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

Wordpress Theme13

“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

Wordpress Theme15

“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

    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?

  2. 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.

  3. 103

    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.


  4. 154

    @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.

  5. 205

    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

  6. 256

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

  7. 307

    Damn, I need archives page to this theme :(

  8. 358

    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!!

  9. 409

    @ 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”…

  10. 460

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

  11. 511

    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?

  12. 562

    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 ….

  13. 613

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

  14. 664

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

  15. 715

    Wow, man! I simply loved it! Amazing.

  16. 766

    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.

  17. 817

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

  18. 868

    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

  19. 919

    wonderful theme


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