Infinity: A Free WordPress Theme


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.


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:


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  1. 1

    Does anyone know how to convert the thumbnails code to the new thumbnail feature in wordpress? Tried a lot of stuff but didn’t work :(

    • 252

      I didn’t get it working with the built-in thumbnail features, but I did a quick update that is quick-and-dirty and makes thumbnails work again. It requires FTP access to your uploads folder, and about 3 lines of code be changed. Let me know if you need it.

  2. 503

    change the back ground coior

  3. 754

    any wan now how change the {0}
    for nothing.



    • 1005

      To do that you need to open index.php file in theme folder and, on line 20, delete:

      P.S Experiment this this line if it doesn’t work. It work’ed for me.

  4. 1256

    I got a little problem with flickrRSS images.
    1.I uploaded flickrRSS to plugin folder
    2.I Activadet it throw plugin’s options in administration panel
    3.I created set on ant entered its number from url into flickrRSS setings, also ID Number from idGettr.

    Problem: images dont upear on blog, I tryed everything, even reinstaled all my wordpress blog, but nothing works…

    Help me please.

  5. 2009

    This is a very beautiful theme..having almost 300 comments, this post speaks for itself. Like always great work.

  6. 2260

    How do i integrate a search functionality ? Thanks

  7. 2511

    Doesn’t seem to work on 2.9.2 :(

  8. 2762

    thanks, It is great design.

  9. 3013

    Wow what a wonderful theme. I recently added it to my website and it looks stunning!

    There is one problem though that I did search for on the net and I looked through these posts but have not found anything concerning the problem with posts right aligning instead of left align. How do I fix this?

    For example, at my post page it will right align instead of left align – here is my website:

    If anyone could let me know how to fix this, that would be great.

  10. 3264

    Hi there, very nice theme!

    i would like to have the line of small thumbnails at the bottom,
    like on the preview…

    does anyone know some about it?


  11. 3515

    Hola !

    By any chance anyone still have the theme package/ installer. I have been trying to find and all the package has faulty style sheet.

    Love this style very much. Wld appreciate any kind help if you may e-mail to

    Many thanks in advance !

  12. 3766

    does no work for the new wordpress :(

  13. 4017

    Cool theme!

    How can i change the blue backgroundcolors of “categories”, “tags” etc.?

  14. 4268

    Gabriel Mendes

    May 31, 2010 9:18 am

    Oiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, baixei esse tema, é lindo, eu amo este site! Principalmente porque é de graça os temas lindo que eu gosto, kkkkk. Parabéns e continue assim… Fuiiiiiii.

  15. 4519

    Thanks for sharing this great theme. I used it for my online portfolio Only with few changes:)

  16. 4770

    i wus leeching ur feeds but they render so badly…… =P =))) helllo

  17. 5021

    The theme does look great …..thx a billion also check the psd’s at

  18. 5272

    的确很漂亮 。


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    Fabricio Nascimento

    July 14, 2010 5:01 pm

    I was wondering how do I reduce the number of posts displayed on index.php. From 10 to 6.

  20. 5774

    Hi Fellas

    I’ve installed the Infinity template looks very easy to customize except the thumbnails on frontpage i’ve spent several hours to understand how i can ad pictures to the post to show them as thumbnails on front page how i can do it, im using the version of wordpress inferior of 3.0, i’ve downloaded an plugin called thumbnail post hunger to try to fix the issue of front page thumbnail but it still isn’t work

    thanks for give me the quicksilver bullet to get this theme done easier and faster


    • 6025

      Hi Carlos,

      I have the same problem than you. Did you find a solution for the the thumbnail in the front page?

      I was trying different ways but nothing works, I used other wp template that have a plugin that automatic upload a picture and resize for the thumbnail and you could setting the size.

      But for this template I don’t know what to do

  21. 6276

    Thanks for sharing this great theme. I used it for my online portfolio Only with few changes:)

  22. 6527

    hi i have this error.

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function get_flickrrss() in /home/michaelk/public_html/blog/wp-content/themes/Infinity-theme/theme/ancillary.php on line 2

    please help

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    Awesome Theme, just a couple of things;

    – When I remove the Twitter code the columns seem to break. I dont have an account with twitter and am not really interested in the feed. Is there a way to remove it?

    – How do I replace the favicon? I’ve designed my own and uploaded it but it still displays the animated face in the Tab.

    Thanks, any help will be very welcome.

  24. 7029

    Had also some of these problems.

    Maybe this can help you:

  25. 7280

    How can I make 3 images in a row. I have enough space but they still appear in two columns.

  26. 7531

    Very crazy topic, but the plugin is not compatible Flickrss with WP 3.1.

  27. 7782

    Can I use this as a gaming site? hope someone made it! Very brilliant theme for arcade site like

  28. 8033

    what about translation
    .PO files?

  29. 8284

    Amazing theme, followed the comments on here and learned how to get rid of flickrrss and integrate my twitter account.

    Now I have a question hopefully someone can help me…The main page shows a bunch of broken images even though some of the articles have images in them…anyone know how to fix this?

  30. 8535

    well nice themes, :D

  31. 8786

    I saw this message while try to configure the widget

    The theme you are currently using isn’t widget-aware, meaning that it has no sidebars that you are able to change. For information on making your theme widget-aware, please follow these instructions

    Anyone know how to solve ?

  32. 9037

    I will try this theme to my site, hopefully go well….^.^

  33. 9288

    Can you send a report on how to use this theme tutorial to my mailbox?

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  35. 9790

    i am using. thank you..

  36. 10041

    maybe you can help me…
    I would like to have the small thumbnails line at the bottom, like on the preview…

    have you got any idea how this works?

    Thank you in advance!

  37. 10292

    To Christian Martell – How do we get in contact with you to get your advice?

    I think this design is wonderful but I need help with replacing the background picture.

  38. 10543

    i want to know how thumbnail feature works.


  39. 10794

    in style.css
    /* Overal setup */
    body { background:#040507 url(images/main_background.png) top center no-repeat; color:#bbb; font:12px/14px helvetica, arial,Sans-serif; }

    /* Ancillary */
    #ancillary { margin:0;padding:0;height:260px;background: url(images/rambling.png) no-repeat 100% 80%;}


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