Infinity: A Free WordPress Theme

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If you have been following Smashing Magazine for a while you know that we love high-quality freebies. Over the last years we’ve featured a number of designers and developers who released their work for free — among other things we presented high-quality free fonts, free WordPress themes, free wallpapers and, of course, free icons. You can find many of them in our section Freebies1.

Every release helps to make the Web a nicer place which is why we support designers and challenge them to release something for free in order to be featured on Smashing Magazine. And the results are quite often pretty impressive.

Infinity: A Free WordPress Theme2

Today we are glad to release Infinity — a free professional WordPress-theme. The theme has 3 fixed columns, thumbnails integration, Flickr, Delicious and Twitter integration as well as an attractive visual design. The theme was designed by Zhang Yichi, the creative mind behind Vikiworks Studio3 from Shanghai, China especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free!

You can use the theme for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both designer’s and Smashing Magazine’s permission — please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish, but if you are planning to release your modification, please ask our permission first.

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Features of the theme and Development Kit

  • 3 fixed columns design
  • Thumbnail covers style
  • Flickr, Twitter and delicious integration
  • not widget-ready (see the development-kit below)

Currently Yichi is working on an extended version of the theme presented above which will have a style switcher, integration with social networks and a number of JavaScript-based animations. However, at the moment it is quite buggy and he needs your help to get the theme done.

The theme (which is called Mashup) works eventually, but has some strange bugs — for instance, sometimes it freezes for some reason. Please get in touch with him to get the theme done or modify the theme directly:

Motivation behind the design

Here are some insights about the design process and development from the designer himself.

“Thanks to Vitaly for this great opportunity! I have to admit that I’m not very good at telling stories, basically it’s always been hard to explain every detail on how I get it done and why I did this and that… Partly the idea for this theme is based upon my own theme which has a slightly personal touch and uses vibrant and appealing colors. With some rambling designs and fancy head imagery, I’ve tried to put all pieces together to make the theme literally stand out.

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Among other things, the start page window of the Infinity theme has thumnails and offers delicious-integration.

I tried to keep it as simple as possible, unlike regular post entries style, with WordPress custom filed functions. I’ve used them to show off image titles next to the thumbnails. This design decision is intended to catch reader’s attention in a better way, and it could be a huge advantage for portfolios where designers want to present their photos or design works.

I hope you enjoy this theme and I would love to hear any comments you have about my new theme, and for more information please visit my website. Or feel free to ask any questions regarding the theme in comments to this post — I’ll do my best to answer them!”

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Posting preview of the Infinity theme

Thank you, Yichi. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

Special requirements

  • The theme has no problems in modern browsers and also works fine in Internet Explorer 6.
  • WordPress 2.5 or higher is required.
  • Some plug-ins are required for the theme to work (all of them are included in the download-package).

Last but not least…

We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists. You may not know it yet, but we might feature you in one of our upcoming posts.

If you would like to release a high-quality free font, a WordPress-theme, some wallpapers or an icon-set please contact us11 — we would like to support you (both financially and with the broad coverage on Smashing Magazine).

You may be interested in the following free WordPress-themes as well:

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/freebies/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/infinity.jpg
  3. 3 http://vikiworks.com/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/preview-large.png
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/preview-large.png
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/infinity-theme.zip
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/infinity-psd-sources.zip
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/infinity-development-kit.zip
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/yichi-prev.jpg
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/infinity-wordpress-theme/yichi-prev2.jpg
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/05/fervens-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/21/dilectio-a-smashing-wordpress-theme/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/07/smashing-freefont-and-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    1st.:) nice n allegant theme

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  2. 2

    Wow, another great theme. Thanks!

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  3. 3

    NICE!!

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  4. 4

    Nice, very very nice.

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  5. 5

    Please :( where’s your beautiful and free Not Everyone Uses WordPress blogger theme

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  6. 6

    Great works !

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  7. 7

    That is beautiful! Probably my favourite theme that SM has delivered so far!

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  8. 8

    how to add thumbails too posts?

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  9. 9

    So cool….

    One of best theme I ever seen….

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  10. 10

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 8, 2008 8:43 am

    @max (#8): please read the readme-file.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 8, 2008 8:44 am

    @Jedd (#4): you are right. And in the matter of fact, we are planning to take care of other systems (e.g. Drupal) as well.

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  12. 12

    Wow – this is a sweet theme! I have for sale on my site if anyone wants a professional business style theme…

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  13. 13

    Marvellous. Really nice theme.

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  14. 14

    Great post, nice theme. Although my opinion is that to header doens’t match that well with the rest. 2 different ways of drawing. But maybe thats the purpose of this design.. Layout is cool though.
    Keep up the good work! grts

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  15. 15

    I love it!. NICEEE

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  16. 16

    Kolejny świetny temat! Chyba zbytnio pośpieszyłem się ze zmianą wyglądu mojego bloga… :)

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  17. 17

    Jehzeel Laurente

    August 8, 2008 10:02 am

    i love the theme so much! me thinks to use it in my new blog.. yay!

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  18. 18

    Wow, very great work!
    It makes me feel that my blog looks sooooo ugly…

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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  19. 19

    Awesome theme! Thank you.
    I just changed the theme to this one and I’m doing some config… everything works wonderful, the only thing I just cannot make to work is to show previous pages of posts.
    I saw the author’s page and that info shows at the bottom of the photos of the posts… mine shows nothing.

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  20. 20

    le blogueur masqué

    August 8, 2008 10:34 am

    Superb as usual, thank you

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  21. 21

    greeeeeeeeat theme…!!!!!!

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  22. 22

    @pallian: nice that you do work like this, as we ALL do. but i think this is not at all a advertising and sales platform (sorry for being a straight shooter here, but if we all would advertise our services, the idea of a good exange of great ideas platform would be riuned pretty soon).

    am i right, dear editors?

    yes, you are right (Vitaly)

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  23. 23

    It has a wonderful design, but the tree´s illustration didnt follow the rest

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  24. 24

    I Love you smashing Magazine! your the best thing that ever happened to me over the internet!

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  25. 25

    Where is the readme file? I must be blind? :(

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  26. 26

    Nevermind, I found it.

    *slams head on table*

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  27. 27

    It is a nice theme, and superb that you are giving away great quality themes. However, on a design point of view, it has some flaws in it. For example, the illustration at the top, where the tree meets the grass. Then the grass is just stuck there. It’s like, floating in the middle of nothing. Something extra to this to correct this flaw, would make it 100x better.

    Overall however, it’s a good layout.

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  28. 28

    Nice theme, very beautiful! thanks!

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  29. 29

    incredible theme, thx so much

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  30. 30

    Wow…what a good looking theme!

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  31. 31

    awesome theme!
    just the way I like it.

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    stefan alexandru

    August 8, 2008 12:43 pm

    Lucky for dak who let me know about this. Dear smashing magazine admins, please read the email i’ve just sent you. And take the necessary measures.

    Thank you.

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  33. 33

    thanks! i switched from movable type on my [very much neglected] blog just to use this theme.

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  34. 34

    Ok, I found what was “wrong” with my setup.
    You need to have installed and activated the wp-pagenavi plugin.

    Works like a charm.
    Thank you.

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  35. 35

    Brilliant Stuff, nice work Yichi!

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  36. 36

    Seriously that is the best Theme I have seen yet! Awesome that its free! :D

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  37. 37

    How do I create pages with these theme? When I post a page the content doesn’t appear when I view it.

    Thanks!

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  38. 38

    Thats smashing, really.

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  39. 39

    Thanks Smashing Magazine for featuring this theme. I’ll write a simple README on how to use that custom filed once my personal blog back online (now it has a little database connection error)

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  40. 40

    @dak + @stefen…. did you even look at the theme? Its no where near inspired. It’s totally unique, so dont try and take credit.

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  41. 41

    I can’t get the Flickr photostream to work, any ideas? Positive that I have the correct information in the FlickrRSS settings inside WP

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  42. 42

    It started working, I guess you just have to wait until it refreshes.

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  43. 43

    thanks that was delicious :)

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  44. 44

    This is essentially the theme I’ve been waiting for. Thanks Yichi and Smashing!

    Yichi — I’ll contact you when I’ve got a moment to take a look at the issues with the Mashup theme. I’ve done quite a bit of WP widget and plugin coding myself.

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  45. 45

    Not my type of theme, though.

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  46. 46

    stefan alexandru

    August 8, 2008 11:13 pm

    @Adam I don’t care about credit for these theme. Look at the date on the image from deviantart when it’s posted. And yes it’s partially inspired. And it stole the name. But copyright issues don’t really mater, if people get what they want.

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  47. 47

    @stefan

    how is partially inspired? because it has stars?

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  48. 48

    Really nice theme. One of the best for a long time.

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  49. 49

    This is a fantastic theme but I’m still using Fervens, which you showcased last time :)

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 9, 2008 6:13 am

    @stefan alexandru (#33): we don’t really see any resemblance. How exactly was it inspired by your theme, in your opinion?

    @yichi (#53): thank you, please post the link in the comments and send it to us once it’s published.

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