Fervens: A Free WordPress Theme


If you have been following Smashing Magazine for a while you know that we love to release high-quality freebies. Over the last years we’ve featured a number of designers and developers who released their work for free. 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.

Fervens - A Free WordPress Theme2

Today we are glad to release a fervens — a free professional WordPress-theme. The theme has 3 columns of fixed width, comes in 3 flavours and is supposed to be a starting point for your projects. The theme was designed by Elena Gafita3 especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Main features of the theme Link

  • 3 columns of fixed width
  • widget-ready — two sidebars (both sidebars are supporting widgets, but I recommend to use the smaler one.
  • the theme is using 3 plugins; 2 of them are integrated into functions.php, so there is no need to install them. These plugins are Gravatar, Recent Comments and FlickrRSS. You can use the last one to present your Flickr images in a Flickr Photostream (see the demo).

Motivation behind the design Link

We have provided Elena with the freedom to explore her creativity and asked her to create a fresh WordPress-theme which could be used and extended for a variety of different projects. Here is how Elena explains what prompted her to design the theme the way it is released now.

Fervens is the name for the new theme I made for my friends from Smashing Magazine. But what is Fervens and what does it mean? As you might know, I give Latin names to all my themes4 simply because I believe they are more practical, more brandable and they just feel right to me.

Fervens - A Free WordPress Theme5

Fervens is supposed to stand for freshness. Summer is my favorite time of year as it always amazes us with a rainbow of sensation and colors, making this time of year the best of all. The green of the plants and trees, the blue of the water… It’s just amazing and beautiful. And this was the reason why one of the sidebars was chosen to be designed with different variations of green.

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The sidebar of the theme was chosen to be designed with different variations of green.

With this new theme I have tried to get something out of that “summer freshness” and deliver it to the Web in a form of a WordPress-theme which is easy to use and to extend. Because I couldn’t agree with Vitaly regarding the column positions we decided to make 3 versions of it:

  • Fervens A (Sidebar 1, Central Column, Sidebar 2),
  • Fervens B (Sidebar 1, Sidebar 2, Central Column) and
  • Fervens C (Central Column, Sidebar 2, Sidebar 1).

I hope you enjoy this theme as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks Vitaly for the opportunity!

The Fervens Theme is released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This means that you may use it for your personal and commercial projects and you may also make any changes — just don’t remove the credits from footer. ;-)”


Elena has also designed a small button for Smashing Magazine and all Smashing readers out there. Thank you, Elena. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

Download the themes for free! Link

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 for a permission first.




Last but not least… Link

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 us23 — we would like to support you (both financially and with the broad coverage on Smashing Magazine).

You can also subscribe to our RSS-feed24 Subscribe to our RSS-feed25, we are going to release more free WordPress-themes in the future.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-freebies/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/wordpress-theme-fervens/fervens-c.jpg
  3. 3 http://designdisease.com/
  4. 4 http://designdisease.com/blog/smashing-theme/
  5. 5 http://wp-themes.designdisease.com/testrun/?theme=fervens-a
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/wordpress-theme-fervens/fervens-c.jpg
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/wordpress-theme-fervens/i-love-sm.png
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/wordpress-theme-fervens/fervens-a.jpg
  9. 9 http://wp-themes.designdisease.com/testrun/?theme=fervens-a
  10. 10 http://designdisease.com/downloads/fervens-psd-a.zip
  11. 11 http://designdisease.com/download-manager.php?id=7
  12. 12 http://designdisease.com/blog/fervens-theme/
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/wordpress-theme-fervens/fervens-b.jpg
  14. 14 http://wp-themes.designdisease.com/testrun/?theme=fervens-b
  15. 15 http://designdisease.com/downloads/fervens-psd-b.zip
  16. 16 http://designdisease.com/download-manager.php?id=8
  17. 17 http://designdisease.com/blog/fervens-theme/
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/wordpress-theme-fervens/fervens-c.jpg
  19. 19 http://wp-themes.designdisease.com/testrun/?theme=fervens-c
  20. 20 http://designdisease.com/downloads/fervens-psd-c.zip
  21. 21 http://designdisease.com/download-manager.php?id=9
  22. 22 http://designdisease.com/blog/fervens-theme/
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  24. 24 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-rss.php
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-rss.php

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  1. 1

    Very nice. Thanks a lot for this one.

  2. 2


    However, it phones home without noticing the user (see trackTheme in functions.php), which is not such a good idea in my opinion… especially when the files (ie.css) are read-only, the theme sends a mail on every page request…

  3. 3

    Absolutely beautiful! Just like every other theme Design Disease has done so far. I’ll have to find a use for this beautiful theme.

  4. 4

    Wow nice theme, simple yet beautiful

  5. 5

    Really nice design! Thanks!

    You can really see the similarities with the current Design Disease homepage, which they have just redesigned.

  6. 6

    Excellent work. Congratulations!

  7. 7

    It’s like I’m looking at another same DesignDesease design. It’s all so similar…

  8. 8


  9. 9

    massive thanks !!

  10. 10

    Nice color scheme!

  11. 11

    Beautiful design. I’m using it on my blog now. Although I can’t seem to be able to change the default About section on the main page. Where is that located?

  12. 12

    Lovely work, well done.
    I like the possibility to choose between 3 layout versions.

  13. 13

    Beautiful theme. :)

    The only thing I woudl like to see with variations like this, is have it all bundled with an options page for the theme, so there’s only one to download, not three.

    And yes, it can be done fairly easily.

  14. 14

    What do you mean by the theme phones home?
    Are they using this to track people who is using their theme?
    Is it fair to remove this function?
    It would be great if you explain this a little more.


  15. 15

    Great! I love this theme :)

  16. 16

    That is a really beautiful theme.

  17. 17

    That is not true. The theme send just on single email once is installed. After that no email and “no phone home”.

  18. 18

    now this one is good.
    thumbs up.

  19. 19

    Thanks for the clarification.

  20. 20

    Wow, excellent theme – is there any way to make the entire sidebar the color scheme of the search section?

  21. 21

    Hi my favorite is fervens-c, but I really love the redesign of Design Disease, is haunting me, i wish someday to make one alike, thanks Elena & Smashing Magazine!

  22. 22

    Great theme! Thanks! I was looking long time for a clear theme…the post was to late:) now I have taken the blogging-pro theme – take a look: wellblog

  23. 23

    Look like VIMEO !

  24. 24

    I just installed it, but had to change that green…now its blue/grayish…Take a look…looks beautiful.

  25. 25

    The about section is hardcoded into sidebar-2.php for some reason.

  26. 26

    Excellent theme.
    I wish the sidebar could easily be moved by the user, or could disappear when on a page… As the main column is not large enough for “big” articles, and makes it hard to read.


  27. 27

    great favicon!

  28. 28

    Actually, fervens, ferventis means something more along the lines of seething, burning, and ardent. Like the word “fervently.” The Latin word you’re looking for is probably closer to viridis, which means a green freshness.

    Sorry, that’s the Latin half of my brain acting up. Lovely theme (as usual). Keep it up :D

  29. 29

    Ultimate Blogging Experiment

    August 5, 2008 9:31 am

    I will be using this for my new blog. Thanks a bunch for showing us! This is one of the best free WordPress themes I have seen in a very long time! I absolutely love this web site and I’m sure going to come back daily. Thanks again.

  30. 30

    this theme looks quite cool. thankx.

  31. 31

    fervens : glowing, hot, heated /(character) heated, fiery. You are right. Next theme will have that name “viridis”. :D

  32. 32

    i’m using his theme, gossipcity, for a year and I love it. I will try this one. Thanks.

  33. 33

    Nice theme. I’ve been using Smashing Theme for my blog ever since it came out, but I must admit that its starting to get on my nerves… the colors… so many colors… all I see is a horrible rainbow!! I like Fervens-A and will give it a shot, customize it and hopefully not completely blow up my WordPress install… that would upset the total of two people who read my blog.

  34. 34

    FYI, this theme goes into a fatal error when combined with the Gravatar plug-in. Just delete the wp-gravatar folder from your directory to fix the error.

  35. 35

    I don’t get it. His themes are pretty much all the same, and this one’s not really that cool…

    Anyway, I did my very own interpretation of illacrimo: http://nocontinues.net/

    A bit more colorful, and I think it looks very cool.

  36. 36

    a very nice theme!

    that’s why i love smasingmagazine, great contents!!!

  37. 37

    I’m obviously missing something, how do I activate the Flickr RSS?

    Great theme by the way.

  38. 38

    I’ve looked in functions.php and there’s no mention of flickr, so I’m assuming that’s why the flickr plugin isn’t working? How do I fix it?

    Help please!

  39. 39

    Tiago Sá (August 5th, 2008, 2:48 pm)

    better the original.

  40. 40

    simple, elegant theme :)

  41. 41

    Never mind, I figured it out. If anyone else is wondering how to get the flickr feed to work, you need to install the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flickr-rss/

  42. 42

    Great ! wonderful wordpress theme !

  43. 43

    Very nice theme but it doesn’t work on my wordpress (2.6). When I try to activate f-b or f-c wordpress shows only white screen.

  44. 44

    The theme is tested in wordpress 2.6 and it works. I don’t know what to say regarding your problem.

  45. 45

    Very nice theme, thanks for sharing!!

  46. 46

    Is there any possibility that a blogger version will be released? Teehee.

  47. 47

    I always look around to see nice wordpress theme. and this one is great. Nice, simple and elegant in style.. Thanks for sharing :-D

  48. 48

    what a nice theme, thanks!

  49. 49

    designdisease and smashing magazine are known as trendsetters.. but the theme is NOT at all look impressive

  50. 50


    August 9, 2008 3:06 pm


    Agreed, same here, view source and I just get:

    I tried disabling at cache and also check for the closing HTML tag. No dice.


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