What would be the image sizes and/or the meteor slide plugin (settings) for the picture frame so that it appears correctly?

May 25th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Hi there
I LOVE this theme, but I can’t get it to work. I tried to upload the zip file through wordpress and i also added the files in my host dashboard–nothing. Can you help?

best
Ramin

May 26th, 2012 at 1:05 am

Hi there! i actually figured it out! what i can’t figure out,though, is why my categories appears twice?

May 26th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Ramin, I sent you an email regarding extracting the contents of my folder and only uploading the actual theme folder. I’m not sure about the categories. That might be due to your sidebar configuration or a plugin conflict.

May 28th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Sarah, this is a beautiful theme! Thank you! Having some challenges getting the image (whether by Meteor or by text widget) to line up in the Header Widget Area. Seems to display several pixels too low? Meteor showed text, but never showed the image at all. Have viewed in IE8 and FF12, to no avail. Thoughts?

May 28th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Make sure that you choose the appropriate widget style. I believe the simple text is what you want if I remember correctly.

If you are seeing just text for the meteor slides, than you are either not properly adding the image or their is an issue with the plugin itself. Hope that helps.

June 1st, 2012 at 9:28 am

Thanks, Sarah! While I’m still not 100% sure what was causing the misalignment, we were able to get around it by using WP-Cycle (instead of Meteor) and embedding it directly in the art-sidebar-header area of the header.php. Once we went that route, all worked well (without the use of a widget even.)

Thank you for the supportive response and the beautiful theme! The clients love it and so do we!

Matt

June 6th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Glad you like it. I’ve been using v-slider a lot as well as it’s very easy to style and allows for actual text in the slider if desired.

September 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hello, love the theme. I can’t seem to get my slides to be centered and line up in the header area using the meteor widget? I used the 485 x 295 setting you suggested? Not sure what I’m doing wrong here.

October 9th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Make sure you choose the appropriate “Block Style” in the widget itself. I believe the Simple Text Style works best, but I can’t remember off the top of my head.

Heather Santos
November 22nd, 2012 at 1:57 am

Hello, love this theme! very pretty. we would love to use this for our church’s website, our Pastor is Hawaii crazy 😉 I personally like the fancy font but am thinking it may be difficult for some to read, is there any way to change the fonts? so that we can keep the fancy style for some parts and use a different one for other parts? Thank you.

November 26th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Sorry for the late response. The only “fancy” fonts should be headers. However, you can easily changed those as desired by going into the css and finding which headers you’d like to change. the standard heading fonts are toward the top and are listed h1-h6. You may want to also look at the block section and the post section of the css to change titles there if desired.

Jett
December 1st, 2012 at 3:19 am

Hi Sarah, this theme is awesome. Is there anyway I can make the height of the top part,header I guess you call it, (I’m very new to wordpress..) shorter? so that most of the information portion is seen without having to scroll down so much? Or is that something that can’t be changed once the theme has been created? Thanks for any advice you may have to help.

January 2nd, 2013 at 1:30 am

You can change it simply by going into the style.css file and adjusting the height of the header. However, you’ll have to be aware of any images used as they might be cut off. It all depends upon your design.

Heather Santos
December 1st, 2012 at 3:24 am

Thanks Sarah, got the font changed where I needed to. I really appreciate the timely response. You seem to be a very big help to the rest of us. Really nice. Thank you. Have blessed Holidays. ~Heather~

February 6th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hello,
I tried to install this beautiful theme to my wordpress using the zip file but it always fail with this error:
The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

Theme install failed.
I still didnt figure it out yet…need help.

Thanks,
Cres

Zyzz
February 6th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hey thats funny Cres . I just stumbled upon this theme today and i get the same error when installing. Admin can you help us out plz? :)

February 6th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

The zip folder is not just the theme folder, but contains the theme folder along with other images and instructions. If you try to install the zip folder you downloaded, than that is your problem. You need to unzip the folder, and select the theme folder only. You can upload that specific folder via ftp, or zip that specific folder and upload it to your Dashboard.

March 15th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Wow! What a great theme! Thank you so much. We used this for a private blog for a community, so I can’t send you the link…. but wow, your theme was a life-saver! We had to rebuild the site in a day and this made it so smooth and the client will be super-impressed with the beautiful graphics and layout. Kudos!

David Mills
October 11th, 2013 at 1:22 am

Wow! Sarah you are amazing! Please send a PayPal invoice to my email address above for $20. You deserve it for all your hard work. Your theme is perfect for our destination wedding invitation business! I am well versed in HTML but brand new to WordPress. I’m finding that although it is very convenient, there are some serious limitations, and I lack the knowledge of the file structure to be able to edit a few things i need to edit with your theme.

Our website is not a blog, just merely a website, so it is very simple in design. I just need a little help, primarily with which files to look at to change some of the fields. I would like to send you a snapshot or two with a simple diagram of what I need to change. No more than an hour of your time.

You can check out our progress here: bestdestinationweddinginvitations.com

I am anxious to get our site up and running within the next week. Please let me know at your earliest convenience when you might be available to help.

Thank you so much. My wife and I are so very impressed with your skills and your dedication to helping others.

Dave and Vanessa

October 11th, 2013 at 1:29 am

Thanks so much for the kind remarks. Feel free to email me your thoughts/requests at info[at]reflectingthedesigner.com and we can go from there. Donations are more than welcome through PayPal. You can simply use the little donate button at the top of the page. (The little black gift box)

February 6th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

This is awesome! I’m just getting started in WordPress and using it to blog about my Surf Art (and sometimes my other art) so this theme was PERFECT. Rave reviews so far! Easy to install, fun to play with, and just overall has the exact look and feel I was looking for. Well done!

April 12th, 2014 at 8:52 am

So happy you like it!

Dan
April 22nd, 2015 at 10:05 am

Hi Sarah,

Nice theme! I installed Meteor Slider and set the width and height to 485/295, but the pictures show up as 455/277. They don’t fill the white box so it doesn’t look like a snapshot. Do you know why this is?

Thanks,
Dan

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