Cellar Heat: A Free WordPress Theme


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Today we are glad to release Cellar Heat: a free professional WordPress theme created by Evan Eckard2. The design of this theme focuses on patterns and typography, and it comes in two flavors. It is designed especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free!

You can use the theme freely for all of your projects without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both the 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 plan to release your modification, please ask our permission first.

Motivation behind the design

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

“After creating the Gumball Special theme10 based on an older website of mine called Hellbiscuit11, I wanted to create a theme similar in layout that wasn’t image-driven like that one. This layout is a unique design that I produced over a couple of years ago, and it’s finally being released.

Wordpress Theme12

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“At first I wanted to do a dark theme that would contrast with the Gumball Special design. But after creating the dark version, I decided to produce a light version as well. The only real difference between the themes is the images and style sheets. Ninety percent of the code is the same between the light and dark versions.

Wordpress Theme14

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“Cellar Heat has a few cool features built in: gravatars are enabled, excerpts of previous and next posts appear on each page, the theme is widgetized (although I can’t guarantee they will look hot), no plug-ins need to be installed and a recent comments section appears in the footer.

Feel free to modify the code and design to fit your tastes; just please leave the footer links intact.”

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

Last but not least…

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

If you would like to release a free high-quality font, a WordPress theme, some wallpapers or an icon set, please contact us16. We would like to support you, too (both financially and with the broad coverage of Smashing Magazine).

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



  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-dark-large.png
  2. 2 http://www.evaneckard.com
  3. 3 http://www.cellarheat.com/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-dark-large.png
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-heat-light-screen.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-heat-dark.zip
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-heat-light.zip
  8. 8 http://www.cellarheat.com/images/cellar-heat-photoshop.zip
  9. 9 http://www.cellarheat.com/?page_id=24
  10. 10 http://themes.hellbiscuit.com
  11. 11 http://www.hellbiscuit.com
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-dark-large.png
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-heat-light-screen.jpg
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-dark-large.png
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/cellar-wordpress-theme/cellar-heat-light-screen.jpg
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/01/simply-ornate-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/08/agregado-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/08/infinity-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/05/fervens-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/21/dilectio-a-smashing-wordpress-theme/
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/07/smashing-freefont-and-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    Nice theme to bad i dont use wordpress ! But i do like the style! nice job!

  2. 2

    WOW nice theme, thank u a lot :_)

  3. 3

    Michal skrzypecki

    October 20, 2008 6:09 am

    mmm, not my kind of taste. Don’t like these.

  4. 4

    Very nice theme. I love the unique home page layout. Will be sure to recommend it to folks looking for a grunge based free theme that’s of premium uquality.

  5. 5

    WOW! Really, really nice!

  6. 6

    Wow, I’m really liking the light version.

  7. 7

    The preview link for the light version doesn’t work (though clicking on the image below does). Not bad but is a bit cluttered for my liking.

  8. 8

    Just to let you know the light version preview link does not work. It just gives us a 404 error message.

  9. 9

    This would also make a great theme for SweetCron, the life streaming app. if someone adapted it. Fantastic work.

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  12. 12

    Wow ! Great theme..!

  13. 13

    Bah, I want to check out the light version but it’s a dead link. The dark one looks nice, thanks for sharing!

  14. 14

    Very cool theme, like it !

  15. 15

    It adds an imaginative background to my posts, so I like it. Thanks Evan!

  16. 16

    Light preview image link seems to be broken.

  17. 17

    overall it’s nice. i like the feel of the light one. but i never liked the idea of having same sized boxes for your content as it does not give you a proper focus.

  18. 18

    “We respect the hard work of designers and developers across the globe.”

    I don’t understand how giving a valuable design to the public for free is helping designers. Good for people who want pretty websites for $0, not for designers.

  19. 19

    I don’t like this theme. The design looks old fashioned to me, but I like the way posts are being displayed. It makes it easy to scan the page.

    Light preview image link seems to be broken.

    Yes, same here.

  20. 20

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    October 20, 2008 7:57 am

    The light preview image is fixed now.

  21. 21

    One of the tags for this post is ‘wordpree’. Probably mistype?

  22. 22

    Are you able to include images in the posts? If so its exactly what I have been looking for

  23. 23

    very nice!

  24. 24

    Very nice, indeed…

  25. 25


    Exposure on a site like SM is priceless for any freelance web designer, if that’s not helping I don’t know what is…

  26. 26

    awesome, nice template, thanks a lot

  27. 27

    this is simply the best theme i´ve ever seen in my life. and believe it or not, my next theme is 90% the same, even the colour stlye…..strange. i´m not sure what i do now – using this kickass-ready theme or getting mine finished!

    evan, thank you for this great work. need to get you a present :)

  28. 28

    Thanks a lot :-)
    I will use it :-) :-)

  29. 29

    Joshua Gutteridge

    October 20, 2008 2:00 pm
  30. 30

    that is really awesome. i love that design. thanx o you guys at smash mag and of cour especially to evan eckard for doing such a great job! keep it up guys!

  31. 31

    Cool theme. I like the light version better.

  32. 32

    Beautiful Theme

    Wish I got it earlier. Just changed the theme on my blog.

  33. 33

    It sure is a very nice and smooth theme. Thank you Evan Eckard! Well done. =) /J

  34. 34

    Nice theme. i just install it to my blog http://www.fanphp.com.

    Looks very nice and i am very pleased to user it.

    can you plz do some modification in the lower widget system? if the widget has a fixed height with ajax scrolling, it will be awesome.

    thanks once again for such theme. :)

  35. 35

    The RSS icon looks extremely out of place, but otherwise this is looking pretty damned good!

  36. 36

    Great them, i love it

  37. 37

    I was a little disappointed with the last theme that was released but I am delighted to see this one. Very nice work!

  38. 38

    Beautiful themes. I really like the light version- hopefully I’ll get to use it before too long!

  39. 39

    hey this is a real Quality Theme.. thanks SM…

    Evan Eckard you made a good one now!!!

    sorry about my english!

  40. 40

    very good: thank you..

  41. 41

    nice theme! i like the dark version….n both r quite good.

  42. 42

    I’m concerned by the fact that there are two javascripts in the footer (include.reinvigorate.net). What do they do? What’s the purpose? How do we know that even if those scripts are harmless, that they won’t turn into harmful hack-filled spamfests later on? Since they are hosted elsewhere, we have no control over what anyone might do to our sites.

  43. 43

    @DazzlinDonna the reinvigorate script is just a tracking script (like google analytics). I intended to only use it on the cellarheat.com domain, but somehow it snuck into the zip files. Feel free to remove it, or re-download the files again from here or cellarheat.com (I removed it from the latest zip files and also made some minor css updates).

    So don’t worry, it’s not spam or anything.

  44. 44

    how to add more entri in HOME?

  45. 45

    Nice Theme.. I Love WP… :-D

  46. 46

    @khai You’ll have to set the post count to more than 1, and then offset the rest by however many you choose to add (currently it’s offset by 1)

  47. 47

    Hi Evan.. thank you very much… i love this theme very much!! congrate!!!

  48. 48

    Evan, why note at homepage, u add a link for next page.. what happen if i got so many entries but at my homepage, there is just 9 entries appear.. how to read my first entry?

    Like other themes, there have a post page like this link… http://www.urdomain.com/page/2/ and more..

  49. 49

    Similar problem as Khai (comment 48): I want to use in home.php a chronologically navigation to previous/next posts. But this function simply reloads always the same most recent posts -> eg /page/2 /page/3 displays the same (!) posts.

    A chronologically navigation is possible with archives like category or tag.

    Is there any solution to navigate on the homepage chronologically to previous/next posts?

    Many thanks, Manfred

  50. 50


    October 25, 2008 8:22 am

    An altogether brilliant theme, Evan!
    It’s clean, it’s contemporary, and I think it’s easily the best of your work published on Smashing Magazine. I will certainly be using both versions quite a bit.
    Major congrats, and best of luck to you in the future!

  51. 51

    I have problem… I downloaded cellar heat dark and light and when I tested it, it doesn’t show up any of the blog posts in the little preview boxes on the home page or when you click through to view the whole post.
    Is there a setting that need to be modified?

  52. 52

    This is really nice. It reminds me of a few of the themes roaming around Tumblr these days.

    I might set up a new blog just to run this theme, lol.

  53. 53

    Awesome template, i founded just two minuses.

    1. If i have more than 3 widgets in sidebar, then 4 and 5th widget going in 3rd widget column..
    2. No multiple pages, if I have 9 news, and I add 10th then no.1 is not showed, good to do before footer something like choosing “older entries” to show olders :) then this theme will be perfect. I installed it on my official site.


  54. 54

    @Khai, @Manfred – Yes, that’s an issue I ran into. The way I offset the posts on the home template always defaults to the current 9. When you try to navigate cronologically, it will always default to that (wordpress keeps using the home template).

    Since I needed the home and index template to differ, the only way to browse posts by date in this template is when viewing posts by category. That route works.

    I’ll keep looking into the issue though, and see if there’s another template file I can use, or a different way to offset the posts. I’ll add my findings at cellarheat.com.

  55. 55

    I founded third option what is really weird in this style.

    Archives ;-) its unavailable, im too lame in php to do own archives page for that style, i tryed edit archives.php from default wordpress skin but its too hard atm for me.

    Archives its a good option when multiple pages are disabled (like here), on archives its can be displayed normally with multiple pages of archive.

    Did somebody can do Archives.php for this style? :) please contact me. Its weird.. :P

  56. 56

    Magnifique. Je pense sérieusement à l’utiliser pour mon blog ! :)

  57. 57

    Damn, I need archives page to this theme :(

  58. 58

    Hi Evan.. i like ur design alot.. n wanna use it for my blog.. but i dont know how to do it? can you please tell me what i should do?
    thanks alot!!

  59. 59

    @ Users who need archives : I use this great theme with the “Snazzy Archives” plugin ! Access to my archives on a page linked in the menu (sorry for my english…). You can see it here Clic

    For people who don’t speak french, it’s called “aux archives”…

  60. 60

    is it possible to use this theme on a wordpress hosted blog?

  61. 61

    I LOVE this theme. Outstanding work, guys! And I was just thinking, it would be KILLER as a gallery/ photo-blog theme. Any thoughts to making those post squares in the center there, thumbnails of photos that link to a regular image post?

  62. 62

    Hi @all!
    I want to know if they’re hacked or just free with GNU/GPL License for sharing this website templates …. I want to use one of them for my new weblog ….

  63. 63

    Any progress with adding navigation to older posts from the home page? How about support for archives? Many thanks.

  64. 64

    Gorgeous. Would it be considered redistribution to install it as an option on a WP MU site with multiple blogs?

  65. 65

    Wow, man! I simply loved it! Amazing.

  66. 66

    I really love the versatility of this theme.
    I’m finding that I’ve run into one problem. Whenever I add a widget, the default three (comments,categories,blogroll) are replaced, and the styling is off. Ex, the rounded corners are lost, the text sizes and colors are different, the arrow bullet formatting is lost.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  67. 67

    hi i using code in archive but i don’t see it show out homepage , can y help me

  68. 68

    I tried using this theme on wordpress 3.2 but I am not able to use it…its giving a blank white screen.. its a fresh install nothing is there on this wordpress installation just default post

    am I making any mistake

    please do respond and if possible please do mail me solution..this is the only theme that can solve my problem

  69. 69

    wonderful theme


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